Only in New England is this an issue

Kids today are wicked soft. There’s quite a bit of fun buried in that comment. Here’s why:

The Lowell Spinners (short season; NY-Penn League) are bringing back the Yankees Elimination Promotion for a fifth year, as the Red Sox affiliate works to eliminate New York Yankees teams from youth baseball programs throughout New England.

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“The Yankees Elimination Promotion was originally built as a fun promotion in response to parent’s stories of children losing interest in the game after facing taunts simply for playing in a Yankees uniform,” said Spinners Vice President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “Five years later teams are still eliminating the Yankees and the joy on the faces of the newly minted Spinners players on the field at LeLacheur Park reminds us why we love this game.”

Only in New England is this an issue. Booo-hooo.

So much teaching kids that life’s not fair, people are mean and that the Yankees suck. Go Spinners.

(thanks to Pete Toms for the heads up)

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My #5 Choice: Joba Chamberlain

[image title=”Royals Yankees Baseball” size=”full” id=”15689″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] 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 highest upside: Quite simply, Joba Chamberlain has the highest ceiling of the five options. While Aceves or even Gaudin might provide more predictable performance, only Joba (and to a lesser extent, Hughes) has the capability to turn into something much greater than a 5th starter type. Continue reading My #5 Choice: Joba Chamberlain

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 not hurt the team in the long term. So, let’s take a look at the last year and a half or so of Brian Cashman’s trades to see what the Yankees gave up. Let’s start with the “deadline” deal of Ross Ohlendorf, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen Continue reading The Dear Departed, Part One

Rays financial condition worsens; How to fix it?

Is the answer really throwing more money via revenue sharing and luxury tax at the Rays? Or does this team need to either move elsewhere (out of state) or get out of their stadium into a better location within Tampa?

Stuart Sternberg, savvy owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, in a recent interview predicted that his team’s payroll must be sliced from more than $70 million this season to the $50 million range for 2011.

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Renewal of season tickets, Sternberg said, is “bad … not good.”

Usually when a team goes to the World Series, there’s an attendance jump the following season, but the 2009 Rays fell short of the Major League average of 30,351, drawing a disappointing 23,148.

The Tampa market is not supporting its team. Is it then therefore fair that MLB subsidizes this team to stay afloat (“good money after bad“)? Is it any more fair that the Yanks can out-spend their nearest high-spending competitor by $65m (in 2009)?

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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 having all of these good starting pitchers being able to compete for that 5th spot and ultimately possibly moving them into a bullpen strengthening role “ Dave Eiland-“Well, yeah, you just said it. It’s a tough decision, but a good one to have. The 4 guys that Continue reading “All of them go to the pen”

Morning link dump

A few worthwhile links to start your Tuesday morning off: RAB’s prolific Joe P. (does the man ever sleep?) ponders whether Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves are actually making cases for the fifth starter slot. Steven Goldman at the Pinstriped Bible explores Andy Pettitte’s HOF case, something that Mike looked at back in early January. Jay and Matt at Fack Youk are spearheading the campaign to get Kevin Youkilis to shave his unsightly facial hair. BBD dismisses yet another overblown A-Rod “scandal.”

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, the conversation the turned to Gardner’s productive base running. “I don’t like getting out when I’m hitting, but… stealing bases, I take a lot of pride in,” said Gardner. “You don’t want to just go out there and run. You’ve got to know who’s on the mound, know who’s at the plate Continue reading Brett Gardner’s great base running

Vazquez Mixes It Up In First Spring Start

From Ben Shpigel: By the end of Vazquez’s two-inning outing, it was practically forgotten because of another pitch – a changeup that Chase Utley flailed at for Strike 3. That pitch is what Manager Joe Girardi will take away from Vazquez’s debut, a game the Yankees won, 7-5. “That was as good a changeup as I’ve seen all spring,” Girardi said, adding, “It’s early for the hitters, too, but it was an outstanding changeup.” Vazquez has thrown a curveball and a changeup for many years, but he returns to the Yankees armed with a slider. All three pitches are vital Continue reading Vazquez Mixes It Up In First Spring Start

I wish this passed the sniff test *UPDATED*

The story first:

Galea told The Associated Press on Monday that he treated the Yankees star for his hip, which was “inflamed.” But Galea says he has never given HGH to any athlete and Rodriguez was given anti-inflammatories.

I wish this passed the sniff test with me. But it doesn’t. Here’s why:

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