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Yankee fans have no right to complain

    How many yankee fans have you heard complaining about the loss of Sheffield or Matsui?  Probably quite a few.  However, the Yankees spend 60 million more per year on their players than the Red Sox do.  The loss of Sheffield Matsui, Pavano, and whoever else they have lost has done nothing but even the odds, without even counting the loss of Wells, Wakefield, Foulke, Clement, etc. 
    Proven by the fact that the Yankees recently traded for Bobby Abreu, the Yankees are able to cover their losses quickly and effectively with more cash and some of the few major prospects that they have. 
The following is a list of players the Yankees and Red Sox have not brought up through their minor league system or purchased years ago (Taken from espn.com, minimum salary:4 million,)
Yankees:. . . . . . . . . . .$…………………………………..Red Sox . . . . . . . . . . . $
Alex Rodriguez . . . . . . .25M……………………………….Manny Ramirez . . . . . . 18.8M
Jason Giambi. . . . . . . .20.4M……………………………. Curt Schilling . . . . . . . .13M
Randy Johnson . . . . . .15.6M…………………………….. Matt Clement . . . . . . . .9.8M
Bobby Abreu . . . . . . . .15M
Jonny Damon . . . . . . . 13M……………………………….Mike Lowell . . . . . . . . .9M
Hideki Matsui . . . . . . . .12M………………………………Keith Foulke . . . . . . . . .7.7M
Gary Sheffield. . . . . . . 10.7M…………………………….David Ortiz. . .. . . . . . . 6.5M
Carl Pavano. . . . . . . . . 8M………………………………..Josh Beckett. . . . . . . . . .4.3M
Kyle Farnsworth. . . . . .5.4M………………………………David Wells. . . . . . . . . . .4M
Corey Lidle . . . . . . . . . .?
TOTAL. . . . . . . . . . . . 125.1M……………………………TOTAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72.1

    The point I am trying to make is not that the Yankees cheat or anything like that.  My point is simply that the Yankees have no right to complain about losing players that they bought.  The total salaries of the injured players on the Yankees does not nearly equal the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox salaries (83.5M).  What this means is that the Yankees wouldn’t have had the players that got injured in the first place if they weren’t filthy rich.
    On the same note, Red Sox fans should not complain about Wells or Clement, because the Red Sox also have a much higher salary than most teams.

    Signing baseball players and building a franchise should be about scouting and excellent general managing.  It is easy to get a player that is already a great player and pay them a lot of money.  But some teams, like the Rockies, Tigers, Reds, Athletics, Twins,  Blue Jays, and Cardinals, have built successful baseball teams and spent 100 million  or less on thier players than the Yankees, and 20 million less than the Red Sox.  These teams have made good trade decisions, utilized excellent scouting, and provided great managing and coaching from MLB to rookie league.  These are the sort of teams that should be truly respected.  If the Rockies (40 million salary) had spent 213 million per year on their players (same amount as Yankees), and made the same great decisions that caused them to be successful with a low salary, they would probably win 130 games this year.  A team like Florida (14.3 million, poor but not awful record) would win about the same.

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July 27 – Coco Crisp improving

    After all the promises he made about improving, and all the slumps he has endured, Coco Crisp finally seems to be on the verge of erasing all doubt and finishing this year as strong as he played all of last.  After an 1-19 slump, Crisp has gone 8 for his last 17, raising his OBP from .315 to .325 in that span.  Despite the successes of Kevin Youkilis, if Crisp continues his hot hitting he probably will (and definitely should) take Youk’s spot as the Red Sox’ leadoff hitter. 
    Although Youk’s OBP is 75 points higher than Crisp’s, Crisp brings speed to the top of the lineup.  If this alone is not enough to justify Crisp as a leadoff hitter (and in all fairness, it shouldn’t be), consider this; Crisp’s OBP is .426 when he leads off an inning, while Youkilis’s OBP is a mere .361 when leading off. 
    Youk’s sub-par power (.450 SLG, not so great) and excellent OBP make him a perfect canidate to bat behind someone like Crisp.  Loretta could then move down to the eigth spot.  Loretta’s nack for hits (he has 125 this year – a .309 AVG) make him a logical choice to bat near the bottom of the lineup, when men are likely to be on base.  Pushing Youk to the bottom of the lineup would not make sense, however, because his high walk to hit ratio make him less of an RBI guy and more of a get-on-base-in-front-of-Manny-and-Ortiz guy.

ARod vs. Papi

    Eric Mack from cbssportsline.com stated that ARod was better in the clutch the Ortiz.  He cited ARod’s .300 avg with runners in scoring pos. w/ 2 outs versus ortiz’s .286.  What Eric Mack failed to realize was that clutch is more about late innings of close games than RISP.  In that category, Ortiz .900 OPS far surpasses ARod’s .600 OPS, and in late inning press with runners on (LIPRO), Ortiz’s OPS more than doubles Arods, and they both have over 20 ABs in that category.  Also, Arod has k’d 10 times in 28 AB’s in  LIPRO  , while ortiz has k’d twice in LIPRO.