Discussion: Who Plays Left Next Year?

The only major roster question that the Yankees have for 2010 is what to do with left field, and by extension, the DH spot. Here is my plan, and I encourage you to chime in with your plans below.

Johnny Damon becomes the regular DH. The Yankees inquire on Matt Holliday, but pass if his cost...

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MLB's new superhero? The #8 Train!

Scouting report: A tall, big-bodied first baseman who’s a better athlete than one would think. He’s shown ability to hit for average and power and he’s working on improving plate discipline. The key will be his weight and conditioning.

Upside potential: An everyday first baseman and run-producer. High-end, he’s a version of Frank Thomas.

They said it: “I call him Big Hondo. I like his power. He has a chance to hit for power and average. And he’s a better first baseman than people think. And he can play left field like the real Hondo [Frank Howard]. He runs a 7.1-7.5 in the 60, too, which is good for a near-300-pounder. The biggest thing for him is if he keeps his weight down. If he does that, he’ll continue on to the Major Leagues. If he doesn’t keep his weight down, he may never make it.” — Padres scout Bill Bryk

And, as a tease, I am working towards something involving Blanks.…

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Gaudin's Start: Don't Expect A Disaster

In the first game of the current series with Oakland, the Yankees seemingly had a huge advantage in the pitching matchup, as it was Yankee castoff Brett Tomko locking horns with AJ Burnett. However, as John Sterling is wont to say, you just cannot predict baseball, and the Yankees fell to the A’s 3-0. On...

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Yanks changing Joba’s schedule between starts

Marc Carig of the New Jersey Star-Ledger has the story:

OAKLAND, Calif. – Joba Chamberlain escaped during the All-Star break, returning home to Nebraska and blocking out all talk about baseball. It worked so well for the talented right-hander, who emerged from the hiatus and pitched perhaps his three best consecutive starts of the season.

But...

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Game 120: Yankees 7, Athletics 2

Bronx Cheers:
Teixeira: The Yanks first baseman went 0-4 and stranded six runners.

Cano: Robbie went 0-5 at the plate and left three on base. He started and ended the sixth inning…with outs.

Posada: The Bombers backstop went 1-4 and left 5 on base. He did pick up two RBIs, so it wasn’t all bad.

Curtain Calls:
CC: Sabathia had a successful homecoming, as he took only 94 pitches to get through 8 innings. He only gave up five hits and two earned runs (both homeruns). CC also K’d seven, giving him a three game total of 26 strikeouts.

Jeter: For the third straight game Jeter had 3 hits, going 3-5 with a run and a RBI. He did not leave any runners on base.

Melky: Cabrera has been in a bad slump, however, tonight he may have finally pulled himself out of it. He went 2-4 and scored twice. Melky was instrumental in starting a few rallies and reminds us all of his potential.…

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Throwing leverage out the window

For a team with a poorly regarded farm system, the smartest thing the Mets COULD do is sign their picks and get them started. Yet, they fail to sign their guys and are likely forced to toe Selig’s slot recommendations since the Wilpon’s are steadfastly loyal to Bud first and foremost (team second?).

The recommendations are MEANINGLESS!!!! Yet the Mets stuck to them. Enjoy frustrating mediocraty into the 2nd decade of this century, Mets.

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