Archive for May 24th, 2007


Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Brian Leetch Announces Retirement

Rangers Rumors & News

Arguably the greatest defenseman in the history of the New York Rangers, and certainly one of the greatest American-born hockey players in the history of the game is calling it a career. Brian Leetch – who sat out the 2006-2007 season – retired today after 18 seasons in the NHL.

Leetch was drafted by the Rangers in 1986 with the 9th overall pick and spent 16 seasons with the franchise, shattering numerous records along the way. He recorded more assists than any other Rangers player, and more goals and points than any other Rangers defenseman. Leetch was twice awarded the Norris Trophy given to the league’s top defenseman, and remains the only American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to Leetch in 1994 as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Leetch No. 2 jersey will certainly be retired, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to receive the honor, and joining fellow ’94 heroes Mark Messier and Mike Richter in the Garden rafters.

While the Hall-of-Fame defenseman left the team …

Ready For Lift-Off?

Yankees Rumors & News

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ROGER MAKES TORONTO PUSH

New York Post

Rocket throws 102 pitches, could be ready

Newsday

Rocket not rockin’

New York Daily News

Clemens struggles, but says he feels good

The Journal News

Clemens rather ordinary in second tuneup start

ESPN.com

Pavano Finished In Pinstripes

Yankees Rumors & News

As fun-filled as it has been, it appears the Carl Pavano Era is over in the Bronx. For weeks the Yankees had been holding out hope that they might yet get some return on their $39.95 million investment. As it turns out, those millions bought them exactly 19 starts.

After consulting with four different doctors, the consensus is that Calamity Carl has a substantially, if not completely torn ligament in his right elbow. The injury will require Tommy John surgery, and will shelve Pavano for 12-18 months.

Somewhere, Mike Mussina is shaking his head.

Delgad-ow?

Mets Rumors & News

UPDATE: Turns out Willie’s taking action after all. Wright will hit cleanup in tonight’s order, followed by Lo Duca in the 5 hole, and Delgado batting sixth. The other move of note is that Green will hit 2nd between Reyes and Beltran.

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Through 41 games this season Carlos Delgado is batting .209 with 3 homers and 23 RBIs. His .313 slugging percentage ranks 15th on the team – below that of pitchers Orlando Hernandez and Oliver Perez. To say the veteran first baseman is slumping is putting it mildly.

During Sunday’s telecast on ESPN, analyst Joe Morgan rather irresponsibly proclaimed that Delgado’s surgically-repaired right wrist was the source of his woes this season. Delgado claims he’s feeling 100% physically. Nevertheless, whispers that Delgado may be playing hurt are beginning to pick up steam, despite the player’s insistence to the contrary.

In today’s Times, Ben Shpigel examines Delgado’s struggles, and relays a sentiment from manager Willie Randolph that his cleanup hitter’s struggles may be affecting his No. …

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