Showing posts with label Johnny Damon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Johnny Damon. Show all posts

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, January 29, 2010

Heyman: Damon Turned Down $6M

"In a last-ditch effort late last week after Damon himself called the team, Cashman, one of baseball's best dealmakers, tried floating a contract of $6 million with $3 million deferred at no interest (with the promise it would be cleared with team boss Hal Steinbrenner, who was about to return from his honeymoon). But Damon wasn't moved enough to respond." - Jon Heyman
Well it seems Johnny D had his chance to come back but wanted more money elsewhere. I personally do no think he will get more than 6 million and if he does is it worth more than playing in New York, where he just won a championship and is a fan favorite.

Greed takes Damon out of pinstripes; we loved having ya, Johnny but we wanted you back.

The Yankees, Writers and Fans

As a Yankee fan for all of my 55 years I have always found the relationship between writers, the Yankees and the fans fascinating in that one moment all three are on the same page and the next at least 2 of the 3 are at each other's throats.
The latest story involves Johnny Damon, Brian Cashman, Scott Boros and Mike Lupica. Lupica has gone back and forth on the Yankees, both criticizing and praising the team for their many moves through the years. This time he has made Cashman his personal pinata. Lupica says that Damon isn't a Yankee because of Cashman's ego. Is this the same Cashman that has been ripped and blasted by Yankee heirarchy and had to swallow his ego every time? In my corner Brian Cashman is as professional as you get. No leaks from him and a Yankee through and through. Why is it that Boros and Damon get the free ride. Boros has no soul when it comes to contracts for "his" players. The teams are always the villain. Now let me get this straight. It's OK to bash the Yankees for their high payroll but , when the team tries to stay at a certain number, they are heartless and greedy. And the fans, the fickle Yankee fans, call Hal Steinbrenner greedy because he will "keep the extra 4 million that would have been paid Damon". Now that is drop dead funny. The "boys" spend 200 million, donate $500,000 to Haiti but they are greedy? Now I am all for players making money. They entertain us and help fans get away from the doldrums of everyday life. More power to them but, c'mon, they make millions of dollars per year, never have to lift a suitcase and receive over $100 per day meal money. Now that's tough! So let's put things in perspective. Cashman's job is to put the best Yankee team on the field, and to stay within some type of budget. Damon's job is to play baseball and Boros, well his job is to squeeze every last dollar out of a team using any means he can. So now we know three of the subjects and what their goal is. But Lupica, well he has the easiest job of the four. He can sit behind his monitor and write whatever he wants. Because he is a sportswriter. Who, though he has a great job that almost any Yankee would love, has this syndrome that he is the over worked underpaid guy who is the conscience of baseball. Hah! Let me say this, just be consistent in your views Lupica. I know you can but how about a little consistency with your words.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Enough of Johnny Damon

Is it just me or are we all tired of of "the Johnny Damon saga"? I mean, come on, you can't read, go on the internet, listen to MLB on XM or blog without 15 minutes or 2000 words on JD. Let's be fair here. This isn't Damon's fault nor Brian Cashman's. This is the media jumping on a story that is starting to make the Yankees out the bad guy. This where I begin to draw the line.
This is not the Yankee's problem. Damon chose his agent, Scott Boros, knowing what type of agent is. Great if your Damon, not so great if your Damon. If JD was 32 years old, like the last time he was a free agent, Boros is perfect. He will squeeze every last dime out of a club. Boros is doing his job. But, Damon is not 32. He is 37 and has signs of decline. Yeah, he made a great base running move in the World Series, but he then pulled a muscle and would not have been able to play if there was a game 7. We have been lead to believe that Damon was offered a pretty good contract early in free agency and he declined. That's his choice. Now he is living with that choice because Boros advised him to wait, create a wedge with another team and we get you more. Bad move for Damon. The news today tells us everything will be resolved in the next week. I hope so

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Via Jerry Hairston Jr: Yankees Looking for Damon's Price to Come Down

UPDATE (by Charlie) 9:55- Ca$h Money just shot this down. It would be stupid to not wait for Damon's price to go down. He is just covering.

Well Jerry Hairston dropped on the radio and said some interesting things. Jerry Hairston: Brian Cashmans going to get mad at me, but Yanks didn't make me offer because he's waiting on Damon price to come down" on XM

If true then Cashman is up to his ninja ways again. See: Mark Teixeira, Javier Vazquez. Also it makes the 2010 Yankee Lineup look unbeatable. It hurts defensively sure though Damon's 2009 may be an outlier of his incredibly ugly UZR/150 of -36.1.
But at the Yankees price it wouldn't hurt to start Garnder more to keep Damon short while salvaging the LF defense.

