In an interview with Fox Sports, Cy Young Award winner David Price discussed the possibility of being with a new team in the next few years and how much he will miss his current team, the Tampa Bay Rays. O, he also talked about how he wouldn’t play for certain teams due to their strict rules. “It’s a joke to me, that I had less rules in college than I would on some major league teams. That’s not my style, man. I couldn’t do it on some of these teams I hear about. I couldn’t do it. I’m a grown man” says Price. When told that he would have to shave his beard if the Yankees traded for him, Price stated “I wouldn’t stay there very long then. I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.” Price went on to praise Rays coach Joe Maddon’s care-free environment in the club house, where players can play any type of music in the locker room and wear any type of hair (or beard) style.
Yankees fans (and probably the Yankee Organization) did not like what Price said about the strict rules over at New York. On Thursday February 21, Price began doing damage control with the Yankees by calling them the best organization in sports, saying anything could happen by 2016, “My hair might fall out by then.” But Price stuck to his principles, saying that he “never aspired to be a New York Yankee” while growing up. Price says though money is a factor, he wants to be comfortable where he plays, “The last thing I want to think is that I’m signing a long-term deal — regardless of the money — and not having the feeling I have here.” Though money is always important in signing a contract, Price makes an excellent point on feeling comfortable spending years with one team. Former Ray Carl Crawford signed an expensive contract with the Boston Red Sox and ended up hating his time there, admitting he regretted his decision to play there several times. Luckily for Crawford, the Los Angeles Dodgers could afford to cover Crawford’s contract. If Price becomes the most expensive pitcher in baseball history, that means he can’t count on another team to bail him out but will have to remain with the team. The chance that a team would not like Price is slim though since he brings laughter to the Tampa Bay area.
According to Price, the Rays’ club house is a special place in all of major league baseball. It isn’t just recently traded pitcher James Shields that will miss the Rays, “It’s everybody that’s been traded or hit free agency from here and left and got their millions of dollars. They all miss it. We do things differently over here. We have freedom. We’re treated like grown men. Other places, it’s a penitentiary.” The Rays fans know that while the players love playing in Tampa, it is common to see players leave due to money issues. Center-fielder B.J. Upton signed with the Atlantic Braves this past off-season since the Rays could not afford him, and Price knows he probably will not be a Ray forever. Price’s contract with a new team could be worst almost $200 million, a price that the Rays cannot compete with. Though Price is a Ray for the next two years, there is a possibility that he will be traded before then; some even speculate that as soon as the All-Star break 2013. Price refuses to think about it and to spend the rest of his time here having fun while playing baseball. As with Upton, Crawford, and several other former Rays, the fans will continue to speculate how long Price will remain a Ray.
Jeremy Hellickson turned 25 today, but his birthday was not on his mind when the final game of the Rays-Yankee Series started at 1:40 today. The American League Rookie of the Year only allowed 3 hits and almost threw a complete game, until Fernando Rodney was called in to get the final out. The Tampa Bay Rays were out in front, beginning in the first inning when Matt Joyce hit a triple, scoring Evan Longoria who had doubled earlier. In the third inning, Homecoming King Carlos Pena hit homerun number two, making the score 2-0. Then in the fifth inning, Carlos Pena supposedly hit another homerun, but it was ruled Fan Interference after a fan reached out over the rail to catch the ball. The homerun was then changed to a ground rule double. Umpire Joe West did not review instant replay of the hit, though replays show he made the correct choice.
The New York Yankees finally had some action in the fourth inning when Alex Rodriquez walked to first then ran to third when Mark Teixeira doubled. The threat ended after Desmond Jennings made a spectacular catch, robbing Raul Ibanez of an extra base hit.
Yankees had another threat in the sixth inning when Rodriquez doubled then stole third, but Hellickson struck Swisher out to end the threat. In the bottom of the sixth, Jeff Keppinger hit a homerun, making it 3-0. In the ninth inning, Hellickson was able to get the first two outs, but after walking Swisher on pitch #118, Rodney was called in get the final out. The Rays beat the Yankees 3-0, thus sweeping the Yankees in the opening series.
