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Report: The Yankees have discussed signing Oliver Perez

Mar 21, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

Perez_Oliver

There’s probably more mileage left talking about this guy than there is in his left arm.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that “Yankees people” have discussed Oliver Perez as a cheap sign. Though, for what it’s worth, Heyman writes that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is “not enthused” about the idea. I’m almost rooting for this to happen, just to hear Cashman tells us how much he hates it.

The Mets released Perez earlier today and still owe him $12 million for this season, so any team could bring him aboard on the cheap. The Yankees are hurting for starting pitching, but opposed to Luis Castillo, Perez looks like a lost cause. No velocity, no control, no chance.

Heyman speculates that Arizona could be the best fit and it’s actually not a bad idea. Remember, Kevin Towers signed Perez to his first contract when he was general manager of the Padres.

  1. Kevin S. - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    Craig, don’t you dare do this to me. Don’t even suggest it. Ugh.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      I knew it. As soon as the Mets released this guy there was going to be a piece written linking him to the Yankees.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      Kevin, it’s DJ, not Craig. You know, a Mutts fan. He wants to keep Perez in the National League. And can you guess why? As Ghengis Khan said to his former catapult designer before having him decapitated for failing to take Gaing Baing, “this ain’t rocket science.”

  2. purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Why not? At least Perez isn’t a refugee off multiple prolonged trips to the disabled list!

    • bigharold - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:28 PM

      “Why not?”

      Because he sucks? That’s a pretty good one right there.

      • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        And washed up Freddie Garcia and Fatolo Colon don’t suck???

      • bigharold - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

        Garcia clearly isn’t making the opening day roster and Colon can at least point to a decent spring training. Whereas Perez not only has a history of sucking but has reinforced that with a terrible spring training. Not exactly the things one looks for in a reclamation project.

      • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        It’s been years since either Garcia or Colon could make it through an entire season without hitting the DL for an extended period of time; why should this season be any different? It’s not as if they’ve suddenly discovered the fountain of youth you know (although Fatolo did from all appearances discover the donut diet)!

        One thing in Ollie’s favor? Most of the AL hasn’t seen much of him and usually you can sneak a retread veteran pitcher through the other league for the first and sometimes even second time through the schedule.

        Why do I have this feeling of De Vaju all over again though? Are you sure that we aren’t talking about the second coming of Jeff Weaver in pinstripes again?!!!

      • bigharold - Mar 21, 2011 at 8:13 PM

        If your argument is that at least Perez won’t get hurt then you’re not conniving me. What is to be expected that he’ll take the ball every 5th day and get hammered?

        If you’re argument is that he hasn’t been in the AL much lately which should give him an advantage, .. well that is even less convincing. I’d be surprised if he could make it through the line up twice with some the teams he’ll see in the AL East.

        Colon isn’t a great choice but if one were to deal with the realities of the here and now he’s head, shoulders and belly better than Perez. Face it, .. the guy sucks, .. he’s just terrible.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 21, 2011 at 8:55 PM

        Guys say what you what about Colon. The the point is so far this spring including tonight he has pitched very well and done everything the Yankees could have hoped for when the signed him to a minor league deal with an invite. In my opinion he has pitched so well that I believe he is on the verge of locking up the 5th slot in the Yankee rotation. So far tonight against the Rays through 6 innings 1 earned run, 5 strike outs, no walks and a spring training ERA of 2.40 He deserves his shot.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

        Ollie may have no upside as a reclamation project, but perhaps he can still be used for clean fill.

    • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Aside from determining who’s healthy and who’s not, spring training doesn’t mean much. As Ozzie Guillen said the other day: “Managers don’t get raises and contract extensions for winning a lot of games in March”.

      In other words Yankee fans, be careful for what you wish for when it comes to Fatolo Colon. Even if Colon wins a roster spot, long about mid-June his bad hip will start bothering him, his bum knee will have tendinitis, his shoulder will flare up, his elbow will suddenly be sore and he’ll still be as big and FAT as a barn.

      In other words, the Red Sox right now are laughing their arses off at the backend of the Yankees current projected starting rotation!

      • GSheffield - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:15 AM

        Quick question: What does the backend of the Red Sox rotation look like?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:38 AM

        Colon sucks. I’d rather take Kawakami off the Braves’ hands than play his ass.

