Showing posts with label New York Yankees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Yankees. Show all posts


Project "Lame"

There's a flashy new website out there on the information highway we call the internet(s) called Project A-13: "The Anti-Boos Movement."

Since you are a baseball-minded person, you may immediately think it's a site about A-Rod. Ding, ding, ding! It is devoted solely to wrapping New York's loving arms around their loyal third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.

A snippet...

Are you tired of being against him? Are you tired of expecting him to fail, and standing up to boo when he does so? Are you tired of not feeling good about having Alex Rodriguez play third base for your favorite team? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are ready. Welcome to The Movement.
Sweet. So go, New Yorkers. Go love you some A-Rod.

[Project A-13]


Carl Pavano is pumped up. Not only because he has been considered for the New York Yankees' Opening Day starter, but that he's actually pitching, at all.

Due to a variety of injuries, Pavano has made only 17 starts in the first two years of his four-year, $39.95 million contract with the Yankees. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June of 2005, forcing Bronx Bomber fans to question his desire and elasticity. In fact, they'd rather see anyone but Pavano pitch Opening Day, although he's had a good spring thus far.

With Chien-Ming Wang and Andy Pettitte both hurt last week, Pavano has the chance to make his glorious, long-awaited return on Opening Day. He is scheduled to make his final spring training start Tuesday against Minnesota, which sets him up for the Devil Rays game with an extra day of rest.

Teammate Jason Giambi knows what it's like to have to pick yourself up and dust off. "I hope he embraces it. This is a chance for him to stand up front and just show everyone the kind of pitcher he is. I'm excited for him, and I hope he's excited about it if he gets that opportunity. This is a big chance for him."
There's a sliver of a chance that Pettitte could pitch the opener, but he has been out for a week with back spasms, penciled in for a bullpen session Monday. He says he's feeling better, but manager Joe Torre doesn't expect him to pitch until Friday, leaving him not exactly enough time between starts to pitch the Opener.

Wang, who will the start the season on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, made 70 throws in the outfield - some from about 120 feet. Last year's 19-game winner is expected to be out until at least late April.

[] | [River Ave. Blues]


I know, I know. It's pronounced Wong.

New York Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang underwent treatment after feeling discomfort in his right hamstring during some light running Friday.

Wang, who was a possibility for the club's Opening Day starter, is expected to be sidelined at least a month with a pulled right hammy. He will be placed directly on the DL when the Yankees leave camp next weekend and will remain at the complex for rehabilitation.

Wang went 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 34 games - 33 starts - with the Yanks last season, tying Cy Young winner Johan Santana for the AL best in wins. His non-start? A successful save opportunity.

[New York Post]


What's It Gonna Be, A-Rod

The had the pleasure of reporting that the New York Yankees don’t intend to offer Alex Rodriguez a contract extension this season.

This leaves the popular third baseman with four seasons left in the record $252 million, 10-year deal he made with Texas before the 2001 season, but language in his contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent after this season. Yankees GM Brian Cashman says it's a right he's earned in his contract and that the decision is his alone to make.

Although he has the option of taking off the pinstripes, he may also stay for 2008 and have the right to opt out of the final two seasons if the club doesn’t up his salary to $64 million over the final two years.

Either way, A-Rod has a pretty big decision to make. So far, his big mouth hasn't gotten him anywhere with fans and the organization, but his bat may speak louder than his words this year.



A-Rod: "Why Can't You Love Me?!"

I know you all were picturing Derek Jeter just now, but think again. Alex Rodriguez is talking to the fans, this time.

A-Rod continues to claim that he will stay in New York with the Yankees, no matter what. It's where he's always wanted to play and where he wants to hang his cleats.

But, a loophole in his contract could allow him to choose free agency over a broken heart after this season.

In a WFAN radio interview on Tuesday, he threatened to use the option if fans did not embrace him. He says there were five or six teams this year dishing out the big bucks to lure him away from the Big Apple, but he chose to remain faithful, possibly in hopes that his middle-infield partner will take back his special friendship.

“It’s a do-or-die situation. Listen. At some point, either New York is going to say, ‘I’ve had enough of this guy, get him the hell out of here’ — and we have an option — or New York is going to say, ‘Hey, we won a World Championship, you had a big year, you’re a part of it, we want you back.’ ”

Rodriguez ignored Mad Dog's Jeter-related prodding, but when asked whether he had friends in the clubhouse, A-Rod laughed and said that he gets along "absolutely tremendously with everyone” and that maybe people pay a bit too much attention to his romantic entanglements up the middle personal life.

[New York Times]


Pavano's Missed Start

The New York Yankees' Carl Pavano claims he missed his scheduled spring training start last Friday, not because of his own injury, but to tend to a "severe medical situation" involving his girlfriend. Pavano didn't give the specifics, but says his ladyfriend is doing well.

