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Shattered Dreams
2006-06-16 07:51
by Cliff Corcoran
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I don't have much to say about yesterday's 8-4 loss to the Indians. Moose had his first truly bad start of the year, with the Indians six-through-eight hitters doing the bulk of the damage. The offense tried to come back thanks to homers by Alex Rodriguez and Bernie Williams, but Aaron Small and Ron Villone put the game further out of reach and Rodriguez struck out with men on the corners in his next trip to add fuel to a very nasty fire.

The most compelling things about the game for me were Melky Cabrera's first career home run--Melky was batting righty and appeared to get under a pitch up in the zone which just cleared the left field wall around where he made "the catch" (check the highlights, it could be a while before he hits another)--and Matt Smith's appearance in the seventh inning in which lefties Travis Hafner and Ben Broussard both battled him for identical eight-pitch walks (swinging strike, foul strike two, ball one, foul, ball, ball, ball) prompting a two-out mound visit by Ron Guidry, after which Smith got Ronnie Belliard to fly out on two pitches to strand both runners.

In other news, it's almost two weeks old now, but I only recently stumbled across this article by Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan on the Yankees' infamous 1991 number-one draft pick Brien Taylor. While it borders on rubbernecking at times, I found the article compelling and somewhat timely given the recent draft and the influx of homegrown players on the Yankee roster (ten of 25, not counting Crosby and Proctor, who came over from the Dodgers as minor leaguers).

The Yankees will visit two more of their home grown stars this weekend in Washington, but I'll have more on the Nats, Nick and Sori later today. For now, I'll share this on the Nationals' recently fired bullpen coach John Wetteland, courtesy of The Griddle. Apparently the 1996 World Series MVP was having a bit too much fun with his charges out in the pen (who include former Yanks Mike Stanton and, until a recent DL stint, Felix Rodriguez) and former MLB discipline czar and current Nationals manager Frank Robinson didn't appreciate that.

2006-06-16 09:20:49
1.   murphy
ok... completely off-topic, but ESPN rumor mill has that we offered the royals philip hughes for reggie sanders?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!! can some one please help my blood from boiling over.
2006-06-16 09:45:46
2.   wsporter
1 Murph, The ESPN rumor section has this from the KC Star. "....The Yankees rejected an offer of Sanders for top pitching prospect Philip Hughes last month before Allard Baird was fired as the K.C."

Hopefully that helps the blood pressure and now you can go back to enjoying a diet high in sodium.

2006-06-16 09:47:15
3.   alterity
According to ESPN Insider (yesterday's Rumor Central), the Yankees rejected a proposed tarde that would have sent Hughes to KC for Sanders. This was back when Baird was still GM. Dayton Moore (the new GM) hasn't heard from the Yanks since, or so he says. Of course things could have changed, but I don't think Cashman is quite that stupid. He could probably get Abreu or someone better for Hughes. Of course he should not do taht either, but I can't see him giving up the top prospect in the organization for an over-the-hill outfield who strikes out more often than not.
2006-06-16 09:47:57
4.   rsmith51
I sure hope you are wrong. Maybe they were asking for Hughes. If they got anybody short of Bobby Abreu, Dontrelle Willis, or Miguel Cabrera., I would be very pissed off. I don't really want Abreu, but Abreu >> Sanders.
2006-06-16 09:51:35
5.   rbj
Interesting quote by Jorge in the Daily News:
"He threw well," Posada said with a grin. "We've been getting hit and not doing anything about it. What Randy did shows there's something there."

Think the position players have been a bit miffed that the pitchers haven't been protecting them so far.

2006-06-16 10:00:16
6.   Upperdeck
about Taylor: if my math is right that's a pretty amazing k/9 rate in high school. Something like 2.4 per inning! a friend of mine interviewed him when he was pitching in Albany. Said he was a quite likeable guy. Damn, what might have been...
2006-06-16 10:24:09
7.   JL25and3
Excellent article on Taylor. My only quibble: I think it was the Van Poppel signing the year before that really changed the draft. After all, what Taylor held out for was Van Poppel money.