Player of the Game: Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson was on his A-game today. Hellickson walked four, struck out four, and was one out from throwing a complete game. He kept his cool throughout the game, though he did display a smile after Jennings caught Ibanez’s ball in the 4th inning.
What I Liked:
1) Jeremy Hellickson throwing like an Ace: After Shields’ miserable outing in Game 1 and Price showing some shakiness in several innings in Game 2, it was wonderful watching Hellickson throw strikes through all nine innings.
2) Carlos Pena and Jeff Keppinger hitting homeruns: Glad to see that the Rays are showing power in the line-up.
3) Rays’ Defense: Today the Rays did not make any errors and all of them looked sharp, a great improvement after several players looked sloppy playing defense in the previous two games.
What I Didn’t Like:
1) Fan Interference: For the second time in two games, a fan has caught a ball in right field, making the possible homerun a double due to the fans interfering. Fans need to stop reaching over the rail!
2) Luke Scott exiting the game with tight hamstring: It is reported he will miss 3-4 days. It is important he returns since he is the DH and had 3 RBIs in Game 2.
3) Joe West: Joe West is an evil umpire who hates the Rays. Today he decided that he did not need to review the reply of Carlos Pena’s possible homerun. Luckily his call ended up being right, but with his history with the Rays, it is no surprise that he refused to review the replay. I’m glad he won’t be around for the Rays-Tigers game.
Tampa Bay Baseball started at 3:10 today inside Tropicana Field in front of a sellout crowd; the best part was the fact that majority of the fans were actually Tampa Bay Rays’ fans. Little did we all know that the video clip about Game 162 shown before the game started would foreshadow Game 1 of the 2012 baseball season.
In the bottom of the first, CC Sabathia looked rattled, something rarely seen. He walked Desmond Jennings, allowed Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria to single, and after getting Jeff Keppinger to ground out, Sabathia was told to walk Sean Rodriguez. That’s right, he walked Rodriguez to take on power hitter Carlos Pena; this move by Yankees’ Coach Joe Girardi would prove to be a mistake after Pena hits a Grand Slam. Welcome Back, Carlos Pena!!!
The next few innings the Rays gave up the lead due to James Shields’ poor outing and poor defense; Evan Longoria even committed an error. The fact that Joe West, an umpire known for making bad calls against the Rays, was behind home plate didn’t help. The television replays showed that several strikes were called balls, thus favoring the Yankees (because the team with the biggest payroll in baseball needs help to win?). The whole crew seemed to be against the Rays since the umpire covering second called Jennings out when he was indeed safe. But somehow the Rays managed to keep their cool and did not let the Yankees score after the third inning.
The Rays finally had a threat brewing in the bottom of the eighth after having a man at first-and-third with no outs, but the bottom of the line-up failed to get a man in. Due to B.J. Upton and Sam Fuld being injured, Coach Joe Maddon had Stephen Vogt pitch hitting for Elliot Johnson… Matt Joyce went 0-4 in the ninth spot today.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Rays showed the Yankees once more that baseball is played in nine innings. Jennings singled and Zobrist followed him with a triple; the game was now tied 6-6. Longoria and Luke Scott were walked, brining up Rodriquez. The Yankees at this point had five infielders – the game felt as if it was the American League Championship Series. Rodriguez struck out to bring up Pena. Pena singled, Zorbist scored, and the Rays’ celebrated their first win of the season. As the man in front of me said at the end of the game, “That was an amazing game #163.” There are seventeen games left between the Rays and Yankees, seventeen guaranteed exciting games of baseball.
Player of the Game: Carlos Pena. Pena went 3-for-5, hit a grand slam, singled in the opposite direction, and overcame a lefty pitching. He showed why all the Rays’ fans gave him a standing ovation when his name was announced.
