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MikeO
02-01-2007, 02:03 PM
Its Feb 1st, time to shift to baseball.

Could be an interesting month. We could see Bernie retire and then see Roger announce his return at some point this season.

FinsNYanksFan13
02-01-2007, 06:30 PM
Let's get it on!

Shula Come Back!
02-01-2007, 06:45 PM
Go Yankees!!!!

MikeO
02-02-2007, 02:38 AM
Looks like Bernie was only offered a minor league contract. I dont think he will take it. I think he will explore his options then retire or sign somewhere else

Motion
02-02-2007, 10:09 AM
:woot: Go Yanks!

Motion
02-02-2007, 11:06 AM
Bernie Williams is leaning toward accepting the Yankees' offer of a minor-league contract, two people familiar with the situation told Newsday yesterday (http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spbase025077012feb02,0,3342401.story?coll=ny-yankees-print). The 38-year-old, ultra-popular outfielder is aware that he'll be a long shot to make the 2007 Yankees, the sources said. But after spending all 16 of his big-league seasons as a Yankee, he has no desire to play for another team, and Williams figures that if he doesn't make the cut, he'll retire in Yankees pinstripes. Should Williams move forward and agree to the non-guaranteed deal, he would give Yankees fans a likely final chance to thank him, albeit in exhibition games, for his outstanding career. But he also would make himself one of the focal points of the media, from the first workout until the close of camp. Williams has made it clear in recent interviews that he's not ready to retire. Yet both his strong family ties - he makes his full-time home in Westchester - and his appreciation of his place in Yankees history have made him reluctant to join another team.

dob72
02-02-2007, 11:45 AM
If your sole purpose in posting is to annoy people, post in The Depths (http://www.finheaven.com/boardvb2/forumdisplay.php?f=18) and not here

MikeO
02-02-2007, 12:45 PM
OK, now that I took care of the "DOB" for the rest of the 2007 season in this thread , let's get back to baseball.............

Looks like Bernie is going to take the Yankees minor league offer, show up for spring training and put the pressure on the Yanks to cut him!!!!

FinsNYanksFan13
02-02-2007, 12:51 PM
OK, now that I took care of the "DOB" for the rest of the 2007 season in this thread , let's get back to baseball.............

Looks like Bernie is going to take the Yankees minor league offer, show up for spring training and put the pressure on the Yanks to cut him!!!!


I don't know why the Yankees just don't keep him on the bench with Melky, Phillips, and Cairo. Cairo and Phillips can play just about any infield position so it's not as if they need another infielder. Bernie should just suck it up, be the 5th outfielder, have 100 at bats, and make this his victory lap. Everyone knows it will never work out for him if he goes to another team. See Patrick Ewing!

MikeO
02-02-2007, 12:55 PM
I don't know why the Yankees just don't keep him on the bench with Melky, Phillips, and Cairo. Cairo and Phillips can play just about any infield position so it's not as if they need another infielder. Bernie should just suck it up, be the 5th outfielder, have 100 at bats, and make this his victory lap. Everyone knows it will never work out for him if he goes to another team. See Patrick Ewing!

The Yanks should have never signed Manlkadjslkvitch to play 1B. That roster spot could have been given to Bernie, Giambi could have played more games at 1B and let Bernie DH more and all of this could have been avoided.

FinsNYanksFan13
02-02-2007, 01:50 PM
The Yanks should have never signed Manlkadjslkvitch to play 1B. That roster spot could have been given to Bernie, Giambi could have played more games at 1B and let Bernie DH more and all of this could have been avoided.


I agree I think that was a wasted signing by the Yankees but since they seem to be in love with D.M.'s defense, I think that is why they made the signing. Bernie should just suck it up and either retire and take a job with the Yankees or accept the job of being the 5th outfielder. Someone is going to go down this year whether for a long period of time of a short stint on the DL so the more we have in the outfield, the better off we'll be. Bernie is another uniform is blasphamis!

GreenMachine
02-02-2007, 02:10 PM
I agree I think that was a wasted signing by the Yankees but since they seem to be in love with D.M.'s defense, I think that is why they made the signing. Bernie should just suck it up and either retire and take a job with the Yankees or accept the job of being the 5th outfielder. Someone is going to go down this year whether for a long period of time of a short stint on the DL so the more we have in the outfield, the better off we'll be. Bernie is another uniform is blasphamis!

Bernie has already stated, if he does not make the team, he will retire. He does not want to play for any other team.

Motion
02-02-2007, 02:28 PM
Bernie has already stated, if he does not make the team, he will retire. He does not want to play for any other team.

Good

KTownsDolphins
02-02-2007, 03:21 PM
SCREW THE YANKEES!!!!!!

GO BLUE JAYS!!!!!!!!!!

It's time to knock the "we try to buy the world series every year" team from the top.

As you can tell I hate the Yankees cause all they do is win with there high payroll, like they should. I wish you guys were in a different division.

Jays are always screwed with the bosox and yanks.

GreenMachine
02-02-2007, 05:23 PM
SCREW THE YANKEES!!!!!!

GO BLUE JAYS!!!!!!!!!!

It's time to knock the "we try to buy the world series every year" team from the top.

As you can tell I hate the Yankees cause all they do is win with there high payroll, like they should. I wish you guys were in a different division.

Jays are always screwed with the bosox and yanks.

Tell your owner to stop being a cheap *** Canadian.

GreenMonster
02-02-2007, 05:46 PM
I agree I think that was a wasted signing by the Yankees but since they seem to be in love with D.M.'s defense, I think that is why they made the signing. Bernie should just suck it up and either retire and take a job with the Yankees or accept the job of being the 5th outfielder. Someone is going to go down this year whether for a long period of time of a short stint on the DL so the more we have in the outfield, the better off we'll be. Bernie is another uniform is blasphamis!

What it really comes down to is during the playoffs would you rather have Bernie of the bench as a bat or Doug M. playing 1st as a defensive replacement. I guess I would take Bernie too, his power is gone, as our the days of +.400 OBP but he still hit .281 last year.. Johnny Damon will be hurt before you know it.

GreenMachine
02-02-2007, 06:18 PM
What it really comes down to is during the playoffs would you rather have Bernie of the bench as a bat or Doug M. playing 1st as a defensive replacement. I guess I would take Bernie too, his power is gone, as our the days of +.400 OBP but he still hit .281 last year.. Johnny Damon will be hurt before you know it.

So Matsui would move to CF and Melky would play Left.

Jt0323
02-02-2007, 08:21 PM
Glad Bernie is thinking of signing a minor league contract!

FinsNYanksFan13
02-02-2007, 08:47 PM
Pavano article!

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070202&content_id=1792790&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

FinsNYanksFan13
02-02-2007, 08:50 PM
3 million tickets ALREADY SOLD!

http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070202&content_id=1793134&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

FinsNYanksFan13
02-02-2007, 08:53 PM
Johnny Damon vs. Snoop Dogg in Madden!


http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070201&content_id=1791609&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

KTownsDolphins
02-02-2007, 09:43 PM
SCREW THE YANKEES!!!!!!

GO BLUE JAYS!!!!!!!!!!

It's time to knock the "we try to buy the world series every year" team from the top.

As you can tell I hate the Yankees cause all they do is win with there high payroll, like they should. I wish you guys were in a different division.

Jays are always screwed with the bosox and yanks.

So you are saying 25+ out of 32 teams are being cheap *****.
I doubt it. The new Jays owner has invested a huge amount of money into the team. He lost 25 million last year and has invested more into this team this year.

Besides don't be jealous, that you can't have Halladay, the best pitcher in the majors.

Amars
02-02-2007, 10:24 PM
Go Brooklyn.

Boik14
02-08-2007, 01:38 AM
Came across some interesting reading material for Mets and Yanks fans: Fernando Martinez vs Jose Tabata - http://www.minorleagueball.com/

The article will give some insight as to how each player projects at the MLB level, strengths and weaknesses etc.

Not rubbing anything in even though im obviously a huge mets fan. Just intended for information purposes so ya'll can read up on Tabata.

Motion
02-09-2007, 10:25 AM
If Beckham had received $3 million more, his deal would have surpassed Alex Rodriguez's — and Melvin, who signed A-Rod for the Rangers, no longer would be the G.M. who awarded the biggest contract in the history of American sports.

Of course, Beckham's $250 million isn't quite $250 million — it's an estimated total of what he will earn in salary and endorsements. And of course, Rangers owner Tom Hicks — not Melvin — was the driving force behind Rodriguez's record contract.


In any case, Melvin need not worry.


While Rodriguez's deal stands as a landmark, he is unlikely to realize its full value with the Yankees. His contract gives him the right to become a free agent after the 2007 season. And A-Rod figures to opt out faster than you can say, "J.D. Drew."


Oh, Rodriguez will never admit as much publicly, and he's due $27 million per season in '08, '09 and '10. But his agent, Scott Boras, generally prefers his clients' values to be determined — or, in this case, recalibrated — on the open market.


The strategy worked with Drew, who forfeited a three-year, $33 million guarantee with the Dodgers to negotiate a five-year, $70 million deal with the Red Sox. It could work even better with Rodriguez, who had 35 homers and 121 RBIs last season even though his critics portrayed him as another Angel Berroa.


If Rodriguez has a big '07, he could take advantage of a robust market at 32 rather than wait to become a free agent at 35. He might not get $27 million per year, but as a candidate for 800 home runs — he's 36 shy of 500 — he could land a higher guarantee in a longer deal.


The money probably would not be as lucrative if Rodriguez had a poor or mediocre regular season, or another poor postseason. But his incentive to leave New York at that point would be that much greater, and the Yankees probably would want him out.


Either way, Rodriguez will have options — lots of options.



OBVIOUS FITS

Yankees: People forget, they've got a sweetheart deal on Rodriguez, paying him $16 million per season with the Rangers assuming the rest. They surely would be willing to renegotiate if, say, A-Rod won his second MVP in three years and led the team to its first World Series title since 2000. But short of that, they likely would weigh alternatives.


For all their resources, the Yankees have not awarded a free-agent contract of longer than four years since signing Jason Giambi for $120 million for seven years after the 2001 season. (Japanese left-hander Kei Igawa, who recently signed a five-year deal, arrived through the posting process).
Rodriguez could prove the exception; it would be difficult for the Yankees to replace him at third and find a comparable right-handed hitter.


On the other hand, the departure of A-Rod would increase the Yankees' flexibility, enabling them to pursue younger free agents such as Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano and Braves center fielder Andruw Jones.

Giants: Sign Rodriguez, and their concerns about replacing Barry Bonds would be solved. Rodriguez would boost attendance with his pursuit of the all-time, home-run mark. And to think, no one would be trying to indict him!


For all the criticisms of Rodriguez, he's the anti-Bonds, from his squeaky-clean image to his too-eager-to-please personality. He might not enjoy hitting at AT&T Park, but the park has played more neutral in recent seasons and generally is tougher on left-handed batters.


The Giants' current third baseman, Pedro Feliz, owns a .288 career on-base percentage.


Rodriguez's is .386.

Angels: Arte Moreno, come on down.
Sorry, Gary Matthews Jr. isn't what the Angels' owner had in mind when he promised to acquire a big hitter this off-season. The Angels should win the AL West by default, but who would you rather have at third in '08, A-Rod or Chone Figgins?


By signing with the Angels, A-Rod could stay in the American League and remain highly visible in a major media market. He also would play at least two seasons with Vladimir Guerrero, giving the Angels a west-coast counter to the Red Sox's Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Marlins: Obviously, the idea would be feasible only if they got a new ballpark, and even then it might be a stretch. But imagine if the Marlins brought Rodriguez home to Miami as their marketing centerpiece. The city could become a hot baseball market instead of a dormant one.


The Marlins would need to lock up Miguel Cabrera along with Rodriguez; they could play A-Rod at third and Cabrera at first or A-Rod at short and Hanley Ramirez in center. The team then could trade left-hander Dontrelle Willis for a bounty of young talent and become a genuine power in the NL East.



LOGICAL POSSIBILITIES

Red Sox: Difficult to picture them giving A-Rod monster dollars when they control Ramirez through '10 and Ortiz and Drew through '11. Then again, club president Larry Lucchino covets big names, and surely would relish the idea of luring Rodriguez from Evil Empire I to Evil Empire II.


The Sox, remember, nearly traded Ramirez for Rodriguez in '03; if they somehow could part with Ramirez, they could better afford Rodriguez. More likely, they would acquire a first baseman and move Kevin Youkilis to third to replace Mike Lowell, who is a free agent after this season — the top free agent at third, actually, if Rodriguez stays with the Yankees.

