To show some love for my fellow blogger brethren, I sent out an email to some of the most prominent Yankee bloggers in the business and asked them the following question:
Who is most important to the Yankees success in 2009?
Here's what they had to say:
Deputy Dog - The Fowl Balls
The Most Important Yankee is far and away Joe Girardi. He has a massive
payroll.....the three best available free agents....a PED Crisis with a
fragile-egoed third baseman and two bosses with the last name Steinbrenner (as
if one wasn't bad enough). And he's the guy that has to hold it all together for
162 and the playoffs.....if he cracks....the ship will sink.
Fernando Alejandro - Respect Jeter's Gangster
Most Important Yankee: Derek Jeter When you think of consistency and playing
hard, you think of Derek Jeter. Even in an off year like 2008, he still
hit .300. I know opposing teams don't fear his 15 homerun power, but even
A-Rod is left to date 50 year old pop singers when Jeter's around. Respect
Steve Lombardi - Was Watching
Gene Monahan. If anyone could ever blow the lid off Yankeeland, he's the
guy. He's the only one who's been there since Day One of Big Stein.
Steve - The Yankees: Minors to Majors
The last few years, Chien-Ming Wang. He has been the rock of the
staff. They probably don't make the playoffs without his debut in '05, he
gives them 200 excellent innings the next two seasons, and when he gets injured,
the team falls apart.
Rob Abruzzese - Bronx Baseball Daily
Jorge Posada's shoulder will be the most important part of the Yankees in 2009.
If it's healthy he is a major cog in the lineup, but without him they have an
automatic out in the lineup, Jose Molina, and have to carry three catchers. That
would take away from the team's versatility by eating up a spot on the roster.
Charlie - The Chuck Knoblog
The most important Yankee is Joba Chamberlain. This young pitcher has some of
the best stuff I have ever seen. If he performs well, like he has in the past,
he can be a great talent and leader for the Yankees for years to come.
El Duque - It Is High, It Is Far, It Is caught
Phil Hughes. He is still the face of the next generation and the whole notion
that we can build from the farm. If he utterly fails, I fear we'll go back to
the old ways and start trading young players for whatever we need.
Alex H. - Coast to Coast Baseball
Derek Jeter-The importance of having a great leader in the clubhouse is often
overlooked, Derek, no matter how bad times are for the Yankees, has a positive
attitude. He makes sure he has a great relationship with all of the players so
no one feels left out; ever wonder why the Yankee clubhouse had such great
chemistry? It's because of the 'Captain'.
Donnie23 - Hank's Yankees
In baseball it's difficult to choose one team member as "most important".
That being said, C.C. Sabathia will carry heavy bags this season for the
Yankees. His performance early in the season may set the tone for the
team. There is something positive that spreads throughout the team
when your Ace is in the grove. When hitters are confident that their Ace
will hold the opponents run count down, they relax and perform better.
Burnett, Wang, Pettite and Chamberlain are important as well. So all
things considered, the starting pitching staff is the most important Yankee
J - 3:10 to Joba
For the year 2009, it's Mark Teixeira. He needs to justify the Yankees swooping
in and stealing him from the Red Sox by avoiding the typical slow start that has
plagued the Yankees in recent years. The team is also in desperate need of
quiet, businesslike star who can take some of the spotlight off of every Alex
Rodriguez AB and Tex can do this by having a great season and giving the papers
and talking heads something positive to talk about.
Ross - New Stadium Insider
The most important Yankee for 2009 is Jorge Posada. If he misses
100 games again, the Yankees will be in deep trouble, just like they were
last year. There is no greater of a drop-off than from Jorge to his backup on the
Later on I will post an article with my opinion, hopefully these answers are enough to wet your beak. Or your lips. It would be weird if you had a beak. Anyways, thanks to all of my fellow Yankee enthusiasts for participating!
Jimmy Dugan - Vegas odds: A. Yankees Signing CC Sabathia
B. Yankees Signing Mark Teixiera
C. Yankees Signing BOTH Sabathia and Teixiera
Peter Abraham - A. 20-1B. 1-2C. 100-1
Why I didn't take that bet with 100-1 odds, I will never know. One thing I do know is that you will not see me at the ttrack with "Peter the Mush" any time soon.
In terms of being a 'prospect', I object to Jackson being ranked higher than Montero. By most accounts, Jackson should be a serviceable center fielder; playing good defense, while his bat and discipline still need time to develop. Montero, however, is being touted as an elite bat with a possible move out from behind the dish. Though hard hitting catchers are hard to come by, I feel that in this particular case too much of Montero's value is being tied to position. At the end of the day, a .300/.400/.550 hitter is a 300/.400/.550 hitter. By this time next year, I think Montero could be ranked in the top 5 in all of baseball as a catcher - but even if he is moved, his bat still would not bump him out of my top ten. Nobody f*cks with the Jesus.
