Rehashing last night's baseball writers dinner

I posted part of this as a comment earlier, but now that I've got the new address down for posting blogs figured I would put it here where more of you would see it.

There were a couple interesting stories out there the past two days -- colleague Ken Davidoff covered Brian Cashman's interesting remarks Friday night in which he ripped Bernie Williams, called out Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu for being out of shape last spring and was adamant that he does not want to trade for Johan Santana. Also, Hank Steinbrenner did a two-hour sitdown with the Associated Press.

I just got back from the Baseball Writers Dinner, which was held at the New York Hilton and was excellent. All kinds of baseball stars, past and present there. A few that Yankees fans will be most interested in include: Goose Gossage, Bobby Murcer, Yogi Berra, Alex Rodriguez, Brian Cashman, Johnny Damon, Joe Girardi, Joba Chamberlain. Craig Biggio, recently retired Astro and Long Island native, was honored, and mentioned how he delivered Newsday for 10 years as a kid.

Many more, but those are some highlights. Damon, pretty much everyone agreed was the highlight of the night. He was honored for his community service and work with the Wounded Warrior Project. He was presented by a soldier who lost his left arm while fighting in the U.S. Army in Iraq, and Damon had a really tough time getting through his speech because he was so choked up. Damon's father fought in Vietnam.

It was nice to see so many players, past and present, who were really wowed at the company alongside them on the dais. From Billy Wagner presenting to Goose Gossage, to Alex Rodriguez receiving from Yogi Berra. There were many humorous lines, with Willie Randolph surprisingly loose and off-the-cuff. One was from Jimmy Rollins, who, after a very flattering introduction by Alex Rodriguez (who introduced him as the National League Most Valuable Player winner). Rollins turned to Alex, and said, "The check's in the mail."

16 days to pitchers and catchers.

Comments (23)

Kat,
Can you give us an update on Bobby Murcer's health? I certainly hope he is in good health these days but I haven't really heard any updates over the winter.

Thanks!


First try......

16 Days, where did the time go.

All kidding with Nudge aside, I think I'm more excited for this year than I have been in a long time. Maybe it's the uncertainty, maybe it's the fact that for the first time in a while there are actual jobs up for grabs and young kids looking to grab them. When was the last time there was real competition for spots in spring training? I mean last year it was what Phelps or Phillips, Pratt or Nieves, Henn or Villone - but now it's who fills out the rotation, who fills the pen, who starts at 1b...all sorts of big story lines. Also what kind of style is Girardi going to have. How are the kid pitchers going to thrive (or not) under Eiland...really good stuff.

You can bet the farm on it-Yanks will still end up with Johan

It's hard to believe that with all the prospects in the Yankees system they can't beat the Mets offer w/o giving up any of the 3 kid pitchers.

Chip, Im with you my friend. I dont think Ive ever been this excited for Spring Training. I love the fact that the Yanks didnt make any moves for the Ritchie Sexsons of the world to fill 1B, or sign Dotel for 3 years, or bring in a "vet 200 inning" SP like Livan. Competition brings out the best in players. Shelly and Wilson will go at it for 1B, Giambi will try to prove again that he can field his position. If Giambi could just be decent in the field, it allows us to start Damon, Giambi and Matsui. Ian, Phil, Joba will light a fire under Moose's ass for the 5th spot in the rotation. Horne, Gardner and Miranda will try to prove they deserve a shot. Melk and Phil will be motivated to show the Yanks they made the right choice by not trading them. The bullpen competition will be wide open. I love that there is real competition going on instead of Joe penciling in his starting lineup on Feb 14.

Jon K, Im a little surprised as well. An offer of Horne, Melk, Marquez, Jackson would trump any Met offer. I really think the Twins want to get Johan out of the AL.

Yes, the Yankees are very interesting. A nice mixture of veterans and youth to watch both categories filled with talent. It should be interesting. I truly believe that the Yankees can win a playoff spot and contend against the Red Sox. If, our players stay free of the injuries which occured last year. It will be a dogfight in the AL East and no cake walk for the now favorite Red Sox.

What do I find interesting about the Yankee situation? The thought that the young guys will get an honest shot at the rotation, bullpen and firstbase. This can only mean more competition on the big club and throughout the farm system.

I know some of you are holding out for Johan but I bekieve unless the Mets try to pull one on the Twins. He's there's for the taking. I'm happy with the young guys playing alongside our vets and putting some fire in the right places.

Sorry, I posted anonymously at 19:03 and it got through on the first try.

As I've been saying for the last several weeks, the last thread is a perfect example why this blog will be back and running strong once we start talking about relevant and exciting topics again.

Tech issues be damned. It's bloody annoying, but it's also not going to stop the vast majority of regulars from talking about their team.

The lack of activity had much to do with a lack of new topics.

