No News Is Good News ……..

No News Is Good News ….

By tophatal ………

It’s still early yet in the season but who would have guessed that the New York Yankees would have been off to such a disastrous start . It would appear that baseball’s must storied franchise in spite of the moves orchestrated by Brian Cashman and the front office leadership led by Hank & Hal Steinbrenner that you simply have to wonder whether or not the organization can continue to spend money they have repeatedly done over the years . The team remains the highest paid in baseball . Albeit, that the ball-club has at their disposal the YES Network with the millions of dollars in revenues annually beyond the baseball operation itself .

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In the team’s season opener Joe Girardi’s players were waylaid by Carlos Pena and the Tampa Bay Rays . The Yankees remain win-less amongst the teams within the AL East . Joining them in that rather unlikely start to the season are the Boston Red Sox (0-2) . But it’s still early days yet , and I’d dare say that the New York Yankees are far too good start their season off with three consecutive losses . The team’s next opponent will be the Rays in a game to be played at Tropicana Field , St Petersburg, Florida .

Joe Maddon and his coaching staff have to be very pleased with the play of the team and the very fact through two games they have shown a great deal of resolve . And with Jeremy Hellickson starting in the final game of this three game series against Phil Hughes this is liable to be a very intriguing and enlightening match-up . For Maddon , he knows that his managerial staff , they know that this team is more than capable of winning the AL East . The pitching roster headed by James Shields who’ll be ably assisted over the course of this season by Hellickson , David Price , Matt Moore , Jeff Niemann and a bullpen made up of Joel Peralta , Wade Davis , Josh Lueke , JP Howell and closer Fernando Rodney .
If the pitching staff in its current guise simply replicates the form shown in 2011 then there’s no reason why in 2012 they simply cannot prove that last season was no fluke .
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Now while the fans will come out in droves to see the Rays at Tropicana Field , this sort of turnout is normally only associated when the team meets either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees . Amongst the league’s 30 teams , the Tampa Rays are one of the least supported in terms of overall and average attendance for their regular season scheduled games . Inasmuch as Andrew Friedman and Stuart Sternberg seek to make ball-club competitive it is from a financial standpoint where the team continues to struggle . Payroll for the Tampa Bay Rays is still amongst the lowest in baseball and it begs the question how much longer can Friedman continue to try and work the miracles that he has done , during his tenure as the general manager of the organization . During the off-season Friedman was certainly being lured by Jim Crane of the Houston Astros to fill the role of general manager for that particular organization . Only for the Rays’ young general manager to rebuff those overtures and for Crane to make the position available to Jeff Luhnow .

The Astros are off to a rather ignominious start to what will be their last season within the National League . In their home opener against the Colorado Rockies they went down in an opening day defeat 5-3 . However, they would recover from that loss with a 7-3 victory against a very poorly performing Rockies’ team . From my own perspective I certainly believe that the envisaged move by the Houston Astros to the AL West in 2013 will be of any real benefit to the organization or the team as a whole ! There’s no way in hell that the Astros will be able to compete against the likes of the Los Angeles Angels or Texas Rangers who are to my mind the two best teams within the division and amongst the best teams within the AL overall . Bud Selig in his infinite wisdom hasn’t really appeased anyone at all with this maneuver even when you consider that Astros’ owner Jim Crane only agreed to the move after a financial inducement by the league hierarchy . . .

I don’t know that the Houston Astros as a team , when one bears into mind the makeup of the roster will have that great a season . Mediocrity has been the norm in recent years for the organization if you simply look at their recent record and the mere fact that they haven’t been part of the postseason since 2005 and their being swept in the World Series that year by the Chicago White Sox . From thereon-in , it has been an abysmal run of mediocrity by the ball-club , so much so , that it has me wondering are the fans of the Houston Astros willing to endure the same once they finally make the move to the AL West and become a whipping post “ for the likes of the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers !

I know this season injuries will certainly play a part as to how teams will progress over the course of the season . Perhaps no one team suffered that indignity than the Minnesota Twins last year . Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were a part of the team’s walking wounded throughout much of 2011 which in reality reflected the plight of their season . Ron Gardenhire will be hard pressed to have this current roster …. playing with any real depth within the AL Central , especially against the likes of the all-conquering Detroit Tigers with their formidable lineup of players led by most notably Justin Verlander , Miguel Cabrera and their recently acquired slugger Prince Fielder . As to what that indicates about the financial clout of the Tigers , their general manager Dave Dombrowski and team ower Michael Ilitch can be quantified in a number of ways but quite possibly and succinctly ……….. the Detroit Tigers simply want to win , unlike the whining bastards who tend to plead poverty as owners along with their all too apathetic fans ! Is it any wonder that you simply have to laugh at the likes of Bob Nutting , Lew Wolff , David Glass and Howard Lincoln ? They’ve shown as much business insight in running their respective teams as may well have been witnessed with the crass assholes who ran ….. World Comm and Enron Inc into the ground . And less we forget , Bud Selig’s oversight of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ mess and in the aftermath of the organization’s $2 billion sale to a consortium led by Magic Johnson and Mark Walter of Guggenheim Partners LLC . It would appear that there is a rising controversy as to the involvement of Bud Selig , even though the league hierarchy hired a financial advisory firm The Blackstone Group to scrutinize the backgrounds of the suitors seeking to purchase the Dodgers.

