On January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football. I don't remember this; but I do remember the first Super Bowl..I've been around for all of them, ya' know...doe that mean I'm old? This was the 1st Superbowl, they just didn't call it that. Hey!!! you were pulling my leg again! only a little bit and very gently I know how tender you are just between the ears I knowwhen you are kidding me Born January 15
1845 - Ella Flagg Young, 1st woman pres (National Educational Association) – cousin of Egg Foo Young pretty sure they were both General Tsao's grand daughters...maybe this post is wonton. I apolgize. oooh my goodness...no apology necessary...this is rich, the cream ofthe crop...amog the elite, top of the wall creations...udon really great , boss... I thought it was Pu PuI concede...I'm not really that familiar with Chinese food...however I suppose I could Thai to go one more round
1906 - Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate – the Greek Tycoon who married a former first lady Barbara Bush? Hilary Clinton?? ya' know sometimes you can be so obnoxious...very funny but still obnoxiouswill try harder next time bossYou are doing just fine my friend
1920 - John J "Cardinal" O'Connor, Phila, Roman Catholic Archbishop of NYhmmm?, Iwnder why Cardinal is in quotes...is that a good thing or a bad thing? I have absolutely no idea. Maybe we should ask "Clipper" hahaha yeah...good one OK, will do...however, I think Mo might be a better source regarding this issueohhh, he wasn't the St Louis type? oh this definitely a pants checker...fantastic! Try Rome Italy type
I rarely get too caught up in international free agents. The hype often grows out of control, the possibilities get spun in every direction, and truly covering that market requires basically a full-time commitment to it. I pay attention, obviously, but I prefer to follow reporters truly focus internationally, ask my internal questions about the Yankees involvement, and approach every next-big-thing with a dose of skepticism until convinced otherwise.
That said, I find myself kind of wrapped up in the story of Yoan Moncada. Not so much because of his talent, but because he could single-handedly make the Yankees international spending plan an overwhelming success.
By now you know the basics (mostly because Ben Badler and Kiley McDaniel have done an incredible job providing the information): Moncada is a 19-year-old Cuban shortstop — or second baseman, or third baseman — who has settled into Guatemala, worked out in front of major league scouts, and been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball. He still has to be cleared by the government, but it seems a matter of time before he’s available to big league teams.
No team seems to be a better fit for Moncada than the Yankees. They took their international bonus pool and lit it on fire, setting an international spending record to sign just about all the top players on their board, including nine of Baseball America’s Top 30 prospects for July 2. … The Yankees have the money to beat anyone’s offer. They’re willing to invest in international talent, whether it’s unprecedented spending on Latin American amateurs or $175 million for Masahiro Tanaka. When you line up all the evidence, if the Yankees truly want Moncada, they’re going to be tough to beat.
So, how might that change the international market and justify the Yankees international plan?
McDaniel explained in his latest FanGraphs piece that Major League Baseball has discovered its current system does not effectively limit international spending. Teams are willing to far exceed the soft cap that’s currently in place, and the penalties involved could actually help establish something like an international draft in the not-so-distant future.
This year, the Yankees decided to spend huge money on international amateurs — paying a heavy tax and facing extreme spending limits for next year — because they recognized this might be one of the final opportunities to take advantage of the current system before something more restrictive is put in place. Again, it was McDaniel who first explained this strategy way back in December.
With that strategy in place, the Yankees loaded up on young, international talent this summer, and Moncada offers the chance to add one more within this window of opportunity (Moncada’s the kind of guy who would surely be the No. 1 pick if an international amateur draft were already in place). These guys are all teenagers, and there’s a chance none will reach his potential, but that’s an issue for another day. Here and now, the strategy is to load up on talent before doing so becomes far more difficult if not impossible. Moncada might be the final chance to do that in a big way.
"Without the Lord, I cannot do it." Mariano Rivera - 9/22/13