Archive for August 28th, 2008

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Yanks Drop Big Series|Season Could Be Over

Yankees Rumors & News

After dropping two of the past three games to the Red Sox the Yankees find themselves six games out in the Wild Card standings and their playoff hopes may have been dashed.

With just 29 games left to play the Yankees are dangerously close to being eliminated from playoff contention. Barring a comeback for the ages they have been essentially eliminated from October baseball.

Take a look at the numbers, if the Red Sox go 14-15 they would finish with a 91-71 record. For the Yankees to even tie that they would have to finish this season 20-9. Which could be near impossible with the rotation they have and Joba Chamberlain joining the bullpen when he returns.

The Red Sox aren’t the only team they have to be worried about as well. There are also the Minnesota Twins who would be a little easier to catch as they are only two games behind the Sox, but when you are counting on two …

Yankees Recall Aceves

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees sent hard luck relief pitcher David Robertson back to the minors today and in his place they recalled Alfredo Aceves.

Aceves is a new name to most Yankee fans, but it is one they should get used to hearing. He is a 25-year-old who is playing in his first professional season in America after playing for the past six years professionally in Mexico.
He features a plus fastball which comes in anywhere from 90 MPH to 94 MPH and is said to occasionally touch 95. He has a cutter which he uses occasionally that comes in around 89 MPH and he also throws a curve ball and a change.

After being signed as a free agent Aceves started this season with the single-A Tampa Yankees. He was very impressive there in 47 innings over eight starts going 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA while only allowing 32 hits and eight walks.

He was then promoted to the Trenton Yankees and was …

Hot Stove 2000 New York Mets Quiz Answers

Mets Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Mets won 94 games in 2000.
2. Four players hit more than 20 home runs for the Mets that year: Mike Piazza (38), Edgardo Alfonzo (25), Robin Ventura (24) and Todd Zeile (22).
3. Mike Piazza was the only Met to drive in over 100 runs in 2000, with 113.
4. Al Leiter led Mets pitchers with 16 wins.
5. The Mets traded Jesse Orosco to St. Louis for Joe McEwing on March 18, 2000.
6. Benny Agbayani hit his game-winning home run in game three of the Division Series off Giants pitcher Aaron Fultz.
7. In the Championship Series, Mike Hampton was 2-0 with …

Instant replay comes to baseball

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Instant replay exists in some extent in the NHL, NBA, NFL and Nascar. After series of debates and long discussions the MLB will utilize replay beginning today with all new series (Note: if a series has already begun, teams will start playing with replay in effect at the beginning of their next scheduled series.) Replay will only be used to review if a home run ball is fair or foul, if it cleared the wall or if a fan interfered.
In November, General Managers voted 25 to 5 in favor of instant replay. During a stretch of disputed calls in May, talks escalated about using technology to get home run calls correct. Without replay Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Benji Molina lost round trippers due to incorrect rulings by the umpires. To make replay a reality the MLB had to negotiate agreements with the Players …

Jets Rumors & News

Ten days in South Florida and I’ve learned two things.

1) I hate flying more and more every time I step onto a flying deathtrap- I mean airplane.
2)The Dolphins are psyked to have Chad Pennington lobbing balls about twenty yards or so for their offense. They talk about him like he’s the second coming of Joe Namath (Uh…wait a second here). “His leadership blah blah” or his “blah blah experience as a competitor blah blah.” It’s funny when Dolphins camp and former Jets camp sound exactly the same. I’ve still got my spy on the ground trying to sneak a picture of the brain sucking machine Parcells used to suck the Jets playbook out of Chad’s head.
3) I know I said two but the plane thing isn’t really relevent. Ricky Williams is an important part of their team and I’m starting to believe that he’s going to have a great season. I don’t know if it’s too much sun but …

God Bless This Trip To The Bathroom

Yankees Rumors & News

Next time you’re at Yankee Stadium and fill up on $8.50 beers make sure you don’t need to use the bathroom during “God Bless America” or you will be forced to leave.
Just ask Bradford Campeau-Laurion, who was forcibly removed from Yankee Stadium when he ignored police orders to stop moving during the song. As he instead proceeded down the tunnel to the bathroom he was detained and ejected from the grounds.
“The officer informed me that I had to wait until the song was over,” Campeau-Laurion, a 29-year-old Queens native told the Daily News. “I said, ‘I don’t care about ‘God Bless America.’ Next thing I know he was pinning my arm behind my back.”
The police responded that Campeau-Laurion was removed because he was, “standing on his seat cursing, using inappropriate language and acting in a disrespectful manner while reeking of alcohol.”
Regardless of who was right and who was wrong this does bring up a very questionable rule at Yankee Stadium. …

Mets Back in First

Mets Rumors & News

What doesn’t kill them will only make them stronger. Devastating loss? Who cares? The Mets turned the tables on the Phillies, scoring four runs with two outs in the eighth inning, winning by a score of 6-3. The Mets are disappointing people everywhere by refusing to collapse. They’re now on top of the NL East again by a half game.

Carlos Delgado was a monster in this game. He warmed up with an RBI single in the first inning. I was almost hoping the Mets wouldn’t score in the first. It might jinx them. In the sixth, Delgado drove one into the right field stands. And with two outs in the eight, he smashed an opposite field homer to tie the game. Is it crazy to think he might be creeping up in the MVP race? He’s now hit 30 home runs 11 times in his career After the first baseman knotted the score at three, Carlos Beltran (three hits) singled and stole second. The Phillies then …

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