Phillies: Some obstacles here: G.M. Pat Gillick, who held the same position with the Mariners when A-Rod left for the Rangers, was flabbergasted by Boras' handling of those negotiations. What's more, Rodriguez's personality would be a serious question in impatient, rough-and-tumble Philadelphia.
Then again, the Phillies' No. 1 need is a right-handed hitter to stick behind Ryan Howard, and Wes Helms is not a long-term answer at third. While Howard eventually will warrant a huge contract, left fielder Pat Burrell is signed only through '08.


A-Rod could be a perennial 60-homer man at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

Tigers: Not a natural fit, but an intriguing one. Shortstop Carlos Guillen is a free agent at the end of the season. Why not replace him with Rodriguez, a player who is only two months older and has better knees?


Well, Rodriguez might no longer be an option at short — he hasn't played the position regularly since 2003 — and he couldn't play third for the Tigers, who just signed Brandon Inge to a four-year, $24 million contract.


Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, however, is a regular Boras customer, and Jim Leyland might be the perfect manager for Rodriguez, alternately stroking him and prodding him.



http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6443836

BigDogsHunt
02-09-2007, 03:32 PM
(posted in 2006 thread too)

Scranton new home for AAA Yanks (no more Columbus)


SCRANTON/WILKES BARRE (December 12, 2006) -- The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Triple-A baseball franchise will begin 2007 with a new look and a new name as the club has officially been renamed the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees. The announcement was made as part of a significant event at the Stadium Club which included comments by New York Yankees General Partner Steve Swindal, President Randy Levine, COO Lonn Trost and Senior VP/General Manager Brian Cashman. The four were joined by franchise and County officials to unveil the new name and logo, which had been strongly supported by the public.

The name of the franchise has been a hot topic since the September announcement of the affiliation with the Yankees. County and club officials considered many alternatives, but in the end the decision was driven by public commentary.


21 invited to Spring Training:

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070115&content_id=152219&vkey=news_t531&fext=.jsp&sid=t531 (http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070115&content_id=152219&vkey=news_t531&fext=.jsp&sid=t531)


INF Andy Cannizaro, 28, batted .276 (115-for-416) with three home runs and 32 RBI in 116 games with Triple-A Columbus in 2006. He led all Columbus hitters with a .361 batting average vs. left-handed pitchers and led the team with 32 doubles. Cannizaro made his Major League debut with the Yankees on September 5, 2006 at Kansas City and appeared in a total of 13 Major League games, batting .250 (2-for-8) with one home run and one RBI. He was selected by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

C Francisco Cervelli, 20, batted .309 (42-for-136) in 42 games with the Class-A Staten Island Yankees in 2006. He was named to the American League team for the NY-Penn League All-Star Game and helped lead the team to their second consecutive NY-Penn League Championship. The Venezuela native was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on March 1, 2003.

INF Angel Chavez, 25, split time between three different teams in two different Major League organizations in 2006. He batted .255 in 63 games with Double-A Reading (Phillies) and batted .276 in 60 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles on August 30. In four games with Double-A Bowie (Orioles), he batted .267 (4-for-15). A native of Panama, Chavez made his Major League debut with the San Francisco Giants in 2005, going 5-for-19 (.263) in 10 games played.

C Raul Chavez, 33, spent most of the season with Double-A Bowie (Orioles), batting .255 (50-for-196) with two home runs and 21 RBI in 52 games. He made three stints with Baltimore in 2006, appearing in 16 games and batting .179 (5-for-28). Originally signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent in 1990, Chavez has appeared in 170 Major League games during his career with four different teams (Montreal Expos, 1996-'97; Seattle Mariners, 1998; Houston Astros, 2000-'05 and Baltimore, 2006).

RHP Tyler Clippard, 21, led all Yankees' minor-leaguers with 175 strikeouts while posting a 12-10 record with a 3.35 ERA in 28 starts with Double-A Trenton in 2006. He was named E.L. "Pitcher of the Week" three times in 2006, marking the first time a Trenton player has ever won the honor more than twice in a single season. On August 17, 2006, Clippard became the first Trenton pitcher in the 13-year history of the franchise to toss a no-hitter in a 9-0 win vs. Harrisburg. Ranked by Baseball American as the seventh-best prospect in the Yankees' organization, Clippard was selected by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

C Ben Davis, 29, was signed to a minor-league contract prior to the 2006 season and appeared in three games with the Yankees during Spring Training. He missed the first two months of the season while on the disabled list recovering from elbow surgery that he underwent in 2005. Once reinstated, he played in four games with Class-A Tampa before returning to action with Triple-A Columbus. In 48 games with the Clippers, he batted .222 (36-for-162) with four home runs and 20 RBI. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1995, Davis has played in 486 Major League games and owns a .237 career average.

INF Eric Duncan, 22, split time between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Trenton in 2006. He began the season with the Clippers and batted .209 (23-for-110) in 31 games before being transferred to Trenton. In 57 games with the Thunder, he batted .248 (51-for-206) with 10 home runs and 29 RBI before being placed on the disabled list with a back strain. After coming off the disabled list, Duncan played in 26 games with the Peoria Saguaros in the 2006 Arizona Fall League, batting .257 with two home runs and 18 RBI.

OF Brett Gardner, 23, ranked second among all Yankees' minor-leaguers with a combined .298 batting average and 58 stolen bases in 2006. He began the 2006 season with Class-A Tampa and was selected to participate in the Florida State League All-Star Game after batting .323 with 30 stolen bases in 63 games. He was promoted to Double-A Trenton in June and batted .272 with 28 stolen bases in 55 games with the Thunder. In December, Baseball American named Gardner the 10th-best prospect in the Yankees' organization as well as the "Fastest Baserunner" and the player with the "Best Strike-Zone Discipline." He was the Yankees' third-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the College of Charleston.

RHP Phil Hughes, 20, was named the Yankees' "Top Prospect" by Baseball American for the second consecutive year after posting a combined 12-6 record with a 2.16 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 26 starts with Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2006. He began the season with Tampa and was 2-3 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts before being promoted to Trenton in May. In 21 starts with the Thunder, Hughes posted a 10-3 record with a league-best 2.25 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 116.0 innings of work. He won his final eight decisions of the season and was named to the United States Team for the 2006 "Futures" All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. Hughes was the Yankees' number one selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Foothill H.S. in Santa Ana, California.

RHP Steven Jackson, 24, posted an 8-11 record with a 2.65 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Tennessee in 2006 (149.2IP, 131H, 52R, 44ER, 45BB, 125K). He ranked second among all Southern League pitchers with his 2.65 ERA and he limited right-handed batters to a .204 batting average (68-for-333). Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004, Jackson was acquired by the Yankees from Arizona along with right-handed pitchers Ross Ohlendorf and Luis Vizcaino and infielder Alberto Gonzalez in exchange for Randy Johnson on January 9.

LHP Ben Kozlowski, 26, began the 2006 season with Triple-A Louisville (Reds) and was 0-2 in seven appearances before being transferred to Double-A Chattanooga. In 10 games with Chattanooga, he was 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 1. In 23 games (seven starts) with Double-A Jacksonville, Kozlowski was 1-2 with a 2.85 ERA. He made one start with Triple-A Las Vegas and suffered the loss at Colorado Springs on August 31. Originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Kozlowski made his Major League debut and appeared in two games with the Texas Rangers in 2002. He was signed by the Yankees to a one-year minor league contract on November 2, 2006.

INF Ramiro Pena, 21, will be making his second consecutive appearance in Spring Training with the Yankees in 2007. He endured an injury-plagued season in 2006, batting a combined .257 (78-for-304) in 80 games with Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton despite three stints on the disabled list. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Pena was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on February 18, 2005.

RHP Ross Ohlendorf, 24, was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of the trade for Randy Johnson on January 9. He spent most of the 2006 season with Double-A Tennessee, going 10-8 with a 3.29 ERA in 27 starts. He led all Southern League pitchers with four complete games, ranked second in innings pitched and shutouts (two), ranked fourth in wins and fifth in games started. Selected by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Princeton University, Ohlendorf was chosen by Baseball American as one of the Northwest League's Top Prospects in 2004 and was named to the Midwest League All-Star Team in 2005.

C Peter Pilittere, 25, batted .302 (88-for-291) with five home runs and 38 RBI in 87 games with Class-A Tampa in 2006. He led all Florida State League catchers with a .998 fielding percentage and committed just one error in 587 total chances. In 12 games with the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, Pilittere batted .394 (13-for-33) with eight RBI in 2006. Originally selected in the 13th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, he was named team captain at Cal State Fullerton and helped lead his team to the College World Series in 2004.

C Todd Pratt, 39, batted .207 (28-for-135) with four home runs and 19 RBI in 65 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2006. He has appeared in 662 career games since making his Major League debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1992 and owns a .251 career batting average and a .993 fielding percentage as a catcher.

C Omir Santos, 25, appeared in 101 games with Double-A Trenton in 2006, batting .269 (87-for-324) with four home runs and 38 RBI and leading all Eastern League catchers with a .996 fielding percentage. Since making his professional debut with Class-A Staten Island in 2001, Santos has played 516 games and owns a .259 career batting average. This will be his third consecutive Spring Training appearance with the Yankees.

OF Jose Tabata, 18, batted .298 (95-for-319) in 86 games with Class-A Charleston in 2006, earning a nomination to the South Atlantic League All-Star team in his sophomore campaign. He began the season by batting .356 (32-for-90) during the month of April and was batting .340 (33-for-97) with runners in scoring position before ending his season early with a left thumb injury. He played in 18 games and posted a .288 batting average with Caribe in the Venezuelan Winter League. Named the second-best prospect in the Yankees' organization by Baseball American, Tabata was selected to participate in the 2006 "Futures" All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.

INF Marcos Vechionacci, 20, batted a combined .235 (118-for-503) in 134 games with Class-A Charleston and Tampa in 2006. In 12 games with Navegentes of the Venezuelan Winter League, he batted .292 (7-for-24) with one home run and five RBI. Previously ranked among the Yankees' Top-10 prospects by Baseball American, Vechionacci was recently lauded by the magazine as having the "Best Infield Arm" in the Yankees' player development system. Originally from Valencia, Venezuela, he was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on August 26, 2002. This will be his second Spring Training appearance with the Yankees.

RHP Kevin Whelan, 23, ranked third among all Detroit Tigers' minor-league pitchers with 27 saves in 2006, going 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 51 games for the Class-A Lakeland Tigers. He limited opposing hitters to a .178 batting average (33-for-185) and held right-handed hitters to a .158 average (18-for-114). In addition to being named a top prospect in the NY-Penn League following the 2005 season, Whelan also ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the entire Tigers' organization according to Baseball American. Originally selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of Texas A&M University, he was acquired by the Yankees on November 10, 2006 as part of the trade for outfielder Gary Sheffield. RHP Steven White, 25, started 28 games in 2006, posting an 8-10 record a combined 3.70 ERA in a season split between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Columbus. He began the season with Trenton, going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .217 batting average in 11 outings before being promoted to Columbus in June. In 17 starts with the Clippers, White went 4-9 with a 4.71 ERA. Originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Baylor University, White was previously ranked among the Yankees' best prospects by Baseball American.