        That said, the difference between the rotations is nowhere near as great as you make it out to seem. Aggregating the Bill James and Marcel projections for a Sox rotation of Lester/Buch/Beckett/Lackey/Dice-BB against CC/Hughes/AJ/Nova/Garcia for the Yanks projects the Sox rotation to toss ninety more innings and give up 31 more runs. Can the Yankees’ beastly bullpen put down an extra ninety innings at a 3.10 ERA? It can certainly come close enough to make the difference negligible, and that’s assuming the Yankees don’t upgrade over Garcia with a deadline deal.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:55 AM

        Kevin S: It’s not just about comparing the Red Sox starting rotation and bullpen to that (on paper that is), of the Yankees… it’s all about the entire picture. I have no dog in this fight… I think that both Yankee and Red Sox fans are equally obnoxious, but the “Red Sox nation” have the edge in that category due to their mis-placed sense of pompous arse “Boston” entitlement (see Patriot a_hole fans).

        Let’s look at the facts though… Jeter and A-Roid have just become another year older. Jeter at this point should be moved to the outfield, as he’s never had anything better than above average defense as a SS even in his prime (but giving him his due, he is still a future hall of fame, if for no other reasons than his consistency and leadership qualities).

        A-Roids hip keeps on a hurtin’, and the Yankees foolishly committed major bucks to him into his ’40’s. Meanwhile as the Yankees sat more or less idol this offseason, while the Red Sox have added stud-muffins Carl Crawford AND Adrian Gonzelez… that’s worth 8-10 more wins right there over last year. That doesn’t even take into account that All Star Cameron is now no better than their 4th best outfielder, slacker JD Drew should be motivated (for a change), and Big Papi entering into contract years.

        The biggest delta of all though is that I think that Hank and Hal Steinbrenner are more interested in lining their pockets than winning, whereas the Red Sox ownership clearly has their focus squarely on winning the ultimate prize (another championship).

  3. Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    With Cashman’s recent history, Ollie’s gonna be moving to the Bronx.

  4. SmackSaw - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Disgraceful! The Boss is rolling in his grave. Hal is a pennypincher and Hank is an idiot. It’s a shame.

  5. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Yankees be interested? It’s not like Ollie is mopey or doesn’t care about the game…he just refuses to report the minors when his team asks him to. #Heymaned

  6. phukyouk - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    *AHEM* * Cough Cough*
    “Looks like the Yanks finally got their 5th starter”

  7. pisano - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    uyf1950… I watched Colon tonight and I think you’re right he should be given the #5 spot in the rotation. I laughed at the Yankees for giving him a shot, but he’s head and shoulders better than Garcia. I would tell Garcia to go find a team that wants him. Between Colon and Mitre they should be fine until the deadline when something/ someone becomes available.

    • phukyouk - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      I would still rather Garcia over colon. Garcia is a notoriously bad spring training pitcher and i think hes got more in the tank than Colon. either way i dont think it matters cause we only need a grand total of 12 starts out of either of them until we trade for someone.

      • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:18 PM

        Good call phukouk… I’d rather have “Big Game Freddie” than Fatso Colon too. On top of everything else, Colon is older than dirt in baseball age (and we all know how often those guys from Latin and Central America are notorious for lying about their real ages to begin with).

        The only way though that I see tightwads Hank and Hal springing for a trade that would bring back a proven veteran starting pitcher though is if the Yankees get off to a horrible start and the high rollers paying for the luxury boxes and top box seats suddenly get restless.

        Then again, Hank and Hal by then will have their money for this season and I’m betting that they’ll just laugh all the way to the bank before they say assume an $8M+ contract for a Joe Blanton or an Edwin Jackson too.

  8. fatcatt - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    well the Yanks have had plenty of high profile pitchers not work out. Maybe their going to go for the bottom and see how that works..he,he good luck with that.

  9. henryd3rd - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Talk about reclamation projects. Burnett, Colon, Garcia, Pryor and maybe Oliver Perez? If Larry Rothchild the Yankee’s new pitching coach can coach a decent winning season out of anyone of these guys he should be Deified as St. Rothchild because he would have performed a serious miracle? Okay that’s a little over the top; but maybe a bronze plaque in Monument Park would suffice?

    • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      LOL! You actually expect the ex-pitching coach of the Chicago Flubs to turn ANY pitcher around? Bwahahahahahaha! That’s a hot one! I did like the Mark Prior signing though, and I hope that he makes the team and proves all of his skeptics and critics wrong… he’s worked damned hard to try and make it back. Freddie’s one of baseball’s solid citizens and a real credit to the game. Burnett’s a coward who has no place playing under the pressure in New York. Colon is a fat old, washup man.

  10. derpdederpdederp - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    CC
    hughes
    burnett
    garcia
    colon
    perez

    and people think the yankees are going to have a chance at winning games this year

    • Kevin S. - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:43 PM

      A-Rod
      Teixeira
      Cano
      Granderson
      Swisher
      Montero
      Posada
      Gardner
      Jeter
      Rivera
      Soriano
      Robertson
      Feliciano
      Chamberlain

      And people think the Yankees have not chance at competing this year.

      • purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:51 PM

        Spoken like a true naive Yankee homer. A-Rod and Jeter’s best days are behind them. Swisher’s a pain in the arse. Posada’s over the hill. Rivera is on borrowed time. Soriano will eventually grouse over being a set up man… that’s his past history. The Yankees have screwed up Chamberlain, and he’s never been the same pitcher since his injury back in 2008.

        Are the Yankees still a .500+ team? Absolutely, but the Red Sox are clearly now the class of their division, Tampa Bay is retooling with a ton of young talent, the Orioles can be spoilers if Derrek Lee is healthy. Toronto has more talent than people give them credit for.

        No, I predict that this season the parents will eat their young, resulting in the Wild Card team likely coming from another division (watch out especially for the A’s exceptional pitching staff), and the Yankees if they don’t make a move for a proven #2 or #3 starter will be left crying in their beer!

      • cur68 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:52 PM

        Good list and might be an adequate rebuttal if it were, oh say about 2 or 3 years ago. For 2011? Drop Joba off the bottom there and I think you bolster the argument a bit better. Not sure about A-Rod this year, but what the hell, he’s got history on his side (and he’s IBSOHL). I’m not entirely convinced this evens out the weak pitching staff so much as shows why they make it interesting for 3rd or 4th place in the division.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:03 AM

        The offense was the best in baseball last year, and the bullpen should be the best in baseball this year. Both of those things were ignored by the SP list (one that should include Nova, who would be ahead of half the guys derp listed). The Yanks won 103 games and the World Series in ’09 with three starting pitchers and a bunch of flotsam behind them. Even if we were to assume that AJ will pitch like he did in ’10 and not like he did the previous six years or so, taking out one pitcher still doesn’t drop them from 103 wins to non-contention.

        Purdueman, care to explain how Swisher being a pain in the ass is going to stop him from putting up another 120-130 OPS+ season? Or how stating that every Yankee hits his downside is fact and not wishcasting? Who’s the naive one here, again?

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:38 AM

        Oh I’m not naive at all. Forget about Swishers stats, rotoman, he’s a goofball, a royal pain in the arse and a clubhouse cancer… just like Milton Bradley, it’s a just a matter of time my friend before he goes off like a Japanese swamped nuclear reactor.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM

        Somehow, I don’t think not getting along with Milton Bradley and Ozzie Guillen makes one a clubhouse cancer – otherwise, half the league would need chemo. Everybody on the Yanks loves the dude.

      • cur68 - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:59 AM

        Never heard a bad word about Swish. He seems like a pretty fun loving dude who produces. He’s a natural athlete with great baseball instincts. Leave him on the list because all indications are he’s a bright spot. Only thing wrong with that 103 win total is that it’s not the 2010 Yankees; it’s the 2011 Yankees and they basically only have CC to rely on as a solid pitcher, with an aging hitting staff that is shored up with Cano & Swish (who at 30 is still in his prime), and then a bunch of real young guys in a tough division. The team feels like the 1980’s Yankees to me.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:05 AM

        Kevin S: So you’re now an expert on the Yankee clubhouse chemistry, huh? And how many times have you been in there when the team is in there? Uh, that would be exactly ZERO, as in ZILCH, NOTTA, ZILCH!

        I understand why as an apparent blind Yankee homer you’d think that Swisher is “revered” in the Yankee clubhouse, but don’t drink the Kool-Aid or you might find yourself being the next victim.

        Bottom line? The great Yankees of the past are all turning over in their graves over a total goofball like Swisher occupying RF in pinstripes. Yankee tradition isn’t about being the class clown of the clubhouse… too bad Joe Di Maggio, Mickey Mantle or the Babe aren’t around to weigh in on this!

