Archive for March 11th, 2008

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Cashman: Yanks Won’t Repeat Mistake of Generation K

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Earlier today, Yanks GM Brian Cashman sat down with WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog and discussed a myriad of topics, most notably the Yankee plan for their young trio of pitching prospects.

Cashman defended the organization’s cautious approach, citing the Mets’ Generation K trio during the mid-90s. Bill Pulsipher, Jason Isringhausen, and Paul Wilson were all highly-touted and were expected to lead the Mets back to prominence, only to see all three fall to major injury. Of the three, only Izzy went on to attain any success in the major leagues, and only when the Oakland Athletics picked him up off the scrap heap after three major operations on his pitching arm and converted him to a closer.

Since Generation K’s famous flameout, major league teams have been mindful of overworking their young pitching prospects, with most teams adopting the rule of thumb that a prospect should not be extended for more than 30 innings above his total from the previous season.

It’s due to these concerns that Joba Chamberlain will likely …

Joba the Brave

Yankees Rumors & News

Some neat insight into Joba Chamberlain via Mark Feinsand‘s Yankee blog.

According to Feinsand, while Joba displayed his full pitching arsenal while throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings last night, the highlight of the evening for Chamberlain was a pitch that Ken Griffey Jr. crushed foul. Said Joba:

“I’ve been a huge Griffey fan my whole life. He snap-hooked that foul ball, and I’ve got to say, it was probably the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. He’s still got the best swing in baseball. Good thing it was foul, though.”

This kid was such a phenom last season, it’s easy forget that he’s still a wide-eyed rookie. Feinsand recounts a great anecdote from Joba, who evidently was positively star-struck when he met some of his heroes during the offseason.

For those who know Joba, it’s hard to imagine him speechless. Yet that’s what he says he was when he met John Smoltz and Tom Glavine recently at Disney World. Joba grew up as a Braves fan, watching them on TBS …

Yanks Sign Billy Crystal

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees have announced that they will sign Billy Crystal to a one-day contract this week so that the comedian and life-long fan of the Bombers can don the pinstripes and join the team on the field Thursday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Commissioner Bud Selig has approved the nonsense, which has been coordinated to commemorate Crystal’s 60th birthday.

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That’s Hank Lundqvist, by the way.

According to yesterday’s Daily News, the plans to schedule an outdoor hockey game in Yankee Stadium following the conclusion of the baseball season are picking up momentum, and the deal could be finalized in the not-so-distant-future. The NHL, of course, is trying to downplay the scoop (they did the same thing prior to the official announcement that the Rangers would begin their ’08-’09 schedule in the Czech Republic), however, it now seems more likely than ever that the New York Rangers, not the New York Yankees, will be the last team to compete on the hallowed grounds of the House that Ruth Built.

Via the Daily News’ John Dellapina:

The Yankees, who will move into their new Yankee Stadium for the 2009 baseball season, are said to be completely on board with having the NHL close the 85-year-old original.

And, anxious to build upon the buzz created by the wildly successful Winter Classic outdoor game between Pittsburgh and Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year’s …

Carr to be Eli’s backup?

Giants Rumors & News

It looks like former overall No. 1 pick David Carr could be the backup for Eli Manning next season.

How would you feel about that?

Carr, according to several published reports, will be visiting with the Giants tonight and Thursday.

The Giants have aggressively looked for an upgrade over Anthony Wright and Jared Lorenzen this offseason. Considering that Trent Green, another backup target, is off the market having agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Rams, it appears that Carr and Joey Harrington are the best options left on the market.

Carr makes sense because, as the Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reports in his Blue Screen blog, Giants’ quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer was Carr’s offensive coordinator from 2002-2005.

Carr, 28, has had a spotty career and is looked at by many as a flop. He has 62 career touchdown passes, 70 interceptions and a 74.4 rating in his six-year career. Last season, Carr played six games in Carolina before getting hurt.

Look at Carr’s career honestly and you have to think he has …

Why Should We Keep Watching?

Islanders Rumors & News

Well to be honest, there is not too many reasons to watch our beloved Islanders. They are not the fastest team or the most physical or the most exciting to watch. They do not have a superstar forward to draw fans in and lets face it, the Coliseum is not the greatest arena you will ever step into. But have faith fellow Isles fans, here are a few reasons why we all need to keep watching:

Rick DiPietro- For better or worse, DiPietro will be entertaining night in and night out. No offense to Billy Smith or any other goalies the Islanders have had but DiPietro is the most naturally gifted goalie this team has ever had between the pipes. He is the franchise player and seems to put on a show every game. If it wasn’t for such a porous defense around him, DP would find himself in the running for the Vezina Trophy every year.

The Kids- Blake Comeau leads a corps group of Islanders youngsters that fans have become accustomed to watching. …

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