“The season is still very young, but up to now the results are clearly not acceptable to me or to Yankee fans,” [Yankees owner George] Steinbrenner said in a statement. “However, Brian Cashman, our general manager, Joe Torre, our manager, and our players all believe that they will turn this around quickly.
“I believe in them. I am here to support them in any way to help them accomplish this turnaround. It is time to put excuses and talk away. It is time to see if people are ready to step up and accept their responsibilities. It is time for all of them to show me and the fans what they are made of.
“Let’s get going. Let’s go out and win and bring a world championship back to New York. That’s what I want.”
Archive for April 2007
Joe Torre’s Yankees have underachieved, choked, and generally failed to show up in the postseason for several years now. Naturally the manager has to take his share of blame for these short-comings, and if fans want to hold his feet to the fire for it, I can’t blame them.
What I don’t understand is how anyone in their right mind can blame Joe Torre for the Yankees’ struggles this April. Just over a week ago, Newsday’s back page shouted “Look Out, Boston!” Ten days later, the sky is falling. A quick look at the Yankees Headlines today reveals a plethora of stories surrounding the fate of Torre, who apparently is very nearly on the chopping block.
To hear some fans and pundits tell it, it was Torre who invested $46 million in Kei Igawa to be a long-man in the bullpen. It was Torre who – apparently concerned about the gilded gloves on the left side of the infield and their ability to get the …
According to WFAN, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez has been diagnosed with shoulder bursitis and is headed to the DL.
Chan Ho Park has been recalled from AAA-New Orleans and will get the start tonight against the Marlins. Park is 3-1 for the Zephyrs this season, but has compiled a bloated 7.29 ERA along the way.
Jeff Karstens scored big points in the clubhouse for trying to pitch with a fractured fibula Saturday in order to pick up a few innings for the tired bullpen. The fact that Karstens was willing to help with a broken leg and [Calamity Carl] Pavano has pitched 19 games in two-plus seasons wasn’t lost on the uniforms.
While the Mets were waiting for the results of the MRI of Jose Valentin’s right knee, Orlando Hernandez showed up at RFK Stadium yesterday morning and complained of stiffness in his right shoulder….As for possible replacements, the Mets could call up Chan Ho Park, who would be on turn after starting Wednesday for Triple-A New Orleans.
Performance-wise, the best option is Jorge Sosa (3-0, 1.38 ERA), but he pitched yesterday for the Zephyrs against Oklahoma. They also could consider Aaron Sele, who pitched 1 1/3 innings Saturday night, or move up Mike Pelfrey from tomorrow’s start.
As for Valentin, Minaya said the second baseman is expected to have more tests today before they can determine his status. Valentin left Saturday’s game in the fourth inning after feeling his knee “wobble” while he was standing at his position, and he had an MRI yesterday. He said Saturday that doctors were unsure if this is an old or new condition. Valentin missed three months of the 2005 season with three sprained …
The New England Patriots continue to make character a high priority.Raiders trade Moss to Patriots for 4th-round pickESPN.com
With their 2nd-round, 51st overall pick, the Giants selected USC wide receiver Steve Smith. Once again via NFLDraftScout.com:
Has good initial quickness and builds to top speed smoothly, using proper hand technique to defeat the jam and prevent from being re-routed … Runs with good balance and displays loose hips to change direction … Is a student of the game, putting in the extra hours after practice and in the film room … Has shown marked improvement in his training habits, adding needed strength and bulk to his frame before his senior year … Tough athlete who will play through pain … Shows a smooth running stride and the plant-and-drive agility to cut quickly … Has the loose hips to deliver good shake-and-bake moves in attempts to elude … Uses an effective veer move to get into his patterns and is alert to find the soft spots in the zone to settle under … Glides in and out of his breaks … Has the vision to recognize coverages and is alert …
The Jets have traded up in the draft yet again, swapping a 2nd-round pick (63rd overall), a 3rd-round pick, and a 6th-round pick in exchange for Green Bay’s 2nd-round pick (47th overall) and 7th-round pick.
Using the Packers’ No. 48 pick, the Jets selected Michigan inside linebacker David Harris, of whom The Daily News’ Rich Cimini said last week:
“At 6-2, 243, he’s a pure inside ‘backer. He’s smart and tough, an outstanding run stuffer between the tackles. “There are no holes in his game,” one GM told me.”
NFLDraftScout.com says the following:
Tough and aggressive run defender who is at his best when playing at the line of scrimmage … Has just adequate change-of-direction agility (stiff hips), but somehow manages to flow to the ball and get into position to make the play … Maintains balance accelerating to close and has a good feel for blocking schemes … Makes all the defensive calls and is good at anticipating the flow of the play … Physical wrap-up tackler who hits with a thud …
With the 24th overall pick, the New England Patriots selected Miami safety Brandon Meriweather. Via Wikipedia:
On July 21, 2006 Meriweather was involved in a shooting incident when teammate Willie Cooper was shot in the buttocks. Meriweather returned fire and shot at the unidentified shooter three times. Meriweather wasn’t charged due to the fact his gun was owned legally.
Miami FIU Brawl
During the infamous Miami-FIU brawl, Meriweather was clearly seen stomping repeatedly on several Florida International players on the ground. Meriweather was ultimately suspended by the ACC and Miami for his role in the brawl. It is believed that his actions during the brawl and the shooting incident may have caused his draft stock to slip.
As Daily News reporters Rich Cimini and Ralph Vacchiano predicted yesterday, the Giants have used their No. 20 first round selection to pick Texas cornerback Aaron Ross. The low-down on Ross via NFLDraftScout.com:
Ross not only excelled as a cover cornerback for the Longhorns, but was also a standout as a punt returner, scoring three times on 76 runbacks during his career. His natural hands were evident, as he also deflected 33 passes and intercepted 10 others. Despite only one full season as a starter, he also generated 205 career tackles….Excellent playmaker with the ball in his hands on returns (punts, interceptions), as he has that explosive second gear and good forward body lean to hit the seams and gain long yardage … In the open field, he will generally win most foot races … Competitive player who plays with an air of confidence … Not the most instinctive player on the field and is slow to diagnose plays, but shows good urgency to close once he locates the ball …
UPDATE: The Jets surrendered their own first round pick (No. 25), their second round pick (No. 59 overall), and their fifth round pick (No. 164) in exchange for Carolina’s first rounder (No. 14) and sixth rounder (No. 191).
Gang Green has nabbed Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis with the No. 14 pick, filling a huge hole in the secondary. Here’s what NFLDraftScout.com has to say about Revis:
Revis is not only a physical shutdown cornerback, but he also excels as a punt returner. The 2006 Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s top defensive back) semifinalist is a versatile defender, having made a successful move to right cornerback from the left side before his final senior season … Has exceptional body control and adequate open field quickness … Smart player who thinks well on his feet and can handle different assignments, making him more that capable to digest a complicated playbook … Instinctive athlete who makes quick reads and compensates for a lack of blazing speed with good timing and a feel to make plays …