2009 = 2008 redux?

I couldn’t resist. Found a really good article over lunch and had to post. It’s an addiction, I tell ya!
According to Tim Marchman of the NY Sun, the 2009 Yanks will look a lot like the 2008 Yanks. I think he’s right, to a degree. The core will still be there. But I think if Cashman’s back, the team will have a whole new feel to it.

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Another Post for A Cure

Seems that today’s as good a day as any to spend more time looking away from the game and taking a closer look at ourselves and those around us. Loyal reader and loyal member of the RSN, tadthebad, saw my posting about my wife’s effort to raise money for cancer research and alerted me to the following event taking place today and tomorrow.

The Boston and New York fans love to go at each other tooth and nail, but, none of that matters when it comes to raising money for charities, especially ones as wonderful as the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Institute (helps kids with cancer)…

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon

Thursday & Friday, August 14 & 15, 2008
Tune in…Strike out cancer
Make a gift
(877) 738-1234

The Boston Red Sox, WEEI Sports Radio 850 AM, NESN, and the Jimmy Fund will once again team up for the 7th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon at Fenway Park.

Tune into WEEI or NESN for fun and inspiring interviews and commentaries by local sports heroes, Hollywood celebrities, cancer patients and an all-day opportunity to phone in your gifts and pledges to the Jimmy Fund.

Sports enthusiasts will be able to enjoy unique experiences at Fenway Park during the event. On Thursday, WEEI’s John Dennis and NESN’s Tom Caron will host Trophy Talk, a luncheon at which Bruins legend Ray Bourque and Sox pitcher Curt Schilling are slated to appear. On Friday, Red Sox announcers Joe Castiglione of WEEI and NESN’s Don Orsillo will moderate Sit Down with the Sox, a luncheon featuring a panel discussion with current Red Sox players.

Purchase tickets

The two-day event in 2007 raised $3.74 million. Since 2002, the Radio-Telethon has
raised nearly $12 million to benefit the Jimmy Fund and the life-saving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

View 2007 photo gallery
View historic photo gallery
Jordan runs the bases (NESN)
WEEI audio montage
Read about the 2007 event

For more information:
Phone (toll-free): (877) 738-1234

Do what you can. A few bucks. Volunteer your time. Donate clothing, furniture, whatever you can. Doesn’t have to be for either of these two charities, just remember how fortunate YOU are and take the time to remember those who aren’t as lucky. Continue reading Another Post for A Cure

A post for a cure

***this is a reposting from about 3 weeks ago. I am reposting as it’s as worthy a cause as I can think of. If you can, donate. If you can’t donate, volunteer to help somewhere, somehow. ***

I won’t often make a posting like this, but there are things worth discussing bigger than baseball.

The following is from my wife. If you can contribute anything to this worthwhile cause, I thank you. Cancer patients thank you. Families of cancer patients, victims and survivors thank you.

Hope Starts With Me!

For those of you who don’t know, I recently became the Director of Patient and Family Services for the American Cancer Society’s Westchester Region. I am truly honored to have taken on this role and strive to help as many cancer patients over the next several years as I can.

Today, there is more hope than ever for people facing breast cancer. However, there is still much work to be done to find promising new treatments, increase awareness about the importance of mammograms, help all women get access to screenings and care, and connect those impacted by the disease. We need to provide these women with the information, day-to-day help, and emotional support they need to wage their battle against breast cancer. I believe that hope for a world without breast cancer starts with me. Last year, I set a fundraising goal of $2,500 and nearly doubled that goal, raising over $4,500 to become one of the top 25 Pacesetters for Westchester County.

I hope you will join me in my efforts by signing up to join my team or making a donation in support of my participation.

If you are uncomfortable with donating online, checks made out to the American Cancer Society can be mailed (email me at jnr98@yahoo.com and I will get you an address to mail a check).

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Again, any donation is appreciated. From $5 to whatever you feel comfortable in donating. Just know it all goes to help fight cancer. My wife works for American Cancer Society which, as if it weren’t already true, makes her a far better person than me.

If you have any questions, please ask.

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Whew

Looks like I will be able to keep my “In Cashman We Trust” mantra going a bit longer.

Never mind the Yankees’ current standing in third place, or their recent struggles. Both Steinbrenner brothers are now said by people familiar with their thinking to be on board with Brian Cashman as their general manager, for now and long into the future. Even if the Yankees fail to play into October for the first full season since 1993, club insiders say that the Steinbrenners plan to offer Cashman a contract extension after this season.

That’s a relief. Continue reading Whew

Against all odds

No, not the lame movie and the sappy Phil Collins song. Just an interesting piece on guys fighting their way to a) make it, b) stay there and/or c) get back to the major leagues. (Thanks to Marc for the link!)

Some examples:

21. Dan Giese, SP, New York Yankees: Planned on retiring after the 2005 season. Found out that selling Hondas is not terribly fun, returned to baseball and now, three years later, is in the Yankees’ rotation and sporting a 2.35 ERA.

15. Mike Adams, RP, San Diego: Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M-Kingsville, Adams was a serviceable reliever before knee problems sidelined him for all of 2007. He ended up having three microfracture surgeries in which doctors intentionally break bones to let them reheal and now has a 2.20 ERA, seventh-best among NL relievers with at least 40 innings.

