Questions for the Hot Stove and Beyond

The official start of the Hot Stove season isn’t until after the World Series, but friends, it is never too early to start thinking about it. Steve hit on the top ten things the Yankees must do in the offseason earlier, so I won’t rehash something like that. Instead, I’m going to offer up a few brief questions, give a few brief answers, and leave them for you all to talk amongst yourselves. 1. Brandon Laird is coming off of a career year and has a 1.002 OPS in the Arizona Fall League thus far. The way I see it, Continue reading Questions for the Hot Stove and Beyond

Non-Yankees WS ratings down, so what?

Yes, ratings for the WS are, so far, below last year’s ratings. Is this any surprise? Take out two of the largest markets and ratings will slide.

Game 1 of the World Series was the top-rated program on television last night, and drew the fifth-largest prime time audience of the week. Among Adults 18-49, last night’s game averaged a 4.7 rating to give FOX its best night of prime time television in that demographic since the network’s American Idol finale in May.

Even so, compared to last year’s World Series Game 1, last night’s audience was down 25 percent in ratings and down 23 percent on average audience. Compared to the last non-Yankees World Series Game 1 — Phillies-Rays in 2008 — the opener was up 3 percent on viewership.

But the bigger question: Should you care? I say no.

Baseball’s as healthy as ever, despite all attempts to kill it and all dumb ideas that threaten its progress (or disguised as progress).

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Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

On Wednesday, commenter Phil raised what I thought was a pretty interesting notion, one that I really hadn’t thought about at all since July — what if the Yankees had consummated the rumored trade for Dan Haren, and how might that have altered the outcome of the season? Now, the idea of going back and tossing out all of the crappy Dustin Moseley/Javier Vazquez, etc. starts and inserting what Haren did with the Angels, while tempting, has a spectacular amount of flaws. There are so many presuppositions that need to be made, and obviously the rotation would have continued to Continue reading Would trading for Dan Haren have changed the outcome of the Yankees' season?

They Were Talking About What?!

Mark it down in your calendars folks, I’m speechless. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

According to major-league sources, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was intent on making Guillen his next manager. Talks, sources say, progressed to the point that there was discussion of executing a trade that would send Guillen, who has a year left on his contract, to the Marlins for 20-year-old outfielder Mike Stanton, who hit 22 home runs and knocked in 59 runs in just 100 games as a rookie this season.

After Guillen met with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf late in the season and agreed to return to the Sox in 2011 — but not getting a desired extension — the Marlins talks died, sources say.

I’m parsing this a little bit, but it sounds to me like the Marlins offered to trade Stanton for Guillen…and the White Sox picked Ozzie! This is madness. I thought it would be hard for the White Sox to top the Swisher trade, but if this is true, it’s a lot worse than that. But it’s even worse for Florida to have entertained the idea. And to think, these two franchises have accounted for 3 world championships since 1997.

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Girardi’s hits and misses

Chad Jennings over at LoHud recaps some of the decisions that did and didn’t work for the Yankee manager this season. I’ll go through them individually, with comments of my own. Here goes: Three decisions that worked Taking the fifth: Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes Agree. It was time to challenge him entering his age 27 season and he didn’t disappoint. We all knew the tools were there with Robbie and his profile is that of a perfect #5 hitter given how much he swings the bat and his contact rates. The Yanks have wanted him there for years, and Continue reading Girardi’s hits and misses

Girardi's hits and misses

Chad Jennings over at LoHud recaps some of the decisions that did and didn’t work for the Yankee manager this season. I’ll go through them individually, with comments of my own. Here goes: Three decisions that worked Taking the fifth: Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes Agree. It was time to challenge him entering his age 27 season and he didn’t disappoint. We all knew the tools were there with Robbie and his profile is that of a perfect #5 hitter given how much he swings the bat and his contact rates. The Yanks have wanted him there for years, and Continue reading Girardi's hits and misses

Jose Guillen Linked to HGH; Barred from Post-Season?

The New York Times is reporting that San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Jose Guillen has been linked to a federal investigation into shipments of human growth hormone (or HGH).

Is this just another story of a baseball player with ties to performance-enhancing drugs? Or in this case, a story of a ballplayer using a performance-enhancing drug that may not really enhance performance? No, there’s a bit more to this story.

You see, in this case the feds apparently tipped off Major League Baseball that Guillen was under investigation. Major League Baseball then tipped off the Giants. The Giants then removed Guillen from their post-season roster. You may have noticed, Guillen did not play in the division or championship series, and he’s not playing in the World Series.

Is there anything more to this story? Perhaps. MLB Trade Rumors reports that Commissioner Bud Selig “suggested” to the Giants that Guillen be removed from San Francisco’s postseason roster. The New York Times is more blunt in its assessment. According to the Times, the Giants were “directed” by Bud Selig to keep Guillen off the roster.

If this is true, we have quite a story on our hands. Did Commissioner Bud Selig order the Giants to drop a player from their roster, based solely on the player being under federal investigation? Without proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or even proof by a preponderance of the evidence? Without even giving the player a chance to defend himself?

Wow. Can the Commissioner of Baseball really do that?

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The gratuitous Joe Girardi post

It’s official — the Yankees have resigned Joe Girardi to a three year, $9 million pact. A $450-$500k incentive has also been baked into the agreement dependent upon postseason success. In other words, the rumors during the past few days have been fairly close to reality. In terms of salary relative to his peers, Girardi will be the sixth-highest paid skipper in MLB. Since Girardi took the helm back in 2008, the Yankees have experienced three winning seasons and one World Championship. Obviously, Girardi isn’t exactly hurting for talent. Still, he’s managed to generally excel in his bullpen management, the Continue reading The gratuitous Joe Girardi post

Open Thread

This appears to be something of an off-day for us, with everyone being busy with various things. So here’s an open thread to talk about whatever you want to talk about. Whether it’s Joe Girardi and the Binder of Doom, the World Series, potential offseason moves, crazy trades you want to make. You name it, it’s all fair game here. Continue reading Open Thread