Tag:Yankees
Posted on: July 5, 2010 3:29 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Bench player Bloomquist attracting attention

Willie Bloomquist It's not often you hear of teams in demand for a backup player, but that's happened quite often so far in 2010.

The Red Sox, Phillies, Tigers, Yankees, among other teams, need backup infield help which is like music to the ears of a team such as the Royals, who have Willie Bloomquist as a viable backup.

Bloomquist has a leg up over other versatile backup infielders such as Ty Wigginton by virtue of the fact he's simply not as good as Wigginton. That's not to say Bloomquist is terrible -- he can play multiple positions adequately. His bat won't nab him any Silver Sluggers, but it's adequate enough for someone in his position. The case for Bloomquist is also bolstered by his speed. He stole 25 bases in 2009 over 486 plate appearances.

Despite the .243/.288/.392 line on the season, he's hitting .368 in the past six weeks with 38 at-bats to his name.

"I’m not advocating Willie going anywhere," manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star , finding Bloomquist too valuable. "I can’t tell you how valuable he is. He’s at the top of his position. I can’t think of another super-utility player who is as good as Willie outside of maybe Jamey Carroll [of the Dodgers].

"[Bloomquist] gives you a great at-bat," Yost continued. "You can pinch-run him. You can double-switch him. Once you get him in the game, you can move him around. There’s just so much you can do with a player like Willie."

Bloomquist is also very affordable as he would cost just $850,000 if acquired. It works both ways, however, as Kansas City wouldn't be desperate to deal the utility infielder for financial reasons. One thing that may push KC into swapping him is the fact he is a free agent after the year and won't bring back any draft-pick compensation.

"It’s kind of fun to hear you name [in trade rumors] once in a while," Bloomquist said of all the speculation. "It shows that people still know who you are. If there’s some interest in you, that’s not a bad thing. That means people like you, and you’re doing something right."

That's certainly true, if contending clubs with World Series aspirations are casting an eye towards Bloomquist.

One team to watch out for is the Red Sox. In years past, Boston has not had a true utilityman but has found Bill Hall working wonders for the squad this year. Manager Terry Francona has fallen in love with the flexibility Hall offers. With all the injuries suffered in Beantown, adding a second utilityman would free up a lot of pressure to bring up a specific player who can play a specific position. Even if Bloomquist doesn't end up in Boston, they figure to give him a call once free agency starts.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Tynan sings 'God Bless America' at Fenway Park

Ronan Tynan Ronan Tynan, the famed Irish tenor who was a staple of Yankee Stadium seventh-inning stretches, just switched allegiances and sang God Bless America at Fenway Park to commemorate Independence Day.

Tynan moved from New York to Boston in March "for a change," as he told friends. In a previous report by this author on NESN.com ,Tynan's igonimous exile from Yankee Stadium was covered. He allegedly made a remark that was construed as anti-Semitic and despite trying to explain the situation and a public apology, Tynan has not been welcome back in Yankee Stadium and has received threatening letters.

The former medal winner in the Paralympics, Tynan emigrated to the United States in 1998 to pursue a career as an Irish tenor. He has sang at countless ceremonies and services. Now he can add Fenway Park to that list.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Red Sox, Yankees
 
Posted on: July 2, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Yankees opt to keep, promote Mosely

The Yankees on Friday promoted right-hander Dustin Moseley to the major-league club, beating a deadline in his contract that would have made him a free agent otherwise.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he had gotten some calls about Moseley (4-4, 4.21 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) but decided to keep him and have him pitch long relief for the Yankees.

To make room on the roster, the Yankees optioned out left-hander Boone Logan.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:25 pm
 

Teams lining up for Haren

Dan Haren While Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee are the marquee starting pitchers thought to be available at the deadline, it looks like plenty of teams are turning their attention toward the Diamondbacks' Dan Haren.

Various reports have listed the Yankees, Twins, Phillies, Nationals, Angels and Tigers as having interest in Haren, and Haren told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week that "I'd like to play [in St. Louis] again."

Why all the attention for a guy with a 4.56 ERA and $29 million left on his contract for the next two years? For one thing, this season looks like an anomaly. Haren has given up a ton of hits this season, leading the National League at 131, but his high BABIP of .345 indicates he's having some bad luck with balls finding holes.

Haren is fifth among all active pitchers in fewest walks and hits per inning (WHIP) in his career, he's won a minimum of 14 games each of the past five years, and he's a workhorse -- 33 or more starts and at least 216 innings for five straight seasons.

Haren is pitching better lately, and his June ERA was 3.19 in six starts. He also figures to benefit from getting out of Arizona and off the worst pitching staff in baseball.

If Haren, 29, settles back into the consistency he's always shown, he'd be a nice pickup despite his contract. Oswalt is due at least $18 million for 2011 (including a $2 million buyout of a club option for 2012), and after this season Lee is going to get a contract that makes Haren's look like pocket change. 

