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News of the Day – 11/23/08
Posted By Diane Firstman On November 23, 2008 @ 9:46 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
C’mon …. read this …. you know you want to …
I was on the borderline until a few months ago until a conversation with Johnny Damon convinced me. Johnny brought up the point that Mussina spent his entire career in the American League East and faced eight teams that won the World Series (Blue Jays 1992-93, Yankees ‘96, 1998-2000, Red Sox 2004, ‘07).
“It’s different for a pitcher pitching in this division,” Damon said. “The schedule isn’t balanced. A guy like Moose, he was facing a great offensive team every other time he pitched.”
I also looked at Baseball Reference.com, which has a good Hall of Fame gauge for every player based on some Bill James research.
The “Gray Ink” test gives a player points on based on where he finishes in the top 10 in his league in ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, win-loss percentage, saves, complete games, walks per nine innings and hits per nine innings.
Moose has 244 such points. The average Hall of Fame pitcher has 185. Based on his career statistics, Mussina compares favorably to guys like Juan Marichal, Jim Palmer, Curt Schilling and Carl Hubbell.
That would be the ultimate low blow to the Yankees’ self-esteem and would leave manager Joe Girardi wondering how he’s going to fill the 200 innings he got from Mike Mussina … It might force general manager Brian Cashman to stop trying to get Andy Pettitte to take a pay cut. And it could happen.
It’s easy to think of players as the ultimate mercenaries, but the highest offer doesn’t guarantee a deal. Remember when the late Syd Thrift said he felt like he was offering “Confederate money” when free agents wouldn’t come to Baltimore under any terms?
No one is suggesting the Yankees have slipped as badly as the Orioles under Peter Angelos, but it’s not a slam dunk that they are going to be able to money-whip Sabathia, Burnett or Lowe.
If the Yankees don’t bag two of the top three free agent pitchers, they aren’t going to deposit the money back into the Steinbrenner family vault or throw a financial lifeline to America’s mismanaged auto industry.
They will attempt to add muscle to a lineup that is expected to lose Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi and hope to slug their way back into the postseason.
According to a person familiar with the club’s thinking, if only one of the pitchers from the free agent pool of CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe sign with the Yanks, they are set to be aggressive with switch-hitting free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees are on an all-out pitching blitz, but A.J. Burnett’s desire for a five-year contract has bogged down the Bombers’ pursuit of the righthander, according to a baseball executive familiar with the team’s thinking.
The Yankees, who made a six-year, $140 million offer to CC Sabathia last week and planned to make an offer to Burnett shortly thereafter, have not made a formal proposal to the pitcher and likely won’t as long as he insists on a five-year pact.
The Yanks and Burnett’s agent, Darek Braunecker, are “talking parameters,” according to the executive. “But right now they are saying five-year offers. The Yankees are not ready to go to five years.”
“I think the intimidation factor comes from the performance. It doesn’t matter if they have a name,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday. “Last year, A.J. Burnett was performing. So Toronto could say, ‘Burnett, Halladay, Magowan — we’ve got those three guys.’ Tampa Bay, out of the blue, had guys like Kazmir, Garza and Shields. Boston has Beckett, Matsuzaka and Lester.
“When we ran into guys like that, there was no breathing room. We could go a full month and not face a layup. If the starters lined up properly, we would’ve had that. We had a rotation, in theory, of Wang- Chamberlain- Mussina- Pettitte.”
More than 200 people came to Friday’s dedication of the newest addition to the University of Florida – the Steinbrenner Band Hall.
The facility includes a new rehearsal hall that can fit the entire 325-piece marching band, a 1,600-square-foot music library and 3,500 feet of instrument and uniform storage space.
Those attending the ceremony included Sophie Mae Mitchell, the first woman in the UF marching band, and Stephen Stills, the famous guitarist from Crosby, Stills and Nash who helped fund the building.
Also in attendance was, as of Thursday, the new owner of the New York Yankees.
Hal Steinbrenner, son of George Steinbrenner, who gave major funding for the building but was not able to attend Friday, spoke to those gathered.
At the end of the ceremony, David Waybright, director of bands at UF, named both Stills and the Steinbrenner family honorary bandsmen … and presented them with official UF marching band hats with plumes.
(Editor’s note: don’t you just want to see Hal wear that hat …. just once?)
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 LoHud’s: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/11/21/should-the-moose-make-the-hall/
 Chicago Tribune’s: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-081121-cc-sabathia-new-york-yankees-rogers,0,1783672.column
 Post’s: http://www.nypost.com/seven/11222008/sports/yankees/yanks_could_still_chase_big_bats_140148.htm
 News: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2008/11/21/2008-11-21_five_too_high_for_aj_burnett_yankees-2.html
 Newsday: http://www.newsday.com/sports/ny-spken1123,0,227246.column
 Davidoff: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks1123,0,4448699.story
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