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:21 AM

        cur68: I gave you a thumbs up for your post, but the fact remains that the Yankees are mostly a bunch of over-30 past their prime marque (thanks to the NY media), “stars” who’s best years have gone and mostly gone. If you’re pinning this years Yankees hopes though on goofball Nick Swisher, Fatolo Colon, Freddie Garcia and a well past his prime Derrek Jeter, you will be sadly disappointed my friends.

        My prediction? Hank and Hal will return the Yankees to their mediocrity that was the ’80’s, until the fat cats that are footing the bill for the outrageous ticket prices as new Yankee Stadium finally start to walk. Cliff Lee has been widely quoted as being disinterested in signing with the Yankees because they are “an aging ballclub”; Yankee fans, get a clue!

      • cur68 - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:37 AM

        purdue, in a nutshell; that’s what I said. Thumbs up 4 u.

      • derpdederpdederp - Mar 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        kevin – i like that in your rebuttal you listed every other player on the yankees and thats somehow an indication that they will be a contender. then you did what every naive yankees fan does when you talked about their 95 wins LAST year. welcome to this year bud, come opening day those 95 wins will mean even less.

        fact is a-rod and jeter are in decline; granderson will be a ~.250 hitter again his year; posada is way past his prime; soriano and mo wont be much help when the starters are gonna be leaving a mess for the BP to mop up most games; not sure why you bothered putting joba on your list; only cano and tex are relevant, if one of them gets hurt you guys are in big trouble

      • purdueman - Mar 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

        Just because you can regurgitate the Yankees roster doesn’t make your post relevant. I used to be able to do the same thing for all American League teams when I was a teenager too! So what?

      • purdueman - Mar 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        derp… excellent post! Personally I’m looking forward to the July trade deadline this season, because by that time the Yankees should be in full panic mode as they watch the Boston red lights of the car in front of them pull farther and farther away!!!

    • bigharold - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      The Yankees had Sabathia, Hughes last year. They had Burnett who couldn’t have been worse and almost certainly will be better. And, Pettitte for half a season with a host of fill ins for the rest of the starts and yet managed to win 95 games.

      And, yet there are people that think they can’t win. Well we are all entitled to our opinions whether they are supportable or not. But, look at he bright side, when the Yankees turn in another 95 or so wins this season at least you can root against them in the playoffs and bitch about their payroll advantage.

  11. purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    The White Sox clubhouse is known all throughout baseball for being one of the best “player oriented” ones, and Manager Ozzie Guillen is renowned for having his players backs and being a “players manager”.

    The one season that Swisher was there though he thoroughly pissed off Ozzie with his sophomoric antics (culminating in his crude blow up doll incident), and frequent pouts when he couldn’t deliver the goods. Just take a look at what happens on Chicago’s south side… Konerko, Pierczinski, Thornton and Ramirez all were more than glad to sign contract extensions for less than what they could have received on the open market, but goofball Swisher screwed the pooch!

    • bigharold - Mar 22, 2011 at 3:25 AM

      “Kevin S: So you’re now an expert on the Yankee clubhouse chemistry, huh? And how many times have you been in there when the team is in there? Uh, that would be exactly ZERO, as in ZILCH, NOTTA, ZILCH!”

      Yeah just about exactly the same amount of firsthand knowledge as you but clearly that hasn’t stopped you from making dumb and completely unsupportable statements about how Swisher’s is thought of by Yankee players. Do you actually have a source for ANY of your remarks or do you just free form and make it up as you go along?

      “…but goofball Swisher screwed the pooch!”

      Sure and all he got out of it was a WS ring. What a foul up.

      Here’s a hint; Ozzie Guillen is actually renown for having no filter between his brain and his mouth which really only make him mildly entertaining, .. that is when he’s not making himself look like the village idiot. You keep waiting for the Yankees to get old. I’ll keep waiting for the White Sox to beat the Twins for the division and we’ll see who gets what they want first. In the mean time you have about six months to dream up your excuses as to why the Yankees won 90-95 games again or change your screen name.

    • banksatdixie - Mar 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM

      Swisher screwed the pooch? More like Kenny Williams screwed the pooch. The Yankees received a key piece to their 2009 World Series Champion team for Wilson Betemit and Jeff Marquez. Great trade, Kenny.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

        Yeah, Swisher really screwed the pooch by being played out of position and getting buttfucked by the vagaries of BABIP variance. The jerk-off!

