Results tagged ‘ Kevin Towers ’

Mr Rightfielder, are you out there?…

Why not dream big?…

Admittedly, I keep hoping the Yankees announce the acquisition of a proven slugger for right field, but the realist in me knows that the Yankees are truly serious about getting salaries beneath $189 million by next year.

I’ve also come to realize that whenever the Yankees are publicly attached to a certain player through rumors or expressed interest, those deals rarely come to fruition.  Such was the case with Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse who was subsequently dealt to the Seattle Mariners.  I thought Morse would have been a good replacement for the departed Nick Swisher, but the Yankees obviously felt the cost in terms of prospects was too much.  Of the remaining options, there’s always the chance that GM Brian Cashman can parlay his good relationship with Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers into a deal for outfielder Justin Upton.  I am really not enamored with other possibilities like Vernon Wells.

I guess I am still waiting for that next Paul O’Neill type of deal to bring a fixture to right for years to come…

What if Boston’s acquisition of A-Rod had come true so many years ago…

Before I write these next words, please know that I am not a fan of Alex Rodriguez.  Therefore, my words about him will always be jaded.  My personal opinion is that A-Rod was as immersed into PED’s as the newly admitted doper Lance Armstrong.  I look forward to the day when A-Rod no longer wears the pinstripes.  When the reports about A-Rod’s ailing hip came to light, there were comments by his doctor that it was directly attributable to his poor play late last season.  But today, the news headline is that the cartilage damage was “less than expected”.  So, of course, my immediate thought was maybe the hip had nothing to do with A-Rod’s performance…he just tanked it as he always does in pressure situations.  The man who lives for his own personal stats is not a friend of mine and certainly not someone I want on my team.

Yogi Berra’s heir-apparent…

I am very pleased to see Jorge Posada accepting an invitation to spring training as a guest instructor.  There’s no doubt his exit from the Yankees could have been handled much better, but it is time to make amends and to embrace Jorge as a Yankees Legend.  Without question, the uncertainty of the 2013 starting catcher is a great opportunity for Jorge to mentor the right candidate for the job.  I think the starter will be Francisco Cervelli or Cervelli in a platoon with another catcher.  As much as I like Austin Romine, it’s just not quite his time yet.  Welcome back to the fold, Jorge!  Hip-hip, Jorge!

Andy, just say “no”…

I know that Andy Pettitte has not committed to the WBC or Team USA yet, but I really hope that it does not happen.  I am not convinced that the Yankees can get an entire season out of Pettitte who missed part of last year due to injury.  I do feel that 2013 most likely will be Andy’s last season so I hope that we can get the best possible Andy for his swan song.

I guess Jenny Craig does work…

After seeing all those photos of “fat” Derek a month or so ago, it’s clear from current photos that he’s in pristine condition and ready to take the field.  Derek has never been my favorite player (sorry, but Mariano Rivera has held that position since 1996), but he’s a future Hall of Famer and his number will be between Billy Martin and Babe Ruth in Monument Park after his playing days are over.  Derek has impressed me with many things over the years but his renaissance after talk he was declining shows how truly special the player is.  I have trust in DJ to know that when his time comes, he will walk away.  He will never be a burden to the Yankees roster…unlike his teammate to his right.

Youk!…

Back to A-Rod, I really hope that Kevin Youkilis holds third base for the entire season…

My favorite manager is…

I can’t help but think the stars are aligning perfectly for Don Mattingly to return to the Yankees as manager.  I do like Joe Girardi and I’d be in favor of an extension, but the Yankees’ sudden budget conservatism places the Yankees in a potential “letdown” season.  If the team loses, can Girardi hold his job?  Meanwhile, baseball’s new salary leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers, have soared expectations to unimagined heights.  So, if the Dodgers underachieve, is Mattingly a potential fatality?  Mattingly has become a good manager so if the circumstances yield a result with Girardi unemployed and Donnie Baseball available, is #23 the next manager of the Yankees?  It could certainly happen.  As a huge Donnie Baseball fan, I’d like to see this outcome.  Sorry Joe…