Enough about Santana and Clemens.

So I'm sitting here watching a "Yankees Classics" game on YES, Game 3 of the 1978 World Series and something struck me that I'd never noticed before when watching old Yankee games. Whenever they show a shot of the crowd there are very few people wearing Yankees hats and gear. I don't know if people just didn't wear all that much stuff back then or what but it was hard to find anyone with anything that said Yankees on it in the crowd. Nowadays, it seems like everybody has some kind of Yankees gear on. Weird.

Bobby Murcer appeared to be doing very well at last night's event. He had a full head of hair, and I hardly recognized him with it! He received the "Gotta Have Heart" Award, presented by Joe Girardi.

DRU & Chip,

Its good that you are excited. You should be with the youth potential. Something the Yanks only culivate once a generation. But remember potential only means you haven't done it yet. I think thjat 5 years from now many of the names will be a disappointment and others will surprise. So good luck with your hopes for the coming year. I think though you guys are at least a few years off, but hats just me.

Thanks Kat, that is great news on Bobby Murcer.

It will be great to see Cone back where he belongs. He will be an excellent addition to the YES crew.

If only the YES Network would rid themselves of Michael Kay, every Yankee broadcast would be entertaining.

Too bad that ain't gonna happen.

It's great to see so many good people back to rejoin all the folks that have been hanging on here these last few desolate weeks!

There is no way - NO WAY - that anybody can foretell the future, not Nudge, not any of us. But, I'll tell you what, I can say with a high degree of confidence that this is going to be one exciting ST and one exciting year. And I agree, Chip, that the uncertainty mixed with the hope and expectation is a big part of that excitement.

The young guys with the Big Club now and the young guys on the way are the most exciting bunch of youngsters that I can ever remember coming along at any one time in my experience - and I started rooting seriously (and semi-knowledgably) for the Yankees in 1953. My baseball knowledge may not have improved greatly in all the intervening years, but my enthusiasm has never dimmed and has now been stoked to new heights. So, as my adopted son, DRU, has repeatedly pointed out, the Yanks may not achieve all we'd like this year, but if we see lots of progress with the young guns and a really great hope for bigger things in 2009, we should all be quite pleased.

OK, Rome was not built in a day, as we all know, and the Yanks and their fans are not use to having to accept less than EVERYTHING (a W.S. title, in other words), but what we have to bear in mind is that what the Yankees are doing this year is remarkable; they're staying competitive while rebuilding, rearming and returning to glory. Maybe it won't be this year, but soon. This is a team being remade for the coming decade. Go Yankees!

One thing we can count on from the Yanks this year, excitement and mystery. Over the next few years we will see a big difference in the Yankees. We will see more young guys mixed in with the vets. HOPE; that the young guys can and will make a difference, that the yanks don't go after washed up over priced players (therefore blocking a good rooky), MIL players looking to their future in pinstripes...not trade bait. All this can happen...only with the foresight of someone like Cashman. He wanted to try this years ago, but was blocked by the Tampa people and the Boss. I can remember reading stuff he said about building our farm system, many times. No one would listen to him, so that left little choice but to go after FA. Many mistakes were made...let us not repeat history.

I HEART EILAND!!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXO

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h8e_Gw_2_TNTXw3_Q1LnclUBtdpwD8UF7AE80

( sorry for posting the entire thing, Im just too excited )

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Joba Chamberlain could begin this season in the bullpen before moving to the New York Yankees' starting rotation.

Chamberlain, a sensational reliever as a big league rookie last season, is already throwing off a mound — more than two weeks before the start of spring training. The Yankees plan to use him as a starter this year, the role he was accustomed to in the minors and college. But the team wants to limit his overall innings, which means beginning 2008 in the bullpen is one option under consideration.

"We're going to have a plan going into spring training," new Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said Monday. "There already has been ideas tossed around. I think we have a pretty good handle on what we're going to do going into it."

The 22-year-old Chamberlain wasted little time getting back to work Monday. Just hours after receiving an award Sunday night in New York, the hard-throwing right-hander returned to Florida for his second bullpen session.

"We're right on the schedule that's going to lead us up to the opening of camp," Eiland said. "It's a real good situation here."

Phil Hughes and Jeff Karstens also are working out with Eiland, and both have thrown two mound sessions. Other pitchers, including Ian Kennedy, who don't live near the Yankees' facility are taking part in throwing programs at home.

"It's running along smooth like it always has here," Eiland said. "I've already talked to all the veteran guys, too. We're all on the same page. We're all preparing to get started."

Eiland thinks the early hands-on sessions with the young pitchers are important.

"Veteran guys, they know what they need to do," Eiland said. "This is Joba's first major league camp. This will be Ian's first major league camp. Phil's going into camp as a member of the team. Now going in, I'm going to know exactly what these guys have been doing for the past month. And I'm preparing them for the program that we're going to be doing in spring training. So that's huge. It's a huge advantage."

