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Old 01-27-2019, 11:28 PM   #21
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Kudos to Moose, for making the HoF of course, but also for this classy decision which is very respectful of Orioles and Yankees fans. Sure, some of those fans would prefer their own team's hat but this is best, when one's HoF career is rather evenly divided between a couple of teams of longstanding.

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If he had to choose, however, I think it would go to the Birds on his hat:

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I can't fault him for not choosing. He had his best years as an oriole anyways.
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Kudos to Moose, for making the HoF of course, but also for this classy decision which is very respectful of Orioles and Yankees fans. Sure, some of those fans would prefer their own team's hat but this is best, when one's HoF career is rather evenly divided between a couple of teams of longstanding.

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If he had to choose, however, I think it would go to the Birds on his hat:

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I thought he should've gone in as an Oriole, given that his best years and the majority of his career happened there. I'm sure he gave it the same amount of careful thought as he did in carving up the hitters he faced in his long, distinguished career though, and arrived at the right decision for him which is what it should be. He showed me a side of himself that I had never seen before at the HoF press conference. The dude is hilariously sneaky funny. I never would've guessed as he always seemed so serious. Learn something new every day I guess.
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He showed me a side of himself that I had never seen before at the HoF press conference. The dude is hilariously sneaky funny. I never would've guessed as he always seemed so serious. Learn something new every day I guess.
Also, the pressure is off now. I'm retiring soon and I'm surprising myself with how pleasant I am to everybody these days.
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I just realized that Andujar and Torres are both still on the team! So far . . .
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Now Ellsbury has plantar fasciitis and will not begin spring training with the team. I don't want to be harsh - I'm not sure why I care other than a general loyalty to the team - and I do sympathize if all of these injuries have been actual and meaningful, but the time should come soon when the Yankees need to cut this fellow. It's their money and roster, of course, but this perpetually injured status, particularly injuries suffered while being injured, is an indication of at least a player being washed up physically, if not mentally.
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Now Ellsbury has plantar fasciitis and will not begin spring training with the team. I don't want to be harsh - I'm not sure why I care other than a general loyalty to the team - and I do sympathize if all of these injuries have been actual and meaningful, but the time should come soon when the Yankees need to cut this fellow. It's their money and roster, of course, but this perpetually injured status, particularly injuries suffered while being injured, is an indication of at least a player being washed up physically, if not mentally.
Based on my observations of Cashman, they'll pay down 95% of the remaining contract, and pick up a couple of decent prospects from some sucker team that believes they are the ones that can fix everything that ails him...Because Cashman has compromising pictures of the other 29 GMs of course.
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Now Ellsbury has plantar fasciitis and will not begin spring training with the team. I don't want to be harsh - I'm not sure why I care other than a general loyalty to the team - and I do sympathize if all of these injuries have been actual and meaningful, but the time should come soon when the Yankees need to cut this fellow. It's their money and roster, of course, but this perpetually injured status, particularly injuries suffered while being injured, is an indication of at least a player being washed up physically, if not mentally.

Of course you don't want to be harsh. You're a nice guy. I'm not.

Ellsbury is utterly and completely useless. He's as soft and fragile as a milk-soaked Twinkie. At this juncture, he's little more than a complete waste of a valuable roster spot.

By hook or by crook, Cashman needs to expunge this balsa wood bozo from their roster. I'd rather see his roster spot filled by a perpetually light-hitting pipsqueak with grit and guts like Tyler Wade than by someone like Flopsbury, who can't even get it up to suit up. In fact, I'd rather have ANYONE fill that roster spot other than Flopsbury, including most convicted felons and/or war criminals.

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Heh, this may be like waving a red flag at a bull, but think of this: He earned over $21 million last year just for rehabbing all year (and still managing to re-injure himself). That was on top of the games that he missed in 2017 and those that he apparently will miss to begin 2019.

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Heh, this may be like waving a red flag at a bull, but think of this: He earned over $21 million last year just for rehabbing all year (and still managing to re-injure himself). That was on top of the games that he missed in 2017 and those that he apparently will miss to begin 2019.

