Welcome to the All-Star Break

The All-Star Break came with some blunt words from Andy Pettitte following the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays up at the Rogers Centre:

“If we want to make the playoffs, we have to be better,” Pettitte said.
“We stink right now, for the most part. As a team, we’ve kind of stunk
it up here lately, and we need to play better.”

The Yankees limp into the break at 50-45, five games over .500 but six games behind and closer to last place in the American League East than they are to first place. The Boston Red Sox have overtaken first place with a 57-40 record and second place belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays, who despite their recent struggles are 55-39, a half game out of first.

Yesterday at the first day of All-Star festivities, Brian Cashman was surrounded by reporters near the batting cage at Yankee Stadium and spoke about how there are some farewell events planned for the Stadium’s final days. He said that if the Major League team could straighten their act out, some of the celebrations could stretch into October. Very soon, the Yankees are going to need to figure out if that’s realistic. Once again, their string of consecutive playoff appearances is in serious jeopardy.

This is the first day of All-Star festivities where the players will be present. There’s a big kickoff press conference in Manhattan at 11 a.m. ET, and the Home Run Derby gets underway out at the Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 14, 2008

Binghamton (Mets) 0
Trenton 2
W: P. Coke (8-4, 2.74); L: T. Stoner (0-4, 6.11)
HR: TRE: C. Malec (5).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_14_binaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 6
Vero Beach (Rays) 3
W: I. Nova (4-11, 4.69); L: A. Reyes (0-1, 3.00); SV: J. Hovis (9)
HR: TAM: J. Kreuzer (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_14_tbyafa_vbdafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
West Virginia (Brewers) 8
Charleston 9 (11)
W: J. Ortiz (2-2, 1.85); L: C. Frerichs (4-7, 2.60)
HR: WVA: S. Wilson (15), A. De La Rosa (2). CHA: A. Romine (4).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_14_wvaafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 2
Tri-City (Astros) 3
W: D. Duncan (1-2, 4.50); L: L. Greinke (0-3, 1.99); SV: M. Hacker (3)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_14_staasx_trcasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
GCLYankees 7
GCL Indians 4 (12)
W: I. Batista (1-1, 5.40); L: D. Montero (0-1, 2.79); SV: M. Obradovich (3)
HR: YAN: T. Baldridge (2), F. Arcia (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_14_yanrok_indrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Jeter should be knocked. So should everyone on this team. DJ however, seems to be one of the only ones consistently hitting. He keeps having 12 game hitting streaks, 9 game hitting streaks, 15 game hitting streaks and stuff. That proves he still hits the ball. He’s not playing to his standards but DJ standards aren’t like other MLB players standards. He’s perfectly right in acknowledging Halladay and Burnett. Those two are easily two of the top pitchers in the game. Burnett’s injured a lot but the guy has great stuff. The only thing that’s inexcusable is the Pittsburgh loss. I don’t think they’re playing great baseball AT ALL. But sometimes they do have the great luck of running into great pitchers. This entire team needs to be blasted from 1-9 in the lineup, to the bench, to the bullpen, to the starter, to the coaches, to the batboy, and to the manager. Jeter is doing his job behind the plate but not as a captain. The fact that he still does his job behind the plate is a lot more than you can say for some of these other guys.

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I’ll liter the field with trash and everything I can get my hands on tomorrow if I see Papelbon’s busted arrogant *** face. He thinks he’s Mariano Rivera. Listen jerk, there is only one top notch awesome closer and there is one arrogant idiot who thinks he should go on the HOF ballot right now. One plays for the Yankees and the other in Bean town. Some Sox players never cease proving that there are limitations to the human mind.

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It seems to me that the entire lineup is on cruise control. They are all taking the season off. Must be nice to take all the fans’ money while thinking about where you’ll be playing golf after the season is over.

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Jeter is untouchable among most Yankee fans. As I’ve said frequently, he is my favorite player. But, that doesn’t mean his crap doesn’t stink. Frankly, I would like to see the New York faithful boo these guys off the field every inning they don’t score from now until the end of time. Not just booing; I think they should litter the field with trash, seats from the stands, grenades, etc.

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For once, Digidee, you and I can agree about Jeter. But, I will never say the Yankees are dead until they are mathematically eliminated. There is still hope that this team will wake the hell up.

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Oh and another thing; What’s Jeter’s excuse for the team losing to scrubs?
I don’t remember who was sticking up for Jeter a couple posts ago but, he needs to be blasted like the rest of the team. He is the captain and needs to be held accountable too!

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Chaz,
I was totally cutting and pasting that same comment by Jeter. I was wondering what team he was talking about because that Yankees are not playing well at all. I counted this team out in April and the rest of you should too. This season is lost. There’s always next year right Cashman?

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Jeter’s comments are sincerely alarming to me. I don’t remember ever hearing a Yankee team give the opposition so much credit.
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“Yankees captain Derek Jeter wasn’t in complete agreement with Pettitte’s statements. He thinks the team’s recent struggles have a lot to do with who has been taking the mound for the opposing team.

