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News of the Day – 1/16/09
Posted By Diane Firstman On January 16, 2009 @ 9:21 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled
This one is for you Todd  … thanks for the vivid pictures you painted with the keyboard, and thank you for the “real” work you did at the ACLU. The blogosphere is mourning your passing …. from Curt Schilling  to PeteAbe to Tyler Kepner . Even the guys at Deadspin  noted it.
Here’s the news:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the development agency should renegotiate this latest round of what has always been an incredibly generous deal for one of the richest teams in the country. At a very minimum, they should insist that the Yankees pick up more of the city’s share of the project, which now amounts to $362 million.
About $326 million of that money will pay for demolishing the old stadium, building new infrastructure and replacing 22 acres of city parkland that was lost to the new stadium.
Yankee officials like to say that they are the ones paying to build this stadium, not the city’s taxpayers. That is only partly true. The public has subsidized the project in many ways — providing generous tax-exempt financing and a variety of other assistance like rent abatements.
Meanwhile, the total $362 million price tag to the city has almost doubled since the project was announced in 2006.
In Cashman’s case you can debate the excessive spending but you can’t say he hasn’t signed the right guys, especially in the case of CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. He filled glaring needs with elite players in their prime, and in keeping with his goal of recent years, made the Yankees younger in the process.
It doesn’t mean he was right to pass on the trade for Johan Santana last winter, but if his long-term plan was indeed to get a pitcher such as Sabathia while holding onto all of his young pitching, you can understand his thinking. Of course, it would help if Phil Hughes or Ian Kennedy blossomed as Mike Pelfrey did for the Mets last season, and Sabathia needs to deliver the way Santana did.
Yes, Pettitte was 4-7, 5.35 in his last 13 starts. But Pettitte had a sore shoulder and he kept pitching because the alternative was Kei Igawa. He took the ball every five days until the Yankees were eliminated.
Pettitte also was pitching without the benefit of having had a full offseason of conditioning. He admitted that the Congressional investigation interrupted his usual routine. Sure, it was his fault for taking PEDs in the first place and working out with Roger Clemens and policeman of the year Brian McNamee. But the fact remains, he didn’t get his work in.
Beyond that, consider the stats beyond wins and loses. Pettitte was one of 33 pitchers to throw at least 200 innings last season. Pettitte is one of 21 pitchers to have thrown 400 innings in the last two seasons. That means he has stayed healthy enough to pitch, he has merited being sent back to the mound, he has saved the bullpen. Oh, and this was while pitching in the AL East.
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URLs in this post:
 Todd: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2008/12/22/shadow-games-baseball-and-me/
 Curt Schilling: http://38pitches.weei.com/general/why-its-never-been-a-game-to-me/
 Tyler Kepner: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/a-fans-farewell/
 Deadspin: http://deadspin.com/5132457/todd-drew-42-yankee-blogger-passes-away
 Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/opinion/15thu3.html?_r=1
 yeoman work: http://www.fieldofschemes.com/documents/Yanks-Mets-costs.pdf
 Village Voice: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/01/kicking_it_sovi.php
 News: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/2009/01/15/2009-01-15_with_football_season_sacked_pastime_kick.html
 guest column: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/01/21/pinch-hitting-yankees-for-justice/
 PeteAbe: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2009/01/15/the-wrath-of-e-mailers-is-misplaced/
 USA Today’s: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/yankees/2009-01-15-yankees-orgreport_N.htm
 Brian Bruney, Xavier Nady and Melky Cabrera: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=3746429&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy
 Zell’s Pinstripe Blog: http://zellspinstripeblog.com/2009/01/15/new-yankee-stadium-construction-photo-update-warning-track-wall-lined-with-dark-blue-padding/
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