Thursday, April 6, 2017

Things to Do on a Yankees Off Day


So the New York Yankees are off again today leaving me with a burning question… what in the world are we going to do with ourselves to pass the time? Here are a few suggestions for you if you find yourself in the same conundrum.

Go outside. I know it sounds crazy but vitamin D deficiencies are no joke.

Read a book. I plan on picking up the “Thirteen Reasons Why” series as I have begun watching the show on Netflix.

Speaking of Netflix…. Netflix and chill. Or just chill. Cardio is healthy for you and it’s something I am a firm believer in doing as often as humanly possible. Especially in the rain.


Listen to some new music. There’s plenty to choose from. I have been on a Ed Sheeran kick here lately, and it was a Weeknd kick before that and I played the absolute hell out of J Cole’s album “For Your Eyez Only” before that but there is so much more that I am sure I’m missing out on. The Chainsmokers are releasing an album tomorrow I believe, which means it’s probably been on the internet for weeks now and I just missed it, and so much more I could name. Music is a release. 

21 comments:

  1. interesting. The chainsmokers had said they would release an album if the fans wanted it, but in the way the world works, it's easier and better to just release the stuff directly. say they are working on an album, releasing songs as they go along- by the time the album debuts, some of the songs are already old! but either way, glad they did this! I like to see an entire album as a story for a given time period. Granted, this is electronic dance music (a big enjoyment of mine, if you couldn't tell) but for a band say Mumford and Sons, man, they have albums that have resonated with me, as a whole, for huge points in my life.

    rant over.

    and I cant stand the rain, lol! and on Friday, long island had probably the most rainfall ive seen in years!

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    1. I loved to dance and the music I loved and still do is old stuff...mostly Jazz. Sinatra, Sammy D, Tony Bennett, B. Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, King Cole, Billie Holiday.
      Jazz bands like; Brubeck, Miles Davis, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, The Count and Gerry Mulligan just to name a few.
      I use to go to Jam sessions in Calf., on Sundays and hear them all come by and sing or play for free.

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  2. I wanted to just revisit the ongoing battle here on thegreedypinstripes. Cashman sucks at drafting, Yankees cant develop starting pitching. (Im pasting this, as I was arguing earlier.)

    I thought of the top 20 pitchers and looked at their draft spots. My original comment was that I bet 50% of the top 20 pitchers you can think of were drafted in the top 12 spots of the draft. Here's what I found- not perfect list, and it was off top of my head, feel free to add!

    4 were IFA (including hernandez that was scouted at the age of 14- others were tanaka, Salazar, cueto). 5 were non first rounders (arrieta, degrom, archer, kluber, lester). these were 1st rounders- Kershaw (1), syndegaard (38), verlander (2), sale (13), price (1), Strasburg (1), sherzer (11), gerrit cole (1), sonny gray (18), bumgarner (10), zack greinke (6).
    FYI. that's 8 out of 20 in draft spot 12 or earlier. 9 out of 20 for draft picks 13 and earlier.

    That's 20 pitchers from say the past 8 years. That's not a lot at all! It's very tough to develop pitching.

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    1. And your comments about where they are drafted prove my point that we have an inept scouting department along with coaching in the minors since we can't develop any arms. The best arm we drafted was in rd 8 and would have been a higher pick had he not been seeking sick money is Betances, however if you look at him he's a failed starter. There is something to it with this organization

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    2. I don't think it's draft position. I think it's a problem with development. You can't draft 50 people a year and not "accidently" find a gem.

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    3. I agree with you Levin. We have a crappy minor league development program. We can't develop any top notch talent

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    4. Look at the obvious facts. We've all talked about giving up some major talent to acquire Quintana all winter long. HE WAS IN OUR SYSTEM!!! Our brain trust saw so much in him that they let him walk. Smart people. Seriously.

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    5. That just goes to show everyone, pitchers are the hardest players to judge unless one has been there and done that...even then a stud turns into a rag arm and a guy no one has been looking to for real talent becomes a stud.

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    6. Or maybe it goes to show you that our idiot general manager should let our kids play. Instead of making stupid yearly signings like Kelly Johnson, Stephen Drew, Chris Carter, etc., etc., etc.

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    7. Levin you can't get Reed to see obvious facts. His goal on here is to disagree with everyone not named Bryan or Daniel.

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    8. We are talking ace caliber pitchers- draft position very well has something to do with it. It's in the numbers! 50% are from the first half of round 1. 50% have come from the top 15 spots over the years. meaning, 50% have come from the second half of the first round, rounds 2-40, AND International free agents, and that includes TANAKA, who was already 24 and a professional.