BigDogsHunt
02-09-2007, 03:33 PM
(posted in 2006 thread too)

Yanks' farm system becoming hard to ignore
Hughes, Clippard lead a pack of talented pitching prospects

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061107&content_id=142758&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp (http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061107&content_id=142758&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp)




Five Faves
At the start of the season, MLB.com identified five prospects to keep an eye on. Here's how they fared in 2006:

Eric Duncan, 1B/3B
Duncan won't turn 22 until December, so there is still plenty of time for him to turn around what has become an injury-plagued, lackluster career. The former first-round pick had a miserable 2005, which was low-lighted when he was hit in the head with a pitch in August. He returned to action in the Arizona Fall League at full strength and won the MVP award, leading many to believe he left his struggles behind. But he got off to a miserable start at Triple-A Columbus in 2006, hitting .209 with six RBIs and no homers in 31 games. Duncan was shipped back to Double-A Trenton and fared only slightly better, hitting .248 with 10 homers in 206 at-bats. He drove in only 29 runs, though, as a recurring back injury hampered him for much of the season. Duncan needs to stay healthy next season and put up better numbers or he'll make the dreaded leap from prospect to suspect.
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Video: Duncan singles in two runs (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869e.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com//14668/2006/aaa/col/video/041806_colswb_t4_duncan_rbi-single_350.wmv',type:'v_free'%7D))

Philip Hughes, RHP
There's nothing suspect about the way Hughes went about his business this season, proving to be one of the most dominating pitchers in all of Minor League Baseball. He went 12-6 with a 2.16 ERA, making 21 of his 26 starts at Double-A Trenton. He was 10-3 for the Thunder with an Eastern League-leading 2.25 ERA, striking out 138 in 116 innings. He tied for fifth in the Minors by limiting hitters to a .174 combined average at Trenton and Tampa. And he got a call-up of sorts in September, spending time in the Yankees' clubhouse and participating in workouts. Hughes wasn't allowed on the bench, though, because he wasn't added to the roster. He'll probably start next season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but don't be surprised if he makes a bid to join the New York rotation.
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Audio: Hughes rings up his 13th strikeout (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869e.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/14668/2006/aa/tre/audio/090606_tre_hughes_13th_k.wma',type:'a_free'%7D))

Tyler Clippard, RHP
Clippard also got a well-deserved call-up in Hughes-like fashion after going 12-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 28 starts for Trenton. He finished fifth in all of the Minors with 175 strikeouts (166 1/3 innings) while holding opponents to a .200 average. His walk total was up slightly this season, (55 from 34 in 2005), but much of that has to do with the fact that he pitched 19 more innings this year and was facing a more mature and patient brand of hitters -- his career WHIP is still 1.09. Clippard has a better-than-average fastball and will get to show it to hitters in the International League next season. Long-term, he's expected to be part of the rotation in New York with Hughes and Chien-Ming Wang.
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Audio: Clippard on his no-hitter and turnaround (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869e.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2006/open/teams06/nya/mlbr/082206_clippard_tyler.wma',type:'a_free'%7D))

Melky Cabrera, OF
Does anyone remember Cabrera's dreadful 2005 Major League debut anymore? When he was called up to the Yanks in early May, some folks in New York winced. But Cabrera went out and performed like the prospect he is, putting last season's miserable experience behind him. When Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui went down with injuries, Cabrera filled the void with ease, helping the Yanks to another Eastern Division title. He hit .280 with seven homers and 50 RBIs in 460 at-bats. He also stole 12 bases and figures to be part of the mix in the Bronx for quite some time.
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Video: Cabrera robs Mark Loretta of a hit (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2006/open/tp/archive08/081906_nyabos_cabrera_diving_catch_tp_350.wmv',type:'v_free'%7D))
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Video: Cabrera hits a solo shot (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/10869/2006/open/tp/archive08/080906_nyacha_cabrera_hr_tp_350.wmv',type:'v_free'%7D))

Steven White, RHP
The Baylor product found the Eastern and International Leagues to be two very different animals. White began the year at Double-A Trenton looking very sharp, going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 starts. The Yanks thought it was time to move him up, so he was bumped to Columbus, where he found the more seasoned hitters a bit difficult to handle at times. He went 4-9 with a 4.71 ERA in 17 starts for the Clippers. While he held Eastern League hitters to a .217 average, the IL touched him up to the tune of a .256 average. And, after not allowing a homer in 68 1/3 innings with Trenton, he surrendered eight in 107 innings at Columbus.
http://www.finheaven.com/clear.gif Audio: White registers his ninth K (http://javascript%3cb%3e%3c/b%3E:mp.play(%7Bw:'mms://a1272.v10869e.c10869.g.vm.akamaistream.net/7/1272/10869/v0001/mlb.download.akamai.com/14668/2006/aaa/col/audio/090406_white_9th_k.wma',type:'a_free'%7D))

BigDogsHunt
02-09-2007, 03:35 PM
Hughes ready to state case
Top prospect hoping to earn a spot on Major League roster

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070209&content_id=1798561&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb



NEW YORK -- Philip Hughes, the big right-hander with a sizzling fastball and knee-buckling curve, is doing his best to ignore any hype of being the top pitching prospect in the Yankees' farm system.

Yankee Stadium may very well be in his future, but right now, the 20-year-old Hughes is salivating only at the prospect of finally breaking out of winter workouts and staring down Grapefruit League hitters.

"I look at it as an opportunity to show the Yankees what I can do," Hughes said in a telephone interview. "Hopefully, they like what they see. I may get a shot to make the team, and I may not. I'm always thinking of going in there with the intention of doing my best and making the decisions a little bit tougher for them."

The Yankees' first-round selection (23rd overall) in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Hughes has established himself as one of baseball's best Minor League pitching prospects. The Santa Ana, Calif., product spent most of last season at Double-A Trenton, posting a 10-3 record and 2.25 ERA in 21 starts. Boasting a fastball that regularly clocks in the mid-90s, a curveball that was resurrected after being scrapped from Hughes' high school arsenal, plus a developing changeup, Hughes struck out 138 batters in 116 Eastern League innings, allowing 73 hits and walking 32.

MikeO
02-10-2007, 01:24 AM
Hughes is going to have a golden chance to be the #5 starter. The Yanks want him in Scranton to start the season, but are willing to have him be the #5 starter if he has a good spring training. Not to mention they won't overwork him this year as IF the Yanks sign Roger, then they can limit Hughes late in the year when Roger arrives and not overwork him and throw out his arm in his first full season in the big leagues.

If Hughes is the #5 starter, Pavano is gone!!!!!!!!

MikeO
02-10-2007, 01:32 AM
Bernie turned down the minor league offer.

I see him retiring by April. I could see a huge Bernie Williams day at Yankee Stadium come August or September

King Felix
02-11-2007, 02:39 AM
arod is still my favorite player i really hope he does great his next year during the season and postseason

FIN-IN-RI
02-15-2007, 04:53 PM
The yankees should just concede 3rd place this year.

MikeO
02-16-2007, 11:56 AM
Mussiana calling out Pavano in the press. I LOVE IT!!!

Team showing a little fire and heart early on. Not being a bunch of quiet alter boys just going through the motions!!!!

Motion
02-16-2007, 12:01 PM
Mussiana calling out Pavano in the press. I LOVE IT!!!

Team showing a little fire and heart early on. Not being a bunch of quiet alter boys just going through the motions!!!!

:yes: Good stuff

trate121hb
02-16-2007, 12:31 PM
go yanks.......this year we gotta win it....im pumped/....met jeter about 2 months ago at a club on south beach and got his autograph on my business card...it was sweet.....

MikeO
02-16-2007, 02:36 PM
K-Rod in NY???????????????


Closer Francisco Rodriguez did hint at the possibility of pitching elsewhere if the Angels don't secure him to a multiyear contract before he becomes a free agent after 2008. "Sooner or later I know I will have that contract, either with the Angels or another team," Rodriguez said before the team's first workout for pitchers and catchers. "Every player wants that security for their family, career and life, but I understand this is a business, and I can't control it." Talks with Paul Kinzer, Rodriguez's agent, failed to net a long-term deal last winter, and the sides haven't agreed on a multiyear contract this winter. Arbitration was avoided when Rodriguez signed a one-year, $7-million deal in January, "but we haven't discussed a multiyear contract at all since then," Kinzer said. "We're hoping to." ... With Mariano Rivera nearing retirement in New York, the Yankees are believed to be eyeing Rodriguez as a possible replacement. (http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-angrep16feb16,1,6729839.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports)

FinsNYanksFan13
02-16-2007, 09:02 PM
Mike Mussina and Torre spoke on Mike and the Mad Dog today. Mussina is as honest as they come, his interview is a can't miss!

www.wfan.com

MikeO
02-16-2007, 10:12 PM
also sounds like as long as Bernie shows up at camp......he's on the team.

Ball is in Bernie's court. He might not play a whole hell of a lot but he will be on this team.

FinsNYanksFan13
02-16-2007, 10:13 PM
also sounds like as long as Bernie shows up at camp......he's on the team.

Ball is in Bernie's court. He might not play a whole hell of a lot but he will be on this team.



That's the way it should be. I mean Phelps and Phillips on the roster over Bernie? You have to be kidding me!

MikeO
02-16-2007, 10:16 PM
That's the way it should be. I mean Phelps and Phillips on the roster over Bernie? You have to be kidding me!

Well I would get rid of Mankl;lakdjsflksaj;owalitch. The guy can't hit and his glove while better than Phillips isn't so much greater that he deserved a roster spot.

I love how Cashman has built this team, I hate the Manklasdjflaksdoitch signing

FinsNYanksFan13
02-17-2007, 01:32 AM
Well I would get rid of Mankl;lakdjsflksaj;owalitch. The guy can't hit and his glove while better than Phillips isn't so much greater that he deserved a roster spot.

I love how Cashman has built this team, I hate the Manklasdjflaksdoitch signing


You know why he was brought in right? To be A-Rod's buddy, nothing more nothing less. They went to high school together and played on the football team and baseball team together. While there not best friends or anything he's a familiar face to A-Rod and they've always been friendly, that is why he is on the team IMO!

MikeO
02-18-2007, 11:30 AM
You know why he was brought in right? To be A-Rod's buddy, nothing more nothing less. They went to high school together and played on the football team and baseball team together. While there not best friends or anything he's a familiar face to A-Rod and they've always been friendly, that is why he is on the team IMO!

But if he isn't hitting or hit like he did when he was with the Mets.........he ain't gonna last long.

nyjunc
02-18-2007, 11:51 AM
The yankees should just concede 3rd place this year.

That is reserved for the defending 3rd place team.

nyjunc
02-18-2007, 11:52 AM
But if he isn't hitting or hit like he did when he was with the Mets.........he ain't gonna last long.

We have enouigh offense, he wasn't brought in to hit. he was brought in for his glove and as long as he is doing it in the field he'll have a place and in a lineup like this where he has no pressure I bet he does ok at the plate.

FinsNYanksFan13
02-18-2007, 01:44 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/498688p-420403c.html


Didn't take long for Randy to talk!

MikeO
02-18-2007, 08:46 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/498688p-420403c.html


Didn't take long for Randy to talk!


He doesn't like the NY media, SHOCKING. I bet the media didn't like him when he was shoving cameras around on his first day in the city.

Whatever, he lost his brother not long ago in a very sad way. I'm not gonna bash the guy. If he wants to vent let him vent

BAMAPHIN 22
02-19-2007, 12:37 AM
Bernie a no-show at Yanks camp, agent says he may be done

Bernie Williams (http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/players/playerpage/8190) wants a guarantee, not a maybe, so it appears he won't be with the New York Yankees (http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/teams/page/NYY) when position players start workouts Tuesday.

Manager Joe Torre planned to call Williams again. But catcher Jorge Posada thinks Williams can't be persuaded to accept a minor league contract.



"I called him and he hasn't returned my call," Posada said Sunday. "That just tells me something negative. That just tells me he won't be here."


After 21 years in the Yankees organization, including 16 with the major league team, Williams feels burned and doesn't think he should have to earn a job. His agent, Scott Boras, said Saturday that Williams hasn't shown any desire to do that or to play for another team.

"I think he's hurt. I don't think there's any question," Torre said. "He's a very proud individual. I know there are a lot of players in this clubhouse who certainly feel for Bernie. But, again, unfortunately, it's the nature of the game a lot of times."

http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10006099

FinsNYanksFan13
02-19-2007, 03:50 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2007/news/story?id=2771141

A-Rod finally tells the truth about his relationship with Jeter!

Cashman has said he doesn't expect Bernie to be in camp (heard it on WFAN)!

NJFINSFAN1
02-19-2007, 04:46 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2007/news/story?id=2771141

A-Rod finally tells the truth about his relationship with Jeter!

Cashman has said he doesn't expect Bernie to be in camp (heard it on WFAN)!


This team is starting to look like the old time Yankees, everyone bickering and not getting along.

FinsNYanksFan13
02-22-2007, 02:01 AM
I love Bernie but he is acting like a little punk right now. I mean not returning Joe Torre's phone calls, that's shallow. I thought Bernie had more class then this. I understand he's upset (and rightfully so) but to not return the guy who has been in your corner every step of the way......Ridiculous!

MikeO
02-22-2007, 02:50 PM
The Yanks have paid Bernie somewhere between $85-100 million for his career. Bernie should just retire, go play for someone else as he is entitled to, or show up and stop acting like a baby on this.

But what he is doing is a joke and I hope NY doesn't take him back at this point.

Motion
02-22-2007, 04:43 PM
TAMPA - Two reporters check with Yankees catcher Jorge Posada to see if he had heard from outfielder Bernie Williams. Posada says no, and the conversation turns silent. The unspoken consensus is that Williams, after rejecting the Yankees' offer of a spring-training tryout, will not play again.

"It's going to happen to all of us," Posada says, glumly.


The ongoing Alex Rodriguez/Derek Jeter catfight is always good for drama, in an Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston sort of way. But the fear and loathing on the left side of the infield is not the Yankees' most unsettling off-field issue, not even close.


The deeper tension with this club stems from the reality that the 2007 season could be something of a last hurrah. Posada, closer Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Torre — three of the four enduring cornerstones from the Yankees' four most recent championship teams, Jeter being the other — are entering the final years of contracts.


