Jacoby Ellsbury may have gotten overpaid but…

It does not matter how much money the Yankees paid Ellsbury, he’s in pinstripes and that is all that matters. The Yankees will pay any amount to put the best product in the Bronx. As a Mets fan I envy the Yankees spending habits. News is the Mets signed Curtis Granderson which is a step in the right direction but if the Mets would have signed Ellsbury to the deal he just got with the Yankees I would have been furious. Now it’s time to wait 5 months to see Ellsbury on the field, healthy. That’s all Yankees fans want to see. I’ll make a prediction right now that Ellsbury, just like former Yank and Red Sox Johnny Damon, will be a hit in the Bronx and love the short porch/second deck of Yankee Stadium.

Also gonna make the prediction that Ellsbury will wear #22.

Jacoby Ellsbury

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Dilson Herrea to the Mets, Harvey to the DL

Herrea (left) a smaller second basemen could mean the Mets moving Daniel Murphy in a future trade.

Dilson Herrea to the Mets

Dilson Herrea (left) was traded to the Mets today for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.

For a Buck and a Byrd the Mets acquired Dilson Herrea and a player later to be named from the Pittsburgh Pirates minutes ago.  Does this mean that Sandy Alderson has a plan to use Daniel Murphy as future trade bait possibly this off season? The Mets need help all over the diamond and if trading Murph will get us two players that can start immediately I’m okay with sending him on his way.  I love Murph and I love the Mets but I think its time he goes to a team that will respect him.

And Matt Harvey was officially placed on the DL today.  Lets hope Wheeler can pick up where Harvey left off.

What If the Yanks kept Soriano?

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Again, hear me out.

162 game averages :

Player Hits 2B HR RBI SB BB SO GDP
                 
A-Rod 177 29 39 125 18 85 135 16
                 
Soriano 171 40 35 99 19 47 148 11

Another interesting number when comparing the production of these two players is the location in the batting order that they produced these numbers in. In A-Rod’s career (throughout the whole span) he has hit in the 3-4 spot 71.85% compared to Soriano who has hit there 21.17%, but has batted in the lead-off spot 41.21% of his career. Think about the numbers Soriano put up for the Rangers, Nationals and Cubs when they were all last place teams and hitting lead-off almost half the time along with being moved around the line-up. Now think about what he could have produced if he was hitting anywhere in the Yankees lineup from 2004-2012. Soriano came up and was a speed demon with power in the lead-off spot and his speed went underutilized after 2008 with the Cubs, which is head-scratching. A-Rod’s speed was also an asset of his but he was more known for his pure power and great contact. What’s shocking is how close the home run numbers are over the past 9 years since they were traded. Let’s also not forget to factor in the proven notion that Yankee Stadium is a launching pad, and who knows what Soriano could have done here.

Now listen I’m not saying we would have or would have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod and the actually clutch performance he put on throughout that postseason. But the headaches, the drama and the disappointment that has followed ever since trading for A-Rod in the 2004 season. We reached two world series when we had Soriano and only one since we’ve acquired A-Rod.  Let’s take a look at this financially speaking too now. Since being traded to Texas, Alfonso Soriano has averaged a $13.322 million salary per year, with most of that money coming after 2008 in a bad contract offered by the once “spend-happy” Chicago Cubs. Now in the other pocket, we have the worst contract in baseball history. A-Rod’s contract since 2004 has averaged over $27.555 million, helping the Yankees break the luxury tax threshold by milestones. Consider the fact that there would have been more money for the Yankees to spend on other superstars and stay around that total salary number they hovered around for years during the early 2000s, but adding another player rather than spending it on one guy. Hindsight is always 20/20, and call me crazy but I would have kept Soriano and built from there if I were the Yankees going back. There are some things that would have been changed guaranteed: less headaches, less insults, less boos and less scrutiny. We can’t go back, but now the Yanks seem to be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after mistakes made in years past. Tell me what your thoughts are on this!