The right-hander left Legends Field about 45 minutes before Friday's game after Joe Torre told him to. He came back on Saturday to throw a 45-pitch bullpen session in preparation for his Monday night start against the Boston Red Sox.

Pavano has made only one spring start since bruising his left instep on a line drive during batting practice. Twinkletoes hasn't actually pitched in the majors since June of 2005, due to rib, shoulder, back, elbow and butt injuries.

[Hartford Courant]


The Ever-Elusive Roger Clemens

In a possible attempt to be manipulative and controlling, Roger Clemens still has no idea where he's going to play this season. And by this season, I mean whenever the hell he wants to come back. Maybe May. Maybe June. Maybe Houston. Maybe New York.

He hugged Joe Torre, spoke with George Steinbrenner and cheered for Andy Pettitte on Wednesday night while watching the Yankees play Cincinnati with his son, Koby. The Rocket posed for pictures, signed autographs and worked an inning on the Yankees' telecast, dancing around the burning question of whether or not he'll be playing this season, of course.

"To totally be honest, I hear everybody. I understand. It's very flattering," he boasted, "There's days where I'm excited about it, maybe I should try it, and then three days later I'm thinking that there's no way. I don't know that I can put my body through that again... It's a huge commitment because as you get older, you want to continue to be able to stay injury-free and still you have a high expectation of playing," he said.

The 44-year-old hurler has been down-playing any talk of playing in the majors this season, but says, "give me a call in early May, I'll have another decision to make." Who else does that? Who else has the luxury of saying, "Oh, just call me in May. Maybe I'll pitch for you then."

Clemens did say that if he does end up playing, it would definitely be for either his hometown Astros, the Red Sox or the Yankees. The seven-time Cy Young winner returned to the Astros last year for half a season, going 7-6 with a 2.30 ERA in 19 starts. He pitched for the Yankees from 1999-2003, enjoying two World Series championships with them before spending the last three years in Houston with his good pal, Andy Pettitte, who now works for New York.

Clemens has been staying in shape - some say even better shape than last year - occasionally pitching BP for the Astros' minor leaguers, where Koby plays. After Yankees newcomer Doug Mientkiewicz was hit by a pitch, Clemens joked with his son: last year, Koby homered off Roger in batting practice and the next time up, Clemens buzzed his own son.
"Next time he hits a home run and looks at it, he is going to get some color on it. Like I tell everybody, Mufasa is not going to give up the kingdom to Simba, just yet."

Sweet Disney reference, Rocket.

[New York Times]


Thanks to Ian at for the heads up on this one - I've been far, far away from baseball news today, shoveling my way out of the house.

New York Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu is expected to miss at least two weeks after significantly straining his right oblique during batting practice on Monday.

To some, this may seem like fate is attempting to bring outfielder Bernie Williams back, but GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Torre claim that is not the case. "It's not an option we're looking at," Cashman said. "Bobby is coming back. The question is when."

The hope is that Abreu will be ready for Opening Day on April 2nd.

Torre said it was too early to announce his opening day starter, but here's the spring training lineup for this week: Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to start the opener on Thursday against Minnesota and Andy Pettitte will pitch Friday, with Mike Mussina going Saturday and Japanese lefty Kei Igawa scheduled for Monday.

[Sporting News]

Johnny Damon rejoined the Yankees at Legends Field on Monday after a two-day excused absence to tend to what he described as a personal matter.

The center fielder spent the weekend at home with his family in the Orlando area, but wouldn't discuss the specifics, because "the issue has been resolved... everything is great." He did let on that it did not involve his father or baby girl, who was born in January.

"Fortunately, a little personal matter that I had take to care of was in February and not in June or July or anytime during the season. I feel a lot better today than a couple days ago. Something was worrying me and I took care of it. It's a non-issue now," he eluded.

Seriously? What, are you in the mob now? Damon did receive permission to leave after talking with GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Torre following Friday's workout. He says that he feels like a stronger person because those two days were apparently key to keeping his mind clear. He says it's all about baseball now.

Carl Pavano Injury Update: The MRI exam and X-rays taken Sunday on the right-hander's injured left foot showed a bone bruise from being nailed by a liner during Saturday's batting practice. He says he feels a little stiff, but that it's nothing to worry about.



New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw live batting practice on Friday and reported absolutely no problems with his pitching arm. He threw 35 to the likes of Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Robinson Cano.

The Yanks are planning on limiting Rivera to just one-inning outings this season, in hopes of reducing any strain on his arm as the season progresses. Claiming to be near 100% health, Rivera has also been messing around with a changeup, which could be added to his arsenal this season.

