Thursday, February 25, 2010

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter held his only press conference today talking about his Yankee career. Jeter says he wants to stay with the Yankees for his whole career. Wow, there's news! Do we expect anything different from this guy? Do you realize as a Yankee fan how lucky we are to be able to be Yankee fans in the Jeter era? I have told my sons that they haven't lived through a Yankee era without Derek Jeter. Lets just say it, Derek Jeter is an American hero! If he wasn't a New York Yankee he would be more popular that Tiger Woods before the mistresses. Can anyone say something derogatory about DJ? About his personal life? Writers have tried to punch holes in Jeter saying he is smug and never gives straight answers about the ball club. I call that brilliant! That is not his job. They say he is not a vocal leader. So! Either was Mickey Mantle. His peers followed Mickey for what he did on the field and how he handled himself. Remind you of someone? Mantle would do anything to win, getting his legs wrapped before every game with yards of tape, then limping to his position and following that up with game winning hits or catches. Again, remind you of someone. There is going to come a day where the opening day announcement of Yankees at the Stadium to the first base line will not include Derek Jeter. Then we will look at each other and finally admit to ourselves how lucky we were to have Derek Jeter as a Yankee SS for the last 20 or so years. I am not waiting! I am going to enjoy every game, every at bat and every Jeter play in the field. I am not going to get caught wanting like we did for Bernie or Donnie.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Curtis Granderson

One of the new Yankees, OF Curtis Granderson, was a topic on Sirius/XM radio this morning on the GM show starring Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette. Let me first emphasize ex-GMs because that is what they are. Both with NY baseball backgrounds they started the show by talking about the Johnny Damon signing in Detroit and how he will fit in so well in Tigerland. Then they proceeded to throw Granderson under the bus saying he was an average OF, less than average arm and couldn't hit lefties. While we know he has had trouble against lefthanders where were all these "experts" when he was a Tiger? And these are the same experts that were all over the Yankees and Damon in the beginning of 2009 saying the Yankees couldn't win with an aging Damon in left with a poor arm and less that average OF skills.
The point is this, why the bashing of Granderson and the love for Damon now? I think I know why? He is a Yankee! Heaven help someone who says good things of the "Evil Empire" on TV or the radio. These are the same clowns that had the Yankees dead and buried last May, missing the play-offs and firing their manager. And I don't remember any of these so called experts apologizing in October about their error in prediction. Once again we will hear this "garbage" all Spring and Summer and into Fall about the "Red Sox" and their superior pitching, their great closer and their grit. How their "boy wonder" GM will pull off something miraculous and how, despite all their injuries, the Red Sox will some how beat the dreaded Yankees and win the WS. Once again I say, "bring 'em on". We are the Yankees and we will beat "Red Sox Nation" on our way to #28.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mike Axisa's Top 30 Prospects

From the ever popular blog River Ave Blues, Mike Axisa makes his annual preseason top 30 prospect list. A lot of interesting names are on the list. The catcher first of all such as Jesus Montero, Austin Romine, and JR Murphy. There's some pretty good arms in there too like Manny Banuleos, Jose Ramirez and yes even Andrew Brackman.

Andrew Brackman is still an interesting prospect as his ceiling is literally Randy Johnson and remember Randy himself couldn't get his control problems down until he was 27. Patience is required for Brackman and also for Dellin Betances who is similar ins structure to Brackman.

I love reading about these prospects. We all want them to pan out to their ceilings but it won't happen to all of them. But having a good farm system can help the Yankees get cost efficient players and allows them to trade the surplus like say in catching for other pieces that they might need.

With the major trades the farm does look a bit weak so let's hope Oppenheimer and maybe even Kevin Towers can step up and get this farm strong again.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gene Monahan

Baseball is like, I suppose, life in that it's usually the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. You know the type. The guy you work with who craves attention, makes the "funny" comment at a meeting and gets the pat on the back for just doing his job. Gene Monahan is not that employee. In fact I would go as far as to say he is just the opposite, the guy who goes about his business treating other players while being the perfect employee and never saying or bringing attention to himself.
Well now he has gone and done it! It was announced Sunday by the Yankees that Monahan will miss "spring training" and maybe parts of the regular season. First time in 47 years with the Yankees he will miss time! This guy is one of those behind the scene employees that work overtime as part of their day and night duties. At the field hours before the players and staying hours after the game is over, Monahan is as much a part of the Yanks as Jeter or Sabathia. Jeter and C.C. have aches and pains like every other player. Who do you think gets them ready to play the day game after the extra inning night game that ended 12 hours ago.? Gene Monahan and Steve Donahue, the assistant trainer.
I will say a prayer for "Geno" and hope you will do this too. Can you even imagine, in 47 years with the Yankees, the things he has scene, the players he has treated and the stories he could tell. He is a walking talking Yankee encyclopedia. I wonder how many book details he has turned down as a loyal Yankee? He knows where the bones are buried and knows which skeletons are in the closet. But, what a book he could write. And what an employee he is and has been. Good luck to Gene on fighting the illness. We are all pulling for him.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Yankees Are "Serious Bidders" for Top Cuban SS Prospect

According to Geroge King, the Yankees are looking heavily at shortstop prospect Adeinis Hechavarria. Rob from BBD explains this well in his post here.

Apparently the Yanks like him more than Miguel Sano, another top IFA shortstop prospect. There's not much info but he's older than Miguel being 19 years old. He also might command a 7-8 million dollar contract comparable to the 8 million the Red Sox gave to Jose Iglesias.

