Now that Robinson Cano is officially a Seattle Mariner let me share my thoughts on his departure from the Bronx. It’s clear that the Yankees wanted him back but not for the money or years Cano wanted. $195 million over 7 years is a lot of money, however Cano received a better offer from the Mariners and it’d have been foolish not to accept a 10 year $240 million contract. Now Cano is an ex-Yankee.
As a Yankees fan, I will miss Cano, but the idea of offering a 30 year old man a 10 year $240 million contract would’ve been a mistake on the part of the Yankees, or any other organization. Cano is therefore lucky the Seattle Mariners were stupid enough to offer and sign him to a contract that will be a problem for that franchise three years from now.
As far as Cano feeling disrespected by the Yankees and this deal not being about the money, let me just say this: does Robinson Cano think we’re that stupid? The reality is that Cano is greedy and took the money. I would do the same thing, but I would be man enough to admit it was about the money. Secondly the Yankees didn’t “disrespect” him by offering $195 million over seven years. That was a very reasonable offer for a 30 year old second baseman. But, as I said before, the Mariners were stupid enough to give him over 10 years. So, Cano enjoy Seattle, and the travels from city to city, especially when the Mariners season is over by mid June.
This has to be the first Opening Day eve in 20 years in which the New York Yankees are not a favorite to make the post season, or win the AL East. In an off-season in which the Yankees lost key contributors to last years team, the powers to be in the Bronx (or should I say Tampa) sat on their hands and did little to improve the club. (more…)
A year ago last August 19th, Jerry Meals made headlines across the baseball world when he inexplicably called Julio Lugo safe at the plate when everyone around the country saw that he was out by a light year. Well, tonight during a crucial pennant race game between the Orioles and Yankees, Jerry Meals strikes again with another bad call. This time, Meals called Mark Teixeira out at first base when he was clearly safe by an astronomical mile. Jerry Meals blown call in the not so classic 19 inning marathon between the Braves and Pirates cost the latter the season. Tonight, Meals call could conceivably cost the Yankees their season if the AL East, or a wildcard spot comes down to one game.
After today’s 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies, the Washington Nationals improved their record to 49-33, and are 4 1/2 games in front of the
Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets (seriously, the Mets are in second place). (more…)
After 141 years since the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established as America’s first professional “major league”, America’s love affair with the sport has been rekindled once again for the start of the 2012 season. (more…)
I think it took a thrilling end to the regular season last year (or maybe not) to finally convince the Owners and Player’s Association on the need to expand baseball’s playoff format starting this season. Under the new format, there will be two Wild Card teams in both leagues that will play a one game playoff to decide which team will earn the right to play a division champion in the LDS round. (more…)
On October 4th 1995, or should I say October 5th, since by then Game 2 of the 1995 American League Division Series had stretched past midnight into the wee hours of the morning, the Yankees and Mariners were locked in a nail biting duel that saw the Bombers fall behind their West Coast rivals by one run in the top of the 12. (more…)
The Yankees quiet off season ended with two important moves that have not only bolstered the rotation, but in my opinion, make the Yankees the favorites to repeat as AL East champions. With the many question marks facing the rotation heading into Spring Training the moves that were made by Cashman last night not only bring short term benefits, but possibly long term benefits as well. The short term benefit of trading for Michael Pineda and signing Hiroki Kuroda is the stability they would provide behind CC Sabathia. (more…)
The St. Louis Cardinals are the 2011 World Series Champions and as I predicted they won the Series in seven games by basically following my game plan (well, not really, but they sort of did). I wrote that for the Cardinals to have a shot at upsetting the heavily favored Texas Rangers they needed to do two things: one was for Chris Carpenter was his dominant self, and for the rest of the starters in the rotation to at least give the Red Birds quality outings. The former worked successfully. In three world series starts Chris Carpenter was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and in each of his three starts he held the Rangers powerful offense to only two runs each time. (more…)
Well so much for the great starting pitching that Game 1&2 of this season’s Fall Classic featured. For Game 3, the warm Texas air woke up the bats and both teams, especially King Albert Pujols, put on a offensive display not since in the World Series since 1982. So as the Cardinals take a 2-1 Series lead, the angry Red Birds have completely ignored my suggestion of having their starting pitchers go 6 plus innings, and instead decided to slug it out with the Texas Rangers and won. (more…)