Still no contract-extension talks with the talented righty. The club would prefer to wait until the season is over to officially bring anything up.

Source: Hartford Courant


Johnny Damon Has The IQ Of Toast

Red Sox Nation has more reasons to boo Judas Damon when he returns to Fenway this year.

Damon told MLB.com today that "he's always wanted to be a Yankee, even back when he played for the Royals."

Obviously, Daddy Steinbrenner would have understood his stripper-banging, clubhouse Jack Daniels swilling, lumberjack bead wearing ways. As Dan Shaugnessy once said, Johnny Damon has the depth of your average kiddie pool. As much as it may make your average Yankee fan die a little inside, Damon didn't sign with the Yankees because they are such an amazing organization, he went so he could continue to afford breast lifts for his "not a former stripper" wife. Come on, if Tampa Bay had offered him $20 million a year, he would have happily settled winning 5 or 6 games a season.

Damon also told MLB.com that his six-week-old daughter is already balancing and standing, and claims she will be walking by six months. I hope she ends up just as smart as her daddy.

Source: MLB

The Yankee Three-Ring Circus Continues

Derek Jeter responded today to comments that Alex Rodriguez made to the media yesterday, whining about how he and Jeter no longer have sleepovers.

I don't have a rift with Alex," the New York Yankees captain said today. "We go out there. We work together. This is our fourth year to be playing together."

This is just the latest addition to the Yankee player media masturbation fest that has taken place at spring training this year. Mike Mussina came out and was critical of Carl Pavano a while back, there's the ongoing Bernie Williams crying fest, Mariano Rivera taking his contract issues to the NYC back pages, and finally A-Rod crying because Derek doesn't like to spoon in the locker room anymore.

What's happening to the Yankees? When was the last time the Mets looked more respectable than the Yankees? I mean, nobody has come out and ripped on Carlos Beltran for his heavy bat.

Tim Hardaway does not approve.

Source: ESPN


Williams A No-Show At Yankees Camp

As Yankees position players took physicals on Monday, Bernie Williams was nowhere to be seen.

Catcher Jorge Posada and closer Mariano Rivera have called Williams several times but haven't been able to reach him.

The 38-year-old outfielder has been in the Yankees' organization since signing with them on his 17th birthday in 1985, coming up to the big league club in 1991. With the emergence of Melky Cabrera as the fourth outfielder, the move of Jason Giambi to designated hitter and the assumed platoon at first base, there's just no room for Bernie on the roster.

Joe Torre said Sunday that Williams' feelings were hurt since the Yankees didn't offer him a guaranteed spot on their roster at this time.

Williams would not accept the non-roster invite, which Brian Cashman says he didn't offer out of disrespect, "It's just the only way I can provide for all parties to get satisfied in where we are this time and place," says the Yankees GM.

In other very important team news, the Yankees have installed a new clock next to Mike Mussina's locker, since his stall is located in the corner of the clubhouse and he couldn't see the other clocks near the doors. Oh, to be a pampered star...



Yanks To Honor Lidle

The New York Yankees will honor former pitcher Cory Lidle by wearing black arm bands on the left sleeves of their uniforms, in his memory this season.

Lidle was acquired by the Yankees from the Phillies mid-season before dying in a Manhattan apartment building plane crash when he was just 34 years old.

The right-hander was signed in 1990 by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent and after his release in 1993, was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to the New York Mets in 1996. Due to his participation as a replacement player during the 1994 baseball strike, he was not eligible to join the MLB Players Union.

Lidle later appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies. His best season came in 2001 when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA for Athletics, helping them win the wild card spot.

In August 2002, Lidle gave up one run during the whole month, winning all five of his starts to lead the A's in their historic 20-game winning streak.

The Yankees have not assigned Lidle's #30 to any player during this spring training.

Source: Toronto Star


Mo Lays The Smack Down

Probably one of the classiest guys in baseball, and the only Yankee I don't violently hate, Mariano Rivera, has brought his contract issues to the backpages of New York tabloids.

The 37-year-old closer for the Bronx Bombers has gone on the record saying "If they don't give me the respect I deserve, I have to move on." Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he's only spoken with Rivera once this offseason, and there was no mention of Rivera's contract after 2007.

Rivera is arguably one of the best closers in baseball, and in a market that is dry with good bullpen help, Mo could probably get top dollar from another team if he is allowed to become a free agent.

Like from the Red Sox....

Source: ESPN


The New York Yankees will make another run at the American League East this year. Shocker.

