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Yogi taken away in private ambulance *UPDATED*

Newday’s Erik Boland just tweeted the following:

Yogi Berra loaded into private ambulance at Bright House Fld. Clubhouse was closed just before 11:30 when paramedics arrived. No details yet

We’ll update when we hear more. Let’s all hope that it’s nothing serious and that #8 is back on the field soon.

Boland updates:

Cashman: Berra caught sneaker on carpet and fell. Did NOT hit head. Did not want to go to hosp. Being taken for precautionary reasons.

And here:

Girardi said Yogi was smiling and joking afterward

Whew! Continue reading Yogi taken away in private ambulance *UPDATED*

The ‘Brien Taylor’ Myth

Steve over at TYA does a nice job trying to analyze and evaluate the Brien Taylor myth, especially since Taylor’s name was invoked by Mariano Rivera yesterday during his discussion about Manny Banuelos. Notes Steve:

For most of our lives as Yankee fans we’ve heard the cautionary tale of Brien Taylor, who lost a promising career as a can’t-miss prospect due to a hometown bar fight in December of 1993 (the winter he was supposed to be in instructs). But the stats tell a different story, one of a pitcher who was very likely to have failed at the big league level had his control not improved. If the year over year trend on his walk rate had worsened, which is likely as the hitters he faced get increasingly selective, its quite possible he would have never made the big leagues at all. If he did, his stay would have been a short one.

Head on over for a full read, if you’re into myth-busting. And if you’re up for the “where are they now?” part of the Taylor story, head here. Continue reading The ‘Brien Taylor’ Myth

Mo’ praise for Banuelos

Manny Banuelos stands just 5’9″ tall, but his head might start to swell if he keeps reading the endless platitudes coming from all angles this Spring. None, however, hold greater weight and value than the words from the sublime Mariano Rivera:

“I like everything about him. The makeup and how he keeps his composure. I notice situations and how you react in situations. Where you make your pitches in tough situations, where you spot your pitches, he has the ability to do that.”

Mo is not oft-quoted and is usually guarded with comments like this which is precisely why his comments are so E.F. Hutton-esque.  Yes, the hyperbole continues to accelerate and we spoke at length about prospect fatigue yesterday. If you revisit Mark’s dual axis grid from yesterday, Banuelos is already in the upper-right-hand quadrant and continues to head northeast.

Eventually, so will Banuelos, to the south Bronx (instead of Trenton). Continue reading Mo’ praise for Banuelos

Navelgazing: About this Montero kid

There’s a bunch of stuff out today about Jesus Montero, again. I suppose it’s healthy to try to temper expectations, but no one likes having someone pee in their cornflakes, so I’m taking a bit of exception to it.

Leading off is Tim Marchman from the WSJ.com. Tim’s a talented writer who is doing his best “expectation tempering” here with regards to Montero:

Computer programs don’t just love Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero. They want to marry him. […]

Baseball is a game with a long history, though, and anyone ginning up an expectation that a player will do something that has never been done before is quite likely to be disappointed.

Now, I do not know the secret sauces that go into converting minor league stats into MLE’s, like those done via ZiPS, PECOTA, Bill James, etc. I find a bit of cheekiness with Marchman’s “Computer programs…” lead, as if the boxes themselves came up with these figures. Last I checked, artificial intelligence is not being used to project Major League Equivalents. Some smart guys are simply using the boxes to help churn the data.

(click “view full post” to read more) Continue reading Navelgazing: About this Montero kid

$54 million for Chapman? Huh?

Via Craig at HBT comes an interesting story (really, just an anecdote) about the Aroldis Chapman signing and eventual lawsuit between his warring representatives. Craig kicks it off with a tweet from Melissa Segura of SI:

The FL lawsuit v. Hendricks/ Fernandez says Yankees made “offer to Chapman valued at more than $54 million” Chap signed 6yr/$30.25 mil w Reds

Say what? Check out Craig’s take since he puts his powdered wig and robe to weigh in on the lawsuit. But stay for the comments, because it’s just wonderful when some knucklehead doesn’t actually, you know, read what was written and instead injects his own anti-Yankee screed into the comments. Like this:

Whoa whoa whoa! So the Yankees made a substanial offer to Aroldis, didn’t sign him, and are now suing his agent? My guess is that they will soon sue Cliff Lee’s agent or Zack Greinke for having Social Phobia. Poor Yankees, they can’t ever get a break.

Good times. Continue reading $54 million for Chapman? Huh?

Learning scout-speak

ESPN’s Keith Law dishes his first plate of scout-speak today.

Following and learning from this will help you not only better understand the lingo of the scouts who so often weigh in —anonymously— in reporters’ articles, but you can use it in everyday life to rate and evaluate co-workers, your group friends, family members and (especially) potential dates.

In part 1, learn the following:

  • Org player
  • NP
  • Extra guy
  • Fringy
  • Command versus control
  • Makeup and intangibles

Continue reading Learning scout-speak

Pitcher’s helmets are here, sorta

Easton-Bell, the sporting goods company and makers of head protection across various sports, has unveiled their pitcher’s helmet:

Armed with an increasing body of alarming medical research on the scope of brain injuries, the sports world aggressively has begun to confront the issue of improved safety equipment for the head – whether it’s for NFL players or youth sports athletes. The goal not only is to prevent sudden injuries, like the one Sandberg suffered, but also limit unseen brain trauma that might not become apparent for decades. […]

It’s essentially a padded band that slips comfortably over a baseball cap. The prototype weighs about 5½ ounces and has the look and feel of a bicycle helmet with the top cut off.

The helmet is designed to protect the pitcher from line drives that come screaming back from the batter’s box. (Sandberg said the ball that nearly ended his life was traveling 130 mph.)

Gunnar Sandberg, referenced above, is a high school ballplayer who was nearly killed by a come-backer that hit him in the head. The ball just missed his temple, which would have killed him. Instead, he spent two weeks in the hospital in a chemically-induced coma while they removed a portion of his skull to help with brain swelling. This, like so many other things, may not be 100% preventable, but the use of something like this would help everyone.

The trouble will be, as always, first getting it past MLB’s safety squad and then having the players accept such a thing. Quickly accepting change isn’t exactly something the players (and league) excels in. The larger helmets worn by batters were met with ridicule, but are slowly being used more often and now generally accepted.

I hope these become mandatory in little league up through college and eventually, the majors. Continue reading Pitcher’s helmets are here, sorta

Another Top 100 prospect ranking: BtB’s turn

We’ve been trying to keep track of the various prospect rankings that have been coming out this early Spring. Today, Beyond the Boxscore has their Top 100. Different than others is the fact that there are essentially two lists because each author submitted their own list. [And on top of that, here is their “composite” rankings of the other Top 100 lists done by BA, KLaw, Piliere and Goldstein.]

Yanks of note:

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