Daily Archives: October 7, 2011

Eric Chavez “Leaning Heavily” Towards Retirement

Eric Chavez “Leaning Heavily” Towards Retirement

Yankees utility 3rd baseman Eric Chavez is reportedly leaning towards retirement after 14 years in the Major Leagues according to New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Chavez had the same contemplations in 2010, before accepting a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and earning a spot on the team. He would occasionally replace Alex Rodriguez and was batting .263. Out of the 175 plate apperances, 23 of them were v.s left handers.

If Chavez goes through with retirement his final career average would be .267/.343/.474, 232 HR’s and had made in his career $75.65 Million dollars.

Game 5’s Open Thread

Tonight we have two Game 5’s going on.  I’m sure most of you are all baseball fans in general and will be watching.  The schedule is below.   Could it be Albert Pujols or Prince Fielders last game tonight? Who is everyone pulling for in tonight’s games?  Enjoy.

TEAMS TIME (ET) NAT TV PITCHERS
Arizona at Milwaukee 5:07 PM TBS Kennedy vs Gallardo
St. Louis at Philadelphia 8:37 PM TBS Carpenter vs Halladay

The Results on Nova

NOVA Results

An MRI on Ivan Nova’s right forearm has revealed a Grade 1 flexor strain.

He won’t need surgery, as the injury is expected to heal without complications over the winter. Nova will be able to have a normal offseason and should enter spring training at 100 percent. Though his season didn’t end the way he wanted it to, Nova had a terrific rookie year, going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 165 1/3 innings.

Ivan Nova Has Flexor Strain On Forearm

Ivan Nova Has Flexor Strain On Forearm

Ivan Nova was diagnosed with a Grade 1 Flexor Strain today after MRI testing. Nova was forced to leave the game yesterday after only 2 innings in a season ending 3-2 loss to the Tigers.

Nova’s injury should heal completely without complications during the winter and he should be fine by Spring Training.

The Art Of Baseball

Mickey Mantle Portrait painted by Absolon Moreau

When we look at baseball we automatically think sports and statistics. But when you look closely, baseball is an art. An art form of it’s own.

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of interviewing a painter who loved to paint baseball. His name is Absolon Moreau (Twitter name: @MoreauArt) and when I saw some of his paintings, I just knew that I had to ask him some questions. So here is the interview that I conducted below:

Q:  Where are you from?

A: I was originally born in France, but my family moved to the Bay Area when I was three years old. I have grown up in America for most of my life.

 Q: How did you get started painting pictures of sports figures?

A: I have always loved sports, whether it is to play or to watch. Once I realized I didn’t have a chance to play professionally I started to use my art skills to recreate moments that were happening on the field. I have since grown my art talents and have developed many fantastic new techniques to add more realism on a painting.

3. Do you use any specific materials when your painting your pictures?

A: I always use a reference photo as it helps me remember what the players face looks like, what they are wearing as well as the specific details on the painting such as a Nike swoosh on their shoe or a Under Armour logo on their undershirt. I also make sure to have my easel set up with everything I need on it, including the canvas, reference photo and the wooden stretchers.

4. What was the first painting that you ever painted?

A: The first painting I ever did, was pretty bad in my eyes, however, it was a painting of Kevin Youkilis…bad subject, I know ;). I then did a Tim Lincecum painting shortly thereafter, I ended up donating it to a charity auction just recently.

5. Is there a painting that you painted that was your favorite?

A: Definitely, the painting I like the most is the one I am currently doing of Joe Thornton, center for the San Jose Sharks. The picture itself is amazing, but as a painting it looks even better. The Willie Mays painting I am doing is also looking to be one of my favorites. Of the ones I have currently done it has to be the Michael Jordan painting, it just just so detailed and vibrant!

6.  Do you see yourself putting some of your paintings in a museum?

A: I hope that one day I can get my paintings into a museum while I am still alive, I feel like my art is good enough, but the name isn’t. Right now I just need to get a bigger brand in the game and then I hope that I can get my art into bigger places!

