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Aug 102010

On a Tuesday afternoon, brief hits on a few things:

1. Yankee MVP

My ballot would be the same as Moshe’s. Cano’s been their best player on offense all year, closely followed by Swisher. CC, as always, has been fantastic. Here’s a conversation starter for you all: do you think CC will opt out after 2011? I know it’s a long way off, but it’s never too early to think about losing a guy that good. I’d say it’s 60/40 that he’ll opt out.

2. On Aces

I think this is one of those things that is rather ethereal and not easily defined in a phrase, or even a collection of phrases. The first thing that came to my mind was a guy like CC Sabathia or Roy Halladay: a pitcher who combines great skill/results with great durability to guide a staff through a season. That’s about as good a definition as I can come up with, Rebecca.

3. On the Yankee Bench’s future

This article by Joel Sherman got me thinking about the Yankee bench and how, as the MLBTR post that pointed me to it, it is constructed. As the MLBTR post says, the Yankees have to use their farm system to develop good bench players because who wants to ride the bench? This is something I wrote about a while ago and it’s a relatively good strategy as it allows flexibility. However, it needs to also produce good quality back ups. Ramiro Pena has been uninspiring this year, and I think Eduardo Nunez has earned a shot. Brandon Laird has also crushed the ball all year and could force his way up to the majors. However, if I know the Yankees, Laird will do so with another team. He’s blocked at the corners by Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira and I think 2010 will be remembered as the year Brandon Laird upped his trade stock.

4. No link here, but these bits came up in conversation at a family gathering last week.

a)We talked about Alex Rodriguez’s 600th home run and his future and if he’d be able to chase down Barry Bonds/maybe even get to 800 home runs. I said something that only loosely made sense–I think–so let’s see what you think. I said that Alex Rodriguez’s home run chase depends a lot on Jesus Montero. If Montero shows that he can at least fake being a catcher, it will allow A-Rod to DH more. The more he stays off the field, the more likely it is he remains healthy. The healthier he is, the more likely it is that he keeps hitting home runs at a great pace and climbs up the record books. That doesn’t sound as bad as I thought it did. What do you guys think?

b) Lastly, my dad’s cousin–a reader of the site–and his wife said that I was “too objective” as a Yankee fan while we were discussing Derek Jeter (I know this comment was tongue-in-cheek and made in a joking manner but bear with me here). Is it possible to be “too objective” about the team for which you root? I’m not sure it is. We all know it’s easy to be too optimistic and too subjective, but is there such a thing as too much objectivity?

11 Responses to “Random Commentary”

  1. Jesus Montero Post-Game Interview, 08/07/10
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vq7uFQiviU

    on fire. batting .395 post allstar  (Quote)

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    bornwithpinstripes Reply:

    bring his bat up ,leave his glove there… we could use him vs these lefties on texas ..look at tonights line up..jesus over any of these guys  (Quote)

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  2. I think he’ll opt out, and play out the remainder of his career … as a Dodger. In the likely scenario where Cliff Lee joins the squad nxt season, it’ll serve as an effective hedge against losing CC & with the farm’s development & payroll flexibility, the FO could find itself another “ACE” to complement Lee.  (Quote)

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    Basil Reply:

    I’d say that CC’s opting out depends largely on the success our team has over the next two years. If, for example, we win the World Series in 2011 on the strength of CC and (hopefully) Lee, I feel as if CC would have some serious issues opting out of his contract. Also, if he cares for his personal stats (and though they may say otherwise, everyone does), he should be able to see that the Yankees offer him his best shot at 300 wins and being enshrined as one of the best pitchers of his generation, not just a very good player. However, he might enjoy the opportunity to be the headlining act in another locale, not just one of many stars on this team. If that is the case, then so be it, but I don’t think that is his personality. I feel as if he truly wants the legacy that is available to him as a Yankee, and he’s something of a fan of winning. If we win this year or next (or both, but I am getting greedy), then I think the addiction to winning will set in, and we will get to see CC play out the remainder of his contract in pinstripes.  (Quote)

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    Reggie C. Reply:

    Pitching for a large mkt NL team, such as the Dodgers could afford CC an equally good shot at reaching certain milestones in wins & CGs, and allows CC a shot at hitting every 5th day.

    The Dodgers would have big advantages in playoff series with a rotation fronted by CC & CK.  (Quote)

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  3. I think Montero and Laird will both be with the Yanks next year. If A-Rod is going to DH more, than the need someone at 3B with more hitting skill than Pena. I would not be surprised if Laird is up before August 31.  (Quote)

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  4. Be as objective as possible without losing status as a fan. That’s what I come here for : good analysis from real Yankee fans. Derek Jeter, for as great as he’s been for the Yankees over his career, does not deserve anything close to a $100 million contract. Real Yankee fans should be objective enough to recognize that.  (Quote)

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    XP Reply:

    Objective? You have double standard but didn’t realize?
    Funny…. I want to know how long will take you to start an article “It’s time for A-rod….”
    It’s ok if people have double standard, but please don’t act like this.
    When you write an article trash Derek but kiss A-rod’s ass in another post really disgust me.

    http://bit.ly/b638V1  (Quote)

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    Matt Imbrogno Reply:

    The day after I posted the Jeter article, I said that it might be time to consider moving Rodriguez from the cleanup spot.

    http://www.theyankeeu.com/2010/08/thoughts-from-a-loss-20253  (Quote)

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    XP Reply:

    Yep, after Aug 3.  (Quote)

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    Matt Imbrogno Reply:

    That was the day after the Jeter post, yes.  (Quote)

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