Yankees singing of Masahiro Tanaka blows away the "189" goal, but it also shows commitment to the fans.
Potential negatives -
1. The teams and pitchers he faced don't equate to MLB teams and their #1 starters.
2. Japan pitchers generally pitch once per week.
3. He won't have Mariano to save his sushi (i.e. bacon).
4. Umpires have generally screwed Japanese pitchers on the corners.
1.Those who have seen him pitch swear he's the "real" thing!
2. In America, he would only start an additional 7 or 8 regular season games.
3. But somebody will pitch where Mariano used to pitch - it's upon what "WAR" stat is based, and it's truly unknown at this point.
4. With new MLB scrutiny (and Darvish tapes), the days of umpiring with an agenda should be over.
5. This kid just turned only 25 and he's already 99-35 with four seasons over .700 win pctge (and two more over .600).
6. No sleight of build, this guy prints out at 6'2" and 205.
7. No draft pick to lose, this is cash and carry!
8. Tanaka desperately wants to pitch for historically revered Yankees, like Matsui did.
9. Like Matsui, Tanaka wants to earn WS MVP on way to ring!
10? Next October, he won't have to worry about losing his home and/or health while Topanga Canyon or Las Flores Canyon burn under Santa Ana wind driven wildfires during the WS.
You may have heard of his 24-0 1.27 last season.
Two years earlier, he also posted 19-5 with ERA of 1.27 while striking out nearly 60 more, had most complete games and shutouts of his career in what many scouts have called his greatest season. Last year was essentially an encore.
I've watched his splitter drop and it makes me cringe to think "someone" hit that pitch, or his ERA would be 0.00.
The biggest question might be pitching with the differently sized American baseball, but his body size suggests it should not become a major problem.
Maybe YES got tired of Mike Francesa's ego show. Certainly, it was unprofessional for him to be seen on TV disconnecting a caller then continuing to shout at them, as if they were still on the line!
Let me say again, up front - Mike is quite knowledgeable in a great many sports.
But that being said, it wouldn't hurt to admit an error, especially to a nit-picker, and let the audience decide if it was important.
Mike went out of his way to claim Maddux had the greatest ERA+ (which measures ERA vs the league standard for that year) than anyone else in history, and that it wasn't even close. I didn't hear him qualify it by starters only.
Maddux ERA+ with Atlanta only would have been best among starters, but overall, the best ERA+ among starters goes to Pedro Martinez. But the nonsense about it not even being close is with Mariano Rivera, whose MLB Record ERA+ is ridiculously far ahead of even Pedro's.
Now you're thinking - Yes, but relievers give up runs charged to previous pitchers, and with closers, it ends the game before they give up ERs of their own. That doesn't hold true with today's modern closers, especially Mariano who came in to START the inning and inherited no runners.
Am I nitpicking? Mike was in the middle of a call, yelling it like was gospel. (Mario Cuomo used the term effectively, even when BSing the public, simply by saying, "Everybody KNOWS that!")
Today on Sportscenter, I heard more of the same nonsense - Under what stars was Mike Piazza the greatest hitting catcher in history?
Ernie Lombardi needed a double to get to first base, was clearly a better hitter than Piazza, but he DID finish one point lower in lifetime BA. But Bill Dickey didn't! Dickey batted five points higher. So much for that nonsense. Of course, Piazza combined his BA with homers, and some rumor, with PEDs, hence not enough votes. But he'll get in.
This weekend is going to be crazy with football games. There are so many odd makers out there and people guessing what is going to happen. In the end, anything can happen.
First we have the New Orleans Saints vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The odds and favorite to win this game is.... Hmm, not quite sure, but you could review here for more great NFL betting news this season
I can't wait to see the Giants... Oh wait, that won't be happening... Well we may be able to see some Giants logo's in the Stadium when it comes time for the Super Bowl? Speaking of Super Bowl, why is the NBC Today show showing Super Bowl commercials already? Isn't that the whole point for most people to tune in to the game?
I prefer to watch FOX for recaps and to get prepped for the playoffs. Here is the site i go to. See Here They usually cover it pretty well. How about those San Francisco 49ers? Do they have what it takes to win it all this year? Still too early to tell.
"I'd like to think hopefully with experience, and now me finishing up -- or in the middle of -- our seventh season, you hopefully trust your instincts," Payton said. "And you're always pretty critical and looking closely at things you'd do differently after games, wins or losses. And it's also paying attention to the game. I think that's really important.
"Because you may have an idea, or what you'd like to do, and then all of a sudden, you know, you're in the third quarter at Carolina and it's different, you've got a downpour. ... So a lot of things can dictate it. But I think it's [important to be] flexible."
So, what are your predictions?
It's not to argue about the "greatest closer" moniker, but the NY Press and media dubbed Mariano Rivera that, several years before he retired.
When they were "on" their game, there was virtually no difference between Dan Quisenberry., Bruce Sutter, Kent Tekulvie, Sparky Lyle, Goose Gossage, and few I have failed to mention.
Then, there was another echelon entirely, with Dennis Eckersley, Trevor Hoffman, and Mariano, whose excellence lasted beyond the four or five seasons that media followers cite for continued greatness.
Had Trevor Hoffman been a Yankee, who knows how much more Press had would have gotten? (And make no mistake about it - he WAS great! So was Eck.)
But, but ... there are no "buts" about it, all three have had World Series "blips", but Mariano's occurred after record setting numbers had already been logged!
Well, Eck was first ballot HoF with 83%, so there is an excellent barometer. And just before Mariano comes up for the vote, we will get so see Mr.Hoffman's balloting numbers (no rings but great regular season numbers).
