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Re: Klapisch: Time to act, Mets

Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:39 am

Originally Posted by Lottospud
Sorry, his entire sample size:

+------+-----+---+---+-----+---+---+------+--+--+--+--+-----+---+---+---+---+
2005 ALDS NYY LAA L 1 1 1.35 0 1 0 0 6.2 6 1 0 1
2006 ALDS NYY DET L 1 1 4.05 1 0 0 0 6.2 8 3 1 4
2007 ALDS NYY CLE L 2 2 19.06 0 2 0 0 5.2 14 12 4 2
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3 Lg Div Series 0-3 4 4 7.58 1 3 0 0 19 28 16 5 7

Two good starts, two bad starts, hardly conclusive evidence



I'd blame Torre just as much as Wang. Wang came off a terrible game going INTO game 1. He did terrible. It wasnt the Indians hitting well, his pitches were terrible. So what does he do? throw him in on short rest with Mussina as plan B.
Mussina, on long rest, looked GREAT since he came back. He looked great after a long rest. He had long rest. He is a veteran. He got it backwards. True, Joe cant be blamed for Wang's poor performance, but he is responsible for putting him in a position where he was almost assured to fail. Joe is also wholey responsible for the bug thing. He should have been out there backing his 21 year old rookie. He should have been out there saying "We arne't pitching till this is taken care of" instead of relying on bug spray that clearly wasn't working.

End of the day, the team lost.

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Re: Klapisch: Time to act, Mets

Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:41 am

A change in philosophy for the Yankees brass

Under the Boss,the Yankees went year to year with players eligible for salary arbitration.This is taking a page out of John Hart's book with the Indians when he locked all of their key players in the early 1990's.

The Yankees didn't do this with Bernie,Jeter,Petitte,Rivera,Posada,etc

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Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:45 am

2008 NFL Mock Draft - Round 1

http://www.luckylester.com/nfl/2008-NFL-Mock-draft.php

My mock draft is going to be a little different than most, but believe me, that's a good thing. What I'm going to do is let everyone know whom I would take in the first round if I were making millions deciding which way my NFL franchise should invest.

I will also predict whom each NFL team will take on draft day. Players will officially go off my board when the "they will pick" section is completed. For example, if I would pick McFadden, and they pick Glenn Dorsey, Glenn Dorsey is the guy off the board, and I can still choose McFadden later. I'm not taking into account what "other" mock drafts are predicting, and I'm definitely not listening to my uncle - this is what I think after watching games of every single player in my first round. Enjoy the ride - this is the best part of the year. The poor become rich in just a blink.

1. Miami Dolphins (1-15)
Needs: MLB, OT, G, DT, CB, QB, LB
I would pick: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
They will pick: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College

2. St. Louis Rams (3-13)
Needs: CB, DE, G, OT, OLB
I would pick: Chris Long, DT, LSU
They will pick: Jake Long, OT, Michigan

3. # Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Needs: OT, DT, WR, DE, RB
I would pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
They will pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

4. # Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)
Needs: OT, DE, C, WR, CB
I would pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
They will pick: Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville

5. # Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
Needs: QB, OT, DT, RB, S
I would pick: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
They will pick: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

6. New York Jets (4-12)
Needs: WR, NT, ILB, G, OLB
I would pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
They will pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia

7. New England Patriots (16-0) via San Francisco
Needs: LB, CB/S depth,
I would pick: Vernon Gholston, DE, OSU
They will pick: Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas

8. Baltimore Ravens (5-11)
Needs: CB, QB, OLB, DE, OT
I would pick: Ryan Clady, DE, Boise State
They will pick: Vernon Gholston, DE, OSU

9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
Needs: DT, LB, OT, DE, TE, discipline
I would pick: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
They will pick: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC

10. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
Needs: CB, DT, MLB, TE, OLB
I would pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
They will pick: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida

11. Buffalo Bills (7-9)
Needs: CB, TE, WR, LB, DT
I would pick: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
They will pick: DeSean Jackson, WR, California

12. Denver Broncos (7-9)
Needs: OT, DT, S, MLB, G
I would pick: Ryan Clady, DE, Boise State
They will pick: Kenny Phillips, S, Miami

13. Carolina Panthers (7-9)
Needs: QB, WR, DE, OLB, OT
I would pick: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
They will pick: Calais Campbell, DE, Miami

