Back under the catwalks in St. Pete

Happy Jackie Robinson Day to everyone out there, which – as we understand it – is also National File Your Taxes Day. I wouldn’t know. For the third consecutive year, I haven’t had time to do them, so I’m working off an extension. Hopefully most of you out there found the time to settle up with Uncle Sam.

This evening brings us the final game of this eight-game road trip, as Andy Pettitte goes to the mound against Edwin Jackson here at Tropicana Field. Last night was the Robinson Cano show in the eighth inning, as he ripped a pinch-hit homer into the right-field seats off Al Reyes and maybe – just maybe – woke up from his 13-game slumber.

It’s sunny but cool here in Tampa, where there was a brisk wind whipping everyone on the St. Petersburg Pier this afternoon. Seemed like the pelicans had more than fish to contend with down in the choppy waters. I watched a cap fly off of some guy’s head and down into the drink, and all I could think in my head was this sound. Terrible, I know.

I think everyone’s looking forward to getting back to New York on Wednesday, even if it is for only about 48 hours. First, let’s see if the Yankees can even out this road trip. If you finish a trip to Kansas City, Boston and Tampa Bay at 4-4, playing .500 away from home has to be considered passable.

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More of a compliment to the D, than a blast at Farny.

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But thats what your d does. That’s it’s job.

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Golf, Farny got out of an inning without giving up a run because of some great defense by Cano. The 2 run jack was fast approaching if Cano doesn’t throw a bullet across his body like he did.

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Great win by the Yankees. Pettitte struggled at first but got out of some jams.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 15. 2008

Scranton/WB 6
Charlotte (White Sox) 2
W: S. White (1-1, 3.94); L: C. Haeger (1-2, 7.11)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_15_swbaaa_chraaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Altoona (Pirates) 0
Trenton 4
W: D. McCutchen (2-1, 1.02); L: D. Hankins (0-1, 2.25); SV: D. Robertson (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_15_altaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 4
Dunedin (Blue Jays) 5 (12)
W: C. Blackwell (2-0, 1.00); L: S. Artz (0-1, 2.45)
HR: DUN: J. Arencibia (3), T. Snider (3), C. Patton (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_15_tbyafa_dunafa_1&t=g_log&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Nyyworldchamp…I heard the same thing. Sterling was so right. The only time he makes the news is when he blows a save or gives a run up. I think Mo is as good this season as he was in any other.

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John Sterling was right tonight – Mo only gets notice when he gives up a hit or a run. He’s been at the top of his profession for 12+ years. We have been spoiled all these years with his consistent excellence – he’s 5 for 5 in save opportunities this season. We’re lucky to have him.

THAT’s a Hall of Famer!!!

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As I said same time yesterday HOW GOOD HOW RELIABLE IS MARIANO.

Aussie Bryan

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There we go. Back over .500. Andy pitches 7, well, we HAVE to call them strong but how about adequate innings (7ip, 3r, 9h, 5k’s is a good outing).

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and JG’s is back below .100

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And don’t look now but DJ’s avg is over .300……

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Farny got thru an inning without giving up a run???

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Andy THE Man safely very safely through 7. Will he go 8 with his count under 100 just. Game should have been nailed tight in the seventh bases loaded 1 out. The team has left how many on bases in the season to date. Question just answered Farnsworth warming up for the eighth

Aussie Bryan 10 days to go before arrival in NYC but whose counting.

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I can’t possibly imagine the Yankees retiring Mussina’s number. If you look at the players who have had that honor (and I am a Mets fan), there is just no way it should happen.

Then again, I was suprised Hank Steinbrenner went out digging up Red Sox jersey’s under the new stadium..so who knows??

http://www.myteamrivals.typepad.com/mr_mets_daily

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For whatever that’s worth.

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He’s no HOFer, but he’ll definitely… maybe, have his jersey retired… at least? But then I look over at Bernie Williams, and his jersey isn’t retired yet, and that means that Mussina’s pretty much stands little chance. At keast he’ll go down as one of those pitchers where you say ” Yep, good pitcher for many years.”

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COME ON ANDY! PITCH!!!!

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Hey joe,

Sorry I haven’t been able to respond to your post earlier, I was stuck in a meeting all afternoon. I agree with you, and everyone else, Mussina is not an HOFer. He has had a 20+ win season, never won a Cy Young, never won an MVP, never won a WS game, his post season record is mediocre at best which tells people he can’t win the big game, he has only led the AL in two important categories once and that was in wins in ’95, and shutouts with 4. What achievements he has attained are good, but far from great.

There are other pitchers who are in the HOF who are at the same level in terms of careers wins like Bob Gibson. Those pitchers are in the HOF because of what they brought to the game and what they achieved. Everytime Gibson took the mound he was dominant and you always had the chance to see something special. He also has two CY Youngs and an MVP, was a 9-time All-Star, won 9 Gold Gloves, led the NL in shutouts 4 times ( 13 shutouts in ’65), and set a standard for starters that may never be matched in terms of ERA with a 1.12. You get the point. The only way a pitcher with Mussina’s win total gets into the HOF is if he achieves greatness during his, and brings something special to the game. So no, Mussina isn’t a HOF pitcher.

