Thursday, June 28, 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wrong Guy

In 2003, the Florida Marlins defeated the Yankees in the World Series.
Their pitching staff included Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, Dontrelle Willis, and Carl Pavano.
Becket is with the Red Sox and leads the majors in wins (11).
Penny is with the Dodgers and is tied for the league lead in wins (10).
Dontrelle Willis is the current Marlins ace.

Guess who the Yankees signed?



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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 7:20 PM 1 Heckles

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Crazy Comment

I got this weird comment from some idiot the other day and I would like to enlighten you about it. I have already deleted the comment, but found this interesting.

As sports memorabilia collectors learn more about the god's system they realize what they are doing is wrong. As light is shed people realize none of this material has value, and the more people understand the less value it retains. Whether the gods tell people to keep the price high ARTIFICIALLY is a different issue::::There is less demand and therefore prices should naturally fall. People just need to defy when told to buy, a common tactic the gods employ in the marketplace.
These people who trade/sell after they understa
nd this issue hurt themselves. They incurr evil because they now know they are hurting others. This also applies to selling DVDs, CDs and software.

Let's break this down. Do sports collector's have time to learn about god's system? No, we are still studying the rules of a balk and the infield fly rule.

...none of this material has value.
Damn, I swore my Mickey Mantle baseball was worth at least something.

Whether the gods tell people to keep the price high...
So now it's worth something? Make up your mind.

There is less demand and therefore prices should naturally fall.
I think there is still a high demand for Mantle memorabilia, and since he is dead, the value of his items have naturally increased.

These people who trade/sell after they understand this issue hurt themselves.
Not if I can get a good deal...

This also applies to selling DVDs, CDs and software.
So buying is OK?

This person kept rambling on about a bunch or crap to even include tomatoes being the open doors for god's.
Besides, I'm not going to "hell". I have a free pass.


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Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Future of Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens has a tireless work ethic and a splitter that still gives big league hitters fits, but The Rocket apparently can also laugh at himself.

The 44-year-old right-hander reportedly got some of the biggest laughs in the Yankees' clubhouse out of a popular Internet clip this week, which depicts the future Hall of Famer seeking a contract in the year 2057.



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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 11:08 AM 2 Heckles

Friday, June 22, 2007

New Definition Added

The Bermuda Triangle

This the area on the field when three players, usually two outfielders and an infielder chase after a pop up.
The three fielders active in the play are representing the three points on a triangle.
The name Bermuda Triangle is from a nautical term defining a section in the Atlantic Ocean in which strange weather patterns have caused ships to mysterious disappear.
As is in baseball, when a ball enters the triangle, it can represent a challenge for fielders. Either the fielders can run into each other; the ball falls on the field safely; or one of the fielders catches the ball.

For more terminology, click on the "BronxBloggers for Dummies" book on the right sidebar.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 9:35 PM 2 Heckles

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Are You There Offense? It's Us, The Yankees

Dear Offense,

Please bless out bats in hopes of a win. We have been swept by the Colorado Rockies, whom ever they are, and only scored a total of four runs in a park which normally yields many more.
Please bless our feet, so we may run like the wind, steal bases (forgive us), and score runs.
Please bless our pitching, where ever they are.
Please bless our fielding, this we have been asking since April.

I ask of you, please bless our team, we need it; and if it isn't too much, curse the Red Sox again, we'll pay you.



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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 5:17 PM 1 Heckles

Statement from Commissioner Bud Selig

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees:

"Following certain statements reported in USA Today on May 18, I directed Jason Giambi to meet with members of my staff. Mr. Giambi did so and, in the opinion of my representatives, was fully cooperative and candid in explaining his personal involvement with performance-enhancing substances.

"Two weeks ago I asked Mr. Giambi to submit to an interview with Senator Mitchell and I am pleased that Mr. Giambi has agreed to do so. Mr. Giambi has informed me in a phone conversation that he is willing to discuss with Senator Mitchell his personal involvement with performance-enhancing substances. His willingness to do this is an important step forward in Senator Mitchell's continued efforts to provide me with a comprehensive report.

"Senator Mitchell has assured me that Mr. Giambi's interview will be scheduled promptly. Once the interview process has concluded, I will take Mr. Giambi's level of cooperation into account in determining appropriate further action. I will have no further comment until this procedure is completed. "


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 4:50 PM 0 Heckles

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Who is Don Zimmerman?

I have been getting a lot of hits with the key words "Don Zimmerman".
For all of you out there, the Yankees never had a player, coach, or manager named Don Zimmerman.
They did have a bench coach named Don Zimmer, who did get into altercation with former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during the 2003 ALCS.

Please make sure you type in your keys words properly, although I do appreciate the visits.


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Monday, June 18, 2007

Yankees - 2007 Far East Champs?

The Yankees' foray into the Far East has paid dividends, and it continued Monday.

