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13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 3:49PM #1
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YANKEES WINTER LEAGUE Report 12-28-08 BigGuy


Robinson Cano (Estrelles--DWL) finished the regular season with a .267 average. 1 Hr, 8 doubles, 15 rbi, 14 runs, OBP .333, 7 K--7 walks.

Melky Carbrera (Aquilas-DWL) final regular season stats: 24 games, .312, 12 rbi, 19 runs, 1 HR, 6 doubles, OBP .393

Melky's Aquilas team made the playoffs. In his 1st game he went 3-4 with a double, 2 singles, walk, 2 rbi, and 3 runs scored.

Jonathan Albaladejo (Mayaguez-PRWL) is having a marvelous winter league. As the closer for Mayaguez he made 2 more appearances this week covering 1.2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 4 K's to pick up saves 11 & 12. He has not allowed a run in winter ball over 16 games.

Totals: 17.2 IP, 0 runs, 11 hits, 15 K--2 BB, BAA .175

Bernie Williams just started this week in Puerto Rico for Carolina. He's played 3 games going 1-7 with a single and 2 strikeouts. Bernie's going to try to play for the Puerto Rican team in the WBC.

Jorge Vasquez Culican-MWL) recently picked by the Yanks as a free agent from the Mexican League, has had an outstanding winter league. 348, 15 HR, 46 rbi, 12 doubles, 50 K--23 walks, OBP .416, SLG. .636.

Ramiro Pena (Culican-MWL) had a good week going 8-18, with 2 rbi and 2 runs. Totals: .280, 15 runs, 11 rbi, 2 HR, 14 K--3 walks.

Walter Ibarra (Hermosillo-MWL) 0-5 this week. Batting .188 overall in sporadic playing with 2 rbi, 3 runs.

Edwar Gonzalez (Lara-VWL) 1-2 with a run this week in his only game. 360, 11 rbi, 9 runs, 4 HR, OBP .402, SLG .613.

Francisco Cervelli (Lara-VWL) playing sporadicly, .255, 3 rbi, 9 runs, 1 HR, OBP .369.

Carlos Mendoza (Lara-VWL) recently resigned as a free agent is hitting .267 (4-15) in limited action.

Luis Nunez (Zuila-VWL) only 2 games, .333 (1-3).

Abraham Almonte (Escogido-DWL) only 3 games .333 (1-3), 1 rbi

Wady Rufino (Estrelles-DWL) only 2 games, .400, 2 doubles, 2 rbi.

Wilkins Arias (Aquilas-DWL) 17 Gms, 12.2 IP, 15 ER, 16 hits,

Jonathan Ortiz (Licey-DWL), only 1 game, 1.0 IP, 2 K's.

NOTES: Yanks AAA SWB team has announced it's coaching staff for the 09 season. Returning are manager Dave Miley and hitting coach Butch Wynegar. Scott Aldred was promoted from AA Trenton to be pitching coach, with Aaron Ledesma as infield coach.

Chris Britton and Oneili Perez signed with the Padres. Former Yankee Andy Phillips signed a minor league deal with the Pirates.

13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 3:51PM #2
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The latest Yankee news articles will be posted in this thread each morning and throughout the day as I find them. Check the back of the thread.

13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 3:58PM #3
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Yankees have cards in their favor for 2009 World Series run

Saturday, December 27th 2008, 11:31 PM


A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia will vastly improve the Yankee rotation ...

The Yankees have made three mighty splashes in the free agent pool this winter that addressed their multiple mandates for the offseason. So how much better are they after spending $423.5 million (so far) on the best starting pitcher available, the best position player available and a second elite starter? Will their incumbent players be better or worse? How about the manager?

Here's a look at the status and the verdict of each.

Keep in mind, of course, that this analysis explores the team at this moment. Now that the Yankees have signed all these free agents, they may trade someone such as Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon or Nick Swisher. Plus, they might add a fifth starter - Andy Pettitte? - or insert one of the kids into the rotation instead.

First base

The Status: Mark Teixeira in, Jason Giambi out.

The Verdict: Huge upgrade. The Yankees accomplished four goals in one move when they reached an agreement with Teixeira on an eight-year, $180 million contract before Christmas - they got better on offense, better on defense, younger and more athletic. Sure, Giambi had a decent offensive season last year (32 homers, 96 RBI, .247-.373-.502) thanks largely to the mystical oomph of his '70s-freak mustache and gold thong, but he was an albatross on defense on a team that has two competent infielders (Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter) who are only getting older and one (Robinson Cano) who occasionally zones out at his position. The Yankees needed a very good defensive player somewhere on the dirt and Teixeira is it. Plus, Teixeira (29 in April) figures to be more durable than Giambi, who will be 38 in January and was often brittle. Heck, Teixeira's only negative might be that he'll block aging Yankees from making a position change to first base.

Second base

The Status: A new, improved Robinson Cano, perhaps?