While Jackson and Montero have showed results as professionals, Andrew Brackman is the ultimate high-ceiling prospect. Though his track record is limited, throwing only 149 innings in three years of college before TJ surgery and seeing a littel action in the Hawaiian League last fall, the physical tools of Brackman are just too overwhelming to ignore. At 6'10", Brackman is an imposing figure on the mound. His height, along with a fastball that has pushed triple digits, are enough to put him in the top 100. 2009 will be a big year for Brack, who could potentially rocket to the top of the 2010 Baseball America list - or just as easily fall completely off of it.
The Deputy Dog is barking mad!
Enough is enough, already. Stop the shenanigans. PLEASE! I beg of you in the name of all that is holy.
What does it tell us when the two most honest sports figures of our time are Jose Canseco and Sir Charles Barkley?
It tells us that Barkley was correct. Athletes are not role models. Sports don’t owe us any morality and athletes don’t owe children who buy their jerseys any parenting. That’s what they have PARENTS for.
Alex Rodriguez did not cause the steroid era in baseball. Neither did Mark McGwire, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds. As a matter fact, despite the fact that he has done the most in my lifetime to kill the great game I love, Alan H. “Bud” Selig did not even cause the steroid era.
So who did cause the steroid era? Who is the evil villain that gave us this modern day plague on our house?
This man convinced the
The darkest, coldest fall on record was 1994. No baseball. No world series. No Cal Ripken. Nothing but millionaires and multi-millionaires fighting over a couple of billion dollars, all at the urging of Mr. Fehr.
The delayed start of the 1995 season pushed Ripken’s record breaking game back even further and probably cost Mike Mussina his first 20 win season. Thanks Don.
Even after the game was back, the fans weren’t. How does an average joe making 30 grand a year justify going to a game were these guys just stopped working because $8 million a year wasn’t enough?
For the second time in history, the great game needed to be saved. The first time we can blame the Blacksox Scandal. The second time, we have no choice but to blame Don Fehr.
How could Bud Selig go after steroids when the union had there foot on his throat? How could he stop the one thing that was bringing back the fans? Chicks dig the long ball. As a matter of fact, everyone digs the longball.
Just look at the ratings for the 1998 season if you don’t believe. I know where I was the night Mark McGwire launched that ball over the left field fence at the old Busch Stadium. I am betting you do too.
Don Fehr did this. Bud couldn’t stop it. The players merely did what these two men forced them to do. They were pawns in the greater game.
Don’t blame Alex Rodriguez or Brady Anderson or Rafael Palmeiro. Please. It’s enough already. They are no different than the beer league softball player that buys the $600.00 titanium bat to hit balls 450 feet. They just want to play ball and be great. Don Fehr pushed. Bud turned a blind eye. We asked. They delivered.
So get off their asses.
"Along with a few other teams, we're basically baseball's stimulus package," Steinbrenner told The Associated Press.
After allowing the Yankees to acquire Mark Teixeira over a paltry $12 million over eight years, Henry is once again crying poverty. I find it hard to believe that other teams take this seriously. If I was the owner of the Pirates, I would bitch slap this walking corpse at the next owners meeting.
The Yankees are evil and terrible and rich and powerful, yet the Red Sox bought players like Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, and Keith Foulke to form the cornerstone to a championship team. I am sick and tired of Red Sox players, fans, and now ownership screaming from the hill tops that they are at a disadvantage. While other teams are treading water (or even worse), the Red Sox continue to be a money making machine that does not impart that wealth back to its players, and, therefore, to its fans.
Shortly after hearing that Brian Cashman forced CC Cabathia to shave off his beard and all the world was right, I came across this picture from Newsday. If George Steinbrenner were alive to see his two new pitchers covered in tattoos, what would he be saying?
Oh, wait, what? He isn't dead? Ok, what if they let him out of that Tupperware that he has been sleeping in since 1999? I bet he'd be pissed - literally, right in his Depends.
Hat tip to Was Watching and SNY for providing the video. (although I wish I had audio so I didn't have to watch every stupid face that A-Rod makes. I reccommend closing your eyes after hitting play. Unless you are deaf, then carry on with the video.)
"It was against the law, so I would have to think about that," Selig told the paper. "It's very hard. I've got to think about all that kind of stuff."