      Yes, I get it, you can select someone in the later rounds. But based on that list I presented, 5! are after 1st. round. over about 8-10 seasons. meaning, 21 teams missed these guys also. So what is that- a team has a 0.5% chance in a season to draft an ace caliber pitcher after the first round? Pick a number between 1 and 200, and there's your 0.5% chance.

      and all teams have talent evaluators. but how do you predict jake arrieta (drafted by orioles) will have a breakout year at what, 27? remember, the orioles successfully drafted HOF worthy mike mussina. shit, Kaprielan was a polished college 22 year old, injured and still ranked a top 50 prospect across 3 sources (NOT JUST YANKEE SCOUTING), he's in Tampa, and probably wont be getting past that point any time soon. so that's a 22 year old- how do you do it with Quintana? at some point, you need to protect prospects. unfortunately, it's very hard to pick out the ones that will excel.

      Hey- Hideki Irabu and Dice-K were both PROFESSIONAL players in Japan. Dice- K was slotted in as an ace.

      2007- 204.2 innings, 4.40 era. 15-12.
      2008- 167 innings, 2.90 ERA. 18-3.
      2009 (age 28)- 59 innings, 5.76, 4-6

      career 56-43, 4.45 ERA.

      It is not easy to draft baseball players. It is very very hard to get ace caliber pitchers, and don't count on drafting an ace.

      and Jeff, yes, let the kids play. But letting the kids play when you are referring to a top pitching prospect vs. bryan Mitchell or enns or something, very different.

      and just a side note- just because youre a pitcher drafted in the first half of the first round, that doesn't mean anything! remember, for the first 15 spots in the last what, 8 years , only 5 from non first round!

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    9. Daryl the Rays have the ability to draft pitchers in the later rounds that become above average pitchers why is that? Do they have a better scouting department on a shoe string budget? Does there minor league programs develop pitchers? Is it a combination? As everyone knows I think the Elf is a lousy GM. I don't buy what Reed says that he is well organized in everything but talent evaluator. I think he's a lousy GM period. We are ranked high because of the players he got in the trades and yet in my opinion he didn't get what he needed. Yes he got SP that are A ball players and its based on the fact that Hal is a tightwad and wants control of the money and those players bring him on the cheap. The successful franchises today all draft well no matter where they finish year in year out. San Fran, ST Louis even the Rays draft better than we do. This is an organizational thing and Hal because he is blinded will keep both the elf and the binder after the season is up no matter where we finish

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    10. Gee, KH, thank you very much for the complement! I agree with anyone that understands a GM can't be doing everything and be good at all things. There are better GMs out there, but they come with a price tag Hal won't pay and wouldn't work for the Yankees anyhow. They are mostly guns for sale, go to a team and spend like a drunken sailor (sorry patrick) then move on to another team.
      I still would love to have Showalter as our GM, but it is what it is! One plays the cards dealt and moves on doing the best one can.
      Many fans complain about the same things they were happy about the year or so before. One doesn't quit just because something is not what they would like it to be, one adapts and improvises.

      Four good pitchers and a team of very good position players is a good combination to have I think!

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  3. I'm not disagreeing with you Daryl. I understand that it's difficult to draft a starting pitcher unless you're picking in the top ten. But the best starting pitcher we've drafted is Phil Hughes. That's a pretty poor track record.

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  4. How about IPK, the one I said at the time had the best stuff of the three kids that came up along with Joba and Hughes. IPK didn't have the fastball the other two had but went on to have a good career.
    Phil Coke, Melancon, and D. Robertson did ok in the roles they pitched in also.
    We still have a few guys that are in the wings, waiting for their chance to try and prove themselves as starters.
    We have drafted some good pitchers in the past, but traded them away for one reason or another. It is not only this group of Cashmans' that mess up. There were many pitchers we had passed on over the years that became studs.

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    1. Coke, Melancon and Roberston have one thing in common. All are failed starters. Again I say to you Reed why os this?

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    2. Because they were better as BP pitchers than starters! Have you not noticed the pitchers on the farm are being worked out as starters and if they have good stuff but can't come up with three good pitches with a little C&C they are put back into the BP.
      Changes, they have been happening, but not everything can be done overnight!

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    3. Nonsense Reed. The Yanks draft all pitchers except the kid a few years back Lidgren or something along those lines. Sorry his name escapes me to be starters. All Relievers are failed starters

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  5. side note. I just looked at the Yankees and rays draft picks for a few years. For the later rounds, like after round 5, it's like 75% pitchers. that's nuts.

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    1. The Rays or Yanks are 75% percent pitchers after rd 5 or is that a combined percentage for both teams?

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    2. I was curious if maybe rays focus on pitchers. Both teams do this. We see where the $ is at lol

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