Around the Horn

Two pieces worth reading:

-An interview with Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer on Baseball Analysts:

“As boring as it sounds, I believe that the most important thing is to have a well-constructed, well-thought out process to player acquisitions. As long as you have a plan, which the Red Sox certainly have, and you try to turn over every rock to find answers, you give yourself the best possible chance to be right more than you’re wrong. For every Ortiz or Mueller or Schilling there are other guys that we have brought in who didn’t succeed in Boston . Every time that happens we try to figure out if there was anything we could have done to avoid it.”

-The new-look Observer on the kinder, gentler Yanks:

“Cashman said that he was trying to convince former catcher Mike Stanley to come out of retirement and coach—in part because of his uncanny ability to steal signals.”

8 comments… add one

  • “As boring as it sounds, I believe that the most important thing is to have a well-constructed, well-thought out process to player acquisitions.”
    Right – like when you signed J.D Drew

    Stan Thewes March 1, 2007, 10:36 am
  • The article about the Yanks in the Cashman era is a good read. It makes me wonder what the response would be if they have a down year like the Sox did last year, though–the thing about building from within is that it requires patience, and I’d guess that would run thin if NYY does not make the postseason (not that I think they won’t this year).

    froggywomp (SF) March 1, 2007, 11:21 am
  • The article says the Cashman thinks that Jeter is the type of guy who would never steal signs, that he wants no unfair advantage, that he wants to know that he’s accomplished something straight up. This may very well be true, though I think that if a team does a poor enough job disguising their signs then they deserve to be stolen.
    But really it’s impossible to be this pure: does this mean that Jeter has never tried the “phantom tag” at second when turning a DP, or is he the type of guy who must always swipe the bag with his toe, wanting no illicit gains?

    SF March 1, 2007, 3:23 pm
  • I think it means that Jeter probably doesn’t even look at the signs being thrown around in opposing dugouts and on the field. Brian’s just spinning it to sound a little more honorific about something he’s possibly bugged Jeter about before.

    walein March 1, 2007, 3:51 pm
  • Catcher: “Hey Derek – wanna know what’s coming? It’s gonna be a f-”
    Jeter (hands over ears): “LALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU I CAN’T HEAR YOU LALALALALALALALA”

    SF March 1, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • My favorite part of the article is when he refers to “outfielder slugger Melky Cabrera.” I’m not trying to criticize him, he’s a good little OF…just a funny word choice for someone with a sub-400 SLG last season. I’d have used “scrappy,” or better yet, “promising young.”

    desturbd1 March 1, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • This is sort of a random comment, and I don’t read everything in the Boston papers… but I haven’t read a single word about my favorite Sox player, Tim Wakefield, so far this season.

    Hudson March 1, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • I haven’t seen any full-out stories on him, Hudson, and i do read the Boston papers every day. I have seen a few nuggets about how he feels great and was able to work out as normal after a couple-week break, and there was the whole “teach Daisuke the knuckleball” business, but yeah, otherwise, he’s kind of been like he has been his whole career (excepting his big breakthrough season of 1995) — under the radar, doing his thing while everyone else gets the big headlines. Mark my words, he will have an excellent 2007 season.

    Paul SF March 1, 2007, 8:21 pm

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