They said it: Steroids in baseball (THE ANSWERS!)

  1. “If I took steroids, I could dunk. Never mind baseball, I could play in the NBA.” BRET BOONE
  2. “I don’t know if steroids are going to help you in baseball. I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination [and] technically hit a baseball.” BARRY BONDS
  3. “There is no evidence andro does anything bad or good.” ROBERT MILLMAN
  4. “If you want privacy go play semi-pro ball. drug use hurts baseball. Why should we pay millions of dollars to these guys and have them go on the disabled list?” TONY LARUSSA
  5. “Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy.” MANNY RAMIREZ
  6. “I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period.” RAFAEL PALMIERO
  7. “Who would do the testing? Will results be kept private? Or will they be leaked to the media? What about false positives?
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They said it: Steroids in baseball (the answers!)

  1. “If I took steroids, I could dunk. Never mind baseball, I could play in the NBA.” BRET BOONE
  2. “I don’t know if steroids are going to help you in baseball. I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination [and] technically hit a baseball.” BARRY BONDS
  3. “There is no evidence andro does anything bad or good.” ROBERT MILLMAN
  4. “If you want privacy go play semi-pro ball. drug use hurts baseball. Why should we pay millions of dollars to these guys and have them go on the disabled list?” TONY LARUSSA
  5. “Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy.” MANNY RAMIREZ
  6. “I have never intentionally used steroids. Never. Ever. Period.” RAFAEL PALMIERO
  7. “Who would do the testing? Will results be kept private? Or will they be leaked to the media? What about false positives?
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More on Randy Winn

So, who exactly is the new guy? Let’s start at the beginning–kind of. Winn went to Santa Clara University and was drafted by the Marlins in the third round of the 1995 Amateur Draft. Randy did well in his first three years in the minors, never posting an OBP below .340. Then, in 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took Winn as the 58th pick in the expansion draft.

Randy Winn

It was with Tampa that Winn would make his Major League debut in 1998. He played in 109 games in that campaign, posting an uninspiring .278/.337/.376, good for an 83 OPS+. Most of his time in Tampa–1998 to 2002–was not anything special. However, in 2002, Winn made the All-Star team and finished the season with a .290/.360/.461, good for a 120 OPS+.

For that good season with the D-Rays, Winn was rewarded with a trade to the Mariners for Antonio Perez. In two and a half seasons with Seattle, Winn hit well.… Click here to read the rest

RLYW Releases Early Projections – Yankees On Top

RLYW has been running their CAIRO projections and simulations for years, and their system has become one of the most respected in the field. Yesterday, they released their initial projected standings, and Yankees fans are going to like what they see. The standings have the Yankees lapping the field, with 102 projected wins, 8 more than the next best team (Boston). They have the Rays at 89 wins, the White Sox and Mariners winning their respective divisions, and the Phillies Cardinals, Dodgers, and Braves making the playoffs out of the NL.

While these projections are by no means perfect, they do suggest that the Yankees project to be the best team in baseball once again. They have built a team that can hit, pitch, and even catch the ball a bit, such that they have amassed enough talent to be 8 statistical games better than their closest rival. Of course, the games are played on the field, and all of these projections go out the window once the season gets started.… Click here to read the rest

Rays pursuing Damon?

Here are a few quick yet notable items on the day:

  • Check out Frankie Piliere’s extended take on the ambidextrous prospect, Pat Venditte.
  • Curtis Granderson is open to playing left field and Joe Girardi seems willing to put him there.
  • According to Ken Davidoff, the A’s have actually sent Damon an offer for about $7M, but he’s not biting.
  • The A’s might face competition from the Rays, who have been in “regular contact” with Scott Boras.

According to Joel Sherman, the Rays, knowing that their payroll will fall in 2011, appear willing to spend on Damon as their regular DH, even though Pat Burrell’s onerous contract remains. Sherman adds that “sources say, Damon would consider a one-year contract in the $7 million range with deferred money,” however, for the Rays to be more aggressive, his price may have to fall a bit more (to $5 million, still deferred). Adding Damon would be a great move for Tampa Bay and I think that Damon himself would enjoy it.… Click here to read the rest

Tony Womack 2: Electric Boogaloo

Brian, Brian, Brian, Brian.

You’ve treated us Yankee fans oh so well during these last two offseasons. You purchased CC Sabathia and overpaid for A.J. Burnett, both of whom played critical roles in winning the 2009 World Series. You gave us the greatest Christmas present of all in landing Big Tex seemingly out of nowhere. This offseason, you reacquired two talented players both of whom you previously traded away–including in a deal for each other–in Nick the Stick and Home Run Javy.

Simply put, you’ve been on a roll, and though you kept telling us you only had $2 million to spend on left field, I don’t think any of us actually believed that. Nor did we think you’d go and take that $2 million and spend it on Randy Winn. Words cannot describe how much I hate this move, so I will show you in numbers:

For kicks, here are the last four years of Tony Womack’s career:

And here are Winn’s 2010 projections:

Randy Winn sucks.… Click here to read the rest

Callis On The Yankee Catching Depth

Jim Callis answered a number of questions regarding Yankee catching prospects in his ESPN chat today, and made some interesting points. Let’s break them down by player:

Jesus Montero:

I like the Piazza comp. That’s a lot to put on Montero, but he has that potential impact bat and that lackluster defense behind the plate. But the bat may be enough to not worry about his defensive inadequacies.

Callis gets more specific on this point later in the chat:

First base (Teixeira) and DH (a slew of older players) are locked up for a while, so catcher is still going to be the best fit. I think the Yankees are going to try to make that work, and if they have to sacrifice defense for offense, they may just do that.

This course of action makes the most sense for the Yankees, as it allows them to extract the most value possible from Montero. What I found interesting was that Callis did not dismiss this course of action as entirely ridiculous or unworkable.… Click here to read the rest

Interesting tidbit from Sherman

Gardner and his defense:

And we said this a few times, too:

It turns out Gardner’s also a better defender than Curtis Granderson, who everyone has slotted into CF already. If Cashman has his druthers, I imagine Gardner will be manning CF and Granderson will be in LF. “

And again here:

We like Gardner. We’re OK with Gardner as we’re big believers in defense as well as recognizing we don’t need 20+ home runs out of the 1-9 batting slots.Click here to read the rest