Results for tag: Marcus Thames
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:38:29 PM

…But no one ever does anything about it. Phil Hughes may be thinking about that old line today. Thanks to Sunday’s rainout, the competition for the fifth starter’s spot was handicapped in Joba Chamberlain’s favor. With too many pitchers needing innings in too few games, Hughes drew the National League champion Phillies while Chamberlain got an improvised intrasquad game in which he faced such luminaries as Randy Winn, Jamie Hoffmann, and Reid Gorecki. Given that crowd, any performance less than dominance would have been a disappointment. I leave it to your judgment as to whether five innings, seven baserunners, two runs, and just one strikeout is appropriately encouraging. Joba’s lot may be to remain an enigma.


Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 11, 2010 at 06:49:27 PM

Yesterday, the New York Post’s George King wrote a piece headlined, Yankees Outfield Not Doomed without Damon. Maybe I haven’t been listening to enough sports talk radio lately, but I totally missed the signs of panic in the streets over the departure of the ex-caveman. “You listen to the negative noise about the Yankees’ outfield without Johnny Damon and you wonder if Bubba Crosby, Karim Garcia and Raul Mondesi have slipped back into pinstripes,” King wrote.

The issue isn’t really who has slipped into pinstripes but who has slipped out of them and hasn’t necessarily been adequately replaced. Still, the difference between what Damon gave the Yankees and what they might get this season is not that large. Damon generated about

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:21:46 PM

Seven years ago, the Yankees made a thoroughly regrettable trade, dealing Marcus Thames to the Texas Rangers for Ruben Sierra. Now they’ve brought him back on a Minor-League deal.

It wasn’t at all surprising that Thames was dealt. Though he made a very memorable Major League debut, hitting a two-run homer off of Randy Johnson in his very first at-bat, there was little reason for the organization to have faith in him. He was a 30th-round pick (1996), which means he was just a name picked late in the draft, projected to be no more than organizational filler. After a terrific pro debut (.341/.389/.564 in 61 games in Rookie Ball and Low-A), he subsided to a level of production that just wasn’t going to cut it for a corner outfielder. He hit .284/.328/.409 in 1998, .237/.326/.404