On this date 20 years ago the 1992 draft took place. A number of future stars, including Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi, were selected that day, but none impacted the American League East like the shortstop prospect the Yankees selected sixth overall. Here's the latest on the AL East…
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post explains how Derek Jeter fell to the Yankees 20 years ago. Though the Yankees were hoping Jeter would fall to them, they had prepared to start negotiations with right-hander Jim Pittsley in case another club selected their preferred target.
- Ben Cherington will be running his first draft as Boston's GM on Monday, but it'll be a familiar setting in some ways, Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald reports. The longtime Red Sox executive says his staff will seek the best available player with each pick. “The key with any draft is to do more with your picks than the 29 other teams do," he said.
- The Orioles will purchase the contract of utility player Bill Hall today and add him to the 25 and 40-man rosters, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
- Adam Lind could be ready to return to the Major Leagues "soon," GM Alex Anthopoulos said, according to Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun.
I like Lind. I really do.
However, I wouldn’t give him too many more chances.
I would say this is it, and he is deserving of this chance. I mean other guys have been sent to the minors (EE, Cliff Lee) to fix themselves. Clearly if he can’t adjust himself this time, there will definitely be doubt he ever will.
always wonder what kind of a career Jeter would have if he had not been a Yankee.
Hits would be there, but the rings wouldn’t.
agreed. but i think there’s more to it. this is not meant to take anything away from his accomplishments, but there are “intangibles” to look at it…perfect for Captain Intangible. Just food for thought.
– he doesn’t get the same protection (believe in it or not a lineup filled with All-Star sluggers gives him better pitches and more chances to face tired/stressed starters or long relief mop up guys)
– he doesn’t play half of his games in a purely hitters park
– he likely moves around to multiple teams
– he doesn’t play in nearly as many playoff games (dude has 191 post season hits. compare that to Cal Ripken Jr. who had 37 career post season hits, in five more seasons)
Right now, people compare him to guys like Pujols, Griffey, Ichiro. etc. as one of the best of a generation. I wonder if without the pinstripes he gets that type of a tag, or if he’s with guys like Todd Helton or Michael Young who have pheonmenal careers but not the same hype.
again. just speculation. obviously the dude has been a pretty amazing hitter.
Fair statement. Although in regards to protection, the Yankees were not much of a power hitting team in the late 90’s and early 00’s. They had very good hitters but they didn’t have the Griffey, Frank Thomas, Palmeiro, McGwire type hitters on their team. That didn’t really start happening until 2002.
Hey Jays, we’ll take Adam Lind off your hands.
No…we will not. As it is, we have four first basemen in Gonzalez, Youkilis, Ortiz, and Anderson.
You know Lind plays the outfield too right?
He hasn’t played the outfield since 2010 and he was awful then. Pretty sure he’s a 1B/DH type only now. He’d also be a downgrade from Nava.
Besides, Crawford, Ellsbury, Ross, Kalish, and McDonald should all be back within the next month and a half. There is no need for the Sox to pick up a guy with $7mm+ on his contract.
Still don’t want him
Another topic (kind of) on the OF shortage.. But Boston is calling up people like Drake britton to Portland and he has 1 good month after being awful all of 2011 and bradley has shown he really needs to be at Portland and they probably have a long term need at CF anyway if Ells leaves.
I understand now that britton has been in the sytem a few years already.. TJ earlier, 1 good season at low A ball before being terrible last year.. Just bradley was really good at SC anyway and shown high A ball isn’t even a challenge.. Hitting over .350 with an almost .500OBP after 2 months should show even a conservative organization for promotions the guy needs to go up.. Barnes also very soon.
Well, Britton was repeating the level and just turned 23, so they are going to be quicker to promote him than a younger guy who is in his first pro season. But they also promote players based on them accomplishing certain goals (improved mechanics, better command, more selectivity etc.) rather than statistics, so Britton may have simply accomplished what the Red Sox were looking for him to do.
Adam Lind can benefit of playing for the Seattle Mariners as they need to clean some mess up on offense struggles, esp. w/ guys as Chone Figgins, Brenden Ryan, and Mike Carp. If there’s a three team trade involving those two teams and Milwaukee Brewers or Chicago Cubs to acquire relief pitching and getting rid of one of the three Mariners players, plus Adam Lind, in three way trade, it will make sense for a change of scenery for each of those ballclubs.