7.
Mike Aviles, SS, Kansas City: The perception: Short, kinda fat, slow bat who’s a career minor leaguer. The reality: hitting over .330 and would be in the running for the batting title had the Royals called him up earlier.

4.
Doug Brocail, RP, Houston: Elbow blew out. Underwent Tommy John surgery. Elbow blew out again. Tommy John again. Suffered shortness of breath. Got four stents inserted into his heart. Now takes more than 20 pills a day and, at 41 years old, remains a serviceable middle reliever for the Astros.

2.
Brad Ziegler, RP, Oakland: Broke his skull on a Fred Lewis line drive in the minor leagues. Came back as a submarine pitcher and broke the skull again this offseason when playing catch. Debuted May 31 and hasn’t given up a run, working his way to closer amid a 38-inning scoreless streak that set a major-league record for consecutive scoreless innings to start a career.

1.
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas: Hamilton, the No. 1 overall pick in 1999, was always supposed to make it big. Just not under such circumstances. From an addict who smoked crack and spent nearly four years in a drug-addled haze to the game’s golden boy, Hamilton’s resurgence remains the great story in baseball this season – and one that’s so tinged with improbability, he had to be No. 1.

Pretty amazing stuff, eh?

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Buster on Mike & Mike

Just watched Buster on Mike & Mike In The Morning* on ESPN discuss the Yanks and the coming inflection point. He noted that a decision as big as when Babe Ruth left the Yanks is coming, and that decision will be what to do with Jeter. He noted that Jeter’s slowing and at some point soon will need to move to LF or CF.

Buster is very well connected within the Yanks from his beat writing days so I wonder how much discussion, internally, is actually taking place, or if Buster was just riffing.

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Hank reads IIATMS

Hank must have been reading my posting from yesterday, citing my list of “what if’s” about this year, although I just feel that he fails to see the bigger picture.

“I think it’s very simple, we’ve been devastated by injuries. No team I’ve ever seen in baseball has been decimated like this. It would kill any team,” Steinbrenner said. “Imagine the Red Sox without [Josh] Beckett and [Jon] Lester. Pitching is 70 percent of the game. Wang won 19 games two straight years. Chamberlain became the most dominating pitcher in baseball. You can’t lose two guys like that.”

True, the Yanks have been devastated by injuries. No question. It just smells funny when he is talking like the Yanks have been the first team ever to be stricken with many injuries. It happens. But simply attacking the highest priced free agent pitcher might not be all this team needs.

“We’re going to win it next year,” he said. “If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we’ll do that. We’ll do whatever we need to do. Next year we’ll be extremely dangerous.”

I think more than that (signing Sabathia, Sheets or whomever) needs to happen. But that would be a nice start. I welcome more suggestions how to turn this ship around. Email me your plan and if it’s thoughtful, I’ll post it.

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Reader mailbag: Fixing the Yanks, take 1

Joe Orange chimed in with this doozy:

2009 in a nutshell: You’re gonna have 86 Million dollars off the table. Let’s put it to use. This team got real old, real fast.

Let’s start with the rotation: Aside from this season, Wang has been durable. Moose, too (to a lesser degree…although he’s gonna be forty this season). Ponson isn’t a viable candidate for the rotation. Neither is Giese as he was never intended to be.

#1 Go after Sabathia. Dude is a stud. As much as I didn’t think it would be a good idea this season, he has proven me wrong.

#2 Go after Teixiera. We’ll have the dough to do it. He can field the position, even if he turns into Giambi with the bat.

#3 Re-sign Moose. Another two year deal. He’s shown he’s durable andknows how to win. Two years is probably the end of his rope. He stands a chance of getting to 300 as a Yankee.

#4 Deal Cano. Too enigmatic. I want more defense.

#5 I’d love to see the OF cleared out, outside of Nady….maybe Abreu. No reclamation projects like Andruw Jones…. Maybe Austin Jackson?

#6 (warning….blaspheming coming up) I want to see a defensive replacement for Jeter, late innings. Remember ’98? not everybody on that team were stars. We need Scott Brosius back…..Guys that understood their role and did it.

Guys that can go: Pettitte, Ponsoon, Giambi, Sexson, Pavano (HA!), Pudge, Betemit.

I make a call to Oakland and see if they’re willing to deal Street. I’ll just bet that Eiland can work with him.

I also give a shot to Melancon in the bullpen….sixth, seventh inning guy.

Give a shot to Humberto (Dirty) Sanchez and monitor progress on Brackman.

We had an awful lot of injuries this season. I say Girardi did a good job, all things considered.

What do you think? Is he being too sentimental about Moose (so what if he gets his #300 somewhere else)? Overly “Yankee” to try to land Sabathia AND Teixeira? Deal Cano? For what? Plan on signing Orlando Hudson? How will the team dump both Damon and Matsui, along with Melky? That’s a lot of OF to deal. Somewhere in there he seems to be relying on Sabathia, Wang, Moose, Joba, Hughes for the rotation. Still too much risk?

Got something to add on how to fix the Yanks? Email me and so long as it’s not “screw the Yanks” or something equally lame, I’ll post it. Best suggestion/solution wins a Swingline stapler*. If we get enough good postings, I’ll create a poll and you guys can decide.

* as long as supplies last and I have only one

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