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Saturday Evening Thoughts



By Frank Russo ~ August 29th, 2009. Filed under: Digest Contributors.

Friday night’s walk-off homer by Robbie Cano was a great start to the Chicago series. The Yanks needed to get off to a good start this weekend and they did just that.

I know a lot of people hate games like Saturday’s 10-0 blowout, but I’m not one of them. I love it when the Yanks destroy the opposing team, especially ones I truly dislike like the RSN, Chicago, and the Asinine Angels of Anaheim.

No disrespect here to Boston’s 2nd baseman, but Robbie Cano is like the Rodney Dangerfield of baseball. Cano could bat .350, hit 30 homers and drive in 120 runs and “so-called experts” would still choose Pedroia over him due to his “intangibles”.

You had to feel bad for Sergio Mitre. He’s pitching a one hit shutout, by far his best effort of the season, and gets knocked out of the game by a lined shot off the bat of AJ Pierzynski.

Speaking of AJ Pierzynski, Chris Silva recently talked about how he would be a good fit for the Mets. AJ Pierzynski in a Mets uniform would guarantee one thing, plenty more hatred toward the Mets franchise. Pierzynski is a very good catcher, but one of the most disliked people in all of baseball. Just ask former Cub Michael Barrett.

Funniest line on Saturday was from Michael Kay, who mentioned “snow falling” by the time Chad Guadin finally finished warming up.

Found out something interesting from a player agent in regards to Chicago’s Jim Thome. Apparently Thome wouldn’t mind playing for the Yankees next year. I can’t imagine the Yanks having interest in a 39 year old DH, but I’m sure Thome salivates at the thought of hitting friendly confines of the “New House.”

The Jon Garland talks have apparently grounded to a halt. Arizona was at first ambivalent in regards to dealing the right hander, and now appear to be holding firm on acquiring some kind of upper level talent for him. Brian Cashman is a reasonable man, but he certainly is not going to consider trading one of his prized minor leaguers for a one month rental.

Look for Brad Penny to sign with a NL Club by early next week.

Good thing that the Yankees changed the “Joba Rules” again because I’m pretty sure that “Baby Joba” was starting to feel like a YoYo.

So with the “Revised Joba Rules.” the Yankees are planning on limiting his innings, but not starts. This basically means they are going to be dipping into the bullpen every fifth day, no matter the pitch count. I’m sorry, but I feel like I need a calculator here to figure everything out.

How long will it be before someone comes up with a Sabermetric for the “Joba Rules”? It actually might help the average fan understand this mess.

One thing in the Yankees favor in regards to the “Joba Rules,” is the fact that they will get more help for the bullpen this Tuesday when MLB teams expand their rosters. That means pitchers like Mark Melancon can be called up to help Girardi maneuver the bullpen. The more arms the better, I always say.

You have to be really happy for Jerry Hairston Jr. He’s a great guy who just loves playing the game. He, like Eric Hinske, has fit in perfectly in the Yankee clubhouse. When Cashman first acquired him, one of my scout friends emailed me and told me that Jerry Jr. was going to be a perfect fit because of his versatility.

Don’t be surprised if the Yankees bring back Johnny Damon next year. Yankees management feels that he is a perfect “Yankee Stadium Hitter,” and are seriously considering offering him a 1 or 2 year deal, although it would be considerable less that the $13 million a year he’s making now. Damon loves New York, has a ton of good friends on the team and really wants to come back, badly.

If Hideki Matsui doesn’t resign with the Yanks after the season, his two most likely destinations are Anaheim and Seattle, where he would easily be able to slide into the DH role.

Speaking of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, aka “The Asinine Angels of Anaheim,” a lot of scouts and execs look at the Scott Kazmir acquisition as a short team proposition due to the former Mets questionable health. Many scouts feel that the injury prone Kazmir is but a few pitches away from a serious injury.

A lot of people have been writing about how the acquisition of Kazmir assures an Anaheim series victory over the Yankees, should they meet in the playoffs. Not necessarily so, according to an AL West scout who emailed me last night. “The Yanks are a monster”, the scout told us,”they’re a well oiled machine, and they’re getting better. I definitely think the Yanks can beat Anaheim, but they need to have home field advantage to do it. The Angel’s bullpen is really suspect.”

One last thing about the Kazmir trade. Mike Silva’s assumption that the trade was a salary dump was correct. Tampa will use that money to lock down Carl Crawford with a contract extension.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

2 Responses to Saturday Evening Thoughts

  1. JD

    let me see. a players agent claims the player whos a soon to be FA would love to play in NY. no way!

  2. Frank Russo

    JD,

    Yes. the agent, who is a friend of mine, told me this. He has no reason to lie to me.

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