Tuesday, November 29, 2005
On the other hand, Omar Minaya and the New York Mets have been quite busy turning themselves into a serious contender for the 2006 season. First they landed Carlos Delgado and now Billy Wagner has signed on as the new closer. And they're still looking to secure a second baseman, a catcher (though some have suggested the team might just keep Ramon Castro), AND perhaps Manny Ramirez. If all goes according to plan, the Mets could really be a force in the N.L. East next year.
So you tell me: Is no Yankee news good news? The fact that they're sticking to their word and that Robinson Cano and Chien Ming Wang are still on the team is encouraging, but not every fan would agree with me. So many fans feel that the Yanks have to "respond" to the Mets and the Red Sox's off season moves with a big trade, and many of these same fans are faulting the front office for not securing A.J. Burnett by giving the Marlins what they were interested in, namely, Cano and Wang. Now hang on a second! Haven't we fans been cursing the organization the past few years for trading away their young prospects and future stars for older, more established but rarely compatible players? So why would we want to give up our future talent for Burnett (who could quite easily be the 2006 version of Carl Pavano; in other words, a bust) and Mike Lowell of all people? Ah, but if we had made that deal, Burnett could be the number three starter on the team, Lowell could play third, and A-Rod could make yet another position transition and play center field! That is the strange logic I seem to be hearing lately...
Anyway, one day in the near future, the New York Yankees will do SOMETHING (I hope), so check back later!
Sunday, November 27, 2005
(Originally published in "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans: 2000 Edition")
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
And across town, the Mets are trading Mike Jacobs to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado. Jacobs looks like he has a bright future, but for now, this should turn out to be a good move for the Metropolitans who had no luck whatsoever with first basemen last year.
(Here is a picture of Mike Jacobs whom I met (where else?) at a Mets game back in September. Pending a physical examination, Jacobs will join the Florida Marlins with first baseman Carlos Delgado heading to play for the New York Mets.)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
The Yankees made their first move of the offseason in terms of relief pitching today when they signed right-hander Jose Veras of the Dominican Winter League (and formerly of the Texas Rangers minor league system). He reportedly traveled to Tampa on Monday to meet with executives and take his physical. The twenty-five year old currently leads the Dominican league in saves and has allowed two runs in his first twelve innings with the Escogido Lions. He is looking forward to coming to New York and helping set the table for Mariano Rivera.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
-Who is the only Yankee to win the Gold Glove and a batting title in the same season?
-Who is the only pitcher to win games as a starter and then as a reliever in back-to-back games during the World Series?
Submit your answers in the comments section and I'll let you know the answers as soon as possible. These two shouldn't be too difficult :)
Saturday, November 19, 2005
- Joe Torre held his "Safe at Home" Charity Event in New York yesterday. Some of his guests included Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Tino Martinez, David Cone, Joe Girardi, Willie Randolph, and Lee Mazzilli.
- Derek Jeter expressed his hopes that Bernie Williams returns to the Yankees next season, but acknowledged that there are more pressing team concerns. When asked about participating in the World Baseball Classic, Jeter said it was up to "The Boss".
- Mariano Rivera, at Torre's event, told the press that he hopes the Yankees "do the right thing" and bring back Tom Gordon as his set-up man. I know a lot of people have problems with Gordon, but to be fair, there are very few relievers out there who are better than he is. Sure he's not always a big-game player, but then again, neither is A-Rod, but we're not going to dump him, are we? If the Yankees had a chance at signing B.J. Ryan, then I'd have no trouble saying goodbye to Flash, but Ryan has said that he is a closer and will not accept any other role, so it doesn't look like he'll be sporting pinstripes anytime soon. So, you tell me, who would you rather have that's on the market than Gordon? I must say that I agree whole-heartedly with Mo that Flash Gordon should return next season.
- Tino Martinez has been contacted by several teams, but has no interest so far in what they've offered. He said that he'd only play next season if the situation was right. Otherwise, he'd love to return to the Yankees in some capacity, coaching, broadcasting or working in the front office. The Yankees have said that they'd be more than happy to keep Martinez around. Tino is my favorite Yankee ever and I hope he will be around the team for years to come, but hopefully not as a broadcaster because listening to that voice for three hours would be difficult for many fans, I think. Personally, I think it's cute, but that's probably not the general consensus. The next slow news day I will be posting a "Tribute to Tino," so stay tuned for that!
P.S.- This is totally unrelated to the Yankees, but I saw the new Harry Potter movie last night and it was by far the best one yet. So if you're a Potter fan, check it out!