What I Liked:
- Bull Pen: The Bull Pen did not let one runner score after Sheilds left after pitching five innings. J.P. Howell looked amazing, a great sign after his horrible year last year. Wade Davis was only so-so, but not worries. Burke Badenhop almost had a batter out, but Longoria made an error. Jake McGee and Joel Peralta survived after walking a few pitchers, but Fernando Rodney looked great out there. There was no threat in the ninth inning and he kept his composure after Ump West ripped him off; he better get used to it.
- Top of the Line-Up was Hitting: Longoria reached base every at-bat, Jennings and Keppinger each had 2 hits, and Zobrist hit the ball when he needed to hit the ball. The top of the line-up showed that they are able to get on base, they just need the bottom of the line-up to get them in.
- Carlos Pena not batting .196.
- Rays’ Fans chanting “Yankees Suck” in the stadium because it showed that 1) there are more Rays fans in Tampa and that 2) my opinion of the Yankees sucking is shared among fellow Rays’ Fans.
What I Didn’t Like:
- James Shields’ Outing. Shields is coming off his best year and is once again the Rays’ number one pitcher, so maybe he felt pressured to be the best pitcher. There were some words exchanged in the Rays’ dugout today between Shields and catcher Jose Molina. (Remember Matt Garza and Dioner Navvaro?) Hopefully Shields and Molina work on their communication and Sheilds goes back to being the best pitcher on the team.
- Evan Longoria looking sleepy and making defense mistakes, Pena going for the out at home and not the guaranteed out at first (guy was safe at home), Zobrist and Jennings almost colliding with each other in center field; the small mistakes that need to be addressed quickly since spring training is now over.
- GTMI: Two years ago, Rays’ outfielder Carl Crawford said “Get The
MotherfuckerMan In.” Sadly, the Rays still don’t know how to do that. They had several scoring chances but failed to get a man from third twice today. Every year its the same problem. Grr.
- Joe West and his crew. Did Major League Baseball purposely pick the one umpire who hates the Rays with a passion to start the first game of the season against the Yankees? Is MLB worried that their poor Yankees/Red Sox might not make it to the play-offs because of the Rays, so the Rays must be taken cared of as soon as possible? Why is Joe West so mean to the underdogs? The world may never know…
It is the middle of May and the New York Yankees just experienced a season high six game losing streak, a streak that included the Yankees being swept at home by their rivals, the Boston Red Sox. At the moment, nearly all the Yankees are underperforming since battings averages are lower than predicted and in the past week there has also been an internal conflict involving Yankees veterans Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. These incidents have caused several sports outlets to declare the Yankees are experiencing a crisis.
Wait, what? A crisis?
The Yankees are only two games behind the A.L. East leader the Tampa Bay Rays and are currently ranked #6 in the power rankings; yet every day for the past week, the sports media has exaggerating the Yankee’s woes, creating a Yankee soap opera that clouds the sports news in hopes of attracting an audience that will pity the poor Yankees. Though the Yankees are not number one in baseball, it is hard to feel sorry for the America’s favorite team for these ten reasons.
10) New Yankee Stadium: The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and is one of the most expensive stadiums in the world. The stadium was built to suit a team known for hitting homeruns since the dimensions of the field remain small: left field is 318 feet, center field is 408 feet, and right field is 314 feet. Though the stadium has the same field dimensions as the previous stadium, the wall in the right outfield is two feet shorter, making it easier to hit homeruns out of the park. The stadium has one of the shortest right field dimensions of 314 feet; it is 14 feet shorter than the Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre. There is no reason to feel bad for a team who has a brand, new expensive stadium designed to make it easier for them to hit homeruns out of the park in order to win games.
