Lineup protection only matters when you have someone like a Barry Bonds or Babe Ruth, who opposing teams have been known to issue intentional walks while the bases were loaded.. or when you have guys like Alphonso Soriano... free swingers who will chase bad pitches out of the strike zone. If you have some good hitters behind a Soriano, the pitchers won't throw that pitch out of the zone 3-2, because you MIGHT walk them putting them on base for the next hitter... when that hitter don't matter, well they will throw it anyway. The best lineup protector is actually the speed guy getting on base in front of you. When the pitcher gets so worried about trying to keep the runner from stealing, then the hitter at the dish gets a steady diet of fastballs, or pitches that the catcher can handle.. and if the C can handle the pitch, you can bet the hitter also has a good chance to handle it as well.
Now the Seattle Environment is actually good for Jesus. They play in a no-pressure/low expectation environment that allows young players to get going without the fans booing them for the slightest mistake unlike in the NY pressure cooker where going 0 for the week will get jeers from the fans even for the rookie players.
Sorry to say, that Montero did show the one thing the Yanks were afraid of. He is a defensive liability behind the dish. That means that his stock would have gone done had the Yanks held on to him and played him like the Mariners did. If the Yanks were to try to make that deal today, they would NOT have gotten someone with the Resume that Pineda had at the time of the trade nor ANY of the Seattle top prospects.
He still has time to show he belongs, but right now, he is not considered the top level young player that he was considered even 12 months ago.
That's like me trying to argue computer engineering with Bill Gates. C'mon man, you're never going to be able to convince anybody that you somehow have more comprehension and knowledge than Joe Morgan about the game and you're going to look bad trying. Please try to refrain from sounding like you know more than Joe Morgan about the game of baseball.
How is Montero in a better place?
He's in an offensively far worse park than the bam box known as Yankee Stadium and he's on team which he could probably give a sh$t less about with absolutely no offensive pop (now that they've acquired Morse that has changed).
I would submit that Cashman should've been able to put in a developmental regimen to train a 20 year old to be anything other than a DH. If not, he should've traded him far earlier, when his value was at its apex and before he had exhausted all of the competitive ability of the minors. Maybe we could've even negotiated for Halladay or Haren had we known in advance that there was no feasible defensive position for Montero.
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And so, a new era begins.....
a real threat would be Toronto, they are in a win now mode and have a very wealthy owner, plus a very obvious whole at 2nd base, plus they could let him dh down the road if they want/need.
Sauron rants are becoming my fave.
Leo's Thought Of The Day
Message to Hal: SIGN EVERYONE.
I wonder if they are buying time thill the "studs" of the farm system are ready to be on the team. That's why there are vets with short term contracts.
I would love to see Granderson traded and I am now fine with cano going. I'd love to see Cano as a yankee for life but I don't think they will get it done, so it's better to sell at a high price.
Getting the payroll down is a great idea. I just hope they don't kill the team for the next 10 years trying to do it.
other than cano in the next season how many times have the yankees been burned by not extending their players?
The Dodgers just made a multi BILLION television and licensing deal. They basically imported the fabled lost New Orleans Federal Mint and are just running off their own small economy at this point AND they want to win.
And so, a new era begins.....