IPK progressing

Ian Kennedy’s rehab is going well and he hasn’t felt any discomfort since he began his program. He’s trying to pitch in a minor-league game before the end of the season, but that obviously may not occur. He is, however, expected to pitch in Puerto Rico this winter, barring any setbacks. It’ll be interesting...

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Hughes As The Heir To Mariano?

Just as it did with Joba Chamberlain last season, the rumblings about Phil Hughes succeeding Mariano Rivera as closer are starting to get louder:

I’ve already gone on record saying that I believe Phil Hughes should be the Yankees’ next closer. What I saw tonight did nothing but confirm that belief.

Hughes picked up his first...

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In honor of Rickey: 25 great Rickey moments

  1. In June 1999, when Henderson was playing with the Mets, he saw reporters running around the clubhouse before a game. He asked a teammate what was going on and he was told that Tom Robson, the team’s hitting coach, had just been fired. Henderson said, “Who’s he?”

  2. Rickey… on referring to himself in the third person:
    “Listen, people are always saying, “Rickey says Rickey.” But it’s been blown way out of proportion. People might catch me, when they know I’m ticked off, saying, “Rickey, what the heck are you doing, Rickey?” They say, “Darn, Rickey, what are you saying Rickey for? Why don’t you just say, “But I never did. I always said, “Rickey,” and it became something for people to joke about.”

  • In the early 1980s, the Oakland A’s accounting department was freaking out. The books were off $1 million. After an investigation, it was determined Rickey was the reason why. The GM asked him about a $1 million bonus he had received and Rickey said instead of cashing it, he framed it and hung it on a wall at his house.
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    No thanks, Cleveland…

    According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees inquired about Cliff Lee, but were told by Mark Shapiro and Co. that they would have to “surrender Joba or Hughes plus more.” Now, I like Cliff Lee, however, the Yankees can’t trade Joba or Hughes because it would be counterproductive to their cause. The whole reason they’re...

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    The emperor has no clothes and the Mets ship has no rudder

    The way owner Fred Wilpon explained it, Minaya might as well have Harry Truman’s “The Buck Stops Here” sign on his desk.

    Omar will have the authority and the autonomy in the baseball department,” Wilpon said. “He will make the final decisions.”
    […]
    It’s not for having not spent money that we have not succeeded, we haven’t had the right players,” Wilpon said.

    That was in late September, 2004. Omar’s strength, if you believe all of the hype, was that he was a skilled talent evaluator. Almost five years after his hiring, he’s got a team that’s top heavy in talent (a few top guys) but bereft of depth and skilled players otherwise. David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes are as good a top 3 as any team could possibly hope for. Two of them have been on the DL for extended periods of time. And Wright, while healthy, has seemingly been swallowed up by the malaise covering this team like a sticky syrup… not to mention the cavernous new ballpark.…

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    Yanks eyeing Washburn?

    According to Ryan Divish of the News Tribune (a Washington-based paper), a slew of scouts, including “representatives” from the Yankees, were on hand yesterday to watch Jarrod Washburn take on the Tigers in Detroit. Washburn didn’t disappoint, either, as he tossed 7 strong innings of 2-hit baseball and gave up 0 ER (with...

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    IIATMS Tryout #2: Adam Burns

    In today’s post-steroid era of baseball, defense and speed have dominated the headlines and highlight reels of mainstream sports media. Thanks to the more rigorous testing where true home run hitters are harder to come by, teams are forced to find value in other ways, and as result the new wave of stars have been young, fast, and great with the glove. Jason Bartlett, Grady Sizemore, Yadier Molina, and countless others are lauded for their defensive prowess and their ability to make the slick play all over the diamond. All over the diamond, it seems, except for first base. Long considered a position where you throw a big lumbering guy who can’t do much, first base defense has been consistently overlooked in favor of the big bat, and in this way the Yankees for the last seven years have been no different. Signing the former MVP Jason Giambi because of his ability to hit it out of the park and sort of forgetting the fact he’s horrible in the field, the Yankees chose to forsake infield defense for the last seven years and in the process hurt themselves.…

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