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        No argument that Kenny Williams totally got pantsed on what was just a Swisher salary dump. Swisher was a clubhouse cancer the one year he was with the White Sox and Kenny didn’t care if even got only a bucket of batting practice balls in return for someone assuming his contract. Swisher openly pouted and whined constantly when Ozzie benched him for his all around piss poor play and attitude.

        Don’t pat yourself too hard on the back their though banks… I’d hardly characterize Swisher as being “a key piece of their 2009 World Series”. Yes, he did plug a hole in the lineup and soak up a lot of innings, but there were plenty of free agents out there that could have done the exact same thing.

      • banksatdixie - Mar 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        I agree, there were a lot of free agents that could have done the same thing. The difference is that he has a team friendly contract and the Yankees acquired him for a bucket of baseballs and a log of Copenhagen. I claim no allegiance, I just find it quite funny that you’re calling Swisher out for being a cancer when the only thing I’ve ever heard about him since joining the Yankees is that he is a great clubhouse guy. Maybe Ozzie is the clubhouse cancer in Chicago. Also, your defense of Kenny Williams is quite laughable considering that his track record for trades is on par with Tony Reagins to this point.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        banks….

        The White Sox Swisher to the Yankees trade was a pure (and admittedly stupid), salary dump (as I’m sure that Kenny could have gotten more for him elsewhere).

        Kenny’s trading record isn’t as horrible as you try to paint it though… not by a longshot. How about stud John Danks who Kenny got from Texas for sore shouldered Brandon Mc Carthy? Or Gavin Floyd from Philly for sore armed Freddie Garcia (who won a total of ONE game as a Philly)?

        Getting Juan Pierre from the Dodgers for AAA pitchers Ely and Link wasn’t too shabby either (and Kenny got the Dodgers to also kick in a boatload of money too). How does All Star (now closer), Matt Thornton from Seattle for washout Joe Borchard strike you?

        Kenny also acquired starting center fielder Alex Rios (a true 5 tool guy), and former closer Bobby Jenks on WAIVERS too, giving up NOTHING but the $25,000 waiver claim for each.

        I’m not a Kenny homer though, as he’s had his share of gaffe’s too. Both Swisher trades stunk. I hated the Brandon Allen for journeyman pitcher Tony Pena trade with the D-Backs, and I hated the Edwin Jackson trade with the D-Backs too. Kenny must have had a serious brain fart trading for a guy (Jackson), represented by Scott Borass knowing that owner Reinsdorf won’t negotiate with that moron. That means Jackson, unless traded first, will walk at the end of this season likely for no compensation.

      • banksatdixie - Mar 23, 2011 at 8:20 AM

        A bunch of exceedingly average guys that have contributed to not only zero World Series wins, but they’ve failed to even reach the playoffs. A master ninja, that Kenny Williams.

      • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        Swisher wasn’t traded to the Yankees; that was a pure salary dump to get rid of the clubhouse cancer.

  12. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:05 AM

    It’s so funny to read the comments of different posters. For example, in one early post he says he has no dog in this fight. Then for the next several posts he continues to post various derogatory comments about virtually every Yankee player on the roster from Colon, Garcia, Burnett, A-Roid (as he refers to him), Swisher and even the Yankee owners. One one breathe he quotes Ozzie as saying the only thing spring training is good for is to determine if a player is healthy then he goes on to spout how Colon and several other Yankees can’t make it through the season because of past issues. Issues that have not bothered them one bit this off season and spring. He ridicules how a Yankee poster can possible know what goes on in the Yankee club house yet he posts yet he talks about Swisher being a clubhouse cancer. His posts are full of contradictions. Like I said he talks a bout the potential for Yankee player injuries because of the past, yet he ignores any reference to Red Sox player injuries to their pitching staff over the last 3 years. No, purdueman has no dog in this fight, he has a horse in the race. Poster, believe what you want obviously no one is going to change their opinions based on what anyone posts here. Everyone’s comments are tainted to a degree by their own bias, including mine. The difference is I recognize it others try to mask it with comments like “I don’t have a dog in this fight”.

