About: Jeff Zachowski


    Jeff Zachowski


    Though Hot Stove New York is no longer active, the blog stands as a record of the 2+ years that my staff and I dedicated to the site.

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Mets Rumors & News

I’ve come out of the woodwork for a brand new blog, because I’ve come across some interesting data, and I think it’d be just plain selfish of me not to share it with my Mets brethren.

While the media is busy debating whether or not the Mets less-than-aggressive move for Jason Bay is purely a PR ploy, of greater interest to me personally is the assertion that Mets brass might actually prefer Bay over free agent Matt Holliday.  It seems that the Mets are – gasp – using statistics to evaluate how each hitter might fair in their cavernous ballpark.  This, meanwhile, from a team that has apparently made upgrading the defense and signal-calling from the catchers position their number one offseason priority, despite, as ESPN’s Keith Law pointed out, the fact that statistical analysis largely debunks the notion that a pitcher’s battery mate impacts his ERA on any detectable level.  So imagine my surprise to hear various reports that the Mets …

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Cross-Promo: Brian Westbrook chats with Hot Stove Philly

Giants Rumors & News

On Thursday, our sister site Hot Stove Philly had an awesome opportunity to chat with the Eagles’ Brian Westbrook, who is promoting an online program presented by Gatorade called REPLAY.  

HSP’s Jonathan Atwood spoke with the star running back on a variety of topics ranging from his offseason rehab to the possibility of Ocho Cinco heading to Philadelphia, and even touched on what he feels Braylon Edwards could bring to Big Blue.

For the entire interview head on over to Hot Stove Philly.  Nice work, Jon!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Rangers Rumors & News

As expected, Sean Avery is headed back to the New York Rangers.  

The notorious agitator was claimed off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars today and comes at a half-price discount.  New York will be on the hook for half of the remainder of the four-year, $15.5 million contract Avery signed with Dallas during the offseason.  

Of course, with zero interest around the league and the team’s payroll already precariously close to the salary cap, the dollar figures hardly amounts to a bargain. It’s another gamble by General Manager-for-life Glen Sather, whose penchant for rolling snake eyes has peppered his nine-yes, NINE-year tenure in New York.

Earlier this season, while serving as an analyst for Canada’s TSN, new Rangers coach John Tortorella stated that Avery “doesn’t belong in the league.”  So we’ve got that going for us.

In all seriousness, I’m curious to see what sort of impact Avery has on this lineup. I think the disruption he could potentially cause in the locker room has been overstated. …

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Walsh Sends Message: Knicks Are Going For It

Knicks Rumors & News

Perhaps the biggest move the Knicks made today was a transaction they didn’t make.  With eyes around the league fixed squarely on cap space for the free agent class of 2010, Knicks President Donnie Walsh reportedly passed on an offer from the Sacramento Kings that would have rid the roster of Jared Jeffries and the team’s $6.8 million obligation to him for the 2010/11 season.  

The deal would have come at the expense of the NBA’s 2006 and 2009 Slam Dunk Champion, Nate Robinson, himself a restricted free agent at the end of the season.  While there is little chance that the team can afford to resign both Nate and fellow restricted free agent David Lee this offseason while preserving their chances of landing one-or-two marquee players in the summer of 2010, trading Nate now for little more than salary cap space would have been a clear signal to the fan base that the team is not serious about making a playoff push this year.

Instead, Walsh …

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

UPDATE: A-Roid Admits Steroid Use

Yankees Rumors & News

update: A-Rod has admitted to using steroids during a three-year period beginning in 2001, according to Espn.com.

This is not a drill, folks.  

I can understand your skepticism, especially given Jose Canseco’s allegations in December 2007 that the Yankee third baseman belonged on Senator George Mitchell’s list of steroid cheats.  Once again, Canseco was dismissed as a clown whose 2005 book Juiced exposed baseball’s dirty steroid scandal but apparently earned him little credibility.  

Once again, Canseco has been vindicated, and the  fallout from today’s revelations could shake the sport.

Selena Roberts and David Epstein of Sports Illustrated are reporting that Alex Rodriguez, the 2003 AL MVP and home run king, tested positive for the anabolic steroids Primobolan and testosterone while playing for the Texas Rangers.  The 2003 survey testing was commissioned by Major League Baseball in order to determine the extent of the sport’s steroid problem and to evaluate the necessity of instituting mandatory random drug testing.  As part of a joint agreement with the MLB Players …

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

updated: Bill Madden is reporting that the deal is for $180 million and includes a $5 million signing bonus and a full no-trade clause.

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on an eight-year contract worth more than $170 million.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Basketball, Baseball and Hockey Stars Team Up For All-Star Spectacular

Knicks Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Helloooo Hot Stove Nation!  I wanted to pass along some information on a neat opportunity to meet some local New York sports legends while helping a worthy cause in the process.  You can’t go wrong, right?

