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I think this is one of the best articles of the year. I hope this becomes a regular column with examples of grades...nice work.
This was well done Jay. The Yanks definitely have enough to get Upton without Montero but it would deplete their arsenal of young arms. That would free up Swisher for a deal for a bullpen arm and replacement level bench player.
This is a great...hope you do many more of these.
Will...thanks for the Daily News link. Gene Monahan, like Bob Sheppard was, and is fixture in Yankees history. Hope to see him back on the bench soon.
If the Nats were a race horse they would have been put down in 2008.
When I worked at the Knicks it was funny to see how the NBA official scorer would often forget the last few minutes of a game. "Ummm...I think Mutumbo had that rebound, what do you think?." "Sure...works for me."
At what point do the Sox mandate a decision to the mound for Kelly?
On the money Joe. I think Girardi did the Yanks and Phil Hughes a huge disservice in how they managed him in the ALCS. He has lost all confidence and needs a few big outs to stem that tide.
I've been pretty tough on Joe all postseason about his moves, but the one that got all Yankees' fans squirming in their seats last night (Marte) was not only the right call call---but it worked out.
You're 100% right on the Guzman pinch running move. There was no way in hell that Girardi would have given the kid a green light to run under any circumstance, yet he sacrificed his hottest hitter (and then same with Matsui)---which would've left his cupboard bare yet again in the event of extra innings.
To me that was something that many people will miss b/c it didn't end up mattering, but evidence that he isn't learning from his earlier mistakes.
Wow...there are no shortage of opinions on these matters.
(And here are mine...)
1.) Honestly the off days allow fans the ability to enjoy the games after they get home from work on East Coast; Monday's Game Two at 4pm EST sucked for those who work a regular gig and would like to watch their team play. In tonight's case, Dodgers/Phillies fans can watch the game in prime time (again...East coast bias), as can Yanks/Angels fans tomorrow. It's still a million times better than the NBA BTW.
2.) I've never in 30 years of watching baseball seen worse officiating. I believe in earnest that the Swisher tag call was a makeup for an obvious blown call at 2nd base, however the Cano/Posada debacle was a joke. As a Yankees fan I don't know which was worse, the call or Cano's stupidity.
Great article Kevin. Hope to see more like it. (Maybe with your thoughts on his talent thrown in)
Not sure if you are still checking the board, but Chamberlain was another one "flying open" and not finishing his pitches in his 90+ pitch 4 innings last night...something mental or physical. The Yankees have a tough decision on the roster spot.
I think the PF was plantar fasicitis.
Not sure if you're still cycling through comments, but I loved the 20-80 explanation a few articles ago and would hope you would add that along with the commentary.
Can someone explain why Aaron Crow can still negotiate a deal with the Royals while the deadline has passed? BA said something about him heading to independent ball extends his ability to sign.
If you're in a Keeper League and can buy low on either Holland or Feliz, you need better competition in your league.
I think Citifield is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
This is an excellent article. Hope to see more things like this.
Keeper League GM
KG...November on Matusz? Winterball?
Agree with dcarroll...would love to see more of this stuff KG. Top notch.
Will...probably too long on this list for a comment, but any insight on Nady's set-back?
Alex's new nick name should be "Lightning Rod", or "Gossip Rod". The Beltran situation sounds like it could be dire. With a + CF, it will be interesting (and scary if you're a Mets fan) to see what microfracture surgery could do to his defensive value.
Great article. I'd love to see more pieces on unique capabilities/anomalies that future HOF's possess...either surprising limitations they endure, or super human skills that tell the story.
I want to echo that...and Kev...really like the Twitter content as of late...for those who aren't following @kingclip
Solid article; kept my interest. Would have closed with the answer of "who was the other pitcher?" to complete the piece.
Sloppy...including spelling errors. If your intro is focused on JP Ricciardi, you need to spell his name right.
Does Garcia profile as a starter in the big leagues or in the bullpen?
If Montero isn't a catcher (which everyone says), does he profile as a 1B, or just a DH type? ETA 2011? Sooner?