Spring training is getting closer and closer.  I am ready…

–Scott

Why waste the paper for the signing?…

 

No Hablo Red Sox…

I know that it was a “no-risk, why-not-take-shot minor league with a major league camp invitation” signing but something just struck me wrong with the addition of former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen.  Over the past few years, I have admittedly built up some respect for the good Red Sox players.  I’d count Red Sox ace Jon Lester as one of my favorite pitchers, and I appreciate players like Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.  I think Adrian Gonzalez is one of the premier sluggers in baseball and all things considered, the Red Sox got the better end of the deal when they lost out on Mark Teixeira to the Yanks and had to “settle” for Gonzalez in a trade with the San Diego Padres.  There are those Sox players that I dislike but know they are ‘gamers’ like Josh Beckett, but conversely, there are those guys that I just thought were bad baseball players.  I’d put Delcarmen in the latter category.

Delcarmen is the bullpen answer to A.J. Burnett.  In other words, the guy most likely to implode.  The Red Sox proved they held a similar opinion when they dumped Delcarmen on the Colorado Rockies in 2010.  Delcarmen failed to stick in the Mile High City, and bounced in the minor leagues last season with the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, accumulating a less than inspiring 5.59 ERA.  Odds are that he’ll never see the light of day at Yankee Stadium, but I think my tolerance quota for ex-Red Sox players in Yankees camp has been exceeded with Hideki Okajima, Delcarmen, and the possible signing of former Sox infielder Bill Hall.  I guess the Yankees brass wants to counteract the strong performance that Alfredo Aceves gave the Sox last year after being cut by the Yankees with a rejuvenated former Sox player in pinstripes.  If this was the objective (I know it wasn’t), then the Yankees should have signed DH David Ortiz before he accepted arbitration with the Sox.

Good luck to Delcarmen, but I still hope that he finds success elsewhere.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Hendry…

I was surprised to hear that the Yankees had signed former Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry as a special assignment scout.  For one, the Yankees have a stable of up-and-comers in Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer.  Eppler almost landed the GM job with the Los Angeles Angels before Jerry DiPoto was hired so he’s certainly a sought-after commodity.  I saw today that the Yankees added the title of Senior Vice President to Assistant GM Jean Afterman, while naming Eppler as an assistant GM.  I know that Afterman doesn’t have the authority of Brian Cashman but it’s weird that they are both SVP’s.  All things considered, Cash should be in line for a promotion to Executive Vice President since he is clearly above the other SVP’s.

Admittedly, I am leery about bringing in strong GM types like Hendry.  Sure, he has a wealth of knowledge, but this position allows him to learn the inner-workings of the Yankees organization.  I am sure that Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers used his brief time with the Yankees to identify pitcher Ian Kennedy as a trade target.  I realize that Kennedy brought Curtis Granderson to New York, but had the Yankees been able to include a different pitcher with qualifications below Dellin Betances or Manny Banuelos in the trade, how good would Kennedy have looked at the back end of the rotation instead of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon?

Snow:  To be or not to be…

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is February and the month that players report to training camp.  My first winter in Minnesota has been so incredibly mild.  I think there have only been two days of challenging driving conditions but even on those days, I still managed to travel without too many obstacles.  Of course, we could be engulfed in a blizzard while Robinson Cano is punching one over the Steinbrenner Field wall, but I am definitely excited for the return of the primary major sport.  No offense to the New England Patriots or the New York Giants, but pro football ranks second to America’s favorite pastime (in my opinion).  I’ll be more excited to see CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda standing side-by-side in camp than watching QB Tom Brady tell me via TV that he’s headed for Disney World.

