Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:39 am

Is Jorge going to be a problem this year?

I have been trying to ignore this story seeing all the other issues that the Yankees have had to deal with this off season. Then I got my coffee and read one of my favorite blogs this morning and decided that this might become an issue. When asked about being the full time DH this year, this is what Jorge had to say.

“I can’t complain. I always like to catch, I’m used to catching, but if they want me to DH to help out the team, you have to do that,” Posada said initially. “It is what it is. I look forward to everything I do. I try to help out the team, and if that’s going to help out the team and that’s what they want, I’m OK with it.”

Still, he later added that he expects to see some action behind the plate at some point in 2011.

“I’ll catch. I’ll catch. I’ll catch this year,” Posada said. "I’ll DH and then they’re going to want me to catch one of those days. I’m keeping an open mind. I would love to catch. I’m training like I always do, and if I have to catch, I’ll catch.”

Now, this may seem like nothing and if you didn't really follow Posada throughout his career, well you really wouldn't pay attention to any of it. Although, if you know him like most of us do and you realize how hot headed and stubborn he can be...well, you get a little worried, Imagine a scenario where Russel Martin does what we all expect him to do, hit .200 through April and May while Jesus Montero is swinging at everything short of a bag of peanuts from the stands and missing it all. Now there is an obvious hole in the line up and Jorge is having a fine start of the season batting a solid .280 with his usual power stroke. Then the chirping starts "why not let Jorgie catch and get a bat to fill the DH?" Then, the never under spoken Jorge starts replying "my knee feels great, I could catch every day if they needed me too?!" And the firestorm starts.

Now maybe I'm blowing this out of proportion and going a bit out of bounds here but if any of you remember the last contract negotiations between the brass and Posada camp, you know things can get ugly fast here. Any time you have a highly paid aging star who is on his way out and a young gun trying to replace him, you can count on one thing. Jorge is not going out that door quietly. This may end up being nothing and I could end up looking like and idiot here but like the Black Eyed Peas have so eloquently proclaimed "I gotta feeling"

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 22, 2009 10:27 am

Spring Sleepers for far??

These guys have stood out for me in the past month of Spring Training and I was hoping to help a few of you out there that haven't had the time (or patience) to notice. I know that spring stats sometimes don't pan out but last year I  was picking in an AL only league and there was a player that was killing the ball all spring, batting .400 while loading up on RBIs. I tossed and turned the night of the draft and finally with my 5th pick I couldn't take it anymore and I pounced....I'll take Josh Hamilton. Everyone in the room said it was too early. On that note, these are the guys that are standing out for me this year.

1. Jordan Zimmerman, Nats- Great spring numbers plus high touted prospect equals great late grab!

2. Mike Fontenot, Cubs- He will start at second and he has the bat to impress.

3. Chris Getz, White Sox- Also starting at second, great speed power combo and rumored to lead off.

4. Pablo Sandoval, Giants- This guy is my favorite sleeper that isn't a sleeper anymore?

5. Anthony Reyes, Indians- I can see him winning 15 this year from the former WS hero.

6. Brett Gardner, Yankees- If he can hold onto CF he will run with it...get it..he's fast, never mind.

7. Paul Maholm, Pirates- I will never again draft a Pirate pitcher but if I had to this would be the one.

8. Tommy Hanson, Braves- He will end the year with better numbers that Price.

9. Elvis Andruss, Rangers- No substance to this, I just have a good feeling about him with the starting nod.

10. Kendry Morales, Angels- Great bat, great glove, 1B, OF eligible and in the middle of a lot of guys that get on base.

Well, I hope this helps someone out there. As we all know, fifty percent of fantasy sports is luck and the other fifty is tons of research and game watching so....... good luck and get to work!



Posted on: February 18, 2009 7:17 am

Draft Strategies and the Power of Luck.

I have noticed quite a difference in draft strategies this year now that I am involved in more pay and commissioner leagues. There are more risks taken in commish leagues obviously with the chance to keep players and it seems the more keepers you can hang onto the more risks you take. I noticed this most recently on Sunday where the keeper policy included 6 minor leaguers as well as the rest of the team including reserves. This was amazing to me as  I have never been involved in such a draft and the only way that I could strike a comparison to this would be to ask you to imagine running down the stairs with your brother or sister on Christmas and after opening everything just take what you want from the combined stash.

