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2013-12-19 09:07:56 PM  
Yankees double play combination this year might be the first in baseball history featuring three players in Larks.
 
2013-12-20 07:09:00 AM  
Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.
 
2013-12-20 08:38:30 AM  

Creoena: Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.


Great attitude.
 
2013-12-20 09:23:07 AM  
36 year old with significant injury history signed to multimillion dollar deal at a middle infield position?  Sounds like the perfect fit for the Yanks.
 
2013-12-20 09:25:05 AM  
Goddammit, I submitted this with nearly the exact same headline when the news came out like 2 days ago.  What the fark, Fark?
 
2013-12-20 09:31:02 AM  

Starshines: 36 year old with significant injury history signed to multimillion dollar deal at a middle infield position?  Sounds like the perfect fit for the Yanks.


you could do worse for someone who will bat around the 7/8/9 slot.
 
2013-12-20 09:31:57 AM  

idesofmarch: Goddammit, I submitted this with nearly the exact same headline when the news came out like 2 days ago.  What the fark, Fark?


They usually wait for a TotalFark member to submit the headlines. Makes them feel like they are getting something for their $5.
 
2013-12-20 10:00:17 AM  

mainstreet62: Creoena: Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.

Great attitude.


Orioles' fans are still sore about Mike Mussina.
 
2013-12-20 10:13:45 AM  

robertus: mainstreet62: Creoena: Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.

Great attitude.

Orioles' fans are still sore about Mike Mussina.


Look, I like Brian Roberts, but I don't care who you are, I can't cheer for a Yankees player.
I'll cheer for Koji Uehara.
I'll cheer for Jim Johnson.
I'll cheer for Robert Andino (should he ever get significant playing time)
I hope Jake Arrieta works out on the Cubs, but Brian Roberts is also on my fark you list now.
 
2013-12-20 11:24:16 AM  
Maybe Mussina can show him all of the World Series rings he's won since he left Baltimore for the Yankers.

www.thelosscolumn.com
 
2013-12-20 11:24:51 AM  

skylabdown: Maybe Mussina can show him all of the World Series rings he's won since he left Baltimore for the Yankers.


Well, it's exactly as many as he would have won in Baltimore.
 
2013-12-20 11:29:52 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: skylabdown: Maybe Mussina can show him all of the World Series rings he's won since he left Baltimore for the Yankers.

Well, it's exactly as many as he would have won in Baltimore.


out tickets cost way less for the same privilege.  The guy barely played one full season in the last 4.
 
2013-12-20 11:58:11 AM  
There's a perfectly good reason Brian Roberts is constantly on the DL with (mostly) chronic back pain:

http://www.google.com/search?q=brian+roberts+wife&safe=off&espv=210& es _sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=tna0Uru2MYrokAfp7IFA&ved=0CAkQ_AUo AQ&biw=1024&bih=676

Bought my kid an autographed ball of his a few years back. Good luck to him...prick.
 
2013-12-20 12:10:33 PM  

Creoena: Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.


The Orioles never made him an offer.  It sucks that he went to play for  them but there was almost zero chance of him being an Oriole next year. Hell, Duquette told the press that, while they were open to signing him again, he wanted to see how the team shaped up over the winter before he addressed it.

/Orioles fan.
//Will applaud at his first at-bat in the Yard.
///But will drunkenly cuss at all the Yanks fans to shut the hell up if he hits anything.
 
2013-12-20 12:23:35 PM  

LemSkroob: idesofmarch: Goddammit, I submitted this with nearly the exact same headline when the news came out like 2 days ago.  What the fark, Fark?

They usually wait for a TotalFark member to submit the headlines. Makes them feel like they are getting something for their $5.


Bah humbug!  I guess next time I have $5 burning a hole in my digital pocket I'll head on over to Steam instead.
 
2013-12-20 12:31:32 PM  

idesofmarch: Bah humbug!  I guess next time I have $5 burning a hole in my digital pocket I'll head on over to Steam instead.


$5 will get you a ticket to an Orioles game on discount nights.
 
2013-12-20 12:35:39 PM  

idesofmarch: I guess next time I have $5 burning a hole in my digital pocket I'll head on over to Steam instead.


I just discovered the joy of Borderlands 2.
 
2013-12-20 01:45:44 PM  
So the Yankees infield is now Rodriguez at third (old, declining production, probable suspension), Jeter at short (old, injury-prone these last few seasons, declining production), Brian Roberts at second (1 season of games played over the last 4), and Texeira at first (got bit hard by the injury bug last season, declining production since arriving in NY iirc). Texeira will be far and away the youngest of their everyday infielders...at 34 years old. I think Yankees Elimination Day may come very early for the haters this year.
 
2013-12-20 03:12:47 PM  

bertor_vidas: So the Yankees infield is now Rodriguez at third (old, declining production, probable suspension), Jeter at short (old, injury-prone these last few seasons, declining production), Brian Roberts at second (1 season of games played over the last 4), and Texeira at first (got bit hard by the injury bug last season, declining production since arriving in NY iirc). Texeira will be far and away the youngest of their everyday infielders...at 34 years old. I think Yankees Elimination Day may come very early for the haters this year.