-Anthony

The Rejuvenation of ARod and the Yankees

Last night, the Yankees and the Red Sox finished off a weekend series in Boston that was filled with the usual fanfare and fireworks of the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The game was a high scoring affair in which the Yankees came out on top 9-6. CC looked rocky again, giving up 6 ER in 5.1 IP (improved to 11-10 on the year). The Yankees bullpen looked strong, hurling 3.2 scoreless frames with the GOAT getting his 36th save of the year. Every Yankee got a hit except for Soriano (0-6) and Jayson Nix (0-1), even Chris Stewart got a hit and an RBI…Aliens

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The real story coming from this game occurred in the second inning where Rex Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches at ARod, with the fourth pitch of the AB hitting ARod right on the left elbow. This resulted in warnings to both benches. Joe Girardi was furious, flying out of the dugout like a bat out of hell (obligatory Meatloaf reference) screaming at home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. He was clearly upset that Dempster was left in the game after intentionally throwing at ARod and being allowed to stay in the game. Girardi was ejected, but it got the Yankees blood pumping and fired them up. “Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands,” Girardi said. “You can’t just start taking potshots because you disagree with the way the system is set up.”

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You’re right Joe…That IS bullshit and he IS a pussy.

Later on in the game, ARod got his revenge, hitting a home run off Dempster to straight away center to start the Yankees rally that would eventually give them the lead. “It was awesome. I was pretty excited,” Rodriguez said of the homer that started the Yankees’ go-ahead rally. “It was the ultimate payback.” When arriving at home plate, ARod delivered an even bigger jab to the Boston faithful, imitating David Ortiz’s point to the heavens. It was a big ‘Fuck You’ moment from ARod and will hopefully spark the rest of the Yankees season.

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This was a huge game for the boys in pinstripes.  They took two of three from the first place Sox, moving within 7.5 in the East and 6 back in the Wild Card. The ejection by Girardi in the second will prove to be one of the turning points in the season. It showed that their manager, regardless of off the field issues and injuries still believes in this team and supports his players. It was the needed spark to light a fire under everyone’s ass (the proverbial “Michaels Secret stuff”, if you will) .

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You heard it here first…The Yanks are about to go on a tear down the stretch. Don’t count us out just yet. Pride, Power, Pinstripes.

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Re-Sign Phil Hughes … But Really

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Just listen …

So, I have stood by Phil Hughes since he came up in 2007 and he was supposed to be the next best thing in the Yankees rotation, the homegrown talent that the Yankees were waiting for that could help carry the pitching staff behind the superstar signings the Yankees were known for. Since then Hughes has been one of the most inconsistent pitchers in the Majors, and possibly I have seen in my lifetime. Therefore I have given up …. mostly. Since Hughes’ debut he has pitched himself to a 56-47 record with a 4.49 ERA, with his best year, 2010, being a solid 18-8 with a 4.19 ERA. The biggest issue with this was that before the All-Star break Hughes was great pitching to a 11-2 record with a 3.65 ERA, but a mere 7-6 record  4.90 ERA after the All-Star break. As a spectator, Hughes’ biggest problem is his inability to keep the ball down in the zone. He still throws around 95 MPH with his fastball and has a decent breaking ball. The problem is his fastball is consistently up in the zone and at Yankee Stadium a.k.a “The Launching Pad” you can kiss most of those pitches goodbye, he has given up a staggering 110 home runs in his career, with 22 coming this year. So, yes it looks like the Yankees will finally give up on their former “can’t miss” prospect, but I think they should reconsider.

In 2009 Phil Hughes was moved to the bullpen because of the issues with the relief pitchers before Mariano Rivera. As a relief pitcher and mostly a setup man for Mariano, before David Robertson came along to dominate the 8th inning, Phil Hughes registered an 5-1 record with a 1.40 ERA with 65 strikeouts in only 51 innings. For his career Hughes is 6-2 with a 1.44 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched and .91 WHIP, clearly he hasn’t pitched much more out of the bullpen besides 2009. However, let’s delve a little further in the numbers here. In those 61 innings Hughes only gave up 2 home runs, hitters were only hitting .172 against him with a .237 OBP and a .232 Slugging percentage. In addition, he yielded no sac flies, which means two possibilities, first that not many guys were on third base or two that when anyone was on third base, he did not give up a fly ball out with less than 2 outs. That last notion is mind boggling when you consider who were talking about here.

Hear me out. The Yankees should re-sign to a two year deal in the $2-4 million range with the intent of him becoming the 8th inning guy for David Robertson and/or fighting for our closer duties with Robertson. I think that bringing Hughes out of the bullpen will only benefit the Yanks and himself. He should not be brought back as a starter, because clearly that won’t work, but Cashman should sit down with Hughes and his agent and make him a decent deal with the promise of becoming the 8th inning guy or the Yanks’ new closer.

