This week we’ve got the relevance of closers, some guy named Boone Logan and Nyjer needing encouragement.

 Never have I wanted a sign when I was hitting, and I have never relayed a sign to a hitter from second base, ever

The Man in White is traveling. Maybe he’s like Clooney in Up in the Air and just wants the platinum card and stealing signs is just an unfortunate byproduct. Probably not, though.

Mariano Rivera and Brian Wilson are on the disabled list with season-ending injuries. Jordan Walden (Angels) and Heath Bell (Marlins) have been demoted after floundering for teams with World Series expectations. Jose Valverde was arguably the best closer in baseball last year, going 52-for-52 in save situations, including the postseason. Now he’s becoming a concern for the inconsistent Tigers. Valverde’s walks are up, his strikeouts are down, and he’s blown two save opportunities to go with a 5.68 ERA.

If only Jon Paul Morosi read Getting Blanked he’d know that the closer position is silly and then he wouldn’t have to waste time writing these speculative articles. Although, then he also wouldn’t have a job so…never mind

The estate known as Home Plate Farm in Sudbury, Mass., is on the market for $1.65 million. ”This is a great old antique house,” Adamson said Monday, estimating the home dates to about 1800. ”It’s got a ton of modern features, but I think Babe Ruth would still recognize it even today because it retains many of the original features.”

Ball’s in your court, Kanye. The world wants you to own Babe Ruth’s house. Or maybe it’s just me. Either way, this should probably happen.

We get 18 off days a year, I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves.

Josh Beckett continues to defend himself for playing golf before his start. In case you’re wondering, yes, this story also got more analysis and coverage than Delmon Young committing a hate crime.

I think they should get rid of it, us lefties can’t do that. If we do, they call a balk. Besides, how often does it work? Maybe once in never.

-          I don’t know who Boone Logan is but if he keeps this up he’s going to find himself a permenant place in Getting Quoted. Which is clearly why he started playing baseball in the first place. By the by, for more on the new balk rule, read Parkes’ piece from yesterday. It was kind of awesome.

 Any time you move up (on the depth chart) it’s obviously an adjustment, but I have a ton of confidence in Robby.

Not that I’m one to give the Yankees advice but, Joe, you gotta find a better nickname for David Robertson than “Robby”. Closers need a name that sounds intimidating, not like the guy who asks if I want a seventh basket of cheese biscuits at Red Lobster (I do).

‘We’re going to back him out of that role and give him more opportunities in the middle of the game and he may get more frequent use to get him on a little bit of a roll, Coco’s understanding of it. The most important thing is he’s accountable. He’s a standup guy and understands the decision and need to go in this direction.

See? The nickname theory I just came up with is completely accurate. I’m glad John Farrell realized this and took my council. Thank me later, Jays fans.

You can feed off of it or shake it off, one of the two, however you get it going. That’s just how it is, the nature of the beast. You know, everything is handled just fine. We’re doing it right out there. We’re not letting the fans get to us, and especially he’s not letting it get to him. Because I’ve heard some nasty things out there. Sometimes those things, you hear that. It’s not like you don’t hear it.

Whatever you need to keep being your awesome self, Nyjer, I will provide. Those other fans just don’t understand you like I do.

Comments (2)

  1. I think Beckett ment to say 18 games a start.

  2. First of all Beckett, you only work 6-7 months out of the year, and get the other 5-6 off (in addition to the millions your making). 18 days my ass…not to mention the fact that your a bloody starting pitcher…

    Us working Joe’s usually get around 114 days off in a year, give or take, and on a lot of those 114 days, I play baseball….man up son.

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