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 more capable of going multiple innings. Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, and Sergio Mitre all showed their starting skills in spring training. Chan Ho Park is a former starter who frequently went multiple innings last year, and David Robertson averaged over 2 innings per appearance in the minors.

I’m not too sure what the implications of having a bullpen capable of going so long are.… Click here to read the rest

Derek Wants To Be An Owner

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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 owning a small, non-controlling share of a baseball team.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able to call the shots. I’ve said that time and time again.”

While this sounds like a perfectly good plan, I see a few issues with it. Firstly, Jordan likely has more money than Derek does, and he needed to scrounge together enough cash to buy the Charlotte Bobcats.… Click here to read the rest

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 left-hander, Boone Logan, who has also pitched rather well this spring albeit over just 8 innings (2.25 ERA, 8 K)?

As we all know, Joe Girardi loves having two left-handers in the bullpen and, one wonders – although I have written about how the Yankees do not need two lefties with Dave Robertson around – whether or not that affinity will cost Mitre.… Click here to read the rest

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 about this.

Before going any farther, I want to say this: my ire is not to be taken as vitriol against Phil Hughes. I like Phil Hughes and I really hope he succeeds in the rotation. He’s got all the tools to do so, and I think he’ll prove himself well. Anyway, let me tell you all why I’m angry about this (it’s pretty predictable):

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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] … Click here to read the rest

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

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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. Marc Philippon, who performed hip surgery on A-Rod on March 9, 2009.

Rodriguez, The Post has learned, will claim he received five sessions of platelet replacement therapy, which he feels greatly accelerated his healing process and enabled him to get back to the majors by early May.
Rodriguez is planning to insist he had no prior relationship with Galea and never received any illegal drugs such as HGH.

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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)?

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Bill James on the need for “perverse economic incentives”

What are some ideas? I’ve heard people say teams that don’t reinvest their revenue-sharing money shouldn’t be allowed to turn a profit.

I don’t know, but that sounds like an invitation to creative accounting. I imagine they might find a way for some other corporation with which they have a relationship to turn a nice profit.

Gross revenue? Net revenue?  You have any idea what’s coming out to go from one to the other?  Ask the McCourts and their amazing salaries to themselves and their non-baseball-working sons.  Point is, a lot of things can happen before we get to gross revenue.  Another idea of mine which I have mentioned many, many times: If you’re among the “top 5” revenue sharing beneficiaries, your books should be open to MLB’s forensic accountants.  As I said here:

The top 5 teams that take in the revenue sharing/luxury tax payments must provide audited financial statements to MLB to “prove” they spent the handouts on improving the club via “sources and uses” schedules.Click here to read the rest