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It's Rasner vs. Duchscherer tonight in Oakland.
Can the Bombers jump to two whole games over .500?
I can't call it, man.
Let's Go Yanks!
You heard it here first, folks
If you need me, I'll be in my office.
Anyone see Schilling's blog yesterday about Kobe? some guy in LA Times just blasted him for it..so much fun to pile on Mr. Patriotism..
In terms of career OPS+ and WinShares, it goes Mantle (6th, 3rd), Cobb, Mays, Joe (a bunch of OFers) and Junior.
It should be noted that Cobb played 24 seasons (with a 112 OPS+ in his last year), Willy 22 seasons (the last pretty much a dud), Mantle 16 and Joe D. played 13.
B... Ruth 195.6 WS in 22 seasons
HWagner 179.0 WS in 21 seasons
MMantle. 178.4 WS in 16 seasons
Ty Cobb 173.6 WS in 24 seasons
W. Mays 164.6 WS in 22 seasons
Joe D.... 150.9 WS in 13 seasons
Imagine... Cobb play 50% longer then Mickey and almost twice as long as Joe D. Imagine if Joe and Mickey could have played 20 years.
For example, in 1950 when Yogi struck out just 12 times, Bob Lemon struck out the most batters in the AL with 170 (in 288 IP). Early Wynn led the AL in K/9, with 6.02. Fred Hutchinson of the Tigers led the AL in K:BB, with 1.48.
In comparison, in 2008, CC Sabathia leads the AL in Ks with 87 (in 91.3 IP). Wynn's 6.02 K/9 would be 25th in the AL in 2008, and Hutchinson's 1.48 K:BB would be 41st in the AL.
in any case, there are few sports writers who are bigger douche-nozzles than tj simers. he's in an elite class, along with mariotti and plaschke (also from the times, what an awful sports section) of writers whose "opinions" are worse than worthless.
I'd prefer the Yanks offer Giambi no more than a 1 year deal - he will be 38 - and for not a lot of dough, either. They are going to pay his $5M buyout - why should they pay him another $10M?
In any case, I am still happy to see him crushing the ball, and I hope he stays healthy.
Soriano out for 6+ weeks with a broken hand (HBP).
The biggest difference is that Tex will be 29 next year; Giambi was 31 when he played his first season in pinstripes. Those 2 years can make an awful lot of difference.
Hmmm...where have I heard something like that before?
What's a .900+ OPS guys worth? Neither Beltran or Sori are consistantly at .900 and they make $17-18m. Drew makes $15m. If Jason is healthy at the end of the year, the Yankee's best bet might be to exercise their option, which would cost $17m, but only a one year commitment.
frankly, as great a player as he is, he seems a complete prick of a teammate
back to the matter at hand, there's been a lot of nice curveballs in this game ...
oopsies, big g ... good thing you're strong with bat!
Oops! You see see Jason thinking... "Now just don't screw up the throw..."
what's the latest on CC Sabathia? if Cleveland nosedives this season will he be on the block?
I not sold on CC at 6/$115.
watching Gameday, were those hard-hit balls of Rasner?
Considering we would be banned from the Banter if we suggested this a month ago, you think going 2 is wise?
The memo that reads "Ross Ohlendorf is not a good long reliever" is still stuck in transit, apparently.
Okay, now these balls are being hit hard.
59 Giambi's option is $22M for '09, with the $5M buyout. I still wouldn't take the chance on signing him to a 2 year deal unless it was for peanuts. Let's not forget, the last time he played over 139 games was 2003.
Crap, that's 6. Razner meltdown. Had to happen sometime.
We can't get over .500
89 I can't put it all on Rasner. Giambi's error was such a simple play. Pitchers are supposed to pick up their teammates, but when you give away an easy out, it has to have an impact.
It depends if they want to spread the cost out more and thus keep the yearly cost lower. It also depends on how much Giambi wants the security of a two or three year contract, or if he wants to test the market. In other words, would he be willing to sign an extension for cheaper to keep the Yankees from exercising the 5 million option and pushing him to the FA market this year.
As for whether it is "safe" or not, the total number of years don't matter, it's the total cost that is the issue. They have to decide how much resigning Giambi is worth, if anything at all, and then hammer out the years. If he tanks, you simply cut him and eat the additional years, but you still have not spent more than you wanted.
Nick, can you find how many chances we've had with RISP compared to the averages?
OPS+ with RISP versus team's Overall OPS+:
Red Sox: 92
Blue Jays: 84
White Sox: 111
121 we're tied for 4th with these guys (so now we're 5th), well behind Boston Texas and Toronto...
This goes along well with my belief that clutch/situational hitting does not exist. Therefore, deviations from tOPS+ of 100 are mostly due to chance. Although, with a BABIP of .287 with RISP, the Yankees don't appear to be getting all that unlucky...
Why does Girardi misuse Ohlendorf...he could be an effective short man, but these long stints in blowouts might destroy his confidence.
What does that mean exactly? Would that mean that half the league or more were playing bad defense (ie, no one was "average")?
Anyway, the Yankees have the exactly same DE as in 2007, and lower than in 2006 (scored a .706, fourth in the majors).
And on the right hand side of each split it lists the BABIP (Batting average on balls in play), the sOPS+ (relative to league) and the tOPS+ (relative to Yankees overall OPS).
I quickly replaced the NYY with the three-letter code for the other teams to get their rankings. Someday I want to devise a way to sort through it easily, but I've only just started to learn Perl.
As for Lisa, I live right near Chinatown, where they cook all of her stuff a whole lot better than she does. Ugh, so glad she didn't win, and her comments in the stew room basically ignoring Richard I thought were in really poor taste, especially because he was so clearly upset at the time.
Hmm. Maybe its not so uncommon. Manny has only 4. Griffey Jr has only 9. Bonds has only 10.
Shiny happy people holding haaaaaaaaands....
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