Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
This really is getting to be depressing. The Yankees family has taken quite a hit this year in personal losses. And now another Yankee from the past Gil McDougald has passed away.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
It's been a tough year for anyone that's been associated with the Yankees. Sadly tonight I read that former Yankees pitcher Tommy Underwood died this afternoon after an 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was just 56 years of age.
Underwood was 13-9 for the Yankees in 1980. He was traded early the next season, along with Jim Spencer, to Oakland for Dave Revering, Mike Patterson, and Chuck Doughty.
Underwood spent 11 seasons all told in the majors, finishing with an 87-89 mark. He played for five organizations, retiring after playing for Baltimore in 1984.
Though his pro career was nothing special, Underwood and his brother Pat (also a former big leaguer) were legends in their hometown of Kokomo, Indiana.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
A look at Barry Zito, Carl Pavano and the five biggest busts of the past decade's free agent signings.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Yankees negotiations with Derek Jeter got a whole lot uglier this afternoon when Brian Cashman in not so many words told Jeter to "Take it or leave it."
"He should be nothing but a New York Yankee," Cashman said of Jeter earlier today. "He chooses not to be."
"We're not trying to chase Derek away. We're trying to get him to sign," general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. "But at the same time, he's a free agent. If he doesn't like what we're offering him, if he can find a better opportunity with more money, that's fine. Whatever's important to him."
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
The NY Mets prolonged managerial search appears to be over. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have selected Terry Collins as their new man. Collins was one of four finalists along with Wally Backman, Bob Melvin, and Chip Hale.
Collins has two previous managerial stints in the majors - the Houston Astros from 1994-1996 and with the Anaheim Angels from 1997-1999. His teams finished second all three years in Houston and he had two second place finishes with the Angels before being fired during the 1999 season. That team finished in 4th place.
The 61-yr old also spent two plus seasons managing in Japan and spent last season as the Mets minor league coordinator.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
I was a bit surprised upon hearing the jury was deadlocked in the Jim Leyritz DUI manslaughter trial, but it does show you that you can't judge everything based on snippets you read in the paper.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I have to admit I never saw this one coming. I don't recall Larry Rothschild's name being mentioned as a possibility to replace Dave Eiland. But that's the case- Rothschild was named the new Yankees pitching coach today, receiving a three year contract.
Rotschild comes to the Yankees with a pair of World Series rings. He won his first as the bullpen coach for the 1990 Cincinnati Reds and was the pitching coach of the 1997 Florida Marlins.
He was also the first manager in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays history, holding the job from 1998-2001. He was the Chicago Cubs pitching coach since 2002 and had informed the team on October 11 that he would invoke his option for 2011. But those plans changed when the Cubs hired Mike Quade as the full time Cubs manager.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
NY congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy honored Mr. Sheppard on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday and asked that her colleagues do the same.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
No surprise earlier today when Roy Halladay was named the overwhelming winner of the CY Young award. Halladay received all 32 first places votes, outdistancing runner-up Adam Wainwright by 102 points.
|Roy Halladay, Phillies||32||-||-||-||-||224|
|Adam Wainwright, Cardinals||-||28||3||-||1||122|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies||-||4||19||8||1||90|
|Tim Hudson, Braves||-||-||3||13||4||39|
|Josh Johnson, Marlins||-||-||5||5||9||34|
|Roy Oswalt, Astros/Phillies||-||-||1||3||5||14|
|Brian Wilson, Giants||-||-||-||1||5||7|
|Heath Bell, Padres||-||-||1||-||1||4|
|Mat Latos, Padres||-||-||-||1||2||4|
|Brett Myers, Astros||-||-||-||1||-||2|
|Tim Lincecum, Giants||-||-||-||-||2||2|
|Bronson Arroyo, Reds||-||-||-||-||1||1|
|Matt Cain, Giants||-||-||-||-||1||1|
The Florida Marlins said they were serious about trading 2nd baseman Dan Uggla and they weren't kidding. This afternoon Uggla was sent to division rival Atlanta for infielder Omar Infante and left-handed reliever Mike Dunn.
Uggla had recently turned down a four year, $48M contract extension and was immediately put on the trade market by the Marlins' front office. He's a three time All-Star, who averaged 30 home runs over the past five seasons and just won his first Silver Slugger award. The 30-yr old Uggla is expected to remain at 2nd base while current Braves 2nd baseman Martin Prado could move to a corner position. That is at least until the 2010 trade deadline arrives when Uggla could be dealt again.
Infante was a surprise All-Star selection this past season, in which he hit a career high .321 and played in the second highest number of games (134) in his career. Dunn just completed his first full season in the majors after being acquired from the Yankees in a deal that sent Javier Vazquez to New York in Dec. '09. He was 2-0, 1.89 with 27 strikeouts and 17 walks in 19 innings pitched.
A look back at the best free agents signings of the last decade.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman has been honored by minor league baseball with the Chief Bender Award.
Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award: Mark Newman, New York Yankees Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations
The Bender Award is presented to someone with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development. Newman recently completed his 11th season of overseeing the drafting and acquisition of prospects for the Yankees. Entering the 2010 season, more than half of the players on the club's 40-man roster were either drafted or signed as non-drafted free agents.
"There are some exceptional people that are in this industry that do great work," Newman remarked. "I always assume some other people deserve recognition. I am certainly honored by it, but surprised."
"Mark Newman's résumé is virtually unparalleled in player development," Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner said. "The success of the Yankees farm system is often overshadowed by their storied success at the Major League level. You cannot overlook the long list of league championships and Major League players produced under Mark Newman's watch with the Yankees. Mark epitomizes the characteristics of Chief Bender in producing players and a winning atmosphere for the organization."
Newman has been with the Yankees for 22 years. He joined the organization in 1989 as Coordinator of Instruction, responsible for supervising all Minor League managers and coaches and planning Major and Minor League spring training.
He was promoted to Director of Player Development and Scouting in 1996 and then to Vice President of Player Development and Scouting a year later.
Oakland Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman received the award last year. Minnesota Twins Senior Director of Minor League Operations Jim Rantz was honored as the first Bender Award recipient in 2008.
I mentioned in a prior post that Neftali Feliz and Buster Posey won the AL and NL Rookie of the Year Awards. Here is the official voting.
|Neftali Feliz, TEX||20||7||1||122|
|Austin Jackson, DET||8||19||1||98|
|Danny Valencia, MIN||1||9||12|
|Wade Davis, TB||11||11|
|John Jaso, TB||1||3|
|Brennan Boesch, DET||3||3|
|Brian Matusz, BAL||3||3|
It's award season for MLB, which means it is time for the My Pinstripes awards as well.
Cano had a huge breakout year with the bat and won his first Gold Glove with remarkable defense. People will point out the RBI totals of A-Rod and Mark Teixeira, the up year for Nick Swisher, etc. But Cano carried the Yankees for much of the season. Without him there's a good chance that Boston, despite all it's injuries, would have caught the Yankees for the wild card.
The My Pinstripes AL MVP goes to Robinson Cano.
So that only means one thing..is there a doctor in the house? Perfect game in the regular season, no-hitter in the post-season (which of course does not affect voting), and a won-loss record that would have been much better if the Phillies hadn't slumped for most of the season.
Buster Posey's impact on the Giants lineup was enormous as was his defensive presence.