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  1. Peter

    Looks like it is time to hang out the banners in Fenway: “Sox in 2090!”

    April 18, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    • Hey Peter:
      This made me laugh. If you are right Booby Valentine will have to hang around for a long time. EDB

      May 9, 2012 at 1:25 AM

  2. edb

    Cashman Has Done it Again.
    Brian Cashman puzzles me. It’s as if he is trying to show fans and the Baseball world how smart he is. He picks up Jack Cust as DH insurance, I assume for 40 year old Raul Ibanez. I do not understand the Yankees interest in a 40 year old who hit .240 in 2011 for the Phillies. The Yankees need more average hitters and less homerun or nothing hitters.
    Perhaps, hitters who can hit a flyball with less than two out and a runner on third. The lack of that ability by most of the team was a real problem last year. It was nauseating to watch the Yankees fail against Detroit in the playoffs last year. In addition, we have the 29 year old Crain Tatum,a backup infielder, who can’t hit. We have Ramiro Pena and although a little better, Eric Chavez for that. We have Eduardo Nunez, as a ultility guy who can actually hit. Cashman loves Scrap Heap players and rule five players. Let’s not forget Clay Rapada to get out lefties. Has anyone taken a look at his lifetime stats? Hasn’t ACashman picked enough enough lefty reliever failures? Mike Meyers, Gabe White,,,etc..,,,,

    March 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    • Agreed with you on Cust and Ibanez, I just am hoping that when it’s all said and done, neither player is going to make or break our team. I’m assuming Ibanez will get a fair number of at-bats but he actually makes Andruw Jones seem young, and I guess Jones will get some of those DH at-bats. I’m hoping that A-Rod gets a lot of bats in the DH spot and we can get Nunez some time at 3rd, because in his time last year he showed a lot of promise. I can’t say I know much about Rapada other than the fact that he wasn’t good enough to stick in the Orioles bullpen, which is never a good sign. Lets hope Logan is able to improve on a decent year last year and become a reliable lefty specialist that we really haven’t seen since the days of Mike Stanton.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

  3. Hey – how about some TENNIS TALK?

    Roddick in, then out. Serena does the same.

    The U.S. has only 7 top-100 ranked male players – matching Serbia/Croatia and Germany! France and Spain have more. U.S. Women are second only to Russia in number top-100 ranking.

    With 300+ million people, why can’t we train a few more top male players? And while we’re at it, increase the women’s lead a little too?

    March 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

  4. edb

    Thoughts on the Tebow Conference!!!!

    As the Tim Tebow conference is about to begin, I have come up with an order of NY teams in order of their disfunction. This is not Cleveland, where all of the teams stink. But, in my opinion too many of our teams are mismanaged. 1. Islanders and Nets…becuase they stink year in and year out. 2. Jets, Mets, Knicks. They make the same mistakes and bad moves year after year and get mediocre or poor results. Bringing in Tebow and probably having no one from the team at the conferencefits their style.
    3. The Rangers…better then bad, but no trade for a scorer, when they need one.
    4. The teams that understand and make an attempt to win…Devils, Yankees, Giants.
    Finally, all of the Jets fans that are excited and I am a realistic Jet’s fan, this move will end in disaster, as it always does. I choose to focus on the upcoming Baseball season and The Yankees, who at least have a chance to win.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    • I agree with your list though I have to disagree with the Rangers…They are still in first place, barely holding on but still in good shape. Last year they utilized the same strategy by not trading for Richards and held onto their kids. They were able to build up a young foundation, get experience and sign Richards in the off season. Nash would have been a nice addition to the team, and no doubt about the fact he would have helped us offensively, but Sather and Torterella couldn’t pull the trigger, as the asking price from Columbus was too high. I think they played it right. If Callahan, Gaborick, Richards and some of our talented shooters start finding the nets (Stepan, Anisimov), then I still feel our defense and goaltending is enough to make an extended run at the cup.

      Really good analysis on all your other points though, Tebow is saying all the right things but I can’t see how this situation will end well, theres only one football to go around. THANK GOD FOR THE YANKEES!

      March 26, 2012 at 6:59 PM

  5. edb

    Another two Yankees Hit!

    I am getting tired of of opposing pitchers plunking Yankees batters. The Baltimore Orioles have recently become particularly annoying. Although, he is no longer an Oriole, Jeremy Guthrie, because he could not get the Yankees out, would hit them. The excuse made, was that he could not get the ball over the plate. I have always wondered if Buck Showalter, (although probably not directing his pitchers to throw at the Yankees,) maybe suggested that his pitchers throw the ball in on the Yankees’ hitters hands. Last night, some clown hit Bill Hall in the head. Thank god the ball hit his helmet. Then Robinson Cano is hit on the hand. I can usually tell by the sound and player’s reaction, if the player is in trouble. Lat night, I thought Cano was. Thank God I am wrong. Imagine losing the Yankees best hitter to a broken hand or finger. Many times the hitter is not right for much of the season. So what do I propose? Joe Girardi should have made a statement. Nick Markakis needed to be plunked. “Oops! Sorry! It was not retaliation. The ball got away from our pitcher. Why would we do it in Spring Training? Come on Now!” Remember when Pedro Martinez hit Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter to begin a game and sent them both to the hospital for x rays? Joe Torre chose to do nothing. Let’s send a message to the league, Joe. We will not stand for our hitters getting pluncked. We will protect our players. This will cut down on Yankees hitters constantly being hit, especially by the Orioles. “Knucklehead” Selig won’t help, so let’s police ourselves. EDB

