Stay positive, Yankee fans.
We’re heading towards another one.
-EJ the Kid From New York
For the first time in my brief time as a Yankee fan, I can peacefully say without objection: Red Sox suck, Red Sox suck.
Since the All-Star break, the Yankees have been about as close to unbeatable as humanly possible, as we’ve gone from a few games out of first place to tied for the best record in the game. We are, without a doubt, the best team in baseball, and I think that that’s pretty clear. We’re tied… for the best record in the game… and we play in the AL East, where we have a comfortable 3.5 lead. I feel like a Red Sox fan!
And hey, you others might think that us Yankee fans are being too spoiled and stuck up about our success. But the people who say that are probably on non-first place teams, and therefore are envious of our sexiness, basically.
Because, we’re really, really, sexy.
I was about to post up a suggestive photo(not of myself, of a hot Yankee girl, put down the barfbag… unless you’re into me, in which case, *wink*) but I thought better of it. Google Images, men. That’s all I’m saying. 😛
Anyway, there was a massive load of trades yesterday, and the Yankees made one, but it wasn’t… it wasn’t a big move, which doesn’t surprise me, but apparently it surprises other Yankee fans. We traded for minor league righty starting pitcher Jason Hirsh. Now, let me give you a little information on Hirsh in case you wanted to know.
Jason Hirsh is, first of all, still somewhat young. He’s 27 years of age, born in Santa Monica, California, and of the Jewish faith. He has a decent amount of MLB experience, as a starter in 9 games in his rookie season with the Astros in 2006. In 2007, he was a member of the NL champion Colorado Rockies, starting in 19 games with them. His numbers were not impressive; 5-7, 4.81 ERA, 112 innings pitched, but considering he had a 6.04 earned run average in ’06, he really didn’t do a bad job in Denver. Last year he pitched 8.2 innings, with a 55 ERA+(not good). This year, pitching solely in AAA Colorado Springs, he’s been very ineffective, with a 6-7 record and a 6.66 (ZOMG POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL) ERA. He’s a former AA all star, a guy who, according to this scouting report, has or at least had really good stuff. But according to my video game, his stuff ain’t that impressive. Here’s Wikipedia’s scouting report on him, notably a little dated:
“Hirsh has good leverage and pitches down to hitters. Hirsh had one of the most refined repertoires in Triple-A in 2006. He has a plus 2-seam fastball that has sink and good movement at 91-94 mph, while Hirsh’s plus hard-breaking slider is consistent and has bite at 80-86 mph (managers rated it the best breaking ball in the Texas League). Hirsh continues to refine his moderate changeup, which has fair deception and movement in the low-80s. He also throws a 4-seam fastball in the 94-96 mph range, and touches 97-98.  He’s not afraid to pitch inside, and throws strikes to both sides of the plate.”
Hirsh is also big and pretty athletic, he’s 6’8″ and 250 pounds, no lightweight by any stretch of the imagination. He might not pitch at all this yet, this move was simply to get a little depth at the starting pitcher position and, frankly, they made a pretty nice move for what they were looking for.
Today’s Song of the Day is the most gangsta song ever, and I picked it partially because I feel like a gangsta, and partially because the Red Sox need to “run n!gga run n!gga, duck n!gga, duck n!gga, run motherf–ker run”. I’m really enjoying first place. The Song of the Day today is Vato by Snoop Dogg.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid From New York
Allow me to introduce the newest member of the New York Yankees.
Now accepting nicknames.
I woke up at 12:15 or so and so my brother and I are still doing the morning sniffles, and of course, my brother looks quite angered like he always does in the morning. Energy wise, I’m about 70%, physcally, I’m 50%. Hopefully I’ll be at 100 on both counts by 3 when MLB.com will have a live chat with Mark Teixeira.
This is somewhat of a strange move… not necessarily a bad move, but an odd one. This move gives the Yanks a left handed bat with some power off the bench, think kind of a poor man’s Nick Swisher, but with a somewhat higher average. Hinske can also play the corners; left, right, third and first. so he is basically Nick Swisher with a lot less power and slightly more average.
