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.

About Brien Jackson

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. 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.

  2. Enter text right here!
    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!

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

  4. 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. 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.