Friday, December 28, 2007
Former Yankee hero Jim Leyritz was arrested this morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on charges of DUI and DUI manslaughter. He ran a red light while driving drunk and collided with another car, killing a woman. Ouch. Hate to see something like this happen. Leyritz has always been a fan favorite and something like this really hurts.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
- The average salary for every player on the 40-man roster is added up
- Any amount above $148 million (the value changes every year) is taxed at 40%
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
“When this grossly inaccurate story broke in October 2006, Roger said it was untrue and the Los Angeles Times chose not to believe him. As the record now clearly proves, Roger was telling the truth then, just as he continues to tell the truth today. Roger Clemens did not take steroids, and anybody who says he did had better start looking for a hell of a good lawyer.” (Source: Pete Abraham)
Looks like Clemens will be taking legal action.
In other news, Hank Steinbrenner ran his mouth again. He said that there is still an outside chance that the Yankees Land Johan Santana. Well, there is an outside chance that a lot things happen. Today is a really slow news day, which is why stuff like this is being reported.
Derek Jeter is a cool guy. He hosted an advanced screening for 500 hundrend NYC school children of the movie "Water Horse: Deep Sea Legend," as part of his Turn 2 Foundation. We pay so much attention to guys who cheat or engage in otherwise bad behavior (like dog-fighting and rain-making and Curt Schilling), and it makes you forget that there are still a few good guys left, like Derek Jeter.
OK first the Andy Quote:
"Andy knows how I feel about him, and he knows how we feel about him as an organization," Jeter said. "It took a lot of courage for him to come out and be honest about it. Hopefully he can move on."
(source: NY Yankees)
That is why Jeter is the captain. He always says the right things and does what is best for the team.
Jeter is basically saying that he wants everyone to wait until all the facts are straight before making a decision on the Rocket. He had this to say:
"It seems right now people are rushing to judgment," Jeter said of his pal, whose name headlined the Mitchell Report last week thanks to the testimony of former personal trainer Brian McNamee. "You have to let it play out a little bit before you say he is guilty or not guilty."
(source: The NY Post)
Here's the video version from the Post:
The First Image
"And The Hills Were Alive With The Sound of YOULKILIS"
To Next Pic
What A JACKASS
(click on it to get a closer look)
What a Jerk
(these pics are all made by me use them as you please)
Also, here is the complete Yankees schedule.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The Yankees increased most of their ticket prices. The most expensive box seats closest to the field went from $150 in 2007 to $250 next year as part of full season-ticket plans. Those are all sold out.
In the unlikely event any of those seats are available for individual games, they would cost $325 in advance and $400 on game days.
Bleachers went up $2. to $14. day of game.
New Tier Reserved MVP Sec 1-17 and 2-18 are $30. day of game up $10. from last year! 50% increase!
Depending on row and location, field championship seats run from $160-$250 as part of full season-ticket plans. This season, the range was $115-$150.
At the lower-priced end, bleacher seats not purchased as part of a season-ticket package rose from $12 to $14.
I am going to have to sell a kidney but we gotta pay for a new stadium and A-Rod somehow.
Curt Schilling has an opinion on basically everything, and is not at all afraid to share them. It just so happens that I tend to disagree with all of them. Today, when nobody in particular asked him his opinion on Roger Clemens he had this to say:
If that is the case with Roger, the four Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners, and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations.
First of all, who asked you Curt? Second of all, why? 1. There is no hard evidence condemning Clemens of steroid use 2. Was he not pitching against steroid users? 3. How do you know the runner-ups (Curt's "rightful winners") were not also steroid users? Because they weren't named by an alcoholic desperate to say out of jail? 4. Taking away the awards would just be wrong. You can't change history. Slavery happened, the holocaust happened, steroids happened. You can't change the past just because you don't like it.
To comment on this without any hard evidence and after Clemens denied it just shows Curt's excellence in the field of douchebaggary. Also, I am a firm believer that Curt Schilling is a steroid user, but that's another story.
Also, found this article by Mike Lupica. Basically, he is saying that if Clemens really didn't take steroids, he should tell his story to Congress. Does Mike Lupica think about what he is saying or does he just write and hope for the best? Don't you think Congress might have more important things to deal with, Mikey? Like, I don't know, the war, the general disapproval of our government, lead-ridden Chinese toys, a lying attorney general, Larry Craig, Iran, etc., etc., etc. No, actually, I see your point Mike. All of those things pale in comparison to Roger Clemens' alleged steroid use.