Johnson and his syndicate may well have the praise of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans for now but if the team isn’t competitive this season I guess that though the change of ownership from an out of touch former owner in Frank McCourt can be seen as a god-send , it has to be seen as a change for the better ! . As to how the Los Dodgers fare will be dependent upon the mindset of the players , their new-found resolve and that of the managerial coaching staff led by Don Mattingly .

Who would have guessed that the New York Yankees would be off to their worst start in over decade ? Joe Girardi’s highly paid roster of stars have performed abysmally in their first three games of the 2012 season , having been swept by their divisional rivals the Tampa Bay Rays . Now all of a sudden their starting pitching seems to be as frail and as soft as a roll of Charmin’ tissue paper . If CC Sabathia , Hiroki Kuroda , Michael Pineda and the rest of the pitching staff are not able to turn things around in the immediate future this could very well a long an arduous season for the Yankees , in more ways than one. Never mind the fact that the team’s offense has been abysmal at best . And amongst the teams within the AL through the season so far the Yankees are one of the worst performing ball-clubs , making the problems for Girardi all the more problematic .

Given the fact that last season the New York Yankees’ offense was amongst the most prolific within the AL . Anymore the Yankees’ most recent performances and we may well be asking is this team is now already shot to hell ? The Yankees now face a three game schedule against the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Ballpark , Baltimore , Maryland in what is likely to be a series of games in-front of a sold-out crowd . The first of the scheduled trio of games will be on Monday afternoon . The likely starters are Ivan Nova against Brian Matusz in what should prove to be an interesting match-up between two teams that at present seem to be having the unlikeliest of seasons .

A loss of this upcoming series could very well thrust the New York Yankees into some unwanted spotlight for all of the wrong reasons . And given the their start to the 2011 season , it begs the question where does this team now go from here ? Your thoughts if any at this juncture .

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(1) Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, April 8, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3-0 . AP Photo/Brian Blanco …

(2) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reacts from the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, April 8, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays won 3-0 . AP Photo/Brian Blanco …

(3) Pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) (center) of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by manager Joe Maddon (70) and Joel Peralta (62) after his save against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. AP Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(4) ST. PETERSBURG – APRIL 08: Infielder Evan Longoria (3) of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …..

(5) Outfielder Raul Ibanez (27) of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images …

(6) ST. PETERSBURG – APRIL 08: Designated hitter Luke Scott (30) of the Tampa Bay Rays fouls off a pitch against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images

(7) Pitcher Phil Hughes (65) of the New York Yankees pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ….

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The delectable and always audacious Maliah Michel .

A small montage Maliah for your edification and enjoyment below .

It seems that Maliah wants something .

Like or dislike ?

If she were to peel away that item of clothing and I we’d be unto a winner !

Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

14 thoughts on “No News Is Good News ……..”

  1. So the mighty Yankees (0-3) are now beginning to look like a god-dam awful team, that can’t hit or pitch or simply do anything at defensively for that matter ! Consider also , the team’s payroll and the player’s on the roster earning in excess of …… $10 million a year ?

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    Boobs anyone ? Much like the Yankees you either love ’em or hate ’em ! We guys tend to suck on them but in the case of the Yankees they’re liable to continue sucking because they can’t play at all ! The team stats and record at present simply bears this out ! Any questions ?

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    The Yankees can’t buy a win but somehow they’ve assembled a team with a payroll in excess of $195 million annually .

    Now what ?

    tophatal ……

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  2. It is nice to see both the Red Sox and Yanks 0-3 but with their over-priced roster, they should be able to get it back together, plus it is still very early. One concern I have for the Yanks is there pitching. I find is awfully vulnerable. BTW Orioles 3-0!

    I’m ready to see Yu Darvish’s debut.

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  3. While the Yankees offense remains very good their defense against the Rays looked old, slow, and clumsy.
    As for the Rays, Im afraid that because of several factors the attendance problems will continue. The fans are loyal, but right now people are struggling in our area. I know I am.

