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TGIF 1/15/16

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The FranObcesa Segment


When I’m working alone and in close vicinity of a wireless signal we can monitor  Pope Francy the Only on WFAN.. Yesterday  he actually came on and warbled about being in the Screen Actors Guild lol… (3 or 4 tweets down on this link youtube)

Mikey anybody who  ever performed in front of a camera for a TV show has to join that union, or you don’t get paid… It’s like having a Dump  ticket so  you can toss your garbage

And BTW, the pay for that  stuff is paltry compared to what  you can  make on a regular gig.. My plumber makes more money in a half day, and he’s only here because he’s my friend, not that he’s any good… so let’s take it easy

Mushnick actually called Francesa out on his Marvin Lewis flip  flop

Pope Francy the Only

Matthew Fun House put together an hour of Francesa from the beginning, I haven’t listened to  the whole thing, but if you have the time, what I did hear is a must listen for all Pope Francy Fans

If the link I posted doesn’t take you to  the destination you can  grab it here

More Potential Al Yankzeera Propoganda


We took our daily stroll to Mikey 2 Chins’ one and a half room Apartment in Queens yesterday, and  the beef coma king has swallowed the Aaron  Hicks BS by Cashman and Girardi like it was a Wendy’s Power Hour 

Hicks turned 26 in October and there is some evidence he is on the verge of breaking out, mostly in his more aggressive approach and new leg kick. Surely that’s part of the reason the Yankees acquired him. The raw ability is obvious and they see the signs of improvement, and hope he develops into a true everyday player down the road. They’re going to try to get him as much playing as possible next year to make it happen.

“Let’s be honest” Cashman traded budding star JR Murphy for Hicks based on Hicks makes no money, and Chris Young got $13.5M from  the Red Sox… Hicks used to be a top prospect in the Twin  organization but Cashman’s new M.O. in an effort to get younger and shed payroll is grabbing other teams one time promising stars who  were busts

( Gregorius, Eovaldi, Ackley) so  those teams sold low, while Cashman sold high ( Green, Flores, Murphy, Phelps / Prado)

We checked this supposed turn around by Hicks and lo and behold his August and September numbers were as bad as Gardner or Ellsbury’s

.224 / .321 / .367 / .689

Hicks did have a very good July, but started to  trend downward during the dog days. Of course we hope Hicks pans out, but let’s not get crazy with the upswing and the leg kick BS

we can only hope Gary Sanchez makes us forget Murphy, and Hicks does become a viable 4th OFer.. When you have starting to pass their prime guys like Ellsbury and Gardner and your paying over $200M for them, we understand the gamble on Hicks

Cashman temporarily gets the benefit of the doubt based on Gregorius and Eovaldi being better in Stripes then they  were in Arizona and Miami

Fangraphs Projections 

This ought to make all  the JR GM’s at Mikey 2 Chin’s playground happier then Mike Francesa vacationing at the Diet Coke factory in Atlanta Georgia!

Fangraphs, the leaders in analytic metrics project the Red Sox to  win the East ( 92 wins) and the Yanks to take the WC with 86 wins, one less then 2015

They have the Royals tumbling all  the way  to 4th place in the AL Central?? They have the Nationals taking the NL East over the Mets who  are only projected to  win 84 games ??

Once again for such a smart establishment, Fangraphs has anointed the winners of this off season chalk to  grab their divisions.. At least in the AL / NL East the NL Central, to  some extent the AL Central..

They  have the Dodgers winning the NL West despite losing Greinke, the Giants winning two more games despite adding Cueto  and the Shark, and the D-Backs remainig status quo  despite adding Greinke

Of course we still have plenty of time for players like Cespedes, Upton, Davis, and Desmond to impact whatever teams they land with so it’s sort of all moot at the moment

Apparently adding  Shotgun Chapman, and Cashman’s new 2 shuttle roster ( 1 for the pen, 1 for the bench) has appealed to  the uber hip Fangraphs computers

Cashman is having the time of his life building this 2016 team, he brought in more minor league contracts then I can ever remember

The per-diem money in Tampa is gonna exceed $200M, there might be 150 guys in camp

Cashman is gonna have 23 regs, and two shuttle positions, one in the pen, one on the bench.. Apparently he’s looking at how many options other team’s DFA players have more so then their metrics..

