The folly of iconic managers

For one thing, let’s not pretend LaRussa is anything other than a first class jerk. Rasmus would hardly be the first player LaRussa has feuded with, and the list isn’t completely made up of hot headed young rabble-rousers either. His most notable recent feud was probably the one he had with Scott Rolen, a respected veteran, multiple gold glove winner, and a guy who’s generally gotten good reviews for his “clubhouse presence” in Toronto and Cincinnati since leaving St. Louis. No, the only common denominator in these situations is LaRussa himself.

On the other hand, LaRussa is a notorious backroom politician, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he had deliberately soured Cardinals’ fans on Rasmus in order to force the Cardinals to trade him for more pitching. I assume it doesn’t need to be said that Rasmus is spot on in his summation of LaRussa’s managerial style.

The only strange thing in all of this is that the Cardinals continue to let LaRussa win these fights and run talented players out of town.…

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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...

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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...

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Game 102: Mariners 9, Yankees 2

The Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.  Russell Martin singled to start and moved to third on a grounder by Eduardo Nunez.  Brett Gardner worked a walk and Martin scored on a sac fly by Derek Jeter.

Hughes lasted six innings, and the Yankees bullpen blew up in the seventh.  Ichiro lead off with a double to center and Brendan Ryan singled to short.  A throwing error by Robinson Cano allowed Ichiro to score and Ackley to reach first safely.  Justin Smoak worked a walk and Mike Carp cleared the bases with a triple.  Franklin Gutierrez capped off the inning with a RBI double and the Mariners surged ahead 7-1.

Curtis Granderson led off the eighth with a double to right.  He moved to third on a groundout by Teixeira and scored when Cano grounded out  to short.  Unfortunately, the Mariners added a couple more runs in the top of the ninth and the Yankees took a 9-2 loss.…

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At least respect our intelligence

But then there’s instant replay. Baseball, of course, doesn’t utilize instant replay, or at least not as much as it should, anyway, and as a result umpires and the game are consistently and repeatedly embarrassed by high profile blown calls. The big problem is that everyone else does have instant replay. I’ve seen last night’s blown call in Atlanta over a dozen times now, in slow motion, on a big screen, in high definition. Little old me, from my couch. The technology is just a fact of life to just about everyone in the world at this point, everyone except the people who matter, that is. And the reason baseball doesn’t have more replay is because Bud Selig doesn’t want it, plain and simple.

And you know what? That’s okay on some level. People disagree about things, and I guess it’s not the worst thing in the world if you think baseball shouldn’t expand the use of replay. But at least come up with a good explanation for your position, not this drivel Selig sent Joe Torre out to spew today:

“Having been the beneficiary of calls like this and having been on the other end in my experience as a player and as a manager, I have felt that this has always been a part of our game. 

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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...

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Felix Felixes Yanks; snaps 17-game losing streak

2015 cannot come soon enough. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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...

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

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Some of Brian Cashman's best decisions have involved trades he didn't make.

The trade deadline has resulted in some of the most lopsided deals in history, but that doesn’t...

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