Yankee Bullpen Could Go Deep

[image title=”chan_ho_park_kick” size=”full” id=”16234″ align=”center” alt=”Chan Ho Park’s greatest MLB moment” linkto=”full” ]The current Yankee bullpen lineup of Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte, David Robertson, Sergio Mitre, Chan Ho Park, Alfredo Aceves and Joba Chamberlain. A lot has been written about how formidable this group looks going in to the season. The Yankees probably have the most reliable, deep group of relievers that they’ve started the season with in years. What is less written about is something that we don’t see all that often in baseball these days. The 2010 Yankee bullpen sports four different relievers who could genuinely be considered long relievers, and one Continue reading Yankee Bullpen Could Go Deep

Derek Wants To Be An Owner

[image title=”Royals Yankees Baseball” size=”full” id=”16229″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] As Chris mentioned this morning, Derek Jeter has lofty aspirations for his career once he is done playing: The New York Yankees captain told The Associated Press that once his career is over, he envisions himself pursuing ownership of a professional sports franchise—like Michael Jordan. Jeter, one of several athletes who endorses the Jordan Brand, was in Tampa Thursday at an event celebrating the launch of his ninth signature shoe, the Jordan Jeter Throwback. Jordan recently purchased majority ownership of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats. Jeter stressed he has no interest in Continue reading Derek Wants To Be An Owner

Could Mitre lose his spot to Logan?

Sergio Mitre has pitched well this spring, posting a 3.38 ERA over 16 innings. He has walked only 4 and has struck out 14. More importantly, though, thanks to his sharp sinker, Mitre has kept the ball on the ground, allowing only 1 HR over his 5 appearances. Essentially, barring a complete collapse, he has had a very successful preseason in Tampa and, with the fifth starter race over, he appears to be the team’s “long-man” going into the regular season. However, even with a quietly effective spring performance under his belt, could Mitre be bounced to make room for Continue reading Could Mitre lose his spot to Logan?

A Rant

Normally, I consider myself a pretty reasonable person. In general, I don’t let my emotions get the best of me. Most of the time, when confronted with something I don’t agree with, I’ll at least try to think it through and see the valid points of the opposition. As a rule, I try to avoid gut reactions. Yesterday, I broke that rule. When I found out that Phil Hughes would be the fifth starter, via phone conversation with my girlfriend when I left my internship, I let loose an array of curses like few I’ve uttered before. I’m very angry Continue reading A Rant

I don't think so

Given today’s observance of No Joba No Hughes Day, there doesn’t seem to be anything all that exciting going on in Yankeeland aside from non-news such as Marcus Thames sucking, Chad Gaudin being released and that Goddamned steroid cheat A-Rod being caught on video frenching a horse while shooting up heroin (please note the sarcasm), so here’s a ridiculous commercial from 1994 for the greatest baseball video game of all time featuring Cito Gaston for no apparent reason: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgFimyW5rk0]

A-Rod To Tell Investigators What Many Of Us Already Know

[image title=”*Apr 14 – 00:05*” size=”full” id=”16226″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] A-Rod is expected to meet with Federal investigators today to discuss his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea. Joel Sherman chimes in with the details on what Alex is planning to tell them: A-Rod associates say there is nothing to worry about. This is about Galea, who is dealing with drug charges in his native Canada and an FBI investigation in the States involving illegal performance enhancers. A-Rod is expected to tell investigators he was directed to Galea by chiropractor Mark Lindsay, who was authorized to work with Rodriguez by Dr. Continue reading A-Rod To Tell Investigators What Many Of Us Already Know

Quick Notes: Jeter, Gaudin, Joba/Hughes

Here are a few quick news items on the day: After some speculation earlier in the year, Derek Jeter confirmed that he wants to be an owner one day. Since being released by the Yankees, the Mets, Dodgers, and D-Backs have checked in on Chad Gaudin. According to team GM, Brian Cashman, Joba Chamberlain is still a starter, he’s just in the ‘pen in 2010. Does anyone actually believe that (especially if Joba dominates out of the ‘pen this year)? Photo by Getty Images

Bill James on the need for “perverse economic incentives”

Bill James is an interesting dude. His voice carries significant weight in and around baseball. He was interviewed recently and he had some good stuff to say about MLB payrolls and teams content to get fat on cash rather than win. Keep in mind, too, that he’s an employee of the RedSox, not exactly a small market team…

What are the biggest issues facing baseball right now?

We’re making a lot of progress on the income disparity between the teams. We haven’t wiped that out but we have made significant progress on that. It could be that the biggest issue now is getting the — well, I’m between a rock and a hard place here. I’ve got to make news to sell books, but not make too much news to avoid being fired. We have some franchises now that are happy to make money and don’t care whether they win. That destroys the enterprise if you get too much of it. If you get too many franchises that are just counting the cash and are not committed to the effort to win, that seriously undermines the game. At some point, we have to get a hold of that. There may be perverse economic incentives in the game that need to be restructured in order to prevent that from happening.

We’ve mentioned this before, too many times. You can’t simply reign in the top spenders without doing something about the teams “hoarding” the revenue sharing loot.

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Coming soon: ESPNNY.com

And no, I don’t think I was invited to the launch party. Bummer. Must have gotten lost in the mail. Or email. Whatever.

Here’s to hoping that IIATMS has a spot there, too, thanks to our Rob Neyer/ SweetSpot Network affiliation!

See that “Blogs & Columns” header? We’d fit quite nicely in there, we think (hint, hint!).

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