If the Yankees really like him then they should go for it. There's not much good shortstop prospects in the Yankees farm system. With the farm taking blows with the losses of Arodys Vizcaino, Mike Dunn and Austin Jackson I wouldn't mind an impact prospect at all.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Robinson Cano is NOT Lazy

"Robinson Cano sucks! He doesn't run!!!! HE'S A LAZY DOMINICAN!"

The above line of thinking really really pisses me off. Many people take one look at Cano and deem him lazy due to some stupid reason. It's said over and over again and it's really annoying. The trend of calling Cano lazy or non-caring about baseball is first on all completely untrue.

Bob Klapisch did not outright say it in his HORRENDOUSLY RETARDED article today talking about the top 10 players who would look good in pinstripes. He sounds like a stupid internet Yankee fan troll who orders Cashman to buy every prized free agent. But that's not what is pissing me off. He named the 5th person who looks good in pinstripes DUSTIN FREAKING PEDROIA. In a list where Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer are included in, it seriously makes me wonder what the hell he's doing around top names in the first place! He's a Fenway hitter who completely relies on Fenway. For a raw measure his OPS drops 200 points from 900 to 700 when moving from Fenway. That's ridiculous. Is it merely because he is a fluke MVP winner he's included with the almighty Albert Pujols or the young stud in Mauer? He's not in their tier of talent. Albert and Mauer in the the top elite tier of players. Then there's the tier of really good players like Jason Bay and there are good but not great players like Dustin Pedroia. Why he's on this list baffles me the Yankees already have Robinson Cano.

Yes, we know the Yankees have the more talented second baseman in Robinson Cano. The Bronx incumbent is smooth, super-cool and has a hitting DNA to die for. But Pedroia plays harder and has a greater emotional investment in the day-to-day outcome of his team. In other words, he cares more than Cano.

This is absolutely ridiculous. It's insane. It's retarded. Cano doesn't care? Yes Bob, Cano doesn't care. He only cares about his paycheck. Which by the way isn't much because he never got a good payday yet form the Yankees. But he's a lazy Dominican, right Bob? OH MY GOD HE DOESN'T RUN TO FIRST BASE AS FAST EVEN THOUGH HE'LL GET OUT REGARDLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This insanity burns my ears. Why the hell would you say that? Cano not caring? Yeah he didn't care about his 2008 numbers right Bob? He's lazy right? 2008 proves his laziness. So what happened in 2009? I thought he didn't care. Cano worked hard in the next offseason and it worked wonders! Cano became a beast in 2009 and saying such batshit insane comments of him not trying is outright stupid and maybe even racist. That's right, racist.

Look throughout the media. Notice how the white players get the description of the gritty, hard nosed "not afraid to get uniform dirty" type of players. They play with the most heart because they are white. Latinos are lazy. And black players are always described as athletic. If you're not white you can't get the honorable distinction of being gritty.

That's being hyperbolic, I know. But that insanity what I just said pars up to the insanity we read from Klapisch. Stop referencing to Cano as a lazy Dominican who doesn't care about baseball. It's just plain wrong.

Something as White as Brett Gardner

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yankee Minor League System

One of the good things, for me, about being a big baseball and Yankee fan has always been being able to go through the Yankee Minor League teams and looking at stats of some "future" Yankees.
But I learned long ago that just because a player in "A" ball hit .320 doesn't mean we will ever see him in a Yankee uniform. This is especially true of the Yankee system.
For years the Yankees have used their Minor League system for trades and not so much for the calling up of players to help the big team. There have been exceptions, we all know Jeter, Pettitte, Mariano, Bernie and Jorge since 1996, but for the most part not so many. I see a different pattern emerging now! The Yankees have more than a few young players in the lower system, both pitchers and every dayers. Especially, it seems, catchers. Among the names you might be seeing in the near future are Montero, Romine, Sanchez, Murphy and Higashioka. That is more than normal the amount of catching prospects for an organization and should alleviate any concerns about what the Yanks will do when Jorge is gone. In fact, in Jesus Montero the Yankees have the third highest rated prospect in baseball according to many of the magazines that do this type pf player rating. He is prospected out as a back-up catcher but a big tome power hitter at DH or possibly some OF. Romine and Sanchez are considered the future starters. Someone better tell Francisco Cervelli this. It's pretty exciting to know that, beside putting a World Series winner on the field at the major League level the Yanks are doing their due diligence on the minor league level. Bodes well for the future!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

YES Network

As a baseball fan the last two weeks before spring training begins is the slowest time if the year. If you live in the North it's especially agonizing because there is no news coming out of the Yankees and, if you look outside, all you see is snow and more snow.
The only saving grace for a baseball fan is the Sirius/XM Baseball channel, if you subscribe, and the MLB Network on DirectTV, if you subscribe. Of course you always can spin the wheel and turn on the YES Network and hope there might be something new on this time. Bet me! Which brings me to a pet peeve of mine. And I believe to a high percentage of readers, too. The YES Network!
When YES first entered our lives here in Ohio and beyond I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Wow, I thought, 24/7 of the Yankees! Not so fast my friends! It serves no purpose to go over the failings of the Network but to say it could be so much better if the people who run YES would allow it. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, I did.
Let's cut way back on the Classic Yankee games. I loved Murcer and Munson but enough is enough. Find some more games fro the 50's and 60's. The Mantle and Ford and Berra days. Find some 1961 games with the M & M Boys chasing the "Babe". How about this? Not everyone goes to bed at 1 a.m.. How about continuing Yankee programming all night? And finally, how about a daily talk show, on the weekends, all about the Yankees. With players, administration people, coverage from Tampa, the Minor League system. This is what real Yankee fans want. Not just old games over and over and over.
I don't want to leave anyone with the impression that I don't Like YES. I love it, pay for it and watch it. But it could be so much better.