Those are my two cents … cash them in

-Anthony

Take on the MLB All-Star Game

Last night was the MLB All-Star game at Citi Field, and as usual most people didn’t care. The All-Star really started to lose its luster in 2002 when the game was played at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The game had pushed on to the 11th inning and the managers had used up all of their pitchers to this point. Bud Selig thought it smart call the game in a tie, with no MVP being awarded. After this Bud Selig decided it was a good idea to make the All-Star game worth something, disabling his own “ability” to end the game in a tie if need be. The All-Star game winner (National league or American League) would be awarded home field advantage in the World Series. Now, many of you might not know the rules of the All-Star voting. It is made up 50% of fans vote, selecting starters and reserves as well as 50% Manager picks; however, each team must have one representative be “selected” to the game. Consequently, each year the Royals, Tigers, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, Astros, Mets, Marlins and so on have been in the cellar, each has had a player go to the All-Star game that would soon mean much more to teams that would actually make the playoffs. Silly isn’t it right? Major League Baseball was saying okay this is the “big boy” game that counts for something because in baseball home field advantage does mean something (the last three World Series have been won by the team with the home field advantage.)  Then, they turn around and say, “It’s okay Billy one of you will make the All-Star team. We won’t leave any of you guys out. We promise!” A little contradictory, but I still watch the damn thing, or most of it each year.

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This year was a pitcher’s game, ending in a 3-0 victory for the American League. Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey both started, and Harvey dazzled his hometown crowd after letting the first two guys on. He also belted Robinson Cano above the knee with a 96 mph fastball, no biggie. The two runs were manufactured runs. Jose Bautista hit a sac-fly off of Patrick Corbin scoring Miguel Cabrera. The next inning J.J. Hardy grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Adam Jones. Finally, in the ninth, Jason Kipnis doubled in Prince Fielder, who was standing on third after his hustling triple. However, the most important part of the game happened in the eighth inning when Mariano Rivera entered the game as “Enter Sandman” played behind him. Jim Leyland called on Mariano to pitch the eighth because he didn’t want to chance the National League making a comeback and Mo not being able to reach the field if there was no bottom half of the ninth inning. The most eye-opening occurrence was that nobody took the field with Mo, but by the time he reached the mound both dugouts were on their feet cheering and applauding for him, along with the over 45,000 that were in attendance at Citi Field (a rival’s ballpark.) You could see the emotion in the building, the players as well as in the greatest closer of all time, who will be the last person in baseball to regularly sport the number 42. It may not be the best show on earth, but last night’s game showed the class and respect for greatness that is still instilled within baseball. Now baseball turns their sights to the second half, which will be dominated by the trade deadline, the playoff race, and a crap ton of more A-Rod and Yasiel Puig talk.

The GOAT, Ladies and Gents!

The GOAT, Ladies and Gents!

Those are my two cents … cash them in!

 

P.S. If you haven’t seen the video of Matt Harvey asking New Yorkers what they think of Matt Harvey you should because its funny and head-scratching watching those people who claim to be Met fans talk about a guy they’ve clearly never even watched.  Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0D8V0dCbf8

-Anthony

On the Mind

Let’s talk about some serious stuff first here:

Straight Class

Stay Classy, Louisville! 

Kevin Ware

I turned away at the “right” moment on Sunday when watching the Louisville-Duke game. I had to YouTube and Barstool the Kevin Ware injury and I can say I never felt worse for an individual athlete. The poor kid’s leg was hanging there and many of his teammates were surrounding him in tears and were in fear, but he has stayed positive since the horrific injury. Both coaches were torn you could visibly see, especially Rick Pitino who had to keep wiping away the tears from his eyes. Kevin Ware has been interviewed and photographed since then. I watched his interview with Rece Davis and the young man was brought to tears when speaking about his teammates and how they have handled his situation. The shirts and warm-up jerseys Louisville are going to wear in honor of Ware are pretty legit if you ask me, even though some are questioning the intention of Adidas and Louisville for selling such items. All I have to say is let them be, and watch out for Louisville even more now playing with this in their minds!

