Archive for July 2008

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Giants Rumors & NewsJets Rumors & News

Thoughts while struggling through an afternoon meeting…who thinks late afternoon meetings are a good for anybody?
Why can’t the Jets trade for Favre and then ship him to the Vikings?  I’m sure Packers’ GM Ted  Thompson would ask any team that he makes a deal with to not turn around and trade Favre to Chicago or Minnesota but really, who cares about Ted Thompson’s feelings? 
The only way Kellen Clemens beats out Chad Pennington is due to injury.  Of course, Chad tends to get hurt.
I’m trying to come up with a New York scenario that would get a half of the attention that the Brett Favre situation is getting.  The best I could come up with is if Derek Jeter retired, changed his mind and Joe …

Mets Rumors & News

The results of John Maine’s MRI have come in. And the winner is: a mild strain of his right rotator cuff. The Mets are emphasizing the ‘mild’ part of the diagnosis. But anytime the rotator cuff is mentioned that can’t be good. The Mets have an off day tomorrow and another one on Monday, so if Maine skips a turn in the rotation they don’t need to find another starter. They wouldn’t need Maine to pitch until a week from Saturday against Florida, so they should be very cautious with him and don’t need to rush him back. Maine’s already had a self-diagnosed dead arm and had to come out of a game because of a cramp in his left arm, and now he has a rotator cuff issue. The Mets are just crossing their fingers that his arms just don’t fall off. If the Mets don’t go the Ryan Church route and actually make sure he’s 100% before …

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

The focus at Jets training camp has been the battle between Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens and Brett Favre’s ghost for the starting quarterback spot. The reasons behind the quarterback competition (and trying to acquire Favre) are obvious. Clemens and Pennington combined for 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions last season, the offense averaged 16 points a game and most importantly, the team posted a 4-12 record.   With numbers like those, the quarterback position is going to be scrutinized.  But, when you finish a NFL season with 4 wins, it means your team has plenty of holes. The Jets are no different.
As bad as the Jets quarterback play was, their offensive line was worse.  The Jets rushed for a paltry 3.8 yards per carry and gave up 53 sacks.  General manager Mike Tannenbaum addressed the woeful line, signing  Pro-Bowl left guard Alan Faneca and veteran offensive lineman Damien Woody, who is expected to play right tackle.  Are those players upgrades over the revolving door of left guards and right tackles that played last …


As each day goes by, we are getting closer and closer to the rosters expanding and baseball teams calling up players from the minor leagues. August is a crucial month in that teams begin to call up guys with much more potential than their lesser teammates. Josh Hamilton was called up as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and played a big role not only for their team, but for some lucky fantasy owners across the country. Other than guys that I have previously mentioned (Francisco Liriano and David Price), here are 2 guys who should be called up within the month and have a positive fantasy impact.

Gio Gonzalez SP OAK- WIth Oakland seemingly refusing to try and contend this year by trading Joe Blanton and possibly Huston Street, watch Billy Beane call up Gio within the next week or so. In 115 IP, Gio has racked up 119 K’s. While his ERA is a bit high, he struggled at the beginning of the year and has been …

Hot Stove New York Trade Deadline Quiz

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With the trade deadline approaching, see how much you remember about some deals from the past. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. In 2004, who did the Yankees trade to acquire Esteban Loaizo?
2. When the Mets traded for Kris Benson in 2004, what other player did they get in the deal with Pittsburgh?
3. In 1976, which pitcher did the Yankees purchase at the deadline, but three days later the sale was voided?
4. Who was the only pitcher acquired by the Mets in the Midnight Massacre/Tom Seaver deal with the Reds on June 15, 1977?
5. On the same day as the Seaver trade, which player did the Mets give away to St. Louis to obtain Joel Youngblood?…

Monday, July 28th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Despite the Yankees resurgent winning ways, the recent loss of Jorge Posada for possibly the remainder of the year, could be most devastating. Although everyone knows that Derek Jeter is the captain of the team, if you ask anyone in that locker room, past or present, that has played with Posada, they will tell you that he is the heart and soul of the team.

Posada would be the first one to tell a player that they need to step up or be the first one to protect one of his teammates if the situation presents itself. Furthermore, when big games arise down the stretch and eventually in the postseason, Posada’s leadership and experience with the staff is something that cannot be replaced.

This is not meant to disrespect the excellent job that Jose Molina has done, as he is one of the best backup catchers in the league and has a ton of experience. Unfortunately though, he is not Jorge Posada. Posada knows Andy Pettitte, …

Stadium Report #3: Baseball + South Florida= Hot Hot Heat

Last week I found myself in Southern Florida sitting in right field catching a Marlins game. Thanks to Philadelphia my opinion of what a ballpark should be has forever changed. While I wasn’t eating a cheesesteak at a table in center field, I was drinking a Cuba Libre in right field dodging home runs.