9) Alex Rodriquez: The Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriquez (A-Rod) is one of the most hated athletes, so it is no surprise that he plays for one of the most hated baseball teams (one either loves or hates the Yankees, there is no middle). A-Rod is one of the most productive baseball players in history since he is predicted to break Barry Bond’s homerun record; but he also lied about his steroid use. Though A-Rod is viewed as a disgrace to baseball by many, the Yankees realized that A-Rod’s talent was needed if they wanted to win championships; in 2007, they handed A-Rod a 10 year, $257 million contract. The Yankees deserve no sympathy since they have one of the most hated tainted talented baseball players on their team.
8 ) Yankees play Dirty: The majority of baseball teams have had baseball players who have abused steroids at one point in their lives. At the moment, the number one example is A-Rod who tested positive for steroids the year before he became a Yankee. Several Yankees who helped bring home the World Series Championship in the year 2000 also tested positive for steroids at one point of their lives, thus tainting the 2000 year. Though the current Yankees are clean, some of the players still play dirty. In 2004 during Game 6 against the Red Sox, A-Rod slapped the ball out of the glove to prevent being tagged. This led to A-Rod being called out for interference and the Yankees went on to lose the game and the series. Even Derek Jeter was forced to play dirty at one point. In a game against the Tampa Bay Rays in September 2010, Jeter faked getting hit by a pitch. Though he was awarded first base, Jeter continued to show off his acting skills by holding his arm in pain; even the Yankees trainer left the dugout to check out his arm. While Jeter was acting, Rays’ fans were watching replays that showed that Jeter was never hit by the ball, only his bat was hit. Though no baseball team has perfect players, the Yankees have several players who have shown that they are not afraid to play dirty in order to win; they do not deserve any sympathy.
7) Aging Yankee Veterans: Many veteran Yankees are approaching the age of 40, a number that implies that an athlete is too old to be playing ball. Jeter, team captain and fan favorite, became a free agent for the first time in his career this past offseason. Though it was widely predicted that the Yankees would create a contract for Jeter to ensure that he retires as a Yankees, no one could have predicted that the drama involving the contract negotiations would become one of the biggest stories of baseball during the offseason. The 2010 baseball season was not one of Jeter’s best and the Yankees realized that Jeter’s skills would only worsen as he aged. During a meeting that involved Jeter, Jeter’s agent, Jeter’s attorney, Yankees’ General Manager Brian Cashman, Team President Randy Levine, and Yankees’ Co-owner Hal Steinbrenner, Jeter lasted only 45 minutes due to his anger about how the Yankees were making the negotiations public. Cashman even went to the media and recommended that Jeter test the baseball market to see if he could get a better deal, a statement that showed how the relationship between Jeter and the Yankees now strained. Though Jeter ended up signing a three-year, $51 million contract with an option year, baseball fans continue to debate when the Yankees will assign Jeter to a different fielding position. Another aging Yankees player is Jorge Posada, a player who once served as the main catcher of the Yankees but was forced to hang his catching gear due to multiple injuries during the 2010 season. Posada was assigned the DH role, a role he has failed at since his batting average is currently .165 and he remains hitless against left-handed pitchers. Posada is playing in his last year of his four-year, $52.4 million contract with the Yankees; but, if he does not begin to hit the ball, his season may end earlier than expected. The Yankees deserve no sympathy for the way they dealt with their veterans. Though teams should not let emotions get in the way of contract negotiations, Jeter and Posada deserved more respect than what the Yankees gave them.
6) Yankees let the Public Know about Internal Problems: Though all baseball teams deal with drama, the Yankees have purposely made some of the drama public. On March 14th, Posada saw that he was batting in the ninth spot for the first time since 1999. Posada was furious and embarrassed at the situation and benched himself that night, a night in which the Red Sox were in town. As mentioned earlier, Cashman is not afraid of using the media for his gain. During the game, Cashman told the media that Posada’s benching had nothing to do with an injury, but that Posada benched himself. Though Posada’s action was selfish and immature, the way the Yankees dealt with it was also selfish and immature. The drama continued to worsen when Jeter defended Posada and said he did not have to apologize to anyone, a move that further angered the Yankees. Even Red Sox DH David Ortiz came to Posada’s defense. It is hard to feel bad for a team that purposely blows a situation out of proportion.
