Thursday, October 24, 2013

Yankees Scouting Korean Pitcher Seung Hwan Oh

The New York Yankees are said to be interested in and scouting Korean right handed pitcher Seung Hwan Oh, my say that three times fast. Oh is a South Korean pitcher and is available through the posting system, not as a true free agent, even though he is in his age 31 season. Oh's team from the last nine years, the Samsung Lions, will be posting easily the best closer in Korean baseball outside of two injury riddled seasons in 2009 and 2010. Oh sports a fastball in the 94-96 MPH range and has a nasty splitter that is said to "disappear." Oh put up a 1.74 ERA with 54 strike outs and 10 walks in 51 2/3 innings.

Only two Asian born relief pitchers have ever gone through the posting system and required bonuses exceeding $100,000. Akinori Otsuka in 2003 and Shinji Mori in 2005 were the relievers back then so it would presumably take more than a couple million bucks just to talk with Oh. With the Yankees losing Mariano Rivera this season to retirement this is a pretty intriguing, and cheap, option. Asian relievers, unlike their starting pitchers, actually have a decent track record so this is something we should look at closely.

Mariano Rivera Honored Before World Series Game 2

I know I am a little late to the party here, I apologize I had some first world problems, but Yankees closer and future Hall of Fame player Mariano Rivera was honored before tonight's game in the World Series. Mariano was honored with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award tonight honoring his stellar career with the New York Yankees. River, his wife, and his three sons were present during the press conference and ceremony at Fenway Park that was broadcasted on FOX tonight.

Rivera is the first to be honored with the award, which honors achievements and contributions of historical significance, since 2011 when Ken Griffey Jr. got the award.

2013 World Series Game 2: Open Thread

The World Series continues tonight in Fenway as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Boston Red Sox. The pitching match up will be Michael Wacha (Wacha Wacha) against John Lackey for the Sox. Will Lackey lead the beard to a victory? Will Wacha Flacha Flamethrower buckle under the pressure of the postseason lights and his first World Series start on the road? Tune into FOX to find out.

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Current Arizona Fall League Standings - 10/25

The Scorpions are currently 2.5 games out of first place in the AFL East. 

Scorpions win streak ends with 7-4 loss in Mesa

After rallying to beat the Solar Sox yesterday in Scottsdale, the Scorpions traveled to Mesa today to see if they could sweep this home-and-home against the AFL East's best team. Unfortunetally, they couldn't, as they lost by the score of 7-4. This defeat ends their current winning streak at 5, and drops their overall record to a still solid 7-7.

The only Yankees prospect who played in this one, Mason Williams, went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk. You can call that less than amazing, but you definitely can't deny that he's getting a lot of hits lately. So anyway, the Scorps lost today. But they had to evantually. 

Comparing New York Yankees Arbitration Numbers

MLB Trade Rumors released their predictions for the arbitration eligible Yankees this week predicting what each player will likely command this year. MLBTR is usually pretty spot on or within a few percentage points so everyone around the baseball world does, or should, take what they have to say to heart since they are rarely ever wrong. Earlier in the offseason I took my own stab at predicting the Yankees arbitration numbers with a varying degree of success. HERE is the original post of mine back at the beginning of October and below is my predictions with MLBTR's predictions. See how they stack up, did I do good?

Brett Gardner (3rd time)
2013 salary - $2,850,000
Prediction: $7,000,000
MLBTR - $4,000,000

David Robertson (3rd time)
2013 salary - $3,100,000
Prediction: $5,000,000
MLBTR - $5,500,000

Shawn Kelley (2nd time)
2013 salary -$935,000
Prediction: $1,500,000
MLBTR - $1,500,000

Jayson Nix (2nd time)
2013 salary - $900,00
Prediction: $1,750,000
MLBTR - $1,400,000

Ivan Nova (1st time)
2013 salary - $575,600
Prediction: $850,000
MLBTR - $2,800,000

Michael Pineda (1st time)
2013 salary - $528,475
Prediction: $650,000
MLBTR - Not Arbitration Eligible?

Francisco Cervelli (1st time)
2013 salary - $515,350
Prediction: $1,000,000
MLBTR - $1,000,000

Chris Stewart (1st time)
2013 salary - $515,100
Prediction: $1,115,000
MLBTR - $1,000,000

David Huff (1st time)
2013 salary - $494,000
Prediction: $900,000
MLBTR - Not Arbitration Eligible?

2013 Yankees Moments & Achievements Highlights

Do not mind the typo from the video uploader and enjoy the 2013 Yankees moments and achievements. 

This Day In New York Yankees History 10/24

On this day in 2000 El Duque Orlando Hernandez would lose his first postseason game of his career as the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees in the 2000 Subway World Series. John Franco would get the save and end the Yankees 14 game winning streak in World Series games. Benny Agbayani would get the game winning hit in the 8th inning for the Metropolitans.

Slow day in New York Yankees history today. We also had a couple other guys tie records on this day including Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in a World Series game in 2012 tying Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only the third player to do so.

Also, as much as this pains me to write, on this day in 2011 Mike Napoli, a member of the Texas Rangers then, became only the second player in World Series history to have four multi RBI games in a single World Series. What was amazing is that Napoli was the Rangers 8th place hitter. Mickey Mantle also accomplished the feat in the 1960 World Series.