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Here Is A Bad Idea: Bartolo Colon In New York Yankee Pinstripes

The name Bartolo Colon and the New York Yankees should never be linked in a sentence again this offseason.

Yes, Colon won the 2005 American League Cy Young Award, but that is not what resonates in my memory.

Back in 2008, the Red Sox were the only team interested in signing the overweight pitcher, who stood at 5’11″ and tipped the scale at 245 pounds. Making seven starts as a member of the Red Sox, the injury-prone Colon found himself back on the DL again.

At the time, Colon left Boston for his home in the Dominican Republic to tend to personal issues and never left. The reason was he didn’t feel like it.

Colon’s attitude is why no team wanted him in the first place. Add that to all the injuries and that, my friend, is the definition of being unreliable.

By no means am I trying to overlook how talented Colon used to be, but since he took home pitching’s biggest honor, he has been a mess.

In 2005, Colon had 21 wins in 33 starts and two complete games, giving up 26 home runs, striking out 157 and pitching a total of 222 innings.

Then, from 2006-2009, Colon had 14 wins in 47 starts and one complete game, allowing 44 balls to go yard, recording 172 strikeouts and pitching a total of 226 innings.

Need I say more? Continue reading ‘Here Is A Bad Idea: Bartolo Colon In New York Yankee Pinstripes’ »

Going from Good To Great: Why the Yankees Need To Sign Rafael Soriano

I have mentioned this a few times already, but he is worth the attention again.

Rafael Soriano is still a free agent, available and on the market. Whatever it is shocking considering he was the AL’s dominate closer in 2010 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Even before Cliff Lee’s decision, Soriano as a player would have been more than enough for the New York Yankees to walk away with heads high.

Soriano was the best closer in the AL in 2010, leading the league with 45 saves, posting a 1.73 ERA, striking out 57 in just shy of 63 innings. Soriano was named to the 2010 All-Star team, won the 2010 AL Rolaids Relief Man Award, finished eighth in CY Young and 12th in MVP voting respectively.

Soriano will cost his new team two-draft picks as he falls into the Type A free agent category.

Yes, he will not come cheap especially considering his agent is Scott Boras, but it would be money well spent.

Boras makes any team pay no matter what, but the greediest agent has some tainted history with the Yankees, which might drive the price up some.

Look it is no secret the Bombers are a tad desperate, whether GM Brian Cashman and the little Steinbrenner’s care to admit it, fans know it, the players know it and Boras knows it.

Soriano’s role would change, as he would set-up to the great Rivera. Soriano was in the bullpen for the majority of his early pro-years. Continue reading ‘Going from Good To Great: Why the Yankees Need To Sign Rafael Soriano’ »

NFL Week 16: Vick Becomes Human And Dogs The Giants Again

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Philadelphia Eagles superhuman QB Michael Vick sure looked human tonight as his team lost 24-14 to the Minnesota Vikings, at home in Pennsylvania.

Vick was in obvious pain against Minnesota, specifically Vikings Jared Allen who had his number all night long.

After the embarrassment Vick single-handedly put on the Giants in Week 15,
He just couldn’t stay dynamic when the New York Giants desired him too.

Just in case you missed ESPN’s newest classic starring Vick, who guided the Eagles into scoring four touchdowns in the last seven minutes to take the game away from the Giants who at the time were leading 31-10.

The G-men wanted to have the chance to right them by making the playoffs, but guess they should have thought of that earlier. Nothing like making the playoffs because you are winning, which surely beats waiting on other teams to decide your fate.

So, how can the Giants slid into the playoffs?

If the Eagles had won, it would put pressure on the Chicago Bears to win in Week 17 in order to get the first round bye in the NFC.

The Eagles loss allows the Bears to maintain their position, which makes the need to beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday not mandatory. The Giants need Green Bay to lose in order to snag a Wild Card spot.

Could it happen?? Yes it is possible and Bears coach Lovie Smith says the starters will play as usual; but pulling some guys early is likely if it prohibits a serious injury.