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:36 am
 

Controversial ump to return to Yankee Stadium

Joe West There's nothing more forgiving or welcoming than a New York crowd. Or not.

Expect a reaction when the umpires are announced before Tuesday's Yankees-Mariners game at Yankee Stadium, as controversial umpire Joe West will work the game, the New York Post reports .

In April, West called the Yankees and Red Sox "a disgrace to baseball" after the opening series of the season between the two teams.

West told the Record : "They're the two clubs that don't try to pick up the pace. 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."

West has found himself exactly where he seems to want to be this season -- in the spotlight. West has a publicist who peppers anyone with a big-league credential with press releases for his country music releases and is always promoting interview opportunities for the umpire.

Umpiring, at its best, is an anonymous profession, but West has been anything but, especially in 2010.

Not only did he make the remarks about the Yankees and Red Sox, he also got into a spat with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen after calling two balks on Mark Buehrle last month.

Following that incident, Guillen had quite a few things to say about West. Here's the best of them from the Chicago Sun-Times :

"Sometimes he thinks [expletive] people pay to watch him [expletive] umpire."

"He's a [expletive] [expletive], that's what he is."

"I deserve respect and the players here deserve respect, too. When you tell the manager to 'get the [expletive] off the field,' I don't think that's a good way to handle situations. No matter what you say, what you do, how long you talk here, Major League Baseball doesn't do [expletive] for anything."

"He think he's the [expletive] on the field. People pay to watch [expletive] players play, not to see umpires and managers. I don't see any people say, 'I'm going to see Ozzie Guillen manage or Joe West [expletive] umpire.'"

About the same incident, Buehrle said, "I think he's too worried about promoting his CD and I think he likes seeing his name in the papers a little too much instead of worrying about the rules."

All three -- including West -- were fined for the incident.

This month, West raised eyebrows when he reversed a call at third base in a Reds-Nationals game all the way from first base -- even though the reversal was the right call, it seemed odd.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 9:07 pm
 

Padilla: 'I'm not the bad guy'

It's kind of a double-edged sword for a pitcher to use "I have lousy control" as a defense, but it works for Vicente Padilla.

The Dodgers pitcher downplayed an incident Friday night in which Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia might or might not have plunked Padilla on purpose in retaliation for Padilla hitting Robinson Cano with a pitch. For his part, Padilla said he was innocent.

"I'm not the bad guy in this movie," Padilla told MLB.com on Saturday.

The stats support Padilla. He is sixth among active players in hit batters with 103, and in considerably fewer innings than anyone else in the top 10.

Padilla hit Cano in the backside in the fourth inning, and when he came to bat in the fifth Sabathia hit him in the leg with the first pitch. Warnings were issued to both teams by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. Padilla and Sabathia, who had never before faced each other, exchanged tough-guy stares as Padilla walked to first base.

"If it makes him happy to hit me," said Padilla, "that's OK."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: June 26, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Picture A-Rod in Dodger blue

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is in Los Angeles this weekend, busy not saying hello to former manager Joe Torre. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times points out that Rodriguez could very easily have been a Dodger.

When A-Rod was drafted in 1993, baseball used a system (since scrapped) in which the American League and National League alternated who had the first overall pick each year. In odd-numbered years, it was the AL, so the Mariners got to pick first. Had it been the NL's year, the Dodgers would have had it. Instead they got Wichita State pitcher Darren Dreifort with the second pick.

The Dodgers nearly ended up getting Rodriguez at No. 2. Some in the Mariners camp, including manager Lou Piniella, wanted to pick Dreifort first.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Dodgers confused by ump's odd actions

Phil Cuzzi After their 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Friday night, the Dodgers were left talking not about CC Sabathia or Alex Rodriguez, but about the bizarre actions of home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi at the end of the game.

As recounted by the Los Angeles Times' Dodgers blog, James Loney's game-ending strikeout included two apparently bad calls -- the first strike was chest-high, well above the strike zone normally called these days, and the second was below the knees. Loney then was called out on a third strike, ending the game.

Instead of simply walking off the field, Cuzzi walked toward the Dodgers dugout beside Loney, and ejected Loney -- from a game that was already over -- when Loney said something he didn't like. Cuzzi then stopped near the Dodgers dugout, where several people were at this point yelling at him, and began pointing at several Dodgers.

"He had to throw a few other people out," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "The startled look that he gave us was surprising, 'How dare you question those calls.'

"I don’t complain to umpires, but I thought that was close to embarrassing making those types of calls."

It's unclear who was "ejected" from the (post)game, or what discipline or fines they might face for either the ejections or being openly critical of Cuzzi after the game.

"I don’t know what his deal is," Loney said of Cuzzi. "It looked like he was ready to leave or something.

"Why would you even eject somebody when the game is over? It pretty much makes no sense."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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