The offseason this year has been fairly quiet for the Bronx Bombers. No blockbuster deals or major acquisitions. The most noise the Yanks have made involves sending The Big Ugly back to Arizona. As I always say, if you can sign a 43-year-old man with a bad back for a ridiculous amount of money, I say do it. Much to-do has been made over proverbially injured bench-warmer Carl Pavano in this offseason, with him claiming that he is able to win back the respect of his teammates after signing a massive contract back in late 2004, and then spending two full seasons with an assortment of hangnail and blemish-related injuries.

Starting pitching for the Bronx Bombers will be a question mark for them, with Chien-Ming Wang returning as the most productive and reliable member of the rotation. Andy Pettitte has made the return from Texas, but is quite old, and just spent a few years pitching in the NAAAtional League. We know what happens to pitchers who go from the NL to the AL (*cough*Matt Clement*cough*).

Mike Mussina is really hot, but injury-prone, up there in years, and quite inconsistent. Pavano will probably be in there somewhere. In keeping up with the trend to sign Asian guys during the offseason, the Yanks signed Kei Igawa to a 3 year, $20 million dollar deal. Mariano Rivera returns as closer. Duh.

The infield will be again anchored by Derek "Justin Timberlake steals all my women" Jeter, Alex "I might opt out" Rodriguez at shortstop and third respectively. Robinson Cano, who was nearly the AL Rookie of the Year last year, will start at second. And Doug "GIVE THE RED SOX FANS BACK THE FUCKING BALL" Mientkiewicz will be playing first base for the Yanks to allow Jason "Shrek/Balco" Giambi to become a full time DH. Miguel Cairo will be waiting around in case anyone hurts themselves, which is bound to happen.

The outfield may be the best in baseball with Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Bobby Abreau all making returns for the bombers; switch-hitting Melky Cabrera might have to wait around until someone is injured to play.

This could be the most dangerous hitting team in baseball. However, pitching may come back to bite them on their pinstriped asses. The starting rotation is mostly old and injury-prone and nobody knows what kind of shape the bullpen will be in until the season actually gets going. Kyle Farnsworth headlines the relief crew, with lefties Sean Henn and Mike Myers, right-handers Luis Vizcaino and Scott Proctor also returning.

If everyone stays healthy, it'll be the Sox and the Yanks again for the AL East.

Depth Chart


This was supposed to be a post for the ladies on John Smoltz' looming divorce. Somehow, it has turned into Bernie Williams possible divorce from the Yankees, which is just as juicy.

Williams, 38, apparently will not be attending spring training with the New York Yankees. He turned down their minor-league contract offer on Friday, saying he would continue to pump iron, hang out with his family and make beautiful music on his acoustic guitar wearing earth-tone sweaters and a smile, until the Yankees come to their senses and offer him a real contract.

With the club's plan to go with 12 pitchers, form a platoon at first base and move Jason Giambi to DH, there is no room on the 25-man roster for the aging outfielder.

He did well filling in last season when left fielder Hideki Matsui and right fielder Gary Sheffield were injured, batting .281 and driving in 61 runs with 12 homers.

Source: New York Post


The most overpaid player in the history of sports has embarked on a new career: Children's book author.

Alex Rodriguez penned "Out of the Ballpark," which hit your local Barnes and Noble yesterday. "Out of the Ballpark" is about a boy named Alex who's baseball team has made the playoffs. Alex ends up botching a key play during a game, and putting far more pressure on himself. Except he continues to play awful. This should ring a bell for fans of the Bronx Bums.

So now, grieving adult Yankee fans of the world, can tuck in their kids, and read them a story about how its OK to suck at your job, as long as you're making $25 million dollars a year.



The New York Yankees have reportedly offered former All-Star outfielder Bernie Williams a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Is Bernie seriously considering this? If he still wants to play baseball, he has many opportunities to go DH somewhere else, or at least become another club's fourth outfielder.

Plus, Bernie's agent is none-other-than Superagent Scott Boras. He made flame throwing gyroballer Daisuke Matsuzaka a zillionaire, so I'm sure he can find a home for Williams, stat. I thought that was the new big league trend, anyhow: pick up an aging free-agent, claim they're healthier than ever, then add them to your 25 or 40-man roster. Maybe even start them on Opening Day, just for old time's sake.

Then again, maybe he's too sad to go. Williams has been with the Yankees organization since 1991 and old habits die hard. There's always the retirement option, where Bernie could make sweet melodies with his acoustic guitar, finding purpose and pastel-colored serenity.

Sources: and Verve Music Group


The New York Yankees buffed their bench Friday, signing utility infielder Miguel Cairo to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Able to play any position on the diamond, Cairo batted .239 with 30 RBIs in 81 games with the Yankees last season. He will serve as the club's main backup to shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and second baseman Robinson Cano.

Cairo, 32, is a career .268 hitter with 27 homers and 280 RBIs while being bounced around for 11 seasons with the Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets.

Source: MLB