Eiland is entering his first season as Yankees pitching coach. He worked with Chamberlain and Hughes in the minors and spent time with them with the big league club last September.

"You prepare guys and you do the work that you have always done to get them ready to pitch," Eiland said. "Obviously, they're pitching at the highest level now, but they can't be somebody they're not. So you still prepare them and get them ready to attack hitters with their equipment. The game is still the same. You're just facing the best of the best now. You make adjustments. You just don't make any major changes."

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Eiland seems to be very prepared and ready to take the pitching coach job in a BIG way. I love that the young guys are hungry and already working out. To all the haters, these kids are special in more ways than their arms. I know Roger has been taking A LOT of heat, but he was still a workout warrior. Seeing how hard he prepared while working his way through the minors had a profound affect on the kids. I also think seeing what he's gone through with the HGH crap also had a positive influence to keep clean. THE STARS ARE ALLIGNING!!! TODAY I SAW AN EAGLE GRASPING THREE SNAKES IN ITS TALONS; IT IS A SIGN FROM APOLLO…THE THREE HORSEMEN ARE COMING!!!

Old Ranger,
OR we see the Yanks struggle this year, fire Cashman and go back to the old ways of buying over the hill players. We all know that can happen when the last name of the man in charge is Steinbrenner. Patience is not exactly a family trait.


Second attempt....

Jim, imagine that. The kids struggle, Joba blows his elbow out, A-rod gets hurt, Jeter bashes him in the papers, Andy retires before the season due to the HGH crap, Giambi gets hurt in the 1st week, there are fights in the dugout between players, Girardi doesnt rub MO and Jorge the right way, the Yanks are in last place come June 1st, the try and trade away Phil, Ian, Jackson and Melk for Johan before the deadline, he refuses, they have to settle trading Phil and Melk for Gil Meche. End up finishing behind the D-rays, Sox and Jays. Girardi takes massive heat, Hank fires Cashman and we go on a gluttonous spending spree before we open up in the new stadium pushing our roster salary to 300M.

Now would that make Nudge happy??

; )

1st try

Just saw this ----- and have provided the link.

According to the Boston Globe, a Red Sox team official said Monday that he wouldn't be surprised if Johan Santana is traded this week.
Various reports suggest that the Twins have increased their efforts to deal Santana recently, with the Mets and Red Sox seemingly moving ahead of the Yankees. Both teams are said to be remaining steadfast in the long-time offers that Minnesota found unsatisfactory earlier this offseason.Source: Boston Globe

According to the New York Post, a Mets official said Monday that Carlos Gomez being pulled from his Dominican Winter League team has nothing to do with Gomez's possible inclusion in a trade for Johan Santana.
Instead, the official told the newspaper that Gomez was pulled to limit his games, but that seems odd given that it was the Caribbean World Series. The newspaper speculates that the Mets and Red Sox have moved ahead of the Yankees in the race for Santana, noting that the Twins "have intensified their efforts in the past 48 hours to generate the best offers from the main suitors."Source: New York Post

Link: http://www.rotoworld.com/content/Home_MLB.aspx

Nudge,

I have one word for you:

AAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You make me want to pull the hair out of my head (If I had any that is).

Can you PUH-LEAZE wait until the season starts before the negative thoughts come flowing out of your fingers?

On another note: Are you a Jints fan?

Cano deal...a done deal. =

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Cano is due to make $3 million in 2008, $6 million in 2009, $9 million in 2010 and $10 million in 2011. In 2012, Cano has an option for $14 million with a $2 million buyout. If that option is picked up, Cano will have another option in 2013 for $15 million with a $2 million buyout.

Cano's contract guarantees him $30 million for four years, and if both of the options on the deal are exercised, the second baseman will receive $57 million over six years

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Averages under 9M for 6 years, a solid deal for the Yanks. I believe that in 2-3 years Cano will be the Yanks #3 hitter and might get a batting title or two before the contract is over. Remember after a slow start Cano hit .343 with a .398 on-base percentage during the second half of the season. Even with a miserable start he hit .306 with 19 HR's and 97 RBI's. If Cano gets off to a fast start, his final line in 08 may look like =

.330 25 HR 110 RBI 100 Runs

Aside from Chase Utley, no other 2B will touch those numbers. For 9 M a year over the next 6, thats an f'in bargin!

....But Dru, haven't you read that the economy is collapsing and the world is in a shambles? Does Cano want his money in Euros? I know I've heard about this economic collapse somewhere, I just can't remember though.
hahahahaha.....just breaking your b*lls.
This is a great deal for both sides. Cano is now rich beyond his wildest dreams and the Yanks are set at second base for a long time.

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