Yankees drop $161m on CC

On December 11, 2008 by

What does $161million get you in this current climate? Well if you are Brian Cashman then it gets you a 250lbs left handed starter with a pedigree.

After missing out on the play-offs for the first time since before the Joe Torre era, the Yankees who shed approximately $88million in contracts this off season were always going to be aggressive in free agency. No disrespect to Sidney Ponson or Darrell Rasnar but neither player should be a staple of the starting rotation and GM Brian Cashman has decided that he doesn’t want a repeat.

So CC is in and is getting paid a pretty penny. No other team had even offered him more than $100million but the Yankees weren’t willing to play around. They knew CC needed some extra money to come to NY as his preference was to stay on the West Coast, but did he really need an extra $61million?

The thing is this is only the start of the Yankees rejuvenating their rotation. Only Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain look like locks who are carried over from last season. Mike Mussina has retired, Andy Pettitte is waiting to see what the Yankees are going to do, Darrell Rasnar has gone off to Japan and Sidney Ponson has gone.

So who is next for the Bronx Bombers? Various reports have them having offered contract to Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets and AJ Burnett and are getting close to the latter one of them. AJ Burnett opted out of his contract in Toronto after a quite stunning second half of the season and looks set to sign for the Yanks or the Braves sooner rather than later.

Derek Lowe seems to want to pitch on the East Coast but his preference is with Boston. Ben Sheets is the interesting one as it seems that he might be willing to take a one or two year deal to prove his health and then cash in when the economy has hopefully recovered.

The 2009 Yankees will be heavily stacked however it plays out and they’ll probably go into the season as the favourites in Vegas.

Maddux retires from baseball

On December 10, 2008 by

One of the most talented players ever to grace the sport of baseball has retired after twenty-three seasons in the game. Greg Maddux leaves the game in eighth position on Major League Baseball’s win list after successful spells with clubs including the Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres.

One of the best pitchers to play in the sport, Maddux, who won the World Series with the Braves in the mid-1990s, can boast more wins than any other living player in his position.

The pitcher is forty-two years of age and, after focusing upon his game for so long, the decision to walk away was undoubtedly a tough one. He admitted as much but also revealed that it felt like time to turn in a new direction.

Maddux revealed that he appreciates

Pettitte has the choice of Yankees or Dodgers

On November 26, 2008 by

So Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.Net is reporting that Joe Torre has spoken with Andy Pettitte on one than one occasion with regards to the left hander joining him in Dodger Blue for next season.

Now the more I read the piece then the more it makes complete sense. The Yankees seem more interested in getting CC Sabathia and one of AJ Burnett or Derek Lowe to add to their rotation. It is expected that Chien Ming Wang will be fit to return and both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes will be part of the rotation.

This would leave Andy Pettitte as the odd man out if Hughes does take the final spot in the rotation and his form in the Arizona Fall League does hint that he’ll be given every chance to win that spot in Spring Training. The question is whether the Yankees would be best served by bringing Pettitte back for a year or whether it is the right time to cut ties with the two-time All Star.

The lefty went 14-14 last season a decent 4.54 ERA but his performances in the second half of the season left a lot to be desired. He would surely be a good fit as a back of the rotation starter but is the future now or does Hughes need more seasoning at Triple-A Scranton?

I remember watching Hughes pitch at the ballpark at Arlington when he went into the 8th inning still holding a no hitter. He went into the crouch and tried to break off an evil 0-2 curveball but only to see Teixeira lay off it and his hamstring pop. I have never seen a no hitter from start to finish and I’m sure when I do it’ll not be as dominating as Hughes was through 7.1.

Hughes has top of the rotation stuff, I have even just traded AJ Burnett and Luke Hochevar for him in a dynasty league. I believe in Hughes and think he can be a front line starter for a long, long time. However maybe a little more seasoning is required and he can be the first in line to get the call if anyone goes down in the rotation.

With Mussina having called it quits, it leaves the Yankees without a veteran presence on their staff. This is the roll Pettitte could fulfil but if he ends up in the NL West and in Dodger Stadium then I doubt he’d complain. Dodgers or Yankees -– not a bad choice eh?

Pujols and Pedroia are your MVPs

On November 20, 2008 by

Albert Pujols, who currently plays for St. Louis Cardinals, and Dustin Pedroia, who plies his trade at Boston Red Sox, have been named Major League Baseball’s Most Valuable Players.