On Sunday, November 23, former Mets Ace Ron Darling, Knicks point guard Mark Jackson, and Rangers two-time MVP Adam Graves will offer clinics for the Otsar All-Star Spectacular at Aviator Field in Brooklyn from 2 to 6 PM. The event will also include silent and live auctions, dinner with the players, and special rock-climbing and ice-skating sessions for event participants.

All proceeds benefit Otsar Family Services, a Brooklyn-based organization, established in 1980 by family members of children with special needs to provide quality programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Darling, a pitcher for the 1986 World Champion Mets team, is fourth on the team’s all-time wins list.  He also played for the Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics, and was a member of the 1985 National League All Star team …

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Luis Ayala to Rescue Mets’ Relief Corps!

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets have acquired reliever Luis Ayala from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league middle infielder Anderson Hernandez.

Hernandez, best known during his cup of coffee in the majors for being Jose Reyes’s best buddy, was hitting just .188 this season in Triple-A New Orleans, and Argenis Reyes had clearly blown past him on the depth chart (not to mention as Jose’s new best buddy).

In Ayala, the Mets add a veteran arm to a bullpen in crisis. Ayala is having a nightmarish season of his own, pitching to a 5.77 ERA in Washington. However prior to 2008, the right hander had a career ERA of 3.19 and the Mets will hope a change of scenery can be the cure for what ails him.

With the news that closer Billy Wagner will not be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible on Monday, and another gem last night by the bullpen crew, which somehow saw the tying run come to the …

Thursday, August 14th, 2008
Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Regardless of what you think of notorious radio personalities Mike Francesa and Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, this is a sad day for New York sports fans and fans of talk radio in general. Like it or not, Mike and Chris were the best in the biz for 18 years, and now, just two weeks shy of its 19th anniversary, their enormously popular and influential “Mike and the Mad Dog” show is at its end.

Newsday’s Neil Best reported earlier this summer that a personal feud between the co-hosts might spell the end of their partnership, however the news became official this evening when WFAN announced that Russo would be leaving the company with Francesa receiving a contract extension and serving as sole host of the show.

According to Best, Russo is expected to move to Sirius Satellite Radio.

Meanwhile, the YES Network’s simulcast of the show tomorrow becomes must-see-TV for yours truly. I wonder, will they waste any time in dumping the …

Yankees Rumors & News

Saw something in the Yankee game yesterday that I hadn’t seen in a long time: Both middle infielders attempting to cover the bag on a routine stolen base. Now I know Wilson Betemit doesn’t play a whole lot of shortstop, but even so, he should know the signs by now, shouldn’t he? My friend Dino tells me that Richie Sexson missed a sign the other day as well. Hey, it happens. But it’s happening too much lately for Joe Girardi’s Yankees.

Underline that last part, because these aren’t your big brother’s Yankees. These aren’t Joe Torre’s Yankees. These are Hank Steinbrenner’s Yankees, and in case you missed it, he’s already laid out a comfy mattress in case his new manager gets knocked to the canvas. We’ll get ’em next year, tiger.

Torre, meanwhile, is laughing all the way to the postseason.

By the way, one could argue that the Marlins are having a better season in ’08 with an …

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Brett Favre: The New Johan Santana!

Jets Rumors & NewsMets Rumors & News

Have I got a joke for you. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

Frequently beleaguered New York sports franchise finds itself riding high for the first time in several years thanks to a superlative 2006 season, only to fall flat on its face in spectacular fashion the following year. Franchise suddenly finds itself in damage control mode, faced with an unexpectedly and extraordinarily pissed off fan base that no longer seems to be buying into the sham that ownership is shoveling. What’s worse, the franchise finds itself in enormous debt following the construction of their new billion dollar home, and the only way to recover that capital is by hitting said disgruntled fan base over their collective heads with staggering ticket prices.

But wait for the punch line.

The franchise needs a face. Not the face of a manager under fire, or a boy genius whose rose has lost its bloom. Not the face of a spoiled superstar who doesn’t hustle, or a worn …

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Broadway Brett | Jets Acquire Favre

Jets Rumors & News

The Green Bay Packers have finally cut the umbilical with legendary quarterback Brett Favre, and it seems the New York Jets are the beneficiaries.  Gang Green has acquired Favre for what is believed to be a fourth-round draft pick that will increase in value depending on the the number of snaps that Favre takes behind center.  If Favre gets 80 percent of the team’s total snaps in 2008 and the Jets appear in the Super Bowl, the selection becomes a first-round pick, according to the NFL Network.

Say goodbye to Chad Pennington, whose eight year career with the Jets has come to end with Favre’s arrival.

Said Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum: “I have all the respect in the world for Chad as a person, as a player. We’ve accomplished a lot of good things with Chad. … He gave his heart and soul to this organization for a long, long time. I really appreciate everything he’s done.”

It’s unclear if Pennington will be traded or released.

So D-Day is …

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