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Yankees in “serious talks” with Bill Hall, who may be in the Best Shape of His Life

Jan 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are in “serious talks” with Bill Hall.

This would obviously be for a bench/utility role.  Hall had a horrible 2011 season, but he was useful in 2010 for the Red Sox — 18 homers in 342 plate appearances — and could possibly still have a little life left in that bat.

More important for our purposes: back in December, Rosenthal reported that Hall had “lost 15 pounds to regain foot speed.”

We’ll need eyewitness confirmation in Tampa next month, but for now I think we can make Hall a preliminary BSOHL candidate.

  1. orangeflh - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Hall was very good as a Brewer when he was the team’s “super sub.” It was when he became a starter that the wheels fell off. Badly.

  2. lembeck4 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    If a team was ever in serious talks with a player in the best shape of his life to sign a deal that wasn’t about the money so he could play ’em one day at a time – well, the internet might explode.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    He passes the “better than Ramiro Pena” test. I say sign him up.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Is there anyone that doesn’t pass the “better than Ramiro Pena” test?

      • buffalochris - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        Eduardo “Error” Nunez!!!!

      • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        Naw, Nunez is an All Star compared to Pena.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

        I’m pretty sure Ramiro Pena has pictures of Joe Girardi strangling a prostitute or something because there’s no other explanation about why he has seen the big leagues as much as he has. As for the signing of Hall, I’ll say, “Meh.”

  4. dowhatifeellike - Jan 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I can’t remember the last time the Yankees went after someone I hadn’t heard of. It may not have happened until this very moment.

  5. hodaghunter - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Yankees interested in the Brewers leftovers? That’s really something… Even at his best, Hall had gaping holes in his swing and was famous for yelling “I got it” only to let it drop to the ground and stare in disbelief at another player…

  6. yournuts - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    I’d like to see Matsui back in pinstripes.

  7. pisano - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Can someone please tell me who in Gods name isn’t in the best shape of his life?

    • kopy - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      I’m glad you asked! Somebody who isn’t in the BSOHL is anyone who is not on this list:

      Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

      Miguel Olivo
      Miguel Cabrera
      Justin Smoak
      Dexter Fowler
      Jaime Garcia
      Miguel Tejada
      Aubrey Huff
      Vicente Padilla
      Carlos Zambrano
      Yonder Alonso
      Carlos Gutierrez
      Mark Teixeira
      Dmitri Young
      Yoenis Cespedes

      Awaiting Confirmation:
      Phil Hughes
      Brett Cecil
      Bill Hall

  8. pisano - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    kopy… Thanks, that clears it up.

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