  13. purnellmeagrejr - Mar 22, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    The Yankees discussed Oliver Perez

    Brian Cashman: Perez is a joke. Can’t hit the broadside of a barn.
    Hal Steinbrenner: Glad he’s not ours. Can someone turn up the air conditioning?

  14. uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    If for some unknown reason the Yankees choose Garcia over Colon there will be some ML team out there that will pick Colon up in a heartbeat after the way he has pitched this spring and last night. Take it to the bank.
    In my opinion and it is just that Colon has earned his shot at heading north with the Yankees. I originally favored Garcia of the 2 for the 5th spot, but Colon has out shined Garcia in every aspect of the game so far this preseason (innings pitched, strike outs, walks and ERA).

    • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 8:46 AM

      Colon didn’t even pitch in 2010. In the four previous seasons, he averaged around 65 IP per season with more than a 5.00 ERA over that timespan. Sorry, one decent spring isn’t making me forget about five awful years.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        LOL! You don’t understand though… you see, because Fatolo is now wearing pin stripes and has had a decent exhibition game season thusfar, as far as Yankee fan is concerned that’s proof enough that he’s going to win both the comeback player of the year as well as be in the hunt for the Cy Young Award this year!

        Colon in the YANKEES starting rotation? Puhl-ease! Georgie is turning over in his grave and I’m ROFLMAO!!!!

  15. yankeesfanlen - Mar 22, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Sorry, I’m late for practice here today. After reading through all this, I have 3 conclusions:

    1). Purdueman must have a hair across his a$$ about his JV basketball team not making the Silly Seven, or whatever it is, but he’s still fighting with himself anyway.
    2) The Universe has resisted the George-esque thought of going anywhere near Ollie, just as they shunned Millwood. But for some reason, the press wants to rumor every batboy to be the next bottom of rotation starter.
    3. Colon will do okay at #5,

    Thanks, UYF, for being your usual voice of reason.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      My pleasure, my friend.

    • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Obviously yankees fan doesn’t no squat about NCAA basketball, but then again Yankee fans are notoriously known for only knowing anything about the Yankees too. Anyone who follows basketball knew that Purdue’s chances at getting to the Final 4 this year (as well as last year too), went down the tubes when star guard Robbie Hummel tore up his ACL before the season even started.

      By the way, I have multiple degrees and was on campus for an NCAA championship, so no, it’s not like I’m yearning to re-live my past through my schools. Purdue is known for being an NCAA champion when it comes to their Schools of Engineering and Industrial Management; that’s far more important than any silly basketball tournament. Then again, if you never went to a legitimate college (i.e., not a mail order degree place like University of Phoenix), you wouldn’t understand.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        My friend for a well educated self professed multiple degree poster (or least you say so). You might want to proof read your post above. You may very well find an error before you get to the first comma. I didn’t bother to read the rest.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        I should have been a little clearer when I said I didn’t read the rest. What I should have said was I didn’t read the rest looking for mistakes.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

        This is a sports blog. If you’re so concerned about grammar, that means that you have too much time on your hands and need to get a life. Then again, you are a Yankee fan, so the rest of us “get it”.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

        purdueman – My only concern about grammar is when someone goes out of their way as you did to tout your school and your “degrees” in an effort to impress people. Otherwise I could care less if you use the word “no” when it should have been “know” or the other way around.
        God knows I make my share of mistakes.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM

        I am well educated, and just bristle anytime anyone compares a Masters degree from a mail order “University” like UOP or a Master’s degree from some small satellite campus (thankfully companies who have their act together though now screen for that), with that of having earned one from a top 25 program as I did, but that’s not the point.

        I wasn’t trying to “brag” or “impress” anyone with my original post. The entire INTENT of my post was merely to point out that Purdue getting eliminated from the NCAA tournament wasn’t at all important to me. Sure, I like to see my University’s teams do well (and not taking anything away from the team that beat them this year, their performance against VCU was just plain downright embarrassing the other night), but I certainly didn’t go into any sort of “funk” over the loss (as I felt was implied by your initial reply).

        As for not proof-reading my posts on this innocuous blog? As the old saying goes, “haste makes waste”, and I’ve been fighting a really nasty cold and had a lot going on in the background at the same time, so I just didn’t bother.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        purdueman – if you are referring to any comment you think I made about Purdue or basketball. I’m afraid you either misread my post or misinterpreted my comments. Any comments I made in reference to your posts were strictly baseball related and evolved around comments you made about baseball and or the Yankees. Never did I or was it my intent to comment on anything other then baseball.