The confusing part is that, who’s going to have to be sent down to make room for Hinske? Why would we need Hinske when we have Swisher, who plays first, left and right, Gardner and Melky in the outfield, and Ransom, who can play all infield positions, including first and third? Did we really need to make this trade? From what we know now, it seems like a very unnecessary move, so I have the feeling that there’s definitely something up. My guess is that the Yanks are going to put Matsui on the DL because he’s not himself right now. Maybe something’s up with his knees.
But this is all speculation. It could be for any reason, really. That’s all for today, let’s hope Joba turns in a good performance and we can continue this streak against the M’s.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
Song of the Day is Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine…
Also, I forgot to mention. Gary from Nasty Nats, I’m sorry, but I am not J. Hova, I don’t know who that is, but I hope that you do find him if you’re looking for him. Lol, if you’re looking for him…
-EJ the Kid From New York
Well Aaron Heilman’s tenure as a Mariner sure didn’t last too long.
After spending the first five years of his career as a New York Met, the right-hander Heilman was traded to the Mariners as part of the JJ Putz deal. Today, we have found out that Heilman is once again moving to a new ballclub, as he has been dealt to the Chicago Cubs for young infielder Ronny Cedeno and another guy who is being traded for the second time this offseason, Garrett Olson.
Man, I don’t know about you, but I’d hate it to be traded multiple times in an offseason. I’d feel somewhat betrayed. I’d be all “Oh man, this is going to be awesome. I’m a Mariner now. I get a fresh start. We’re gonna be better than last year. We have Beltre. This is the best team!” and then a few weeks later, be traded to the Cubs. I’d feel like they never wanted me there, like I was just there to be traded, and that’d get me riled up.
Now back to analysis.
First of all, Aaron Heilman is most likely going to be much better than he was in 2008. He’s been a good reliever throughout his entire career, he has good stuff, it was simply a bad year for him in 08. Now that he has a fresh start with the Cubs, he’s going to go back to his previous form, and he won’t have to deal with all that New York spotlight pressure.
It’s not like the spotlight is completely not there with the Cubs. After all, they haven’t won now for 100, 101 years and they have a huge fanbase that is craving for a championship. There’s a lot of pressure out there to win, win and win some more. However, no city could be more cruel, unforgiving and pressuring than the city of New York. If you have a couple of bad days, the fans will show no mercy and instantly plot on pushing you off a cliff where you will plunge to your death. Or at least trade you to the Padres.
As much as I love New York, the majority of our baseball fans are at least fairly stupid when it comes to the sport.
Not me though, obviously.
Jon Garland is a D-Back
Jon Garland has agreed to terms with a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
If you’re a Diamondbacks fan and you’re excited because of this signing(I’m looking at you, xcicix), well, you shouldn’t be. I know it’s hard not to be excited when you acquire a new player, and if you know what you’re going to get out of Garland and you’re excited about it, then I’m fine with that. However, don’t think you’re going to get 210 innings and 15 wins.
First of all, the Angels’ 2008 lineup is significantly better than the Diamondbacks’ current lineup, and it’s the same with the bullpen. There’s more to getting wins than being a good pitcher. You have to have offensive support and your bullpen has to hold leads for you, Otherwise, you won’t have a win on your record. So don’t judge pitchers by wins.
Second of all, Garland was quite mediocre last year. He had a 91 ERA+ and a 1.505 WHIP. The fact that he had 196.2 innings doesn’t make him much more valuable. All he is is a below average innings eater, and he’s a good pitcher to plug in the 5 or maybe 4 hole. You guys are putting him into your 3 hole.
Unless he goes back to the pitcher he was with the White Sox, which was typically 200 innings and a 108 ERA+, he’s not going to be a good 3 starter. He’s simply not a good pitcher. You don’t make your rotation a whole lot better with this acquisition of Garland; sure he’ll give you innings, but if he’s ineffective in those innings, then he has almost no value at all. I’m aware I’m being harsh, but I’m speaking the truth. Garland was bad in 2008.
Well that’s about it for now, I might blog again later to break down the Andy Pettitte signing and discuss the Yankee bullpen.
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ the Kid From New York
I hate the Red Sox.
I hate them. I absolutely detest them. I want to punch them in the face. That’s how bad I hate them.