This is just amazing to me that Selig is moronic enough to make a statement like this. First of all, "...all that kind of stuff"???? Should we really be comfortable with a commissioner with the verbal prowess of a third grade book report? How exactly does he plan on punishing Alex Rodriguez for taking a drug that he himself was too ignorant to ban in the first place? WHat about the other 103 players that tested positive?
There was a point when Bud Selig's tenure as commissioner would forever be marked by the triumph of the Wild Card system. Now his reign will be riddled with steroids, tied All-Star games, strikes, and missed World Series. Incompetence and ignorance will now be the hallmark of the Selig Era, and rightfully so. After pulling the game from the depths of unpopularity (**cough** thanks to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa hitting 139 steroid induced home runs **cough), Bud Selig has become the worst commissioner in sports. Well, baseball and football, because they are the only major sports left, but you get my point. He should obviously be the highest paid commissioner in all the land.
Coming off the worst statistical year of his career, Swisher ended 2008 on the bench for the Chicago White Sox. The so-called "free spirit" (is my use of quotations obnoxious yet?) was seemingly grounded from the outset by Ozzie Guillen, and Swisher's game suffered. Forced to bat leadoff and play center field, two positions that he is uncomfortable to say the least, Swish grinded (ground??) through an atrocious year finishing with a line as ugly as Otis Nixon – .219/.332/.410. As ugly as the numbers were, though, there was much more than meets the eye concerning Swisher's nightmarish 2008.
One thing that haunted Swisher throughout last season was bad luck. That's right, bad luck. For all of the stupid, quirky things that baseball players do to avoid such streaks, Swisher must have walked under a ladder every day. Maybe he wasn't hitting the ball as well? According to his line drive rate, nothing was wrong with Swisher's game. He actually posted a higher rate of line drives, .204, than he had ever before in his career. The anomaly of Swisher's 2008 lies in his BABIP – Batting Average on Balls Put in Play. His BABIP sat at .251, an alarmingly low percentage, considering how many balls he was hitting hard. Of all the players on the Yankees gearing up for that big rebound, Swisher has the best case.
The CHONE projections for 2009 have looked into their crystal ball and predicted a line of .247/.360/.454 for Swish. Numbers like that in the lower half of the Yankees order could make Swisher the linchpin to a dominant season offensively. What the Yankees have gained in Swisher is a patient, switch hitting, corner outfielder with proven 30 home run power. With expectations that are already higher than Joe Pepitone's pompadour, he could serve as a saving grace in the event of a Posada/Matsui/Cano letdown.
So in short, we at The Fowl Balls are fans of Swisher, Personally, I love it every time the Yankees acquire the "wild man" with long hair and Sonny Crockett stubble and force him to dress like he works at Wachovia branch. Plus, Swisher replaces Jason Giambi as the "Yankee most likely to have a sex tape with Paris Hilton."
- In my opinion, Rodriguez did a commendable job. Not only did he cop to the use of a banned substance in 2003, he offered up the fact that he was also using in 2001 and 2002. Though he will be reviled throughout the baseball community, and rightfully so, A-Rod has admitted more than any other player that has been caught using PEDs. Barry Bonds will soon be in jail for perjuring himself on the subject. Roger Clemens has attempted to fight Brian McNamee's claims head-on, despite new findings of DNA evidence. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire have fallen off the face of the earth. Rafael Palmeiro, after the most famous "point" in baseball since Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series, blamed Miguel Tejada for giving him a tainted supplement. Even Andy Pettitte, our Lord and Savior, hid behind injury as a "reason" for using illegal substances. Alex Rodriguez stepped to the plate, and admitted that he succumbed to pressure. Not hard to believe after Yankee fans have watched him fold under pressure for years.
- He was wearing a beautiful Rolex Daytona. Though this was not what many would deem an important part of the interview, I like watches.
- Peter Gammons did a horrific job. Though history will revere Gammons as a Hall of Fame journalist (and world-class Red Sox whore), the ball was clearly dropped on this interview. Gammons let A-Rod off the hook repeatedly, completely abandoning the use of the follow-up question. Rodriguez answered every question put in front of him, but Gammons did not go off script at all. When A-Rod said that he did not remember where he got the drugs or even what he took, should he not have been taken to task for that ignorance?
- A-Rod showed a side that the public had not seen before. He showed emotion, approaching tears at times, and made multiple statement tarnishing the image that he has been so conscious of for the last 15 years. He admitted to being weak and giving into the pressures of the large contract that he received prior to 2001. All of a sudden, even though he will be killed for this all over the press, the American publis may actually have more to identify with in the case of Alex Rodriguez.