      • yankeesfanlen - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        UYF, I think what happened is he spouted off on his advanced degree and I made a crack about Purdue. Obviously he took offense to that and appointed U. of Arizona as my alma mater….out of whole cloth. We talk baseball here, sometimes with a modicrum of zest, however Purdue man wants to throw the kitchen sink at anything resembling rational discussion.
        Purdueman, plkease leave Swisher alone! Actually, put ALL things Yankee out of your mind, they are exacerbating your phyical condition, we’ve already given you a cold.

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        Yankeefan… I never slammed the University of Arizona… that’s a REAL University. I slammed the mail order “university” that goes by the name of University of Phoenix. I think that their main campus is likely a small post office box downtown.

        My cold I got from my daughter who attends a germ factory otherwise know as a public school.

        And no, I won’t leave Swisher or the Yankees alone, because I (like so many of my fellow Americans), just get tired of all the hot air generated over the Yankees every year.

        The Yankees used to be the team that America loved to hate, but that’s all changed now that Georgie Porgy has passed away and La Bum James pulled his little stunt in Miami. The Miami Heat are now the team that I think America wants to see flop most!

      • purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM

        yankeesfan… I had no time to look through the long maze of posts to see who posted the post I was referring to… I had to go pick up one of my kids and the damed hardballtalk web site went down as well just as I was scrambling to get out of here and leave.

        Why would I try to impress anyone that I don’t know? I don’t know you or anyone else on this forum. You could be a homeless person at a library or Donald Trump and I’d have no way of knowing either which way.

        Once again though, my posts weren’t about my education; they were about rebutting a totally inane post about me somehow being devastated that one of my teams, along with 51 other schools, got eliminated from this years NCAA basketball tourney.

        In other words, I’m proud of the real brick and mortar universities that I went to because of their high academic standards. I didn’t go to a cushy party school in the SEC where winning football games seems to take a higher priority for most that do then the quality of the education they achieve and/or are/were seeking, nor did I receive any “mail order degrees” for “universities” who are run anonymously off the internet either!

  16. trich07 - Mar 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    CC
    Burnett
    Hughes
    Nova
    Garcia

    Not the worst rotation. Just two big question marks surrounding Burnett and Garcia or whoever the fifth starter will be. The Yankees have some really good talent coming up through the system. None of you probably know about any of them. But the big problem is that the Yankees just go and buy players instead of building within. Not that the tactic is a bad idea, it just doesn’t give these guys much of a chance to prove themselves.

  17. purdueman - Mar 22, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    uyf1950… The post I was referring to may not have been one you made (didn’t take the time to scroll through so many posts looking for it).

    It’s just that it’s plain silly and way off topic for anyone to think that I’m in some sort of a funk just because Purdue’s basketball team got eliminated from the NCAA tourney. If that were the case, there must be thousands of alum from the 52 schools already eliminated being talked off ledges of tall buildings right about now, huh?

    Like I said though, when I was a student I experienced an NCAA basketball championship. It was a lot of fun, I was very emotionally vested with that team (and in fact had two starters from the team living in the same apartment complex building that I lived in at the time), and I’ve “been there and done that”.

    I find it funny how childishly giddy some adults get over their alma mater winning any championships. Sure, it’s more fun than to lose of course, but we’re not talking about world peace breaking out here you know.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

      purdueman – you know I might have more respect for you and your opinion if you just admitted you made a mistake. But while you say you are educated and I have no reason to think otherwise you certainly lack class. Class would have been to acknowledge that I didn’t make the comments you have attributed to me. But instead in your latest post you can only say and I quote “The post I was referring to may not have been one you made”. Just so we are clear there is no may not, it was not made by me. Apparently in your haste to get your advanced degrees you forget a little thing called common courtesy. I’m done discussing this with you. Enjoy the rest of spring training and those degrees your not out to impress people with.

  18. aronmantoo - Mar 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Wait I have to wipe the tears from my eyes amnd my stomach hurts fronm laughing

    • purdueman - Mar 23, 2011 at 11:51 AM

      that would be because you obviously pride yourself on being this forums jackass!

  19. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 23, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    I heard they were looking for pitchers to throw batting practice………….

  20. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 23, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    maybe Ghaddifi can use a lefty gun man……………

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