Friday, November 18, 2005
When asked for a comment on the status of Bernie Williams, Brian Cashman told the media that he has no intentions of offering Williams a contract until the more important roles are filled.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The New York Yankees and Hideki Matsui Reportedly Agree to a Four-Year, $52 Million Deal
Wonderful to see that Godzilla will return as a Yankee next season, though the move is not at all unexpected. Last season, Matsui established single-season career highs in batting average (.305), hits (192), doubles (45) and RBIs (116). Despite leaving eight men on base in Game 5 of the ALDS and an alarming decline in defensive play, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more consistent hitter with a favorable personality (that's where Manny loses points, you see) in the game today. Now all we have to do is find out a way to break this ridiculous consecutive games streak!
Thanks for sticking around, Hideki...You're making more than Ichiro now!
In Other News:: The Yankees exercised the 2006 option on right-hander Tanyon Sturtze, deciding to pick up his $1.5 million option. (Welcome back, Tanyon! How about next season you pitch like the first half of '05, please?) -Albert Pujols won NL MVP (Sorry, voters, but you got it wrong again! That award belonged to Andruw Jones) -And finally, Major League Baseball and the Player's Association agreed on a new drug policy that calls for new and tougher penalties for steroids-abusers. (50 games for a first-time offense, 100 for second-time offenders, followed by a lifelong ban after that. Much better!)
Now that the Matsui deal has been taken care of, the team can start focusing on a new centerfielder and some help for the bullpen. For the first time in years, starting pitching seems to be in pretty good shape...In fact, there aren't enough spots in the rotation this time around, But I don't think the Yanks are complaining. Looking forward to what should be an interesting (and hopefully short!) offseason!
Monday, November 14, 2005
-Brian Cashman re-signs as General Manager of the Team- When he moved Tony Womack to centerfield in May and promoted Robinson Cano, I thought he was crazy. Since Cano worked out so beautifully, I'll let him off the hook for the Womack debacle, and he really did an amazing job securing guys like Shawn Chacon, Aaron Small and even Al Leiter. So all-in-all, I'm quite happy to see Cashman return; I just don't think things are going to change behind the scenes the way he seems to. But what do I know...
-Longtime Yankees Pitching Coach Mel Stottlemyre Retires- The only pitching coach the team has had during the Joe Torre Era, Mel will certainly be missed and is not an easy guy to replace. Seems the pressure from Steinbrenner and the front office finally caught up with him.
-Yankee Bench Coach and Former Catcher Joe Girardi Leaves Team to Take Over for Jack McKeon As Manager of the Florida Marlins- I' m so happy for Girardi to have only served as a coach for one season and then be highly sought after for managing positions...He always was and always will be one of my favorite Yankees (I'm a big fan of the role players, not really the superstars). It's just sad to think that poor Willie Randolph had to wait so many years for someone to finally give him a chance, and now he's stuck with the Mets.
-Coaches Upheaval- For some reason, the team has decided that replacing Roy White and Luis Sojo should take priority over re-signing Matsui, a new centerfielder, and an overhaul in the bullpen. I don't get it!
-Lee Mazzilli Returns as Torre's Bench Coach- It will be good to have Mazzilli back as Joe likes him and he's used to the climate. He did a hell of a job in Baltimore for about half a season, but then things fell apart.
--Gator Named as Pitching Coach- Ron Guidry joins the fray after first-choice Leo Mazzone headed off to the Baltimore Orioles. This could be a risky move considering Louisiana Lightning has no prior coaching experience, but with guys like Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, and Randy Johnson heading the staff, there's not too much teaching that needs to be done anyway.
-Yankees Decline 2006 Option on Tino Martinez- I can't say I'm really shocked about this, but that doesn't make it any easier for one of Tino's biggest fans (me!). I don't care what his numbers looked like last season- As far as I'm concerned, he single-handedly carried them through May after they hit the low point at 11-19. Still, I'm thankful to have had him back for one more year as a reminder of the "golden years" of the Yankee Dynasty. We fans will never forget Constantino Martinez!
-Plenty of New Free Agents- Hideki Matsui being the most notable.
-Alex Rodriguez and the Poker Fiasco- It's just far too easy right now to jump on the A-Rod Bashing Bandwagon, so I"ll save that for a later date...Like the next time he grounds into a double play and kills a rally/season...Whatever...
-Derek Jeter Wins His Second Consecutive Gold Glove- I was a little surprised by this because I thought Alex Rodriguez had a better chance to win at third than any of his teammates, but I'm happy for him nonetheless!
And Stay Tuned For...
-The progress of the Matsui deal that needs to be finalized by Tuesday (He's reportedly been offered 4 years at $50 million, so we'll see how that goes over with him and his agent...)
-Who should stay and who should go during the Offseason
-And a (potentially) lengthy rant on the anti-Yankee bias that far too many members of the media have, especially when it comes to "Awards Season"
Welcome! As you may have surmised from the title, this blog is meant to be an intelligent look at all things Yankee. I've picked the off-season to begin and hone my skills a bit, as this is my first attempt at "blogging" and there will be much less news and gossip to cover. So stay tuned, everyone!