20 is the new 17…
When does age not matter?
I guess it is when the Yankees sign a “prospect” who was suspended for claiming he was only 17 years old when he was actually 20. Eladio Moronta, a Dominican outfield prospect, was suspended earlier this year for the age discrepancy, but was reinstated on September 28th. He is 6’1″, 183 lbs, and has been compared to Raul Mondesi.
It is not clear how Moronta fits into the Yankees system, particularly with Austin Jackson nearly major league ready. But for a prospect who could have commanded a signing bonus in the millions, he was signed for only $570,000. I could live rather comfortably on $570K, but for the Yankees, that’s a drop in the bucket. Let’s hope the signing works out…
I have to admit that I am becoming a believer in Brett Favre. I was very skeptical when he finally signed with Minnesota Vikings after a season of ‘is he retired? Is he not?’. I was ready to turn over the QB reins to Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. Of course, had that happened, there is absolutely no way that the Vikings would have been 9-1, with a 3-game lead on the Green Bay Packers.
Prior to Sunday, there was much talk about how that was the point in the season where Favre begin his fade with the New York Jets in 2008. So what did Brett do on Sunday? He threw for 4 TD passes and completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes as the Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 35-9. So, I guess in the Vikings case, age does not matter.
The Boston Red Sox named DeMarlo Hale as their new bench coach, replacing Brad Mills who was named as manager for the Houston Astros. As much as I hate to admit it, it was a good move. The Red Sox promoted AAA Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson who will become the new first base coach. Last year’s first base coach, Tim Bogar, moves to third, replacing Hale. I have always admired Red Sox manager Terry Francona despite my dislike for anything-Red Sox. He showed once again that he is a master tactician. I think the Red Sox are building a great second or third place team for 2010!
I kind of like the talk about the Yankees pursuing Florida ace Josh Johnson. I’d prefer that to signing free agent John Lackey, even if we have to give up quality talent in return. I think Josh as part of the trio with CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett would be the perfect formula for a 28th world championship. Admittedly, it wouldn’t hurt to have Matt Holliday or Jason Bay in left field! J
Congrats to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer for their respective MVP awards. They were both the obvious choices and I see a trip to Cooperstown, NY for both players. Why does Derek Jeter always lose to the Twins? At least the Yankees, as a team, don’t share the same problem. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the Yankees won the World Series because of Jeter. He meant more to the team than Mauer would have. That doesn’t mean that I think Jeter should have beaten Mauer for MVP (I don’t), but for the Yankees, Jeter was the MVP.
Okay, when do the free signings start?…