Archive for January 2012

New York Mets projected to have salary drop more than 50 million dollars

January 31, 2012

I have to post this whole article from Adam Rubin because it is just so perfectly written. I can’t tell you how bad this is going to be for Mets fans around the nation…

Via ESPN NewYork:

The largest one-year payroll slashing in Major League Baseball history might not belong to the then-Florida Marlins, whose offseason fire sale six years ago landed Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca with the New York Metsand gutted the team’s payroll from $60 million to $15 million.

The distinction, it turns out, soon may belong to the 2012 Mets.

After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Marlins from 2005 to 2006 had the biggest reduction by percentage, trimming nearly 75 percent of their payroll, but the total was $45.4 million.

The Mets’ payroll, which stood at roughly $143 million last season, is expected to swoon to less than $91 million this Opening Day.

Reigning National League batting champion Jose Reyes signed a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins — without the Mets mustering a bid. In fact, the biggest-ticket acquisition the Mets made this offseason was signing free-agent closer Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million deal. He will earn $5.5 million in 2012.

As a result of the departures of Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez and Reyes from last year’s Opening Day roster, as well as upgrades by other National League East clubs, the Mets are widely projected to have their fourth straight losing season and finish in last place in the division.

And if Fred Wilpon and family are to survive as Mets owners — which is their intent — the austerity likely will continue into future offseasons, meaning fans bear the brunt of the payroll constraints with a less-than-optimal product.

“I think we have to get the fans back at the stadium. That’s a necessity. That’s the lifeblood,” Wilpon told reporters at this month’s quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “And to do that, we have to have a good team. … I think we’re going to be better than you think. We would hope that Mets fans enjoy going to the ballpark and give this team a try.”

The Mets cut ticket prices for the third consecutive season, this time between 5 and 30 percent depending on the location. The paradox the Wilpons are facing is that they need the revenue generated by fans in order to continue meeting their debt payments. Yet the lack of big-ticket signings and excitement about what’s forecast to be a last-place team likely will keep fans away.

To put it simply, the Mets have a chance to be the 2002 Oakland A’s by playing the Money ball approach. They have power, a bullpen, and youth to win 80 games this season. However, how many mistakes will they make this year and who will they have to get rid of come Trade Deadline time. Oh it should be an interesting season in Flushing…

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You think the Braun situation is bad? Jose Bautista has been drug tested 16 times this year

January 27, 2012

“He doesn’t tell me, but he doesn’t have anything to hide,” he said in a telephone interview. “That (16 times) may seem like a higher number than norm, but it is what it is. I don’t think there’s a set number as to how many times you can be tested. Jose has never complained one time about how many times he’s been tested or anyone in our (Performance Agency). Like I said, he’s got nothing to hide.”

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This just tells you how much the MLB wants to clamp down on the steroids. Ryan Braun can be innocent and then Braun will make the MLB look very guilty. But Bautista is good because he has perfect timing and can pull the fastball out of the yard. He is a great ahead of the count hitter and he will continue doing that for the rest of his career. He worked with other professionals to get better at hitting. HE HASN’T TAKEN STEROIDS FOLKS. HE CAN HIT A BASEBALL. GET OVER IT…

Fordham Basketball Photos (Texas St. – Xavier)

January 25, 2012

Here is a Photo Gallery of Fordham Basketball Players warming up from the Texas State game through the Xavier game over my break. Got some cool and emotional shots! Hope you enjoy it fans…

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(c) Donnie Dwyer

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Yankees and Mariners trade finalized and Cashman shocked Yankee fans

January 24, 2012

“He may very well be the best player I’ve traded.”

Those are the words Yankees GM Brian Cashman used regarding the young catcher Jesus Montero in the exchange for All-Star pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old pitching prospect Jose Campos.

This trade as I said in my previous post was all about need-for-need: power arm in exchange for power bat.

Pineda immediately brings youth to the Yankees rotation. He just turned 23 and was an All-Star in his rookie season last year. Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and led all of baseball in holding right-handed batters to just a .184 average. He struck out 173 in 171 innings.

And no matter what arms Seattle had last season they lacked one thing to win ball games, Runs. Seattle hit just .233 as a team, scored 556 runs — worst in all of baseball — and hit only 109 homers in 2011. Seattle has failed to average four runs per game each of the past three seasons.

Montero could eventually provide the boost Seattle needs. During his brief call-up last September, Montero showed patience at the plate and an ability to hit with power to the opposite field. So before even playing his first game in Seattle, Montero is already being touted as the middle-of-the-order answer to the Mariners’ offensive woes.

Let’s put this trade to rest Yankee fans who miss Montero and realize this could turn into a Hamitlon-Volquez type trade that Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik projects:

“I look at it like we had a need and we were trying to address that need, and to get really good players you have to give up really good players. If this goes down and helps the Yankees and helps us both long term and short term, it’s a win-win for everybody.”

David Tyree thinks he is watching the 2008 Giants all over again

January 24, 2012

Via TheGiantsBeat:

(H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

In his years as the Giants’ top special teams player and miracle-making wide receiver, David Tyree had never had trouble expressing himself. But when he saw Lawrence Tynes’ overtime kick split the uprights Sunday in San Francisco, he was left dumb-struck.

“I might have been just as speechless as I was when we won the Super Bowl four years ago,” he said in a conference call Tuesday. “To actually see this thing coming to fruition.

“I don’t think anything happens by accident. We’ve always got the storylines of what happened four years ago. You can look at revenge. You can look at the progression.”

So many parallels. Miracle catches — Tyree’s ball-to-helmet with Rodney Harrison draped all over him, and Hakeem Nicks‘ Hail Mary grab in front of two Packers defenders. Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady; Giants-Patriots. The Road Warrior theme.

“It’s impossible to ignore,” Tyree said.

Also impossible to ignore was Nicks’ catch in the conference semifinal that decisively changed the momentum of that huge win over the Packers. Tyree said it had much the same effect as his catch had against the Patriots.

“Beyond the catch, what I liked about it was it was more about momentum than it was about the catch,” Tyree said. “I can say the same thing about my catch. Everybody says to me, ‘When you made that catch, I knew the Giants were going to win the game.’ When Hakeem Nicks made that catch, that probably took about 80 percent of the wind out of those Green Bay fans.”

There could be more heroics forthcoming on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Tyree, now retired at age 32, will be watching, probably in wonderment at how familiar it all looks.

The way this team has been playing feels like the 2008 Giants and the 2011 Packers. David Tyree is one of the all time greatest Giants just for that one play in Super Bowl 42. Now in Super Bowl 46 it could be the same story for the Giants but this is a completely different team that they will see this time around. Tyree was already speechless and in a few weeks he could even be awe struck…

Video: 1990-1991 Fordham Basketball Highlights

January 23, 2012

Here is a video I found on YouTube about the 1990-1991 Fordham season that won the Patriot League. I love the way the Rose Hill Gym looks and I also love the lighting of the arena. The game has changed a lot and the arena also has a new look. It’s really fun to watch and it had some great contests. It’s a must see for Fordham Basketball lovers…

Photo of the week: Alberto Estwick

January 23, 2012

This picture just shows how much passion there is for Fordham basketball. Alberto had been in a slump and he went off against URI hitting the game winner with 5 seconds left on the clock. He is a leader and a player who has been through the ups and downs of the program. You can see the passion in his face, he loves to hit the big time shot…