5) Yankees have Spoiled “Fans”: Since the Yankees are known for producing World Series Titles, their fans have become accustomed to winning. Since the Yankees have the most World Series Titles, some Yankee fans are only Yankee fans because the Yankees are considered the best baseball team in the United Sates. Though the majority of Yankee fans will follow their team in the good times and the bad times, certain Yankee “fans” expect the Yankees to always win. Toward the end of the 2010 baseball season, the Yankees lost the A.L. East Title to the Tampa Bay Rays and entered the playoffs as the A.L. wild card. Even though the Yankees still made it to the playoffs, the fans wanted Yankees Coach Joe Girardi gone. Girardi was blamed for the Yankee’s poor September record since he made bizarre bullpen moves and kept changing the lineup. Rumors of Girardi leaving the Yankees to manage the Chicago Clubs emerged, causing some Yankee fans to become excited at the possibility of a new coach. Though Girardi ended up agreeing to a three-year deal with the Yankees, the Girardi drama demonstrated how quick Yankee fans are to turn on a Yankee. The Yankees’ fan base includes spoiled fans and bandwagoners that do not deserve any sympathy since there are several teams who do not even have one World Series Title.
4) MLB Favorites: The Yankees are one of the oldest teams in baseball, have the most World Series Titles (27), and have numerous players in Baseball Hall of Fame; thesis reasons have caused the Yankees to become the most popular team in baseball. Since the Yankees have a huge fan base, this also means that they make the most profit. According to Forbes magazine, the Yankees are worth $1.6 billion; the team that comes in second is the Boston Red Sox, who are worth $870 million. Since the Yankees are American’s favorite team, they are also favored by sports outlets. When the Yankees lose a game on national television, the ESPN announcers seem to mourn along with the Yankee fans. During any baseball game, the umpires seem to favor the Yankees, ensuring that the Yankees make it to the post season and bring their fans (and high television ratings) with them. There is no reason to feel bad for a team that has major league baseball rooting for them to make it to the post season.
3) Yankees can afford to make Mistakes: The Yankees are able to produce high paying contracts without worrying about the negative consequences. In 2007, Posada signed a four year, $52.4 million extension contract. The reason why the contract is so expensive is because the New York Mets were after the Yankee’s star catcher. Now, with all the drama involving Posada, the Yankees are probably regretting the contract. Posada missed time last year due to injuries and is rumored to be released by the Yankees if his batting average does not increase by the All-Star break. In 2007, A-Rod received a 10-year, $257 million contract. This means that the Yankees will have a 42-year old player on their team in 2017. During the 2010 offseason, Jeter signed a three-year, $51 million contract, even though his numbers have been decreasing with old age. At the moment, the Yankees are wondering how long Jeter can last at shortstop before breaking his hip. Another contract signed during the 2010 offseason was to Rafael Soriano, a former Ray who led the A.L. in saves during the 2010 season. Though Soriano had a history of injuries, the Yankees signed him to a three year, $35 million contract. At the moment, Soriano is currently on the 15-day disabled list. Though several of these contracts may be viewed as a mistake in hindsight, the Yankees are able to afford these mistakes since they have the money. While some teams may suffer for a year due to a bad contract, the Yankees can afford to move on. Their ability to not suffer from costly mistakes is another reason why no one should feel bad for the Yankees.
2) Hank Steinbrenner’ Comments: In 2007, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner stepped aside and let his sons Hal Steinbrenner and Hank Steinbrenner take over the responsibilities. In July 1020, George Steinbrenner died, leaving behind the Yankee legacy and charity work he performed in Tampa, Florida. This past season, Hank Steinbrenner tried explaining why the Yankees failed to win the World Series championship; some Yankees are too busy building mansions. Though he did not name anyone, everyone knows Jeter is building a mansion in Tampa. Steinbrenner also commented how the current revenue sharing and luxury tax system was communism. It is hard to feel bad for an owner who is complaining about how he lost $130 million due to this system when the Yankees are worth over a billion dollars. Steinbrenner even hinted that small market teams should not be playing in the major leagues; hinting that he wants the Rays contracted. It seems as though Steinbrenner is upset that the expensive Yankees are not bringing home the World Series rings every single year because of certain competitive teams. Major League Commissioner ended up telling Steinbrenner that he better keep his mouth shut.
