Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
I'll leave the third step to you. They teach that in grad school, right?
Echo (echo... echo...)
manny ... manny ... manny ...
mota ... mota ... mota ...
What batspeed to go up and slam that thing into right field.
I like the idea of Brett Gardner, but he is starting to try my patience.
i think he's like melky back in 2005 ... overmatched ... brett should get some time down in SWB to refind his swing and consolidate what he's seen and learned up here ...
20 I don't know if he can bunt at all, but he gets to 0-2 so quickly that the option to bunt is gone almost immediately. It's to the point where I I almost wish he would bunt regardless, or just go up hacking.
that seems so long ago ...
Pete A thinks Cashman's priority should be getting a starter, not a bat. Anybody agree?
It seems to me that it'd be a lot easier to acquire an OF bat who clearly improved on what we've got right now than it would be to acquire a starter. We may have pitching reinforcements coming, three guys who could be ready within 4-6 weeks, but best-case scenario we have a Damon/Melky/Abreu OF with Gardner coming off the bench. It doesn't take a great RH bat to seriously strengthen that outfield.
Or maybe it was a different prospect, Hughes or Kennedy, and I'm getting my wires crossed...
Didn't delay him for long, not that Aceves is Joba, of course.
That said, offense is a greater concern than pitching, IMO. But it might be easier to get a middling pitcher--who will probably be an improvement over Ponson, whose pixie dust is bound to run out--than a bat that would actually provide much more pop than Betemit-Sexson (assuming Damon goes back to LF, the only spot improvable spot in the lineup probably will be DH).
But a lot depends on whether you think Wang &/or Hughes will be in the rotation on Sept 15 or so...
48 cream sauce, of course ...
Just thought it was interesting that the same thing happened to last year's most-hyped prospect, too.
so, rasner holds up another few innigs, turn it over to the pen; the a's hold on against the rays; and daisuke blows up tonight
Actually, I don't buy into that stuff...I'm pretty much a drink what you like sorta guy.
54 i'm thinking 10bbs and ichiro or someone gets a hit or two
In last night's game thread, I praised the MLB app on the iphone (the video part, anyway). I have to say, though, that this "new" Gameday 3D on the computer really sucks...seems to lag even more than the old version, will lose track of batters, and all the different indicators of game status and pitch status don't always match up. I'll be following A-Rod's at bat, for example, and I'll be told he's out five pitches into what was an eight pitch at-bat.
All this for a few additional angles on viewing the pitcher-batter interaction that don't seem terribly useful.
2nd game in a row they've cost us a run.
Also, batters get in there every day. A pitcher will only affect 1 game in 5 and probably only for 6 innings at that. We need offense every day. It's not like we have a staff of Cliff Lees.
Welcome back to the lead.
97 i mostly like him.
112 oh and i was referring to 98 booby - not jeter -
In all seriousness, its unreal how good A-Rod is at every single aspect of baseball (well not popups). Its insane.
134 Who now?
Rickey was closest, good.
1. Sit on the bench
2. Throwing error
3. Strikeout for average
4. Strikeout for power
5. And he could run into the Rays Second baseman
Disclaimer: This is satire. I do not personally dislike Shelly Duncan. This post is not intended to be disparaging of any group as a whole or individual personally.
Sorry...so cheap, I just couldn't resist.
140 And was it Plunk or Caderet or Polonia who was part of two Rickey trades?
Some first time appearances this year:
and Wayne Tolleson!
melky is swinger a much better bat too - let's see how that goes.
Just kidding, Jeb and Cult of BB. Ha ha.
Speaking of Donnie -- I think he had a decent hitting streak in 1983 which would have been broken because of the Pine Tar game, but he actually had to come back and hit again in that infamous half inning game and he got out. I think he had a decent hitting strike in the interim and if you linked the two together he might have had 25 games or so. (Maybe I'm wrong b/c I'm basing this on memory alone).
171 monkeypants is referring to the fact that, to get Rickey Henderson from the A's, the Yanks gave up (among many others) Eric Plunk - and then of course re-acquired him from the A's in exchange for Rickey Henderson.
After he left the Yanks the 2nd time, he had a few years as a very good middle reliever for Cleveland. IIRC, he was the losing pitcher in a game of the '97 Serious.
By the by, on another blog, someone dubbed Melky as 'the Dopiest Player in Baseball'. A little cruel and maybe not quite fair, but Melky's talent is handicapped by his approach.
By the way, the Yankees sure traded for/signed Luis Polonia a lot.
190 i know i am mostly a melky supporter so can be a bit biased at times - but that is not fair. i think melky lacks fundamentals and i agree with you about his approach - he has not adjusted to what his strengths and weaknesses are
The bullpen is really good.
if you say, "as in VORPal sword, you get the keys to the executive washroom!"
stu scott is the unholy antichrist of the four-letter network ...
188 198 Maybe Pudge Ponson? That would be sweet!
It's fun to have fast players.
It was the second longest ball he hit all season.
We're kidding of course.
DOUBLE FUCKING STEAL, JOEY GODDAMN JOE JOE!!!
(That one's serious, mlb.com guys.)
see joey joe joe, bunting there was a stupid idea.
By the way, wouldn't it be nice to Have Jason Bay OR Holliday and then use Brett as our late inning pinch runner (as opposed to Mr. Fall down).
You may say I'm a dreamer...
2 65 Hybrid moss-yeast catchers? Sounds like something Robert Heinlein would enjoy... I bet that baseball players made out of chlorophyll would still run faster than a Molina, though...