Cashman is being creative with Hal guarding the NYY coffers, always a scary thought.. He’s much more creative doling out 9 figure checks, but this should be a fun watch

Happy Birthday  to  the Boss, Mrs Sal


Written by Sal

January 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

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  1. I’d be surprised if the O’s go with Cespedes although if he agrees to a 5 for $75 to $90M that’s $60M less then his projection and Roc Nation takes a hit

    I’m in agreement with the pundits, it makes them RHB heavy…

    Buck is out of line with his how much is enough take on Davis

    “How much is enough?” he said. “I asked Chris during the season, ‘Chris, when you walk into a Target store, can you buy anything you want. So, how much is enough?’

    Anyone of us can walk into Target and buy anything they sell, is Buck kidding? At least bring up a Jaguar dealership Bucky….

    MLB is almost a $10B business, they gouge you every chance they get at the ball park…

    I don’t see the owners going back to a reasonable 154 games, or double headers, or how about no Sunday night 8:05 starts, then Monday games 6 hr’s away on a different coast… What about those late night World Series games you can hardly stay awake for?

    Billionaires fighting with multi Millionaires, the 1 per centers, yawn…


    January 15, 2016 at 7:56 am

  2. at 22 yr’s old, Bill Stafford #22 pitched five 9 inning games, he went 14-9 in an era when Wins and Losses really did count

    He pitched in 36 games started 25, and pitched 8 complete games! 195 innings / 168 hits 1.164 WHIP .. He pitched even more in 1962… A budding Superstar before he was injured…

    In this era Bill Stafford would eventually be a very rich man being protected by an innings limit, and no doubt a top of the rotation pitcher

    this in reference to our Luis Arroyo post yesterday

    My Uncle Beansy’s favorite 1961 Bomber pitcher and a Shout out to Noogsie’ la familia


    January 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

    • Sal–thanks for that.
      My most vivid memory was Billy’s start in the 1962 World Series versus San Francisco. With the series tied at a game each, he started the 3rd game at Yankee Stadium before more than 70,000 fans
      The Giants had a powerhouse lineup—Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, two Alou brothers, among others.
      All of this is from memory, without looking it up. Billy took a one hopper off the shin in about the 7th inning off the bat of Felipe Alou. He retrieved the ball and threw out Felipe. In a lot of pain, he continued, but never pitched again in the series.
      Billy took a two hitter into the 9th inning that day, and I remember that Roger Maris had hit a homer. I also remember that he had struck out Willie Mays and I was a young kid freaking out to think that this was the older kid I knew growing up from right across the street. Anyway, with a 3-0 lead in the 9th, Mays hit a double, sandwiched around two other outs. Giants catcher, Ed Bailey then hit one over Roger’s head in right field and into the first row over the 344 foot sign. Ralph Houk must have believed that Billy was still throwing well, as no closer was even warming up. Jim Davenport then hit a short pop up, ending the game and a 3-2 Yankee win. It was the pivotal game in the series. So…Billy pitched a complete game, a four hitter, and lost the shutout with 2 outs in the 9th.
      I still haven’t recovered.
      I remember when I was 16 and he showed up one night and pitched batting practice to our American Legion Team. He had just been traded to Kansas City and was given a few days to report.I remember catching him during that batting practice. He didn’t try to throw hard ( his arm was shot anyway) but I still remember that he would motion me where he wanted my glove to be,and he never missed the target. I was in awe of what he could do. When I batted, same thing. He could put the ball anywhere he wanted to.
      In later years, I spent a lot of time with him golfing and really getting to know him. He was a great instructor and taught me so much about golf. I remember one day at Wiltwyck Country Club in Kingston, when Billy birdied 7 out of the 9 holes on Wiltwyck’s back nine. He shot 29.
      His mother’s side of the family ( Surrano) has a history of heart disease. Many family members have died prematurely from it. When he died of a heart attack at 63 yrs of age, he was in perfect shape–did not smoke, gain weight, drink to excess or ever do drugs.
      Thanks again for remembering him here. He was truly a great guy.