The Verdict: Unclear. Which Cano shows up in spring training, the one who got lazy over long stretches last season with the bat and glove or the one who was taking more walks and working on his craft during the winter season? Was last year just a blip or an alarming trend? Was he too comfortable after signing a four-year, $30 million contract before last season? His pay doubles this season - from $3 million to $6 million - and it's time for him to prove he's worth it and not repeat a season in which his average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage plummeted to career lows. The Yankees seem to believe in Cano, though whispers of him being available in trades certainly had long legs this winter.

13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:00PM #4
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After the DUI, Joba Chamberlain faces the harsh light of success

Saturday, December 27th 2008, 6:45 PM

It takes Joba Chamberlain a few moments to realize that the boys are in awe of him. It is mid-December and the Yankee righthander is sitting behind a long table in the back of Last Licks, an ice cream and memorabilia store on the upper East Side. For the first few minutes that he signs autographs, he mostly looks down and grunts amiable, if distant, hellos to the customers.

Now six adolescents have approached tentatively, sporting floppy hair under sideways baseball caps.

"Joba?" asks one in a squeaky voice.

"Yeah," answers the pitcher with the odd name and Babe Ruth face, his eyes on the table and his voice flat.

"Do you remember? When the Yankees were playing in Toronto?" the kid says breathlessly. "And we painted ⁈

13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:02PM #5
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Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital to shed Roger Clemens' name

Saturday, December 27th 2008, 11:02 PM

Roger Clemens can't get to 2009 soon enough.

Five days before the new year, Clemens received another professional setback and blow to his ego.

Houston's Memorial Hermann Medical Center announced Saturday that it is removing Clemens' name from the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine, a facility that opened three years ago.

A statement released by Memorial Hermann said, "To better reflect its commitment to all sports and athletes, the facility will transition to become known as the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute, effective Jan. 1, 2009. The move reflects a desire to promote the broad range of sports medicine services and programs offered by Memorial Hermann across the greater Houston area."

According to reports, Clemens donated $3 million to Memorial Hermann for a pediatric wing at Memorial Hermann's Children's Hospital.

Rusty Hardin, Clemens' attorney, declined comment.

It is the latest headache for Clemens, who saw his reputation and legacy hammered this year following the release of baseball's Mitchell Report on Dec. 13, 2007, in which Clemens' former trainer Brian McNamee claimed he injected the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone several times between 1998 and 2001.

Last month, the Daily News reported that Clemens had been asked to end his involvement with the Giff Nielsen Day of Golf for Kids charity tournament he had hosted the previous four years with Nielsen, the Houston broadcaster and former Oilers quarterback.

"He is dealing with some tough issues," Nielsen told The News then. "He is dealing with something that is very challenging. The accusations against him are serious. It just made sense to say go take care of these issues and we will revisit the relationship later, when it makes sense. He was very receptive. He was very understanding."

Clemens is still under investigation by the Justice Department and FBI for perjury after he testified before Congress in February that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. He has continued to deny McNamee's claims. Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee on Jan. 6 in the Southern District of Texas. Several months later, the News exposed his lengthy extramarital relationship with country singer Mindy McCready as well as affairs he had with several other women.

As the negative headlines continued, Clemens went into relative seclusion, occasionally making appearances at his oldest son Koby's minor-league baseball games. The Rocket was not included in the Yankees' video tribute during the final game at the old Yankee Stadium in September. Last Tuesday, McNamee filed a claim in Queens Supreme Court preserving the right to sue Clemens for defamation.

Clemens last pitched in the majors in 2007 when he signed a pro-rated, $28 million deal to play a second stint with the Yankees.


13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:03PM #6
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New York Times wants to sell stake in New England Sports Ventures, owner of Boston Red Sox, Fenway

Friday, December 26th 2008, 10:10 AM

The New York Times Co. said Wednesday that advertising revenue dropped 20.9 percent in November from a year ago, as the financial crisis prompted steep declines in classified and national ad spending.

The sharp economic deterioration, which followed the turmoil in the financial markets this September, has exacerbated an already-weak advertising market for newspapers as readers and advertisers have migrated to the Internet.

As part of its efforts to shore up its core newspaper assets amid the slump, the Times Co. is actively seeking buyers for its 17.5 percent stake in the holding company of the Boston Red Sox, according to reports Wednesday. The holding company, New England Sports Ventures, owns the baseball club, Fenway Park and a majority interest in the New England Sports Network.

The Wall Street Journal cited an estimate by Barclays Capital that the Times Co. stake in the holding company could be worth about $166 million.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino declined to comment late Wednesday.

Spokesmen for the Times Co. were not immediately available but the company's flagship paper reported the effort to sell the Red Sox stake, citing a person briefed on the plans. The New York Times said the company is "seeking to raise cash and shield its newspaper franchise from rapidly falling revenue." It said the Times Co. paid $75 million for the stake in 2002.

The Times Co.'s ad revenue, which makes up nearly two-thirds of total revenue, had booked declines of 16.2 percent in October and 14.1 percent in September.

Total revenue from continuing operations fell 13.9 percent last month.

For The New York Times' news media segment, advertising revenue dropped 21.8 percent, while circulation revenue grew 4.2 percent. At its flagship newspaper, the New York-based company said weakness in the studio entertainment, national automotive, book and financial-services categories drove declines in national ad spending. Classified ad revenue in the segment also plunged 33.3 percent.

