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Cliff Lee Rejoins the Philadelphia Phillies

December 13, 2010

According to multiple sources, free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee has reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pencil the Phillies in for 105-110 wins in 2011 and a trip to the World Series where they’ll take on the Boston Red Sox. I’m calling it right now! Their pick up of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford should put them over the top in the American League.

From the Associated Press:

The deal is subject to the 32-year-old left-hander passing a physical, the person said on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not final.

The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers received telephone calls Monday night telling them they were out of the running, two separate people familiar with those team’s negotiations said, also on condition of anonymity.

Lee 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner turned down longer and more lucrative offers to return to the team he helped reach the 2009 World Series after a midseason trade from Cleveland.

Red Sox Snag Carl Crawford

December 9, 2010

My night just got a little better!

The Boston Globe and other sources, including ESPN, are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a 7 year deal with Carl Crawford for $142 million.

One word: Awesome!

From the Boston Globe:

The deal came to fruition late last night according to a Major Source with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The deal will be complete upon Crawford taking a physical, which could come as soon as today.

The deal makes Crawford the highest-paid outfielder in baseball history. His contract language includes partial no-trade protection.

The Angels had been in pursuit of Crawford, the top position player on the free-agent market. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had dinner with Crawford and agent Brian Peters on Tuesday night. The Texas Rangers also were involved.

 

Kevin Youkilis Done for Season

August 5, 2010

Sorry Red Sox fans. It’s being reported that first baseman Kevin Youkilis will undergo season-ending surgery tomorrow to repair a torn muscle in his right thumb.

So, how will this affect the Red Sox run for the playoffs? Can they win the AL East or a Wild Card slot without Youk?

From ESPN:

“They took another MRI right in the [thumb] area that left no doubt surgery was necessary,” general manager Theo Epstein told ESPNBoston.com. “Youk is a big part of our heart and soul. He’s one of our best players and one of the best players in the league. It’s a big impact but it creates an opportunity for other guys to step up and help offensively.

“If there is a silver lining, it is that it’s pretty routine surgery. He’ll be 100 percent and have a normal offseason.”

When asked if the procedure would end any chance of Youkilis playing in the postseason as well, Francona said the team would “have to drag this out to around Thanksgiving” for his star first baseman to be available.

Alex Rodriguez Hits Career Home Run #600

August 4, 2010

Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 home runs with a 1st inning, 2 run shot off of Shaun Marcum of the Toronto Blue Jays today.

Rodriguez is the seventh player in baseball history to reach 600 career home runs, only trailing Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa on the all-time list.

Congrats to Rodriguez on this achievement. Now, let’s see if he can catch Bonds.

Speaking of which…do we need to bring up the steroid issue? Should an “*” be put next to Arod’s name? How about the rest of the sluggers in the Steroid Era.

I hate to bring it up as Rodriguez hits this milestone, but you know that it will be discussed.

How does ARod fit into the Hall of Fame picture? Does he deserve a spot more than a player like Pete Rose who bet on baseball (don’t get me started on this topic as I always have, and always will believe that Rose deserves a spot in Cooperstown).

The home run king will always be Hank Aaron, in my opinion.

Guys like Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, in my mind, are the top three on the list and we won’t see anyone in our generation knock them out, no matter what statistics show.

Statistics don’t include performance enhancing drugs and that is an unfair advantage that players had during the Steroid Era. Some got caught, some didn’t. But everyone knew it was happening and only now are we seeing how much of an effect it had on baseball as a whole.

I do feel bad for those players who didn’t because they will always be lumped into the category with the McGwire’s, Sosa’s and Canseco’s. I really wish that I could have lived and seen some of the all-time greats of baseball’s Golden Era play. What a thrill that must have been!

George Steinbrenner Dies at Age 80

July 13, 2010

UPDATE: Here is the official statement from the New York Yankees organization.

As a Red Sox fan, you’d probably expect me to not care about the death of George Steinbrenner. I’ve spoken to a few people this morning who feel that way and I don’t understand why. No matter what team you support, you have to admit, he knew how to build a winner.

