Shysterball gets the call

This is my hobby, writing about the Yanks and baseball. You see, I am a finance guy by trade and practice. I started writing as a way to stretch the wrinkles out of the other side of my brain. I chose the Yankees and baseball as that was pretty far from my day-to-day concerns; it was a place where I could escape the daily stresses and think/write about something that truly enjoyed.

I have never seriously dreamed of doing this as my job. Growing up, I didn’t dream of being a writer; I hated writing. Some writers wax poetic about wanting to be the next great newspaperman or something. That wasn’t me. I wanted to be the next great something-or-other… not sure what it was (or is, as the case might be), but it wasn’t a desire to be a writer. Not that I consider myself a writer now, but I have to put a label on what I’m doing here.… Click here to read the rest

More on Mitre; Dissecting Romero's claims

IIAMTS: Why should we believe Mitre’s story?
Sosnick: Paul and Sergio have been dealing with this issue for months, working with the MLBPA. Based on what I know about the situation, I believe there is zero chance that Sergio would be making this up.

IIATMS: It was noted in Peter Gammons’ original article that Romero claims he was offered a more lenient suspension (25 games) if he plead guilty. Was Mitre offered that same deal?
: Mitre was not offered that deal. A lot of scenarios were bantered around as possibilities but Mitre was never offered a choice. My partner Paul Cobbe handled the entire deal with Mitre and the MLBPA hearing/appeals process. He was never offered a choice. We hoped for zero games; it came down as a 50 game [suspension] for both Romero and Mitre. We, along with the MLBPA thought that was unfair. If Romero claims he was offered 25 games to admit guilt, that comes as a surprise to us since Mitre was never made that offer.Click here to read the rest

IIATMS Interview with Eric Hacker, NY Yankees

Eric was born in and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Eric recently married his high school sweetheart, Christine. Eric attended Duncanville High School and was drafted in the 23rd round by the Yankees in 2002. He made his minor league debut in August of 2002 with the Gulf Coast Yankees. He quickly jumped to Single-A Staten Island Yankees in 2003 before suffering an elbow injury that required Tommy John Surgery in 2004. Returning in 2005, Eric pitched for the Charleston Riverdogs in Single-A ball. After missing 2006 due to a shoulder injury, Eric made a successful return in 2007 and was promoted to AA Trenton Thunder in 2008, helping the team capture the Eastern League Championship. He was named to the 40 man roster on November 11, 2008, just a few weeks before getting married.

Over his five minor league seasons, Eric’s amassed a 30-15 record with a nifty 2.70 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. More of a control pitcher than a power pitcher, Eric has averaged a bit over 6 K/9 IP.… Click here to read the rest

An Interview with Darrell Rasner

IIATMS: How early did you realize you have the ‘stuff’ to become a major league pitcher?
Darrell Rasner: High school. I realized that it was what I wanted to do for a living, and that I probably had a fighting chance.

IIATMS: Are you a fan of the game, of its history? Casual or intense?
DR: I love the history of the game. I like looking over stats of old hall-of-famers and watching film of all of the greats of the game.

IIATMS: You were waived by the Nationals in 2006. Was there ever a time you doubted your ability to pitch in the majors?
DR: Never. It was definitely a bump in the road, and I really was caught off guard. When the Yankees claimed me, it just reinforced that the best of the best thought that I could help them win. It was a real validation for me.

IIATMS: What was it like stepping on the field as a major leaguer for the first time?… Click here to read the rest

Quick! To the Matt phone

An hour or so later, I get a call from a California area code and it’s none other than Matt Sosnick himself. The subject of Jerry Crasnick’s “License To Deal“. I’m giddy. I wasn’t sure if he was calling to complain or calling me to discuss the situation or what.

Matt was calling to thank me for my posting and support in the face of his abrupt and baseless firing. He doesn’t so much care about his public perception, like any good agent, but the rationale and timing about his dismissal clearly bothered him and his partner, Paul Cobbe. The Sosnick-Cobbe firm has a handsome list of MLB players, but is really just a smaller player in the agent business so a loss of a guy like Hamilton (and his pending commissions) hurts not just on a professional level, but a personal one, too. Maybe moreso.

As I mentioned in the posting:

I was taken aback and insulted that he’d switch his agent, one who presumably stuck with him and helped him to get this far, right as he’s about to hit the lottery for himself (and his agent!).

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The difference a few years makes

So where is Hamilton now? Let these numbers roll around your brain for a few moments (AL ONLY):

  • RBI: 63 (next highest in the AL: 48)
  • AVG: .328 (3rd place, behind .330, .329)
  • HR: 15 (leads AL)
  • Runs: 40 (4th place; 47 leads)
  • Total Bases: 144 (2nd place has a mere 111!)
So not only is he well in the hunt for the Triple Crown, but he’s blowing away the field in total bases and is close to Hack Wilson’s RBI pace.

Not too bad for a recovering addict who was out of organized baseball for two full years. Let the following be posted in every lockerroom, in every school, stadium, fieldhouse:
When I first got into drinking and using drugs,” he says, “it was because of where I was hanging out, it was who I was hanging out with. You might not do it at first, but eventually, if you keep hanging around long enough, you’re going to start doing what they’re doing.”

UPDATE: Just found this here (thanks to John Heyman’s excellent “Daily Scoop; check the “Around the Majors” section) and I am not sure what to make of it.… Click here to read the rest