And that's not all.


A-Rod has the right to void his deal after this season. Left-hander Andy Pettitte has a player option for next season. Right fielder Bobby Abreu has a $16 million club option that the Yankees could decline if they decide to pursue a center fielder next winter, when Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter, Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron will be free agents.


Such uncertainty is not atypical for teams in the free-agent era, but the emotions are more intense for the Yankees, considering the importance of Rivera, Posada and Torre to the team's late 1990s renaissance. The increased financial stakes for players further complicate the issue, following an off-season in which the free-agent market escalated sharply.


The impact of all this on the Yankees' performance this season might be as minimal as the impact of the Rodriguez/Jeter relationship — "If stuff like that affects you, you're not going to be very good at what you do, anyway," general manager Brian Cashman says.

But already, the fissures are showing.


Rivera has said that the Yankees "will not have an advantage" if he hits the free-agent market, a surprisingly bold comment from a player who rarely makes headlines with his words. A-Rod's opt-out clause will be a topic of discussion all season, as will Torre's status. Posada's situation is drawing less attention, in part because that is his wish.


Against this backdrop, Cashman's refusal to offer Williams anything more than a minor-league contract was an eye-opener, vividly illustrating that the Yankees will not be governed by sentiment in their decision-making. Rather than retain Williams, 38, as a fifth outfielder, the team is preserving a spot for a right-handed hitting first baseman, Andy Phillips or Josh Phelps.


"It's tough," Posada says. "This business is really tough. He's done everything for this organization. It's tough as a player to put it into words. If you need one more year, you would think they would do it for you. But it doesn't happen like that. If they don't have a fit for you, that's the way it is."


Rivera, 37, and Posada, 35, are in a different category than Williams; both continue to rank among the elite at their respective positions. Cashman is correct to delay offering them contract extensions when the grind of another 162-game season could affect either or both physically. But sensible as Cashman's approach might be, it works both ways.


As Rivera says, "This is business."


However remote, the possibility suddenly exists for Rivera to bolt the Yankees, his original team, and New York, where much of his family resides. The Yankees were successful in re-signing outfielder Hideki Matsui after the 2005 season and pitcher Mike Mussina after last season. Chances are, they will employ the same strategy with Rivera and Posada. But by that point, Rivera, in particular, might be curious enough to test the market.


The Yankees could actually benefit this season from the overall dynamic created by expiring contracts; players in the final years of deals often elevate their performances. On the other hand, teams facing multiple free-agent defections sometimes display fragile chemistry. When such clubs falter, it's not unusual for players become pre-occupied with their own futures.


The Yankees are unlikely to be affected in such a manner — the team is too good, Torre is too strong a leader and Rivera and Posada are too professional to suddenly turn selfish. But there's an underlying strain with this team, one that is far more significant than how often Rodriguez and



Jeter make dinner plans together.



http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6491124

trate121hb
02-22-2007, 04:58 PM
bernie time to hang it up bud....youve been great but ur getting old.....

BAMAPHIN 22
02-22-2007, 09:29 PM
2007 could be the end of an era

Two reporters check with Yankees catcher Jorge Posada to see if he had heard from outfielder Bernie Williams. Posada says no, and the conversation turns silent. The unspoken consensus is that Williams, after rejecting the Yankees' offer of a spring-training tryout, will not play again.


"It's going to happen to all of us," Posada says, glumly.

The ongoing Alex Rodriguez/Derek Jeter catfight is always good for drama, in an Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston sort of way. But the fear and loathing on the left side of the infield is not the Yankees' most unsettling off-field issue, not even close.

The deeper tension with this club stems from the reality that the 2007 season could be something of a last hurrah. Posada, closer Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Torre — three of the four enduring cornerstones from the Yankees' four most recent championship teams, Jeter being the other — are entering the final years of contracts.

And that's not all.

A-Rod has the right to void his deal after this season. Left-hander Andy Pettitte has a player option for next season. Right fielder Bobby Abreu has a $16 million club option that the Yankees could decline if they decide to pursue a center fielder next winter, when Andruw Jones, Torii Hunter, Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron will be free agents.

Such uncertainty is not atypical for teams in the free-agent era, but the emotions are more intense for the Yankees, considering the importance of Rivera, Posada and Torre to the team's late 1990s renaissance. The increased financial stakes for players further complicate the issue, following an off-season in which the free-agent market escalated sharply.
The impact of all this on the Yankees' performance this season might be as minimal as the impact of the Rodriguez/Jeter relationship — "If stuff like that affects you, you're not going to be very good at what you do, anyway," general manager Brian Cashman says.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6491124

BigDogsHunt
02-25-2007, 12:07 PM
Somethings never change....bad luck follows this guy:

Notes: Pavano gets injury scare
Righty 'stiff' after being hit on foot during live batting practice

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070224&content_id=1814159&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

BigDogsHunt
02-25-2007, 12:09 PM
Damon exits camp for Personal Reasons:




You're excused: Outfielder Johnny Damon was given an excused absence from Saturday's workout to attend to "personal business," the Yankees said.
"I think it's going to be a few days or so," Torre said. "He's got some personal things he needs to attend to and we just gave him that ability."
Damon told Cashman and Torre of the unspecified matter on Friday and gained clearance to leave camp. Cashman said that Damon could address the matter further when he returns to Tampa, if he so chooses.


Wonder what the inside scoop really is?

BigDogsHunt
02-25-2007, 12:11 PM
Big projections: Alex Rodriguez came away impressed from a batting practice session with Kei Igawa, and proclaimed the left-hander "deceptive" and a perfect fit for Yankee Stadium.

"I actually think he has the capability to win 15 games this year, if not more," Rodriguez said. "I was very impressed. He's clearly the kind of pitcher you want, especially in the American League."

Rodriguez said that Igawa's breaking ball was halfway between a curveball and a slider, and that he had shown good location. Asked to make a comparison of Igawa to a left-hander he has faced in the United States, Rodriguez came up empty, but said, "That's a good thing. He throws harder than most lefties ... I think his uniqueness is going to help him."

FinsNYanksFan13
02-25-2007, 04:41 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/col/harper/


Here's an article on Phil Hughes by John Harper. I cannot wait to see this kid in the big leagues. He's going to be a beast!

MikeO
02-26-2007, 04:07 PM
Abreu out 2 weeks. Maybe a tad bit longer.

Should be OK for opening day.

Doesn't mean Bernie is coming back according to the Yanks

FinsNYanksFan13
02-26-2007, 07:55 PM
Abreu out 2 weeks. Maybe a tad bit longer.

Should be OK for opening day.

Doesn't mean Bernie is coming back according to the Yanks


Better Abreu gets hurt now then in August. Bernie is really running low on time. If he's not here this week, I think the door will close on him and he's either going to have to announce his retirement or play for another team!

MikeO
02-27-2007, 01:22 AM
I think the door is already closed honestly

Motion
02-27-2007, 11:17 AM
Joe Torre declined to name his starting pitcher for Opening Day, but based on the rotation the manager unveiled for the exhibition season, there's a good chance that Chien-Ming Wang will get the call on April 2 against the Devil Rays at the Stadium (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/501057p-422525c.html). Wang will start Thursday's exhibition opener against the Twins, while Andy Pettitte will make his spring debut Friday in St. Petersburg against the Devil Rays. Mike Mussina starts Saturday, followed by Carl Pavano and Kei Igawa.

FinsNYanksFan13
03-06-2007, 02:42 PM
Igawa was shaky his first start yesterday but I'm not worried, it's his first time pitching this year and some wildness was expected. From everything Posada and Guidry have said, he's got great control so I don't expect to many outings like yesterday this season. Anyways it was good to see Pavano make an appearence on the mound this week and I actually am one of the few with high hopes for him, especially as a 4 or 5. Anyways, great to see the younger players out there doing their thing. That's what the spring is all about. I know it's only a Spring Training game, but great walk-off by Bronson Sardinha. The Yankees are 5-0 in spring training and it's great to see things like that when they happen. Wang is on the mound right now. Looks like he's going to be the opening day starter!

UCFinfan86
03-06-2007, 02:50 PM
I watched the first few innings of the yanks v tigers game yesterday and igawa didn't look good at all, but neither did Verlander. Rivera came in though in the 2nd or 3rd and shut it down though, he looked in midseason form

FinsNYanksFan13
03-06-2007, 03:00 PM
I watched the first few innings of the yanks v tigers game yesterday and igawa didn't look good at all, but neither did Verlander. Rivera came in though in the 2nd or 3rd and shut it down though, he looked in midseason form


Starters always look worse then relievers because they have to work their arm strength up. A reliever at most is working 2 innings a game (not a long man which are usually starters converted into long men, but actual relievers), so it's a lot easier for them to be in mid-season form in spring training then it is for a starter. The starters are still trying to build up arm strength and stretch themselves out. No need to be worried about them at this point!

MikeO
03-09-2007, 01:19 PM
is it opening day yet?

FinsNYanksFan13
03-15-2007, 01:42 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=alipour/070315&sportCat=mlb%22%3eQ&A&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab2pos1

Phinz4Life
03-15-2007, 05:56 PM
I'm goin to the stadium for the first time April 8th. And looks like it might just be Chien-Ming on the mound. I was hoping for Moose though, but oh well.

If Bedard is the Orioles opening starter I would assume he'd be going against Wang.

MikeO
03-18-2007, 01:54 PM
opening day yet?

FinsNYanksFan13
03-23-2007, 03:36 PM
opening day yet?


10 days!

MikeO
03-24-2007, 11:24 AM
Wang on the DL till late April.

Hamstring injury.

It's early,no big worry

tylerdolphin
03-24-2007, 11:47 PM
Wang on the DL till late April.

Hamstring injury.

It's early,no big worry
That sucks. I hope it doesnt linger.

PressCoverage
03-25-2007, 08:21 AM
no big worry?... interesting...

anyhow, who starts opening day? Pavano?

MikeO
03-25-2007, 09:00 AM
no big worry?... interesting...

anyhow, who starts opening day? Pavano?

Pettite probably.

It's not a big worry he's only on the DL for a couple weeks. They said its a 10 day injury and he could return in 10 days, but they are just being extra cautious because its the start of the season and there is no rush.

It's a hamstring not like he threw out his shoulder. :rolleyes2 :rolleyes:

PressCoverage
03-25-2007, 10:58 AM
that's not quite what i'm hearing... 4-6 weeks on Wang... but, ok...

further, wasn't Pettitte ruled out of opening day because of back spasms?

MikeO
03-25-2007, 11:11 AM
that's not quite what i'm hearing... 4-6 weeks on Wang... but, ok...

further, wasn't Pettitte ruled out of opening day because of back spasms?

Late April return. If this were October or late in the year he could be back after 10 days. But since its no worry, its early, the season hasn't started they aren't going to rush him back!!!

FinsNYanksFan13
03-25-2007, 12:28 PM
no big worry?... interesting...

anyhow, who starts opening day? Pavano?


We're not worrying because we don't win divisions in April. We leave that to the Red Sox. At the end of the day who cares if it's Pavano. By the time Wang gets back the Yankees will still have what, 140 games left? Plenty of time for everyone to return and make their impact. We'll let out pitchers get injured in April and we'll let yours get hurt in August again. Enjoy your 10th April division title in a row though!

FinsNYanksFan13
03-27-2007, 12:31 PM
Today is Carl Pavano's last spring start before he most likely starts the season for the Yankees opening day. He's had a sub-par spring but it's good just to see him out there pitching. He's going to have to step on the mound at Yankee Stadium eventually, looks like it's going to be opening day. He's got a real good chance of winning the fans over with a good performance. I can't wait for Monday!

Alex44
03-27-2007, 12:37 PM
Today is Carl Pavano's last spring start before he most likely starts the season for the Yankees opening day. He's had a sub-par spring but it's good just to see him out there pitching. He's going to have to step on the mound at Yankee Stadium eventually, looks like it's going to be opening day. He's got a real good chance of winning the fans over with a good performance. I can't wait for Monday!

Man I hate the Yankees :lol: but good luck this season. Anyway about Pavano:

He pitched very well in Florida, but before that he wasn't anything special so you have to wonder if he was just a flash in the pan type player or a late bloomer. Beyond that you have to wonder how he will adjust to pitching in the AL. I think we can all agree Beckett has more talent than Pavano and blew up last season. However Pavano is a 'smarter' pitcher who isn't just trying to throw everything passed guys.

Aside from that you have to wonder if he will be healthy enough all season to truely make an impact. Anyway if he stays healthy and adjusts well to the AL he should be a good #3 starter type. I can't see him dominating the AL enough to be a #1 or #2 guy though.

