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All She Wrote
2008-10-08 04:57
by Alex Belth
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A planned concert in early November at Yankee Stadium has been cancelled, according to this item by Mark Feinsand in the Daily News.

The last event at the old place will remain the final regular season game, played on September 21st.   


Man, it was nice to see Bernie there wasn't it?

2008-10-08 10:40:16
1.   rbj
Sure was.

And the last game was the perfect way to send off The Stadium.

2008-10-08 15:25:13
2.   OldYanksFan
Bill Madden says: "Yanks must bring in Matt Holliday, ship out Robinson Cano & Phil Hughes".
2008-10-08 16:07:55
3.   OldYanksFan
Tim McCarver said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I mean, talk about wearing out your welcome in a town, and it was a long welcome with the Red Sox. But some of the things he did were simply despicable, despicable -- like not playing, refusing to play. Forgetting what knee to limp on. And now it's washed, it's gone."

I'm not a big TM fan, but thank God someone is calling Manny out. Despicable. To despise. Very appropriate word. I'm as much a whore for Yankee wins as anyone, but if they get Manny (and I DON'T think Cashman will), I will have trouble watching them next year.

"Japan's 12 teams have voted on a conditional ban on any amateur player who signs with an overseas professional team, the Mainichi Daily News reported. The move comes after Junichi Tazawa, a 22-year-old star pitcher, announced his intentions to play in Major League Baseball instead of Japan.

I can't blame them. A little nationalism is needed in this case.

2008-10-08 16:34:09
4.   Chyll Will
3 I can't blame them. A little nationalism is needed in this case.

?? I'd like to hear why. Is it the fear that it would kill Japanese baseball? Cuz it seems like a majority of players that come over from that league wear out after a few years at best; Ichiro being a phenomenal exception. I'm thinking maybe Tazawa is looking at it and saying, "why go through that? I can make much more overall if I start when I'm young." Or, it could be a competition thing as well...

Of course, the drawback is that if he were to come over and then fail, he can't play in the Japan leagues. At best he would be a star vagabond like our patron saint of whos, Karim Garcia. I dunno, if you love baseball, it's a risk you take and I wouldn't blame him for tanking the Japan leagues if that were to happen.

But what did you mean?

2008-10-08 16:48:56
5.   rbj
I'm less than impressed especially with Japanese pitchers. Even Dice-K is a solid #2, not a $100 million ace, to me. Others who were touted as being almost as good, cough, Igawa, cough, are, in a word, disappointments.
2008-10-08 17:48:32
6.   monkeypants
3 excellent. The clubs colluded to prevent Japanese players from selling their skills on a more open market, thus further weakening the position of the Japanese players in the long run. So now, that amateur player is essentially forced to sign with a pro club in Japan, which will own his rights through his best athletic years.

Sounds great.

BTW, don't you usually support the players' rights and perspectives?

2008-10-08 18:41:55
7.   Chyll Will
5 Perhaps then he wants to enhance his potential by playing in a system that will further develop his skills; i.e. Double or Triple-A and then into the Majors... we have to take for granted what the young man says are his intentions at the moment.

I don't believe nationalism or the lack of it has anything to do with it, especially if the teams there are effectively playing sour-grapes by banning him from returning to play there if he should change his mind. If anything, MP and OK Jazz make strong cases that league-wide collusion is the major story here, in which case I have no sympathy for them. I would bet that if this young man were to play overseas and succeed beyond the mean, others would flood the market in a heartbeat.

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