If you would like to see some of the paintings that he talks about during the interview, visit www.moreauart.com. Trust me, you will find them just as fabulous as I did.

Some Yankee Notes (Arod & Nova)

Yankee Notes (Arod & Nova)

Ivan Nova will receive and MRI on his right forearm Friday.

Nova had to exit Thursday’s start after the forearm tightened up on him in the second inning. “We didn’t like the way the ball was coming out of his hand,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I think it was directly related to that. Some of his fastballs were cutting, and we never saw that. So I had to make a change, and I had to, you know, try to get our bullpen through it.” It’s likely he’ll be fine with a little rest, but we’ll provide an update on his status once the results of the exam are known.

Alex Rodriguez said health was not to blame for his struggles during the ALDS loss to the Tigers.

A-Rod struggled since coming back from knee surgery and was also plagued by a thumb injury down the stretch. He struck out three times in four hitless at-bats in Game 5, including once with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh and again in the ninth to end it. He finished with just two hits in 18 at-bats in the series. “Everything this postseason is on me,” he said. “Let’s make that crystal clear. There’s no excuses for what happened these five games. I was healthy enough to do whatever I needed to do.” It’s good to hear A-Rod face the fire and not make excuses, but that’s not going to keep Yankees fans from getting all over him after another poor playoff performance.

Morning Bits: C.C. , Ousted, Surprising season, Pressure, 2012 To Do List

Oh well.  We move onto the off season.  Lot’s of questions.  Do the Yankees keep Posada?  Probably not.  Do they keep Cervelli? Probably not.  Do they pick up the option on Swisher?  not sure yet on that one.  I hope not though.  Some of the relief staff will go.  Does Soriano opt out?  I hope so.

here are your morning links….

* C.C. says he’s not ready to think about his next contract.

* Yankees rue missed chances in playoff ouster.

* A cruel end to a surprising season for the Yankees.

* Yankees whiff under pressure at home.

* Yankees 2012 To Do List.

It’s over: Yanks ousted from postseason in 3-2 loss

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
DET
2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
NYY
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 10 0
W: Fister (1-1)
L: Nova (1-1)
SV: Valverde (2)
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .250
Granderson, CF 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 .250
Cano, 2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .318
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 3 3 .111
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 .167
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .211
Posada, DH 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .429
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .176
Gardner, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 3 .412
Totals 37 2 10 2 3 10 20 .260
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nova(L, 1-1) 2.0 3 2 2 0 3 2 4.32
Hughes, P 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Logan 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Sabathia 1.1 2 1 1 2 4 0 6.23
Soriano, R 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.93
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Rivera, Ma 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 8 3 3 2 13 2 3.27
And here is the game recap from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

NEW YORK — The Yankees wield the same lofty expectations for each season, which makes it easy to figure out what the objective is at the beginning. It makes closing nights like Thursday even more difficult.

The Yankees’ dreams of a 28th World Series championship were dashed and packed into winter hibernation, as the Tigers defeated New York, 3-2, in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

Alex Rodriguez struck out against closer Jose Valverde for the final out of New York’s 167th and final game of the season, marking the second time in as many years that the game’s highest-paid player has been the club’s final out of the postseason.

“It’s devastating,” Rodriguez said. “This is going to hurt for a long time. This one stings, especially at home.”

Detroit became the first visiting club to celebrate clinching a postseason series on the field at the new Yankee Stadium, moving on to face the Texas Rangers in the AL Championship Series opening on Saturday.

For the Yankees, the winter has already begun. They face an offseason headlined by the likely opt-out of ace CC Sabathia and the chance that Key Three member Jorge Posada has played his final game in pinstripes.

“It’s terrible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s an empty feeling for everyone in that room, and it hurts. You’ve just got to remember this feeling, and we’ll be determined next year.”

New York’s only runs scored on a fifth-inning Robinson Cano home run off starter Doug Fister and a seventh-inning bases loaded walk that Mark Teixeira worked against Joaquin Benoit.