About 5 years ago, that would have been a very fearsome infield.
 
2013-12-20 04:14:11 PM  

degenerate-afro: bertor_vidas: So the Yankees infield is now Rodriguez at third (old, declining production, probable suspension), Jeter at short (old, injury-prone these last few seasons, declining production), Brian Roberts at second (1 season of games played over the last 4), and Texeira at first (got bit hard by the injury bug last season, declining production since arriving in NY iirc). Texeira will be far and away the youngest of their everyday infielders...at 34 years old. I think Yankees Elimination Day may come very early for the haters this year.

About 5 years ago, that would have been a very fearsome infield.


From a Joe Posnanski article called "Yankees Hot Tub Time Machine":
"Here is the Yankees starting lineup ... and what was probably each player's best season:
C: Brian McCann (2006 with Atlanta): .333/.388/.572, 24 homers, 93 RBis.
1B: Mark Teixeira (2005 with Texas): .301/.379/.575, 43 homers, 144 RBIs, 112 runs, Gold Glove.
2B: Brian Roberts (2006 with Baltimore): .314/.387/.515, 45 doubles, 18 homers, 27 steals, 92 runs.
SS: Derek Jeter (1999 with Yankees): .349/.438/.552 with 24 homers, 102 RBIs, 134 runs, 219 hits.
3B: Alex Rodriguez: (2007 with Yankees): .314/.422/.645, 54 homers, 156 RBIs, 143 runs, 24 steals.
LF: Alfonso Soriano (2002 with Yankees): .300/.332/.547, 39 homers, 41 steals, 102 RBIs, 128 runs.
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (2011 with Boston): .321/.376/.552, 32 homers, 105 RBis, 119 runs, 39 steals, Gold Glove.
RF: Ichiro Suzuki (2004 with Seattle): .372/.414/.455 with 262 hits, 101 runs, 36 steals, Gold Glove.
DH: Carlos Beltran 2006 with Mets): : ..275/.388/.594, 41 homers, 116 RBIs, 127 runs 18 steals, Gold Glove.

In case you're wondering, that averages out to the year 2005. This team would have peaked in 2005, even if Ellsbury was playing for Lowell of the New York Penn League at the time. And, don't forget, this team still has Vernon Wells (best year probably 2003 - .317 with league leading 49 doubles, 215 hits and 373 total bases) and Brett Gardner (best year a more recent 2010 - .383 OBP, 97 runs)."

Sadly for Joe's analogy, the Yankees have not re-signed Travis Hafner (2006: .308/.439/.659 with 42 HR and 299 total bases) or Kevin Youkilis (2008: .312/.390/.569 with 29 HR and solid 1B/3B defense) from last year's squad.  They're presumably seeing if Jason Giambi is still on the market.
 
2013-12-20 04:22:26 PM  

LemSkroob: Starshines: 36 year old with significant injury history signed to multimillion dollar deal at a middle infield position?  Sounds like the perfect fit for the Yanks.

you could do worse for someone who will bat around the 7/8/9 slot.


Normally I'd agree that the Yankees should be signing risky players, because they're one of the few teams that can absorb the money hit if things go south.

But Brian Roberts has played in only 192 games in the last four seasons combined, and during that time he batted .246/.310/.359 and added less than one win to Baltimore.  He's in his age-36 season, and middle infielders don't age as well as corner guys.

There's risky, and then there's "I'll eat from this open container of tuna salad I found on the ground at Grand Central Station."  Roberts is in the latter category.
 
2013-12-20 05:44:47 PM  

chimp_ninja: LemSkroob: Starshines: 36 year old with significant injury history signed to multimillion dollar deal at a middle infield position?  Sounds like the perfect fit for the Yanks.

you could do worse for someone who will bat around the 7/8/9 slot.

Normally I'd agree that the Yankees should be signing risky players, because they're one of the few teams that can absorb the money hit if things go south.

But Brian Roberts has played in only 192 games in the last four seasons combined, and during that time he batted .246/.310/.359 and added less than one win to Baltimore.  He's in his age-36 season, and middle infielders don't age as well as corner guys.

There's risky, and then there's "I'll eat from this open container of tuna salad I found on the ground at Grand Central Station."  Roberts is in the latter category.


Kelly Johnson is a perfectly cromulent 2B.
 
2013-12-20 05:59:32 PM  

Dafatone: Kelly Johnson is a perfectly cromulent 2B.


Oh, agreed.  I just think he should be Plan A, and Roberts isn't even a good Plan B.  Even if he miraculously stays healthy all year, it's not clear he has anything left in the tank.

Johnson could be an everyday guy-- not much of a platoon split, has mostly been healthy, good fit for the home stadium (bats lefty, good pop), etc.  He's not going to make the All-Star team, but he'll respectably hold down a spot in the lower third of the lineup.

