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Kennedy Gone, Igawa Next?

The Yankees have optioned Ian Kennedy down to make room for Rasner.  Since Kennedy has to stay in the minors for 10 days (unless the Yankees have an injury) it is safe to assume that he is out of the rotation right now and Igawa is probably going to take his place.

It’s hard to argue with the move because Kennedy is a mess right now.  The Yankees can send him to Scranton and hopefully he will find his control.  The problem is Iggy, I just don’t trust the guy but I don’t think the Yankees have many other options right now in Scranton.

I am still trying to figure out why Dave Eiland has the reputation of being great with the young pitchers.  I haven’t seen much from him so far. 

Looking For A Laugh?

This won’t be funny if you are a Giants fan, but Jason Stark had an interesting chat on ESPN.com yesterday.  He debated which free agent signing was worse, the $121 million deal Mike Hampton signed or the $126 million deal Barry Zito signed. 

It took all of two questions for someone to bring up Carl Pavano and Stark even says in the chat that he was "flooded" with Pavano questions.  As he correctly points out, Pavano’s deal doesn’t compare to these two.  Anyway, it’s an interesting piece.

A Happy Ending

As I mentioned before, the Yankees sent the infamous "buried jersey" to the Jimmy Fund for auction.  It is for sale here.  Since it is already up to $30,000 it is about $29,990 out of my price range, but I hope people keep bidding it up and up, it’s for a wonderful cause. 

I Don’t Think This Is The Only Thing He Has Lied About….

Check out this story.  I love the line about "wanting to unburden" himself, that’s cute. 

Help Me Out

As we await the end of the rain (soon) and I watch the Masters, can anyone justify the decision to pitch to Manny in the sixth inning with first open?  Considering that Manny had already homered off of Mussina and he hit .392/.475/.686 against Yankees’ pitching last season it seems pretty stupid.  Anyone got a good reason for it?

Anyone?

Bueller?
 

My Annual Schedule Rant

For those of you familiar with this site, you have read something similar before.  For those of you who are not, read on. 

Why does MLB insist on scheduling games in cities with lousy weather in late March and skip scheduling games in cities with great weather?  To wit…

Why is Arizona traveling to Cincy?

Why did Toronto travel to the Yankees?

Why do the Royals go North to Detroit?

Why is Tampa playing in Baltimore?

Why are the Rangers playing in Seattle?

Why are the Astros and Padres playing each other?  Why are the Giants and Dodgers and Angels and Twins doing the same? 

I am just wondering, why does MLB keep insisting on forcing games into bad weather sites?

End of rant, thanks for listening. 

 

A Note To MLB

Last night’s "Opening Night" festivities and the emphasis placed on the new stadium in Washington got me thinking.  Do not, I repeat do not, attempt to play the first game in the new Yankee Stadium at night to satisfy an ESPN audience.  That would be crass and commercial and baseball is about bigger things than that.  Right?  Right?

A Real Downer

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Thanks to Greg for passing along a sad tale about Dwight Gooden.  If you didn’t get to see Gooden in 1985, you missed one of the most amazing seasons ever by a pitcher.  I am glad to hear the the oft-maligned Gary Sheffield has tried to help his Uncle and has set some money aside for him, but it sounds like Dwight doesn’t want to be helped.  I hope somehow, someway Gooden escapes the clutches of drugs and shows up at Shea Stadium this year to celebrate its final season. 

Congrats Goose!

Goose Gossage was elected to the Hall of Fame today, a well-deserved honor. If you don’t remember Goose in a Yankees’ uniform, you missed something. The guy was pure piss and vinegar out there and watching him mow down batters was always a lot of fun. Mariano may be the best I have ever seen, but Goose wasn’t far behind.

One interesting note on the voting is that Mark McGwire got exactly the same number of votes this year as he did last. I wonder if it was the same 128 voters?

Wow

Check out this report.

I don’t agree with this move at all, but it is an interesting tactic to say the least. Of course, we are getting ahead of ourselves here.