Archive for January 16th, 2008

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Justice Served, YES-Man Shifts Off Camera

Yankees Rumors & News

The Mitchell Report has claimed another casualty, according to the New York Times. David Justice, who had served as a studio analyst for the YES Network and is entering the final year of his contract, will no longer be featured on-camera, instead contributing columns to the channel’s web site and participating in online chats.

According to the report, the decision was entirely Justice’s, and was based on the former slugger’s desire to be with his family as they rebuild their home that was destroyed in the San Diego wildfires. Both Justice and YES deny that Senator Mitchell’s report had any influence on the decision.

But we don’t believe them.

Mets Bring Back the ‘Stache

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets have signed 38-year-old Jose Valentin (pictured) to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

It’s a classy and smart move for the Mets, who caught lightning in a bottle with Valentin in 2006 when the supposedly-over-the-hill middle infielder struggled in a bench role before seizing the everyday job at second base. The veteran hit .271 that season with 18 homers.

The 2007 season proved a different story, as it did for most Mets. Valentine appeared in just 51 games due to injury. On September 25th, he underwent ACL replacement surgery after initially trying to recover from the torn ligament through rehab.

I said at the time that I was wary of Valentin’s decision, and felt it was primarily influenced by the second baseman’s desire to activate an option for ’08 in his contract. Unfortunately, I have a personal history with ACL tears, and the pivots required to turn a double play are probably the one thing the knee absolutely cannot endure. …

Giants Rumors & News

Yikes! The Giants are done now. First Mike Lupica giving them love, and now’s Peter King.

This can’t be good.

Here is King’s assessment of the Giants in his Tuesday column.

1. I was really wrong about Tom Coughlin. Last winter, I was on a panel with Phil Simms at William Paterson College in New Jersey, and during the question-and-answer period someone asked if we thought Coughlin should have been replaced by the Giants after his 8-8 playoff season. Absolutely not, Simms said. Yes, I said.

Simms’ theory was that he’d been around Coughlin a lot during his playing and broadcasting life, and he respected his command of the team and of offensive football, and how many coaches out there had been to the playoffs two years in a row.

I thought Coughlin’s team had underachieved in 2006, despite making the playoffs as a .500 team, and the team hadn’t played well down the stretch — again. I also felt that an offensive coach should have made Eli Manning, …

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