Nardi On Horne, Humberto, and De La Rosa

Chad Jennings spoke to Nardi Contreras, who gave some updates on injured prospects. Alan Horne is pitching every five days, and is close to being ready in terms of innings. However: “He still needs more arm strength,” Contreras said. “He’s getting pitches, but the arm strength, he needs to continue to pitch. He’s just getting some innings in, getting some arm strength and building it up. Slowly (the velocity) is getting higher and higher, which is good. He’s gaining arm strength, and that’s what he’s there for.” It would be a huge boon for the Yankees if Horne could reestablish Continue reading Nardi On Horne, Humberto, and De La Rosa

Pete Abe confirms it: People don't want to be seen up front

I discussed this and it got A LOT of traction yesterday, but the rich and the suits are “embarrassed” or just flat out scared to be seen in the best seats in the park.

Meanwhile, I heard an interesting theory from somebody with the Yankees on Tuesday. They claim that many of those empty seats we’re seeing are actually sold, but the ticket-holders are afraid to attend games because they work for troubled businesses and don’t want to be caught living it up on television.

That’s just great. The seats are so extravagant that wealthy people won’t attend because it’ll make them look bad. Maybe the Yankees can provide disguises to these folks. Your bank get bailed out by the feds? Here’s a Joe Girardi mask. Have a good time.

I can only wonder/hope that they “heard” this from ME! After all, I think I was the only one discussing this publicly.

Also, there’s a nice shout-out to our friends at FackYouk at the beginning of the same article. Nice work, fellas!

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More on the empty seats

It’s starting to pile on, the coverage is gaining momentum. Today, the NY Times weighs in:

The empty seats are a fresh sign that the teams might have miscalculated how much fans and corporations were willing to spend, particularly during a deep recession. Whatever the reason, the teams are scrambling to comb over their $295- to $2,625-a-seat bald spots.

I’m sure they’re thinking, “it’s just April,” Jon Greenberg, executive editor of the Team Marketing Report, said of the lack of sellouts. “But it’s lost revenue they anticipated getting. This is the worst possible time to debut a stadium.”

The teams are loath to cut prices for fear of alienating existing ticket-holders. Letting fans from other sections move to the premium seats behind home plate and above the dugouts could backfire in the same way.

Big props to our friend Maury for the money quote:
But it doesn’t look good,” said Maury Brown, president of the Business of Sports Network, a research Web site. “it’s the Yankees, not the Nationals. On television, it stands out like a big sore thumb.”

Of course, Randy Levine remains defiant:

Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, said last week that attendance at the second home game was proportionately ahead of last year’s pace. Levine also said that 80 to 85 percent of the Stadium’s 4,000 premium seats had been sold for the full season.

For next season, the Yankees plan to raise premium ticket prices 4 percent.

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Angels' PED past

Howard Bryant, the incredibly talented author and frequent writer on ESPN, shreds the Angels:

The 2002 Angels, for example, are the legitimate champions of an illegitimate time, just as Bonds is the legitimate home run champion of a discredited era. Despite Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s adamant public stand against drugs, people around the game point privately to that club as one of the premier steroid-fueled teams thanks in part to a bullpen rife with career minor leaguers who suddenly began throwing in the mid-90s after their 30th birthdays.

Glaus was the MVP of that 2002 World Series, which is looking more and more like the definitive Steroid Series. Glaus, Brendan Donnelly and Schoeneweis, all of whom have been implicated, played for the Angels that season. On the Giants, there were Bonds, Benito Santiago, Marvin Benard, David Bell and Rich Aurilia. And that doesn’t include the players who were suspect.

Is anyone shocked, though? Didn’t think so. Continue reading Angels' PED past

Enough already: Ban the maple!

What on Earth is MLB waiting for, a serious injury? Death? We narrowly escaped it last night when Kerwin Danley got knocked on the noggin with a shattered bat.

With one out in the sixth, Rangers designated hitter Hank Blalock’s bat broke on an infield pop. A large piece flew back and hit Danley on the side of the head, knocking him to the ground.

It was a high and inside fastball, a cutter that broke my bat,” Blalock said. “I heard something happen behind the plate and I figured the barrel hit somebody. As soon as the out was made I turned around and Kerwin was lying down. I felt bad, it was an accident.”

If nothing else, ban the maple until a solution is found.

EDIT/UPDATE: Thanks to reader Dre and further looking on my part, Blalock was indeed using an ash bat. I unfortunately assumed that given the way the bat shattered, it HAD to be maple. Thanks for keeping me honest!


Blalock uses an ash bat, which shatter differently than maple bats and are generally considered to be less risky. Ash bats tend to crack lengthwise while maple bats usually explode into several fragments and travel further.

It still doesn’t change my ever-repetitive refrain about banning maple until a solution is found. In case you haven’t been paying attention, my thoughts on the maple bat “situation”:

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IIATMS on XM

In case any of you were listening to MLB on XM around 8am today, yep, that was me on the radio!

Scott Graham and Buck Martinez were chatting about the “Embarrassment of the Rich” posting (how cool is that?) so I decided to call. They took my call and we chatted for a few minutes about the posting.

I’m fighting the early stages of a chest “thing” so I’m not quite sure how I sounded, but it was fun. Continue reading IIATMS on XM

Matthews: Giambi The Root of All Evil

A few weeks ago, I swore off posting about Wallace Matthews. However, I read his article on Jason Giambi and could not help myself. Apparently Giambi is to blame for the Yankees’ fall from grace (or at least is to blame until A-Rod comes back and it becomes more relevant to blame him): Technically, the signing of Mike Mussina to a six-year, $88.5-million deal after the 2000 Series may have been the first shot, but with the Giambi signing, The Boss – drunk on four shots of championship Kool-Aid – was off and running. Since then, the Yankees have spent $1,466,012,054 on Continue reading Matthews: Giambi The Root of All Evil

Recap: Pettitte Leads Yankees To A 5-3 Victory

What Happened Andy Pettitte went 7 innings and allowed two runs in leading the Yankees to a victory in the first night game at the new park. Brian Bruney finally allowed a run, but Mariano Rivera shut the door on the A’s in the 9th. Brett Gardner had a big 2-run single, and Johnny Damon blasted a long home run. What I Liked 1) Andy Pettitte- Andy was a bit erratic in allowing 9 hits, but continued to avoid the base on balls and went deep into the game for his third straight start. With Chien-Ming Wang struggling, top of Continue reading Recap: Pettitte Leads Yankees To A 5-3 Victory