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I forget about Ellsbury. I guess he is not going anywhere. I wish he would get healthy though so at least he can contribute to the team somewhat. Yankees are paying him might get something out of him.
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I forget about Ellsbury. I guess he is not going anywhere. I wish he would get healthy though so at least he can contribute to the team somewhat. Yankees are paying him might get something out of him.

It's easy to forget about Flopsbury. After all, out of sight, out of mind.
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Heh, this may be like waving a red flag at a bull, but think of this: He earned over $21 million last year just for rehabbing all year (and still managing to re-injure himself). That was on top of the games that he missed in 2017 and those that he apparently will miss to begin 2019.

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Meh, no need to duck. It's no secret that Flopsbury is essentially soaking the Yankees for Djibouti's GDP. No doubt, he's one of the primary reasons why Cashman has become extremely careful and selective when delving into the FA market.

I never thought anyone would surpass Carl Pavano in terms of lack of value per dollar. Boy, was I wrong.
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Regarding the clock experiment, I'm with J.A. Happ. It's absolutely asinine. Direct quote from Happ:


“I don'’t think the numbers prove the game needs it and it doesn’t feel right.’


Manfred is starting to make Dud Selig look like David Stern and Lee Iaccoca rolled into one. He should put that twenty second clock on himself and see how many genuinely innovative ideas he can come up with in that time to help aggressively market and promote the sport he thinks is so hopelessly broken.
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Of course you don't want to be harsh. You're a nice guy. I'm not.

Ellsbury is utterly and completely useless. He's as soft and fragile as a milk-soaked Twinkie. At this juncture, he's little more than a complete waste of a valuable roster spot.

By hook or by crook, Cashman needs to expunge this balsa wood bozo from their roster. I'd rather see his roster spot filled by a perpetually light-hitting pipsqueak with grit and guts like Tyler Wade than by someone like Flopsbury, who can't even get it up to suit up. In fact, I'd rather have ANYONE fill that roster spot other than Flopsbury, including most convicted felons and/or war criminals.

He's a bum.
Whoa dude! Tell us how you really feel! Don't worry, he'll be gone soon enough, and if they put him on the 60-day DL (where he'll give the Yankees the greatest value he possibly can...Ba-dum-tss!...I'll be here all week...Try the veal), that'll open up a spot on the 25-man roster. Win/win for you guys.
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Whoa dude! Tell us how you really feel! Don't worry, he'll be gone soon enough, and if they put him on the 60-day DL (where he'll give the Yankees the greatest value he possibly can...Ba-dum-tss!...I'll be here all week...Try the veal), that'll open up a spot on the 25-man roster. Win/win for you guys.

Well, the good news is that Flopsbury still has (as far as I know) ten perfectly breakable finger nails. That's ten chances of him ending up on the 60-day IL (No more DL, BTW. The word "Disabled" has been officially adjudged an irredeemably offensive non-word by the Ministry of Truth) opening a jar of pickles, scratching himself behind the ear, or clicking the "Return" button on his bank's website while checking to see if those unearned salary checks he's getting are still being promptly deposited by his employer.
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Well, the good news is that Flopsbury still has (as far as I know) ten perfectly breakable finger nails. That's ten chances of him ending up on the 60-day IL (No more DL, BTW. The word "Disabled" has been officially adjudged an irredeemably offensive non-word by the Ministry of Truth) opening a jar of pickles, scratching himself behind the ear, or clicking the "Return" button on his bank's website while checking to see if those unearned salary checks he's getting are still being promptly deposited by his employer.
Three words: Hire. Tonya. Harding.
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Three words: Hire. Tonya. Harding.

Blech! Have you seen Tonya Harding these days? Maybe I'd hire her to do an aftershave commercial, but for anything else, I'd rather spare the innocent retinas of everyone involved.