The lineup again would look amazingly powerful, let's take a look.

Derek Jeter - SS
Nick Johnson - DH
Mark Teixeira - 1B
Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Jorge Posada - C
Johnny Damon - LF
Curtis Granderson - CF
Nick Swisher - RF
Robinson Cano - 2B


Briefly on lineup positions, Nick Johnson should be 2nd. His .400 OBP in front of Teixeira and A-Rod? Oh boy I smell a lot of runs. Posada or Granderon might be in the 5 hole but I see it going to Posada. But it looks pretty interchangeable so I may be wrong.

But this powerhorse offense with an acquisition of Damon will be otherworldly. Let's hope it happens.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Left Field Situation

This offseason has been relativity quiet compared to last season, which has really been no problem for Yankee fans, since our team is coming off a pretty good year (World Series cough cough). We have had a few losses, Matsui and Johnny D. We could have just taken the losses and the Yanks were still pretty damn good. Matsui was pretty easy to replace though we love him, a slow non-fielding DH is not exactly flexible. Nick Johnson is solid and I really like him coming back.

Johnny provided us with an outstanding postseason; some of his "clutch" ABs are really stuck in my head. Now his position is not so easily replaced from the free agent pool. The candidates you ask? At the top of the list (in no discernible order) Rick Ankiel, Garret Anderson, Rocco "The Pride of Rhode Island" Baldelli, Jonny Gomes, Jermaine Dye and the X Man (Xavier Nady). For me, Nady leads that class coming off a season ending injury and that is not exactly promising. Non of them have anything close the stick Damon has ('cept a healthy X but it is a gamble). It is also kind of difficult since the Yankees say they are only willing to spend 2 million annually on a left field upgrade.

For any other team the budget would throw a huge wrench into the plans cutting the suitors down to a mere few. This is the New York Yankees however and we all know that a budget is no obstacle. Damon is old but we would all like to bring him back for just a little longer. Johnny is down to 13 mill right now. If he can swallow his pride and bring down his demands, I think the Yankees will bring the old guy back.

If the Yankees stick with the approach that they are claiming. They could sign one the little guys (Xavier Nady, Marcus Thames, Rocco Baldelli or Jerry Hairston Jr.) and platoon him with Gardner. Which when you think about it really isn't bad at all. As you should have noticed the Yankees are getting younger.

It's all in Damons hands right now and if he leaves he leaves on a damn good note.

If Damon takes off it might be time for a Training Day in New York:

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pettitte and Pen Dominates, Yankees Win

Man this game was short wasn't it? That's really due to Andy Pettitte and Jarrod Washburn who both turned in very nice starts. Andy was really impressive in this one. Unlike in past starts at the Stadium he seemed to be challenging guys more, he wasn't nearly as afraid to throw strikes as he was in other starts. Jarrod Washburn matched him as well as you could have hoped for him to though.

The Yankees got a lead briefly in their half of the third on a Johnny Damon homer but the Mariners managed to manufacture a run in the fourth after a leadoff double by Javier Lopez to tie it back up. In the fifth when Melky hit a solo shot the Mariners came right back the next half an inning to tie it up again on a Ken Griffey Jr. homer. I'll say this for the Mariners, they definitely don't give up easily.

This tie wouldn't last that long though. With Washburn still in, Mark Texeira led off the sixth with a ground ball base hit jsut beyond the reach of the Mariner's third baseman. Next up was A-Rod and he continued his hot hitting with an absolute bomb to dead center. This was no cheap New Yankee Stadium home run. When it finally dropped into Monument Park, the Yankees pulled ahead for the final time. Andy would throw one more scoreless inning before giving way to Phil Coke and Alfredo Aceves, who combined for a scorelss eighth. Mariano ended it with an easy 1-2-3 inning in with the Mariners couldn't even lift the ball off of the ground.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Walking Off























Yet another dramatic win for the Yankees today as Johnny D wins the game with a walk off homer. Gardner had a chance to end the game in the eighth on a bunt by Cervelli. He keep rounding 3rd before Mauer threw the ball to first. In a great play he taged the speedster out. Gardner misjudged Mauer:
"I thought he was going to throw it to first, He got back to the plate a lot quicker than I thought he would."













