November 6, 2007


Pettitte Declines Option With Yankees, Might Retire (Erik Matuszewski, 11/05/07, Bloomberg)

Andy Pettitte declined a $16 million option to pitch for the New York Yankees next season as he considers retirement, the team said on its Web Site.

Even shuffleboard beats looking up at the Rays.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2007 4:15 PM

With the Yankees, the rats just keep getting bigger and bigger...

Posted by: Dale Andersen at November 6, 2007 6:12 PM

The Yankess are fat. You have to give them that.

They're old and slow too.

And bad at defense. But that is probably due to their being fat, old and slow.

Posted by: Benny at November 6, 2007 6:20 PM

Ah, Benny, you need to check out Dave Pinto's Baseball Musings, where according to his defensive metric the Yanks had the best d in baseball last season.

Meanwhile, even if Pettite doesn't resign, the Yanks are getting younger and better. This frees up a rotation spot for Ian Kennedy.

The Sawx?

They just resigned 38 cheeseburgers.

Older and fatter, older and fatter.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 6, 2007 6:25 PM

Oh Jim, Jim, Jim. The Sox resigning Schilling is a good baseball decision. Look at his regular season record and then add on top of that his near stellar post seaon performances, and it's clear why the Sox choose to invest the money in this crafty workhorse.

Posted by: Andrew at November 6, 2007 8:33 PM

Ian Kennedy--there's a guy Sox Nation has to fear. Or, Mussina Junior as we call him.

Posted by: oj at November 6, 2007 9:08 PM

If Schilling wins 3 or 4 in the 2008 post-season, a .500 record in the regular season is a cheeseburger (as opposed to chopped liver). I think that is what Mr. Chicago is trying to say. :>)

However, I fail to see how any team that fields Bobby Abreu can be said to have the best D. Isn't he like a mini-Manny?

The Yanks played very well from Memorial Day onwards. But it is more likely next year that their entire season will resemble April and May 2007 than it will July. The Yanks may find themselves looking up at Baltimore next year, not just the Rays.

It is also more likely that the Sox will win 105 games next year (as opposed to 96). Even if they dump Manny.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 6, 2007 10:16 PM

Mussina Jr is a compliment. After all, Mussina's a borderline hall-of-famer.

Abreu for the record is an avg right fielder, much better than Manny, and rf in Yankee Stadium is tiny, so even were he a poor fielder, he couldn't do to much damage. In any case, take it up with Pinto in his comments.

The predictions of the Yankees' demise are, as usual, hilarious. Was it only this past June that all the talking heads, and oj, had written on their season? The bottom line is they're getting younger and better across the board, and the talent in the minors is not to be believed. Their only competition in the East going forward is the Rays.

Older and fatter, older and fatter.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 6, 2007 11:48 PM

Where are the Yankees? Not riding in parades...again. They've won nothing this century.

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2007 12:26 AM

Mr. Chicago:

The Yankees have demised every year since 2001. That they contintue to do so (and look worse each post-season) should tell you something.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 7, 2007 10:43 AM