K-Long on Melky: “He made himself tradeable”

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

18 thoughts on “K-Long on Melky: “He made himself tradeable”

  1. No Bat Speed

    Interesting, the Yankees didn't seem to mind Melky's .391 showing against The Angels in the 2009 ALCS.

    Hey Long – your mistake was not turning him over to Alex Rodriguez, who could smell a born hitter. You guys can't identify nascent, contact-oriented bats with great line drive ability (Montero/Cabrera – who would make the current lineup the monster one it could have been, instead of the slow bats geriatric society Cashman/Girardi & Co. have allowed it to become in the name of their Theo Epstein co-opted "run prevention" gimmick, so you revert to character assassination when a guy makes you look bad. You now have a bunch of left-handed guys (save Cano) who can't even take advantage of the short porch enough to make up for a ghastly success rate with RISP, because they get beat to the spot on the inner third of the plate nightly once a pitcher bears down.

    Meanwhile, you pulled the rug out from under the offense in January for "pitching" when you have pitching up the wazoo, but couldn't recognize that, either. You guys don't even know what your strengths are.

    Better hope Abe Amonte, Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, or Corban Joseph (all of whom can handle the bat) take a major step, because now that Montero's gone and Melky long gone, you're waiting on plus bats that are still in Charleston and Tampa.

    • John Hancock

      All good points. I happen to think Kevin Long spends too much time talking (and taking credit for the few success stories the Yankee lineup has) when maybe he should spend more time addressing the real issues these aging batters have – even during their 10 game winning streak.

    • BrienJackson

      "You guys can't identify nascent, contact-oriented bats with great line drive ability (Montero/Cabrera – who would make the current lineup the monster one it could have been, instead of the slow bats geriatric society Cashman/Girardi & Co. have allowed it to become in the name of their Theo Epstein co-opted "run prevention" gimmick…"

      *Goes to Fangraphs, sees the Yankees leading the A.L. in wRC+*

      "Meanwhile, you pulled the rug out from under the offense in January for "pitching" when you have pitching up the wazoo, but couldn't recognize that, either. "

      *clicks around on Fangraphs, sees the Yankees are 6th in rotation FIP, but closer to 11th than 1st and including the performance of Andy Pettitte, who wasn't with the team until March*

      Um, do you have a newsletter to which I can subscribe?

    • skeaney

      "Interesting, the Yankees didn't seem to mind Melky's .391 showing against The Angels in the 2009 ALCS. "

      Small sample size. This is the same thing as arguing that Arod is not clutch or clutch depending on the year.

      As for the rest… he is has a .404 BAbip. His career mark is .308. He will come down to earth and if not, who is to assume he ever would have actually developed the way he did without the kick in the ass that being traded, released and traded again within two years caused?

      The contact bat comment can be refuted by one name… Cano.

      • No Bat Speed

        Small sample size defines the playoffs. He helped them beat the team that would have kept them from getting to the World Series. Just throwing around saber lingo will not persuade me.

        Cabrera also hit .298/.373/.420 with RISP in 2009 season in 155 PAs.

        We could sure use a 27 year old OF with a level swing who can drive the ball down both lines and into the gaps, and who can do so as a LHB and RHB.

      • No Bat Speed

        Not so. They tried to trade Cano three times, reportedly. Once, for over the hill Randy Johnson. They're lucky Arizona rejected the deal. He was also to be in the ARod deal.

  2. John Hancock

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    I understand the point of the article – that Melky is not the same player he was with The Yankees, however, my issue with The Yankees is that they don't give their young players a chance. Melky actually had more of a shot than many other young players with talent who we got rid of only to see them flourish on other teams.

    I understand The Yankee mentality to "win now", however, with the star-studded rosters we've had for the last 13 or 14 years, the team could well afford to carry a Melky Cabrera, a Juan Rivera, an Austin Jackson (even though that trade turned out well for all parties), to name a few until they reached their potential.

    I always thought Melky had talent and, what I liked most about him, is that the didn't wilt in big spots. That last attribute is so important for anyone playing in The Bronx, that I hate to see someone with it not excel here. Too bad Mr. Kevin Long and others in the Yankee hierarchy weren't able to motivate Melky to push himself to the next level. He's making his old buddy Cano look like a slacker!

    • BrienJackson

      You would contend then that the Braves and Royals are two other organizations that don't know how to evaluate young talent?

    • Chris

      Typical whiny brain-dead Yankee fan. “Why don’t we give young players a chance?” Then said young players go through growing pains. “We have to win every game! Get rid of them!”

      The Braves and Royals also gave up on Melky, genius. At least we got back a very good reliever. The Braves and Royals got nothing. Someone will be stupid enough to give Melky a big contract and he’ll go right back to being the same player.

      • BrienJackson

        In hindsight, it's sort of unfair to say that the Royals gave up on Melky, as they already have plenty of outfield options and had a desperate need for pitching. That they got a not-so-good pitcher in exchange for him doesn't necessarily imply that they gave up on him.

  3. not Montero's dad

    Melky is a product of unsustainable BABIP. He's still not particularly good.

    • BrienJackson

      Not sure I'll buy that either. Even if his BABIP regresses to where it was last season, he's going to end up having a pretty damn good season.

    • No Bat Speed

      LOL. You really want to go on record saying Melky Cabrera is "still not particularly good" ???

      You're resting your case on BABIP?

      Cabrera's not going to stay at .404, but if you haven't looked at his LD rates, maybe you should (22.3 percent; they have increased every year since 2010). He also can run, so he's got tools that are naturally going to create a high BABIP (had a high one last year, as well): LD ability – or ability to square the baseball – and speed to outrun it.

      There was an article in MLB.com a couple weeks ago about Cabrera having not struck out yet this season on an inside pitch. People who get hitting mechanics know that means 1). His plate discipline, coverage, and pitch recognition are like, reeeally good, and

      2). He can turn on the inside pitch: that would be bat speed.

  4. Fernando

    The comments about Melky are NOT new. They are the same things that were said when he played with the team, so it's not like they re saying those things now that he is succeeding.

  5. leftylarry

    For those who know the facts,Melky was taking Cano down with him.This was like trading Billy Martin to try to save Mickey Mantle.

    • Bill

      I've heard that from more than a couple of sources, one of which worked at a restaurant where the two of them used to hang. However, if Melky has indeed cleaned up his act, I'm sure the Yanks will kick the tires on him this winter.

  6. downlomolthe

    awesome!!!

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