Why Is Berroa Still Here?

As Ben at RAB summarized so well, the Yankees are not using their full roster right now. Angel Berroa was virtually unused in the month of May. Jose Veras has allowed runs in the few appearances that Joe Girardi has bothered to give him. Brett Tomko hasn’t been much bet nor frequently used. The result? The Yankees are essentially playing short handed. We’ve talked at length here about calling up Shelley Duncan or Todd Linden, Mark Melancon, or others. I think that the more interesting question is why the Yankees seem to be going with inferior options. Angel Berroa? The Continue reading Why Is Berroa Still Here?

Minors Recap, 5/31

Scranton loses to Louisville, 7-5 Josh Towers took the loss, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits and no walks, while striking out 2. Paul Bush, recently signed from Indy ball, struck out 5 in 3 1/3 innings while walking 1, a good debut. Edwar Ramirez struck out 3 in 2 perfect innings. Reegie Corona was 1 for 5. Austin Jackson was 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Shelley Duncan was 1 for 3. Juan Miranda was 0 for 4 with a strikeout. Eric Duncan was 1 for 4, and made a throwing error. Trenton tops Altoona, 4-1 Continue reading Minors Recap, 5/31

Recap: Yankees Fall To Indians In 9th

It was a strange game for Phil Hughes, as he was throwing plenty of strikes and gave up just a few hard hit balls, yet only lasted 5 innings while allowing 4 runs. The results were not great, but the process was fine, and on most days, Phil probably goes 6 and allows just 3 runs with the stuff he had today. The Yankees were awful for most of this game against Carl Pavano, which drove me and every other Yankee fan nuts. Only Mark Teixeira was able to prevent this game from being a total disaster, driving in 4 Continue reading Recap: Yankees Fall To Indians In 9th

Recap: CC And Jeter Lead Yanks To 10-5 Victory

The Molly Maguires download CC Sabathia was excellent once again, going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8. He did not allow a hit until the Yankees has taken a 7-0 lead, and two of the three runs against him came off seeing eye singles, with a Gardy Sizemore homer accounting for the third. CC has pitched like an ace over the last month, and it is no coincidence that the Yankees have turned it around as a club over that period. THe pitching has stabilized, with Sabathia being at the Continue reading Recap: CC And Jeter Lead Yanks To 10-5 Victory

Minors Recap, 3/30

Scranton defeats Lousville, 9-1 Romulo Sanchez got the start, giving up a run on 3 hits and 2 walks in 2 1/3 innings, while striking out 2. Anthony Claggett walked 2 in 3 hitless innings, and struck out 1. Reegie Corona was 1 for 4. Austin Jackson was 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 stolen bases, raising his average to .353 on the season. Shelley Duncan continued to rake, going 2 for 4 with 2 homers (giving him 18 on the year), and raising his average to .304. Juan Miranda was 1 for 4. John Rodriguez was 1 Continue reading Minors Recap, 3/30

Torre: Manny shouldn't be '09 All-Star

Says Torre:

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he doesn’t think suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez should be an All-Star this year, even though fans have him fourth in voting at the position.

No, I don’t, and if you ask Manny, he’d give you the same answer,” said Torre. “I understand a lot of it is a popularity contest and you want to give the manager the best players, but to me, the significance of the All-Star Game is to reward players who had a good first half.”

I agree; Manny hasn’t done enough on the field. However, because of the stupid “this one counts” rule, Manny could (by some) still be considered a Top 3 NL OF. To channel my inner Herm Edwards: “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!” because this game counts…for some lame reason.

The reason for this whole “Vote for Manny” thing is that the rules of the game are in conflict with each other. The fan vote (and while not relevant here, the mandatory representation rule) is made for an exhibition, but instead, the game counts. This is dumb. Profoundly so. If you want the game to count, fine, pick the Top 32 players via some other voting mechanism (fans/players/managers each having a 1/3 vote, perhaps?). But if the fans will continue to pick the starters, then it will remain, as it always has, a popularity contest. Smaller market guys or guys having an incredible first half will always be overlooked by the bigger market guys or established stars. And I haven’t even yet touched the fact that a player suspended for PEDs is protected by the CBA and allowed to appear in the ASG. Talk about rules in conflict.

