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cromulence

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Grim way to start off this thread:

View: https://twitter.com/PlayersTribune/status/1491108157795438592


'“Gerald Williams passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. To my teammate and one of my best friends in the world, rest in peace, my brother. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Liliana, and their whole family.” —Derek Jeter'

I know Sox fans remember him for a different reason. Little kid me had a tough time understanding that he was not related to Bernie.
 

ThePrideofShiner

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For some reason I remember him owning Randy Johnson, but then I looked up his stats and that doesn't seem to be the case.

Anyway, I definitely remember seeing him homer twice off Johnson in Seattle in 1994. So, maybe that is what I'm remembering.
 

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Andrew Heaney gave up 5 ERs while getting just one out for the Dodgers yesterday, not gonna miss that guy one bit.
 

cromulence

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I really will not miss watching Gary catch. The occasional bombs do not outweigh the frustration of watching him behind the plate. He's got a good arm, but he's just a mess otherwise.
 

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Yeah, I liked him and I thought he took too much flak, but I definitely will not miss him. Also I am thrilled Cashman avoided a season-long media dialogue about bringing him back or not next year.
 

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Yeah, I liked him and I thought he took too much flak, but I definitely will not miss him. Also I am thrilled Cashman avoided a season-long media dialogue about bringing him back or not next year.
You figure if they can sign Judge, they are going into a season with relatively low drama and maintenance. The Gary, Clint, no lefties, Gleyber at SS, Voit, and will Stanton ever start in the OF drama is behind us. I mean, we still have Boone, but can't ask for everything. It has to be much easier on a coaching staff to not have to manage so many projects.
 

EvilEmpire

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I'm all for low drama.

I'm honestly excited to see how this season plays out with regard to much improved defense in the field and behind the dish. The pitching is potentially strong this year. I like setting the conditions on the field to try and maximize what the pitchers can do.

So much drama last year from shitty defense.

There will be plenty of offense. I'm good with defense first at SS and C.*

LFG!


* I'd also be good with another decent quality starting pitcher. The kids look good though. Just saying.
 

ThePrideofShiner

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This thread could get a workout this year as Urshela and Sanchez will certainly be worth keeping track of.

That said, Sanchez is starting at DH in his first game with the Twins. And Urshela just homered in his second at bat.
 

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Joely Rodriguez right in the middle of the Mets bullpen meltdown tonight, he came into the game up 4-0 with a runner on 1st and no one out, bottom 8, 1B, groundout, HR to Realmuto, K of Harper, and he left with two outs and NY up 4-3. Lugo gave up BB/2B/2B to the next three guys and the Mets lost 5-4, you hate to see it.
 

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Heh, the Reds tried to use old buddy Luis Cessa as an opener against the Dodgers tonight, which went about as badly as it could, five straight hits after a Mookie fly out and a 3-0 LAD lead.

Interestingly Cessa was opening for another former Yankee system product, lefty Reiver Sanmartin who turns 26 today. If you know how he got from NY to CIN, you are a serious fan, pat yourself on the back. The answer is itt was as part of the Sonny Gray to CIN deal in Jan 2019, NY got Shed Long who they immediately flipped for Josh Stowers (who they traded last year for Odor) so they could save a 40 man spot and first round supplemental pick which ended up being TJ Sikkema, who was a tough SEC college lefty but cannot stay healthy for NY. They gave up Gray and a young and far away Sanmartin, Sanmartin got blasted last week as a SP against ATL (third career start after two late last season), but today pitched 5 scoreless after Cessa, 5 2 0 0 0 2 on 75 pitches.

So the active players who moved in both NY Sonny Gray deals are all SPs, Kaprielian for OAK (hurt again), Sanmartin for CIN and Sikkema in NY's minors. Sikkema is still 23 so he could still end up the best of those three if he can ever get healthy.
 

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Both SPs in the BOS/TB game today were in the NY farm system from 2017-2019, JP Feyereisen and Garrett Whitlock.

Neither could crack the Yankee 40 man roster, Cashman moved JPF at the 2019 deadline for a very young player (Brenny Escanio, still just 19) and international money and didn't protect Whitlock from the rule 5 in 2020.

Both are really good now although NY has no shortage of quality pitchers, but both would clearly make the current NY roster.
 

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Luke Voit has been terrible for SD so far, 6-42 with no HRs and 10 BBs, .481 OPS and now hurt yet again, biceps tendon.
 

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Luke Voit off the IL today for SD, and he's hit his first two homers in a currently 5-5 game against the Cubs. The bad news is they were both solo, they were his first two of the season, and he is still OPSing just .688, but still a good day for Old Friend Luke.
 

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https://theathletic.com/3309703/2022/05/13/angels-trade-deadline-no-hitter-mlb-baseball/

If Brett Gardner is going to play again, it likely will only be for the Yankees, the team that drafted him in the third round out of the College of Charleston in 2005. And now that the Yankees seemingly have moved on from the free-agent outfielder, it appears his 14-year career might be over.

Gardner, 38, turned down a one-year, $6 million offer from the Blue Jays after the conclusion of the lockout, sources said. More recently, the Braves gauged his interest after learning outfielder Eddie Rosario would miss eight-to-12 weeks while recovering from a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye. Gardner declined to pursue the opportunity.
 

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NY doesn’t have great OF depth so I could certainly see them signing Gardner if there is a major injury. I actually think there’s a good chance if both he and Hicks were currently FAs and NY needed to pick one, they would go with Gardner.