Girardi: Joba To Make Roughly 30 Starts

Joe Girardi revealed his rotation today, stating that it would go Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte, and Chamberlain. This seems like the right move, as he alternates his power type guys with his guys that depend more on breaking stuff, thereby giving teams different looks in a three game series no matter how the pitching matchups fall out. Girardi added that Joba Chamberlain is expected to make about 30 starts, provided that he stays healthy. That would blow past any projections that have been made about Joba’s usage, as well as any safeguards that many expected the club to implement after Continue reading Girardi: Joba To Make Roughly 30 Starts

More Mediocy

This courtesy of SI.com columnist Jeff Pearlman: AL East 1. Boston Red Sox—Oddly, I like their moves more than the Yankees. Penny and Smoltz could easily win more games than Sabathia and Burnett. 2. Tampa Bay Rays—I smell a letdown. But not a huge one. 3. New York Yankees—They’re becoming the 1980s version of themselves, Remember Steve Kemp, Don Baylor, Roy Smalley, etc … As I have said before, there are plenty of good reasons to pick the Yankees to finish third. You may not trust their rotation due to health concerns, or you may think that they did not Continue reading More Mediocy

Exhibition games begin

Here’s the rotation for the first week of exhibition games (via PA). Wednesday at Toronto: Brett Tomko Thursday vs. Tampa: Phil Hughes Friday at Minnesota: Ian Kennedy Saturday vs. Minnesota: Joba Chamberlain While Tomko will get the start today against the lefty, Brett Cecil — let’s face it — all eyes will be on Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod (along with Jeter and Cano) is expected to see at least some time in today’s game in Dunedin. Of course, although it’s rather early, this will allow him to adequately prepare for his involvement in the WBC.

WBC rosters finalized

The WBC rosters have been finalized. Great. However, how are Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez playing for the DR? I thought they both opted out (neither of them knew that they were on the provisional roster)? Plus, Edwar is injured, so I don’t know how that effects things, either. In addition, Damaso Marte is also on the DR team’s final roster. Recently, Marte has been dealing with some minor hamstring issues and was cleared to participate in baseball activities only yesterday. Stay healthy, boys.

Yanks ticketholders getting shafted

Here’s yet another great “tribute” to the Yanks and their remarkable ability to keep their elbow firmly on the pulse of their most ardent fans:

Still, even if one could block that all out and simply focus on the relationship between one customer’s wallet and his ability to put his butt in a seat at this new park, the bottom line is that this is an outrage, a disgrace, a catastrophe on the level of Joe Torre summoning Jeff Weaver from the bullpen in Game Four, a Bambino-rolling-in-his-grave nightmare over the successor to the House that Ruth Built. A chorus four million fans strong should be shouting four- and twelve-letter words at Yankee president Randy Levine and every incompetent front-office numbskull who played a role in this fiasco. A pox on the House that George Built.

The Yankees deserve every pixel of bad publicity they receive over this, every blankety-blank karmic quantum of bad yankety-blank karma. My friends and I are hardly the only customers wronged in such a fashion; an informal discussion with a few other longtime Yankees ticket holders who write for various sites (including this one) reveals similarly shoddy treatment. Indeed, all of us who have something at stake short of a full-season ticket package are being screwed because the Yankees have bungled this so badly that they can’t possibly fulfill the demand. So naturally, their impulse is to trample the loyal customers who helped carry them past the three million and four million attendance milestones over the past decade. This is a story worth illuminating, not only to fellow Yankee fans who may commiserate about finding themselves up the same fetid creek, but to baseball fans everywhere.

I’ve long made my feelings and intentions known about this new ballpark. It will be gorgeous. It will be impressive and leading edge. It will be a showcase. It will NOT be something I get to see in person very often (unless a friend with corporate access can weasel me some tickets).

I haven’t been in the waiting line to fork over money for tickets so I haven’t been privy to these sorts of ugly tactics and it’s so painful to hear about it. Yet again, I look squarely at Randy Levine, the Master of all that is Evil in the Evil Empire. I hope Randy, Hank and Hal catch all the crap they deserve for this. It’s a shame on so many levels.

Yankee haters, feel free to pile on. After all, we’re just fans, like you. We’re used to being dumped on. Just remember, your team could also do this to you.