1) Pay Roll: The current Yankees payroll is $196,854,639 million, the largest payroll in baseball. In fact, Alex Rodriquez makes $32,000,000, a number that is viewed outlandish when the Kansas City Royals’ payroll is $35,712,400. The Yankees are known for scouting for the best player in a needed position and writing him an enormous check in order to persuade him to come over to the dark side. Meanwhile, small market teams spend the year scouting for players with potential and planning deals and trades, knowing that there is always a possibility for the new player to not live up to their potential, resulting in the team to suffer. Since the Yankees have a huge payroll, their fans assume that the Yankees are guaranteed a play-off appearance every year and an A.L East Title. This idea has begun to dissipate since the Rays, who own baseball’s second lowest payroll of $41,932,171, continue to remain a threat to the Yankee’s plan. At the moment, the Rays lead the A.L. East and are two games above the Yankee. Though the Yankees must be hurting knowing that their payroll is 4.7x the amount of the Rays, yet they still have trouble beating them; the Yankees do not deserve anyone’s sympathy. After all, the Yankees are the ones who decided that money was the main thing needed to win championships and they still have a large amount of money to buy new players.
Bobbie Dittmeier Study: Design cause of Stadium homers MLB.com
Derek Jeter fakes getting hit by Pitch Associated Press
Hank Steinbrenner: Some Yankees Not Concentrating on Winning Huffpost Sports
Ken Davidoff Cashman needs to take Command Charlotte Observer
Lisa Swan A-Rod Gets Slappy NYDailyNews.com
Mark Feinsand Rafael Soriano heads to 15-day DL NY Daily News
Murray Chass Does Yankees’ Steroid Use Taint Torre? The New York Times
Ryan Mink Planning for Future with Prospects New MLB.com
Talks hurt Derek Jeter-GM Relationship ESPNNewYork.com
Yankees worth $1.6 billion The Associated Press
At the end of the 2010 baseball season, the New York Yankees came across a problem that they and their catcher Jorge Posada could not avoid: old age. During the 2010 baseball season, the 39 year-old Posada played only 78 games as catcher due to missing time with several injuries. Posada has spent his whole major league career playing for the Yankees, a career that has included four World Series Championships, five Silver Slugger awards, and making the All-Star Team five times. Now here he was, a few days before his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that General Manager Brian Cashman told Posada that while he should always be prepared to catch, he should be prepared to be the designated hitter the next year. Posada was forced to hang up his catching gear.
As of March 14th, Posada was hitting major league baseball’s lowest average of .165 and remained hitless against lefties. As the Tampa Bay Rays had experienced with Pat Burrell, some players cannot go from playing on the field and batting to just batting. When Posada arrived to play baseball, he saw how Yankees Coach Joe Girardi had him batting ninth, a spot he has not batted in since 1999. Though what exactly happened depends on who one asks, it is no secret that Posada was upset about how he was being treated by the Yankees; a feeling that Girardi could possibly relate to. After all, Girardi was the Yankees’ main catcher from 1996 to 1999, until he was replaced by the new, younger catcher Jose Posada. At the end of the 1999 baseball season, Girardi was released as a free agent and returned to playing for the Chicago Cubs.
