Lefty shopping?

Here’s Ken Davidoff (Newsday) on the Yankees’ needs

Clubland rip as they approach the trade deadline:

Bullpen continues to be their greatest concern, yet Phil Hughes, Phi l Coke and Alfredo Aceves have tempered those concerns. The bet here...

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The Phil Hughes Situation

Watching the game last night, I was quite upset when I saw Brian Bruney enter the game in the 8th inning. While I like Bruney and believe that he can be the 8th inning guy (if you feel the need to have such defined roles), the obvious call was to leave Phil Hughes in the...

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Hinske to see time at 3B

Acquiring Eric Hinske from the Pirates made sense for the Yankees for one particular reason—he’s versatile, meaning he can play 3B, 1B, RF and LF. Playing 3B is especially important, though, as the Yankees intend to give A-Rod a few off-days, here and there, so that he can remain healthy throughout the season. When asked...

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Minors Recap, 6/30

Scranton was rained out

Trenton falls to Erie, 5-3 Corky Romano move

  • Jeremy Bleich struggled in his AA debut, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 1/3 innings.  He also had 4 strikeouts.
  • Kevin Whelan walked 2 and gave up a hit in 2 2/3 innings.  He...
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A Tale of Two Melkys

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Any basketball fan or coach is familiar with the phenomenon where you watch a player on your team taking a ridiculously poor shot and exclaim something like, “What the hell are you…. good shot, good shot!” as the bad shot somehow swishes through the...

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Is Hughes the new Joba? Huh?

How do you handle these two young guns? I don’t have the answers. But I keep looking for them.
Do you let them throw as long as they are healthy and effective? Or do you continue to baby the hell out of them, ever fearing the worst? Do you have to develop a way to separate “easy innings” from “high stress” innings. Are “easy innings” innings in which the pitcher gets out in under 12 pitches? Are “high stress” innings those that require greater than 18 pitches? After all, all innings are not created equal.

I’ve listened to/read Goose Gossage, Jim Kaat and Tommy John recently, discussing how they believe pitchers need to train to go longer in games. The old “you don’t train to run a marathon by running 2 miles” analogy. I had been a big believer in the protecting of arms at all costs, but I have come around to more of the old school approach.…

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Mets search for character via an OF fence: FAIL

This makes sense why? Just to be different? To add character? The ballpark didn’t have to be cookie-cutter and uniform, but why take it to an extreme like this? They could make it deep and have character without these “additions”. Just dumb. Why, too, are the poles and boundary lines in a reddish orange, not yellow?

The rest of the park looks great. I love the dark brickwork. Love the overall look of the stadium, but I just can’t get used to these walls and lines in the OF.


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Felix and the future

Here’s Buster Olney (ESPN) discussing Mariners’ ace, Felix Hernandez:

But so long as Hernandez remains healthy, he will continue to climb toward what figures to be a monster contract. He is still just 23 years old, and he is on track to become a free agent after the 2011 season. CC Sabathia Alexander...

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