      January 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm

  3. Birfday Greetings to Reets Chief,, remembering MLK Weekends on the Bus with you bemoaning not being home with Mama !!
    “Enjoy” it now,, lol,,


    January 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm

  4. That’s a great story Noogsie, thanks, and Billy will always be in our Hall of Fame

    Donny, if you had talked to the boss on the phone when it was her birthday and I wasn’t their, you’d be bemoaning not being home too… lol

    It didn’t work so well being on the left coast this NYE either……….I really am trying to retire the road, I was starting to see the light until somebody pulled the plug…


    January 16, 2016 at 6:19 am

  5. I’m glad somebody in the media got off their ass and started to pine for a real slugger who is under the age of 27 yr’s old…. Bove thinks Justin Upton is the perfect fit, based on the lack of RH slugging in the Yankees line-up

    When you think about it he’s 100% right, your counting on Teixeira, ARod and Beltran as the Murderers Row,
    more like Geriatric Row… Chris young had tremendous RHB power but the Red Sox were smart enough to pay the man to hit in a park that is tailor made for him….

    The Yanks have balanced out the line-up some with Castro, but he’s still unproven and has been really bad in 2 of the last 3 seasons so we can’t count on him just yet

    As for Hicks, I don’t know where all the hoopla is on him starting to come into his own, his last 200 PA’s in 2015 were as bad as Gardner and Ellsbury… Hicks had a good July and that’s it, he faded like a July snow in August and September

    So we’re getting more Spin from Cashman and Girardi on Hicks, maybe he pans out Eovaldi and Gregorius worked so they have to get the benefit of the doubt at the moment

    As for Upton, Cash-Brenner isn’t signing him, first off he’s a butcher in Left Field and that’s the toughest OF spot to play in the Bronx, second, he’s gonna cost money and Cash-Brenner won’t buy a FA this season unless it’s on a MILB contract

    If Upton’s market drops maybe Cash-Brenner drops their idiotic let’s cut payroll M.O. and they land Upton, but I don’t see it, really based on his bad Defensive metrics as much as his cost

    If somebody actually loses their mind and trades a decent young pitcher for Gardner Cashman has 3 or for guys that profile punch and judy hitters like Ellsbury ( at the moment trending toward the worst contract in NYY history) and Gardner, and they don’t coast in excess of $200M to field…


    January 16, 2016 at 7:44 am

  6. 1st of all Sal,
    Your Don has been screaming for a Slugger, remember??
    2ndly,, I got an earful on NYE when I spoke to the boss,oh yes I did,, lolol,,


    January 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    • Donny you don’t need to scream, just walk in Hal’s office, grab him by his pencil neck and explain to him it’s just money… He can make money, but not memories, the kid is missing the whole point of owning the NYY

      We have about as much sympathy for Hal paying a Lux Tax as we do for which one of his private jets Springsteen and his no talent wife are taking to their next vacation spot


      January 18, 2016 at 6:03 am

  7. Joey Bats is still out there. Hard to like, but so are many others. Gary Sheffield comes to mind. Get rid of some of the nonsense we have in the outfield and bring in Joey. Never happen, though. Punch and Judy will be here and Beltran will be DL’ed by June.


    January 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

    • If Canada doesn’t extend Joey Bats and he Dons the Pinstripes, all is forgotten Noogsie for sure… He can Bat Flip all he wants… We’ll have to keep the Don B away from him, Donny B doesn’t let go of grudges too easily

      We’ll have to set up Joey Bats Rehab for the Don lol


      January 18, 2016 at 5:58 am

  8. Todays Daily News had an article about Luis Arroyo,it said during a Whitey Ford day,they came out with the giant lifesaver on a truck!!