But just remember that if this is happening here, it can happen in your city as well. Even the green cathedrals of Wrigley Field and Fenway Park will someday fall to the wrecking ball, and when you emerge from the rubble with a lesser opportunity to visit your new ballpark, you’ll have plenty of company.

thanks to Pete Toms for the heads up! Continue reading Yanks ticketholders getting shafted

Clock Ticking On Andrew Brackman

[image title=”BRACKMAN3.SP.101206.RTW” size=”full” id=”1085″ align=”right” alt=”Photo Credit: NY Sun” ]The Yankees drafted 6’10” right-handed starting pitcher Andrew Brackman in 2o07 with their 30th overall draft pick, and he immediately underwent Tommy John surgery after signing a major league contract and being added to the 40-man roster. After a year of rehab, Brackman is finally going to start pitching in the minor leagues this season. Brackman had a very short career as a starting pitcher at North Carolina. He was a two-sport athelete (He was North Carolina State’s starting center as a freshman), but still managed to post a 2.09 ERA Continue reading Clock Ticking On Andrew Brackman

Who wouldn't you give for…

Roy Halladay?

Being a Yanks fan is a double-edged sword. You have to face the bashers but you also have the ability to be grandiose (also: obnoxious, ridiculous, conspicuous, aggressive) in your dreams (“Yeah, we want Teix, too! After Sabathia!”). Hate me all you wish. I can take it.

That being said, if Toronto crumbles (Vernon Wells’ return delayed, the rest of the rotation stumbles, life in the AL Beast doesn’t get easier…) and truthfully entertains the idea of dealing Halladay, who wouldn’t you give to get him?

For reference, Halladay is entering the 2nd year of a 3 year extension:
  • 2009:$14.25M
  • 2010:$15.75M
  • award bonus: $0.125M for All Star selection

This should be viewed not under the “well, you didn’t deal those guys for Santana, why would you do that now?” lens. The times have changed, faults revealed, finances crumbling. For me, everyone this side of Joba is fair game. What about a similar package that was offered for Santana way back when? For a year and a half of Halladay, who would you give up? Continue reading Who wouldn't you give for…

Wezen: The greatest teammates of all time

Quite an excellent piece of work by FOTB wezen-ball. He starts by asking the question: “What team did have the best collection of young talent playing together at one time, and was there a way to quantify it?

That’s a pretty tough challenge and while there is no fool-proof way to do that, his use of Win-Shares is as reasonable as any.

The question was too intriguing to ignore and so, first chance I got, I started exploring it. First off, I decided to use Win Shares as my metric. I know it’s not necessarily a perfect stat, but I think it should work well here. Once that decision was made, I needed to define exactly what I was looking for.

This is how I would describe the query I used: find all teams that have 3 or more players who started their season with that club and played more than half the season there, who are in the first half of their career and who have 300 or more career Win Shares.

Have a read and examine Lar’s results. They are very interesting.

The first thing you’ll notice is the utter dominance of this list by the 1960s and 1970s Cincinnati Reds. In the eleven seasons spanning 1964 and 1974, the Reds qualified for this list in nine of them, using various combinations of Vada Pinson, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Jim Morgan. Pinson and Perez may not be among baseball’s immortals, but there’s little doubt that the others are. The Reds were able to maintain their place on the list by a fortuitous combination of young stars and long tenure (i.e., they’re stars came up early and they stayed on the team for a long time). They were, however, only able to make it to the World Series twice in those eleven years, winning neither time (they did win back-to-back Series in 1975 and 1976, though).

Yet another example of a blogger doing something other than sitting in his mom’s basement in his underwear (or just being derivative like me). Continue reading Wezen: The greatest teammates of all time

Burnett and the AL East

Kat O’Brien did an interview with AJ Burnett, and there were some interesting nuggets in it. Burnett has plenty of confidence, but understands the doubts that people have about his ability to stay healthy. He credits his relationship with Roy Halladay in helping learn how to best take care of his body. He also had this to say: “I really wanted to stay in the American League East, from a competitive level,” Burnett said. “I really learned the American League hitters well over the last several years, and I wanted to come back in the American League East.” Burnett said Continue reading Burnett and the AL East