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Friday, August 15th, 2008

Yankees Demote Melky | Release Sexson

Yankees Rumors & News

From being protected from a blockbuster trade to being demoted in the middle of August Melky Cabrera has taken quite a step back this season.
The Yankees demoted the struggling 24-year-old center fielder today and in his place called up Brett Gardner who will likely take his place as a starter.
Cabrera made Yankee general manager Brian Cashman look smart early this season when he hit .299 and a .864 OPS this April. It’s all been down hill since then for the Melk-man. In May Melky hit .234, in June he hit .206. Since the all-star break things haven’t gotten better either. He’s been batting .244 with a .566 OPS.
His power numbers have disappeared since an April surge. In April he hit five homers and since has only three. He has also only picked up one triple this season after picking up 10 over the past two years.
This move is a long time in coming really. Gardner didn’t exactly light up the Bronx …

Favre to Throw a Lil’ Love

Jets Rumors & News

Throughout his entire career one word has repeatedly been used to describe Laveranues Coles: Tough. Eric Mangini, Al Groh, Chad Pennington, Bill Parcells, whoever was coaching the Redskins when Coles left Chad in New York for more money in Washington (it was Joe Gibbs)… they’ve all pretty much said the same thing. He’s tough. He’s tough on the field, he’s tough on the coach, and now he’s tough on his teammates. I would like to add that he also seems to be grumpy. If he was a Saturday morning cartoon he’d be Grouchy Smurf (except green). Has anyone considered that maybe the smartest thing for the Jets and Coles is for him to keep his mouth shut? Frankly, I’m impressed that he hasn’t come out and said something really stupid. If he even hinted that he didn’t like Brett Favre ESPN would have a one hour Sports Center Special faster than you can say, “offensive pass interference.” These …

Donnie Walsh speaks to season ticket holders

Knicks Rumors & News

The New York Knicks held a “town forum” for its season ticket holders on Wednesday. The franchise has not had a winning season since 2000-2001 and have had seven different head coaches since then. However, Donnie Walsh the new director of player personnel was hired to make an impact. He brought in a proven offensive coach in Mike D’Antoni who enjoyed regular season success with the Phoenix Suns. As dismal as the Knicks were last season (59 losses), Madison Square Garden still had a 97% attendance rate.
At the town meeting, Walsh praised Stephon Marbury’s work ethic this summer and he will begin training camp with a clean slate. Currently, Marbury is working out with several NBA players in Las Vegas. The former Indiana Pacer executive also said the point guard has been a very good player in the league. With only one year left on his contract it looks like the 12-year …

Mets-Pirates Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

When we last saw the Pittsburgh Pirates they were carving up the Mets bullpen like a Thanksgiving turkey, forcing Jerry Manuel to lay down the law on his hapless relievers. But after a sweep of Washington, the Mets now find themselves in first place again. What a difference four days makes. The big guns in their lineup are all starting to click. Jose Reyes leads the NL in hits (156), triples (13) and multiple hit games (49). David Wright is third in the league in RBIs, with 94, and has 10 in his last 10 games. Carlos Delgado has been on fire since the beginning of July. And here comes Carlos Beltran. I love how he now catches almost every fly ball anywhere in the outfield. Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis literally run away from him if he’s anywhere near the ball. Let’s face it, it’s safer that way. And it looks like Billy Wagner is on schedule to …

Yankees Rumors & News

In the last 14 years or so there has never been such a sense of panic around the Yankees like there has been lately. At this time of the year the Yanks usually go on a roll and make things happen and get themselves in a position to make a serious run at October.

This season was no different. They came out of the All-Star break with an 8-game winning streak. The Yankees were alive and well. A few weeks later, they’re left for dead.
Losing 11 of their last 16 would do that, especially an inconsistent team like the 2008 group we have in the Bronx. I’ve gone on the record as saying this team needs more than luck to make it to October…a point I can’t stress enough and it’s as realistic as I can be with this team. But they have shown if everyone does their part, this team can go on a roll in a hurry.

Over at Peter Abraham’s Yankee Blog he …

Amazin’s Swat Nats: Mets-Nationals Series Recap

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets were two games out of first and trying to recover from Monday’s bullpen debacle when they headed down to DC to take on the Nationals in a three-game divisional matchup. Jerry Manuel promised a bullpen shakeup and threatened to stab all his relievers if they didn’t start getting some damn outs. Washington’s anemic offense was the cure, as the ’pen threw 8.1 scoreless innings and the team took all three games. And what do you know? The Mets are back in first place. Here’s what happened in the series.
Tuesday, Mets 4-3: And the Win Goes to…Johan Santana 
If it takes Damion Easley getting hit in the head to win a game, so be it. With the bases loaded in the eighth, the Mets couldn’t get a hit (as usual―they were two for their last 32 with the sacks full at this point), but the …

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