The Yankees announced that they signed two players -- left-handed pitcher Kai Liu and catcher Zhenwang Zhang -- to Minor League contracts, with approval from the Chinese Baseball Association.

Along with team president Randy Levine and assistant general manager Jean Afterman, Cashman was part of a contingent that visited Beijing in January, announcing a working relationship with the Chinese Baseball Association that will attempt to grow the game overseas.

At the time, it was suggested that the effort might someday yield baseball's answer to basketball superstar Yao Ming. The Yankees agreed to allow Chinese teams and officials to use their training facilities in New York and at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., while swapping coaches and trainers to help the CBA's burgeoning program.

Liu, 19, began playing baseball in 2000 for the Guangdong Province team. In addition to his playing career in the six-team Chinese Baseball League with the Guangdong Leopards, he was chosen to participate as a member of the People's Republic of China National Team.

Zhang, 19, began his playing career in 1998 in the Municipality of Tianjin. He helped lead his team, the Tianjin Lions, to the CBL championship series in three of the past five seasons (2002, 2005 and 2006) and was selected to represent his country as a member of the PRC National Team. Zhang also participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Both players will be introduced at a formal press conference at Yankee Stadium on July 6. Following their introduction, the players will report to the Yankees' player development complex in Tampa.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Crazy Eight's

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Mike Mussina pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, surrendering six hits and two runs, as the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.The 38-year-old right-hander struck out seven and didn't walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 5.17 on the season.
Livan Hernandez (5-4) gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in four innings, taking the loss after he surrendered five walks and struck out just one in a 93-pitch effort.

Arizona designated hitter Conor Jackson homered with two outs in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 7-2.

In the third, Bobby Abreu extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games with a two-out single off Hernandez. After Abreu swiped second, Alex Rodriguez singled him home through the hole on the left side. It was Abreu's 1,000th run scored in his career.

In the fourth inning, Jorge Posada walked to bring Hideki Matsui to the plate with two on and two outs, and Matsui belted a three-run homer into the right-field stands.

In the third, with Abreu on board and one out, Rodriguez came to the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left field for his Major League-leading 25th homer of the season, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead that they did not relinquish.

Posada tied the game at 1 on Hernandez's first pitch of the second inning, launching a home run into right field. With the homer -- Posada's eighth this season and 206th of his career -- the 35-year-old catcher passed Dave Winfield for soul possession of ninth place on the Yankees' all-time homer list.

Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds led off the second inning with a double over Matsui's head. Reynolds scooted to third on a ground-ball out, and then scored on center fielder Chris Young's sacrifice fly, giving the Diamondbacks a brief 1-0 advantage.


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Thursday, June 07, 2007

2007 Draft Rounds 1-5

Round 1
#30 Andrew Brackman, RHP
North Carolina St University

The concern with Brackman heading into his first full season as a baseball player only was how durable he would be. The former basketball standout had never spent an entire college season as a starting pitcher and he ended up being shut down with a tired arm late in the year. Still, the pure stuff, including a 97-mph fastball when he's 100 percent, intrigues many scouts and despite the inconsistent year, he's still in the first-round fray as more of a college project than an advanced arm.

Round 2
#94 Austin Romine, C
El Toro High School
Romine hasn't always played scout league ball, limiting how often he's been seen outside of the regular season. Though he's been tough to evaluate in the past because of an ever-changing offensive approach, he's settled in and has shown good hitting potential to go along with a strong throwing arm. The only question is if Kevin's son will go pro or follow his brother's path and head to ASU.

Round 3
#124 Ryan Pope, RHP
Savannah Collage of Art & Design

Round 4
#154 Bradley Suttle, 3B
University of Texas
Playing for a major program, Suttle certainly got plenty of looks this year. He can do some nice things with the bat, but doesn't project much power and doesn't run well. Defensively, he's OK at best. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he does have the leverage of coming back for his junior year at Texas. Right now, though, he looks more like a backup or platoon-type player.

Round 5
#184 Adam Olbrychowski, RHP
Pepperdine University


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 9:53 PM 2 Heckles

Monday, June 04, 2007

Clete Boyer Feb 9, 1937 - June 4, 2007


Clete Boyer, a standout third baseman and key component of five New York Yankees World Series clubs, died Monday after suffering a massive stroke in Atlanta, Ga. He was 70.

Regarded as a stellar defensive third baseman, Boyer's 16-year Major League career perhaps received its greatest accolades from his outstanding play in the 1961 World Series against the Reds.

In the first game of the Fall Classic, Boyer contributed to the Yankees' efforts with two stunning plays, throwing out Gene Freese from his knees on a backhanded stop and diving to his left on a ball hit by Dick Gernert.

"I think to when we played Cincinnati, and he made those great plays at third base," former Yankees teammate Moose Skowron said. "He took a couple of balls from his knees, I remember that. He was a [heck] of a gloveman."