FinsNYanksFan13
03-27-2007, 12:49 PM
Man I hate the Yankees :lol: but good luck this season. Anyway about Pavano:

He pitched very well in Florida, but before that he wasn't anything special so you have to wonder if he was just a flash in the pan type player or a late bloomer. Beyond that you have to wonder how he will adjust to pitching in the AL. I think we can all agree Beckett has more talent than Pavano and blew up last season. However Pavano is a 'smarter' pitcher who isn't just trying to throw everything passed guys.

Aside from that you have to wonder if he will be healthy enough all season to truely make an impact. Anyway if he stays healthy and adjusts well to the AL he should be a good #3 starter type. I can't see him dominating the AL enough to be a #1 or #2 guy though.



Well the thing you have to remember about Pavano is that he's a 4th or 5th starter on the Yankees (in the long run that is), so as long as he keeps them in games and wins the one's he's supposed to, the Yankees will be fine. With Florida he was thrust to the top of the rotation because Beckett and Burnett could never stay healthy and he thrived in that role. He also pitched big in the playoffs for the Marlins in 03 and dominated some pretty damn good line-ups (the Yankees line-up included), so that shows you the potential he has. I think today Beckett has more talent then Pavano because he's actually been on the mound the past 2 seasons but with that said, Beckett has never had the type of season Pavano did in 04 and has never pitched 200 innings back to back. Right now I don't think Pavano is better then Beckett but I think if he stays healthy he could be as good. He's not as dominating as Beckett but he's as good, if not a better pitcher so I think he's capable of getting 12 wins for the Yankees. Either way though Pavano is an upgrade over the 5th starters the Yankees have had in the past. Remember, the Yankees went like 2 months or so last year without a win from their 5th starter. The first one they had in months was Cory Lidle's first start as a Yankee!

MikeO
03-27-2007, 01:30 PM
First off this "OPENING DAY" thing getting way overblown. The "OPENING DAY" game doesn't count twice or have any extra meaning. It's just 1 of 162.

Second, Pettite is going to pitch in that first series next week. It's not like he's got some huge injury here.

Third, I've seen the Yanks win this division with a far worst starting rotation. The fact its April and none of these injuries are major doesn't worry me in the least.

Plus we can go buy Roger Clemans at any point so......lol

Alex44
03-27-2007, 01:34 PM
First off this "OPENING DAY" thing getting way overblown. The "OPENING DAY" game doesn't count twice or have any extra meaning. It's just 1 of 162.

Second, Pettite is going to pitch in that first series next week. It's not like he's got some huge injury here.

Third, I've seen the Yanks win this division with a far worst starting rotation. The fact its April and none of these injuries are major doesn't worry me in the least.

Plus we can go buy Roger Clemans at any point so......lol

I wonder how much it would cost just to buy him to pitch opening day :lol: one game contract.

I agree though, opening day is what it is. One game. It counts the same as any other game though if you lose the division by one game.

A win is a win regardless of when and a loss is a loss is my point. They all matter.

MikeO
03-27-2007, 01:36 PM
How good is Roger Clemans feeling right now

Boston just moved Papelbon to the bullpen, opening up a rotation spot

Yanks have some injuries to their rotation.

His agent must wet himself every 25 seconds thinking of the money about to be thrown his way!!

FinsNYanksFan13
03-27-2007, 03:50 PM
Pitching aside, Josh Phelps should make this team. He hit another homerun this today, is hitting .438 in the spring, and seems rejuvinated. I like Phillips but he hasn't earned the position over Phelps, especially with is 4 strikeouts today. For once Torre needs to do the right thing and pick the guy who earned the position, not the guy who he likes better. Phelps could be one of those guys who puts on the pinstripes and rejuvinates himself like Leiber, Small, Ruben Sierra, Flaherty, ect. As a matter of fact Phelps has earned the starting nod over Mientkiewicz IMO but since A-Rod needs a buddy on the team, we already know Mientkiewicz will be the starter!

PressCoverage
03-28-2007, 04:11 AM
We're not worrying because we don't win divisions in April. We leave that to the Red Sox. At the end of the day who cares if it's Pavano. By the time Wang gets back the Yankees will still have what, 140 games left? Plenty of time for everyone to return and make their impact. We'll let out pitchers get injured in April and we'll let yours get hurt in August again. Enjoy your 10th April division title in a row though!

how yankee-ish of you to act indignant and turn an innocuos obersvation into a opportunity to get nasty... very well.... your pitching staff has major holes... april, or october... :cooldude:

FinsNYanksFan13
03-28-2007, 05:53 PM
how yankee-ish of you to act indignant and turn an innocuos obersvation into a opportunity to get nasty... very well.... your pitching staff has major holes... april, or october... :cooldude:


:boohoo: C'mon bro, man up!

Phinz4Life
03-28-2007, 09:30 PM
I'm going to Yankee Stadium for the first time on April 8, and I'll probably have to watch Pavano disintegrate on the mound.

MikeO
03-29-2007, 01:09 PM
Big UPSTAIRS shake-up coming. George's daughter getting divorced with Swindal.

Swindal will be out of the picture totally. George will pass off the franchise to one of his sons when its over for him.

FinsNYanksFan13
03-30-2007, 12:07 PM
It's official....Pavano to start opening day!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/spring2007/news/story?id=2818854


Also Phelps beat out Phillips, Nieves over Pratt for the back-up catching job, Henn will be the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen, and Karstens to start the year on the DL!

MikeO
03-30-2007, 12:08 PM
and Pavano was dumped by his girlfriend!

DonShula84
03-30-2007, 02:50 PM
As Yankee fans I'm sure you're tired of talking about Arod and the chance of him opting out, but I'll ask anyone because as an Angel fan I'm obviously hoping he walks ;) So what do you guys think the odds are of him walking, and what would have to happen during the season to either push him out the door or make him stay? If you want to ignore me because you're tired of talking about Arod feel free :(

FinsNYanksFan13
03-30-2007, 05:27 PM
As Yankee fans I'm sure you're tired of talking about Arod and the chance of him opting out, but I'll ask anyone because as an Angel fan I'm obviously hoping he walks ;) So what do you guys think the odds are of him walking, and what would have to happen during the season to either push him out the door or make him stay? If you want to ignore me because you're tired of talking about Arod feel free :(


Yankees win the World Series and A-Rod wins MVP he's opting out!


A-Rod stinks it up again in October and the Yankees are out in the first round, A-Rod opts out!


Point: He's gone either way. He isn't going to leave that much money on the table because # 1 he's all about the money and # 2, Boras is all about the money. He's gone either way IMO, so the Angels will be one of many teams bidding for him!

MikeO
03-30-2007, 11:42 PM
He's gone. He'd be crazy not too. The Cubs, Angles, SF, even maybe Seattle again all have tons of money to blow on a guy like him.

The Yanks will be happy if he stays. Might offer him a slight raise. But won't shed a tear if he walks because that is a bunch of money off of their payroll and it allows them to go on a spending spree elsewhere and get pretty much any player on the market that they want.

No matter how this turns out.......
Win-Win for the Yanks
Win-Win for A-Rod

DonShula84
03-30-2007, 11:50 PM
Glad to hear it :)

King Felix
03-30-2007, 11:56 PM
arod coming back to seattle!!!!

i'd be exctatic

Phinz4Life
04-02-2007, 08:54 AM
WHO IS EXCITED!?

I have so much work to do. I'm up early so I can try and get it done before 1:05. I'm normally a horrible procrastinator (i.e., hey, I'm on Finheaven when I could be getting that work done) but this is the only procrastination im gonna do. For the Yankees, I'm motivated.

GO YANKEES!

DON'T RUIN OPENING DAY CARL PAVANO!

GO YANKEEEEEEESS!

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"27 here we come"

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 11:14 AM
WHO IS EXCITED!?

I have so much work to do. I'm up early so I can try and get it done before 1:05. I'm normally a horrible procrastinator (i.e., hey, I'm on Finheaven when I could be getting that work done) but this is the only procrastination im gonna do. For the Yankees, I'm motivated.

GO YANKEES!

DON'T RUIN OPENING DAY CARL PAVANO!

GO YANKEEEEEEESS!

http://www.sonsofsamhorn.net/wiki/images/thumb/2/2c/Yankee_logo.jpg/250px-Yankee_logo.jpg
"27 here we come"




I'm with you brother, LETS GO YANKEES!

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 01:15 PM
Bleacher creatures chanting "We Want Bernie". That was awesome!

MikeO
04-02-2007, 02:03 PM
Bobby Mercer at the stadium and on YES

Very touching!

GreenMonster
04-02-2007, 02:55 PM
I thought Pavano looked pretty good today. He didn't walk to many, and besides a bad pitch to Dukes, he threw well. He atleast looks like he can a good part of the rotation till he hits the DL again.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 02:56 PM
Really tough outing for Pavano today after a promising start to the game. It looks like the Yankees are going to have to take baby steps with him. Hopefully the bats will bail him out and make this a successful opening day!

trate121hb
04-02-2007, 02:57 PM
Pavano Got Worked There After Starting Off Good......cmon Yanks

MikeO
04-02-2007, 03:22 PM
Opening Day and the Yanks have shown what type of team they will be in 2007. This is the blue-print of how the Yankees will be this year.

a) Have their starter give them a quality 5 or 6 innings. Don't have to be great
b) Work the opponents starter's pitch count get him out of the game by the 5ht or 6th
c) Then just unload on the opponents bullpen (which most of the time isn't very good)
d) Yanks Pen should be good enough to hold onto leads until it is given to Rivera

As soon as Kazimer got removed Tampa just came apart.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 03:36 PM
No-one will give A-Rod credit for anything today because he didn't hit 2 homers and drive in 5 but his single and stolen base will be a huge reason the Yankees win today if they hold on. But like I said, no-one will give him any credit for it!

MikeO
04-02-2007, 03:52 PM
No-one will give A-Rod credit for anything today because he didn't hit 2 homers and drive in 5 but his single and stolen base will be a huge reason the Yankees win today if they hold on. But like I said, no-one will give him any credit for it!

I agree. 7th inning tie game. Base hit. SB. Score a run. Not as flashy as a walk off HR so nobody will give him credit for being clutch but its just as clutch. Big spot in a game and he came through.

MikeO
04-02-2007, 04:02 PM
let me guess AROD's home run was meaningless??? LOL LOL LOL

MikeO
04-02-2007, 04:11 PM
Rivera ends it in style

3 batters faced..........3 K's!

Rocky Raccoon
04-02-2007, 04:22 PM
I agree. 7th inning tie game. Base hit. SB. Score a run. Not as flashy as a walk off HR so nobody will give him credit for being clutch but its just as clutch. Big spot in a game and he came through.

it wasn't as flashy but it's just what they needed. I don't see why Yankee fans would give him a hard time if he's helping the team win. I heard he had a terrible 1st inning (error, K?) and he bounced back pretty good from that. He just needs to keep doing that.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 04:40 PM
No-one does opening day like the Yankees. I went in 02, 03, and 04 and just that atmosphere at the stadium is incredible. Good win by the Yankees today and hopefully this is the beginning of a great season. Pettitte on Wednesday so there's a good chance of starting 2-0!

MikeO
04-02-2007, 04:44 PM
No-one does opening day like the Yankees. I went in 02, 03, and 04 and just that atmosphere at the stadium is incredible. Good win by the Yankees today and hopefully this is the beginning of a great season. Pettitte on Wednesday so there's a good chance of starting 2-0!

Next year is the last opening day at the stadium. I am thinking of going

FinsNYanksFan13
04-02-2007, 04:44 PM
Bobby Mercer at the stadium and on YES

Very touching!


That was an extremely touching moment when he was given that standing ovation. If anyone deserved that it's Mercer. It was great to know he's in such good spirits despite what he faces. Stand up guy and class act all the way!


Here is another touching moment from today's game!

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Cory Lidle's wife and kid throwing out the first pitch!

King Felix
04-02-2007, 05:57 PM
^^^thats great(and pretty sad)



A-ROD...so i see he hit one out....did he have a good game besides that?

Cool Calm Mike
04-02-2007, 07:05 PM
Tailgating since 9:45 this morning at Yankee Stadium! Was a great time!

A-Rod hit a bomb, missed a pop up in the first inning in foul territory and got booed furiously. Struck out and added a single.

The bullpen was great today. Rivera was dominant, getting his fastball up to 96!

Phinz4Life
04-02-2007, 11:28 PM
One step on the road to 27. Can yah SMELL IT!?!?!

...or is that Bruney I'm smelling?