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    1. aero

      I’m not so sure that the Yankees’ defense is as good as advertized ! They’re certainly nowhere as good as the Rays by any stretch of the imagination and that is something that Girardi and his coaching staff need to address if they’re to do well in the AL East .

      I know as bad as the economy seems to be , let’s be real the Rays always had problems attracting fans to the Trop and the only time fans came out in droves was simply because of the postseason or specifically when either Red Sox or Yankees were in town . The marketing and sales department of the Rays have done an average job in promoting the organization as a whole , albeit through no problem of their own . In reality Bud Selig , himself has done a pi#s poor job in throwing his support behind the front office and their hopes of staging an All Star Game , much less any other major baseball event staged at the Trop .

      tophatal ………

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  4. jgome

    The pitching we new for both the Red Sox and Yankees would have issues. . Specifically , the Red Sox and their now historic meltdown, in the month of September 2011 that led to them missing the wildcard and the playoffs . The Yankees got absolutely absolutely nothing out of AJ Burnett while he was with them and they’re now paying for that massive blunder having traded him to the Pirates for which they are still on the hook for the greater part of the remainder of his contract . Tell me how the fu#k in this day and age that makes any economic sense ? But there are idiots who are fans of the game and claim that they have an insight as to the economics of baseball but in reality they know fu#k all about business !

    The Orioles may well be 3-0 within the AL East standings but three months down the line the team may well be out of contention altogether . Buck Showalter and the managerial staff have their work cut out for them . Needless to say that bumbling oaf of an owner Peter Angelos simply is making money …. off the fatted calf by way of the tax sharing revenue scheme while simply not looking to improve the roster overall .

    Yu Darvish of the Rangers

    As Darvish I expect him to have a great season with the Rangers ! .

    tophatal ……..

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  5. Lost in the fact that both the Sox and Yanks are 0-3 is the fact that the Rays, a team many picked as the best in baseball, are 3-0.

    As we both know, Al, that’s no fluke.

    Strong opening series for the Rays. Good to see their bats step it up.

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  6. Si, Maliah!! Grandma by the pool is older than me………….and I’m no spring chicken. Oh yeah, I still would hit it.

    Let’s not write the obits for the RSox or the Evil Empire yet. Over 98% of the season remains. Can Carlos Pena part deaux continue?

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    1. Ronbets

      No I’m not yet ready to write off either the Yankees or Red Sox but their combined team salaries (payroll [ Red Sox & Yankees ]) is the equivalent of the GDP of a third world Caribbean nation ( Jamaica ) !

      BTW , I’m no “spring chicken ” either , as I’ve hit the wrong side of 50 already but the girlfriend is several years younger ( close to two decades) and let’s just say ample amounts of coitus keeps us both in shape .

      Back that ass up sweety !

      I don’t know that Maliah can ” drive stick ” but I wouldn’t mind teaching her !

      Oh yes and I wouldn’t be averse to “three way ” with Maliah and her friend . I loves me some ” chocolate ” ! Truth be known , I’m an equal opportunity hound dog !

      Pena gives the Rays consistent run production as well as being a Gold Glove defensive presence at 1st base .

      tophatal ………………

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    1. Ronbets

      After I got divorced I wasn’t looking for another relationship , I simply wanted to just go out have fun and let things ” go on the fly ” ! Now with the present girlfriend she knows that this relationship comes with no strings attached based on the “FWFB ” (Friends with fringe benefits) . Besides at this stage of life why would I want to make another mess by taking a trip down the matrimonial aisle ? She’s a business professional as the co-owner of an interior design firm with her own independence and money .

      Now that’s an ass worth laying the “wood” to !

      Your thoughts on Maliah ? Pure and impure dependent upon your not wanting to go overboard ?

      As for Maliah , she and her rather sexually overt friend do look like ripe for the “plucking ” wouldn’t you say ? They both look mighty “HAT ” …. hot and tempting !

      So the butt-hole Goodell for once shows that he does possess a spine by choosing not to rescind Payton’s suspension ? All of these dicks simply making asinine trivialities as to the whole mess when the guy and his accomplices lied to to everyone concerning the whole “bounty scandal” . Or are the fans out there just as moronic and apathetic to this issue as they are within life in general ?

      tophatal ……..

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    1. Sam’s Sports Brief

      It’d ruin teams such as the Royals , Twins and Pirates because ineptitude has been their Prima-facie reason to exist within the game .

      The Yankees with their payroll and talent they should not be this bad . But then again is anyone of the opinion that Girardi is that good a manager ? I do believe that they will be contenders within the AL East but I simply don’t believe that they are good enough to win the World Series as there are still a number of flaws on this team .

      tophatal ………….

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