Basically I was the 10th pick and as the mid twenties players started to disappear I could see where this was going. BJ Upton, Grady Sizemore, Ryan Braun and other youngsters went in a flash and here came my pick...sitting there with a red bow was A Rod. On went the next 4 picks and here comes my next pick and who is sitting there but the ancient Ryan Howard? I can see drafting young but there is a point where you have to remember that there is a 2009 title sitting there...have we all given up already? Well, long story short I am writing this to warn new owners out there that just because the leagues keeper policy, scoring system or basis in general might seem lop sided it really  should not overbear your choices. It really can kill you in the short term and to be honest with you I have seen a lot of teams build for the future and it has been a very long, tedious and painful thing to watch. Because of the fact that none of us actually own any of these players there is always the chance that the "real" teams these guys play for will be terrible this year and this could really sway the value of any pick as well as any other number of variables. This only goes to show you that no matte what there is always going to be a top 5 on draft day and by the end of the year...chances are...they aren't anymore.

Category: Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: January 27, 2009 6:32 am

The Longest Month of the Year!

February, hard to spell for some and hard to deal with for the random sports fan. I know there is basketball but if you are a "meat and potatoes" sports fan this month is equal to a visit to the Dentist. There seems to be no hope as the snow falls and it seems less likely that the baseball season will ever start again. Why is this so painful? We should be thinking about the positive points of the season with anticipation of the new kids on the farm coming up or the 300 pound LB that we are targeting in the draft but no, we are keying in on how stupid it is that the football season isn't a month longer or how the baseball season should start sooner!! 

Is this what we have become? Are we what our wives and families see? Yes, we are true fans. (Or idiots, depends on which one you ask.) We live and die with our teams and support them through the good and the bad and live with the pain of the new Joe Torre book that came out yesterday proclaiming that the Yankee third basemen was dubbed A-Fraud! (I am not bitter!) as well as the speculation that the owner of my beloved Dallas Cowboys is doing a reality TV show during training camp AGAIN as the team is having enough trouble focusing on the game itself. Yes, we the fans deal with the reality and stupidity of our teams even through this long painful month.  

I am sure that there are plenty of you out there with me on this and all I can tell you is that there is hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and you are all stronger than that poor sap with the Dentist appointment for one reason and one reason only!! There is no novacaine for February.

Posted on: January 19, 2009 6:40 pm

Scherzer or Price?

While a lot of you are prepping for your upcoming draft I would think that Tampa Bay Rays David Price and Arizona Diamondback Max Scherzer have to be somewhere on the top of your pitching list for 2009. It is a hard call between the two youngsters for some as they are both loaded with talent but I personally have to say after watching both of them pitch minimally last year that that Price is standing alone in this debate.

I know that Scherzer is being hyped as the better control pitcher with the "make up" of a future ace but Price just screams unhittable. He came up late last year and seemed to over match everyone he faced right through the post season. Scherzer had glimpses here and there but along with his four losses it seemed that he was a bit shaken in his early and late season call ups. I know that it is tough to go by a small first impression but I am going with my gut here and you can ask my wife....that is one big resource.


Posted on: January 15, 2009 7:29 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2009 6:51 am

Draft Day Blues

I really never had a hard time drafting in fantasy leagues and it always seemed to come easy to me with all of the studying throughout the preseason in all major sports. Then my football draft came along this season and in one word I can proclaim that my draft was a bust! I can only hope that this story can help some of you out there that have come off a hot season and your heads are the size of the Goodyear blimp floating around any stadium in the greater United States. That is what happened to this fantasy geek after taking home two league championships in the baseball season and then strutting into my brothers living room with a draft magazine and a cooler full of my favorite brew thinking that I really didn't need to study and cram for a draft of players that I clearly knew all about from my past season of success... Here is my story.

I had just picked up the latest fantasy football mag and I was on a fantasy high as all three of my baseball teams were on the road to championship glory. I browsed the football mag and thought to myself how easy this year would be seeing that my two keepers were Tom Brady and the human stat sheet Terrell Owens.( in this league WR's count the same statistically as RB's) I read the mag start to finish and went on my way to printing out a sheet of the top 300 in my league and didn't really look into any that I targeted because I just finished a trade that would bring me Albert Pujols for Evan Longoria and it was the move that carried me to baseball glory. Who cares that player ratings were fllying and dropping and my lack of concern was slowly dropping my grasp on any shot in my brothers ever so frustrating league.