Pujols managed to win the National League honour for the second time following his initial victory in 2005, whilst Pedroia has made history by becoming the first second baseman to be honoured with the American League award for nearly fifty years.

The Red Sox player, who is twenty-five years of age, beat Justin Morneau in the process, whilst Pujols, who is twenty-eight years of age, overcame tough competition in the form of Ryan Howard.

The two players have been awarded for their consistent performances this season. Albert Pujols amassed an impressive batting average of .357. He also managed to hit thirty-seven home runs.

Pujols was also awarded the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognises the quality of sportsmanship in a player. Pedroia hit seventeen home runs and made just six fielding errors throughout the entire baseball season.

The awards are voted for by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and other players who were awarded for their consistency and talent include Cliff Lee, who plays for the Cleveland Indians.

Lee was handed the American League’s Cy Young honour, which is awarded to the most impressive pitcher. The equivalent award for the National League was awarded to Tim Lincecum, who has been in good form for the San Francisco Giants.

The awards list was completed by Evan Longoria, who was named the American League’s Rookie of the year, Geovany Soto, who was awarded the honour of being the National League’s Rookie of the year, Joe Maddon, who was named the American League Manager of the year, and Lou Piniella, who was voted National League Manager of the Year.

Dodgers 7 Phillies 2

On October 13, 2008 by

Suddenly with one 94 MPH fastball buzzed by a batter – we had something to cling on to in this disappointing NLCS.

The Dodgers got back into the series with a five-run first which they made hold up but the fire was well and truly lit by that high pitch and now people will be excited by Game 4 tonight as Joe Blanton (Phillies) squares off against Derek Lowe (Dodgers) as the LA based team look to tie it up at two.

Source : ESPN

Phillies’ sixth-inning homers sink Lowe Dodgers in Game 1

On October 10, 2008 by

Chase Utley and Pat Burrell lifted two balls just about far enough that they rested in the bleachers to put the Phillies on top of the NCLS on Thursday night.

Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe had been superb through five innings until an error in the sixth led to him losing a bit of his composure and serving up the two long balls.

If the Dodgers had taken game one then you feared for the Phillies but now it is very much game on as they say.

Source : ESPN

Baseball: Born in Surrey?

On September 19, 2008 by

On Easter Monday 1755, a young man named William Bray and a select group of young ladies and gents from Guildford, took part in one of the earliest recorded examples of a game of baseball. They made tea afterwards and by all accounts had a ripping good time. Mr. Bray immortalised the day in ink between the covers of one of his many diaries and returned to his work. However, the events of that Easter Monday were to be forgotten for over two hundred and fifty years.

Baseball is the national sport of the United States of America. The game is believed to be the mutant offspring of cricket and rounders, two sports that were popular with British and Irish settlers in the 18th century. After conventional bat-and-ball games fell by the wayside, baseball and American football rose to take their place, becoming extremely popular with professional players, young sluggers, and armchair umpires alike. The rules used in the modern game -– an evolution of the Knickerbocker rules -– are credited to Alexander Cartwright, whose team were walloped 23-1 in the first ever official baseball game on June 19th 1846.

The discovery of Mr. Bray’s diary by local historian, Tricia St John Barry, changes not only the date that baseball was conceived but also the country in which it was born. It reads: "After dinner, went to Miss Jeale’s to play at base ball [sic] with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford and H. Parsons. Drank tea and stayed ’til 8."

While Major League Baseball (MLB) still recognises Alex Cartwright as the inventor of the modern game, the US governing body has accepted that the diary entry provides the first irrefutable documentary evidence of an actual baseball game, adding forty-five years to the sport’s illustrious history. Some fans have noted that the change continues an American tradition of borrowing and improving other sports:

9-year-old boy told he’s too good to pitch

On August 26, 2008 by

So this kid is too good so isn’t allowed to play the game. Sounds dumb but when you throw in that he refused to play for the leagues primary sponsor then it just screams of foul play.

Takes the mick that things like that can happen and the league itself is a disgrace.

Source : ESPN

Cardinals MLB unveil ’09 All-Star logo

On August 6, 2008 by

So the 2009 All-Star Game will to played in St. Louis and for those who love logos – they’ve shown off the 2009 version.

Source : MLB

Top-10 Reasons Why Baseball Is Better Than Football

On August 5, 2008 by

I love Baseball and Football but some people think that Baseball is far superior. What do you guys think?

Source : Bleacher Report

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