We’ve been playing well, I think,” said Jeter, who had his 10-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4. “Obviously, we would like to have swung the bats a little better here, but Halladay and Burnett beat us, and that’s the bottom line. … Before we got here, I thought we were playing pretty well.””
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DJ, if by “….playing pretty well” you meant not playing well at all, then you are absolutely right. I guess you are OK with just getting what an opposing pitcher will give you, rather than going after him, and making something happen. Do these comments sound like a team captain? I don’t think so. To me, they sound like the comments of a first-class quitter. At least Pettite had the stones to call you, and the rest of the bats out, Jeter. How about you stop giving yourself the benefit of the doubt and call a spade a spade here, Buddy. You are quickly moving from my favorite player, to just another weak bat at the top of an embarrassing lineup. You and Girardi’s M.O. of giving the opposition an endless “tip of the cap”, while you blurt out that “we are playing good baseball, but we’re just running into some great pitching” line is TIRED. Just stop it already.

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I reall wasn’t all that familiar with Murcer. He played before I started watching baseball. I am not a local Yankee fan, so I didn’t get the chance to experience him as a broadcaster. It sounds like I missed out on a great guy who was loved in the Yankee Universe. Godspeed and good wishes to his family.

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The Yankees have roughly 2 weeks to either tell me to be patient, and that the good times are coming, or to make a good trade to prove to me that they are still committed to winning. The Yankees do NOT “rebuild”. With the resources at this team’s disposal, we should have a steady pipeline of talent coming in as others are going out. NO EXCUSES, just get it done.

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Sexon, Ponson, Milton, Ensburg, and Broussard. This is Crashman’s new strategy? So, let me get this straight, the best way to help our team of inexperienced rookies and aging veterans is frequent trips to the scrap pile? I just don’t understand this at all. The least Crashman could do would be to tell us what the hell he’s thinking. The only positive I can speculate from this strategy is that Cashman wants to make due this season with as little money spent as possible, and then completely go bananas in the off-season. Otherwise, what else would even make any sense?
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I can understand that the Yankees have switched philosophies, and are now focused on scouting and development. Frankly, it’s the only good thing Cashman has done in the last 10 years. We need to hold on to good talent when we have it. BUT, we sincerely do not need to take that philosophy to such an extreme that we completely abandon the free agent and trade markets. Why can’t we do a little bit of both? We have a glut of pitching talent that we can use to acquire good position players. I’m not saying deal everyone, but at least take a few of these trade chips and get the players we need. Am I asking too much here?

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Nice to see that while the division leaders are mired in a 7 game losing streak, we gain NO ground. We could’ve came into the break in really good shape. Instead, we get to stew on the fact that this offense is the same one that was 1st in almost every offensive category last season, and can’t manage more than 1 or 2 runs with the EXACT SAME LINEUP. The only thing that’s different? Joe Girardi. He handles the pitching far better than Torre, but is clueless with this lineup.

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YANKEES WEEKLY TV SCHEDULE EDT
7/14 – MON – – –
7/15 – TUE – 8p – ALL STAR GAME – FOX
7/16 – WED – – –
7/17 – THU – – –
7/18 – FRI – 7p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – MY9
7/19 – SAT – 1p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – YES
7/20 – SUN – 1p – YANKEES vs Athletics  – YES

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 14, 2008

Binghamton (Mets) 12:05p
Trenton

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Tampa
Vero Beach (Rays) 12p
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West Virginia (Brewers) 7:05p
Charleston

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Staten Island
Tri-City (Astros) 7p
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GCLYankees
GCL Indians 12p
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 13, 2008

Scranton/WB 8
Columbus (Nationals) 6 (11)
W: H. Phillips (3-4, 5.34); L: J. Warden (1-3, 3.96)
HR: SWB: E. Duncan (9), N. Green (7). COL: J. Padilla (2), R. Bernadina (1), J. Spearman (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_swbaaa_colaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Binghamton (Mets) 4
Trenton 6
W: M. Melancon (4-0, 1.94); L: E. Brito (4-2, 3.25)
HR: BIN: S. Paniagua (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_binaax_treaax_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Tampa 4
Vero Beach (Rays) 2
W: G. Duff (2-6, 3.48); L: R. Morse (2-6, 3.58); SV: J. Schmidt (8)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_tbyafa_vbdafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
West Virginia (Brewers) 3
Charleston 9
W: W. De La Rosa (5-3, 2.20); L: D. Merklinger (3-6, 6.54)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2008_07_13_wvaafx_crdafx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
Staten Island 4
Tri-City (Astros) 3 (7)
W: D. Kapala (1-0, 1.29); L: K. Godfrey (0-3, 8.38); SV: J. Kiley (1)
HR: TRI: J. Gaston (1).
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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Hey, Bryan: Just wondering …

At the “All-Star Game”: Is there going to be a special “tribute” and “moment of silence” for Bobby Murcer? … and, Is there something special planned in honor of George Steinbrenner? … On a side note: Great work by you [on Bombers Beat and your articles] in the first half of this year … I look forward to many more excellent “posts” and “articles” in the second half of 2008 !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] …

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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