Cashman: Not a Top GM?

Beyond the Boxscore recently polled their writers for their choices as to the top GM’s of the last 10 years. The results were interesting, with the 5 writers each making 5 selections, and coming out with a top of the list that went as follows: Beane, Epstein, Friedman, Schuerholtz, and Shapiro. Brian Cashman did not receive a single vote, and I find that to be a bit silly.

The argument against Cashman is that anyone could win with the budget that he has. While that seems make sense, the fact that high payroll clubs miss the playoffs all the time seems to suggest that it is not so simple to achieve the level of consistent success that Cashman has attained. Why exactly would I take the resume of someone like Shapiro, who has had one team go past the first round of the playoffs, over Cashman? Friedman walked into a very good situation, with years of draft picks piled up in the Rays farm system when he took over.… Click here to read the rest

Don’t worry about Joba

Fro Bryan Hoch (MLB):

In Chamberlain’s lone inning of work on Saturday, two Minnesota Twins rounded the bases on three hits, hardly a convincing sales job for those still not believing he is best suited for work as a starting pitcher. But Chamberlain shrugged, knowing that he kept some of his best stuff in the holster.

“It’s Spring Training — that’s what it’s here for,” Chamberlain said. “You establish your fastball early. These guys are good enough that if they see you pitch the same guy twice in a row when you get ahead of them, they’re going to know what’s coming.”

Chamberlain threw 22 pitches, and all but three were four-seam fastballs — he dropped in two changeups and snapped off a lonely slider to make up the rest of the inning. The results weren’t pretty, but the Yankees were OK with it.

“All the guys are trying to build arm strength, so we’re trying to stress to throw a lot of fastballs early,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

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Jorge scratched with sore shoulder

Jorge Posada was scratched from today’s exhibition game because of “shoulder discomfort.” He’ll be shut down for a few days and won’t resume throwing until Tuesday (at the earliest). While he and Joe Girardi don’t seem too worried about the issue, you have to wonder about the severity of the soreness. Hopefully he’s alright and it isn’t a serious setback.

UPDATE – Here’s some more info on the situation (NY Times):

Girardi described Posada’s shoulder as “a little, little, little sore.”

“Minuscule weakness,” he added. “He wanted to play. We said: ‘You’re not playing. It’s too early in the process.’ He’s on the watch list. We want to get that little irritation out of there.”

Accounts of the injury differed slightly between the manager and the player. Girardi said Posada woke up Saturday morning with a little soreness. Posada said he hurt it Thursday in the on-deck circle while stretching before his first at-bat in his first exhibition game.

“I wasn’t thinking,” Posada said.

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Quick Links: A-Rod, BOA, Baldelli, Joba

Although it has certainly been a slow news day, there are a few interesting stories out there.

1. A-Rod will meet with MLB officials on Sunday, in Tampa.

2. The economy has shifted the Yankees’ relationship with long-time sponsor, Bank of America.

3. Rocco Baldelli’s medical file is over 3,000 pages in length.

4. Joba Chamberlain is taking a Nebraska student to Disney World.… Click here to read the rest

IPK <3 Fastballs

Here’s Mark Feinsand (Daily News) on Ian Kennedy (08/10/08) :

Kennedy will make his next start for Triple-A Scranton on Wednesday, but his primary focus won’t be shutting the other team down. Instead, he’ll work on his sinker, curveball and slider, trying to refine the three pitches regardless of the results.

“It’s still making quality pitches, but it’s working on location, working on his breaking ball when he’s behind in the count, not being afraid to throw it over,” Joe Girardi said. “Just trying to develop him as a starter.” “Not focus on results, but rather the results of what I’m working on,” Kennedy said. “Here, you can’t work on it, because we’re in a pennant race.”

Last season, Ian Kennedy fell in love with his fastball.

Actually, it was sort of like a grade school crush, in that it was both regretful and embarrassing. Obviously, IPK is not known for his overpowering fastball, however, in 39.2 IP, he managed to throw it 68.1% of the time in 2008.… Click here to read the rest