Results for tag: Brian Cashman
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Aug 16, 2011 at 12:50:42 AM

If it seems like every five or six days that A.J. Burnett is pitching in front of an angry mob hidden behind computer or mobile screens - that is because he is.

His inconsistency of maddening degrees often makes like it seems there is a referendum on the ballot in the voting booth and if the fans had their say the measure of keeping him in the rotation would be voted down.

Burnett finally won a game in August. That is a confounding stat if there ever was one, especially pitching on a team that wins as much as the Yankees and this was his first August win since beating the Yankees on August 19, 2008 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

That night he faced a Yankee lineup that included Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu, Xavier Nady, Ivan Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui. That night also showed another

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:58:24 AM

SUBJECT:  Pitcher Available

Recipient: All 30 Teams

Fellow General Managers,

This is to advise you that a pitcher from our Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley is going to become available sometime next week. He an opt-out clause you are more than welcome to sign him.

Thanks,

Ruben Amaro

That might not be the context of the actual industry-wide email circulated by the Phillies but that is basically how the process of acquiring Brian Gordon began last week. It accelerated when Bartolo Colon went down with a hamstring injury as the Yankee front office did video scouting while examining the numbers.

That led to Gordon filling the vacancy and while he did not get a win, the Yankees might be glad they responded and expressed interest because no matter how it unfolds, it is a tremendous

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 10, 2011 at 02:41:23 PM

Recently, I went to a book/cd sale at a local church where for five dollars I could fill up a bag with as many books/cds as possible.

To my surprise, I found the album for a band called "Semisonic", whose most-known hit from their 1998 album “Feeling Strangely Fine”, is called "Closing Time".

The song, which I first heard on a WFUV sampler CD for members, was believed to be about last call at a bar. Years later, it turned out to be about fatherhood.

Closing time
Open all the doors and let you out into the world
Closing time
Turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl...

I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home
I know who I want to take me home...

By now, you might be wondering what this has to do with the Yankees and perhaps the biggest

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on May 15, 2011 at 01:25:44 AM

Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00 yesterday afternoon as Jorge Posada and the Yankees were getting ready to appear for their Saturday night game against the Red Sox, the following songs appeared on Q-104.

The classic rock station played “Under Pressure” by Queen with David Bowie. A few songs later “Alive” by Pearl Jam appeared and that was followed by “Badlands” from Bruce Springsteen.

Obviously none of these songs pertain to baseball, but they could be in that context when the state of the Yankee hitting woes is mentioned, especially with the news as it pertains to Posada.

By now you may have seen the numbers and you might be wondering are the Yankees feeling "Under Pressure" to do something with Posada. You might also be wondering when Posada's will

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:51:17 PM

Today is April 28 and two years ago Curtis Granderson was the leadoff hitter for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park for an 11-0 loss to CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Granderson went 0-for-3 that night but has done fairly decently there by hitting .272 in 550 games. That's where he is tonight as Derek Jeter gets his first night off and a chance to enjoy the action from the dugout.

One person who hopes to enjoy the action more is Phil Hughes. Hughes found out that there is a low-level of thoracic outlet syndrome and is headed to St. Louis for a Monday consultation with vascular surgeon Dr. William Robert Thompson.

"The more I listened the more I was led to believe it was a done deal," GM Brian Cashman said. "We did not come up with any kind of diagnosis. That’s why Phil is going

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 18, 2011 at 03:52:15 AM

During the week of October 16-23, the Yankees stopped hitting and stopped pitching in a six-game series with the Texas Rangers and lost their chance at repeating as World Series champions. During that mostly unproductive week, Eric Chavez, Russell Martin, Rafael Soriano and Freddy Garcia were elsewhere.

Since the regular season and in Soriano's case, postseason had ended a few weeks earlier, the quartet might not have necessarily been thinking of future plans then. Eventually they would have to, either by having the benefits of free agency or being unwanted by a previous team.

Martin was the first since the Dodgers non-tendered him on December 2 and decided to go with Rod Barajas. Although Martin is considerably younger than Barajas, it didn't seem like the Dodgers had confidence in staying

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:35:21 PM

Today is April 14 and a year ago Pedro Feliciano was in Coors Field, pitching the eighth inning for the Mets in a 6-5 loss. That night, he faced Brad Hawpe, Sean Smith, Dexter Fowler and Todd Helton. It was one of 174 2/3 innings thrown during the past three regular seasons with the Mets and among the roughly 2,800 pitches thrown in game action during that span.

So why bring that it up now? It just so happens that the next time Feliciano faces an opposing hitter on a major league mound will not be until next April. That is because an MRI found a torn capsule in his left shoulder (the same injury Met ace Johan Santana is coming back from) and assuming Dr. James Andrews tells him to get it surgerically repaired, that appears to be the course of action Feliciano will take sometime next week.

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:48:55 PM

Everyone remembers where they were on big dates such as November 22, 1963, September 11, 2001, December 7, 1941, September 1, 1939 and so on. Those are big ones and then there are other dates that for some reason you randomly recall either due to outstanding memories or just random recall.

With the recent revelations that Joba Chamberlain's velocity dip has might have been caused by a shoulder injury suffered in the fifth inning on August 4, 2008 in Texas. It was a very nice Monday night and the Yankees had just completed a split against the Angels with a bizzare 14-9 win.

It was during a stretch that I attended every single Yankee and Met home game from July 27-August 29 but the Mets were off awaiting the Padres so I had the day to myself. I wound up spending it far from baseball and

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jan 11, 2011 at 08:42:42 PM

In the time since their disappointing performance in the ALCS concluded with a dreary loss in Texas, the Yankees have added the following players: A former All-Star catcher under 30 coming off an injury and a durable 80-game lefthanded reliever who somehow managed to be the longest tenured Met.

After adding Russell Martin and Pedro Feliciano, the name that has surfaced is Andruw Jones.

You might remember him for being a 19-year-old who crushed some long home runs in the opening game of the 1996 World Series. You might remember him for being one of three White Sox to connect off Javier Vazquez on May 1 in what was perhaps the first sign Vazquez's second stint was not meant to be.

Perhaps you remember him as an outstanding defensive outfielder, who at times seemed to possess limitless

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:02:52 PM

Let it Bleed is the 10th American album released by the Rolling Stones. The ninth track of that album is called "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

The hook to the song is the following and in some ways though it is a love song, it can be applied to the Yankees' failed bid to sign free agent Cliff Lee.

"You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need"

Basically it is a reminder that no matter what our efforts are in anything, you can't always get what you desire. No matter if you're the Yankees, no matter how much money you offer, how much you describe playing for the Yankees, sometimes it doesn't work.

It didn't work in 1992 when Gene Michael offered nearly

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