14. Chicago Bears (7-9)
Needs: QB, OT, DT, G, RB
I would pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
They will pick: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina

15. Detroit Lions (7-9)
Needs: OT, G, CB, S, DE
I would pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
They will pick: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-Cool
Needs: OLB, CB, TE, RB, DE
I would pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
They will pick: Keith Rivers, LB, USC

17. Minnesota Vikings (8-Cool
Needs: DE, WR, S, QB, TE
I would pick: Reggie Smith, CB/S, Oklahoma
They will pick: Malcom Kelly, WR, Oklahoma

18. Houston Texans (8-Cool
Needs: CB, G, WR, S, OT
I would pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
They will pick: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State

19. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Needs: OT, S, WR, LB, TE
I would pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
They will pick: Sam Baker, OT, USC

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
Needs: OT, WR OLB, CB, QB
I would pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh
They will pick: Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh

21. Washington Redskins (9-7)
Needs: WR, DE, S, OT, CB
I would pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
They will pick: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas

22. Dallas Cowboys (13-3) (from 10-6 Cleveland)
Needs: CB, WR, OT, ILB, RB
I would pick: Dan Conner, LB, Penn State
They will pick: Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas

23. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
Needs: OT, C, DE, G, RB, CB
I would pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
They will pick: Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma

24. Tennessee Titans (10-6)
Needs: WR, CB, TE, WR, OL
I would pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
They will pick: Early Doucet, WR, LSU

25. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
Needs: OT, DT, RB, TE, G
I would pick: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
They will pick: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)
Needs: WR, DE, SS, CB
I would pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC
They will pick: Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC

27. San Diego Chargers (11-5)
Needs: G, OT, NT, FB, RB
I would pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
They will pick: Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt

28. Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
Needs: CB, WR, OT, ILB, RB
I would pick: Dan Conner, LB, Penn State
They will pick: Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

29. San Francisco 49ers (5-11) (via 13-3 Colts)
Needs: WR, OT, OLB, DE, QB
I would pick: James Hardy, WR, Indiana
They will pick: Pat Sims, DT, Auburn

30. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Needs: OT, S, CB, TE, P
I would pick: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
They will pick: Fred Davis, TE, USC

31. New York Giants (10-6)
Needs: OLB, CB, S, OT, DT
I would pick: Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU
They will pick: Dan Conner, LB, Penn State

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Re: Klapisch: Time to act, Mets

Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:50 am

I believe Le Velle is going to be breaking a news story tomorrow on Santana. I have heard the Twins and Mets have laid the groundwork on a deal.

Twins receive: Ryan Church (CF), Fernando Martinez, Deolis Guerra and Mulvey

in return the Mets get Santana.

This was written by Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald:

"A package the Twins could receive will probably not include both of the Mets? top outfield prospects, Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez. There are indications that Martinez would be in the deal, along with major league outfielder Ryan Church and at least two other prospects. Starter Mike Pelfrey could be part of the deal as well. . . ."

Like I said I think Le Velle will break this story in the morning.

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Re: Klapisch: Time to act, Mets

Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:05 am

Dimitroff stresses rebuilding via draft

I thought this article was interesting.

Especially this from our former college scouting director...

His philosophy on drafting is simple.

"Draft for need," Dimitroff said. "System-specific scouting."

We usually hear that the Pats have, or had, a best player available philosophy.

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Re: Klapisch: Time to act, Mets

Post  RedMagma on Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:40 am

Morneau hits the jackpot


http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=olney_buster
Justin Morneau drove a visitor around on a mini-tour of his New Westminster, British Columbia, neighborhood in late November of 2006, pointing out the small lot where he grew up, the modest house with the flakes of paint hanging off, the place where he and his brother played Wiffleball, and where he played youth baseball, and his old high school. There were mounds of snow piled up on both sides of the narrow streets from a recent storm, and as we took a slow right-hand turn around a snow bank, I asked him about what it would mean to him to earn the significant contracts that seemed destined in his future.

Morneau did not come from money, had financial aid to play youth hockey, where he was highly regarded as a goalie, and he didn't strike me at all as being someone who coveted money or even thought about it that much.

He is quiet, anyway, and the question about money silenced him for a few moments. I got the strong sense that he did not like thinking about it, did not like considering it, and preferred to keep it out of mind, like a problem looming on the horizon.