Boras also wrangled a major-league contract for Van Poppel, which meant that the A's had to bring him up to the majors well before he was ready. That was the famous "Four Aces" draft - Todd Van Poppel, Kirk Dressendorfer, Don Peters and Dave Zancanaro - that was supposed to set up the A's pitching for years to come.

2006-06-16 10:32:49
8.   RI Yankee
7 That was pre-Beane, of course . . .

The yanks haven't had too much luck with their two first picks. Ron Blomberg was a bust too.

2006-06-16 10:42:03
9.   Count Zero
5 Amen to that.
2006-06-16 10:55:10
10.   Dimelo
Cliff, are you being paid by Yahoo to put up their links and increase their click counter? Cause if you are....I think we should know.

I know, I know...I couldn't help myself.

BTW, this satirical piece almost feels 99% true.

2006-06-16 10:55:28
11.   wsporter
8 He might have been a bust but he was a jolly soul who could eat a hotdog or forty at a sitting. Our first DH!
2006-06-16 11:31:37
12.   rbj
The real moral of the Taylor story isn't "don't have your brother's back", but why the hell didn't you save & invest that $1.5 mil. Anyones odds of making the majors, and then having a decent career -- with decent money -- is virtually nil. Blow your second million, not your first.
2006-06-16 11:37:21
13.   Rob Gee
13 I'd bet if every pitching prospect paid Taylor a dollar every time they thought of doing something stupid, and didn't because they remembered Brien's story, he would have that second million by now. It must suck walking around knowing you're the poster boy for what could have been. At least Josh Hamilton had fun with the drugs. And he still has time to clean himself up.
2006-06-16 11:39:00
14.   JL25and3
11 He wsan't just our first DH, he was the first DH. He couldn't field, couldn't hit lefties at all, and injuries ended his career pretty quickly. But against righties, he was a pretty good hitter for a couple of years.

5, 9 I thought Posada's reaction on Wednesday was completely out of line; there's no way the pitcher was trying to hit him. It was also bad baseball, because it was Posada's tantrum - not the pitch - that drew the umpire's warning. If he doesn't overreact, RJ can throw inside without being ejected.

2006-06-16 11:43:49
15.   Bama Yankee
10 You're playing with fire scarecrow....

I knew it was just a matter of time before someone posted something like that. I just hope Rob has a sense of humor about it. It was fun to follow that yesterday, but I don't know if we could stand it for another day.

2006-06-16 11:48:17
16.   rbj
10 LOL on the Small piece. Does he have kids; because if he sold his soul for 10-0 last year, maybe he can sell his first born to help the team win this year. Just get it in writing that "win" includes winning the world series this year.
2006-06-16 11:55:24
17.   Dimelo
Rob better have a sense of humor, we all know the last thing he'd want is to censor anyone.

Right, Rob? Plus it's Friday....if you can't laugh on a Friday then you need help.

2006-06-16 12:11:41
18.   Peter
16 Now I have an image of Aaron Small handing over a small child (no pun intended) to a black cloak and hooded Bud Selig.
2006-06-16 12:26:34
19.   Start Spreading the News
The link on the right to the Pinstriped Blog no longer works. FYI
2006-06-16 12:26:52
20.   JL25and3
18 My image is of a deal with a dapper little gentleman named Applegate, who looks a lot like Uncle Martin.
2006-06-16 12:29:03
21.   BobbyBaseBall
20 Was Small traded to the Senat...I mean Nationals?
2006-06-16 12:55:07
22.   Cliff Corcoran
19 Yes redesigned their site and created new URLs for everyting. I've updated both Goldman links. Let me know if you have any further problems.
2006-06-16 13:09:37
23.   JL25and3
21 Jeez, I hope not. If he was, the Yankees are really in trouble.
2006-06-16 13:53:06
24.   Shaun P
19 22 Thanks Cliff - but unfortunately the archives don't have the current week's entries!

I just sent an e-mail, congratulating them on the re-design and asking them to bring back to the direct links to the current PB/PBlog. The address is if anyone else wants to e-mail them.

I imagine the change is to force everyone to go through the front page, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

2006-06-16 13:55:16
25.   randym77
14 I don't blame Jorgie. It was the throwing at Jeter's head earlier that really plecked him off. Jeter just back from a HBP injury, and Giambi, too...I can see why he'd be steamed.

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