Current LRP options:
- Jeremy Affeldt. There were talks of him joining the Yankees, but now it seems unlikely
- Trade for Pittsburgh's Damaso Marte if he can be had cheaply
- Trever Miller. 34 year-old, most recently played for Houston. A league average pitcher; think a lefty LaTroy Hawkins
- Ben Kozlowski. 27 year-old lefty in AAA posted a 3.00 ERA and 80 K's in 81 IP last year, but this is probably a stretch
Morgan Ensberg: Career 116 OPS+, draws BBs, and sees lots of pitches; averaging 3.92 per plate appearance over his career. That #P/PA rate is better than the career rates of Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. Ensberg had a poor 2007 season, but could be a great addition for the bench. Buy low.
The OPS is interesting. Ensberg's Career line: .265/.366/.476, .284 EqA. He is 32 years old. He could be a very valuable bench option at the corner infield positions. He could even start at first. I doubt the Yankees will pursue him though, because first is already crowded and there's this A-Rod guy over at third. He probably is a better option than Betemit or Shelley at first, but it seems stupid to have three first basemen. So unless one or both of those guys get traded, look for Ensberg to sign elswhere.
Congress announced plans Tuesday to review the use of performance-enhancing drugs, with star-studded hearings scheduled next month and legislation to limit access to steroids and human growth hormone.
Mitchell told the Portland Press Herald in Maine that:
"My hope is that Congress will permit the players' association and the commissioner's office to review this report, to digest it, to consult with their own experts, and to work together to come up with the best possible program. And then, give them a chance to see what they can do, and at that point, take a look at it. So I hope that's what will occur,"
Mitchell's report implicated seven MVPs, 31 All-Stars and more than 80 players in all and moved the debate beyond whether baseball had a major problem with illegal steroids.
The best part is this is what Selig said in 2005:
"Did we have a major problem? No," Selig told Waxman's panel. "There is no concrete evidence of that, there is no testing evidence, there is no other kind of evidence."
I guess you were wrong Buddy boy.
The $1.5 million Alex Rodriguez Education Center, to be located on the club's southeastern side and expected to be nearly 10,000 square feet, figures to open sometime in April. It will include a state-of-the-art computer laboratory, an area for Internet use, classrooms for homework study and a huge teen center, where the older kids can meet.
We always bash A-Rod on this site but really he is a good guy who says and does really stupid things if that makes any sense. No matter what you say, helping underprivileged kids is a very altruistic thing to do. He had this great quote to say about Yankee Stadium
"Yankee Stadium, to me, is the greatest museum in the United States," he said. "It's a great advantage as a player. You feel magical when you're in that [batter's] box."
- Relievers Mark Melancon and J. Brent Cox are expected to be ready by the start of spring training after undergoing mid-season elbow surgery. They will most likely start the year in Tampa (to avoid the cold weather up north), but could both help the Major League bullpen at some point this year.
- Humberto Sanchez (TJ surgery) will not be ready for spring training, but is not that far behind the two previously mentioned.
- Cuban defector Juan Miranda will start the season at AAA. He will share the 1B/DH role with Eric Duncan
- The Yankees signed our old friend Nick Green to a minor league deal. They also signed Darrell Rasner. They are also working on a deal with Bronson Sardinha.
- I found this kind of funny: I was watching ESPNEWS and they had Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus on, and he said that Tyler Clippard could be the Nationals opening day starter.
- On a side note, A-Rod has opened an education center.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
- Dave Miley will be returning as the Scranton/Wilkes Barre manager
- Mo finalized his 3 year, 45 $Million deal. I know it's a ridiculous contract but I'm happy to have him back
- Mo also said that he admired Andy for coming forward. He urged anyone who has taken steroids to come forward (cough cough Clemens). Mo also said he was "naive" to the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball
- The Yankees fired their traveling secretary David Szen after he pleaded guilty to tax fraud and failed to report more than $50,000 in tips from players and coaches. Thats a butt load of tips
- Top Prospect Alert has posted their Yankees Top Ten Prospects. Hmm... Chase Wright 8th? Do the Yankees have a second Chase Wright I don't know about?
- Some quick Dominican League Notes courtesy of Pete Abe: Jose Veras has thrown 8.2 shutout innings. 13 K's is very good, but 4 BB's isn't. If he can control his stuff he will dominate.
- Alberto Gonzalez is hitting .333 in 26 games at SS
- Jonathan Albaladejo: In 27 games, 2.42 ERA, 27 K's vs. 8 BB's in 26 IP. I think this guy could be a good middle innings guy this year, but that could be because I've never seen him pitch
“A dark cloud has been put over Roger’s head and 99.9 percent of the media says he’s guilty even though he says he’s innocent,” Long told the Associated Press. “That presents a problem for our association. It has to come first over a player or coach.”
