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Slow time.

Well, there hasn’t been many posts lately for a number of reasons.

1) the season is over and we see what happens with trades/free agents.

2) Hurricane Sandy knocked my power off for 22 hours. I’m lucky. Many didn’t get power for many more days.

3) I’ve been busy. 48 hours of work this past week and 48 next. 40 Thanksgiving week and I’m not working on the holiday. 50 hour weeks the two weeks after T-Giving.

So we await on the major awards from MLB. So far, Cano and Teix got the GG, Cano and Jeter SS awards.

I don’t know what the Yanks will do yet with their free agents. They did give some qualifying offers (rejected) to Kuroda, Swish and Soriano. I expect Swish and Soriano to be gone. Kuroda is a question mark.

Martin is a free agent. I wouldn’t mind a 2-yr. deal for him, but remember, he only hit .211 last year (with 21 HR). Romine needs a full year at AAA, something his back injury prevented him from last year. So 2013 AAA, maybe 2014 back up Martin. If so, who is the backup? If Stewart, then best to trade Cervelli and see what you can get for him. Sanchez is on the come, so you don’t even know if Romine is the future. Sanchez is a few years away.

SS/3B is a problem. Jeter is 39 next June, and coming off a broken ankle. He had just 9 sb this year, his range is in question and now a broken ankle. I’d love to see Nunez figure more in the lineup for the 35-40 SB potential he brings, but where to put his horrendous defense? And A-Rod looks like a fading star. 38 next July. Do you really want a left side of the infield that has a 39 year old SS and 38 year old 3B? Guess what. You are stuck with it.

Do you bring back Kuroda and Pettitte? One will be 38 next year, the other 41 next June. Then there is Mo. He threw 25 pitches off a mound for a commercial. Good sign, but he will be 43 in a few weeks. Ibanez is on the block. 41 next year. Jones 35. Chavez 35. Who comes back?

This team MUST get younger.

Meanwhile, Toronto mgr. Farrell goes to Boston. Toronto is looking. One-time A’s SS Walt Weiss is now the Rockies’ mgr. Mark McGwire leaves St. Louis to become the Dodgers’ new hitting coach.

The Mets and Jason Bay reach an amicable divorce. That didn’t work out.

College Football: Darrell Royal died at age 88. He won 3 national titles for Texas in the 1960’s (although, as a PSU grad, I’ll dispute that 1969 one).

Lee MacPhail, who was the Yanks’ GM in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, died at the age of 95. His dad (Larry) owned the Yanks for a brief time (1945-1947). Lee later became the A.L. President and it was he who made the Pine tar ruling.

The Yanks are thinking of flip-flopping Granderson and Gardner, moving the Grandy Man to LF. If they bring Ichiro (39) back for RF, they’ll have a speedy and good defensive OF, but having Ichiro AND Gardner cuts into your power.

If Torii Hunter really wants $20 mil over 2 years, count the Yanks out. He is 37 so it wouldn’t fit the “getting younger” plan.

I worry about next year. Too much age.

As for 6-4 PSU, I’m happy with the job Bill O’Brien has done. It’ll get much harder after this year. I see an offense that has come out of the stone age. Under very difficult circumstances, he has done a good job.

A strange year. My faves are Rivera and Polamalu (Steelers fan) and between the two, I don’t get to see them on the field what with injuries. I’m happy the Steelers are 5-3. They should beat KC tomorrow night, they should reach the playoffs.

But anyone doubting the Texans needs to be aware of them. Houston is for real.


The minors tonight.

AAA: 6-4 win for Empire State (SWB). Steve Pearce 3 h, 2 doubles, 1 RBI. 2 h, rbi for Jack Cust and Ramiro Pena. Ramon Ortiz 7 ip, 4 R. Pat Venditte the win, scoreless IP. Juan Cedeno scoreless IP for the save.

AA:  Trenton gets 3 in the bottom of the 12th to win 6-5. Craig Heyer 3 R, 2 ER in 6 ip. Preston Claiborne and Ryan Flannery 2 scoreless IP each. Abe Almonte 3 h, triple; Ronnie Mustelier 3 h, triple, 2 RBI. Jeff Farnham 3 hits.