Boyer became the Yankees' starting third baseman in 1960 and held the job through the '66 season, when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for prospect Bill Robinson.

While many regarded Boyer as one of the game's top defensive third basemen during his era, Boyer often did not receive the accolades offered to his contemporary, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

Still, in years past, teammates and opponents have insisted that Boyer was every bit the defender Robinson was, helping save pitching staffs countless runs with his stellar play.

"He was a real good player," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who was a teammate of Boyer's in 1970 and '71 with the Atlanta Braves. "He was up during the Brooksie era and didn't get as much attention because of Brooksie, but he could play third base -- great arm."

Boyer could also be a presence at the plate. In 1,725 Major League games with the Kansas City Athletics (1956-57), Yankees (1960-67) and Braves (1968-71), Boyer batted .242 and never hit higher than .272 in a single season, but he clubbed 162 career home runs, including a career high of 26 in 1967 for the Braves.

"He hit a lot of home runs in Atlanta when we were teammates," Torre said. "Plus, he was a little goofy. It certainly helps you play the game."

After his retirement, Boyer remained around the game. He was a frequent visitor to the annual Old Timers Days at Yankee Stadium and also attended the Yankees' Spring Training as a guest instructor -- a role that Skowron said Boyer was helping to fill even when he was still wearing a big-league uniform.

"He helped out a lot of third basemen who'd join the Yankees in Spring Training," Skowron said. "He'd work out with them. He gave 100 percent, and that's all you can ask."

Born in Cassville, Mo., two of Boyer's brothers -- Ken, a St. Louis Cardinals star, and Cloyd, a pitcher for St. Louis in the early 1950s -- reached the Major Leagues. Boyer, who was not married, is survived by six children.


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Two Innings of Grit

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The Yankees showed they can fight.
After watching a 4-1 lead turn into a 5-4 Sox lead, they Yankees wound down to two innings, the two toughest innings they will face all season.
The Red Sox turned to Hideki Okajima who has shut down the Yankees since his arrival gave up a single to Hideki Matsui and a big RBI triple to Robinson Cano.

Game is tied 5-5 entering the ninth, and come enter Jon Papelbon, another pitcher who has mastered the Yankees line up.
Derek Jeter grounded out to Papelbon for the first out and Bobby Abreu struck out for the second out.
Two outs, game tied, series on the line; perfect timing for Alex Rodriguez. With the humiliation he suffered through out the weekend of the mystery blond, the "I got it" play, and him being a Yankee, it was time to end the talking.

A-Rod takes Papelbon deep to right field for the go ahead home run into the Boston bullpen giving the Yankees the 6-5 lead in which Mariano Rivera will capitalize on.
Mariano Rivera came in the ninth to face the beast of the Sox line up featuring David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis.
Rivera battled Ortiz in an eleven pitch epic that Ortiz lost to a deep fly out to right.
Manny jumped out ahead of Rivera 2-0, however, three strikes later, Manny sat right back down.
The second pitch slipped away from Rivera and hit Kevin Youkilis on the arm.
It all came down to Mike Lowell, the Red Sox leader in hits, home runs, and runs batted in, tying run on first, Lowell, the potential winning run.
Rivera quickly ran the count to two strikes and no balls; Lowell responded back evening the count at 2-2.
The fifth pitch ran foul and the entire stadium was on their feet looking for a last pitch comeback.
Rivera said no thank and struck out Lowell on a foul tip giving him his fifth save and the Yankees the series two games to one.


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Sunday, June 03, 2007

If You Were Manager...

Last week I submitted a question to Yahoo Answers to see what you would do if you were to be the Yankees manager. After a few days of accepting answers, we have reached a winner.

If I were put "in charge" and Torre were already gone (with no hope of being re-hired) I presume I would be replacing GM Brian Cashman. I would immediately place Gene Michael "Stick" as the interem manager. I would sit down Bobby Abreu and start Melky Cabrera in right field, next would be to send Phelps and Nieves to triple A and bring up Eric Duncan and Ben Davis to take their places. I would bring in Paul O'neil as hitting coach. Batting Posada 3rd in the lineup with AROD cleanup and Matsui to protect him. My starting rotation would be Clemens, Wang, Pettitte, Hughes, Mussina. Send down Proctor, Vizcaino, and Farnsworth, and put Igawa, Bruney and Clippard in the bullpen. Giambi would need to start more games at first while working Abreu into the lineup as DH to get his confidence back. Do I have the option of activating Joe Girardi as backup catcher? He is currently a YES employee. Every day starters would be Jeter at SS, Matsui LF, AROD 3rd, Cabrera RF, Damon CF, Cano 2nd, Posada C, Giambi 1st.
1 Damon
2 Jeter
3 Posada
5 Matsui
6 Giambi
7 Cano
8 Cabrera
9 Abreu

And Mariano Rivera would close in save situations.



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