(source: Pete Abe)
Roger had this to say today about performance enhancing drugs: "
"I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life,'' Clemens said Tuesday in a statement issued through his agent, Randy Hendricks. "Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut that no athlete should ever take."
(source: ESPN )
Now this quote is pretty powerful. I find it hard to believe Clemens but let's say he did take HGH or Steroids; this quote is going to come back and bite him in the ass hard. Now he is in it deep because if he is lying, and the fans will want nothing to do with him. Pettite admitted it and generally the fans still care about him. I hope Clemens is telling the truth because if not he will have hell to pay.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The Yankees announced their 2008 schedule today, for what will be the last season in the current stadium. Some key points:
- Season opener: Home vs. Toronto, March 31 @ 1:05
- First BoSox matchup: April 11-13 in Boston; followed by Home vs. Boston April 15-16
- Interleague opponents: Mets, Padres (H), Reds (H), Astros (A), Pirates (A)
- Early on, it looks pretty easy: 7 game home stand vs. Toronto and Tampa Bay followed by an 8 game road trip to KC, Boston and Tampa
- The final regular season game will be played on September 21, with the Yanks closing out the season with three each in Toronto and Boston
I will post a link when the actual schedule is made availible.
Here's the list:
- Joba Chamberlain, RHP, Grade A
- Jose Tabata, OF, Grade B+
- Ian Kennedy, RHP, Grade B+
- Alan Horne, RHP, Grade B
- Austin Jackson, OF, Grade B-
- Bradley Suttle, 3B, Grade B-
- Dellin Betances, RHP, Grade B-
- Austin Romine, C, Grade B- (hate grading guys who haven’t played yet, could be C+)
- Jesus Montero, C, Grade C+ (borderline B-)
- Dan McCutchen, RHP, Grade C+
- Brett Gardner, OF, Grade C+
- Damon Sublett, 2B, Grade C+ (love this guy)
- Andrew Brackman, RHP, Grade C+ (could slot anywhere from 9 to 20 depending on what you want to emphasize)
- Jeffrey Marquez, RHP, Grade C+
- George Kontos, RHP, Grade C+
- Kevin Whelan, RHP, Grade C+ (check those K/IP and H/IP, but command?)
- Frank Cervelli, C, Grade C+ (great glove, bat?)
- David Robertson, RHP, Grade C+ (stunning numbers)
- Jairo Heredia, RHP, Grade C+
- Zach McAllister, RHP, Grade C+
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Ok but he signed with the Pirates. I am really not going to miss him after the 8.50 ERA in 20 games. He singed a minor league contract and if he pitches in the majors he will earn $450,000.
source: The Canadian Press
|2007 Liga Paralela||23||81||18||29||4||0||6||17||51||14||14||2||0||.448||.630||.358||0|
For those of you who don't know of him, he is a catcher. Yes. A catcher with an OPS of 1.078. 1.078! If Jorge retires after his newly signed four-year deal is over (which is very likely because he will be 40), Then Jesus will be 23 at the beginning of the next season. At this point he should definitely be big-league ready, and ready to replace Posada as the Yankee catcher for years to come.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Shoulder after on-field collision with Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles.
Achilles tendon injury
Throwing elbow - comeback line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe
Strained left oblique in batting practice
Rest of 2006 Season
Spring Training 2007
Entire 2007 Season
He is coming off of shoulder surgery and won't be ready to pitch till the second half of 2008. Stay away from this injury magnet. It is funny that the Yankees are going after him because the Yankees drafted Prior in the supplemental first round in 1998 out of high school but failed to sign him; he went on to attend Vanderbilt and then Southern Cal. Who knows what would have happened if the Yankees singed him.
One plus: He has never, to my knowledge, crashed a Porsche or went on the DL for a bruised ass.
Friday, December 14, 2007
|2004||New York Yankees||$22,000,000|
|2005||New York Yankees||$26,000,000|
|2006||New York Yankees||$21,680,727|
|2007||New York Yankees||$22,708,525|
In his career that is about 435 Million Dollars
That's a little more than I have made
After that shocking title you would think I would have something to back that up but I don't.... He actually has a really hot girlfriend but that is besides the point. See ---->
He may not be gay but he is definitely a thief. After a memorable four years and 39.95 million later the Yankees released him. But don't breathe a sigh of relief Yankee Fans we might be stuck with the D.L. King to a minor league contract. He said he is going to accept a minor-league assignment. Looks like were stuck with the Raja of Rehab for a little longer.