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Old 05-07-2007, 06:57 AM   #91
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What does that put the Yankees payroll at? How much over $200 million?
Just a shade over the cost of making SpiderMan 3, but who's counting.
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I was watching the game when Clemens made his announcement. Everyone was surprised. It's always cool when a future hall of famer gets on the house mic at The Stadium and says I'll be talking to you soon. I don't know if Clemens will be enough to help the Yanks' pitching, but the other starters are beginning to come around. What does The Rocket have left at age 44/45? Stay tuned.

PS; With all of the talk about how badly Yanks are doing, the 2006 World Champion Cardinals are doing worse then them. This has been a pretty tough season for them already. First, the manager, Tony LaRussa gets pulled over for passing out at the wheel. Fast forward to now and one of their pitchers dies in a crash where he was drunk, stoned, had a over a quarter of an ounce of weed in the car and was on his cell phone at about the time he crashed. A damn shame, by the way. But, of course, most of the talk has been about how badly the Yanks have played. Their high payroll might be a reason for this though. Lol!
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the cardinals sucked last year and just happened to get hot at the right time. and they don't have a 5 billion payroll.

if the mets or red sox were tanking, they'd be getting made fun of, too. not as much as the yankees, but more than the cardinals, because it's easy to pick on the teams that spend the most, and maybe rightfully so.

clemens... eh... a 2.30 era in the NL Central probably equates to about a 3.30 in the AL East. tack on another year, and who knows...

i really can't see clemens with an ERA under 3 at 45 years old in the AL East. but, of course, an ERA under 4 with that lineup is probably good enough for a winning record with that lineup, but i doubt it's good enough to win the world series, which is the only reason to give someone that kinda money.

all the pomp and circumstance aside, this is an old time george steinbrenner move. i highly doubt brian cashman was the one spearheading this... it won't help them win the world series, it might not even get them into the playoffs. it's another waste of money for an aging player when what the yankees need to do is get young.

tossing (pro-rated) 10 million dollars more than the next highest bidder is a desperation move of the highest level. and hey, maybe it works. or maybe it blows up in their face. but it only goes further to prove that the yankees ownership is so diluted in their thought process that it's just baffeling. they may win a championship here and there as time goes on, but as long as they keep spending like this they'll never develop the kind of team they had in the mid 90's. why were they so good then? jeter, bernie, mariano, pettite, posada... all home grown young guys entering their prime together. they were allowed to develop, they weren't traded away.

would anyone really be shocked if come august 31st philip hughes is traded away for the 30+ year old pitcher de jour? really? would ya?
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would anyone really be shocked if come august 31st philip hughes is traded away for the 30+ year old pitcher de jour? really? would ya?
I'll give them Julian Tavarez for Hughes.
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i'm sure you would, but i'm thinking someone a bit bigger than that... let's say just for argument's sake someone like john smoltz... if he came available at the trading deadline, hypotheticly speaking, and the braves wanted hughes for him, does anyone think the yankees wouldn't do it?
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The Mariners would like to thank the Yankees for turning the last two innings of the game into a press event instead of, you know, a baseball game.

Because that's OBVIOUSLY the reason they lost, you know.
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and here i thought it was because they suck
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Usually, yes. But they seem to be doing better so far this year than they have the past few years. I mean, they were at or over .500 for a while! They were even in first place for a brief, shining moment!
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Just when you think Manny can't possibly get any stranger...

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Their high payroll might be a reason for this though.
That's exactly it.

It's now $223 million.

In Philly, we make a big deal about them underachieving. Their payroll is $89 million, 14th highest in the league.

If you spend that much money and don't win, aside from many other problems, your general manager is an idiot.

And people will make a HUGE deal about this.

And people will dislike your organization.
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even mike francesca was killing the yankees for doing this today
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16 Million For Pettitte
11 Million For Mussina
10 Million for Pavano
30 Million for Igawa (his salary + posting fee)
28 Million for Clemens (Pro rated)

95 million for their starting rotation alone, oh and their best picther makes 500k

btw Igawa was sent to class A today

Someone explain to me how Cashman is a great GM again?
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he might be... i wouldn't know. he's never had to be a general manager before. he more or less just fills the role and does whatever the hell steinbrenner tells him to do.
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Count David Ortiz among those who isn't convinced Barry Bonds used illegal performance-enhancing drugs -- or if they really helped the San Francisco Giants outfielder make his run at Hank Aaron's home run record.

"To hit the ball, the guy makes it look easy, but it ain't. I don't know how you can have that swing, consistently. I don't know how steroids can do that," Ortiz told the Boston Herald. "There are supposed to be guys using steroids in the game, and there's nobody close to Barry Bonds. What's that mean? He was using the best [stuff]? Know what I'm saying?"

The Boston Red Sox designated hitter told the Herald that no one has proven that Bonds knowingly used steroids or other performance-enhancing substances -- and that even if it were proven, he's not sure it has made a difference.

"I don't look at it like that. I look at it hitting-wise, because I don't know what steroids can do to you as a baseball player. You've still got to swing the bat, man," Ortiz said. "If I ever use steroids, and then I know what the difference can be and I'm using them, I'll tell you, 'Yeah, whatever,' but I don't know what the feelings are when you use the steroids. But I can tell you how it feels to pull yourself together to swing the bat."

In fact, Ortiz isn't 100 percent certain he hasn't taken steroids himself. He told the Herald that when he was a young player in the Dominican Republic, he used to drink protein shakes for sale there. He explained he no longer does so because he can't be sure they don't include banned substances.

"I tell you, I don't know too much about steroids, but I started listening about steroids when they started to bring that [stuff] up, and I started realizing and getting to know a little bit about it," Ortiz told the Herald. "You've got to be careful. ... I used to buy a protein shake in my country. I don't do that any more because they don't have the approval for that here, so I know that, so I'm off of buying things at the GNC back in the Dominican. But it can happen anytime, it can happen. I don't know. I don't know if I drank something in my youth, not knowing it."

Bonds and the Giants are scheduled to visit Fenway Park for a June 15-17 interleague series, and Ortiz told the newspaper that Bonds deserves a warmer welcome than he will probably get from Red Sox Nation.

"He deserves respect," Ortiz told the Herald. "People are not going to give it to him because of all the bad things running around, this and that, but people need to realize. I've heard a lot of different things about Barry Bonds, but people should just admit it -- this guy's a bad [expletive]."

And Ortiz thinks commissioner Bud Selig should commit to being on hand when Bonds breaks Aaron's major league record of 755 home runs.

"He's just making things worse," Ortiz told the Herald. "He's the commissioner, there's nothing you can do about it. You can't be saying that. What are people going to think about the game? They'll be like, 'This game is a joke.' He should come, even if he doesn't want to."

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