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Monday, September 15th, 2008

Which Yankee Coach Will Get The Axe?

Yankees Rumors & News

It has become almost a certainty that the Yankees will be missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993 and there will obviously be changes to the roster, but what about the coaching staff?
Hank Steinbrenner made a statement recently to let everyone know that manager Joe Girardi will return for another season. It also appears that they are interested in seeing general manager Brian Cashman return, but this is the Yankees and obviously somebody has to go. Who will it be?
It is almost certain to be at least one member of the coaching staff and perhaps more than that. So who are the culprits most likely to be let go? Girardi acknowledged that there could be a staff change when he talked to the Journal News, but he was reluctant to name any names.
“I don’t anticipate anyone being a scapegoat,” Girardi said. “But, I mean, I think we all understand the pressures of working in New York.”
Here is …

The Nominees for this year’s 2008 National League Rookie of the Year Award are:

Chicago Cubs C Geovany Soto

Cincinnati Reds SP Edison Volquez

Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce

Chicago Cubs OF Kosuke Fukudome

Cincinnati Reds OF Joey Votto  

Honorable Mention Cincinnati Reds SP Edison Volquez

Volquez was once slated to be in the running for the National League Cy Young award, but has fallen off in the last few months. Volquez is 16-5, with a 3.22 ERA and 192 K’s. Volquez has had an outstanding season in his first full season with the Reds, and will anchor the team’s rotation for years to come.

Volquez will forever be mention in the same breath as Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton. Volquez and Hamilton were traded for each other last offseason. While Hamilton has put up close to MVP numbers this season, Volquez had held his own and the Reds are not regretting making that trade at all.  Perhaps if he hadn’t fallen off towards the end of the season, Volquez would be …

Jets lose home opener

Jets Rumors & News

The New England Patriots won their 21st   straight regular season game by beating the New York Jets for the eigth consecutive times in the Meadowlands yesterday. Pats quarterback Matt Cassel has not started a game in nine years with his last start coming as a senior in high school. The former backup USC quarterback was efficient filling in for Tom Brady, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Cassel finished the game 16-23 for 165 yards (89.9 QB rating) and zero turnovers.
 In his home debut, Jets quarterback Brett Favre completed 18 of 26 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown, and one crucial interception. On the first drive of the game the Jets moved the ball down to the Patriots 19 yard line.  However, newly signed kicker Jay Feely missed a 31-yard field goal wide right. Feeley was replacing …

The Nominees for this year’s American League Rookie of the Year Award are:

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria

Chicago White Sox OF/2B Alexei Ramirez

Oakland Athletics RP Brad Ziegler

Detroit Tigers SP Armando Galarraga

Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury


Honorable Mention Oakland Athletics RP Brad Ziegler
39 Innings, thats the amount of time Zielger went without giving up a single run. In 52 IP this season, Zielger has only given up 3 earned runs, and has recorded 9 saves since becoming the closer after Houston Street got injured. Ziegler’s odd side-armed delivery confuses hitters from both sides of the plate. In almost any other year, Ziegler would have a legitimate shot at winning the ROY award. Unfortunately, there is one fellow rookie who has outperformed everyone else.  

And the winner is…….

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria

Evan Longoria was predicted to be the top rookie in this year’s class, and he hasn’t disappointed one bit. Despite missing most of August and the beginning of September, …

Mets-Nationals Series Preview

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets start their last road trip of the year with a four-game set down in Washington, DC. That’s four more times we get to see the Presidents’ Race. Teddy Roosevelt is about 0-190 now. Come on, in real life he would have kicked the rest of those presidents’ asses and there would be powdered wigs scattered all over the field. He’s the toughest president we’ve had. And when he’s done, maybe he can do something about Elijah Dukes.

It’s time for the Mets to get all Teddy Roosevelt on the Nats and take care of business. Or more specifically, the bullpen. They keep being handed leads, and keep losing games. Same old, same old. Hopefully the last few games were just a speed bump for Luis Ayala and Brian Stokes. Do we want to see Aaron Heilman in the eight or ninth inning again? After screwing up the weekend series with the Braves, they have to get themselves back together and win at least three against Washington. So …

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