This is the first time that the Yankees have won 3 straight walk-off wins since 1972. Girardi had this to say:
"I've never been a part of something like this, There's probably a few more gray hairs on my head after these last three, but they have things that take care of that."
As long as the Yankees keep winning I don't care how they do it.

Notes:
  • Chien-Ming Wang (hip) pitched seven shutout innings, only giving up 4 hits, in his second rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, against Columbus.
  • Brian Bruney (elbow) started the second game of that Triple-A doubleheader and could be back with the big club by Tuesday. Woo Hoo the 8th inning will be safe.
  • The Twins are 1-for-25 with runners in scoring position during the series, stranding 34 overall.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

FAIL

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Damon's Future

Apparently Johnny Damon would like to return to the Yankees after the year. He doesn't see it happening though and thinks Austin Jackson may be a ML starter next year. While this may be true it doesn't mean Damon's gone. A quick glance ahead has Damon, Nady, and Matsui's contracts all running out after the year. Assuming Swisher and one of Melky/Gardner/Jackson take the rightfield and centerfield jobs. That still leaves DH and LF. I believe at least one of Damon/Nady/Matsui will be back after the year and whoever plays best will be an interesting storyline.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yankees Defense Should Be Better in '09

According to Fangraphs' UZR, via RLYW, the Yankees project to be seven runs above average defensively this year, a 46 run (or roughly 4 and a half win) upgrade over last year's team. Let's break this down a little. While Fangraphs expects slight regressions from Jeter, A-Rod, and Damon, the major improvements come from the departures of Bobby Abreu (-25.2 UZR last year) and Jason Giambi. While Giambi's -1.8 UZR last year is not horrible, he is replaced with Mark Teixeira's projected +3, which is a half-win upgrade in itself. Abreu's awful mark will be replaced mainly by Xavier Nady, but SG has Nick Swisher seeing some time in right as well. Nady projects to be -1, and Swisher +3. While a +7 team mark is encouraging, I don't think it will be that high. My reasoning for this is that I think SG gave Melky and Brett Gardner too much time in center for his projections. He has Nick Swisher playing just 242 innings in center, and Johnny Damon not playing any. I think that barring any moves, that pair will get at least half the innings in center. However, even with that scenario, the Yankees should still be greatly improved defensively in 2009.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Who to Trade?

With the recent signing of Teixeira their's been talk of trading one or two of the Yanks corner outfielders. If they traded one it would make room for Pettitte (which may or may not already exist) and if they traded two they could conceivably be able to afford Manny Ramirez (don't see that happening though). I only see them trading one, if that. Here`s a look at the 3 guys they`re considering trading.

Damon had a great year last year offensively. In fact, believe it or not it was one of the best years of his career with the bat. However, he`s getting older, is an injury risk, and can't play a good centerfield anymore. I`d be shocked if even came close to replicating 2008. Normally, it would be a good time to sell high on him going into a contract year. Unfortunately, though, they can't. His perceived value is a lot lower than his actual value and they wouldn't get enough back to make it worth it. Damon also has a partial NTC and likes New York. He would require some sort of compensation if he were traded making him less attractive to any suitor as well.

Swisher was basically just robbed from the White Sox. They gave up very little to get him and he`s poised to have a huge bounce-back year. What they would get for Swisher is almost definitely going to be less than what they gave up for him as well. He`s under team control for the next few years at a fairly low price as well. Swisher also is going to be one of the only players under 30 in the opening day starting lineup. Trading Swisher makes zero sense.

Matsui can still hit fairly well but that's about it. He`s never been a very good left-fielder and now he`s a huge problem out there so that probably takes out the entire NL as potential trade partners. He`s also the biggest injury risk on this list. It seems like all those years of playing all out every day have taken a toll on him. The odds are probably against him being worth the 13 million dollars left on his contract. They`d have to pick up a big chunk of that and accept almost nothing in return if they were to trade. He brings in a lot of money from Japan as well which might make them reluctant to trade him. Further adding to this mess is that he has a full NTC.

Nady has always been a solid player until 2008. It wasn't until then that he became a genuine star player. The question is whether he`s a late bloomer having a breakout year or just a fluke. I really have no idea how to tell which it is but past history tells us that a fluke is more likely. It might be a good idea to sell high on him here. He`s the only one who would actually bring back anything of value and only has one year left anyway. Moving him would put Gardner or Melky into the lineup but it also lets Damon move to a corner spot. If Nady reverts to his previous offensive levels then the upgrade on defense over a bad Damon and a mediocore Nady largely cancels out the difference between hitters.