- His lips were perfect. Plump, full, and glossy.
- Like everything that Alex Rodriguez has done since he was eighteen years old, this interview was premeditated. There were points when he seemed more human, but the fact is that this was all scripted. It seems that even when he says the right things, they don't seem genuine.
- Rodriguez still refuses to admit any conversations with Jose Canseco on the subject of steroids. I am not going to pretend that I know anything about the interaction between the two men, but one would have to be an idiot to think that Canseco just made a bunch of stuff up about a bunch of players and it all just happened to be true.
- Fact: if he hits .300/.400/.600 this year and the Yankees win a ring, nobody will give a flying sh*t.
That being said, this leaves me with a hole in my life. Leave some comments and suggestions for who will take over as the player that I gush over now that Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez have betrayed my trust.
Anyway, in case you haven't noticed, the Yankees could be in need of a centerfielder. See where I am going here? Could the Rangers have the answer to the Yankees problems? Did Han shoot first?
Tim Dierkes talks about this at his site, and Joel Sherman (YAY!) also had a piece with the suggestion, but hell, I am going to say it anyways. How about Marlon Byrd? Once a super-prospect that was supposed to pair with Jimmy Rollins to create a dynamic 1-2 punch for the Phillies, Byrd has resurrected himself as a viable player in Arlington. He plays good defense, gets on base, and only costs a little over $3 million for the 2009 season. If the price is right as far as the trade demands of the Rangers, this could be a no-brainer.
By the way, there is a new poll in the left-hand frame. "Vote or Die. No, really, I will kill you." - Sean Combs.
"Whatever his involvement is with this book, Joe Torre is the No.1 guy," [Paul] Quantrill argued. "People may understand that he didn't say that, but even being Joe Torre, being the greatest manager, blah-blah-blah, he's walking a thin line. When you start exposing anything from the clubhouse in general, whether it's about a d*ckhead like 'the fraud,' or anything, it doesn't really matter. It's that you opened up and said it."
First and foremost, good for you, Paul Quantrill, for taking Joe Torre to task for breaking the sacred code of the locker room. Good for you.
Now to the real story: did this motherf*cker just call Alex Rodriguez a d*ckhead? If he was here right now, dude would catch a roundhouse Walker: Texas Ranger boot from JD. I don't think it's Alex's fault that Joe Torre pitched your arm off. Ok, ok. I guess you have a right to be bitter. You were an all-star one minute, then the next minute you had thrown in 13451845832 consecutive games, rendering you ineffective, and therefore causing the Yankees to send you off on an ice drift. Now go back to milking cows, selling insurance, giving HJ's on the corner, or whatever the f*ck it is that you do. Phew. That feels better.
Oliver Perez signed a 3 year $36 million deal with the Mets. At that AAV, that means he will make more money in 2009 than Andy Pettite, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Kerry Wood, Brian Fuentes, Edgar Renteria, Casey Blake, Raul Ibanez, Jon Garland, Brad Penny, John Smoltz, Trevor Hoffman, Guillermo Mota and Daniel Cabrera.
After embarassing themselves on Derek Lowe and never really throwing a hat in the ring on Ryan Dempster, this is the topper. Paying an inconsistent pitcher who led the league in walks (again) when the team is in desperate need of a solid two starter behind Johan Santana is deplorable. Look at the list of afforementioned players and think how many would have been useful to the Metropolatinos at a discounted price. They are still in need of a power hitting corner outfielder (Pat Burrell???), and starting pitching depth.
Plus, another report surfaced today that the Mets are not in on Bobby Abreu or Manny Ramirez , and there is still no sign of interest in Adam Dunn as far as I see. With Carlos Delgado coming off of the books after this year, a two year, $20 million investment in Dunn seems like a deal that even a shaved monkey could figure out. The offseason started off well with the signing of K-Rod and the larceny of J.J. Putz from the Mariners, but follow through is needed. They now have a solid back of the bullpen, a questionable offense and a starting rotation that is (maybe) four deep. Think about that every time Oli walks ten in four innings, Mets fans. Oh, and good luck overtaking the World Champion Phillies. But at least there is meringue night to look forward to.
Then to put the cherry on all of this, I am once again forced to source Joel Sherman. I hate this team.
|Just two weeks after stealing Felix Pie from under our noses, the Baltimore Orioles have taken Deputy Dog's advice, and traded for Rich Hill in exchange for absolutely nothing. The deal for the mental case will net the Cubs a PTBNL, most likely a "low-level minor leaguer". Another nice, high upside move by the Orioles as they continue their arms race with the Blue Jays to avoid last place.|