White on Rice

Rutgers coach Mike Rice has been fired over the revelation to all, he has some serious anger issues and takes it out on his players. If anybody had a pair of eyes and saw the guy at Robert Morris could have seen something like this coming. Rightfully so, the guy was fired. However, just like instances of PEDs in baseball and improper benefits in college sports, more of actions like this will come out of the shadows from coaches whom you would expect this from. Coaches jobs are hard as it is, and many can’t handle it without  succumbing to something as low as the actions that Mike Rice resorted to. I am positive this goes on more than many people not involved in sports understand, but wait till more stories come out.

You mad, bro?

You mad, bro?

Simply hilarious … courtesy of Barstool Sports:

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Aw-Burn-ed

Every since Cam Newton came into the spotlight at Auburn, the program has been under scrutiny and criticism from reporters and investigators, and rightfully so. Cam Newton was welcomed with open arms, and wallets after he’s been on record saying he couldn’t go to Mississippi State because the money was too good to pass up at Auburn, fishy. And the only reason they weren’t busted is the NCAA decided there wasn’t “sufficient” evidence. Now, it is being reported that Auburn changed the grades of at least nine players to keep them eligible, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so that they would return to school as well as violations related to recruiting. Former players are on record now saying that the Auburn coaches slid them some money to stay in school. Listen, I love college football, but it’s easily one of the most corrupt sports in the country because these athletes are unpaid and coaches do anything possible to get the recruits and keep the kids, because it ultimately means they keep their jobs. Don’t worry though the NCAA loves its precious S.E.C!

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Knicks on Fire and Nobody Talking About the Nuggets

The Knicks have won 10 straight now, without Amar’e and up until two nights ago, without Tyson Chandler. They have secured the number two spot behind championship-favorite Miami. The Knicks could be staring at a Eastern Conference Championship matchup with the Heat, which could be one for the ages, like they used to be. The Nuggets have been overlooked all year, including when they had their own 15 game win streak because the Heat were running off a small win streak of 27 games. The Nuggets are sitting pretty at the three seed and can run with or on any team in the NBA. Fear the Nuggets!

NHL Deadline 

As a Ranger fan I will touch on the deals made by the Rangers. Ryan Clowe? Brilliant move by getting somebody who was under-performing this year for not much and hoping to re-sign him to a deal now, especially since he scored two goals and an assist in his first game. Bad move, trading Gaborik. It seemed the struggles and the disappointment that the Rangers’ season has been was pinned on Gabby all along. If you take our finesse All-Star who is coming off a major shoulder surgery with no training camp and demote him to the “thrasher” line, what do you expect if he isn’t going to score or go out and throw his shoulder into someone? The first game it looked like a good trade, but Gaborik netted a goal and added an assist in his first game as a Blue Jacket. I still don’t like it, but I’m not running this team. His contract was up after next year anyway, and Richards isn’t scoring much either, shame.

Opening Week

Who’s ready for some baseball? Don’t look too much into opening week, there are after all over 150 games remaining after this week for each team. No worries Yankee faithful, we’ll be there come September and October!

Those are my two cents … cash ’em in!

Anthony

Back in the Groove

There hasn’t been a SportsGoneHam post since the end of the NFL Season, but now that has changed. We will get back into the swing of things ladies and gents. When we post and we will post more often, we will touch upon the most talked about topics of late in the sports world. You will laugh, you won’t cry, you will share, and most of all you will enjoy!

MADNESS

I give up on brackets. WHO CAN PREDICT ANYTHING ANYMORE? A 15 has finally made it to the Sweet 16, but let me tell you for sure that no seed lower than a 10 has ever won the National Championship (You’re welcome, Nick). However, this year somebody has busted a bracket (and again). I picked St. Louis banking on an emotional ride to the finals, but they ran into a pissed off Oregon team who was disrespected more than any team I’ve ever seen when they were given a 12 seed, well thanks a lot Committee! I think the Louisville Cardinals will win this whole thing now, unless Oregon just runs train on them too, then I just quit. La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast, or Dunk City, are “Cinderellas” that we can all not ignore. La Salle has two really good guards and can play close games as they’ve shown twice now, and FGCU is ready to run with the big boys. Sherwood Brown is channeling his inner Kenneth Fareid, more scoring but less rebounding, in order to lead his team to the promised land. When you know there will be upsets, but you pick the wrong ones:

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THE HEAT ARE ON FIRE?