Granted, the Yankees have almost no farm system to speak of, so maybe paying Brian Roberts to be a utility infielder and pinch runner is somehow worth it to them.  I still can't imagine how they justified it over picking up some bullpen help or a high-risk starter like Colon.
 
2013-12-20 06:03:13 PM  

mainstreet62: Creoena: Brian didn't want to be an Oriole anymore, so while I was a huge fan of his as an Oriole, fark him and I look forward to rooting against him.

Great attitude.


Former Boston players who moved to NY haven't gotten any better from Boston.

Face it, Yankee hate is common, especially when favorite players go there.  Brian Roberts chose to go there, I'm sure he is prepared to deal with the boos.

/That assumes he plays.
//Guy seems to be made of glass these days.
 
2013-12-20 06:10:19 PM  

chimp_ninja: Dafatone: Kelly Johnson is a perfectly cromulent 2B.

Oh, agreed.  I just think he should be Plan A, and Roberts isn't even a good Plan B.  Even if he miraculously stays healthy all year, it's not clear he has anything left in the tank.

Johnson could be an everyday guy-- not much of a platoon split, has mostly been healthy, good fit for the home stadium (bats lefty, good pop), etc.  He's not going to make the All-Star team, but he'll respectably hold down a spot in the lower third of the lineup.

Granted, the Yankees have almost no farm system to speak of, so maybe paying Brian Roberts to be a utility infielder and pinch runner is somehow worth it to them.  I still can't imagine how they justified it over picking up some bullpen help or a high-risk starter like Colon.


Especially for a team like the Yankees, who have a bunch of money to throw around, I don't think Brian Roberts is a bad guy to take a flyer on.  But that's all he is, despite all the attention.  It's not much of a difference, but Johnson's getting 3m and Roberts 2m.  Somehow, Roberts is being billed as a bigger signing.

Going after Tanaka made sense, but apparently that's not happening now.  Colon wouldn't have been terrible, but I think he benefits greatly from being in a large park.

I'm sure the Yankees will pick up some more pitching.
 
2013-12-20 06:26:18 PM  

Dafatone: Going after Tanaka made sense, but apparently that's not happening now.


Tanaka was pretty much their Plan A pitching-wise, but they didn't expect the Golden Eagles to get this pissy about the new posting system and decide not to post him.

Ironically enough, Youk just signed a 1 year deal with the Golden Eagles.
 
2013-12-20 09:49:09 PM  
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2013-12-21 03:23:20 AM  

LemSkroob: idesofmarch: Goddammit, I submitted this with nearly the exact same headline when the news came out like 2 days ago.  What the fark, Fark?

They usually wait for a TotalFark member to submit the headlines. Makes them feel like they are getting something for their $5.


Lol, really? You mean to tell me the TFD jerk-off sessions aren't worth the 5 bucks on their own?

idesofmarch: Bah humbug!  I guess next time I have $5 burning a hole in my digital pocket I'll head on over to Steam instead.


I like the way you think.
 
2013-12-21 08:46:45 AM  
C - McCann, 30 in February
1B - Teixeira, 34 in April
2B - Roberts, turned 34 in October
SS - Jeter, 40 in June
3B - ARod, 39 in July (assuming, of course, that he plays someday)
OF - Ichiro, turned 39 in October
OF - Ellsbury, 30 in September
OF - Beltran, 37 in April
DH - best guess is Soriano, 38 in January

So other than whomever they throw at 3rd, Ells will be the only conceivable starter under 30 for 90% of the season.  Seven out of those nine players haven't cracked 80% of the season over the last four seasons (admittedly, Tex, Jeter & ARod are a bit skewed on this, but either way).

They have no proven backup for A-Rod right now, and very little money to get a real player to do it.  They have one truly proven starter, no closer and a metric shiatton of question marks with the rest of the pitching staff, in a not-too-pitcher-friendly stadium.  They better start allowing smoking and encouraging fans to bring mirrors to the park, 'cause they're gonna need them.
 
2013-12-21 12:31:57 PM  

FriarReb98: C - McCann, 30 in February
1B - Teixeira, 34 in April
2B - Roberts, turned 34 in October
SS - Jeter, 40 in June
3B - ARod, 39 in July (assuming, of course, that he plays someday)
OF - Ichiro, turned 39 in October
OF - Ellsbury, 30 in September
OF - Beltran, 37 in April
DH - best guess is Soriano, 38 in January

So other than whomever they throw at 3rd, Ells will be the only conceivable starter under 30 for 90% of the season.  Seven out of those nine players haven't cracked 80% of the season over the last four seasons (admittedly, Tex, Jeter & ARod are a bit skewed on this, but either way).

They have no proven backup for A-Rod right now, and very little money to get a real player to do it.  They have one truly proven starter, no closer and a metric shiatton of question marks with the rest of the pitching staff, in a not-too-pitcher-friendly stadium.  They better start allowing smoking and encouraging fans to bring mirrors to the park, 'cause they're gonna need them.


Gardner will, one way or another, have quite a few days in OF, if not most, mark my words.
 
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