MikeO
04-02-2007, 11:30 PM
If Phelps plays 1B like he did today he won't be around on this team long. They don't need his bat at all and with errors you might as well play Mankzlasdj;fkasjd at first base

Phinz4Life
04-02-2007, 11:56 PM
Dougie Defense! Haha. Phelps should improve. I thought his plate discipline was very well.

Nappy Roots
04-03-2007, 04:21 PM
Dougie Defense! Haha. Phelps should improve. I thought his plate discipline was very well.


his plate discipline has always been good. but his defense has always been horrible, it wont improve. Phelps is an average hitter with good plate discipline and horrible glove and nothing will change. hes nothing more then a average DH in this league.

GreenMonster
04-03-2007, 04:55 PM
^^^thats great(and pretty sad)



A-ROD...so i see he hit one out....did he have a good game besides that?

He dropped a ball in the 1st for an E, then K'ed in the bottom of the inning with a couple of guys on base. Hit a single, then stole 2nd and scored later. With the Yankees up 7-5 in the bottom of the 8th with Rivera about to come in against the D-Rays he went deep and recieved a curtain call from the fans because they feel bad for him. Pretty good day.

nyital571
04-03-2007, 05:52 PM
Hey green Monster cant wait for the first Jd drew hamstring pull that wil sideline him for 40 games.

MikeO
04-04-2007, 10:50 AM
No game today. Called due to rain. No make up date announced.

Andy to pitch tomorrow night.

MikeO
04-05-2007, 09:30 AM
Boy did Bernie really drop the ball with his actions and how unprofessional he acted.

It looks like Damon is headed for a short DL stint to gets his calves in order. Nothing serious according to reports just some rest.

If Bernie would have just swallowed some pride he would have an active role on this team right now. Cashman has already said he isn't bringing Bernie back.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-05-2007, 01:26 PM
Boy did Bernie really drop the ball with his actions and how unprofessional he acted.

It looks like Damon is headed for a short DL stint to gets his calves in order. Nothing serious according to reports just some rest.

If Bernie would have just swallowed some pride he would have an active role on this team right now. Cashman has already said he isn't bringing Bernie back.

I was thinking the same thing bro when I heard Damon might miss some action. Bernie had a golden opportunity, especially when you know Torre is going to play Giambi at first when he wants Melky or one of the other outfielders a day at DH (which he will do more and more as the season goes on). I feel bad for Bernie but I still think he made the wrong decision. I didn't hear Cashman say he wouldn't bring Bernie back but if he did that's shady. God forbid the Yankees lose an outfielder for a long period of time like they did last year with Matsui and Sheffield, Bernie should be the number 1 option for this team. I mean what else is on the market and I'm not impressed by any of the outfielders the Yankees have in Scranton, so Bernie makes perfect sense. In the end though I'd rather just keep all of our outfield healthy which means to me that Bernie isn't even necessary!

nyital571
04-06-2007, 09:49 AM
Man Did jorge look old last nite .I know it was a cold weather game so hopefully he picks up the rest of the year defensivly.His bat has been jumpin this year though.

MikeO
04-07-2007, 02:39 PM
Thank god its April because we suck right now.

At least AROD is off to a fast start

MikeO
04-07-2007, 02:51 PM
Matsui has a hamstring injury. MRI tomorrow. I expect Thompson or Reese to be called up by Monday at this rate

Bernie is an f'n moron!!!!!!! He dropped the ball big-time! Have fun watching the games in HD in Westchester Bernie!! STOOPID!!!

Damon is saying he is ready to return so, all the news isn't horrible.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-07-2007, 04:25 PM
A-Rod grand slam to win it baby!

MikeO
04-07-2007, 04:25 PM
AROD walk off GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!! And he hit it with 2 strikes into the black of centerfield!!!!!!!!WOW!!!

What a comeback!!

FinsNYanksFan13
04-07-2007, 04:40 PM
The Yankees pitching has been horrible the first 4 games but one thing I can say about the 2007 New York Yankees is that their going to score a ton of runs. This offense is nuts. Their going to kill a lot of teams bullpens and are going to chase a lot of starters early even if their effective because they take so many pitches. I know it's only 4 games but I notice a different A-Rod this year. I guess growing a pair of nuts was good for him and hopefully this is just the beginning of a great season for him!

MikeO
04-07-2007, 04:49 PM
The Yankees pitching has been horrible the first 4 games but one thing I can say about the 2007 New York Yankees is that their going to score a ton of runs. This offense is nuts. Their going to kill a lot of teams bullpens and are going to chase a lot of starters early even if their effective because they take so many pitches. I know it's only 4 games but I notice a different A-Rod this year. I guess growing a pair of nuts was good for him and hopefully this is just the beginning of a great season for him!

1) If the pitching continues or Wang has a set-back then I predict Roger Clemans will be signed by Mother's day!

2) ARod has lost some weight and I think that has helped him more than anything. That leaner build seems to have helped his swing. And in the first week of the year ARod does have the GWRBI in both wins. This is a different ARod. (maybe its because he is in a contract year)

3) The Yanks bullpen was outstanding again today. Down 7-3 Igawa stinkin the place up, the bullpen held Baltimore and let the Yanks offense do its thing. This bullpen will get over-worked at this rate but if we can get some starting pitching then this team has everything in place to go a long way.

4) And I don't want to beat this Bernie thing all day long but in the first week. Damon is dinged. Matsui could be out. Abreu gets nailed in the shin today and could be dinged. If Bernie would have just swallowed his pride and showed up in Tampa, he would be playing damn near everyday!!!!!! He blew it.

King Felix
04-07-2007, 06:04 PM
yankee fans appreciate that god damn guy

Cool Calm Mike
04-07-2007, 09:21 PM
Great game for A-Rod today.

The Yankees bullpen has been lights out so far this season. Brian Bruney is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-08-2007, 07:44 AM
An A-Bomb, from A-Rod!


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FinsNYanksFan13
04-08-2007, 07:45 AM
The best thing about the homer was Jeter pushing A-Rod out of the dugout for his curtain call!


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FinsNYanksFan13
04-08-2007, 07:46 AM
Seeing Andy Pettitte having so much fun has to have Roger Clemens itching to get back on the mound in NY!


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DrewAlmighty
04-08-2007, 01:59 PM
AROD goes boom again! 1st inning HR.

He's on fire.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-08-2007, 04:55 PM
2-3 after the first five and heading to Minnesota for a 3 game series (thank God). The Yankees really got a lot of bumps and bruises playing in the cold these first couple of games, from guys straining muscles to guys getting hit with pitches and feeling it 20 times more because it's 30 degrees. I'm glad their headed to a dome where they can actually function without freezing their ***** off. The Yankees offense is going to be potent this year and we all know the starting pitching isn't going to be as bad as it is so far, despite what everyone wants you to believe after 5 games. This bullpen is pretty damn good and once the starting pitching starts carrying their weight the Yankees are easily going to win the East again this year!

nyital571
04-09-2007, 09:33 AM
We need Phil Hughes

FinsNYanksFan13
04-09-2007, 04:50 PM
We need Phil Hughes


The Yankees should just bring him up. I mean Rasner? Please! Why doesn't Hughes become the 5th while Wang is out and as soon as he returns the Yankees can send him down. This way he gets a taste of MLB life and what he needs to do to compete at this level, and then can head back to Triple A and works on his skills. He can't be worse then Rasner or any other Yankees starter so far in 07. Either way though, the staff won't be this bad the whole year. Once Wang returns he'll eat innings, Pettitte will settle in and be fine, and Mussina will start to locate sooner then later. Those 3 will have solid years. It's Pavano, Igawa, and whoever the Yankees have to throw out there if one of the starters can't make a start that should have Yankee fans worried. Those 3 could be big problems because they will do damage to our bullpen if they can't give the team innings and come the second half of the year guys in the bullpen will be spent. Let's see what Pavano can do tonight in a dome against a solid but not over-whelming line-up. Weather won't be a factor so tonight is a nice test for him. Like I said, people can say what they want about the Yankees staff but 1 thru 3 their fine. It's the 4th and 5th starters that are a big worry!

nyital571
04-09-2007, 08:17 PM
Phil hughes will prolly make his ling awaited debut in May.I really am looking forward to it.Its really exciting we havent had a super pitching prospect in a long time.

MikeO
04-09-2007, 09:01 PM
Pavano!!! WOW!!!!! Some outing!!

MikeO
04-09-2007, 09:03 PM
Cashman and Torre both don't want to bring Hughes up this year. They feel 1 year in AAA and he will be major league ready for next year. They feel if they rush him along they might screw up a good thing.

This kid is for real according to everyone who has seen him closely for an extended period. So, you don't want to mess with that.

Plus, you probably got Wang coming back in May. And Roger sometime before the break possibly. The staff isn't in so bad of shape you need to start rushing along someone like Hughes

nyital571
04-09-2007, 11:18 PM
I bet he has a couple spot starts to showcase him before next year give him a taste.I think may could be one of his spots.You know they gotta give us a tease before an allout marketing campaign next year.This kid is supposed to be the pitching version of roy hobbs I bet we see him a couple times this year.

MikeO
04-09-2007, 11:37 PM
You will see Hughes in September depending on how many innings he threw in AAA

Unless the starters hit a rash of injuries I wouldn't expect to see him much at all this year

FinsNYanksFan13
04-10-2007, 12:37 PM
Pavano!!! WOW!!!!! Some outing!!


It's great to see Pavano out there fighting after all he's been through. Yesterday was a solid performance and one that's go to give Yankee fans hope that Pavano is going to give us something this year. No doubt the early run support helped him settle in but he did well against a decent line-up and that's a good sign. I love how the Yankees 2 black sheep are stepping their games up (A-Rod and Pavano). Both of those guys seem like they have something to prove and are playing with a chip on their shoulder which seems to be making them better, more comfortable players. Pettitte is going tonight and you know he'll have a better performance then his last. He hadn't been consistantly pitching since March 17th and I attribute that and the cold weather as to why he didn't locate and have a good outing. Pettitte's not a worry to me (other then injuries) and if he's healthy, he's going to have a great season!


By the way, how great was the defense last night. What a performance by everyone in the infield and that showed me that the way they played the opening week was a fluke and was due to the bad weather. The Yankees line-up is scary. 1,000 runs anyone?

nyital571
04-10-2007, 01:08 PM
Our lineup is bombs away.We'll lead the league in runs again.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-10-2007, 01:11 PM
Our lineup is bombs away.We'll lead the league in runs again.


You can put that one in the books!

nyital571
04-10-2007, 01:15 PM
Being a yankee fan always has its great joys.Hard to say that about any team you root for with consistency.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-10-2007, 09:16 PM
Another A-Bomb from A-Rod. Watch out Bonds, he's coming for 73!

nyital571
04-11-2007, 09:47 AM
Arod is on fire.He got in better shape and is determined to either opt out and get a bigger contract next year or be embraced by yankee fans.

MikeO
04-11-2007, 10:15 AM
Arod is on fire.He got in better shape and is determined to either opt out and get a bigger contract next year or be embraced by yankee fans.

He's getting a bigger contract next year anyway. He can opt out and sign somewhere else. He can opt out and just re-sign with the Yanks. Or the Yanks will just give him an extension and a raise and he wont opt out.

Either way, next year AROD is gonna get more $$$$$$$$$$$. And with Boras as his agent, you can take this to the bank!!!

nyital571
04-11-2007, 10:50 AM
I don't think the yanks will pursue him that hard but I dunno who besides a couple teama namely the cubs and mets who could afford a 30 million dollar 3rd basemen.

MikeO
04-11-2007, 12:21 PM
I don't think the yanks will pursue him that hard but I dunno who besides a couple teama namely the cubs and mets who could afford a 30 million dollar 3rd basemen.

LAA, LA, both Chicago teams. SF, SD...Baltimore could if they wanted. There are a bunch of teams that could pay him

nyital571
04-11-2007, 12:48 PM
Batlimore won't pay him the angels are a possibility the white sox won't reinsdorf isnt a big spender sf is a slight possibility but I don't see it arod wouldnt go to such a small market in sd Arod will only go to a larger market team that can and will pay him which narrows it to angels,cubs,giants,mets,yankees .Those are the only realistic possibilities.

MikeO
04-11-2007, 12:50 PM
Batlimore won't pay him the angels are a possibility the white sox won't reinsdorf isnt a big spender sf is a slight possibility but I don't see it arod wouldnt go to such a small market in sd Arod will only go to a larger market team that can and will pay him which narrows it to angels,cubs,giants,mets,yankees .Those are the only realistic possibilities.

How the hell are the Mets a possibility with Reyes and Wright?? Seriously dude. :shakeno: :shakeno: :shakeno: :shakeno:

Small market big market means nothing. Who pays him is all that matters!!

nyital571
04-11-2007, 01:04 PM
Listen did you hear about david wright saying he'll move from third for arod before the season started?I guess not and big markets do matter arods got enough money he wants the ring and the glory he's not gunna be glorified in sd

nyital571
04-11-2007, 01:05 PM
Pay attention during spring training MikeO some news happens there too bro.

