Monday, November 26, 2007

Yanks, Twins Talk of Santana

The Yankees and the Twins have started talking about bring Johan Santana to the Yankees in exchange for Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, and Phil Hughes.

If Brian Cashman agrees to this term, then he needs to get out of New York before I personally force him.
The Yankees have spent a great deal of time rebuilding a weak farm system and have produced three great pitching prospects that could spell the way for a future Yankees dynasty.

From this day forward, I AM AGAINST BRIAN CASHMAN!
Get him the f**k out of New York.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

No Surprise: A-Rod MVP

It came as no surprise that Alex Rodriguez won the 2007 American League Most Valuable Player award. This is his third award and his second (2004) since arriving in New York.

Rodriguez opened the season with stunning come from behind home runs and finished with 54 by season's end.
Rodriguez has already won the Clutch Player of the Year handed out in early November.

A-Rod lead the majors in almost every offensive category, including two triple crown categories.

Home runs: 54 (1)
Runs Batted In: 156 (1)
Average: .314 (T13)
Runs Scored: 143 (1)
Hits: 183 (15)
OBP: .422 (4)
SLG: .645 (1)
OPS: 1.067 (1)

Magglio Ordonez of the Detroit Tigers, finished second in the voting and received two first-place votes blocking a unanimous decision for A-Rod.

BronxBloggers extends their regards.


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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rivera Close to Re-Signing

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (3-4/3.15/30SV) is expected to agree to a deal that would bring the future Hall of Famer back to New York to finish his career.
Rivera has been holding out for a guaranteed fourth year, but with no other clubs interested in offering that, he may sign back with the Yankees for the previous offer of $45 million for three years, making him the highest paid closer in baseball.

Rivera owns the American League saves record with 443 and is third on the all-time list. His post-season excellence exceeds all pitchers with a playoff record 34 saves and a 0.77 ERA.

Originally a starting pitcher for the Yankees, he moved to the set-up role for John Wetteland in 1996 an became the full time closer by 1997.
Rivera is also the longest tenure Yankee who could pass it down to Derek Jeter in three years.



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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Alex Back In Stripes

Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees have agreed to a 10-year $275 million contract that should lock of the future Hall of Famer for the remainder of his career.
An added bonus will be put in the contract if A-Rod breaks the all-time home run record (which should rightfully be returned to Hank Aaron after today's federal indictments).

Alex Rodriguez was a #1 draft pick by the Seattle Mariners and with that team set a single season shortstop record and joined the 40-40 club.

The past three years, Alex has deeply rooted himself in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry from brawling with the Red Sox captain, to constantly hitting home runs of Curt Schilling.
He won the 2004 MVP award and is very likely to win the 2007 award announced Nov. 19.
Alex also hit career home runs 400 and 500 with the Yankees becoming the fastest player to reach both milestones.

I do have mixed feelings about A-Rod, one being a money hungry player (should I blame Scott Boras, his agent?), and another as welcoming the greatest player of our generation back to New York.

This past year, he joined a very elite club by leading the league in home runs, runs batted in, and runs scored joining Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and two others.

Now if only he could play baseball in October...

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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 8:46 PM 2 Heckles

IRS After Jeter?

I got this link from a friend and though I would share it with you.

New York Tax Officials: Yankees Star Derek Jeter Is No Floridian



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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

2007 Bloggers Choice Awards Results

With 150 votes, BronxBloggers place third in the annual Bloggers Choice Awards. Only a mere 62 behind the first place finisher.
In a competition with over 100 blogs nominated, I am proud to say that even though we are third best, we still drew enough votes to be in the top three in the world of sports.

As you can tell, I have been posting badges on each post asking you for your vote for the 2008 BCS Awards. We can get those 62 votes and win the gold next year, but only if you click on the badge below.
Sign up is free and every vote is one step closer to first.

Thanks to everyone who voted this past year, it meant a lot.



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Two Tidbits

Former manager Joe Torre placed third in the American League Manager of the Year voting finishing ahead of Red Sox manager Terry Francona.
Eric Wedge of the Cleveland Indians took home the first place prize.

Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees are talking to make a deal that would bring back the power hitter without the help of his agent, Scott Boras.
The possible deal would be a $275 million 10-year contract to basically secure A-Rod for the remainder of his career.
Rodriguez has expressed interest in rejoining the Yankees and has spoken directly with the Steinbrenner regime.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Posada Reportedly Signs With Yanks

***This is official***

Jorge Posada (.338/20/90) has reportedly re-signed with the Yankees franchise for a four-year $52.4 million. This is well deserved of some back pay in which the 36 year-old catcher is due from his success with the Yankees and coming of one of the greatest seasons all-time by a catcher.

Posada will be crucial in the development of the young pitching in helping with in-game situations, pressure, and overall confidence. If anything, Posada will be one of the most important players on the team and a mentor along with captain Derek Jeter.



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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Clemens Files For Free Agency

Roger Clemens (6-6/4.18/68) has filed for free agency. The 47 year old pitcher is second all-time with 4,672 strike outs and won 354 games in his 23-year career.

Roger, if your reading this, retire. Save your legacy and get in the Hall of Fame. You should have been in it already if you had stayed retired in 2001.

Look at your profile pic from, you need rest, take some vitamins and watch your son advance through the Astro's organization.


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Friday, November 09, 2007

Roger In Olympics?