“It’s very disappointing,” Teixeira said. “Anything less than a championship is a lost year here. I’m proud of the way we fought all year long, but at the end of the day, we just didn’t get the job done.”

That it was Valverde gyrating on the field and leading the party in a wild clubhouse celebration rubbed salt in the wound for the Yankees, who heard him pronounce the series “over” loud and clear after Game 2.

“We had the guy that we wanted to beat,” Nick Swisher said. “All that talking he’s been doing, man — as much as I don’t want to say it, I do have to say, ‘Congratulations.’ Those guys pitched extremely well this series, especially against a potent lineup like ours.”

Girardi’s bullpen usage raised eyebrows after starter Ivan Nova was pulled after two innings, but it was later revealed that Nova had complained of right forearm tightness and will have an MRI exam performed on Friday in New York.

“Nobody can feel good about this,” Nova said. “You could win; you have the chance to win. It’s hard right now. I don’t know what to tell you.”

Nova surrendered two first-inning solo homers to put his club down early in a game it never led.

Don Kelly poked the first into the right-field seats and Delmon Young followed on the next pitch with a rocket to left field, marking the first back-to-back homers in Tigers postseason history.

“Some of his fastballs were cutting, and we never saw that, so I had to make a change,” Girardi said of Nova. “I had to try to get our bullpen through it. They did a tremendous job — one run through seven innings.”

Nova vanished when the third inning began, gone after 31 pitches and replaced by Phil Hughes, who pitched 1 1/3 innings around two hits before Boone Logan got the last two outs of the fourth.

That set up CC Sabathia’s first professional relief appearance, and Sabathia served up a run to put Detroit up by three, as Austin Jackson doubled and scored on a Victor Martinez single.

“The level of disappointment is through the roof,” Sabathia said. “We come into Spring Training with a goal to win the World Series every year. That’s not a goal for every team, but it is a goal of ours. And we didn’t get it done.”

Sabathia struck out four in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to Rafael Soriano, who induced a big double play in the sixth. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth ahead of Mariano Rivera, who was used for just four outs in the entire ALDS.

“Our pitchers threw as well as they could this year,” Girardi said. “I really believe that. They pitched their hearts out. Those guys have nothing to be ashamed of.”

The Yankees closed the deficit to one run in the seventh inning, as Derek Jeter legged out a one-out infield single that chased Max Scherzer in favor of Benoit.

Curtis Granderson lined a 3-2 pitch to right field for a single and Benoit couldn’t field a Cano dribbler back to the mound, loading the bases. A-Rod struck out, but Teixeira forced in a run with a walk before Swisher fanned to leave three men on.

“When you have opportunities like that, we talk about keeping momentum going, even if it’s a sac fly to at least get one run in there,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t get the job done.”

The Yankees also left the bases loaded in the fourth inning, with Russell Martin and Brett Gardner popping out in succession to end the frame.

“I look at this game, and it was one hit, maybe one sac fly,” Girardi said. “That was the difference.”

The elimination game marked the third consecutive loss in such a contest for the Yankees, who also fell in the fifth game of the 2005 ALDS to the Angels and the seventh game of the ’04 ALCS to the Red Sox.

New York’s last victory in an elimination game was Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, which Aaron Boone won with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning.

There was one last gasp from a sellout crowd that seemed convinced — maybe by the simple fact that it has happened so many times before — that the chilly Bronx air had a little more magic in it.

With two outs in the eighth against Benoit, Jeter lifted a deep fly to right field that momentarily raised hopes of a go-ahead shot.

In the Yankees’ dugout, Girardi’s heart jumped and so did he, knowing how generous the short porch has been in the three years since it replicated the old one across the street.

But the Yankees’ fortunes seemed to have run out for 2011, as the ball landed harmlessly in Kelly’s glove just shy of the padded wall.

“I thought maybe it had a chance,” Jeter said. “I guess I hit it a little too high. I guess maybe it wasn’t meant to be.”