Is that a sign of the apocalypse?
between the lazy eye, the bullshit lame attempts at being "street", the utter lack of insight, the "booyahs" and his godawful attempts at "rap poetry", he's hackneyed, tired and the quintessential encapsulation of what's wrong with ESPN.
and don't even get me started on skip bayless, though interested parties can check out the finals of The Road From Bristol's "Worst Sports Media Personality" back in 2005
After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now
History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities. Think now
She gives when our attention is distracted
And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions
That the giving famishes the craving. Gives too late
What's not believed in, or if still believed,
In memory only, reconsidered passion. Gives too soon
Into weak hands, what's thought can be dispensed with
Till the refusal propagates a fear. Think
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues
Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.
Not with a bang, but with a whimper...
Ah, Kyle with a K!
we tie the Twins with this win and go 2.5 back of Boston...
I think my head is going to explode with all the rare phenomena I'm witnessing.
"I think I'd rather take a sponge bath in the collected pus of 1000 Ebola victims, with full knowledge of certain horrible painful death that would occur when my internal organs liquified and ran in bloody rivers from every pore and orifice of my body, than ever, Ever, EVER subject myself again to the sight, sounds or words of Skip Bayless."
My favorite literary reference is the following (and I apologize for the length, but this is really funny. there's also a funny story about jeter turning into a cockroach with range at shortstop).
"In my younger and more vulnerable years my manager gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this league haven't had the advantages that you've had."
He didn't say any more but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I'm inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious rookies to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran retread bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in the minors I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown pitchers. Most of the confidences were unsought -- frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon -- for the intimate revelations of young ballplayers or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as Joe Torre snobbishly suggested and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally in the amateur draft.
And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded on the infield dirt or the outfield grass but after a certain point I don't care what it's founded on. When I came back from the Yankees this autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in baseball uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only A-Rod, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction -- A-Rod who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If baseball is an unbroken series of successful statistics, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register pitch speeds a hundred feet away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby passivity which is dignified under the name of "plate discipline" -- it was an extraordinary power stroke, a swing of smoothness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No -- A-Rod turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on A-Rod, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of baseball."
There's an overhead view on the left that tells you who's on base (if anyone). There's a status bar on top that tells you the count and how many outs there are. There's the actual graphic of the batter and pitcher with the animations and the pitch locations. There's the pitch by pitch description. And there's the summary of what happened with each batter after the at-bat is completed.
Too often, I'll find out that there are already two outs while the current at bat is going on, and there's no indication of what happened with the previous batter. Or I'll look at the overhead view and see that someone is on base (like Damon in the last half inning), but I never saw the pitch by pitch with Damon -- it just vaporized.
By the time you're told by Gameday that Damon walked, Jeter has gone ahead and struck out. I think I may actually go back to listening to Sterling...like you said, it's more fun (or at least bearable) when we're on a roll like we are now.
Five in a row -- didn't need Gameday to figure that out! :-)
"First we were friends. Then he was kind of a dick. But now I see he hits baseballs very far. So he's pretty good, I guess."
If teams insist on going with 12 or 13 man pitching staffs, they might as well take full advantage of the rare, really deep BP. This is a heckuvalot better than carrying a useless LOOGY and burying two or three other guys.
poor Johan..guy can't get a break..
One morning, Derek Jeter awoke to discover that he had transformed into a giant cockroach. The clutchest cockroach ever. He rolled out of bed, ignoring the screams from the nubile Maxim covergirl lying next to him, and quickly donned his uniform as best he could in his current condition. Today was opening day and he had to go to Yankee Stadium to play against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
A quiet murmur circulated through the stands as the Yankee fans contemplated Derek fielding practice grounders before the game. The only indication that this was, in fact, the Yankee captain that they had grown to know and idolize was the familiar "2" on the back of his jersey. In the press box, Michael Kay looked down at the giant cockroach and felt a certain kinship that he couldn't quite explain.
The game began. The Yankee fans began their usual roll call of the players, but instead of "De-rek Jet-er" they chanted "Gi-ant ####-roach." Obviously, they had decided to go with it. Derek discreetly tipped his hat, revealing two long antenna that bounced around slightly in the cool April breeze that blew through Yankee Stadium.
The leadoff hitter for the Devil Rays, a short, unhappy man who secretly desired to be a concert pianist, grounded a ball sharply up the middle. In the past, this had been Derek's only weakness, the groundball that required him to range to his left and dive. Now, however, as a giant cockroach, diving was no longer necessary. Derek deftly scuttled to his left, cleanly picked off the ball with his glove, and fired a strike to first, beating the runner by half a step. As the crowd roared its approval, Derek fist-pumped three of his legs. It was going to be a good season.
This is not an accident--they do this every night. Anyway, I get to watch the Sox-Ms now. Go Mariners!
309 I would say that it's baffling, but then again, we witnessed some pretty peculiar Cairo shenanigans.
If we're really in it this season, it's time to make a trade now, while we are "seemingly" not desperate. Cash-money -- Go get us Jason Bay. And then let's get a pitcher (either from AAA or from another team).
I am hopeful though. And I really haven't felt that way for a sustained period of time since last year.
It's right to be hopeful. Depending what happens with Boston-Seattle, the Yankees close today's game 3.5 games back in the AL East, perhaps as close as 1.5 games back in the wild card.
But the players that are currently on the team are the ones who have engineered this comeback. I'm hesitant to sacrifice the future for the sake of tinkering; if the answer comes without much cost (in prospects or in future contract ugliness), I'd be much more on board.
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