Besides, there's no need for actual physical contact to take place to knock Flopsbury out of action. I'd wager that the infinitesimal seismic ripple caused by a single coconut falling from a tree on some remote island in the Pacific 5,000 miles away would probably suffice in knocking hm off the active roster for the remainder of the season.
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Take care of Tulo OK? Don't break him. Rockies fans loved him, and Blue Jays fans loved him, but I think Blue Jays fans came to love the idea of Tulo more than the actual guy because he was never around. He was good for the kids when he was around though, and he will be good for Gleyber and Andujar. As for me, I think I'll focus on New Hampshire and Buffalo this year, as it's going to be a long year north of the border.
This sentiment is right out the window and down the street for me after today's game. As far as I'm concerned he spat on the entire fanbase after we gave him two shots at a ring in 2015 and 2016, and watched him take just 987 plate appearances in 3 seasons plus 61 games, or 292 plate appearances per 162 games. Thanks for the DL memories. Thanks for your sterling contribution to the team.


I loved having you on our team, but in the end I realized I loved the idea rather than the reality of having you on our team. Nice to see you contributing to another team (in a spring training game), and good to see you've re-discovered the competitive fire that you were seldom able to display here because you were broken all the time. I was going to wish you well, but you spat on my team today, and you spat on the fans of this team across Canada, so get stuffed...


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This sentiment is right out the window and down the street for me after today's game. As far as I'm concerned he spat on the entire fanbase after we gave him two shots at a ring in 2015 and 2016, and watched him take just 987 plate appearances in 3 seasons plus 61 games, or 292 plate appearances per 162 games. Thanks for the DL memories. Thanks for your sterling contribution to the team.


I loved having you on our team, but in the end I realized I loved the idea rather than the reality of having you on our team. Nice to see you contributing to another team (in a spring training game), and good to see you've re-discovered the competitive fire that you were seldom able to display here because you were broken all the time. I was going to wish you well, but you spat on my team today, and you spat on the fans of this team across Canada, so get stuffed...


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I feel your pain. If there's any justice here, the Yanks will release Flopsbury, the Jays will sign him, and he'll rediscover the fine art of playing baseball on something other than a PlayStation 4.


He'd actually be a great fit for the Jays, if he could stay healthy for more than twenty seconds, that is. Ellsbury's skill set is exactly what teams who played on turf used to look for back in the day: Speed & gap power.


Oh well. What can you do? As Captain Quint would say: "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women."
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Yanks giving Hicks a 7-year extension has got to be a sign of something. Boone called him "maybe the most underrated player in the game" but 7 years at age 29? It looks like Cashman is using the cash, man, that he saved on not splurging on Machado and Harper to shore up what he's got. I can't say that I disagree, even though the length of the contract has me a bit concerned. At least it's not 10 years.

They just signed Severino to a four-year deal at the same $10 million a year (I would have swapped the contract durations for these two players) and the article that I read speculated that the Yankees would look to be doing the same with Gregorius and maybe even Judge and Sanchez; i.e., signing them to good contracts before they even get out of arbitration, much less into free agency.

Looks like they think they have a good, young team on their hands and they want to lock it in rather than gamble on outsiders. If so, I like this idea.
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Yanks giving Hicks a 7-year extension has got to be a sign of something. Boone called him "maybe the most underrated player in the game" but 7 years at age 29? It looks like Cashman is using the cash, man, that he saved on not splurging on Machado and Harper to shore up what he's got. I can't say that I disagree, even though the length of the contract has me a bit concerned. At least it's not 10 years.

They just signed Severino to a four-year deal at the same $10 million a year (I would have swapped the contract durations for these two players) and the article that I read speculated that the Yankees would look to be doing the same with Gregorius and maybe even Judge and Sanchez; i.e., signing them to good contracts before they even get out of arbitration, much less into free agency.

Looks like they think they have a good, young team on their hands and they want to lock it in rather than gamble on outsiders. If so, I like this idea.

I agree that seven years is a pinch too long for Hicks. I genuinely like Hicks and I agree wholeheartedly with Cashman about him being underrated. However, I would've thought that 5 years would have been the sweet spot with Hicks in terms of locking him up long term, especially considering his recent history of injuries.

That said, I have no problem with what Cashman is doing right now. The Yanks have traditionally avoided the tactic of locking up young (or in the case of Hicks, strictly), arbitration eligible players to long-term deals. I've always been baffled by this. Why pay more for a player down the road who factors prominently into your long-term plans?

At any rate, kudos to Cash for this & the Severino deal. I'd like to see them lock up The Judge as well for the next 6-7 years.
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