    January 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    • Thanks Big D, I saw the headline but didn’t read it until you sparked it….


      January 18, 2016 at 5:56 am

  9. Pitchers & Catchers one month from today fellas,,


    January 17, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    • good intel Donny, I can smell the grass already.. with my truck down and no time to get under the hood I’ll be skiing off the mountain pray for no snow


      January 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

  10. As Big D alluded to, the News had a nice story on Little Louie, and we distinctly remember the Life Saver, now not so distinctly do I remember it coming out on a truck, until they mentioned it… Good job by MCCarron grabbing bobby richardson for some intel… And as I mentioned to mB on Saturday just didn’t have the time to go through the 1961 game log to find out just how many of Whitey’s games Arroyo saved, McCarron mentions 13 of the 25 wins…

    Also good job by MCCarron using the book Relief Pitcher as a reference

    In the 1979 book “The Relief Pitcher” author John Thorn relates an anecdote in which the Yankees gave Ford a day at the Stadium late in the year. At one point, a truck came in from center field with a giant roll of Lifesavers on it. As Thorn, who is now Major League Baseball’s official historian, wrote, “As it neared Ford, out popped Arroyo!”


    January 18, 2016 at 5:54 am

  11. Good, now Buck Showalter can stop whining like a little school girl / boy… His tight wad owner dropped over $190M on Davis and O’Day… Now STFU Buck

    The deferred money will make the bankers come out of the woodwork, so like Scherzer it ends up being a bit less over time, but Boras still gets to look like he got his man his asking price… Most people won’t care, and won’t bother to dive into the Scherzer and Davis deferred payment plans and what the actual value is… What I like about the whole Baltimore off season, Buck can’t come on Francesa’s show or Red Light Waldman’s pre game on the Radio and use that insidious cliche, “ you know Suzyn “it’s not about the money, it’s about the money”


    January 18, 2016 at 6:07 am

  12. Wow it’s almost 6:20 AM and Cashman hasn’t signed some other team’s DFA’d player… Come on Cash, your slipping….


    January 18, 2016 at 6:19 am

  13. Ian Kennedy ends up with a better contract then Phil Hughes (5 for $58M) 5 for $70M for the Prez

    What a country Kennedy puts up a 4.28 ERA in a Pitchers park in the NL and he gets a 5 yr deal

    nice AAV though $14M, in this market if you can make 30 starts / eat innings, miss bats even a mid rotation pitcher is worth $14 to $16M per

    He is pitching in front of the best defense in baseball, in a hitters park, and he can opt out after 2 yr.’s… Dayton Moore just needs to get 2 good yr’s out of him…. Then hope Boras takes him someplace else…


    January 18, 2016 at 6:28 am

  14. Chapman want’s $13.1M Cashman wants to pay him Miller money $9M… Chapman has better numbers then Miller and is better then Kimbrel or Robertson

    Try to avoid the hearing, we don’t need a pissed off Chapman sulking in the pen… Yes it’s a walk yr and he’ll be pitching for a 4 or 5 yr deal, but still this guy could make Ralphie Soriano look like Giggles the Clown if he’s pissed off

    Maybe Cashman can save a million or two but Hal is gonna shell out… they were bottom feeders to get him, but one reason, probably the biggest reason, Jockety desperately wanted to get rid of him, I’m not buying his character issue, they’d pay Bin Laden if he could strike out 116 batters walk 33 as a closer,

    was the arbitration paycheck, Cincy can’t afford that number


    January 18, 2016 at 6:44 am

  15. Damn son, you must really be busy up on that mountain! !!!!


    January 18, 2016 at 9:40 pm

  16. Francesa is leaving the wfan and his daily show at the end of 2017 when his contract is up. The NYPost online had the story,and a video of him on the Katie Nolan show where he made the announcement.


    January 19, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    • wow thanks Big D….


      January 20, 2016 at 5:54 am

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