Archive for November 7th, 2007

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

The general mangers meetings have been underway in Orlando since Monday and no big trades have been announced.  Something bigger has occurred, that might exceed trades.  Something that might change the future of this game.   

Instant replay. 

The general mangers voted 25-5 to introduce a limited instant replay.  The use would be limited to judging if a home run is fair or foul, or it the ball made it over the wall without the help of a fan in the front row (remember Jeffrey Maier?). 

Don’t worry baseball purists.  The technology that invaded the NFL, NBA, and NHL is not definite.  Next this would have to go before the commissioner who was long said he’s against any instant replay in baseball.  Once he reviews it, it would go to more votes; the players, umpires, and possibly the owners.

This will definitely be a debate in the coming months among baseball fans.  Some already feel that baseball needs to step into the 21st century, and a limited instant replay would be good for the game.  …

Yankees and Marlins Discuss Cabrera

Yankees Rumors & News

In an effort to replace Alex Rodriguez at third base New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Florida Marlins yesterday to discuss Miguel Cabrera’s chances of coming to the Bronx.

Speculation into this particular rumor has sparked much debate among fans. Many see him as the next Arod, pointing to the fact that at just 24 years of age he has compiled amazing stats like 138 homeruns and a career .929 OPS. Cabrera would certainly fit into the middle of the Yankees lineup well and at the same time provide the much needed right handed power threat they are going to need.

At the same time fans critical of the deal are certainly right in their concerns pointing to his lack of defense and the self discipline to keep himself in shape as causes for concern. What good is Cabrera going to be for the Yankees if he enjoys the New York nightlife more the pressure and expectations of winning?

On Tuesday Cabrera’s former manager Joe Girardi chimed in …

Go New York, Go New York, Go!

Knicks Rumors & News

“I think that’s what Isiah had in mind when he brought Zach in here. I had a lot of fun tonight. This is probably the most fun I had in a basketball game.- Eddy Curry

As thrilled as Knicks fan are that Steady Eddy is having fun, they’re even more elated that the team is 2-0 on their home floor to start the season. After narrowly edging a feisty but winless Minnesota team in their home opener – the franchise’s first home opening victory in six years – the Knicks put together an impressive performance against some live bodies last night, rallying from a 15 point deficit and outscoring the Denver Nuggets 37-20 in the game’s final quarter. Four of the team’s starting five finished with 20+ points, while offseason acquisition Zach Randolph became the first Knick to open a season with three straight double-doubles in points and rebounds since Patrick Ewing did it 15 years ago.

The fans, too, are doing their part. And while many …

Mets Rumors & News

David Wright, Gold Glove third baseman. I doubt I am the lone Mets fan – and surely not the lone fan in baseball – who chortled in my Cheerio’s when I heard this news. Wright, who led the team with a .325 average while slugging 33 homers en route to a 30-30 season, was lauded for his defense yesterday, joining teammate Carlos Beltran on Rawlings’ 51st NL Gold Glove team.

My initial reaction? The inclusion of Andruw Jones amongst the honorees yet again is all you need to know about the validity of these awards. For Jones, fat and sloth-like in centerfield this past season, it is the 10th time he has received the distinction, and at this point, it appears he can coast onto Rawlings’ list on reputation alone. Likewise Beltran, who was certainly advertised as a Gold Glove caliber defender when brought to New York, though he had never actually won the award until 2006 with the Mets. He’s now gone gilded in back-to-back seasons, …

Second half won’t be easy for the Giants

Giants Rumors & News

New York Giants fans everywhere are justifiably fired up about Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

It’s a chance to avenge a season-opening loss. A chance to get a share of the NFC East lead. A chance to stamp themselves as a legitimate upper echelon team. A chance to shut Cowboys fans up, for at least a little while.

It’s also just the beginning of what could be a very difficult final eight games for Big Blue — or Big Red, as they will apparently be Sunday when they don their red jerseys.

In case you haven’t looked at the schedule, the Giants follow the Cowboy game by traveling to Detroit to face the vastly improved 6-2 Lions. After that they have to try and stop the locomotive called Adrian Peterson when they host Minnesota.

Also on the second half schedule are division games against the Eagles and Redskins and a matchup with New England, which could have a perfect 16-0 season riding on the outcome.

Point is, win or lose …

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