No good has ever come from resting players’ pre-playoffs in any sport because time and again it gets a few guys out of their groove.

Problem #2 is that Green Bay looked incredible reeking havoc on a despondent Giants team this past weekend.

The Giants had six turnovers in Green Bay, and lacked the desire to win. The G-men are obviously still shell-shocked from the Vick manhandling, but was it worth another humiliation? Continue reading ‘NFL Week 16: Vick Becomes Human And Dogs The Giants Again’ »

Lady Loves Pinstripes Nominated For Ballhyped Sports Blog Of 2010

Lady Loves Pinstripes has been nominated for Ballhyped Sports Blog Of The Year.
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Surprised, but proud at the same time, Lady Loves Pinstripes is just one of 60 sports blogs on the final selection list.

It is a privilege to be on this index with such outstanding blogs, even as a long shot to win.

If you wanted to “hype” up Lady Loves Pinstripes (or any of the other 59 blogs) by voting, please click HERE.

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New York Yankees: What’s AJ Burnett Up To This Off-Season? He’s Fixing Himself.

This off-season, the New York Yankees‘ hopes of adding an additional pitcher fell through.

True, pickings were slim, but with the seemingly impending retirement of Andy Pettitte, it didn’t make life any easier in the Bronx.

The Yankees will turn to their starting three of CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett. In 2010, Sabathia and Hughes were solid, but Burnett was inconsistent and the team needs his talents in order to stay competitive in 2011.

Burnett knows how important his role will be and GM Brian Cashman paid Burnett a visit to make sure he was fully aware of the situation.

MLB’s Bombers Beat has confirmed that Burnett has built an indoor pitching facility in an old farmhouse at his home in Maryland, and new Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild is planning to spend about a week there at the start of New Year. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: What’s AJ Burnett Up To This Off-Season? He’s Fixing Himself.’ »

New York Yankees: Two Reasons To Be Afraid Of The Bronx Bombers In 2011

Change is scary and unsettling, especially when it is not by choice.

The 2010 off-season did not work out the way the New York Yankees had hoped. The franchise heads into a New Year having failed to acquire ace Cliff Lee or any other highly sought free-agent players.

Getting player’ to sing with the Yankees is not usually such a hard sell. The franchise is the most historical and successful in all of sports; New York City is incredible and players’ paychecks tend to have a few extra zeros on the end.

So, if anything, the Yankees are hurt, but humbled.

There is no denying that Yankee fans aren’t worried, as pinstripe haters are basking in what is deemed a non-contending group for 2011.

The team has enough experience and if they can learn from past mistakes, watch out and here are two reasons why

REASON #1:

There are obvious holes in the starting rotation without adding Cliff Lee, and presumably sans Andy Pettitte.

AJ Burnett was a mess in 2010—but it is a new year, a new season and Burnett was more disappointed than anyone, so give the guy a break until proven otherwise.

CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes are as solid as you can get, but it still leaves two unfilled rotation spots. The hope is, or was, to fill one with Pettitte’s talents, but GM Brian Cashman has not given any reason to count on the southpaw’s return.

Cashman’s only choice is to head on down to a solid farm system that is filled with a ton of young talented arms. Two of the youngsters will get rotation spots, as there is no way Sergio Mitre should get another chance to lose games.

The alternatives are risky, but well worth the reward.

Just look at the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants, who were carried in September on the shoulders and the 1.13 ERA of a 21-year-old named Madison Bumgarner. Many claim that without Bumgarner down the stretch, the Giants might not have won the NL West, as Bumgarner followed his stellar rookie season in the majors with a heroic postseason.

Bumgarner shared the mound with the NL CY Young winner for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Tim Lincecum, age 27; Matt Cain, who is entering his seventh season at the age of 25; and Jonathan Sanchez, who just turned 27. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: Two Reasons To Be Afraid Of The Bronx Bombers In 2011’ »