They’ve signed Takashi Saito, a really strong bullpen pitcher who would’ve gotten more attention had he not ended 08 with an injury.
This is why I hate them… they’re sooo smart with their offseason acquisitions. They make all the smart signings and trades. They’ve also gotten Penny, Baldelli, Smoltz and earlier got Tazawa. It’s like… the Red Sox are off doing all of this and setting up their team to win with low-risk high-reward moves, while the Yanks are just throwing money at whoever is the biggest name. It’s frustrating.
What smart signings have WE made? Well for starters, we signed Kevin Cash. …really? Kevin Cash? Why Cash? What does Cash do that is so special? He has no power, can’t hit, all he really does is catch a knuckleball, and, in case y’all haven’t noticed, THE YANKEES DON’T HAVE A KNUCKLEBALLER.
We also recently signed Angel Berroa. …what’s Angel Berroa going to do? I mean, it’s a low risk low reward move. He’s got speed and.. that’s it as far as I’m concerned. He won rookie of the year with the Royals in 03. With this in mind, he’s 30 years old and stinks. That’s about it. Maybe the Yankees signed him to compete for the backup infield job(with Doug Bernier?). It’s not like he’s going to kill us if he doesn’t succeed… so I don’t mind this signing at all. However, it’s most likely that Berroa will not do anything for us.
Let’s move on…
Apparently the Yankees are shopping Nady and Swisher.
No. Don’t trade Nady. Don’t. Please do not trade Xavier Nady. I love Nady, he’s a good hitter and a good player and I predicted him going to the Bronx! Don’t trade HIM! I’m not exactly too happy about trading Swishinator either… but I’d rather trade Nady than Swish. That’s just me.
Anyways, no matter how hard it gets, I will always try to stay positive, and I hope you do the same.
Stay positive Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid From New York
Scott Proctor Signs with Florida Marlins
…what can I say about Scott Proctor?
We’ll start with he sucks. He had like, a 6 ERA last year with the Dodgers. He’s not very good. He has great stuff last time I checked; a blistering fastball, good breaking pitches. But he was mind-numbingly frustrating with the Yankees.
Well, according to some sources, he has signed with the Florida Marlins. That’s right, the Marlins. …I don’t, I don’t understand this move. Do you?
I mean… are the Marlins rebuilding or not? Do they see Proctor doing anything good? Cause he won’t… well, we’ll see how this turns out. But yeah, Scott Proctor is a Marlin.
Let’s check where some other ex-Yankees joined other teams this offseason.
Wilson Betemit. Traded with pitching prospect Jeffrey Marquez and Jhonny Nunez in the Nick Swisher/Kanekoa Texeira deal.
Kyle Farnsworth. Oh yes, the mighty Farns signed a deal with the deal-happy Kansas City Royals this offseason.
Chris Britton. I’m not sure how he’s a Padre now, but yeah. He’s a Padre now. I guess they signed him to a minor league contract.
Manny to the Giants?
Well would you look at that! The San Francisco Giants are interested in Manny Ramirez. Ain’t that… something? Not only that, but they’ve reportedly offered a four-year deal.
Manny Ramirez would really add that big KICK to the Giants’ lineup that they’ve been seeking; but he’s sooo old! Really? A four year deal? A four year deal? That’s insane. He’s 37 I think! Why would you do that?
Is the need for Manny so huge that you would offer him a freaking 4 year deal? At his age a TWO year deal is rare. Is his abiity to hit really that gigantic and monstrous that you would offer him a FOUR YEAR DEAL? Do you really expect him to rake at 42? I don’t. I don’t think anybody does.
Hey… he might. Haha, if there’s ONE guy who could hit 30 homers at 42, it’d be Manuel Aristides Ramirez. So… we’ll just have to wait and see, but even IF it’s Manny, the Giants are bananas.
Anyways, stay positive Yankee fans…
-EJ the Kid From New York
Yankees Crush O’s 13-3; FARNSWORTH TRADED!
Well, the Yankees whooped the Baltimore Orioles’ butt. Seriously, we spanked around those O’s. We got back at them for the first two games of pain and punishment. We smacked them around. 2 homers by Bobby, a homer by A-Rod, a great performance by Joba, 2 RBI Doubles by Nady, even an RBI single by Christian. It was a great game. I loved it. I’m sure all the Yankee fans in the world loved it. But apparently, the game was not the biggest part of the day, suprisingly.
