Rob Dibble is a Wimp

I would like to take a second to respond to Dibble’s comments trying to walk his original comments back, however. Via TCM:

“If you’re hurt, you can’t suck it up, so that’s a moot point, but if you’re not hurt, that’s what I was talking about. If you’re not hurt and your arm’s fine, then keep pitching….Our opinions are formulated through facts, not fiction, not their little chat room jargon, and so they can try and twist it any way they want, and if a guy’s hurt, he’s hurt, he’s going to go on the disabled list, it’s a moot point. But if he’s not hurt, get your butt out there and play….They’re two totally different scenarios, so, you know, stick to what you know, which is nothing, and stick to your little blogs.”

Hey Rob, suck it up! This obviously isn’t what you said, and even you can read well enough to know this “defense” isn’t at all convincing. And this is a bit of a pattern with you, isn’t it?… Click here to read the rest

Yanks give Jays taste of own medicine in 11-5 rout

After being on the receiving end of Toronto home run after home run for a good portion of the 10 games the two teams had played thus far, the Yankees finally flexed a little muscle of their own, pumping five home runs on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

Dustin Moseley was much better against Toronto this time around, throwing six innings and only giving up two runs (and no extra-base hits!) to a very dangerous Blue Jay lineup. Heck, Jose Bautista didn’t even hit any Jose Bautistas! Chad Gaudin gave up three runs of his own in two innings, but he could afford to given that the Yankees had jumped out to an 11-2 lead. And Kerry Wood continued to look very good, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.

The Yankees unloaded on Mark Rzepczynski for six runs and Brian Tallet for five, and it felt great to finally give the Jays a taste of their own medicine.… Click here to read the rest

The Plan for Nova, Hughes and Vazquez gets clearer

Photo courtesy of the NY Daily News

On the heels of Ivan Nova’s impressive MLB debut as a starter, questions arose about how he will be worked in with the other starters. We found out right away that Javier Vazquez would be skipped a turn, but there was also the lingering question of how the Yanks will manage Phil Hughes’ innings this year. Yesterday, Mark Fiensand of the New York Daily News got some answers.

Tuesday, Joe Girardi announced that Vazquez (9-9, 5.05 ERA) would be skipped again this Sunday, but unlike the situation nearly four months ago, there’s no guarantee that the 13-year veteran will reclaim his job.

Rookie Ivan Nova, who impressed Girardi Monday night against the Blue Jays, will start on Sunday, effectively replacing Vazquez in the rotation for the immediate future.

“The last time we skipped Javy a start, it kick-started him and got him on a roll,” Girardi said. “I’m not saying what we’ll do after Sunday, but maybe it will help him physically.”

Girardi wouldn’t commit to anything for the following turn through the rotation, leaving Vazquez’s future in limbo.Click here to read the rest

Game 126: Yankees 11, Blue Jays 5

The Bombers used the longball to put some space between them and the Blue Jays in the top of the third. Teixeira drove a monster solo homer over the left field fence.  Cano worked a walk and Thames followed with a homer to left.  Posada then connected with the third Yankee homer of the inning, putting yet another ball into the stands in left field and giving the Yankees a 6-0 lead.

Dustin Moseley dominated the Blue Jays lineup the first time through, but got into some trouble in the bottom of the fourth.  He started the inning by walking Yunel Escobar and then gave up a single to Jose Bautista.  Vernon Wells then singled to right, scoring Escobar and moving Bautista to third with no outs.  Moseley battled back and got Adam Lind to line out to left and Aaron Hill to pop out to Cano, before getting Lyle Overbay to ground out to second to end the inning with New York ahead 6-1.… Click here to read the rest

YES Right, Raissman Wrong On Clemens

Bob Raissman, as his wont, fired off a rant against the YES Network’s treatment of the Roger Clemens indictment. Here are the key passages:

Seriously though, why would the brainiacs running YES, or suits in the Yankees front office, offer Clemens a cloud of media cover by initially blacking out news of his indictment? Maybe they don’t want their voices discussing the possibility of Andy Pettitte having to testify at a Clemens trial. Or the fact that any other current Yankee who was around Clemens when he was with the club could be subpoenaed.

Beyond that, the franchise has distanced itself from the Rocket. He has no current value, marketing or otherwise, to the Yankees or Al Yank. Nonetheless, there’s still some affection. Kay’s “report” was sympathetic, his tone melancholy. Cue the weeping violin.

“I don’t know if he lied to Congress but I’ll tell you this, on a personal level I got along great with Roger Clemens. I liked him.

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On YES

I’ve been holding a lot of this back, so if this seems like nit picking, I’m sorry. These feelings on the Yankees’ behemoth of a regional sports network have been welling up inside me since the beginning of the season.

But, since I’m generally a nice guy, I’m gonna start with some positives. Generally, YES does a good job presenting the game. There are rarely picture quality issues and aside from the occasional close-up-that’s-too-long, the camera work is solid and acceptable. They may not try anything bold, but they keep it simple and there’s something to be said for that.

A good portion of this piece will be about the Yankee announcers, but to their credit, they’re generally pretty good. My girlfriend has the Extra Innings package so I’ve had a good deal of exposure to non-Yankee announcers and aside from Vin Scully, I don’t particularly like any of them. Most of them blatantly root for the teams they call games for and are just way over the top.… Click here to read the rest

Know your enemy: Potential opposing starting pitchers in the postseason

Last season the Yankees steamrolled the competition down the stretch. They went 9-1 versus the Red Sox in the second half, and picked up a key series win in Anaheim in late September. The victories heading into October were a statement. Forget whatever had happened earlier in the year, the Yankees were the team to beat heading into the playoffs.

This season is playing out differently. The Yankees remain the best team in baseball, but the Rays are hot on their heels, occasionally tying them for first place. This year’s Yankee team also has injury problems and pitching questions. Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte are both on the DL. It is unclear if either will be 100% in time for the playoffs. Phil Hughes may or may not have an innings limit. A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez are complete enigmas. These kinds of questions didn’t linger over last season’s team. Every key player was healthy. The team had home field advantage throughout the playoffs along with three excellent starters ready to contribute to a deep October run.
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Race, Baseball, and Third Base Coaches

Racism didn’t end with Robinson’s entrance. African-American players still faced segregated hotels, discrimination from their own teammates and fans as well as the same from other fans, and barriers to other front office jobs. The situation improved, however, to the point where there are no segregated hotels or restaurants, teammates largely accept their teammates and opponents no matter the race, and minorities have greatly expanded access to upper-level jobs. Individual racism in baseball, like in most areas of life, is gone, but structural racism still exists. Players still face stereotypes. Latin Americans (who used to have to Anglocize their names—Vic Power was Victor Pellot before arriving in the US— even before Jackie Robinson and cannot be forgotten in this discussion) usually receive the stigma of being lazy or emotional (or in Yunel Escobar’s case, both), and stigmas are difficult to drop. African-Americans and Hispanics have to be “toolsy” players, usually with speed, to differentiate themselves. White players don’t need to be as “toolsy”, but they are expected to have intangibles.… Click here to read the rest