Total Internet revenue ⁈” which also includes NYTimes.com, About.com and other company-owned Web sites ⁈” dipped 2.6 percent in November. In total, Internet businesses accounted for 12.1 percent of total revenue in November, up from 10.7 percent in November 2007.

The company noted that Internet revenue gained 8.3 percent over the year-to-date period.

The New York Times said unique visitors in the U.S. rose 11 percent to 55 million fr


13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:08PM #7
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The Bronx Block:

December 26, 2008

New York Yankees Save the World

That's right, Crybaby Nation. The Yankees are a verified, certifiable force for good in the Universe. Stop crying and whining that, "waaah, the Yankees are bad for baseball," or, "waaaaahhh, the system has to be changed," or, "waaaaaaahhhh, the Yankees spending is going to cause labor strife, waaah, waaaaah, waaaaah." Please, people, you're just not thinking this through. There's no question that the Yankees are good for baseball, and baseball is the National Pasttime, so the Yanks are good for the nation, and as the U.S. economy thrives, so does the world's, therefore, The New York Yankees Save the World!!!

How are the Yankees good for baseball? It's really very clear if you get over your natural bias to see the situation objectively:

  1. The Evil Empire is back. What would Star Wars be without Darth Vader or the Evil Empire? In a word, boorrring. Would you plunk down your good money to see Ewoks dancing around aimlessly? Of course not. Any good drama needs conflict, and no team in the history of sports causes more conflict than the New York Yankees. Heck, there have been plays and movies written about the hatred of the team from the Bronx.

    The fact is that a dominant New York Yankees team makes the game of baseball that much healthier. The Yanks consistently average the highest home and (by far) road attendance. Baseball is a highly regionalized game. People only watch baseball for two reasons: to see their team win or to see the Yankees lose. That's why everyone needs a villain. From soap operas, to dramas, to professional wrestling, the bad guy is always the most interesting character to watch. Well, the Big Bad is back and he's good for baseball, baby.

  2. I've heard so many pundits and fans crying that the Yankees big spending has invalidated the luxury tax threshold. They whine that it's not working and not doing what it's supposed to do, that it's causing a huge rift in the owners and that this will surely cause them to push for a new system and possibly cause labor strife. I say, "nonsense!"

    In point of fact, the Yankees big spending is the only thing making this stupid agreement work. Take away the Yankees, and you have a serious threat of a strike on your hands. The way the system is currently working is this: the Luxury Tax threshold acts as a boundary for all the big market teams to avoid except for the Yankees, for which it acts as a fire hydrant for them to pause, sniff at, and urinate on as they casually walk past. A large part of the agreement was to induce revenue sharing, so that the smaller clubs would get some of the big market money so they could improve their organizations.

    Well, folks, without the Yankees, THERE IS NO REVENUE SHARING!!! The Yanks are the only club, to date, to give significant money back to the pool. Other clubs might pop over a tiny bit for a year or two, but then immediately duck down below the line. Without the Yankees, you have a clear version of the haves and have nots, with the haves all clustering around the threshold, the have nots at the same level they're always at, and a pissed off group of players. Now you have the Yankees, the haves, and the have a little better chance of competings. Now the Rays can hope to re-sign some of their talented youngsters instead of watching them all get away.

  3. The Yankees aren't spending any more than last year. So, the people complaining this year are either just natural born crybabies who want to cry or they're just people that got burned because the Yankees signed someone they wanted.

  4. The Yankees aren't overspending for any of these guys, and they're not setting any huge, new arbitration marks that are going to drive up salaries across the board. The Nationals offered more for Teixeira, the Braves offered the same package to Burnett, and the Sabathia deal is for the same average salary as the Santana package. There is nothing new, mindblowing, or extravagant here. Much as others might try to portray it as reckless spending, the facts just do not support that.
  5. The competitive balance is as good as it's ever been (with this many teams). With all the great moves, the Yanks are still only roughly equivalent in talent to the Red Sox and Rays. They could still easily finish 3rd in the division!! This is baseball, folks, there are no guarantees of victory in this glorious game. Anything can happen once you make the playoffs. Even if all the pieces fall together and the Yankees win 110 games, there are no assurances they'll win it all. Baseball involves a host of uncontrollable variables like hot streaks, cold streaks, injuries, and BABiP. Every team has just as much hope going into the season as they did before the Yanks signed these three players.

  6. As the great Jimmy Duggan once said, "There's no crying in baseball!!" This is a manly sport. Stop acting like a bunch of babies. If anything, you should be celebrating. Beating the Yankees will be that much sweeter (if you can manage it).


13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:16PM #8
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New York Yankees Top 20 Prospects for 2009

13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:18PM #9
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Hey big guy, what position does that jorge V. guy play. The one we signed form the mexican league with the monster stats?
13 years ago  ::  Dec 28, 2008 - 4:20PM #10
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Hi. He's a righty hitting 1st baseman who also can play a little 3rd. He's got pretty impressive numbers.

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