Let it snow in Minnesota and let those Michael Pineda fastballs start popping Russell Martin’s mitt.  Life is good.  Now, about that DH position for the Yankees…

–Scott

 

Cano Singles A-Rod Home for the Winning Run!…

 

Is Robby Cano ready for the spotlight?…

 

 

 

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There has been much talk in recent days about Manager Joe Girardi’s expressed belief that Robinson Cano may be ready to move up to fifth in the batting order behind Alex Rodriguez.  I agree with those who feel that 2010 will be a breakout season for Cano.  So, I am in favor of the move.  I do feel that Curtis Granderson will see marked improvement against lefties thanks to the tutelage of batting coach Kevin Long, however, it is now time for Cano to shine.  I think Robby will prosper in the middle of the order, and A-Rod, Tex and others will be very appreciative…

 

 

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Well, it appears that Alfredo Aceves has become the frontrunner for the back end of the starting rotation.  I like Aceves and there is no question that he’s pitched marvelously this spring.  He would be fine as the #5 starter, however, I still think the Yankees should give the job to Phil Hughes.  If Hughes fails during the season, then switch to Aceves.  Nothing against Ace, but I feel that Hughes has ‘front of the rotation’ stuff.  He might not be the ace, but he can certainly be a solid #2 or #3 if he realizes his potential.  Regardless of how this plays out, it appears that Joba Chamberlain is headed back to the pen and I think that’s a huge plus for the Yankees.  As Julia Roberts would say, “HUGE!”…

 

 


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The Yankees have experimented a couple of times with Curtis Granderson in left, and Brett Gardner in center.  Assuming that Gardner can hit well enough to hold the position, that’s the alignment I like most (with Nick Swisher in right).  But if Gardner fails, the next best thing would be Randy Winn in left, Grandy in center, and Swish in right.  I like Gardner’s speed and how disruptive he can be on base, so hopefully, his bat catches up with the rest of his game this year.

 

 

 

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It has been rumored for weeks but it was good to see Kevin Towers join the Evil Empire as a special assignment scout.  I held Towers in high regard when he was GM of the San Diego Padres.  There is no doubt he’ll get another GM opportunity but until then, the Yankees can leverage his talent, knowledge and expertise.  It’s a win-win situation for both sides.  Welcome to New York, Kevin!  We’re glad to have you on our side!

 

 

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My friend Julia alerted me to a sad story.  Good for her; bad for me.  I have always had much respect for Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.  There was nothing like hearing his rendition of ‘God Bless America’ at Yankee Stadium.  Dismissed by the Yankees in the post-season after he allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks, Ronan relocated to Boston earlier this month.  At a gathering of Boston politicians on Sunday, Tynan pulled on a Red Sox jersey.  I was dismayed at the news but I do hope that Ronan finds happiness and respect in Beantown.  He’ll be missed…

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Julia, it seems that our first wager might involve a book assignment.  If I were to lose…which of course won’t happen…I would have to read a Red Sox-themed book chosen by Julia.  After reading the book within a preset time period, I would have to devote a blog to writing a review of the book.  We’ll work out the details in the coming weeks but it should be a fun year in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.  Well, at least until the Tampa Bay Rays kick both of our teams’ “arses”!  ;)

 

 

 

I was a bit disappointed when LaDainian Tomlinson spurned the Minnesota Vikings to sign with the New York Jets.  However, how can I argue with LT’s logic when he says that he wants to live and win in New York City.  That sounds like a terrific combination to me!

 

 

Jets bet on future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, signing aging star to two-year deal.

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I went to see the Ides of March taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, CA.  It was a fun experience.  I went to see The Late Show with David Letterman last May, and I’d have to say that The Tonight Show feels less like a cattle call than The Late Show.  Also, Jay is much more personable than Dave, and more willing to laugh at himself.  The Tonight Show set is also more intimate than The Ed Sullivan Theater.  The wait was long (three hours) but it was worth it.  The guests were Terry Bradshaw (so energetic and entertaining, as usual); Kara DioGuardi (much more beautiful and engaging than she appears to be on American Idol); and Ziggy Marley (he does his father proud!).  The only thing that would be better?  Why a repeat Yankees World Championship, of course!

 

 

Alex Rodriguez Mark Teixeira Yankees World Series Game 6

 

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