Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:23 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 7:04 pm
As a huge Yankees fan for my entire life, I follow this team very closing and I'm not afraid to say I did not like a move (such as the signing of Alex Rodriguez after he opted out). This is MY outlook on the team this year.
Catcher: This is a very tricky position. After having Jorge Posada here for a long time, we now have Russell Martin and Jesus Montero (or maybe Molina from what I've heard). Martin can be a good catcher when healthy an is an obvious upgrade defensively. Montero I feel would be better as a DH or stay in the minors. Fransico Cervilli, who will be back in May will add stability to the back-up catcher role, as he has done a nice job in the past.
First Base: Mark Teixera will have a bounce back year average wise, which should slightly increase his RBI and Runs total too. He is also very durable so the Yankees are fine here.
Second Base: Robinson Cano. Nothing else to say. He is great defensively and he has become an huge offensive player. He could be a serious runner for the MVP this year.
Shortstop: Derek Jeter. The face of the franchise should have a bounce back year as he gets 3000+ hits. His defense will decline but he is still an important piece for this team.
Third Base: A-Rod. he will have another typical year with all the hoopla, but I expect a slight increase in HRs and RBIs according to his trends.
Outfield: This is a good group of OFs. They have Nick Swisher who has a good arm and a nice power bat. he will lose in average but he should still hit a respectable number. Brett Gardner is the Yankees speed guy and since he may hit leadoff more often, he has a chance to get over 60 steals. If he stays healthy, he may also hit around .300. Defensively, he fine. Now the question mark I have is Curtis Granderson. I do not think he is a good fit but that just me.
Reserves: This is a good bench, better in years past. The Yankees also have enough guys in the minor to bring up if they are not fine with the guys they have right now.
Starting Pitching: I beleive they made a mistake keeping the soft tossing Freddy Garcia in the rotation since teams like the Red Sox and Rangers will whack him around. I thought Bartolo Colon even with injuries and inning limit should have been the guy. Ivan Nova should surprise a lot of guys and so should A.J. Brunett. He had a good first half last year, before blowing up completely. C.C. sabathia is still the ace and Phil Hughes may struggle if he can't find some velocity. The Yankees have a lot of young guys in the minors that can pitch and I expect one or two of them to come up this season to get their licks in the majors.
Bullpen: The 8th/9th inning guys are not a problem. I did not like the spending on of Rafael Soriano but he is good insurance. Mariano Rivera is still the BEST CLOSER EVER, so he will maintain his part. Robertson and Chamberlain will be good 6th/7th inning guys and can eat up a couple innings if guys are taxed. I don't like Loogan or Marte as a lefty specialist but it is a good thing Robertson has great numbers vs lefties.
Prediction: They will finish 1st in the AL EAST. When it comes playoff time, they will go as far as their top 3 SPs take them. Now that I can't predict just yet.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 12:38 pm
Drowsy fans of the 28 other big league teams no longer have to feel alone.Someone in power also thinks these interminable Red Sox and Yankees games are taking too darned long. After sitting behind home plate for three hours and 46 minutes on Sunday night, the patience of umpire Cowboy Joe West finally boiled over in Thursday morning's editions of the Bergen Record. The veteran of 32 years labeled the turtle pace maintained by both clubs as "a disgrace to baseball" and said the players refuse to cooperate with the umpires when it comes to time-saving measures like staying in the batter's box and limiting trips to the mound.
From the Bergen Record:
"They're the two clubs that don't try to pick up the pace," said West, chief of the umpiring crew that worked the three-game series in Boston. He was the home plate umpire Sunday. "They're two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?
"It's pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play."
He says the umpires are committed to shortening the time of all games and that intention has come through during this Red Sox-Yankees series as several batters were denied requests for a time out. Did it work? Well, Wednesday's 10-inning affair clocked in at 3 hours, 21 minutes. Still not a neat and tidy affair, but much closer to a big league average that hovers around 2 hours and 50 minutes these days.
I'm willing to bet that the league office isn't happy over West publicly airing such strong comments. Red Sox and Yankees games are always going to take a little longer because both camps are big advocates of their batters taking pitches and working their way into deep counts. Their lineups are also loaded with sluggers and, hey, all those hits take time.
If Joe West has a problem working a little more than 4 hours to umpire the best rivalry in all of sports, then maybe he should get an 8hr job like everyone else and then we'll see how much he complains.
Posted on: February 10, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 1:05 pm
Has it ever occurred to you when watching a football game that the refs call roughing the passer for no reason? or they miss a call on the QB? Has it ever occurred to you when watching a hockey game, why there was no penalty on that hook/trip? or why there was a penalty? Has it ever occurred to you why there was no call on that strike 3 or why that runner was safe during a baseball game? Has it ever occurred to you while watching a basketball game why there was no travel call or why there was a foul? These days there are certain athletes which are considered the best by reputation and refs/umps tend to give them a edge in the calls. I call these players "The Pretty Boys".
MLB: I know many guys would disagree including every Cardinals fan out there but its got to be Albert Pujols. I could have easily gone with 2 Yankees in Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez or even Joe Mauer but he is MY choice. This guy has the potential to be the greatest first basemen by the time he retires and deservingly so. He excels both offensively and defensively. Umpires during games almost become fans of him whe it comes to those borderline pitchers are those close plays at first. For the majority of the time, the call goes his way. He doesn't strike out often as he has a "fear factor" but when he does it is hardly because he struck out looking.
NBA: This title will also go to the King of the NBA in Lebron James. Again almost everyone will disagree including every Cavaliers fan out there but he does get his way. He has gotten away with more travels than I can recall. He drives to the hope with such strength and beauty than any contact made in there is almost called a foul which results in a 3-point play. He did one technical this year but that can from ranting about not getting a call. He normally gets his way and since I am a Knicks fan (sadly right now), I hope he comes to the Big Apple.
NHL: I don't know if he is the king of the NHL but its Sidney Crosby. I will have the entire Penguins team on my trail now since I am a Rangers fan and I am picking on their best player. He will get away with penalties and he will force non-penalties. Its almost as if the refs try to protect him too much. I could have gone with Alex Ovechkin but Ovi fights his battles and he is a much more physical player than Crosby. I rarely see Crosby checking a player hard into the boards or dropping the gloves.
NFL: Again I will attract plenty of haters since I am a Jets fan and I am attacking the Patriots but I'm saying Tom Brady. Ever since that knee injury, he is being treated like a king back there. Any contact late by a split second is being called as a roughing the passer. Any hit which can be considered slightly low is being called. When he complains about a pass interference call, he gets it. Now there might be people saying its Peyton Manning but it can't be him since he hardly gets hit!
So there you have it. The 4 big "Pretty Boys" in Albert Pujols, Lebron James, Sidney Crosby and Tom Brady. This isn't anything against how they play on the field since these are 4 great players in their sports. This has nothing to do with how they perform off the field, this is just my personal opinion.