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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.

Bobby Meacham

Want a quick and easy way to see if someone in their 30’s or older is a real Yankees’ fan?  Say the name Bobby Meacham to them.  If they stare at you blankly, they are not a real fan.  If they say to you, "the guy who tried to hold back Milton Bradley a few weeks ago?", they know their baseball, but not their Yankees.  If they start shuddering at the very mention of the name, they are a true Yankees’ fan. 

For those of you who are too young to remember, Bobby Meacham was the starting shortstop for the 1985 Yankees, probably the best team of the Mattingly era and the one that fell two games short of the division title.  (Sadly, we didn’t have a wild card then)  Those two games were probably due to Bobby Meacham and the psychological damage he caused to this writer was immense.  The guy simply couldn’t play.  He would strikeout in a big spot or make a huge error.  For the record, Meacham hit .218/.302/.266- yes a .266 slugging percentage and made 24 errors.  Why the Yankees didn’t do anything to upgrade that position is still one of the greatest frustrations of my years as a fan. 

Why do I bring this up?  Because Peter Abraham is reporting that Bobby Meacham is going to be the Yankees ‘ third base coach next season.  I am sure he is a nice man, but the scars of 1985 run deep and I can only hope he is a much better coach than he was a player.  One thing is for sure, the Yankees have to re-sign Posada now because I think a lot of us couldn’t handle seeing Bobby Meacham wearing #20 again. 

Statement From Mattingly

Don’s agent released the following today:

“Don was extremely disappointed to learn today that he wasn’t the organizations choice to fill the managerial vacancy. Instead, he was informed the organization offered the position to Joe Giradi.

Don feels both Joe and Tony Pena represent true professionalism both on and off the field and he was honored to be among them as candidates for the managerial position. Don extends congratulations to Joe and wishes him and the organization good luck next year!

Today is a very difficult day because managing the Yankees was Don’s aspiration and goal since becoming the hitting coach four years ago. Even though this opportunity has passed him by he wants to thank Mr. Steinbrenner for his initial faith, inspiration and support throughout his playing and coaching career.
Don will use this time to reflect on this experience while considering future family and career options. In the meantime, he did inform the Yankee’s that given the circumstances he won’t accept a coaching position within the organization during 2008.”

Typical class from Don and hopefully he will be back at Old Timer’s Day soon. 

What If?

Just spitballing here, but what if the Yankees did something totally out of character this offseason and did a complete rebuild of the team?  What if besides agreeing that Hughes, Joba and Ian are in the rotation they didn’t resign Posada and Mo, let A-Rod walk away and traded some veterans for more prospects? 

Would it cost them anything except tv ratings?  I don’t think so because the Yankees are about to enter a 2-3 year period where every ticket they have is going to be sold.  Think about it, next year is the last time baseball will be played in Yankee Stadium.  How many people are going to want to go at least one last time?  And in 2009, how many people are going to want to go and see the new ballpark?  

So, if the tickets are going to be sold anyway, what about a two-year rebuilding plan. Let’s put Duncan in right for a season and see what happens.  Let’s get some young hitting prospects in some trades and see what happens.  It will never happen, but the Yankees would probably be much stronger down the road if they did do it. 

And Now For Something Completely Different….

You may notice that the site looks different. You may also notice that things look strange. Bear with us, we are redoing the format a bit and should have things settled in the next few days. As always, feel free to email us with any comments or suggestions and thanks for your support. -Peter and Andy