One review of the ARod book

Friends, as you could probably tell by the fewer-than-usual number of posts here the last two weeks, I have been underwater at work. The good news is that it should crest on Friday.

I don’t have the ARod book and unless some publisher wants to send me one to review, I won’t have it either. But Lisa Swan from Subway Squawkers DOES and she put forth an excellent review:

What we do know is that Roberts does not attempt to interview some of the sources who would paint a more positive portrait of Alex, like Doug Mientkiewicz, Michael Young, and Lou Piniella. Instead, Roberts’ work in the book is not just one-sided; it has a breathtaking lack of perspective. Alex’s three MVP awards get about the same amount of space in the book as his oral hygiene habits. There are two pages about how A-Rod treated waitresses at Hooters, but not one word about how he let utility player Nick Green live with him and his family for two months in the summer of 2006.

Roberts also has a real taste for hyperbole. It’s hard to take Roberts’ work seriously when she compares Alex to the sociopathic “Talented Mr. Ripley” and the evil Mr. Potter of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A-Rod may be a selfish narcissist – and a cheater – but he’s not a monster.

There’s much, much more and all of it is worth reading. Good Great work, Lisa! Continue reading One review of the ARod book

Joba, the starter

I’ll leave the plunking of Bay aside for a moment. Once he settled down after a rough first inning, Joba was flat out incredible. He finished with 12 K’s, including 8 STRAIGHT at one point.

So can we please, finally, put the “Joba-should-be-an-8th-inning pitcher” crap to rest?

Pete Abe has some good live-blogging quotes:

  • UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: I’m sure the put-Joba-in-the-bullpen chuckleheads enjoyed the first inning. Meanwhile, he has struck out seven of the last 11 batters he has faced. This just in: He’s not going to be Bob Gibson every inning. He’s 23 and in his first full year as a big league starter. He’s figuring it all out. Give him a chance. He could be great. Not good, great.
  • UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Witness and behold Joba Chamberlain, who is filthy as filthy can be these last four innings. He has fanned 10 of the last 16 batters he has faced, eight of them looking.

    Word around the league was that Chamberlain could not throw his slider for a strike and to lay off it. That is no longer the case.

    Anybody who wants to waste this kid in the bullpen is clinically stupid.

  • UPDATE, 9:08 p.m: The last time a Yankee fanned 12 was Mike Mussina on May 7, 2007 at Seattle. The last Yankee to K 12 in the Boogie Down was Moose on Sept. 24, 2002.

    But by all means, let’s use him in the eighth inning. That way he can strike out three guys.

The drilling of Bay was certainly curious. Payback for “alleged” sign-stealing yesterday? Payback for Bay’s monster HR in the first? Or just pitching inside? If you can say definitively, you are a fan of one team or the other, since there’s no way to know for sure. He didn’t stand on the hill and glare at Bay. He didn’t walk towards Bay defiantly like Beckett did to Abreu earlier this year. He hit Bay in the ribs and spun off the mound.

I will note this, too, from my limited observations of the team this year: they do seem to be pitching on the inside half more than I have seen in prior years. An organizational committment to recapture that part of the zone, perhaps? Continue reading Joba, the starter

Doug Glanville: Pitch Tipping Report Mistaken

Doug Glanville, who has no interest either way in helping or hurting Alex Rodriguez, writes one of the best defenses of him that I’ve read. In the New York Times today: How would this scheme have been missed for Alex’s entire career? We all know that every time he plays, the camera zooms in on him. Opposing teams watch him obsessively, studying film endlessly. The “A-Rod cam” is on full tilt all the time. So, over a period of years, did the best in the business, the brightest analysts and teammates, miss that he was doing this for his roommate Continue reading Doug Glanville: Pitch Tipping Report Mistaken

This was inevitable

Somehow, I knew something like this was coming:

The New York Yankees urged a state judge Tuesday to quash the subpoena from two assembly committees investigating the use of public funds to help build thet eam’s new stadium, saying the issue has already been fully aired publicly.
[…]
It’s one of the most exhaustively reviewed and approved public projects in the state and in the country involving a sports team,” attorney Jonathan Schiller said after Tuesday’s court hearing.

Schiller estimated it would cost the Yankees between $600,000 and $1.2 million to comply with Brodsky’s subpoena for private information from the past nine years.

Of course, not signing Marte would have freed up plenty of cash to pay for this. Either way, money’s being flushed.

I wish I was there to see Randy Levine cursing Assemblyman Richard Brodsky for “exceeding his authority and harassing the Yankees with legal action“. Continue reading This was inevitable

Posada to the DL, WFAN reports

Sweeny Murti of WFAN radio is reporting that Jorge Posada, who injured him hamstring last night, will be placed on the DL with a strain. No word on how long he will be out or who is likely to replace him on the roster, but the 2 most likely candidates are Scranton catcher PJ Pilittere and Trenton catcher Francisco Cervelli. Cervelli has the advantage of being on the 40-man roster already, but Pilittere has the advantage of experience at a higher level, and is hitting better than Cervelli so far this season (.317/.349/.488 vs. .190/.266/.310 for Cervelli). Neither guys are Continue reading Posada to the DL, WFAN reports

Around the Blogosphere

Sharpe’s Peril release The international free agent signing period doesn’t begin for another 2 months, but it is always fun to keep track of the rumored signings and the mysterious top prospects.  There is rarely much reliable information out there, and most of the info often comes by way of subscriber sites such as Baseball America and scout.com.  However, there is a new blog called Dominican Baseball Universe (no relation to our site), whose writer appears to be very in touch with the Dominican amateur scene, that looks like it will have some good information on the potential amateur signings. Continue reading Around the Blogosphere

Painful sounding things: "inflamed colon"

Put this on my list of ailments that I hope not to suffer from at any point in my life:

An ailment diagnosed as an “inflamed colon” knocked Ken Griffey Jr. out of the Mariners’ lineup for Monday night’s two-game series opener against the Rangers.

Griffey explained before the game that he has experienced the same thing several times. “It just comes and goes when it wants. It feels like someone kicked you in the damn side,” he said. “I would be more than happy to demonstrate it on you. Just sign this waiver I already have printed up.”

Glad he was laughing about it.

NOTE: there will be no accompanying pictures. Google Images made me ill. Continue reading Painful sounding things: "inflamed colon"