Minors Recap, 4/28

Scranton blanked by Lehigh Valley, 6-0 Eric Hacker, recently promoted to take Phil Hughes’ spot in the Scranton rotation, gave up 5 runs (all in one inning) on 5 hits in 6 innings, and struck out 2. JB Cox gave up a run on 4 hits and a walk in 3 innings. Shelley Duncan was 2 for 4. Juan Miranda was 1 for 4. Austin Jackson was 2 for 3 with a strikeout, raising his average to .357 on the season. Trenton shuts out Connecticut, 2-0 George Kontos put together a strong start, giving up just 3 hits adn 2 Continue reading Minors Recap, 4/28

So, you're not exactly feelin' it, eh?

Pete Abe, our LoHud of the Rings beat writer, has some pretty honest opinions about this Yanks team:

But bringing back a 33-year-old former steroids user with a bad hip isn’t going to solve the problem of the Yankees looking like a company softball team at times. When you see Jacoby Ellsbury steal home or Curtis Granderson lay down a perfect bunt to start a rally, it’s a reminder of how old and slow the Yankees can look.

This team has good pitching and over time, that pitching will produce. Even the bullpen. But already we’re seeing sore knees (Hideki Matsui), sore shoulders (Johnny Damon) and Jorge Posada running down to first base like he’s pulling U-Haul trailer behind him. Derek Jeter let a groundball up the middle score a run today. By now you’re used to that.

Their “young and athletic” guys are Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera. Cano is 13 of 27 on stolen bases in his career and Melky was benched last summer.

Other teams can make things happen at the plate or in the field. The Yankees seem to have no choice but to wait and hope something does. Their roster is so top heavy with aging and expensive players that an injury or two throws everything off.

Yeah, so that’s not good, right? Continue reading So, you're not exactly feelin' it, eh?

Yanks Slash Ticket Prices

This from Pete Abe, here. Sit back down, fellow Bleacher Creatures, this doesn’t apply to us.  All you Grandstanders and upper deckers can stop reading as well.  If you have someone in a funny hat driving you to work, don’t have to work at all, or occasionally confuse dollar bills with something you use to wipe your bum with, however, you may be getting even more of that green stuff back from your recent investment in Yankee tickets. You can read the full release at Pete’s site, but the gist of it is that the Yankes have slashed most of Continue reading Yanks Slash Ticket Prices

Minor Notes: Jesus Montero Does More Stuff

Jesus Montero Hits Two More Out Jesus Montero went 2 for 4 in Tampa’s early game today with two more home runs. He’s now at .371/.421/.614 on the season. At 19 years old, Montero’s start to the season has been fairly astonishing. Its always brightens up my day to think and write about Montero. He leads the league in hits while being second in home runs, third in OPS, third in batting average and second in slugging percentage. But really, this post needs pictures. Thank you Minor League Splits. Montero’s 2007 fly ball spray chart with the Gulf Coast League Continue reading Minor Notes: Jesus Montero Does More Stuff

What to Expect from Hughes Tonight

Here is a writeup from SWB Yankees beat writer Chad Jennings on Phil Hughes’ last start for Scranton.  It pretty much sums up exactly what I feel we should see tonight.  I’ll break it down by pitches below: Fastball: Phil will be throwing a 90-93mph 4-seamer that is relatively straight but has good late life.  He has the ability, when he’s on, to really paint the corners consistently.  Because the pitch lacks a ton of movement and isn’t in the mid-high 90s, he struggled early last year to put guys away, often seeing batters foul off multiple 2 strike counts, Continue reading What to Expect from Hughes Tonight

Admiring the comedic genius of MLB contracts, part III

Got a very brief window due to a delayed meeting this morning, so I flipped open my handy reference for MLB contracts signed this past off-season. I love the ways teams and player representatives get creative for incentives, particularly with oft-injured players.

Today, I present: Mike Hampton, Houston Astros

  • Signed: 12/3/08.
  • Base salary: $2,000,000
  • Plus: $100,000 for 12gs;
  • $100,000 for 14gs;
  • $100,000 for 16gs;
  • $100,000 for 18gs;
  • $100,000 for 20gs;
  • $100,000 for 22gs;
  • $100,000 for 24gs;
  • $100,000 for 26gs;
  • $100,000 for 28gs;
  • $100,000 for 30gs;
  • $100,000 for 100ip;
  • $100,000 for 110ip;
  • $100,000 for 120ip;
  • $100,000 for 130ip;
  • $100,000 for 140ip;
  • $100,000 for 150ip;
  • $100,000 for 160ip;
  • $100,000 for 170ip;
  • $100,000 for 180ip;
  • $100,000 for 190ip.
  • Plus: $250,000 for All Star;
  • $1,000,000 for Cy Young ($250,000-2nd; $100,000-3rd);
  • $250,000 for Comeback Player of the Year;
  • $500,000 for WS/MVP;
  • $250,000 for LCS/MVP;
  • $100,000 for Gold Glove;
  • $100,000 for Silver Slugger

Interesting that Hampton will effectively receive $50k for each start he makes after his first twelve, plus $50k for each 5 innings after the first 100. Of course, to get to 100 IP in 12 games, he has to average 8.1IP/game, which we know ain’t happenin’.

For you guys: How many/much of these potential incentives will Hampton earn this year? Place your bets in the comments below. Winner at year’s end gets to brag….assuming we can remember that we actually did this. Continue reading Admiring the comedic genius of MLB contracts, part III

Assessing Girardi

Dave Cameron of USS Mariner takes a look at new M’s manager Don Wakamatsu: A Cinderella Story movie download While the Griffey scenario was the biggest challenge, he’s also proven adept in other areas. His handling of the bullpen has been very good so far, finding the right options for high leverage situations and relegating Batista to a back-up role despite his vast experience lead over the rest of the relief arms. He’s shuffled the line-up depending on opposing pitcher handedness, something the previous managers simply weren’t willing to do. He’s stuck with struggling starters when the team needed innings Continue reading Assessing Girardi