According to Posada, he asked Girardi if he could take the night off. He blamed tightness in his back for not feeling well; but in reality, he probably felt like he needed the night off to clear his head. During the baseball game, a game in which Yankees’ rivals Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees in their home stadium; Cashman told the Fox national telecast that Posada’s sitting out had nothing to do with an injury. It is no secret that there is some hostility between Cashman and Posada, after all, Cashman did disagree with Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner for signing Posada to a four-year contract. Quickly, rumors of the Yankees docking Posada a day’s pay or suspending him began to swirl. Sources close to Posada hinted that Posada even wanted to leave the Yankees for good Saturday night. Red Sox DH David Ortiz began defending Posada, saying how hard it is to be a DH and how disappointed Posada must have been to hang up his catching gear during the winter.
On Sunday, Posada apologized to Girardi and Cashman. Though Posada apologized, the drama was not over. Derek Jeter, another player who spent his major league career playing with the Yankees, defended Posada, calling him a brother. Jeter told reporters how Posada did not have to apologize to his teammates and that he had the right to bench himself so that he could clear his head. Though the Yankee fans gave Posada a standing ovation Sunday night during the final game of the Red Sox-Yankee Series, the Yankees’ management was fuming. Here was their captain, defending a player who acted selfishly and embarrassed the Yankees’ franchise at a time when the Yankees were being swept at home by the Red Sox while trailing behind the Rays in the A.L. East.
On Monday, the Yankees held an internal conference that included team president Randy Levine, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman about Jeter and Posada. Though no one is sure what was said during the meeting, Jeter swears that everyone is now on the same page and that everyone should move on. Posada was not in the lineup Monday night, the reason being because the left-handed David Price was pitching and Posada has failed to bat against a left-handed pitcher. Though the Yankees ended their 6-game losing streak Tuesday night, a game in which Posada batted seventh and had a single, a double, and scored a run, it is far too early to say if the Posada Drama is over. Though it is possible for Posada to adapt to the DH position and retire as a Yankees Hero, it is also possible for the Yankees to push Posada out of the lineup and move on with their new catching prospects.
Michael Schmidt Posada to Have Knee Surgery The New York Times
Buster Olney Derek Jeter, Yanks talk about Posada ESPN
Joe Girardi Yes Network.com
Money is the biggest issue in the world; thus, it is
no surprised that even Major League Baseball is concern with money at the
moment. Nearly every human being has a goal of obtaining enough money so that
he and his family will forever live a comfortable life. Baseball and baseball
players are also on that mission which is why this year in baseball, the biggest
issue will be money.
Several baseball owners, including the New York
Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, have already expressed anger at the current
revenue-sharing system since they are the top two teams who had to contribute
($130 million and $87 million respectively). In fact, rumors have surfaced that
the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays are facing contraction in order for
the other baseball teams to make a larger profit; or maybe the Yankees and Red
Sox are tired of the threat the Rays pose to bring each year. Though the MLB
players union has already said no teams are going to disappear, this will
continue to be a topic throughout the year since the collective bargaining
agreement ends on December of this year.
Last offseason showed that baseball is heading into
a more expensive direction since several players signed multi-year, expensive
contracts. Pandora’s Box has been opened. Carl Crawford signed a 7-year, $142
million contract with the Red Sox while Cliff Lee signed a 5 year, $120 million
contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. More players will also want an
expensive, multiyear contract. At the moment Albert Pujols is asking for a $30
million a year for 10 years. The Cardinals at the moment have expressed zero
interest in paying that much money so next year Pujols may be playing for a
different team that will fork over that money.
My mother told me that when she was growing up, the
same players remained on the same team for years and every team had a fair shot
at the World Series. Now I live in a time where players’ team loyalty is dimmed
by the color green. There are teams that spend the year scouting out the best
players in each position and hands them a blank check during offseason while
small market teams send their scouts to the schools, colleges, and minors to
discover talent. Last year the umpires seemed to be favoring the big market
teams over the small market teams, leading to conspiracies that MLB favors teams
that bring in money. Soon the World Series Championship will rotate between the
big markets. The San Francisco Giants showed that time is not now, but the
lowest rating in history is something the MLB does not want.