Until the past year or two, George Steinbrenner was the visible leader of the Yankees organization. He brought in the talent needed to win a number of World Championships. He was loved by some, and hated by many.

But he always did what he thought needed to be done to win, and the baseball world has lost one of its most regognizable faces and the game will not be the same without him! I wonder what George Costanza is thinking today :)

RIP George Steinbrenner.

From the New York Times:

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning, the team announced. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Mr. Steinbrenner’s death came nine months after the Yankees won their first World Series title since 2000, clinching their six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at his new Yankee Stadium, and two days after the team’s longtime public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died at age 99.

From the Wall Street Journal:

George Steinbrenner, the 80-year-old owner of the New York Yankees, died in a Tampa hospital after suffering a heart attack early Tuesday morning.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning in Tampa, Fla., at age 80,” the family said in a statement released to ESPN.

Steinbrenner’s health has been declining in recent years, and he had reportedly given up daily control of the team to his children.

From USA Today:

Here are some of our favorite quotes from George:

On whether he liked owning race horses more than controlling the Yankees: “I like horses better, because they can’t talk to sportswriters.”

On his personality: “I’m like Archie Bunker. I get mad as hell when my team blows one.”

Reacting in 1978 to commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s criticism that he paid too much for players: “I don’t agree with free agency, but it wasn’t my leadership that created it.”

On baseball players: “(They) should be the happiest guys in the world. They’re getting paid magabucks for playing a kids’ game.”

His plan when as president of the American Shipbuilding Company, he bought the Yankees in 1973: “We plan absentee ownership. I’ll stick to building ships.”

His self-parody, on Saturday Night Live, in 1990: “Where is it written that if you don’t get results right away you fire somebody? . . . Only a jackass would do that.”

Cliff Lee Heads to Texas

July 9, 2010

Great news for those of you (like me) who did not want to see Cliff Lee in Yankee Pinstripes!

From SI.com:

The Rangers have completed a deal with the Mariners for ace Cliff Lee only hours after a potential Yankees-Mariners trade fell through, sources said.

Texas is sending Justin Smoak in a package to Seattle. The switch-hitting first baseman entered this season as one of the most coveted prospects in baseball. In 70 games with the Rangers this year, Smoak is hitting .209 with eight home runs, 34 RBIs and 29 runs.

Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will join Lee as part of the trade to Texas. Seattle will pay the remaining $4 million on Lee’s contract, which expires after this season.

New York Yankees to Acquire Cliff Lee?

July 9, 2010

Sad…but true! It’s a definite possibility at this time as the teams are in discussions to send the All-Star/Cy Young Award winner to New York. Could Lee be in a Yankees jersey before he leaves Seattle?

As a baseball fan, this news absolutely kills me. To allow the Yankees to “buy” another one of the best players in baseball is just plain wrong.

With no salary cap in place, and the freedom to obtain anyone they want, signings like we have seen over the past few years are ruining the game of baseball. It’s not even fun to watch teams like the Yankees and Red Sox (and I’m a Red Sox fan) play anymore when they’re playing against teams who obviously can’t compete.

I went to the Yankees series against the A’s this week, and although the A’s can only muster up a team of AAA players, there was no competition. The games weren’t even close. It’s the same in cities across the country. Pretty soon, other fans are going to give up and Major League Baseball will be left with only one team who can consistently draw fans (but at least teams will bring in crowds when they come to their towns).

Thoughts?

From the New York Times:

The Yankees and the Mariners have made progress toward a Lee trade, according to an official involved in the talks, who added that the final decision is now up to the Mariners. The official was granted anonymity because the deal has not been completed. Joel Sherman of the New York Post broke the story, reporting that the Yankees’ trade package would include catcher Jesus Montero and infielder David Adams.

Lee is scheduled to pitch against the Yankees at Safeco Field on Friday night, so a deal could be finalized quickly. Lee would give the Yankees four All-Stars in their starting rotation, joining C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. It would also free the Yankees to trade another starter – presumably Javier Vazquez – for offense or bullpen help before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.


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