High A: Andy Pettitte was supposed to start, but was held back because of a threat of rain. See below for Pettitte’s outing. Tampa lost 9-2. Kramer Sneed 6 R, 5 ER in 1 2/3. Kelvin Castro 3 hits.

Pettitte was left behind to pitch extended spring training. He went 5, 2 R, 4 H and his next start will be for AA Trenton.

Michael Pineda will start a minor league game soon. He is expected to go 2 innings his first time out.

Low A: 4-3 win for Charleston, despite only 4 hits from the Riverdogs. Scottie Allen 2 R, 1 ER in 6 IP.

One nice part about Fenway’s celebration: Seeing recently retired Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield wheel out Johnny Pesky & Bobby Doerr. Apparently Doerr was flown from the state of WA via private plane to attend. Both he and Pesky are in their early 90s. Doerr is the oldest HOF to have actually played (Executive Lee MacPhail is still alive, I believe, and thus, the oldest living HOFer).

I can’t figure

I can’t figure this out, can you?

Player A. Average 162 g. season 5-6, 3.03, 32 saves. ERA+ 132 WHIP 1.26;
               Seasons with ERA under 2.00=1
               CYA finishes, 9, 2, 4, 5; MVP 18, 21, 8, 14; HOF monitor 135; HOF standard 13.
               Led league in saves 4x. Averaged 85 IP per 162 g. season.  7x All Star
               1022 games, 1289.1 IP.  Got 45.3% of the HOF vote. Will be on ballot next year.
               100+ IP in a season, 3 x. Postseason 0-2, 8.44, 1 save.


Player B. Average 162 g. season 5-5, 2.89, 26 saves. ERA+ 138. WHIP 1.33
               Seasons with ERA under 2.00=3
               CYA finishes: 7th; MVP 12, 20; HOF monitor 124; HOF standard 11.   
               Led league in saves 3x. Averaged 76 IP per 162 g. season. 4x All Star
                1119 games, 1245.2 IP. Got 4.6% of the vote. Off the ballot for good.
               100+ IP in a season 1x. Postseason 2-0, 1 save, 1.88


I’ve never been big on Lee Smith for the HOF, sorry, but … He’s Player A above. Player B is Johnny Franco. You can argue one over the other, but to me, there shouldn’t be that much of a difference between them wherein Franco gets only 1/10th of Smith’s vote total and is dropped from the ballot. Smith is #3 on the saves list with 478. Franco is #4 at 424. Franco is the top lefty on the list.  

I don’t get it. Maybe the writers forgot that it was MATT Franco in the Mitchell Report, not John Franco.     

I don’t recall anything negative about Johnny Franco as far as steroids, etc. Can you?

Now I’m not making a point here of whether Smith or Franco should get in the HOF. What I am trying to say is that Franco isn’t that far behind Smith (if at all) as far as being a very good closer. Franco had a better ERA, postseason record, pitched in more games. Smith pitched more innings and got more CYA and MVP consideration, and had 54 more saves. What I am saying is that there was a bigger discrepancy of the vote than I feel there should have been. For one to get 32% and the other 23%? I can see that. But not 45.3% to 4.6%. It’s too bad Franco isn’t on the ballot for at least a few more years, in order for his contributions to be scrutinized more fully.

But hey, putting relievers in the HOF is subjective. VERY subjective, unless it’s a no-doubter like Mo. Mo has 42 postseason saves alone. As for others, heck you have lots of guys who were decent. How much above the norm must a closer be?  

I think some writers are still debating that question.                       

One correction. I may have said that Bobby Doerr is the oldest living HOF. That’s oldest among players. Oops. Lee MacPhail is still alive. I didn’t think of execs, and I doubt many would have. No offense to Pat Gillick, but the emphasis this summer at the induction ceremonies will be on Alomar and Blyleven. MacPhail was once GM of the Yankees (the ugly CBS years) and later the AL president who decided the Pine-Tar incident.