The folly of iconic managers

I hope the feud between Tony LaRussa and Tony Rasmus, the father of new Blue Jay Colby Rasmus, doesn’t end anytime soon, because it’s insanely fun. Here’s Rasmus talking about LaRussa after the trade was finalized yesterday:

“Evidently Tony (La Russa) has absolutely made that stuff up. He’s got it on the brain. If I was working with my son I’d tell people.

“Tony needed pitching and wanted to force the GM into making a trade, so he belittled Colby to the fans.”

Besides adding right-handed starter Edwin Jackson, who the Jays had acquired from the White Sox earlier Wednesday, the Cards added relievers Marx Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel from the Jays.

“Tony would like to have 25 pitchers,” Tony Rasmus said, “like he thinks he has to put his stamp on every ball game. They had nothing else to trade. I think everyone is better off now.”

Most people have chastised Rasmus for occasionally speaking up on behalf of his son, but personally I feel for him. I don’t know if he’s been giving him coaching on the side and Colby ignored his actual coaches because of it or not, but frankly I doubt it. On the other hand, it seems to me that there’s a non-negligible chance that Rasmus is completely right about everything else.

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Kuroda vs. Jimenez

The trade deadline is ever approaching and the rumors are swirling harder and harder. We heard yesterday that the Yankees are intensifying their pursuit of Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda and, of course, they’re still in on Rockies’ right hander Ubaldo Jimenez. So, I think this is a good time for us to have a nice discussion. Given the current and future needs of the Yankees, would you rather trade for Jimenez or Kuroda? The case for Kuroda: 1. The price will be considerably less. 2. He’ll be a free agent, so there’s no long term commitment. He could also net Continue reading Kuroda vs. Jimenez

Will Montero force the Yankees’ hand?

Lots of digital ink has been spilled discussing the Yankees’ handling of Jesus Montero over the past few weeks, with many reasonable people coming to different conclusions about when the 21 year-old catcher should be promoted to the bigs.  A number of people (myself included) were unsatisfied with Montero’s offensive line at AAA (OPS’ing in the .750 range with an increased strikeout rate and a decreased walk rate), and reports about his boredom gave reason to be concerned about his maturity.  I personally was hesitant to reward his slacking off with a promotion.  Plus there did not seem to be Continue reading Will Montero force the Yankees’ hand?

Game 102: Mariners 9, Yankees 2

The Mariners’ losing streak screeched to a halt Wednesday afternoon, as King Felix stymied the Yankees offense. The game was close for much of the afternoon, but the New York bullpen was unable to keep the Bombers in it, as their offense looked anemic against the Seattle ace. While the Yankees won the series, the Mariners finally snapped a seventeen game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Pinstripes.

Both Felix Hernandez and Phil Hughes looked good early, but the Mariners broke through in the top of the third. Ichiro Suzuki hit a one out single and scored on a triple by Dustin Ackley, putting Seattle ahead 1-0. Jack Cust, Josh Bard and Ichiro started the fifth with singles, loading the bases. Ackley drove another RBI in with a lined single to left and the Mariners were ahead 2-0.

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The Farm Report 7/27/11 – Two homers for Culver

Apologies for the lack of rounding up on the farm stuff last night; things came up. Montero homered. As for today: Triple-A Scranton beat Buffalo 3-2 Buffalo tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, and it took a Jordan Parraz homer in the top of the ninth to put Scranton ahead. Kevin Whelan had an interesting save where he threw two wild pitches and allowed the tying run to reach third, but he closed the game out. Greg Golson also homered, and Luis Nunez and Austin Krum doubled. Lance Pendleton had a pretty good start, giving up two Continue reading The Farm Report 7/27/11 – Two homers for Culver

At least respect our intelligence

I’m usually inclined to defend Bud Selig from a lot of what I feel are unfair criticisms of him. On a host of issues ranging from steroids to his general stewardship of the game, I think Bud usually gets a bum rap because baseball fans just generally don’t like him. And though I’ll never fully forgive him for the 1994 strike and sacrificing the World Series for his desire to break the MLBPA, I think he’s learned his lesson in many ways and is probably the best commissioner in any sport right now.

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TYA and MasterCard Yankee Ticket Giveaway! Win FREE Yankee tickets to see the Bombers play the Orioles this weekend!

TYA is incredibly pleased to have the opportunity to give away a very limited number of FREE Yankee tickets to two Yankee games this weekend against the Orioles! The lucky winners will have the opportunity to sit in the MasterCard Batter’s Eye Section in center field, recently immortalized in MasterCard’s excellent new Priceless New York ad campaign in which a Yankee fan walks all around New York giving Yankee tickets away to fellow fans. Did we mention they are FREE? Here’s the deal. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section of this post letting Continue reading TYA and MasterCard Yankee Ticket Giveaway! Win FREE Yankee tickets to see the Bombers play the Orioles this weekend!

Felix Felixes Yanks; snaps 17-game losing streak

Sometimes I hate being right. With the best pitcher in the American League (non-CC Sabathia division) going against a struggling Phil Hughes still trying to find his way, not to mention the fact that Seattle — bad as they are — was beyond overdue for a win, this game had all the makings of a Yankee loss, and of course that’s exactly what happened, as Felix Hernandez pitched the Mariners to a 9-2 victory, snapping the team’s franchise-record 17-game losing streak. Hernandez went seven strong innings, striking out five though also walking a surprising four, but the Yankees of course Continue reading Felix Felixes Yanks; snaps 17-game losing streak

A Look at Notable Trades the Yankees Didn’t Make During the Cashman Era

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog). The trade deadline has resulted in some of the most lopsided deals in history, but that doesn’t mean evey swap made under the gun has to have a winner and loser.  Each year, there are just as many deadline deals that are prudent as ones that are impetuous, but what about the trades that don’t get made? Sometimes, by not pulling an itchy trigger, a general manager can make his team a deadline winner even without making a single transaction. During his Yankee tenure, Brian Cashman has not been very active during the trade deadline. Continue reading A Look at Notable Trades the Yankees Didn’t Make During the Cashman Era