MikeO
04-11-2007, 01:39 PM
Don't worry, I pay more attention than you know. But where is Wright gonna move to?? You have Beltran, Milledge in the OF. You have Delgado at 1B.

Wright ain't moving. Please!!! And AROD wants out of NY but is gonna go to the Mets????

Your out of your league on this champ.

nyital571
04-11-2007, 02:04 PM
Haha because your the authority on the forum?I don't think so.Why don't you ask wright where he'd go he said it.I'm sure they would find a place for him he's david wright! If he opts out anybodies open to negotiate.Why not the mets? Who said he wants out of the city? I've never heard that.I don't think you have either.

MikeO
04-11-2007, 02:07 PM
Haha because your the authority on the forum?I don't think so.Why don't you ask wright where he'd go he said it.I'm sure they would find a place for him he's david wright! If he opts out anybodies open to negotiate.Why not the mets? Who said he wants out of the city? I've never heard that.I don't think you have either.


WOW!!!:sidelol: :sidelol: :sidelol:

Just WOW!!!!!!!!!!:sidelol: :sidelol: :sidelol: :sidelol:

nyital571
04-11-2007, 04:37 PM
Do you have a counter argument or just theatrics?

Phinz4Life
04-11-2007, 05:05 PM
Never got a chance to mention it but I attended my very first Yankee game on Sunday when the Yanks fell to the Orioles. It was a shame that Melky, Cairo and Nieves were all starting as was Rasner, but on the plus side I got to see Yankee stadium, a live game, Pettite pitch and A-Rod hit a dinger.

I also got Scott Proctor to sign my hat.

:D

AND it was calendar day!

Alex44
04-11-2007, 05:13 PM
Don't worry, I pay more attention than you know. But where is Wright gonna move to?? You have Beltran, Milledge in the OF. You have Delgado at 1B.

Wright ain't moving. Please!!! And AROD wants out of NY but is gonna go to the Mets????

Your out of your league on this champ.

The only possible way I could see AROD on the Mets is if either he or Reyes moves to 2B.

I agree with you though that big market vs small market means nothing as long as he gets paid. In fact after all the media crap he has taken he may prefer a smaller market team.

nyital571
04-11-2007, 05:31 PM
Thats a fine point alex44 and you don't sound pretentious saying it.

Cuban Dave 9
04-11-2007, 05:37 PM
sO WHO STILL HATES arOD?

Phinz4Life
04-11-2007, 05:42 PM
I've been frustrated with A-Rod but let me tell you I know how good of a player he is and how much better he makes the Yankees.

nyital571
04-11-2007, 06:47 PM
Yankee fans should be ashamed for booing this guy like they did. The opting out was inevidable though.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-12-2007, 12:39 PM
Yankee fans should be ashamed for booing this guy like they did. The opting out was inevidable though.



No they shouldn't be. You have to be a Yankees fan who watches just about every game to see how bad A-Rod has been when the Yankees have needed him the most. That includes the playoffs and numerous situations last year when all A-Rod needed was a sac fly to get a run in and he struck out. Plus what about all the errors last year, especially the error he made against the Tigers in game 4 last year that extended an inning with Jaret Wright on the mound (we all know how the rest of the story went). Yankee fans just wanted A-Rod to be what he's been this year. REAL. Last year he would stink it up but then say "remember my single in the first inning" and make every excuse in the game. All Yankee fans want from A-Rod is honesty. It looks like he's becoming honest this year not only with the fans and media, but more importantly with himself. Yankee fans don't want to boo A-Rod, they want to cheer him. It's up to A-Rod though to stop thinking so much on the field and just go out and play. If he does that he's arguably the best player in baseball. It's when he thinks to much on the field that gets him in trouble and this year he seems to just be letting things flow and he and the Yankees will be better off for it!

UCFinfan86
04-12-2007, 12:55 PM
I hate how espn plays into this whole arod thing. The other day when they lost they showed Arod striking out(i think) but yet Jeter had 2 errors which were costly but they don't show them.

I know what espn is doing, but i just dont like it

nyital571
04-12-2007, 01:08 PM
I pretty much have watched every yankees game for the past 10 years. Arod shouldn't have been booed in my opinion he won an mvp and puts up big numbers every year. Yea he never came through in the clutch but when he did like that big homerun off schilling in fenway was forgotten the next day. I don't think he has been appreciated for what he is. I know he's not a ''true yankee'' like we all like to say about guys.And I know his salary is off the charts but he has produced and he has won an mvp and he's had a few clutch moments .

MikeO
04-12-2007, 01:12 PM
Looks like we might see Hughes a lot sooner than the front office or coaching staff wants.

Too many injuries to the starting staff.

MikeO
04-12-2007, 01:16 PM
I pretty much have watched every yankees game for the past 10 years. Arod shouldn't have been booed in my opinion he won an mvp and puts up big numbers every year. Yea he never came through in the clutch but when he did like that big homerun off schilling in fenway was forgotten the next day. I don't think he has been appreciated for what he is. I know he's not a ''true yankee'' like we all like to say about guys.And I know his salary is off the charts but he has produced and he has won an mvp and he's had a few clutch moments .

Wasn't he 1-18 in the playoffs vs Detroit last year! What, should we have given him a parade?!

I like the guy. I don't want to see him go. But he has deserved to be boo'd on some level. And if he can't take it then get the hell out.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-12-2007, 01:24 PM
I pretty much have watched every yankees game for the past 10 years. Arod shouldn't have been booed in my opinion he won an mvp and puts up big numbers every year. Yea he never came through in the clutch but when he did like that big homerun off schilling in fenway was forgotten the next day. I don't think he has been appreciated for what he is. I know he's not a ''true yankee'' like we all like to say about guys.And I know his salary is off the charts but he has produced and he has won an mvp and he's had a few clutch moments .

Yankee fans don't care about MVP's and numbers. They care about rings. A-Rod has been horrible in the playoffs, that's why he's catching the most flack. Everything else is just adding to Yankee fans frustrations with him. I don't think Yankee fans should be ashamed of booing A-Rod. They booed Jeter when he went through that huge slump a few years ago, that's just how NY fans are. They'll cheer when A-Rod steps up (like he is this year). The reason why you heard so many boo's with A-Rod was because he was failing in big situations. If he comes through in those situations, he's getting cheered. But this year I agree. The Yankee fans need to wear gloves with this guy. No more booing A-Rod but with the way he's been playing, I don't think that will be a problem!

nyital571
04-12-2007, 01:53 PM
I agree to extent he had booing coming to him.But after a while last year they booed him everytime he did anything but hit or walk in every at bat no matter the situation.It was almost to the level of hate and I've met many yankees fans who openly hated him. I just think he didn't deserve to horrible treatment of last year,if he slumps this year it will happen again and it will drive him outta town.

mixmaster_matt
04-16-2007, 11:20 AM
tough outing for Mo yesterday. Pettitte had a good day on the mound, and you just about never see Mo blow saves, but what can you do? How good is Scaturo feeling today, or w/e his name is.

nyital571
04-16-2007, 11:24 AM
Yea that was really disapointing.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-16-2007, 12:18 PM
5-6 after 11 games. Not good at all but you know what, it's April. No big deal, the Yankees will get healthy and will be fine as the seasons goes on!

nyital571
04-16-2007, 12:40 PM
Yea I hope my darkest fear everyseason as we will turn into the Knicks of baseball. It's a fear I have until we go on our hotstreak right after our predictable early season slump.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-16-2007, 01:04 PM
Yea I hope my darkest fear everyseason as we will turn into the Knicks of baseball. It's a fear I have until we go on our hotstreak right after our predictable early season slump.



Hahahahahahahaha. Calm down bro, it's 11 games into the season and 3/5 of our starting pitching staff is on the DL. The Yankees just need to stay afloat until everyone gets back and they will be fine. The bullpen is great and the bats are great. That means the only thing the Yankees need to improve on is their defense and starting pitching. We know the starting pitching will be fine once they get healthy and the defense will not be as bad as it's been. Long season brother. They play until September and it's April. Long ways to go!

nyital571
04-16-2007, 01:25 PM
Dude I know how long the season is . I live in new england brother so the paranoia is legit. If we don't pull through I gotta hear it everyday.

FIN-IN-RI
04-16-2007, 01:56 PM
Dude I know how long the season is . I live in new england brother so the paranoia is legit. If we don't pull through I gotta hear it everyday.

Stop your crying. You sound like my kid niece.

nyital571
04-16-2007, 02:02 PM
You guys are the reigning third place team in the al east not us .....

FIN-IN-RI
04-16-2007, 02:08 PM
You guys are the reigning third place team in the al east not us .....


Nice comeback, like I give a ****. This is about you whining about your team in April and being scared and paranoid like a girl. Not about what my team did last season!

nyital571
04-16-2007, 02:13 PM
Well I'm making it about ur team now. The reigning and defending third place champions! Lets see what 160 million is gunna buy you I say maybe you'll get to second this year bro. I dunno though you gotta battle your bitter rival Blue jays for that. haha. Don't worry bout us you have to be better then the blue jays first then worry about the champs. Take one step at a time.

UCFinfan86
04-16-2007, 02:15 PM
Well I'm making it about ur team now. The reigning and defending third place champions! Lets see what 160 million is gunna buy you I say maybe you'll get to second this year bro. I dunno though you gotta battle your bitter rival Blue jays for that. haha. Don't worry bout us you have to be better then the blue jays first then worry about the champs. Take one step at a time.

Champs?? What have you won recently? AL East titles to the Redsox or Yankees don't mean anything. All Yanks and Sox care about is World Series and neither of us have that right now

FIN-IN-RI
04-16-2007, 02:16 PM
Well I'm making it about ur team now. The reigning and defending third place champions! Lets see what 160 million is gunna buy you I say maybe you'll get to second this year bro. I dunno though you gotta battle your bitter rival Blue jays for that. haha. Don't worry bout us you have to be better then the blue jays first then worry about the champs. Take one step at a time.

Riiiiiight. :sleep:

Anything else you need to get off your chest today, Nancy?

nyital571
04-16-2007, 02:23 PM
truth hurts boys.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-16-2007, 04:09 PM
truth hurts boys.


Don't sweat the Red Sox fans on here bro. They only talk **** ti'll August and then most of them are forced to eat crow. Like I've said a million times, no one has more division titles in April, May, and June then the Red Sox!

nyital571
04-16-2007, 04:10 PM
yea the redsox are the champions of june.

MikeO
04-17-2007, 12:33 PM
Wang's start was pusehd back to Tuesday. He won't pitch this weekend.

Pettite, Karstians, and Wright will go this weekend.

Of course there are rumblings/rumors of Clemens and a possible mid-season trade for CC Sabathia. He is in the final year of his contract and Cleveland can't afford to keep him and are considering moving him before the deadline. So get something for him before we just walks.

MikeO
04-18-2007, 09:38 AM
The old thread had access errors so I put on my MikeO costume and made this thread for him.


~Celtkin

trate121hb
04-18-2007, 09:41 AM
arod is kickin A&*

nyital571
04-18-2007, 11:16 AM
Arod is goin crazy and Phil Hughes is stinkin up Scranton.

MikeO
04-18-2007, 12:44 PM
The old thread had access errors so I put on my MikeO costume and made this thread for him.


~Celtkin

Thank you!!

MikeO
04-19-2007, 02:26 AM
Don't look now but Igawa has put together decent back to back starts here. 6 innings. 1 walk (which is huge for him and his control issues) and 5 K's. His first outing was horrible. His last 2 have been good. If he can pitch at this level the Yanks will be OK with him.

Also, the Yanks are leaning to keeping Wang out of the Boston series because they don't want to pitch him in colder weather and hold him off till Tuesday in Tampa.

nyjunc
04-19-2007, 06:57 AM
Igawa has looked very good since his 1st start debacle, the yankees starters as a whole have looked very good since a shaky opening week. When yuo consider 3 of our 5 starters are on the DL that's not too bad.

FIN-IN-RI
04-19-2007, 09:07 AM
Don't look now but Igawa has put together decent back to back starts here. 6 innings. 1 walk (which is huge for him and his control issues) and 5 K's. His first outing was horrible. His last 2 have been good. If he can pitch at this level the Yanks will be OK with him.

Also, the Yanks are leaning to keeping Wang out of the Boston series because they don't want to pitch him in colder weather and hold him off till Tuesday in Tampa.


They are holding him out because they know he's gonna get shelled. Don't want to upset his fragile psyche.