    March 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    • I totally agree. This has been happening for way too long, basically underneath the entire Torre managerial period. I think the problem though is the character of our team. I don’t think we have players with the personality to police this situation themselves. In the 90’s, the Yankees had players like Tino Martinez, who charged the mound to take on Benitez. As much as Clemens entire career has been scrutinized since his retirement and PED allegations, at least he understood the “code” of protecting your teammates. The problem is our current leadership doesn’t seem to have the same fight. I remember in 1999 when the Yankees and Mariners had a bench clearing brawl, and Jeter stood around talking and joking around with A-Rod while their teammates fought. So now that these same two guys (who are great baseball players, don’t get me wrong) are the current leaders, its not all that surprising that the team is not as aggressive in these matters. At this point, its up to the pitchers to respond, and I hope the Girardi gives them the green light. I also question our pitchers tenacity, as a lot of our guys are young and might not feel comfortable in retaliating, or as your saying, initiating. So as I agree with you, I have doubts about whether or current roster has the necessary tenacity.

      March 19, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      • Are you sure that A-Rod and Jeter were talking and joking or were they planning a date between them.

        March 19, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    • 3up3down

      Girardi is still in a daze over getting the Yankee managers job in the first place to worry about his hitters safety. Torre was too busy picking his bulbous nose, and looking at his enormous gaudy wrist watch ( why does a manager need to wear a wrist during a game when every stadium has gigantic clocks? ) to pay attention to opposing headhunters.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

  6. peter

    Can we please srop talking about Fab Melo and concentrate on the players that are actually plaing?!

    March 18, 2012 at 7:22 PM

  7. Can we please stop talking about Fab Melo and concentrate on the players that are still playing!

    March 18, 2012 at 1:28 PM

  8. edb

    Baseball may be on the BACKBURNER, but here’s one right out of the fire. Andy Petite came out of retirement and signed a Minor League contract with the Yankees. One knows he will be in the rotation when ready. Will he be effective? Does this mean as hinted, that Michael Pineda starts the season in the minors? The Yankees traded a stud bat for this guy and he may not be in the rotation right away. EDB

    March 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    • I wouldn’t worry about Pineda yet. He will be solid, lots of pitchers velocities are down in Spring Training. Having Andy around will only help, as his leadership and influence can only be positive for the young pitchers we have. Read my take of the move on the home page.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:04 PM

  9. Logan

    Former St. Johns commit Jakkar Sampson has recommitted to the Red Storm. Sampson (#40 rsci class of 2011} picked SJU over the likes of Kansas and others. Following the verbal of Felix Balamou (teammate of another target, Chris Obekpa) and the incoming Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch, the johnnies class is rounding into form. Another big man and this team could be ready for the sweet 16 as early as next year pending Harkless’ decision of whether or not to declare for the draft. Coach Steve Lavin seems to be fulfilling his promise of a stellar class. How much do you see the johnnies improving next year? #hammertorock

    March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    • I look at St. Johns as being much improved next year. They had a weak year, obviously finishing 6-12 in the Big East. However, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving the conference next year, St. Johns will automatically have a better chance of making real noise. I think its hard to predict a Sweet 16, especially based on recruits a year in advance, but I agree that the new recruits look really good. Sampson is an athletic player who will fit in perfectly to Lavin’s run-and-gun system. Putting him up front with Pointer and Harkless (if he doesn’t jump to the NBA) will definitely give them as good as front line as there is in the Big East. All indications are that Balamou will also excel in Lavin’s system and grabbing Branch from a big program like Texas A&M will give St John’s a huge back court lift. Definitely expect success much more in line with the 2011 team, and if they all mesh, be prepared for some tournament noise.

      March 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    • well, there goes Harkless…take back the previous posting…unless Sampson makes immediate impact, hello NIT

      March 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

  10. edb

    Does anyone care about the upcoming Baseball Season? Baseball has slipped quite a bit these days. Could it be due to how it is being run by Bud “The Knucklehead” Selig? Bravo to the second Wild Card, but making a team in either league, with the best record, travel to the winner of the Wild Card game, is poor planning. Furthermore, continuing the sherade of deciding Home Field advantage, based on an exhibition game, has to go. I am looking forward to when “Knucklehead Bud” steps down.

    March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    • I am absolutely pumped up for the MLB season, I just think with all the basketball (March Madness and the Knicks collapsing), NFL free agency and the Rangers playing well, it has been put on the back burner. I totally agree with your take on Selig. You didn’t even mention the Steroid Era has been mostly under his watch, which is the biggest black eye the league has had since the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. However, once the season starts (and the Yankees begin their quest for 28 is underway), I can safely say this blog will discuss baseball as much as any other sport. The All-Star game is a joke as well, home field needs to be based on best record like every other sport with a series format. I am also a fan of the two wild cards, because now teams need to play out their schedules as winning the division is that much more important.

      March 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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