Quick Hits: Yankees, Crede, D’Backs

Links for Monday night, as recently promoted Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands doubles in his first MLB at bat…


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36 Comments on "Quick Hits: Yankees, Crede, D’Backs"


4 years 4 months ago

Danny Hultzen is a boss

BG921
4 years 4 months ago

Also, Andruw Jones has done a good job in the outfield and has some good at bats against lefties… I know the Yankees get ripped for signing guys that were great in like 2003, but being a Braves fan I know how important a quality bench can be when you are in the playoff hunt. They have guys that can put the ego aside and contribute to winning.

Giorgi Almonte
4 years 4 months ago

see yankees money dont win games….not always.

4 years 4 months ago

money has never won games…player ability to produce does, though. And really, every team has at least one overpaid millionaire, so im not sure what the “money buys championships” mentality is about…

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

“so im not sure what the “money buys championships” mentality is about…”

Easy, it’s about hatred. When the Yankees win, they buy their championship (despite about half their World Series roster in 09 being homegrown). When almost any other team wins, they earn it.

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

To be fair the Yankees have had the highest payroll the last decade or so, so there is that. But they are not the only ones to “buy their championships”. The Blue Jays were big spenders when they won in 92/93. The Red Sox didn’t have much home grown talent on the 04 team. So there are a lot of teams that spend a lot to try and win. The Yankees just consistently spend the most by a wide margin and don’t always get what they pay for(2001-2008).

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Well from 2001-2008 they still made 7 playoff appearances (most in MLB), 3 LCS appearances (tied with Boston and St. Louis) and 2 WS appearances (tied with Boston and St. Louis). Also have the most division titles won (6).

By Yankee/Steinbrenner standards, it’s fair to say they didn’t get what they paid for since their main goal is to win it all. So I can see why they consider it a “failure”. However, only the Phillies and the Giants (had it not been for a Padres choke) were the only division winners that had the highest paid team in their division. 3 of the other 4 teams who have the highest payroll in a dvisiion failed to even make the playoffs (Cubs, Tigers, and Mariners).

If I would call any team a “failure” for the past 10 years, I would have to say it’s the Mariners, with the exception of 2001. 2001 was when they last made the playoffs if I’m not mistaken. And I think they’ve finished in 3rd or 4th (2nd to last and last) every year since then. And I’m also sure they have the highest paid team in the West when you combine the payrolls of the other AL West teams the last 10 years which is basically why I’m calling them a big failure, when you have the highest paid team in a division and have 1 playoff appearance and in only a 4 team division.

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

I didn’t say they were a failure and I know you didn’t say that I said they were failures. But my point was that they were paying the most money(by leaps and bounds) in order to win it all(something I am alright with, you have the money go for it) and have only won it all once in the last 11 years. That does not seem like the best policy. However, as you stated they have been in the playoffs every year except 2008 (and maybe 2011, I kid) and that helps give you the chance of winning it all.

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Fair statement. I’ll agree. Although I was somewhat of making an argument with your last sentence in your other statement, by “get what you paid for” and was assuming you were going based on the old “Win a World Series or Fail” kind of view. Although in recent years with Boston now spending big and building a competitive team, adn with Tampa being competitive the last few years, I wouldn’t considering losing in the playoffs if they win the AL East, a failure.

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

Well sometimes you do “get what you pay for”. Only in the sense that the Yankees paid big bucks for Arod, Jeter, Posada, CC, Mo (all quality players) but they are deficient in other major places (starting staff) and as a result if they do make the playoffs they don’t have the pitchers to get to the WS. But they are still a great team. Just nitpicking.

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t expect them to make it to the WS myself. Then again, see the 1996 team. A well rounded lineup, excellent bullpen, trashy rotation, and they ended up beating the Braves famous trio. Also I was shocked that the 04 team was 3 outs away from a WS despite a rotation of Mussina (decent year). Lieber (who? lol), a horrible inconsistent Kevin Brown, and an injured El Duque (for the most part of the season) yet faced a HOF pitcher in Pedro, a possible HOF pitcher in Schilling, and a very good postseason track record of Derek Lowe

Same for their 00 team. Yes they had Pedro and Pettitte and Cone, but their numbers for 2000 were terrible, which is why i consider them one of the worst teams ever to win the WS (Maybe even 3rd, behind the 06 Cardinals and 87 Twins)

SierraM363
4 years 4 months ago

Young phenom Phil Hughes is also living up to fan expectations.

