Sunday Links

–Terrific interview of Brian Cashman by Josh Norris of the Trentonian. The Montero quote is getting all the attention, but there’s some real good stuff in there on how the Yanks draft, valuing relievers, and how they handle their top prospects. If you’re someone who likes to follow the prospects, I’d bookmark that link for the upcoming season. –Ex-Yankee Russ Springer retires. It’s amazing how long this guy played. He was drafted by the Yanks in 7th round of the 1989 draft out of LSU, had a cup of coffee with the team in 1992 and was traded (with Jerry Continue reading Sunday Links

A look at Yankee minor league slugger Jorge Vazquez

Reader Mikhel asked us about Jorge Vazquez in our Brandon Laird post from the other day, and I have to admit: prior to doing the research I knew even less about Vazquez than I did about Laird. Per B-Ref, the burly righthanded hitter broke into the Mexican League — which is at the AAA level — in 2000 at age 19, and though he started out slowly during his first few seasons, he broke out in a huge way in 2005 (his age 23 season), posting a fearsome .379/.413/.796 line in 71 games. He followed that campaign up with three Continue reading A look at Yankee minor league slugger Jorge Vazquez

“Better than some starting catchers, defensively, in the big leagues right now”

Hype or hope, I’m not sure. No matter what, there are some great quotes from Brian Cashman about the farm system in this interview. Let’s take the headliner first, about Jesus Montero:

Hard work can close the gap on deficiencies. Derek Jeter made 56 errors in the South Atlantic League. … The minor leagues is (where you) work out your problems, and he’s certainly closing the gap. He’s not there yet, but he’s pretty damn close. We believe he’s better than some starting catchers, defensively, in the big leagues right now.

There are various reports about Montero’s defensive skills that range from poor to slightly better than average. He might not be the next Pudge behind the plate, but he sure can hit.

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What’s Wrong with Derek Jeter’s Swing?

In 2010, by all measures, Derek Jeter had what was probably the worst season of his career.  His .270 batting average, .340 OBP, and .370 slugging percentage all represented career lows.  He also hit ground balls at an incredibly high rate, nearly two thirds of the time, resulting in a BABIP that was almost 50 points below his career rate.  Jeter has been such a consistent and successful player throughout his career that after posting a .390 WOBA in 2009 at age 35, many people believed that like his teammate Mariano Rivera, the aging curve was merely a suggestion.  These Continue reading What’s Wrong with Derek Jeter’s Swing?

Steinbrenner's request

Courtesy of Mike Schriner, here’s a recent blog post from his mother, Mary Jane Schriner, a freelance writer for the New York Times and published author who recently wrote a story for the paper recalling her friendship with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. The post shares that Steinbrenner asked Mary Jane to burn the letters he sent her way back when. “As soon as we finished exchanging pleasantries George offered to buy me a cup of hot chocolate. The two of us sat at a small table in the back of deli and told amusing stories about our children’s escapades. Each Continue reading Steinbrenner's request

TYU hits the MSM

Allow me to toot our collective horn here at TYU for a moment. Every so often a mainstream media outlet will pick up on something that’s said here and link to it, as Rob Neyer did earlier this month. But three in one day is pretty exceptional and worth noting. Yesterday Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News and Joe DeLessio of New York Magazine both looked at Mo’s piece alleging  censorship on the part of YES, and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports took a quote from my Cashman breakfast recap on Tuesday. Here they are, in order: Bob Raissman Continue reading TYU hits the MSM

Levine: “Chuck’s delusional”

I do more than my fair share of Randy Levine bashing. Most of the time, I’d like to think it’s warranted. Today, however, is not a bashing. This is hilarious:

Chuck’s delusional. He’s been in the game for a few minutes and yet he thinks he knows what everyone’s thinkingI think he should let Cliff Lee speak for himself. (Greenberg) would really impress us when he keeps the Rangers off of welfare and keeps them from receiving revenue sharing the next three years.”

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NFL Players Need to Learn Lesson from MLB Counterparts: They Are at “War”

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). They have chosen to start the war. They have fired the gun.” – MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller, quoted by AP, February 20, 1981 “We are at war!” – NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, quoted by The New York Times, January 22, 2011 As the NFL and the NFLPA careen toward what seems like an inevitable work stoppage, both the commissioner and players’ representative have engaged in a bout of public relations saber rattling. Meanwhile, major league baseball is expected to quickly come to an agreement on a new CBA when the Continue reading NFL Players Need to Learn Lesson from MLB Counterparts: They Are at “War”

About the Mets sale: Yeah, Will nailed it

Our own Will was right on top of this Mets stuff back in October 2009, calling it deftly:

This entire phenomen is referred to as claw back, and I’m uncertain as to how long the lookback will be (though it’ll be somewhere between the Bayou-suggested 2 years, and the maximum of 6). However, it’s very likely that Sterling will end up trading the $570.6 million that they withdrew from Madoff for some appreciably smaller number. Given the size of the Madoff scheme (and the length of time it went on for) that number will probably be significantly lower than the 33% returned in the Bayou case.

For Mets’ fans hoping to see big name (and big money) acquisitions this offseason, to help make baseball’s second most expensive team competitive again, don’t hold your breath. For those of you hoping the Wilpons’ will have to sell (paving the way for someone not named Omar Minaya to take the reins), well, it may be a good year.

Nicely done, Will.

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