My #5 Choice: Joba Chamberlain

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Last week, Steve throughly and cogently argued the case for Alfredo Aceves winning the competition for the Yankees’ lone available rotation slot. Today, I present 5 reasons why I believe that Joba Chamberlain is the only logical choice for that role.

1) Joba has the...

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The Dear Departed, Part One

Yesterday in the comments of Chris’s article on Brian Cashman and Kei Igawa, a discussion about whom the Yankees have traded in the past two seasons started. I’m of the opinion that with a few exceptions, the players Brian Cashman has traded have been nothing incredibly special and losing them will...

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Rays financial condition worsens; How to fix it?

Last year, small-market teams received $450 million from revenue sharing.

I think it’s going to be difficult to get approval to increase that number, because the wealthier teams — the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, etc. — kick in 90 percent of the total amount and are wary of giving up more. Plus, the Players Association is concerned that some of the teams receiving the money are not using it to improve their teams, instead using it to enhance their bottom lines.

So how do we fix this problem?  Clearly, a salary cap is impossible because there also needs to be a floor.  I’ve yet to see a coherent, fiscally rational and logical plan to enact a salary cap in baseball…that would be acceptable (or even one worth being considered) by the Union.  The NFL model won’t work here.  And I still hold to another one of  my mantras: “You can’t complain unless you offer up a solution.

So how does MLB fix this? …

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“All of them go to the pen”

Pitching Coach Dave Eiland addressed the notion that Phil Hughes would be sent to AAA if he doesn’t land the #5 spot in a recent YES interview. Here’s the quote:

Joe Auriemma-“You came into spring training with a really solid staff, very deep. What can you can about having that good problem of...

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Brett Gardner’s great base running

Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record caught up with Brett Gardner after yesterday’s game against the Twins at Hammond Field – a game in which Gardner bunted for a single and subsequently outran a pickle between first and second (he got back to first safely) – and, naturally,...

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I wish this passed the sniff test *UPDATED*

  1. Anti-inflammatories include: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve
  2. In other words, why go to a Canadian doctor to get the same stuff you can get in your corner drug story or CVS?
  3. Why didn’t he contact his surgeon to report the inflammation?
  4. Wouldn’t his surgeon been able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory, if necessary?
  5. Wouldn’t his surgeon have been able to recommend a doctor that was local to ARod who could see him in person?
  6. Wouldn’t the Yankees medical team been able to help?

Look, all I want for ARod is an incident-free existance. Unfortunately, that seems impossible.  Stop doing and saying dumb things, will ya?  If something hurts, go see the team docs and if approved, your physican. Stop traipsing around to see foreign doctors for things you can get over-the-counter…unless that’s not all you were getting.

Sorry, there’s a trail of stink here and I don’t like it one bit.

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There’s an update I need to make. I was looking for Dr.…

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