Ozzie Being Ozzie and the Pratfalls of the Rotating DH

“For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes it’s my fault,” Guillen said Wednesday during a 13-minute pre-game interview devoted mostly to Thome’s departure last August and the decision not to re-sign him.

“If those people don’t like that, (bleep) them.”
Guillen reminded reporters that it was Thome who waived his no-trade clause on Aug. 31 to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he’s getting more playing time with the Twins recently only because slugger Justin Morneau has been sidelined since July 8 because of a concussion.

“I’m not afraid,” Guillen said. “I can care less what people think. We’re in second place. When Jim Thome was here, we finished third three times out of four years (actually two third-place finishes and one fourth-place ending). We went to one playoff because he hit a home run to go to the playoffs.

“Listen, I don’t make that decision, we made that decision.

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Game 120: Tigers 5, Yankees 9

Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer off Dustin Moseley to start the top of the second, but the Yankees’ hurler shook it off and got Johnny Damon, Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge out in order.  A two out solo homer by Cabrera in the fourth put the Tigers down just 3-2, but the Yankees would strike back quickly.

In the bottom of the fourth, Austin Kearns worked a one out walk.  Ramiro Pena, filling in at third, lined a triple to center, scoring Kearns.  Gardner followed with a RBI double and would score when Mark Teixeira reached on an error.  The Yankees lead was then 6-2.

Inge struck out to start the fifth, but Alex Avila worked a walk.  Don Kelly drove a homer to right center and suddenly the Tigers were well within striking distance.  Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning and the Yankees were ahead 7-4.

The Bronx Bombers were not finished yet, however, as Teixeira lead off the seventh with a single to center. …

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Appreciating the Bullpen

Despite the Yankees recent offensive struggles, and injuries to the starting rotation, the Yankee bullpen has been holding it down this summer.  There hasn’t been much written about the pen’s success of late, so I might as well give them some props for turning what has often been an Achilles heel for the Yankees into...

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TYU Podcastin' With Craig Mahoney

Yesterday, I joined Craig Mahoney for his Pinstriped Podcast, and we talked about the state of the team, Jeter’s future, the local media and the atrocity that is ESPN NY, and some other assorted tidbits. Craig is a rising star and I just want to thank him again for having me on his show. You...

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The Case for Jorge Posada

(Originally published here, reposted for discussion.)

A few days ago, über-writer Joe Posnanski published a piece in which he asked which Yankee was more valuable throughout his career: Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera?

The common answer I came across was: “head says Jeter, heart says Mo.”

The answer I came across that made me want...

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Unions Protecting the Right of Their Members?! Oh No!

The crux of Doyel’s column seems to be that the baseball union is out of control and needs to be broken because…they won’t jump on board if the Mets try to inflict some sort of extreme punishment on K-Rod that they have no authority to levy under the collective bargaining agreement. And, of course, because the players are awful greedy millionaires who insist on taking far too much money from their put-upon billionaire bosses. Really. That’s pretty much it. You don’t believe me? Take a look:

The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the union has gone too far, and this money-seeking, drug-allowing, behavior-excusing juggernaut must be stopped.

That’s a pretty non-specific opening attack, but apparently Doyle has a problem with the union because they, a) want to make money, b) looked the other way while players were pumping themselves full of performance enhancing drugs, and excuse bad behavior like domestic violence when important players engage in it.…

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