Thursday, July 03, 2014


" talk of many things." The Yanks aren't talking - they're making a lot of moves, and spending a lot of money. Players are coming and going and opening bank accounts.
## Dean Anna has been designated for assignment, which means he's no longer on the 40-man roster and will be either traded, sent to the minors or just released in the next 10 days.
## Zelous Wheeler has been brought up to the majors from Scranton. He's a right-handed utility infielder who's hitting .299 in triple A.
## Yangervis Solarte has been sent down to Scranton. They needed to do something with him, he looks absolutely lost both at the plate and in the field.
## Alfredo Aceves has been suspended for 50 games for his second violation of drug abuse. Just how bad are things going for the Yanks - even using Performance Enhancing Drugs don't help.
## The Yanks have signed most of the population of the Dominican Republic in the latest round of signing of international talent. They signed 4 of the top ten prospects as determined  by MLB's Top 30 List including the top two. Overall, they inked 11 of the first 18 on the list. That should about 3 years.

Not that any of this means anything. It's like cleaning the windshield when your car stops running. Cashman is out looking for pitching, when the real problem is hitting. Gardner, Jeter, Ichiro and Ellsbury are okay, but the RBI guys are simply not producing. Beltran looks slow, McCann is trying too hard and Teixeira has injury problems (He just had his knee drained) and Soriano looks like he's never seen a curve ball before. Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts are very inconsistent. I think they should trade Johnson & Soriano and try to sign a good hitting third baseman, if there's one out there.

** I keep reading that the United States goalie, Tim Howard, has set  a record for the most saves in a World Cup game. Doesn't that also mean the US allowed the most shots on goal in one game?

** The AL shortstop having the best year will not be the starter in this year's All-Star game. Instead, it will be Derek Jeter, which is okay, because he's had the best career of all of them. He may be the only Yankee that's a member of this year's team. (Well, Tanaka, but he won't be playing) I don't mind; I haven't watched the game in years.

** I just read that A-Rod used testosterone treatments in 2007.    But it's okay: MLB said he could. Oh, really?  Is that why he had a monster 2007 season? Is that why he was running around on his wife, or was that just a side effect?

"Second seed Li Na was upset at Wimbledon. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova overwhelmed her 23 letters to 4."  -- RJ Currie
"Breaking: Victorious World Cup fans are being urged to overturn GM vehicles because there's a good chance they'll be recalled anyways."  -- Brad Dickson
"Serena Williams is gone, Maria Sharapova is gone. This potential women’s Wimbledon is shaping up to have all the ratings draw of a Tiger-less golf tournament."  -- Janice Hough
"The Yankees tried to set a world record for most people in one place wearing fake mustaches. Remember the old days, when the Yankees used to set records for home runs and wins?"  -- Brad Dickson
"Is it true Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit an Italian named Al Dente?"  -- RJ Currie
"Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open, then got a celebratory champagne shower from some of her fellow players. Can you imagine that in men’s golf? Tiger wins U.S. Open, Phil and Rory rush onto the green and spray him with champagne? Pepper spray, maybe."  -- Scott Ostler
"NBA pundits predict that second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo will have an immediate impact on the Knicks. The need for long-sleeved jerseys, for one."  -- Dwight Perry



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