Notice, too, that Torre said that Manny shouldn’t be an All Star, not due to his suspension, but the lack of production, implied as a result of the suspension.

“Manny’s popularity is why he’s gotten votes. Realistically, he didn’t have, except for reputation, a right to be an All-Star. It probably isn’t the right thing for him this year, from the baseball aspect, I’ve got to think.”

From the baseball aspect“. Notbecause he tested positive and was suspended for PEDs” folks. Then again, teams under Torre’s stewardship don’t exactly have a sparkling record, PED-wise, do they? So the PED suspension has no bearing on Torre’s opinion. NONE. So why should WE let it bother us, too? WHY? Not saying it’s right to conveniently ignore that little fact, but the eventual HOF manager Torre doesn’t care much about it either.

If you want to keep Manny off the team because you want other guys, more 2009 deserving guys, selected, that’s great. Go for it. No complaining from me. But if you have a fundamental issue, as I do, with the rules surrounding the “midsummer classic”, then raise your voices. And I am doing that with the Vote For Manny site. If Manny is not among the Top 3 NL OF, then we’re just perpetuating these farcical rules, pushing off the changes that sorely need to be fixed.

I’ll mention this because I’ve heard it asked: “what does this tell the kids?” or “what about the kids?“. Use this as a parenting opportunity. That what I have done. Tell them some people cheat to win. Tell them that life ain’t fair sometimes. Doesn’t make it right. I also tell my two boys that professional athletes are not people to idolize. It’s MY job to instill what I see as good values in my children. Watching Manny (or ARod, or any other PED user) take the field doesn’t give anyone license to justify cheating any more than seeing someone shoot a gun on TV makes that OK. Teach your kids right from wrong. Don’t leave it to athletes or an All Star Game.

Lastly, no matter the voting results, I still believe that there’s NO WAY Manny takes the field in St. Louis.

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Clearly, some get it

Clearly, there are some who truly “get it”. The response and number of links and discussion my “Vote For Manny” idea has spawned has been humbling. Here are some:

There are many more and I am thankful to all who have enjoyed riding this wave with me.

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The next PED storm cloud gathers on the horizon

Earlier this week, before the Mannystuff, I posted about the latest PED bust. I know, we are all sick of these sorts of things: the shady characters, the allegations, the dirt, the sleaze. This one is no different, sadly.

Thomas told detectives from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after the raid that he was the largest steroid dealer in central Florida and had provided steroids to members of the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals. He declined to discuss those statements during the interview Thursday at the Polk County jail, but he promised to share details of steroids and sports once he is released.

Get me out of here and you’ll get a huge story,” Thomas said.
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Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League opened investigations into the allegations Wednesday, while law enforcement officials made pains to say that they were not in a position to release names of any specific athletes that Thomas may or may not have identified. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said authorities would have a better idea about Thomas’ clientele after they examine his home computer and review mountains of documents seized from the house.
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There were steroids in the closets and steroids all over the house,” [Polk County Sheriff Grady] Judd said. “We asked him to educate us and he pointed to some brown pills and said “That’s Oxymetholone, from Iran. This is the stuff cops are afraid of. It makes you so strong and crazy you want to flip a car.'”

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Minor Notes: Starting Pitcher Optimism

I’m back from the great island of Jamaica, for now. I’m hoping to make it out to a Scranton game this weekend to get some pictures. If anyone is going to be there, let me know. Ivan Nova Finally Consistent Ivan Nova has been a bit of a headache for a few years now. He has always had great stuff – a low-90s fastball with lots of movement and two strong offspeed pitches – but was unable to capitalize on it. The Padres took a flyer on him in the Rule V draft, but he failed to make the team. Continue reading Minor Notes: Starting Pitcher Optimism