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Yeah, I agree that Mussina isn’t quite a hall of famer yet, but I feel that way about a few other pitchers. Take a look at Jim Palmer’s stats (http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/palmeji01.shtml) and compare them to Moose’s (http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mussimi01.shtml). They’re pretty darn close! Palmer’s got him beat in ERA but Moose did pitch in the steroid era so maybe that counts for something. Who knows. And then take a guy like Hal Newhouser. Again, he’s got Moose beat in ERA, but Moose has him killed in wins and Ks in about the same amount of seasons.

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Hey, Joe,

I agree with you… Mike Mussina has had a “very good career”, but even with all his winning seasons [as you said] “they are just not enough”…Mussina has never won 20-games in a season…He has, 2 (19-wins seasons); 3 (18-wins seasons); 2 (17-wins seasons); 1 (16-wins season); and, 2 (15-wins seasons)…Mussina has 251 career victories, and in my view, falls short of having numbers good enough to be voted into the “Hall of Fame” !!!…The only “outside” chance that he may be given “any” consideration to make the “Hall of Fame” would be if he somehow managed to stay around long enough to win 300 games…which is highly unlikely !!!…I just hope that he wins 15 games this year. So, I guess that could be another question open to everyone here. Do you think Mike Mussina will win 15 games this season ???….Check out Mussina’s stats at…
http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mussimi01.shtml …Jimmy

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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If Mussina retires at the end of this season with around 260 wins he won’t/shouldn’t get into the hall of fame…………………………

………..But if he gets another contract or hooks up somewhere else for 2/3 seasons, it might get to the point where he has one of the largest win totals without being enshrined. The Vet. Committee might put him in half a century or so if not many pitchers get anywhere near 300

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Joe Perry, In my estimation he isn’t even close to being a HOFer. There are to many ahead of him, that haven’t made it.
I think the Hall should only be for the Creme de Creme and not for stand out for a short time in their careers. Recently the hall has been admitting players that were just above average.
BUT, This is just my opinion….
“GO YANKEES”

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Kennedy is fine, the Yanks say. He’ll throw his side session on Wednesday in New York and will make his next start.

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BD, I got to think, Bruney gave up 2 HRs, Traber gave up the other. I went back to the box score because I wasn’t sure.
“GO YANKEES”

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BD, What is your reason for thinking that about Bruney?? This goes against the fact that this is his lively hood. I doubt that he would do what you say…
“GO YANKEES”

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Boy, Bruney is really getting on my bad side. It looks like he
gave up three homers on purpose.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 15, 2008

Scranton/WB 7:15PM
Charlotte (White Sox)
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Altoona (Pirates)
Trenton 7:05PM
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Tampa 7PM
Dunedin (Blue Jays)
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Don’t know if it’s too early to talk about this but, I’ll shoot! If the Yankees do make an off-season acquisition, it definitely has to be in the pitching area. If both Ben Sheets and C.C. Sabathia make it to Free Agency, we should at least jump on one of them ( although Sabathia is REALLY hurting his value right now. ) In the outfield, where Abreu will leave a void, should go to one of our young guns ( unless Matsui moves to right permanently and Damon to left permanently as well. Highly doubtful. Gardener to Center, Melkman to right? The 19 year old? I’ll give it a shrug. ) At first:
Shelley Duncan
Alberto Gonzalez?
Mark Teixeira?

Just bored on an off day and emptying some thoughts.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD April 14, 2008

Scranton/WB 9
Durham (Rays) 1
W: S. Strickland (1-0, 2.84); L: M. Talbot (0-2, 11.12)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_14_swbaaa_dubaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Altoona (Pirates) 4
Trenton 1
W: J. Hill (1-1, 2.70); L: G. Kontos (0-2, 4.50)
HR: ALT: J. Pacheco (3), A. Webster (2).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_14_altaax_treaax_1&t=g_log&did=milb
Rome (Braves) 3
Charleston 4
W: W. De La Rosa (1-0, 2.08); L: C. Rodgers (1-2, 3.86); SV: C. Vacek (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_04_14_romafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Bryan,
Any update on IPK???

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We need to do better than .500 on these road trips, to do so we need to put it all together. We need consistent good pitching and good hitting to win games, In order for us to reach the ultimate and a World Series ring. Last night was a good example our pitching was good and batters were hitting and getting on base, that is before Ian was hurt (hoping it is nothing serious) and the pen took over and tried to lose the game. We won, and now Bruney & Traber can breath a sigh of relief and get back down to business. Thankfully Bet was put on the Dl, and kept Gonz. As you all are saying The Gonz can play up the middle and Ensberg the corners. We need Jobe back and next weekend we can recall Duncan.
“GO YANKEES”

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