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News of the Day – 10/29/08

Happy Humpday … here now the news!

  • MLB.COM’s Anthony DiComo has some big news from the mouth of Brian Cashman:
  1. Chien-Ming Wang got a thumbs up from the doctors after a pain-free bullpen session Monday.
  2. He wouldn’t comment on whether the Yanks would discipline Joba Chamberlain for his recent DUI incident.
  3. He isn’t counting on Mussina returning for 2009, at least at this point.
  • ESPN reports that Willie Randolph denied a report stating he was interested in a coaching job with the Nats. Randolph is being considered for the managerial position in Milwaukee. (Thanks to Baseball Musings for the link)
  • USA Today has a piece penned by Gary Thorne detailing the issue of tax-exempt bonds being used to finance new stadiums (Mets, Yanks, Nets). It is noted that teams are getting “interest-free loans” through the issuance of tax-exempt federal bonds for construction of the stadiums and allowing them to pay them back in place of taxes. However, as of Friday, the IRS revised their regulations to prevent future deals where tax-free bonds could be used in this manner to avoid taxes.
  • Over at SI.COM, Jon Heyman has some tasty Yankee tidbits:
  1. If you believe Jimmy Rollins (a good friend of C.C. Sabathia), the Yankees will end up the winner of the Sabathia Sweepstakes.
  2. Matt Holliday intrigues the Yanks, but they are wary of his home/road splits.
  3. One of the reasons Brian Cashman stayed with the Bombers was because Pat Gillick warned him to avoid the Mariners opening at all costs.
  • Happy 33rd birthday to former Yankee (and Banter punchline) Karim Garcia. Also, a happy 49th b-day to the cannon-armed (and once traded for Banter fave Al Leiter) Jesse Barfield.

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1 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 29, 2008 10:33 am

Wow, Barfield is 49?! I remember that trade like it was yesterday - I guess I'm getting old too. =)

OTOH, that other fellow you mention - whoever he is - played for the Yanks not that long ago. Hard to believe he was in his peak (26-27) years at that time. I would have pegged him as much older.

The Heyman bit on Holliday may explain this morning's NoMaas article. I'm not sure what to think about Holliday.

2 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:01 pm

I don't think Holiday will be as good in the AL East as a Yankee as he has been, but he is still a very solid player.. and the type of guy we want. It's interesting that there are so many extreme LEFTY pull hitters... but are there ANY Righties? Ever seen the shift on the left side if the INF? I do worry about RH power hitters in the Stadium who aren't monsters. Our grand canyon in LF doesn't hurt ARod that much, as he hit's HRs to all fields, and when he does pull the ball, they are often monster shots. I have to wonder how many HRs Holliday might lose to our Death Valley.

Nonetheless, if people can keep their expectations reasonable, he's a guy to take a shot on. Hate to lose Phil and other arms, but we will need 2 or 3 OFers by opening day 2010, so somethings gotta give.

P.S. LOVE this dynamic preview feature. Much better then the old one at the 'old' Banter!

3 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:13 pm

[2] See, that's the other reason I'd rather not get Holliday - trading for him almost certainly means trading Hughes. I'm not ready to do that.

4 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:20 pm

Hey, I think I just figured out how to do jumping back to a comment! Just put the a href="" and /a tags (with brackets around a href="" and around /a) around the square bracketed number, and put the link to the comment between the quotation marks. Get the link for the comment by right clicking on the date and time of that comment. A bit of a pain, but it works.

I think fairpole and the toaster were pretty awesome, but it is nice to be able to use html tags - and the dynamic preview is very cool.

5 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:22 pm

I would not trade Hughes. That said, I think the "Death Valley" thing is a bit overplayed. The new Stadium will have the same dimensions as the old, but even that was not Joe DiMaggio's Yankee Stadium, hasn't been for a long time, and once they brought the fences in for Winfield, I really don't think it's been that hard on righties (though I say that without checking any stats). In fact, a true pull-hitting righty has a pretty short shot down the left field line.

6 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:24 pm

4 Yes, HTML tags work in the comments here. You can use them for bold, italics, underline, strikethrough etc. We'll eventually get a commenting FAQ up for those unfamiliar with HTML tags.

7 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:26 pm

Oh, you can also use them for

Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes Blockquotes

Which could come in particularly handy.

8 ms october   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:26 pm

this is where boras clients could work in the favor of the yanks - even if holliday gets traded i doubt he signs an extension with that team. boras will advise him to go on the market and i think he is someone the yanks should try to sign if he becomes a free agent next winter but not trade for.

9 ms october   ~  Oct 29, 2008 12:27 pm

damnit i didn't do the comment link thing right
but i do like the "new" preview and that we can link to comments - i'll just have to work on doing it right
thanks cliff and everyone for being so responsive to all our requests/demands

10 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 29, 2008 1:17 pm

Strikethrough stinks!

No, strikethrough is awesome!

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