But this year, we have another unique barometer of a kind because we Yankee fans want to see Mariano become the first ever unanimous selection - but with 355 wins in the five man rotation era, Cy Young Awards out the wazoo, miniscule ERAs (albeit in the super wide strike zone era also), they will elect Greg Maddux, and the only question among sports mavens is whether he breaks Seaver's election Pctge record 98+ %.
I lost my elder brother this month - without warning - no dire symptoms - and that's probably the way it happens in many circumstances.
Last night, Yankee fans, Oriole fans, and friends lost Paul Blair (69) and it's very sad because again, there were no outward symptoms.
Blair's wife told the local paper that Blair played a round of golf with friends Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a celebrity bowling tournament. After just two or three practice balls (at the bowling lanes), Paul sat down, feeling kind of funny... By the time EMS
got there after he had collapsed, they claimed they never found a pulse.
Paul, who played for the O's 64-76, then won two rings as a Yankee in 77-78, was famous for playing shallow because he could outrun virtually anything hit over his head, such was his equilibrium.
He once hit an inside-the-park homer to Tiger Stadium's dead center (fence there was 440) and in the interview after the game, a sportswriter asked if he worried that the outfielder would catch up with his drive.
He was quoted as responding, "The only guy who could possibly catch up to that drive was running the bases!" (referring to himself)
But Paul also was seriously beaned and it made him shy away from certain pitches for many years. Pitchers just don't know (or they don't care) about the damage a bean-ball does, which certainly brings to mind Tony Conigliaro from Boston or the one famous fatality when Carl Mays beaned Ray Chapman at the old Polo Grounds in 1920, killing him.
True baseball fans ought to join me in condolences to Paul's wife Gloria, and the extended family. I know the Yankees have, or are in the process of, sending something of their own.
Kids, for glove only, Paul Blair was right up there with Willie Mays for defensive CF excellence. Make no mistake about it.
We just read a great post by SHINBOW.com
Check this link out:67 Quotes: What the world said about Mandela during 10 days of mourning
Q: What is Jacoby Ellsbury’s new number?
A: Jacoby Ellsbury’s new number is #22 because for some reason, #2 was taken. In a coincidence,Robinson Cano‘s number with the Seattle Mariners is #22. #22 was also the former number of Roger Clemens and was the number Vernon Wells wore last season.Q: Why did Ellsbury choose 22?A: Ellsbury: ”Two is my favorite number, so why not have two of them?”
Q: What tempted Ellsbury to sign with the Yankees?
A: Ellsbury: “The tradition, the great players who have played here. The commitment to winning.”
Q: Did Ellsbury turn to anyone for advice before signing with the Yankees?
A: Ellsbury said he called Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira for their opinions about playing in New York. The both of them assured Ellsbury that he would love playing in New York and he wouldn’t regret it.
Q: Why did Brian Cashman sign Ellsbury in the first place?
A: Cashman: “He’s a dynamic player. someone who can make a difference on the offensive and defensive side.”
Q: How does Joe Girardi feel about having Ellsbury in New York?
A: Girardi: “Seems like each week my job gets a little easier. You’re no longer a thorn in my side. You’re a flower in our clubhouse.”
Q: Did Ellsbury have anything to say about his former team, the Boston Red Sox?
A: Ellsbury: ”It was seven great years. Unbelievable first part of my career.”
Item 1: Please don't get mad at Grandy for his comment about true New Yorkers being Mets fans. What he is obviously doing is playing the company line. For all we know, since he is from the Midwest, Grandy is just as likely to identify with his old team (Tigers) best. For Mets fans, the truth is that they are getting a fine all around player who is less likely to see as many breaking pitches with the NL staffs. He could produce wonderful stats for the Mets - he is a baserunner with good instincts, a decent glove and arm, and he is well spoken.
Item 2: The Mets have signed Colon. His biggest test for the Mets might come when he pees in the cup! At 40, I think he's got at least one more year in him.
Yankees acquired a minor league pitcher yesterday to complete the Stewart trade.
Next, we may get a trade off, losing Grandy but gaining Beltran (a switch hitter the Yankees desperately want in their lineup). But that would leave an overcrowded OF - don't be shocked if a package gets done involving Gardner, especially if not with an AL East team.
If the rumor mill is accurate, Papelbon is clubhouse poison - the Phillies can't wait to lose him. They will also trade Cliff Lee if they can get something tangible in return. Why did Oakland abandon Balfour? Did this Aussie want the Moon for those last two seasons? Yankees had good luck with Aussie Graham Lloyd in 1996, so if the price is right, Balfour is younger than Bob Barker!
Item 3: MLB has about as much real chance of stopping home plate collisions as a one legged man in an ass-kicking contest!
Jacoby Ellsbury is set to make 153 million over the next 7 years in New York. The Yankees decided signing the 30 year old former Boston outfielder was the right move.
Despite Ellsbury having already won 2 World Series titles with Boston, Yankees officials feel he is still hungry for more and will continue to play hard.
"Are you kidding? Of course he will!" Says one Yankees official. "Are you trying to tell me a 30 year old professional athlete would sign for that much money and then not give it his all?"
Jay Z's first order of business appears to be taking Robinson Cano out of the spotlight of New York and stashing him where no one will ever find him again.
Reports are that the Seattle Mariners are going to sign Cano to a ridiculous deal which will cost them every other player and require Cano to play all 4 infield spots himself.
The deal also means Jay Z and Beyonce will be spending alot of time in the Pacific Northwest.
Umbrella salesman Gipper McGroin is thrilled.
"If I can get Ms Knowles to use my umbrellas in her songs and trips out shopping or to the many Starbucks we have, the sky is the limit for my business!"
Gipper has visions of teen girls and urban youths across the globe sporting his umbrellas.
We will keep you posted on the latest.