On comes draft day and seeing that I am set at QB and I already have a top tier WR I target RBs right off the bat. Hmmm, they sure disappeared fast? Well, according to the sheet Reggie Bush should fill in nicely as a number one, right? All right now, second pick...let's see...the sheet says! Willis McGahee? Well, he is running for Baltimore and hell look at what Jamal Lewis did behind that line! All right, I need a receiver, the sheet says? Wes Welker, can you see where this is going?

Anyway, I guess I can say that I knew where this season was going 15 minutes into week one as I was with my wife and son at the fair and I got a text message from my brother that simply said " Brady down, doesn't sound good" It was a quiet ride home.  Week two showed me that Willis was not the horse I hoped for unless the horse was Barbaro and Reggie was not getting many touches from Drew "close my eyes and chuck it" Brees. Wes Welker turned into the 9 point stallion with his weekly 90 yards and no TDs until I traded him away in week 10 to the leagues only Pat's fan for Joseph Addai....some of you might know him as Dominick Rhodes backup.

Alright, I am sure you get it but take this as a warning. No matter how many titles you win you should always prepare for the worst. There are never too many rankings, you just have to understand where they are coming from. There are never too many players ranked, 3 years ago Evan Longoria wasn't even ranked in the top 40 third basemen in many fantasy rankings. Now last but not least, there is never EVER too much time to study when it comes to a fantasy draft.



Category: Fantasy Football
Posted on: January 9, 2009 7:31 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2009 8:54 am

Fantasy Sleepers for 2009?

I have already posted a thread asking questions about a headache that I have had for the past three years named Nelson Cruz. I have been waiting and waiting for this guy to come through and finally after an amazing start in AAA he has finally shown some promise in the majors last year putting up numbers that are at the major league level. Many of you out there have the same wish on a prayer player that you have dealt with, either drafting or "keeping" year after year and hoping that it pans out so I figured I would share a few that I could see coming up this year.

Is this finally the year for Brandon Wood? He had his cup of coffee last year and another as the annual infield injury bug hit the red carpet in LA once again. This guy has tons of potential (talking about overused fantasy terms) and has the power that compares with that of Pujols and Howard but is showing more of a Dunn/Sexson swing. He is still real young and raw but who knows...look at Evan Longoria? Two years ago I drafted Wood and never looked twice at Long-gone.

Another guy that isn't so much under the radar because of his late season success is Andre Either. I picked him up when they started hitting him in front of Manny and boy did it pay off. He really showed a lot of promise with not only a great average and some power but also his on base percentage was there and that is rare in younger players. I want to compare him to Hunter Pence but I think that he is aiming more towards a Maglio Ordonez because of his batting average.

Now finally I have to bring up Yunel Escobar. I know he has been mentioned a lot over the past two years but he has yet to fill his potential and I think that if he has a full healthy year he really will put up some decent numbers and become a key to the Braves line up.

Well I know you Veterans out there are probabaly bored by now but I hope this helps someone because one thing I learned in this fantasy baseball world is that there is never too much information to be had while studying for the upcoming season. Thanks for reading.

Category: Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: January 6, 2009 6:14 pm

Teixera is bringing back the pride of the Yankees

I was listening to the Teixera press conference today and  as he spoke it made me ponder a few things that have hit me in the past few years as a fan of sports. Of course he was saying all the right things such as how proud he was to be a Yankee and how his favorite park was Yankee Stadium but he was also bringing up how he wanted to win and lead this team. As he spoke he just seemed to be on a different plateau than the other high priced sluggers that we have brought in over the past 6 years. The smile and nod approach seemed to get most new Yankees a pass and they always showed up with the bat throughout the regular season but never led the team to the promise land and that really hasn't been seen since the 90's.

I guess some of you could bring up Jeter and Posada somewhere along the line in this arguement but they always had Tino, Oneill and a young healthy Bernie Williams alnogside them. Over the past few years it has been the likes of Abreu, Giambi and of course Madonnas lesser half A Rod. All had huge bats in the regular season but failed to lead when it counts.

Hopefully what I heard from Tex was not a show and he really steps up to the plate (no pun intended) and takes this team where it belongs. I may just have 400 million dollar blinders on but he really seems to be Captain material and I hope that he shows this to the fans and Yankee brass at some point in his Yankee career.

Category: MLB
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