Friday, May 20, 2011

Hot Topic: Aging Yanks


Steve Sax said...

Great pull, Orel. JoePo is always awesome, but check this part out in his YankMes article:

Mark Teixeira (33 years old, $22.5 million). Tex has five years left on his contract after this year. I think this contract could actually work out fine. Tex plays hard, he’s a switch-hitter, he’s good defensively, he will take a walk — I think his skills could stretch out.

The problem with Tex has little to do with Tex — it’s that we live in an era in which hard-hitting first basemen are everywhere. I’ve been over this list before, but again, I would ask you to choose from these first basemen:

• Mark Teixeira
• Albert Pujols
• Adrian Gonzalez
• Miguel Cabrera
• Joey Votto
• Prince Fielder
• Ryan Howard
• Eric Hosmer

Where would you draft Tex from that list? Third? Fifth? Last? And you can throw in Ike Davis, Justin Smoak, Matt LaPorta, the surprisingly hot Gaby Sanchez, the now-third-baseman Kevin Youkilis, the surprisingly sturdy Paul Konerko, the former MVP Justin Morneau and a bunch of other young guys. Tex’s all-around play and the hope that he will age well might move him near the top. But we seem to be moving to a time where just about every team in baseball will have a first baseman who hits roughly like Mark Teixeira.

Except the Dodgers.


Paul said...

Randy Savage has died. Reportedly.

*cries* *snaps into a slim jim*

Kyle Baker said...

Terrible news, Paul. I need to get some gas, so I'm going to step inside the Kwik-E Mart and buy some Slim Jims in honour of Macho Man.

rbnlaw said...

Randy Savage. . .dead?

Oooooohhhhhh yeeeeeah!

I mean oh no!

NicJ said...

He is with Miss Elizabeth in Macho Heaven right now.

Josh S. said...

I am seriously bummed out right now.

Paul said...

I hope Delino has a memorial post in his honor so I can come back annually to pay tribute.

Kyle Baker said...

Miss Elizabeth was HAWT back in the day. I believe I may have fantasized about her once or twice as a young lad.

Josh S. said...

He was a minor league baseball player before breaking into wrestling.

Like Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz, only for realsies.

Kyle Baker said...

With the Shards, no doubt.

Kyle Baker said...

Definitely calls for a Delino post if there ever was one. This is your time, Delino; embrace it.

Fred's Brim said...

RIP Bonesaw