Kyle Farnsworth, our set-up reliever, the one with great stuff who Girardi exercised so much patience and confidence in, is no longer with the Yankees. We have traded him to the Detroit Tigers, and who did we get back? Well, none other than 14-time-All-Star and 13-Time Gold Glover catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. I, of course, think we won this trade. Not only that, I think that we blew out this trade. We owned this trade. Sure, Pudge isn’t what he used to be, but he’s a pretty solid offensive producer. He’s hitting close to 300, and he runs pretty well too, with 6 steals. Plus, he’s always had an absolute cannon behind the plate, and he is rock solid defensively. We give up a guy who has great stuff and was having a pretty good season, but he’s inconsistent. He gives up too many homers when he’s off, he’s off. You don’t know what you can get from him. So, we once again bolster our team, adding a great defensive and a pretty good offensive catcher. Plus, he adds a great veteran influence who has plenty of experience and won a World Series. I wish Farnsworth well, I hope he pitches well for Detroit, in fact, I think he could be closer for the Tigers for a period of time.
Alright, time for the next segment;
7 Years From Now…
Alright! Welcome to a brand new segment that I’ve been thinking about for a long while! Here, we talk about very young, lower-level prospects who could become big, impact players about 7 years from now. These guys have great talent and a big future ahead of them. Here are today’s first three!
#1: Dellin Betances
Dellin Betances is a BIG prospect. He’s one of those lesser-known prospects, but he is a TREMENDOUS part of the future of the New York Yankees. The 20-year-old Betances is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds. His stuff is overpowering; a mid-90s fastball with heavy movement that continues to improve. He has a developing PLUS knuckle-curveball and a good changeup that also continues to improve. He has good command, though he sometimes has difficulty repeating his delivery as usual tall pitchers do. This guy will be an ace one day, and I’m really high on him. He’s dominating Charleston, with a mid-3s ERA and well over a strikeout per inning. 7 years from now, he’ll have All-Star appearances under his belt and All-star appearances in the future.
#2: Jairo Heredia
Jairo Heredia is 19-years old, but he pitches like he’s 29-years old. The Dominican starter has very good control that only gets better. He has a low-90s fastball that he throws for quality strikes. He has a big overhand-curveball that, when located well(which is pretty often) can dominate. He has a 3rd pitch, a changeup, but it really isn’t as good as his first two pitches and will improve over time. At times he throws too many strikes and he needs to build up his stamina, but he can be a solid starter. In 7 years I see him pitching well at the major league level and improving even more as time goes on.
#3: Brandon Laird
Brandon Laird is a big power hitter. He has 12 homers in the GCL this year. He’s got power to all fields, and he’s got plenty of it. He hits righties and lefties out of the park. He’s a big guy who, when he gets a hold of one, can send it out. The 20-year-old (turns 21 on 9/11) corner-infielder also has a plus arm, however he doesn’t have much accuracy with it. Laird also has good plate discipline that’ll get better as time goes on and he matures. The younger brother of Gerald has a future with the Yankees, considering he’s probably their best 1st base prospect and Jason Giambi is at the end of his career. 7 years from now I can see him tearing up the majors, though not yet fully reaching his stride.
Information from River Ave. Blues and Pending Pinstripes.
Well, it’s time for the blog to come to a close, but before I do that, it’s time to keep up the new tradition of the Bold Statement of the Day! If you’re new to the blog here and you don’t know what this is, well, you better aks somebody(not a typo). Here’s today’s Bold Statement of the Day!
The Yankees, led by Xavier Nady and Pudge Rodriguez, will beat the Angels and Mark Texeira in the upcoming 4-game-set.
My Bold Predictions and Bold Statements are always positive towards the Yankees… anyway, you heard it here first, Nady and Pudge are going to lead the Yankees to a series win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Thanks for reading, see you after tomorrow’s game, I’ll have a brand new, fun post.
Stay positive, Yankee fans! Have a good day.
-EJ/Kid From New York