As everyone, and probably their mothers know by know, the Heat have won 27 straight games. It’s all Mothership ESPN talks about on a daily basis, while they ignored the Denver Nuggets “modest” 15 game win streak out West. They haven’t lost a game since February 3, which means this streak is on the verge of spanning 2 months.  The past two games the Heat have been without Dwayne Wade, without whom over the past three years the Heat possess over a .700 winning percentage, kind of nuts when you think about it. Over these 27 games the Heat are shooting a ridiculous 51% from the field and outscoring their opponents by double digits. I don’t know if they’ll get to the fabled 33 games of those ’71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, but they will certainly get close. I heard today about the talk of them being the greatest team ever if they break the streak and it’s simple, they aren’t the greatest team ever, period. Will they be up there in the talks if they break it of course, but they need at least one more ring to even be considered for that top spot.

Whattup Playboi??

Whattup Playboi??

NFL FREE AGENCY

Many guys found the market unfriendly to them, including defensive ends and defensive backs who could not find the money they were looking for. The Quarterback market, free agency or trades did not develop the way most had hoped besides Alex Smith being traded to the Chiefs so that Andy Reid would have a competent signal-caller as he took over the reigns of 2012’s worst team. The worst move in my opinion of this Free Agency Class was Joe Flacco’s contract because the other players on the Ravens saw this contract that Flacco was given and thought “hey, why can’t I get PAID too?” Boldin was traded for scraps, Ellerbe left, Ed Reed defected from the only team he’s ever known, and Paul Kruger left for the Cleveland Browns (ironically the team the Ravens used to be.) So way to go Joe! But talking about playing contract roulette by not signing the extension before last season huh? Big splashes were made by the Dolphins, Chiefs, Broncos, and Seahawks, while some have said the Giants have done well keeping their guys and adding depth. Head-scratchers are most certainly the Jets and the Cardinals, you think they’d re-watch their own debacle of a game to look at what they needed to add, but instead both teams didn’t make any moves in free agency. the Jets had an excuse in their little cap room, but the Cardinals have no excuse for their only splash being Rashard Mendenhall.

NHL QUICK HITS

The creme de la creme are the Blackhawks (who recorded at least one point in 24 straight games to start the season), the Penguins (who have a 12 game win streak of their own right now), and the Ducks who have been quietly the second best team in the West this season. Surprises include the Canadiens, the Jets, the Maple Leafs, and the injury riddled Senators who are without two of their best players, but still find themselves sitting in the middle of the playoff picture. The shortened season has provided for excitement, but desperation for many teams including the Rangers, the Flyers, the Caps, the Coyotes, the Sharks and the Preds. Many would say the Blackhawks made more people care “aboot” Hockey again, but it never left this blogger’s heart. I mean an eight seed winning the championship last year in dominating fashion was exciting for all, eh? Moral of the story watch some hockey and it won’t disappoint!

MLB OPENING

The Yanks are more banged up than bumper cars, the Blue Jays made some eye-opening moves this offseason, and the two Los Angeles teams look like well, Los Angeles teams with all-stars and big names ready to shine. The fact of the matter is, the baseball season is still too long and tenuous for most to keep track of day in and day out. This is why I will most likely opt to remain out of Fantasy Baseball this year. I will keep an eye on my Yankees and watch their games, but remember season’s aren’t decided in April or May, but in August-September. There will be a plethora of baseball stories as the season goes, which will most certainly include instant replay, PEDs, division races, trade rumors and much more. Tune in!

The OTHERS

  • Tiger Woods has regained the No. 1 ranking after his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, let’s see how long he can keep it and if he can win another title, we know ESPN will be all over that in 2013.
  • The USA seems to be struggling in the “football” front as Klinsmann and the boys can’t seem to play good enough defense to keep teams away from Tim Howard. The USA needs to make the World Cup if Klinsmann wants to keep his job, the problem is the countries around us are getting better.
  • NASCAR has brought back the stock car in their name rather then a drag racing car with a lip on it. It has already provided some excitement on the track and maybe it’ll keep up for this long haul of a season.

Those are my two cents … cash em in!

Anthony

(Please let me know if there’s any sports you want me to blog about and give my take on!)

It’s been a while

So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. Johan Santana has returned in a big way pitching the Mets’ first ever no-hitter We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning is  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

T-Catz