Open Thread

Here it is. Have at it.

* The Journal News suggests Jorge Vazquez could ”legitimately hit his way into roster contention” this spring.

* Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Johnny Damon as a player they could potentially pursue at designated hitter.

* The Red Sox and Roy Oswalt continue to have “mutual interest” in one another, according to’s Ken Rosenthal.

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Posted on February 4, 2012, in Open Thread and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Well…Brian Cashman’s marriage is over. His wife just filed for divorce.

  2. The Pore Young ‘uns, You never saw some of the best!?

    Some of the young-uns think, cutting the pie is an after game treat! Just kidding!
    I some times pity the younger generation, They missed out on seeing some of the greatest players of all time in their best years.
    How many of them would be shocked to see Bob Gibson just throw bee-bees and not let anyone crowd the plate…Jeter, Posada and some of those guys that are diving over the plate would get a high hard one stuck in their ear. Or the tandem of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax along with Osteen and Podres (4man rotation). Sal “The Barber” Maggly(SP). These guys would go 9 or more innings almost every game.
    Remember the “Cleveland Jet” Herb Score, Bob Feller, Bob Turly…now those three guys could bring hot hot hot heat and I don’t care who you are, you would never dig in against Turly or the others…at least, not twice.
    There were many other old timers pitchers and Pos. Players that some never saw, in real life.
    This is why I always say, “Stats are a very good tool but, not a bible,” a very well trained eye lets the stats show him a problem but, it depends on the person putting them together to be good at his job also. Also, stats don’t tell you if a problem can be corrected and how to do it.

    Take the stats of Jeter compared to Rizzuto, the stats say Jeter was heads above Phil but, how can Ruzzuto (a very good SS in his time), from 60 years ago be compared to Jeter and his stats of today. If one had never seen Phil or Jeter play, one would say Phil couldn’t carry Jeters Jock…and they would be right. Having seen both of them play, Jeter was the better of the two but not by as much as the stats show.
    Can anyone of you see A-Rod, Tex or Cano swinging a club like they use to just 25 years ago…38 to 40+ ounce bats were used by most players back then, have any of you seen the gloves of 30+ years ago?
    According to the stats, Hammering Hank was a better player then “The Babe” in HRs’ but, do any of you really believe he was? No, not a bit but, the stats say other wise. So don’t make a judgement on who is the better player on stats alone think about it a bit. Would Jeter have hit as well back in the 50s’ or 60′ as now… No f–king way. He would dive across the plate with that 38 oz., of wood and end up in the hospital. Remember, they didn’t have helmets back then and most of the good pitchers would throw at your head in a heart beat. Also, I started with a 38 bottle bat, hands separated and choked way up, from both sides of the plate.
    (Jeter and Phil were used because everyone knows of them both.)

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