Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Berroa is still milking the ROTY award he stole back in 2003. That's only possible explanation I can see for the fact that anybody would have him as anything other than a minor league filler guy. He serves absolutely no purpose. He can't field at third base, the only spot he's played at this year and C.C. Sabathia would be more productive as a hitter than him. The best way to illustrate how bad he's been is that he hasn't posted a positive WAR since that rookie year in 2003. He just takes playing time away from Ramiro Pena, who at least is good in the field. I'm sure he'll be gone soon as Xavier Nady makes his way back from injury but its annoying for me to see a guy with no value on the ML team while John Rodriguez and Shelley Duncan mash in AAA. John Rodriguez in particular has consistently posted excellent numbers in AAA over the past few years and hit well in his brief ML time. I would love to see him get a shot.
Brett Tomko's presence makes a bit more sense but not much. He has a career of mediocore starting behind him at least rather than complete futility, got unlucky last year on balls in play, and dominated AAA. However, he's proven pretty clearly he can't get ML hitters out this year. I thought he would be gone in a matter of hours after his game blowing performance against the Marlins. Apparently not though. He's been really bad. He can't even keep a team in the game and give them innings if a starter comes out early as his most recent job indicated. With so many former starters in the bullpen, they don't need a guy that give them mop-up innings. So, why not call up Claggett or Melancon, hell even Edwar is working his way back into a ML job somewhere. If they're desperate for a long man, Sergio Mitre makes sense.
The Yankees are always slow to cut away guys that aren't producing. Why? I have no idea but they'd do well to replace these two.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Phil Hughes faced off against Boston's AAA team and Bartolo Colon. It went into extra innings tied at 0-0. Eventually the Yankees won with a walk off HR by Shelley Duncan (remember him?). The most impressive part though was Phil Hughes.
He pitched eight shutout innings, gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out 12. Can you really get much better than that? I`m certainy not ready to give up on Hughes yet. He may indeed be a bust but its to soon to say.
The Scranton Yankees will face of in their equivalent of the World Series next against Tampa's team.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Shelley Duncan hit a bomb in the bottom of the ninth. It really looks like he'll make the team. Derek Jeter was 2-2 with a walk. Robbie Cano was 3-3 with a double. Johnny Damon was 1-3 with a stolen base.
IPK threw two innings, giving up a solo homer to Delmon Young. Heath Phillips followed with a 1-2-3 inning striking out one. Joba proved he was human, giving up a two-run homer to the mighty Garret Jones. He struck out one and walked one. Jon Albaladejo pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on 4 hits, striking out two and walking none. I was able to watch Edwar Ramirez pitch, and he was awful. He didn't locate well, and his change didn't seem to move as much as last year. He gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. Chris Britton faced two batters, getting them both out. Ross Ohlendorf was pretty nasty. He hit 95 on the gun, with movement. he gave up one hit, but it was weakly hit, and Chris Woodward was out of position. Both of his outs were strikeouts.
One of the announcers, don't know who, said the Yankees won't make the playoffs because they don't have "that #1 starter." When will they learn?
In more important news, Bobby Murcer is okay.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Melky had a good day (2 for 3 with a double, walk and 2 runs) as did his buddy Robinson Cano (3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a run). Shelley Duncan continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a double. Morgan Ensberg also went 2 for 4 with a double. One player I was really happy with was Francisco Cervelli, who threw out two runners attempting to steal, and showed patience at the plate, going 1 for 1 with two walks.
Moose got roughed up a bit, but I wouldn't start worrying yet. Jeff Karstens pitched well, allowing no runs in three innings of work, giving up two hits and striking out two. Edwar Ramirez allowed an unearned run while striking out one in an inning of work. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning. Dan McCutchen pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Mark Melancon got the save, pitching a perfect ninth, while getting two groundball outs.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
- Ron Guidry is coming to camp as a special instructor.
- Legends field is now Steinbrenner Field.
- Brian Bruney has lost 18 lbs. this offseason, and expects to lose two more. That would put him at 235. If he can throw strikes, he'll be a big help in the bullpen.
- Shelley Duncan is feeling like a stallion.
- The Yankees gave away Paul O'Neill's #21 to Morgan Ensberg. Don't worry, they can still retire it.
- Joba will have a 140 IP cap, and will start the season in the bullpen. He will also spend some time in the majors. If they just go with the Superstarter idea, this could all be avoided.
- Josh Beckett is a fat shit.
Monday, February 4, 2008
- The Giants won the Super Bowl and Giants fans are annoying
- The Yankees are looking into a Kevin Mench signing. It would be a minor league deal. Mench has a career .924 OPS against lefties. Cashman really wants someone who can hit lefties to come off the bench, whether its Mench or Ensberg
- Not really Yankee news, but the Erik Bedard deal is finally coming to a close. The players involved are getting their physicals, and then it should be done. Finally.
- Phil Hughes will most likely change his number to 34, Sean Henn's current number. Henn agreed to give it up, but its not official yet.
- Shelley Duncan is fully healthy after his bout with a blood clot.
- Also, not Yankee related, but Juan-Gone is back. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cardinals
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
A long-time baseball fan is suing the New York Yankees over some players' reported use of performance-enhancing drugs, saying he wants repayment for 221 US dollars (£112) in tickets and a public response from his once-beloved team.
"I look at it almost as consumer fraud," said Matthew Mitchell, 30, a Brooklyn resident who said he went to his first game at Yankee Stadium in 1984. "If I'm going to watch a baseball game, then I expect it to be the real thing."
Mr Mitchell wants to be reimbursed for tickets to five games between 2002 and 2007. They include Game 2 of the 2003 World Series, in which pitcher Andy Pettitte led the Yankees to a win.
Mr Mitchell said he filed the lawsuit chiefly because he wanted team representatives "to be forced to come down and answer my claim." A court date is set for February 20.I was outraged when I saw this headline. Don't get me wrong, I hate steroids just as much as the FDA, and especially when Yankees are convicted, BUT THAT IS NO MEANS TO SUE YOUR FAVORITE TEAM OVER A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS. I am sorry that you had to see me type angry like that. My advice to the Yankees is to put this guy in the back room and send in Shelley Duncan and Cris Britton.