Celtkin
04-19-2007, 02:46 PM
This thread still works

nyital571
04-19-2007, 02:55 PM
haha shelled by that vicious boston bottom of the lineup huh .hahaha

finswin56
04-19-2007, 05:00 PM
So, I guess ARod is closer to being a "true" Yankee?
Just got done watching him hit another walk-off over centerfield. Good for him. I'm not a Yankee fan, but I like ARod, and I love seeing him come through. I know his treatment by NY fans has been talked about ad naseum, but it's nice to see him do well. ARod has been the world's most unworthy villain.

nyjunc
04-19-2007, 05:00 PM
ARod does it again! down 6-2 w/ 2 out and no one on the Yanks come all the way back to win 8-6 capped off by ARod' 3 run GW HR w/ 2 out in the 9th. This is the guy we thought we were getting 3 years, he has been amazing.

Cool Calm Mike
04-19-2007, 05:12 PM
Another home run for A-Rod, a walk off 3-run home run at that!

I could have went to the game today too! :(

nyital571
04-19-2007, 05:59 PM
Godbless Arod!

Mainge
04-19-2007, 06:06 PM
I cant believe how much sh*t he was getting from the media.

trate121hb
04-19-2007, 09:00 PM
im so happy for arod......keep it up man.....go yanks!!!

DonShula84
04-19-2007, 09:05 PM
I cant wait for him to be an Angel ;)

FinsNYanksFan13
04-19-2007, 09:22 PM
I went to yeterday's game and all I can say is that this offense is nuts. They've been relentless and even though I knew they were going to be good, I didn't expect them to get off to a start like this with the way the weather has been. Anyways I had some choice seats (around 10 rows behind homeplate) and I want to show some pics I took but for some reason the button that you insert images with is not working on my finheaven so I can't (I'm pissed to cause I had pics of the new ballpark construction)!

ChambersWI
04-19-2007, 09:50 PM
I cant believe how much sh*t he was getting from the media.

he got a lot of it at firt because he made so many throwing errors last year. He wasn't hitting as good as he can (and probably should've), but he wasn't horrible at the plate last year.

It was however, painful to watch him in the field last year. He'd get an easy ground ball, and just throw it away

FinsNYanksFan13
04-19-2007, 10:02 PM
Red Sox Fans LMAO!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnvWu3NbSTY&mode=related&search=

Jt0323
04-19-2007, 10:27 PM
Nice Job Arod!

GreenMonster
04-19-2007, 11:07 PM
Red Sox Fans LMAO!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnvWu3NbSTY&mode=related&search=

How can you not laugh at that.

A-Rod is carrying my fantasy team, (he has more HR's than the rest of the Yanks combined), I hope he goes cold over this weekend. He can then resume this sick pace, and you can't really walk him with Giambi crushing the ball..

MikeO
04-19-2007, 11:37 PM
AROD is a beast!!!!!!!!

nyjunc
04-20-2007, 08:26 AM
I cant believe how much sh*t he was getting from the media.

he deserved it, he was playing like crap in big spots for(12 straight postseason games w/o an RBI) but he is not playing like that so far this year. Hopefully this continues.

MikeO
04-20-2007, 12:44 PM
AROD is on a monster record breaking pace right now. Only 1 short month into the season he is a clear front runner for the MVP without anyone being a close 2nd.

He is ahead of Bonds 73 home run pace. Not that I expect him to come near 73 this year. But 55-60 home runs isn't out of the question. He could be the first to get to 61 "LEGIT" though!! (aka...not on Steroids)

19 game hitting streak going back to last season

I think all but 4 or 5 of his hits are xtra base hits

Walk off grand slam and a walk off 3-run homer in 1 month.

And he has re-established himself as the best all around player in MLB.

FIN-IN-RI
04-20-2007, 05:46 PM
**** the yankees!!! **** choke-rod!!!! hahaha woooooooooooooo

Martel
04-20-2007, 08:46 PM
Wow.


A-rod On Fire!! 2 Hrs Tonight So Far!!

Amars
04-20-2007, 08:53 PM
Dam Arod another HR.

I hope he breaks the HR record. Nothing against Bonds but I dont like the Giants.

MikeO
04-20-2007, 09:01 PM
Dam Arod another HR.

I hope he breaks the HR record. Nothing against Bonds but I dont like the Giants.

It would be IRONIC that in the year Bonds breaks Hank's all time record that A-Rod would break Bonds single season record. Steal some of thunder from Bonds!!! Which all of the Bonds haters (99% of baseball fans) would LOVE!!!!!!

73+ home runs for a right handed hitter in the AL is difficult. AROD is bound to cool off. 55-60 is more realistic

nyital571
04-20-2007, 09:01 PM
Man arod is dominating this game and the year for the yankees. He looks so relaxed and happy he has a totally diffrent outlook it is paying HUGE dividends.

MikeO
04-20-2007, 10:14 PM
Gotta use Rivera more than once every 5 days. Can't just use him in save situations. He isn't getting enough work!

MikeO
04-20-2007, 10:29 PM
The baseball gods give ya a gift on one day.

then..........

Take it away the next!!


Funny how things play out. And how everything stays in balance

GreenMonster
04-20-2007, 10:29 PM
Gotta use Rivera more than once every 5 days. Can't just use him in save situations. He isn't getting enough work!

Rivera got some work in tonight and I liked it. Coco Crisp is hitting off him, I like it.

Roman529
04-20-2007, 11:04 PM
Yankees choke....too many people sipping the A-Rod Koolaid. :lol:

finswin56
04-20-2007, 11:11 PM
Can't blame that one on ARod.

FIN-IN-RI
04-20-2007, 11:37 PM
good game.. I don't know what else to say.

nyjunc
04-21-2007, 08:43 AM
Mariano is just going through his semi-annual early season struggles.

That was a tough game to lose w/ the pitching matchups we have the next 2 games.

FinsNYanksFan13
04-21-2007, 09:12 AM
It's April. No doubt it was a tough loss but the most important thing is that Mariano finds himself and the Yankees move on from this. The bats must salvage a way to take one of these next 2 games so that we at least leave Boston a game over .500!

MikeO
04-22-2007, 05:11 AM
We dont have the starting pitching right now to compete with A team the caliber of Boston. They are too good to be throwing rookie pichers against.

Wang returns Tuesday. Big help there. 19 wins and a CY Young candidate.

Mussiana a week later. SO.....there is light at the end of the tunnel

The defense has improved since the weather turned. The middle relief has been outstanding. The offense is there. Once we straighten out this starting pitching we will be ok.

If we come out of this week 3-3 its not god awful. 4-2 would have been nice but with 3 starting pitchers out playing .500 ball against Cleveland and Boston isn't panic button mode.

MikeO
04-22-2007, 05:14 AM
Clemens is on the radar but Houston is still the front runner.

Start rooting for Cleveland to lose. Cause they have said they wont re-sign CC Sabathia since they wont be able to afford him this offseason and they will trade him if they are out of the race. NY is very interested in him and he could be a mid July pick-up.

MikeO
04-22-2007, 09:49 PM
Well, back to the bullpen.

Wang and Mussina can't come back soon enough.

MikeO
04-23-2007, 01:17 AM
Gotta tip your hat to Boston. Better team this weekend. Probably will be the better team next weekend as well. They won't see Andy and Mussina won't return till the Texas series that starts on Tuesday after. I think they will see Karstains, Igawa, and Wang. Once we get the rotation back in order and send the AAA kids back to AAA things will be straighten out. The bats are there. The defense is there. The middle relief (while over-worked) is there. Just gotta get some healthy starters back.

Thank god there are 140+ games left to play!

Wagon Circler
04-23-2007, 02:16 AM
Man the sox are beating up on our kids!

FinsNYanksFan13
04-23-2007, 11:19 AM
Aside from what happened in the first game, things kind of went how I expected them the last 2 games. The Yankees bullpen is over-worked and they desperately need to get Wang and Mussina back to take the pressure off of them. There were some positives from this weekend however. # 1 the Yankees bats are going to knock around anyone. Their going to score a ridiculous amount of runs and are head and shoulders above any other offense in baseball!# 2 The Yankees beat up on Dice-K, Beckett, and Schilling. Each pitcher gave up a chunk of runs and were saved by the Red Sox bats (which was easy considering who they had to get runs back from). # 3 Pettitte out-dueled Schilling. Great sign to know that he's back because I don't think their is another Yankees pitcher that Yankee fans can trust in a big game. Glad to have him back and even though Mo has blown 2 wins for him, don't expect that to often. I won't take anything away from the Red Sox, my hats are off the them. They did what they were supposed to do and now have a nice little cushion between them and the Yankees. With that said though, this Yankees team is going to be good. Once they get Wang and Mussina back, Boston won't have Chase Wright or Karstans to beat up on anymore. Still 145 games left fellas. No need to be on the ledge in April!

FinsNYanksFan13
04-23-2007, 11:37 AM
Well this thread is working again so maybe we can merge the 2 Yankees threads!

finswin56
04-23-2007, 02:10 PM
Please keep the trash talk and personal comments out of this thread. Feel free to create a Yankees/Red Sox thread in The Depths if you feel the need.

FIN-IN-RI
04-23-2007, 04:03 PM
Feel free to create a Yankees/Red Sox thread in The Depths if you feel the need.

No need. I've just made a New Year's resolution to be 95% civil to Yankee fans all over the nation!

trate121hb
04-23-2007, 04:05 PM
still early....we have no pitching right now and we should have won all 3 games...i aint worried go yanks

Jt0323
04-23-2007, 04:07 PM
Wensday im going to the met game at 1 and the yankee game at 7 with some friends

finswin56
04-23-2007, 04:30 PM
Wensday im going to the met game at 1 and the yankee game at 7 with some friends
Nice day! If it's not your birthday, then it should be:D

FinsNYanksFan13
04-23-2007, 09:51 PM
The Yankees pitching staff is in a state of emergency. This is getting ugly!

finswin56
04-23-2007, 10:21 PM
I just turned on the Yankees game.
WTF is Rivera doing in the game in the 8th inning and the Yanks down 4???

GreenMonster
04-23-2007, 10:28 PM
I just turned on the Yankees game.
WTF is Rivera doing in the game in the 8th inning and the Yanks down 4???

If he ain't saving games you have to get him some work in somewhere. The rest of the bullpen has been overworked.

Nappy Roots
04-23-2007, 10:39 PM
go rays baby!

finswin56
04-23-2007, 11:16 PM
If he ain't saving games you have to get him some work in somewhere. The rest of the bullpen has been overworked.
I guess.... It was just a bit of a shock to see.

MikeO
04-23-2007, 11:39 PM
Rivera needs work. He is getting hit because he doesn't pitch enough. he can't be going 6, 7, 8 days without seeing any game action

MikeO
04-24-2007, 01:28 AM
Phillip Hughes is pitching Thursday night in his MLB debut.

I disagree with this move. I know ya can't send Chase Wright back out there, but I wouldn't rush Hughes. There are still 142+ games or whatever left this season.This kid could be the next big thing, I hope this doesn't halt his progress if his outing doesn't go well.

nyjunc
04-24-2007, 09:05 AM
I am still not worried as long as we eventually get healthy. Right now we need to stay as close as possible to the top spot, we can't dig too deep of a hole. We battered a supposed great Sox trio this weekend but we had bad pitchers going for us except for 1 game and that's the 1 game we should have won.

Phinz4Life
04-24-2007, 11:21 AM
Phillip Hughes is pitching Thursday night in his MLB debut.

I disagree with this move. I know ya can't send Chase Wright back out there, but I wouldn't rush Hughes. There are still 142+ games or whatever left this season.This kid could be the next big thing, I hope this doesn't halt his progress if his outing doesn't go well.

No one else the Yanks feel comfortable with using.

That being said, Yahoo REALLY needs to get Hughes into the system so I can pick him up.

Motion
04-24-2007, 12:05 PM
Too bad ESPN isn't televising tonight's game instead. I'd love to see Hughes' debut.

I thought Wang was returning tonight?

Phinz4Life
04-24-2007, 02:00 PM
Too bad ESPN isn't televising tonight's game instead. I'd love to see Hughes' debut.

I thought Wang was returning tonight?

Wang tonight, Pettite tomorrow, Hughes Thursday.

PressCoverage
04-24-2007, 05:01 PM
I am still not worried as long as we eventually get healthy. Right now we need to stay as close as possible to the top spot, we can't dig too deep of a hole. We battered a supposed great Sox trio this weekend but we had bad pitchers going for us except for 1 game and that's the 1 game we should have won.

lol... with you it's always minimizing your opponent's victories and excuse making for your own team's failures... "should have won"... "supposed great trio"... too funny....