Oh I get it...not so hot on Mr. Wieters Will? I know the hype is nauseating. Maybe he can team up with Strasburg and put Dr. James Andrews out of business.
I didn't understand the "laying of the hands" comment either. Can someone explain?
I thought it was good. Nice intro, and didn't think it was too "advanced" for a newbie...good job.
Best intro (in my opinion) of all the submissions. Told me something I didn't know and led me into the article. Well done.
I liked it.
I liked the piece, though the first paragraph I re-read several times...he went from first person in the opening to third person in the start of the body.
Anything new on Tom Glavine/Tim Hudson? Inquiring Tommy Hanson owners would like to know.
Totally agree on the bullpen. For Girardi, the bullpen was the lone shining star of 2008. He managed the unit well as a whole, and individually each pitched better than expected.
The bunts I can't kill him on...Swisher has been pressing big time, and I'd rather trade a base for an out in that situation.
I was a big Girardi supporter from the beginning, but admit that his baseball decisions (ones he would criticize if he were in the Yes booth), appear to be very much of the "fire, ready, aim" variety.
His job isn't in jeopardy yet...and he should take that leash and relax...and use his good sense.
That O's pitching staff with Tillman, Matusz, Arrieta, Guthrie and ? should be very formidable. Kevin...would they bring up the whole "gang" at once in 2010?
I like this entry a lot. I wish there was a much greater focus on Fantasy Baseball (as I suspect that 90%+ of BP's subscribers are avid fantasy owners).
Arrian has it exactly right. I'm not panicked by Wang's performance, but it reminds me exactly of the 2007 ALDS when his stuff was flat and imminently hittable. He rebounded from those starts in 2008 (before getting hurt) and I wonder if it's mental as opposed to physical. Damon's comments about "killing the bullpen" can't help that...let him throw a simulated game and start him back on the road. I think moving him to the bullpen will exacerbate the situation and I hope that Girardi, Cashman Eiland and Co. will make the right decision.
Great article. Embedding video is the easiest way to virally promote MLB...hope they recognize that soon.
LOL. As a Yankees fan, I'm so happy that Farnworth is in Kansas City and no longer in New York; the only thing better would be if he ended up in Boston.
Will...nice shout out in the New York Daily News today...
With the struggles of Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney (and Zumaya's inability to stay healthy)...do you see Ryan Perry as a "dark horse" for closer this season?
Keeper League GM
I believe that Red Sox will pry him away from the Padres. With Kyle Blanks, a dwindling payroll, and a barren farm system, Sandy Alderson (or whomever is calling the shots now), should move Gonzalez and Peavy to the Sox for Lars Anderson, Clay Buchholz, Josh Reddick, and Justin Masterson.
The Griffey signing absolutely killed the value of Clement for this season.
Great article Kev. Please keep these scout quotes coming...for those of us who can't "watch" these prospects and rely only on reports, this adds a ton of value for me.
Great series...is there anyway we could get you do a piece on the best bets for Keeper Leagues? I'd love your perspective based on comps who would be the best bets by position vs. projected regression.
Keeper League GM.com
Great idea guys. Hope you do something in New York soon.
Based on Pittsburgh\'s need for an impact player now...what are the odds that Alvarez is up mid season?
Until Brian Cashman (or Jay in this case) addresses team defense in a meaningful way, you could bring Cy Young in and the offense would need to carry the team.
According to BP, in 2008 of pitchers who pitched at least 100 innings, 4 of the Yankees starters were in the Top 35 in BABIP (Batting Average of Balls in Play).
That could mean that they were terribly unlucky, or that too many balls fell that shouldn\'t have. (Ranked 25th in defense should answer that)
The reality is that if you sign Tex, then you should sign Lowe (GB Pitcher); if you don\'t, I would sign a FB or K Pitcher like CC, Sheets, Burnett.
With Jeter locked in at SS and ARod at 3B, my suggestion would be to keep Swisher at 1B; trade Cano + for a CF with range and good bat (Matt Kemp), sign Hudson and platoon Matsui and Nady, and try and sign two of CC, Sheets, Burnett, Pettitte.
Since Hughes and Kennedy are very flyball \"heavy\", the focus should be on OF defense.