First of all, let me say that an afternoon Marlins game in July is a very hot affair. I’m not talking Paris Hilton “Hot.” I’m talking sun baking, skin frying, sweaty as hell – hot. Many fans were dressed more appropriately for the beach than a ballgame. If you’re wearing shorts and a t-shirt you’re wearing too much. This joint is boiling and so will your skin. Sun block is a must as are sunglasses. I lost a home run in the sun only to find it when it landed six seats over.

Tickets were cheap. Our seats were right …

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have had serious talks discussing swapping former-first round pick Renaldo Balkman for point guard Taurean Green and small forward Bobby Jones. If the trade happens, the Knicks could cut Green and Jones, which would get them to 15 players, as well as saving $1.32 million dollars in cap space. Balkman has a team option for the 2009-2010 season which likely would not be renewed. Currently, the Knicks have 16 players on the roster with the signing of Anthony Roberson, and need to get down to 15. Currently, Green and Jones do not have guaranteed contracts. However, Green’s contract becomes guaranteed this Thursday and Jones’s on August 15th. After the Nuggets signed Chris Andersen and Dahntay Jones, both Green and Jones became expendable.
Balkman, is not a good fit in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo system. He shoots under 20% …

Mets-Marlins Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets head down to Florida to take on the Marlins for a three-game series starting tonight. With all the talk revolving around the Phillies and Mets battling for first place, everybody’s forgotten about Florida. They’re only two games behind the Mets, and trail Philadelphia by one game. They come into the series after splitting a four-game set with the Cubs, and are 5-5 since the All-Star break. While everyone waits for them to fade, they keep hanging around. They can hit home runs in bunches, with three players over 20 (Dan Uggla 25, Hanley Ramirez 24, Mike Jacobs 22), but can their young pitching hold up in a pennant race?
The Mets just took two out of three from St. Louis, and are 6-4 since the break. Their record under Jerry Manuel is now 23-12. Whether you want to give the new manager credit or not the Mets are a completely different team …

Jets Rumors & News

New York Jets rookie runningback, Danny Woodhead, was placed on the waived injury list over the weekend after suffering a leg injury in practice on Friday. Woodhead rushed for a NCAA record 7,692 in his four seasons at Chardon State. He rushed for more than 200 yards, 19 times and scored a touchdown in 37 straight games, both are NCAA all-division records.  As a junior he rushed for 2,756 yards and 34 TD’s. He also totaled 9,479 all-purpose yards, which is second highest in college football history. The Nebraska native was named a two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner as the nation’s top Division II football player.
He was not invited to the pre-draft combine in February and was not one of the 27 running backs drafted. However, he had a strong pro day in Lincoln running the 40 between 4.33 and 4.38 He recorded a vertical jump of 38 1/2 inches …

With Trade Dealine Looming Is Ponson On Way Out?

Yankees Rumors & News

Did Sidney Ponson pitch his last game as a Yankee last night? It’s very possible. The Yankees have been lucky with Ponson thus far but last night’s performance is a reminder of how much of a risk he really is.

The winning streak eventually had to come to an end and the Yanks did take 2 of 3 in Boston, but it was still a game the Yanks needed to win. A win last night would have put the Yanks into a tie for the Wild Card with Boston and they would have gained a game on the Rays leaving them 2 out. But Ponson started in a big game spot. I’ll excuse him for the fact that he was due to get hit around at some point. He has given the Bombers more than they could’ve imagined so I’m not upset with him. It does however raise some questions about Sir Sidney in big spots. The much rumored-to-be-Yankee Jarrod Washburn pitched 8 innings and gave up …

Sunday, July 27th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

The Mets went into their three-game series with the Cardinals alone in first place by one game. And after taking two out of three from St. Louis, they’ll stay on top of the NL East by at least a game (and maybe more, pending the outcomes of the Phillies and Marlins games). It’s always interesting watching Tony LaRussa’s unorthodox managing style, as he likes to bat his pitcher eighth, play his left fielder in right, his second baseman at third, has pitchers pinch hit for everyday players and he even uses his gardener as his accountant.
Friday, Mets 7-2: Pelfrey Does it Again
Mike Pelfrey continues to flourish, pitching another outstanding game. And the offense continues to pile up runs while he’s on the mound. Pelfrey went seven innings, allowed only one run on seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk anybody. The Mets are …

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