Many teams would have interest in Nady and I`ll get into that later on but any trade that could possibly happen probably wouldn't happen for a while. Later on when most of the top free agent hitters are off the board some of the losers may come calling Cashman. Then we might start hearing some rumors. I still don't think the Yanks are done yet though.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Matsui and Damon Not Making Progress

According to Pete Abraham, both Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui have both suffered setbacks in their rehab down in Florida. This is very bad news for an unproductive offense. Both of those guys were having very good seasons before getting hurt, and them being out longer means more Wilson Betemit and Brett Gardner/Melky Cabrera. It's too bad there are no future Hall of Famers just sitting around waiting to play for the pro-rated fastball. Oh well.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Johnny D in the House

I was at today's game and I must say that is was one of the greatest games I have ever been to. Though the game had absolutely no pitching the hitting was great. Johnny Damon had the game of his life while the Giambi hit another monster shot into the upper deck. "Respect the Stache". Lets hope this game keep the Yankees record above the .500 mark.  

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Update: Nate has officially retired. He said that he is moving on to a different occupation as an arms dealer. Now since the posting is all up to me I will try to post more.  

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Yankees at Red Sox

Tonight it will be Phil Hughes, vs. Dice-K

The lineups from Pete Abe:
YANKEES
Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
Alberto Gonzalez SS

RED SOX
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

For those of you screaming over the fact that Melky is not playing and Damon is, it is because of these numbers:
Melky vs. Dice-K: .000/.125/.000
Damon vs. Dice-K: .385/.429/.615
Also, everyone needs a rest from time to time. I won't be liveblogging tonight, so unless Charlie steps in there won't be one.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Recap #5

Not a great day for the Yankees:
Hitting:
Johnny Damon was 2-3 with two doubles. Bobby Abreu was 1-3 with a homer. Austin Jackson was 1-3 as well. Greg Porter hit a grand slam and Chris Woodward was 2-3. Not too many regulars in the lineup today.

Pitching:
Wang got rocked, giving up six earned while only retiring two batters. He gave up six hits and walked two, an said he was overthrowing and overstriding, then threw in the bullpen to try to correct the problem. Scott Patterson retired all four batters he faced, striking out one. He has not allowed a baserunner in his 2.2 spring innings. The Farns pitched a scoreless inning, but did walk a batter. Darell Rasner gave up a grand slam in two innings of work, and Sean Henn gave up two runs (one earned) in one inning. Dan Giese and Billy Traber each pitched a scoreless inning, with Traber striking out one.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

What? You Want an Aging Left Fielder?

I saw this post on MLBTR about the Padres' outfield situation. Basically, they want a better left fielder to sure up their outfield. Immediately, I thought MATSUI! or Damon. Of course, the Yankees would have to keep part of their salary, but we could probably get a decent return, along with the added roster flexibility. MLBTR mentions Wilfredo Ledezma and Clay Hensley as possible trade candidates. I would be happy with either one of those guys as part of a package, but we would need more than one of those two. I have a feeling they wouldn't want to part with Kevin Kouzmanoff, but there's always a chance, considering he's blocking top prospect Chase Headley (I'm assuming Kouz could play first). Not saying anything will happen, but I think the Yankees should at least explore this.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cash Speaks

Brian Cashman, along with Theo Epstein spoke yesterday to an audience at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He voiced his opinion on many topics, including the possible Johan Santana trade. He had this to say:
"My strong recommendation is we stick with our young pitching staff and keep it in-house.That's my recommendation, and we've fought hard to take one step back to take two giant steps forward."
I agree, and it looks like they will stick with the youngsters. He later mentioned that Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu were out of shape last spring. Hopefully that will change this year. He then said that Bernie's 2005 season was poor, and Joe Torre should not have played him over Melky.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Breaking News: Yankees to Score Runs in 2008

I know, it surprised me too. David Pinto of Baseball Musings has projected the Yankees to have the best lineup in baseball in 2008. Makes sense. They really didn't lose anyone from last year, so the lineup should stay the same. It will be hard for A-Rod and Jorge to duplicate last year's seasons, but at the same time, Melky and Cano will likely improve, and Johnny Damon will be healthy. Also, There's always a chance that Jason Giambi will remember how to hit.