Well, about $80 million worth of problem is guaranteed to drop in his lap, now that he has reached an agreement on a long-term deal with the Twins; Michael Cuddyer also got a multiyear deal worth $24 million, as La Velle Neal writes. Morneau's low-key tone was no different as he spoke over the phone Friday evening. "Obviously growing up playing baseball, that's not what you think about," Morneau said. "You think about playing in the World Series. That's what I'm still thinking about. I don't know [what it means], it's hard to say. It's pretty amazing."

Does he have any initial plans for the money, in particular? Any planned purchases? "There are a lot of youth baseball programs in Minnesota that could use help," he said. "A lot of programs [in New Westminster]. There's a lot of stuff I can do, a lot of people I can help."

The deal came together quickly, Morneau said, in about a week, and he spent some time thinking about whether this was the right thing to do, about whether he should commit to the Twins for so long. He has loved playing in Minnesota, and now he will play in the new ballpark that is scheduled to open in 2010. "That's where I want to be," he said.

From Mark Simon of ESPN Research:

Most RBIs last two seasons
(Primary position first base)
Ryan Howard 285
Justin Morneau 241
Albert Pujols 240
Mark Teixeira 215
Paul Konerko 203
Carlos Delgado 201
Prince Fielder 200

The signing of Morneau and Cuddyer -- the long-term investment of over $100 million for two core players -- would seem to give the Twins some cover with their fan base, as they consider offers for Johan Santana. They can point to the deals with Morneau, Mauer and Cuddyer and say: Hey, we're spending money. You wonder if, at the highest levels of the organization, this factored into the timing of these deals, to provide a different backdrop for the Santana deal that might happen in the next three weeks.

These deals brushed aside a negative vibe, writes Patrick Reusse. These contracts do not signify a change in philosophy, Bill Smith tells Phil Miller.

Santana's absence at fanfest has been noted. The ballpark is over budget, writes Phil Miller.

The Rangers have been talking with Nolan Ryan about the team presidency, writes Jeff Wilson.

Jason Bay is disappointed by what the Pirates haven't done this winter, writes Dejan Kovacevic. At the end of the same piece, there is word that the Padres continue to ask about Xavier Nady.

The Pirates offered Freddy Sanchez a multiyear contract.

Erik Bedard tells Jeff Zrebiec that he is resigned to being traded, and he is feeling unwanted by the Orioles. There is a significant difference of opinion between Bedard and Andy MacPhail, within this story, as to what has taken place in contract talks to date.

White Sox fans demanded answers from Kenny Williams at a fanfest event, and Williams responded in a deliberate tone, writes Mark Gonzales. Within this piece, there is word that Josh Fields is the front-runner to be the third baseman, and Joe Crede will likely be traded during spring training. Paul Konerko is accustomed to trade talk.

Jermaine Dye says he doesn't think Williams has fallen short, writes Joe Cowley. The White Sox have been talking about an extension with Bobby Jenks.

Casey Blake's agent has made a counterproposal on a deal with the Indians, writes Paul Hoynes.

The Rangers made a huge jump in the Baseball America standings, writes Evan Grant.

No news is good news for Joel Zumaya, writes Lynn Henning.

The Red Sox made a deal with Kyle Snyder.

Signs continue to point to the Reds moving to Arizona, as they sign an exclusivity agreement, writes Hal McCoy.

Theo Epstein and Brian Cashman led an event together. Cashman drew applause when he said he wanted to keep the team's young pitching, writes Jack Curry, and he acknowledged that Johnny Damon and Bobby Abreu were out of shape when they showed up to spring training last year.

Ryan Minor has joined the minor league coaching staff of the Orioles.

Joe Girardi has talked with Robinson Cano about being a leader, writes Kat O'Brien.

Paul Lo Duca has a knee problem and is undergoing tests. If he's sidelined going into the season, this would be a kick in the shins for the Nationals; early indications are that the injury is not serious, writes Tim Lemke.

The Athletics will rely on past glories at their fanfest this weekend, writes Susan Slusser.

George Herman Ruth was taken down by the IRS.

The Marlins raised ticket prices, writes Joe Capozzi.

The Rays have lost between $20 and $30 million since 2005, according to club president Matthew Silverman.

Bill Lee has gotten older, but he hasn't gotten older, writes Mike Berardino.

It's not often Vanderbilt has an offensive lineman considered for a first-round pick.

PED ZONE

Chuck Knoblauch's mom expects he will cooperate with House committee investigators, writes Thayer Evans.

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