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It's a slow news day in Yankeeland as we wait on all things Sheffield, Mussina and Matsuzaka.
In the meantime, I ain't got nuthin' for ya man, so here's something dopey to chew on:
Pepe on Torre.
Oh, my bad, I almost forgot. In case anyone missed it, check out Brian Gunn's fine recap of the World Serious over at THT.
Hall of Fame should be a sure thing for Torre, right? That said, if he helps the Yanks get the WS next year, that would be his express ticket to HOF.
Is this silly? Yes. More silly than D-Mat? No.
except, of course, for this:
no matter how many times i go to the usual sites, gary sheffield is still yankee property.
at least ca$hman & co. shot down the benson offer. it looks as though he won't settle. that's my boy.
We, like everyone else, need frontline SP.
I wish the article had made at least some mention of his wonderful nickname: "Skates," for his outfield play.
Think of the big ones today:
D-Train: pretty weak
LT: even weaker, esp considering it's not even original
Big Ben: please
Pudge: again, it's been done, and the first time wasn't by a catcher amped up on roids
TO: again with the initials
King James: a tiny bit clever
Agent Zero: my personal favorite player (Arenas), and an ok nickname
The Freak: this is one of the only good ones in the NFL lately, though it doesn't really mean anything anymore
At least the 80's had Dr. K, Donnie Baseball, Nails, etc.
Maybe what it all comes down to is you're just not gonna find a non-rapper making $7M a year answer to the name Dizzy, Ducky, Rabbit, etc.
there were few guidelines offered, but the point was made that these initial-syllabic nicknames must end.
i think they settled on "mr. clean," because he's the first post-steroid suspicion HR guy.
hey. what about getting howard to play 1B next year? we could give philly pavano. gillick loves helping out ca$hman...
"Pudge" Rodriguez doesn't really bother me. Yeah, it's borrowed, but at least everyone knows it's borrowed; besides, when he first came up he really was a pudgy kid. "Boomer" Wells, on the other hand, is also a borrowed name, only no one knows it anymore.
And if none comes up, well, it's OK not to have a nickname. Look at the Yankees - Bernie, Mo, Jorgie, Jeets, Mr. Torre.
also, i think "mr. torre" is the greatest nickname ever. nice.
"Stepping up to the plate....'Fatty' Rodriguez!"
that's too edgy for "prime time television"
Wowzers... that one is wide open for ad- libbing...
"The throw to the plate....'mildly retarded' Rodriguez is out by a mile. Man! Do I even need to say it?!?!"
the cubs will supposedly bid $21M on matsuzaka.
again, nothing has been given to support this. i have no idea where this started, i am so bored and starved for baseball that i will take it.
i stumbled across it here:
i dont see this coming in under 30 mill
unfortunately, that game is not baseball.
It is no surprise that they would bid outrageously as a starting bid.
i also am unaware of the sources on this, but it seems ridiculous considering the yankees would also supposedly include two guys named cano and hughes.
seems likely, right?
all of the sudden, my carl pavano for ryan howard proposal seems more realistic...
he was great in ny. if he plays everyday, he'll be fine and everyone knows hes good for .300 30 and 100
Joe Torre knew that too, and he knew that a Mike Myers curveball was the surest thing of all. When this no-brainer move mysteriously backfired in Game 1, Torre threw out the book and slipped into panic mode. The next day, he let a fading Mussina pitch to Granderson. Then he began to shuffle the lineup. The rest is history.
i had never heard of him, but i just found this article:
Nicknames...please, no D-Mat. I like "Zak" myself.
I'm not too enthusiastic myself.
how about Daisuke "i think i'm better than everybody & my ego is huge" Matsusaka
That kinda has a nice ring to it....
Or Daisuke "very true amigo amigo very true" Matsuzaka
Clemens will cost too much to be useful, IMHO. I'd bet that 2.60 ERA doesn't translate favorably to the AL. And he averaged less than 6 IP/start against crappy NL lineups with the pitcher batting, while only playing half the season. What would he have done in the AL for a full year, maybe 5 IP/start with an ERA in the high 3s, if not 4? That's not worth $13.5 + million.
don't under estimate Ca$hman Shaun he's done alot worse.IMO.
Gawd, I hope so.
Pettitte actually isn't that old, but he's so injury-prone. He's old before his time.
OTOH, it's not like there are a lot of options out there should we fail to land D-Mat. The Big Unit is clearly not an ace any more.
Meanwhile, Blue 45, over here we've gave Cashman a blank slate starting with his new contract (which is now about a year old). He seems to finally have unencumbered control and has done smashingly if you ask me.
28 Sheffield, Cano, and Hughes for Bonderman? Why not include Mo, Arod, and Yankee Stadium as well?
That sounds a lot like someone I know....
Are you saying that Jaret Wright would be Roger Clemens if he were back in the NL?
wright for 3 mill is a great deal for some pitching starved teams. better to get something for him than pay him and get nothing
pavano hurt his right finger, signing his checks.
hes out 2-4 weeks
then a rehab schedule in tampa
so is Wright more injury prone than Pavano? i don't fallow the AL
that paint a clear pic for ya??
ps they said he was always hurt.
I REALLY hope the Rocket stays in Houston or quits. His coming back here or to Bahstan would seem to be a pretty cynical money move in light of all those family statements he made when taking the Astro's millions. I know Andy made the same statements but in my mind he's always been one of "our" guys. I could let it go.
I think the bottom line is we've plenty of guys with high miles and fading stuff. I believe the Rocket is still special but do we really need more? Also I'm curious if any of those so called "sources" actually have a key to the executive washroom or if they are simply paid to clean it. My suspicion is it is not the former.
53 Does anyone think that Wright could be spun into a PB arm or a BUC. If so I say do just as they are doing with Shef. I see the Yankees having to take back a lot of money and picking up players of lesser value though so I see it as a little different. Glad I don't have to make the call on the money; the $4 million difference is a long way to stick your neck out even if it is Yankee money.
Teams would gladly take that. Remember he did win 12 games in the AL east. thats like cy young in the NL.
Next year's starting staff.
RJ, Clemens, Maddux, Glavine, Pedro (trade Wang and Hughes for him!!!) OMG all HOF rotation for the win!!!!!!
Let's throw this lineup out there too.
C : Piazza
OMG, truely all hall of fame lineup!!
Having said that, despite missing a season and a half with injury, Pavano has thrown more innings than Wright.
"Believe it or not, Pavano has drawn some trade interest."
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