No Royal Pains…

 

They got it right…

 

 

 

 

The homer pick was to go with CC Sabathia for the 2009 AL Cy Young Award.  However, it was clear that Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals is THE right choice.  He had an incredible season.  Imagine what he could have done playing for Boston or New York.  The win-loss record wasn’t spectacular (16-8), however, the 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts were.  It was a dominating season and Greinke was the class of the American League. 

 

 

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Of course, “dessert” for Greinke is his upcoming nuptials this weekend to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Emily Kuchar.  Okay, Zack lives in a world that I will never know…

 

 

 

Congrats, Zack, on a tremendous season! 

 

 

 

I am not so sure that I like the Yankees very slow and non-reactionary approach to the early off-season.  I know that GM Brian Cashman is trying to see how many dollars in his wallet, however, the team is costing themselves money by not proactively seeking to retain certain free agents like Johnny Damon. 

 

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The Yankees would be wise to start talking about an extension with Derek Jeter now rather than wait until the expiration of his current contract.  By waiting, it will most likely cost the team more than if they’d put forth the deal to secure Jeter’s pinstripe-only career.

 

 

 

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I was really shocked to hear that the only coach signed for next season is hitting instructor Kevin Long.  Even manager Joe Girardi is a lame duck with a contract set to expire after next season.  Maybe it’s just me, but it would be kind of nice to have a first or third base coach.

 

 

 

 

Maybe the Yankees have a grand master plan that will work to perfection.  They’ll walk off with top free agents John Lackey and Matt Holliday signed to very reasonable deals.  But then again, maybe they won’t and they’ll be scrambling to retain the likes of Sergio Mitre, who’s option they declined earlier today.

 

 

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Admittedly, I am a bigger fan of Theo Epstein’s quick-strike approach.  I’d rather make the moves with swiftness and confidence.  Act before your opponent has time to react.  Take a chance on the sleepers.  I dislike going into September of a pennant chase with Sergio Mitre as your fifth starter.  I know that you can’t have an All-Star at every position, however, there are a number of low budget moves the Yanks can make to strengthen the team for its defense of the World Series championship.  If he’s ready, I would like to see Austin Jackson in center, but that does mean the team needs proven production from the corners.  I liked Boston’s pickup of Jeremy Hermida and I think the Yankee scouts should be doing their homework on the next breakout players.  Last off-season, I would have loved to have acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier.  Now, after the successful season he had in 2009, he’d be impossible to acquire.  But he could have been had pre-2009.  I know, I keep waiting for the next Paul O’Neill, however, those type of deals can be made.

 

 

Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on June 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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With the rumors of whether or not 2010 will be the final season for Dodgers manager Joe Torre, I do feel bad that he has to endure the divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt.  There has been talk of contract negotiations between Torre and the team so hopefully the divorce situation won’t adversely impact Torre.  Ultimately, I am a fan of Don Mattingly as the next Dodgers manager, however, it should, respectively, be on Joe Torre’s terms.

 

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If the Yankees do non-tender Chien-Ming Wang, I do hope that they move quickly to sign him to an incentive-laden deal.  I still think that Wang can be the pitcher he was in 2006 and 2007.  I was frustrated last season, however, he clearly was not healthy.

 

 

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I’ll be headed to Arizona in a few weeks to finally see Brett Favre play as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, AZ.  I haven’t seen the Vikings play (in person) for about 20 years.  The last time was against the Dallas Cowboys in Irving, Texas.  The Vikings won a shoot-out in overtime, 44-38.  A quick Google search tells me that it was 22 years ago on Thanksgiving Day.  Hopefully, December 6th in the Sonoran Desert will be equally exciting and with the same result!

 

 

 

 

The previous week will start with a Kelly Clarkson concert (oh yeah!) and will also include a Broadway play in New York City, so here’s hoping for a GREAT week for ME!  J

 

 


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6 Comments

Greinke deserves the Cy Young – congrats to him! Hmm…wonder if he would like to play of the Red Sox? And really Scott – having first and third base coaches is so over rated! The Red Sox are just so silly to be interviewing to replace their coaches! ;-) Have a wonderful trip!! Kelly Clarkson? I never knew you liked her…;-) and enjoy the football game!! I’ll even root for the Vikings to win for you!

Julia
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BTW, great blog, Headline Guy! :)

The Greinke nod is the right choice, I agree. He certainly got in by the virtue of the ERA as well as the blazing start through June. It also shows that (a) a Cy Young is not awarded on solely the highest number of wins and (b) starters still are the focus of the pitching staff – especially high quality ones that batter fears the most. Great choice, I say!

Speaking of the Vikes, I’m heading to my only game of the season Sunday (I’m part of a collective for a pair of season tickets at the Metrodome), so here’s hoping that they keep up the winning through the time you get to see them in Glendale.

SKOL!

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No need to worry about Mitre. The Yanks are going to sign Lackey and Wang is coming back as a 5th starter.

I would love to see A-Jax in CF as well. With that I would shift Melky over to RF (He’s got the better arm) and move Swisher to LF. Then there wouldn’t be a need for Bay or Holliday. (or Damon and Matsui for that matter)

Re-sign Hairston Jr because he plays everywhere and use Pena, Miranda and Duncan on your bench as well (ultility, DH, PH). Cervelli back up catcher, Gardner 4th outfielder. Hughs and Joba are the road to Mo.

Coke, Marte, Robertson, Aceves, in the pen.

Yes I left some key names off like Bruney. But if Hughs and Joba are the set up men, there is no need for his services any longer.

Thats a lot of baby bombers on that 25 man roster. Lets see people complain they bought another championship then.

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Grienke truly deserved the award this season, and he could have been named Cy Young of M.L.B.
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Greinke did have a great season; is W-L record was much more due to the team behind him. He earned his part!
Theo’s “quick-strike” approach is much more a mixed bag from our perspective on Brownie Points. He gets credit for some good moves (like V-Mart and A-Gonz last year), but also makes us scratch our heads (like letting A-Gonz walk). He also finds his share of albatrosses that we get hung around our necks, and which we often end up paying for (like Lugo). So we like Theo’s being pro-active, but sometimes he seems to be a little impulsive. But he has done quite admirably on the whole.

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