Chuck345
4 years 4 months ago

Where in the article did it mention Phil Hughes?

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t see where he is living up to expectations. Unless you are being sarcastic. I am a Red Sox fan but a fan of baseball in general and would like to see Hughes pitch well(except against the Sox) but he has been generally horrible since the All Star Break of 2010. Me thinks that the Yankees should have suspected something a bit sooner and tried to fix it before he came into 2011 with a “dead arm”.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 4 months ago

Last year with Hughes it was all about his inability to keep the ball in the park in the 2nd half.

Complete season totals:

Home: 4.66 ERA w/ 20 hrs allowed in 106 IP
Road: 3.47 ERA w/ 5 hrs allowed in 70 IP

This season, it’s velocity and he’s still a thrower who works off of his FB. Still has the makeup to be a front of rotation guy but needs the FB and to master that change.

TheHotCorner
4 years 4 months ago

Didn’t Jermaine Dye retire as well this offseason? Maybe he didn’t meet the definition of “notable players”.

baseball33
4 years 4 months ago

Sherman needs to get out from under Cashman’s desk. And he should take his hall of fame vote and stick it. Go find another convicted felon to vote for.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 4 months ago

He’s nice off the bench: a .467 OBP, a game winning single, and solid D at first and third.

Tiny sample size, but seriously, what has anyone done at this point in the season?

4 years 4 months ago

He’s produced in the few times he’s played–more recently? Game-winning RBI in last night’s Yankees/Rangers game. In his production:playing time ratio, Chavez is 100% paying off–undoubtedly.

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

He got 3 hits his first game, and had a big hit to hep them win (against Boston, the only game we won in the series). And I think he had a big hit last time he played which was the deciding run in a close game. So… yeah it’s not much, but the few at bats he has had, he’s helped them win.

4 years 4 months ago

looks to me like we have a bitter Sox fan on our hands….

icedrake523
4 years 4 months ago

He got one hit that won a game in April which has made his entire contract worth it.

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Put up an 0.2 WAR in only 15 AB’s

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

I’m liking this post for two reasons. One, because it is funny. And two, I rarely see you post, but always see “Brandon Woodworth (and # others) liked this.”

4 years 4 months ago

or you couldve read the article conveniently linked, which detailed the contributions of Chavez and Martin…

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

He’s done pretty good had an 8th inning go ahead rbi single against the Rangers sunday night and had a couple big hits against Boston and has played good defense. While Crawford, Werth or Lee is better then Jones, Martin and Chavez I like the 3 moves Cashman made here. If we could trade for a good starting pitcher we should be solid we have the bullpen, the offense and bench. Good luck to you guys this year too I admit I actually hate the Angels even more then the Red Sox but thats because your team has given us so much trouble or the past decade or so but you guys are pretty good too great start so far last year was just an off year for ya guys Morales going down didn’t help either what a way to get injured huh lol.

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

I’d rather have him on the dl right now to be honest then having him pitch. I’d actually rather Colon start for us at least as of right now I guess the dip in velocity has happened to Licecum as well from what I’ve read but Hughes problem is his location. He lets to many cutters run right over the middle of the plate.

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Your boy Kazmir isn’t much better

furioustoaster
4 years 4 months ago

So you’re not a RedSox fan, just a loser?

4 years 4 months ago

If the Yanks win the division by 1 game, it does make the contract worth it. A win in April carries the same value as a win in September.

Chuck345
4 years 4 months ago

Almost everything about your post was going great until you decided to stop using punctuation.

icedrake523
4 years 4 months ago

You can say that about any of the 90-some games they’ll win this year.

I hope Sherman already has his “Chavez done for the year, Cashman foolish for relying on bargains” article ready for when Chavez hits the DL as he always does.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

“If the Yanks win the division by 1 game, it does make the contract worth it. ”

therefore carl pavano was worth it. QED

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t say they were bad, but I’m not going to say they were good. I still rank the 06 Cardinals and 00 Yankees as much worse than them. Even the 03 Marlins I say were worse than the Giants, although that’s debatable too of course

MB923
4 years 4 months ago

Don’t turn your back on the wolf pack, you might wind up in a body bag

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

My bad it happens.