Kid Gleeman on Joe Girardi, sabermetrics and the mainstream press.
Comic relief on a dreary Tuesday morning: Nick Johnson has a $5.75 million option..think the Yanks will pick it up?? Hahahahahaahahahah!!!!!
Yeah leave it up to the media to be uninformed. On an unrelated note, I was watching some of those MLB classic games on ESPNC and I immediately thought of the banter. In particular game 6 of the '95 series. Joe Brinkman is calling strikes for Tom Glavine that probably wouldn't even register on the TBS blue screen graphic. I realized then that Phil Hughes biggest problem isn't the fact that he doesn't have an out pitch. It's that he didn't come up to the bigs for Atlanta in the '90s
Man, Eric Gregg made Livan Hernandez a star.
 Ooh, I remember that game..Eric Gregg left us a while back if I remember. Am sure his book is worth reading, wonder if he talks about his "generous" strike zone..
C'mon, admit it: did anyone else besides the two Wills here sense this throughout the season? You know you did...
Interesting story about the new Boss—Boss Cashman—at ESPN.com. Wallace Mathews really paints a sharp contrast between the management styles of Cash and Girardi.
 Sorry forgot the link to that feature. Here it is: http://tinyurl.com/26bgltg
Different topic, but if Yu D never makes the jump to the Show, he goes from "stud" to "stud muffin"
The D'backs showed interest and quoted a hefty figure. Cashman expressed disdain for the posting system in a recent interview (would have to look up the source). That would have to make folks predict low re: the price to negotiate w/ Yu D's agent. For what the Lions brought in when Matsuzaka posted, the Fighters would send him off in a heartbeat, no?
If he never competes in the bigs, it would be a rare opportunity wasted.
If he wusses out or is convinced by others that it’s not in his best interest, it's his loss.
I'm tempted to think that Cashman is playing everyone and will swoop in and plunk the kid down on the hill at the Stadium, but after the bitter taste of the Igawa deal, it's not likely.
The thing is, Igawa never had command to begin with, whereas Darvish has it in abundance, not to mention more pitches and a competitive mindset. He has what it takes to compete here.
 The thing about that was it was a panic move; the Sux out-Cashmaned Cash and blew everyone off the map with their offer last. The Yanks were not desperate enough to compete with that, but were compelled nonetheless to save face for being beaten at their own game. The other thing though is, people warned them about Igawa even before he made the deal, and if I recall Cashman was a little reluctant himself.
As it is, it's a wash for both teams; the Sox got a WS with him, but are stuck with him now that he's used up and for big money; the Yanks won the WS despite wasting millions on him to not even be on the roster.
 It's curious how two guys with no command end up with such different results. I'd have to say mentality split the difference, and the Dice boy sports more zip and repertoire cuz he's wanted to win more. He just can't locate. The nickname is too apt.
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