Archive for February 23rd, 2007

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Piazza Will Only DH for A’s

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo)It’s a whole new ball game for the greatest slugging catcher of all-time. Former Met Mike Piazza will hang up the shin guards as he serves as the full-time DH for the Oakland Athletics this season.

Reality for ‘old catcher’



New York Post

Dice-K Should Worry Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

Copyright 2007 The New York Times CompanyBoston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been a hot topic during the entire offseason, but with pitchers beginning their bullpen and BP sessions this week, the media attention surrounding the Japanese sensation is beginning to resemble a frenzy. In particular, much has been made this week of the mysterious gyroball, which may or may not exist, and which Dice-K may or may not actually throw. The New York Times examined the pitch on Thursday, providing an in-depth explanation of the physics behind the pitch. Likewise, takes a look at the gyroball, tracking the journey of writer Patrick Hruby as he sets out in chase of the “demon sphere.”

Meanwhile, gyros aside, the pitcher himself is already making a big splash in Sox camp. Courtesy of Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record:

If anyone captured the Sox’ imagination Thursday, it was Matsuzaka: In only his second throwing session of the spring, Matsuzaka stayed on the …

Young Guns in Yanks’ O.K. Corral

Yankees Rumors & News

(Robert F. Bukaty/AP)The papers are abuzz this morning with reports of the stellar impressions made by some of the Yankees young pitchers. As noted yesterday, Philip Hughes is drawing comparisons to a young Roger Clemens or Curt Schilling, while Humberto Sanchez – who grew up a Yankees fan in the South Bronx – has been showcasing his overpowering stuff as well. Says Jason Giambi of Sanchez:

He’s huge. I don’t know how you let a guy like that go. I guess when you throw 96, it’s not enough to make that ballclub. In Detroit, every player throws 100.

Says backup catcher Todd Pratt:

From the first day when we all walked in, it looked like a corral — just a bunch of horses. I’d be pretty happy if I was Mr. Cashman.

For more on the duo, check out Tyler Kepner’s story in The New York Times, and for more on Hughes, see Newsday, The Daily News, the Bergen Record, and …

Philip Franchise

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)That’s what they might as well start calling Yankees prospect Phil Hughes, according to Times reporter Tyler Kepner. Kepner quotes Jason Giambi, who compares Hughes to a young Roger Clemens, and Todd Pratt, who preferred the comparison to a young Curt Schilling.

Says veteran catcher Ben Davis:

Hughes is just special. I’m not mocking anyone on the team; I’m just saying the way the ball comes out of his hand is different than the way it comes out of other people’s hands. I mean, his fastball explodes and his curveball is devastating. That’s the only word I can say: devastating.

Kepner also takes note of another young flame-thrower, Humberto Sanchez. Sanchez, acquiried from Detroit in the Gary Sheffield trade, has impressed on-lookers as well.

15 on 51

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For what it’s worth, Carlos Beltran has an opinion about the plight of free agent outfielder Bernie Williams as well. As quoted by Jon Heyman:

It shows us that as a player there’s no loyalty in this game. When you’re going good, everyone wants you. When you get up in age, people don’t pay attention

Ambi-dextrous: Might Righty Impresses

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)From the Daily Rags:

Burgos’ impression is fast



New York Post

Former Royal impresses Mets

The Journal

Mets Notebook: Burgos’ heat gets Randolph fired up

Newark Star Ledger

Mets Concerned About El Duque

Mets Rumors & News

It was reported early this morning that Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez had flown to New York to undergo tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery after experiencing stiffness in his upper neck. According to Omar Minaya, “this is more preventative stuff than anything else.”

Some further comments from Minaya, courtesy of audio posted by Adam Rubin of the Daily News on his blog.

“I’m not concerned at all, but it’s one of those things things you’re gonna get early in camp and you wanna make sure you get it out of the way…He should be back here tomorrow.”

However over on his LoHud blog, Journal News reporter John Delcos speculate that all is not well in Mets land. Says Delcos:

GM Omar Minaya said Orlando Hernandez complained of similar pain last year, but it didn’t force him from the rotation. Hernandez said this resurfaced a couple of days ago after throwing BP.

Minaya said he’s not concerned, but I’m not buying. There are already enough questions in the Mets’ rotation. …

Kidd, Carter Staying

Nets Rumors & News

WFAN is reporting that the Nets have given official confirmation that Jason Kidd and Vince Carter will remain with the team.

Mets Get a Bit Snippy

Mets Rumors & News

David Wright wasn’t the only one who fired back at Jimmy Rollins after the Phillies’ shortstop declared his team “the team to beat” in the NL East. Some quotes from the rest of the Mets via Newsday.

“Good for him!” Carlos Beltran snapped. “What’d they win? What’d they win last year?”

“The Phillies were probably the most active team in our division,” [Tom] Glavine said, “but what you do in the winter – it looks good and it’s nice to talk about – but it doesn’t equate to anything. You brought in pieces of the puzzle, you hope they mesh and you hope they go out there and have a good year. But nobody’s going to know that until the year starts.”

As Billy Wagner put it, “Our motivation isn’t to beat the Phillies. Our motivation is to win the World Series.”

“I don’t think it’s getting under anybody’s skin here,” Paul Lo Duca said. “I don’t think we need any extra motivation. The Cardinals celebrating on our field last year is motivation …


Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

The NBA trade deadline is less than 5 minutes away, and thus far it looks to be one of the most quiet deadlines in recent memory. The Blazers have sent Juan Dixon to the Raptors for Fred Jones, while the Hawks have acquired Anthony Johnson from Dallas in exchange for a 2nd-round pick. That’s about it. Sometimes deals will trickle in after the “official” deadline has passed, so we’ll keep you posted.

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