Roger Clemens, barring Alzheimer's, may pitch for Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
After retiring in 2001 and 2006, Clemens is attempting to outdo the Energizer Bunny.
His return to the Yankees this year was subpar and missed two outings due to injury while sporting a 6-6 record and a 4+ ERA.
In his stint in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Clemens went 1-1.
If Clemens does pitch in the Olymics, he would not be eligible to pitch on a major league roster as it is against the rules for any player on the Olympic squad.


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Three Yankees Win Silver Sluggers

Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter have won this years Silver Slugger awards.
Jeter, along with Posada, was in the batting title race until Posada broke lose and went on to finish third.
Rodriguez won his ninth award tying him for third all-time trailing only Barry Bonds and Mike Piazza.
Posada won his fifth award, not surprisingly as he had a career year and arguably one of the best seasons all-time as a catcher.


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Cabrera Talks May End Fast

The Yankees and the Florida Marlins have been talking about the possibility of bring over third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera (.320/34/119) could bring in a potential bat with improved offense and is a lifetime .313 hitter, however, his fielding percentage is not something to be admired.
Cabrera, a four-time NL All-Star, committed a career high 32 errors while sporting a .941 fielding percentage.
Last year A-Rod committed 24 errors while having a fielding percentage of .937.

The Marlins are asking for a high price.
Not just any pitching, but the pitching the Yankees have been developing in the minors that made a huge impact on this years team.

In order for Cabrera to join the Yankees, the Yankees would have to give up one of the following: Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, or Ian Kennedy.

My thoughts exactly.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 5:00 PM 3 Heckles

Yet Another Management Reversal

We will not use Phil Hughes.
We will implement the Joba Rules.
We will fire Joe Torre.

Sounds familiar? Let's add another one to this list.

We will not pursue A-Rod if he opts out.

From Newsday:

"Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Newsday yesterday that the Yankees would offer arbitration to A-Rod. If A-Rod accepted, he would be contractually bound to the Yankees for 2008, and in line for a significant raise from his 2007 salary of $27 million.

Furthermore, the Yankees and A-Rod could restart negotiations on a long-term contract. [Scott] Boras could submit such a large figure in arbitration - say, $35-$40 million - that the Yankees could then feel inclined to try again on a multi-year pact with a more reasonable salary for 2008."

After further reading into the column, it does make a lot of sense on why they would offer arbitration.

All 30 teams must offer arbitration to their newly filed free agents by December 1. The players have a week to either accept of decline the arbritration. If a player declines, he remains a free agent. If he accepts, then welcome back to the team.
This plays into the MLB draft.

If a player declines arbitration, then the team is given a compensatory draft. That is how the Yankees drafted Joba Chamberlain.

Free agents are separated into classes depending on player ability. A-Rod is considered a class-A player. Because of this high class, if A-Rod does decline arbitration, the Yankees will be given two compensatory draft picks in the 2008 draft.

Quote Brain Cashman, "I'm definitely offering him arbitration. I want those draft picks".

If A-Rod does accept arbitration, the Yankees will not get the two draftees, and will be able to negotiate A-Rod's contract upon the conclusion of the 2008 season.



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Monday, November 05, 2007

Pettitte Opts Out

Andy Pettitte (15-9/4.05/141) opted out of his 2008 $16 million option and has filed for free agency.
This is coming just days after he said that he would play for New York or no one.
On top of this report, Pettitte is still contemplating retirement. Andy is 36 years old.


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Your Opinion

Since my reader count and returning readers are increasing, I want your opinion.

What would you like to see added to this site and what stories would you like to read about?

I am also still looking for co-authors to help with the site. If you would like to write for BronxBloggers, send me an email at

Heckle me with your ideas and I will make every attempt to implement them. Sorry Red Sox fans, I will not delete this blog.


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-Free Agent List-

**This is a sticky post, current posts are below***

Although short, it is a list full of talent that the Yankees need to keep.

Doug Mientkiewicz - Signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Feb 11, 2007)

Jose Molina - Signed 2-year $4 million contract (Dec 4, 2007)

Jorge Posada - signed $52.4 million 4-year contract (Nov 29, 2007)

Mariano Rivera - offered arbitration (Dec 1, 2007) / Finalized 3-year $45 million contract (Dec 17, 2007)

Alex Rodriguez - opted out of contract (Oct 29, 2007) / offered arbitration (Dec 1, 2007) / Finalized 10-year $275 million contract (Dec 13, 2007)

Ron Villone

Luis Vizcaino - offered arbitration (Dec 1, 2007)

Andy Pettitte - opted out of contract (Nov 5, 2007) / offered arbitration (Dec 1, 2007) / accepted arbitration (Dec 7, 2007) / signed one year $16 million contract (Dec 12, 2007)

Roger Clemens



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Friday, November 02, 2007

BronxBloggers a BCA Finalist

We have done it again. A first-runner up in the Best of Blogs earlier this year, and now another finalist spot in this years Bloggers Choice Awards.

On November 10 the winners will be announced live at the Posties in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Voting is underway for the 2008 BCAs so show your support and vote '08.


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BallHype: hype it up! Posted by Steve Kenul at 10:56 PM 1 Heckles

Abreu Back In '08

The Yankees have picked up the team option for right fielder Bobby Abreu (.283/16/101) worth $16 million and will be on the roster in 2008.

Depending on his first half performance next season, he could be a potential blue chip in the mid-season trade deadline.

The Yankees are in a surplus of outfielders including Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera, Shelly Duncan, and Johnny Damon.



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$350 Million For A-Rod

Are you out of your freaking mind? Scott Boras, you need to be slapped.



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