Bloody Socks’ company dead, RI taxpayers on the hook for $100 mil+

May 25, 2012 | 80 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Providence Journal:

Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios laid off all its employees on Thursday and Governor Chafee and other state officials said they are trying to minimize the taxpayers’ cost of the apparent implosion of the Providence video-game developer.

Chafee and members of his staff met with the media Thursday afternoon to answer questions about what’s gone wrong at the Providence company headed by ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

The governor asserted that his priority is protecting Rhode Island taxpayers, who are on the hook for paying off $75 million in bonds issued by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to fund 38 Studios. With interest payments, the bill could go up to $102 million over eight years.

WPRI Providence:

Governor Chafee, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and the state legislature’s top two Democrats have promised Moody’s Investors Service that state taxpayers will bail out investors who purchased bonds to finance 38 Studios, the rating agency disclosed Thursday.

“Gov. Chafee, Treasurer Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and House Speaker Gordon Fox have recently expressed to us directly their support for the moral obligation commitment based on the state’s credit,” Moody’s analyst Marcia Van Wagner said in a research note.

The EDC sold “moral obligation bonds” in 2010 to finance 38 Studios. “While they are endeavoring to resolve the situation with Studio 38 [sic] so as to avoid the need for further state support, if it is necessary to pay the bonds they will ensure that the state’s moral obligation pledge is fulfilled,” Van Wagner continued.


Mark Teixeira is truly lost

May 24, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

He now sounds like a babbling idiot…

From Lohud:

“I’m putting too many balls in play instead of taking that swing to hit a home run and drive the ball. I’ve never been someone who just wants to put the ball in play. In years past, a 1-0 or a 2-0 pitch, it’s maybe a little bit up or a little bit down, you swing and you foul it off or you swing and miss. Now I’m putting that ball in play, which (stinks).

The full quote is even more ridiculous. Follow this link and check it out.

Also makes you wonder what kind of advice he’s getting from his coaches.

Yankees take walks, score runs, Arod hits two…what the hell is going on?

May 23, 2012 | 46 comments | in Featured | by SJK

7 walks (3 by Teixeira!)
3 HRs (2 by Arod!)
8 runs scored!

It’s a miracle!

Andy kickin’ it…

May 23, 2012 | 15 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

It’s like he has a cinderblock tied securely to hitters’….

21.1 IP, 19 K, 5 BB, 18 H, 6 ER, 2.53 ERA — Amazing

Hughes resuscitates Yanks

May 22, 2012 | 44 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Bringing them back from the dead: 6 IP, 7 K, 2 BB, 5 H, 2 ER

*Hughes’ last 4 starts: 25.2 IP, 23 K, 6 BB, 24 H, 8 ER, 2.86 ERA

Mark Teixeira: If you can’t dazzle with brilliance, baffle them with bulls***

May 22, 2012 | 56 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


“I never really worry about the numbers because every year they’re there,” Teixeira said. “At the end of the year I’ll put my stats up against any power hitter in baseball.”

Really, Mark? Here’s how you did in 2011.

OBP: .341 — ranked 73rd in MLB
SLG: .494 — ranked 31st in MLB
OPS: .835 — ranked 35th in MLB
wOBA: .361 — ranked 37th in MLB

Now’s not the time to be a cocky d-bag.

Yeah bro, we’re in last place!

May 21, 2012 | 100 comments | in Featured | by SJK

“The cellar is so rad, man!”

Minor League Players of the Week, v5

May 20, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

– Covering May 14th- May 20th games –

Mark Montgomery, 21, RHP, A+
4.1 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 2 H, 0 ER
Notable: On Sunday May 20th, he struck out 6 in just 2 innings

If you recall, Montgomery struck out 5 hitters in 1 inning last July while pitching for Charleston — and his penchant for striking out everyone has continued this season at Class-A Advanced Tampa. He’s K’d 34 hitters in 20.2 IP, while walking only seven (4.20 K/BB). Since being drafted in the 11th round of the 2011 draft, Montgomery has a 15.1 K/9 over 3 minor league levels. He’s blowing through the system, and he’s easily the reliever we’re most excited about on the farm.

Corban Joseph, 23, LHB 2B, AA
.458/.535/.833 in 28 PAs
Notable: 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB

Corban Joseph was set to start the season off in AAA, but after he suffered a shoulder injury which kept him on the disabled list for a month, the Yankees started him off in Trenton. He’s platooning between 2B and DH with the oft-injured David Adams. He’s off to a great start since returning from injury, hitting a blistering .373/.475/.549 over 13 games. The 2008 4th-round draft pick hit .277/.353/.415 at Double-A last season.

Honorable Mentions:

Bryan Mitchell, 21, RHP, A
7 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 HR

Has struck out 18 hitters over his last 2 starts (13 IP), 3.07 FIP on season

Evan Rutckyj, 20, LHP, A
5 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 HR

Season debut for the 6’5″ lefty

Francisco Arcia, 22, LHB C, A
.643/.666/1.071 in 15 PAs

Gary Sanchez’s battery mate at Charleston, hitting .458/.517/.813 in 16 games

In the ‘Back to Walking Everyone’ Category…

Dellin Betances, 24, RHP, AAA
8.1 IP, 11 K, 9 BB, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 HR

Over 2 starts

Manny Banuelos, 21, LHP, AAA
4 IP, 5 K, 3 BB, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 HR

We welcome back the Lord of Samos

May 20, 2012 | 18 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Pythgoras of Samos

According to His theory, examining a team’s run differential can provide a more accurate understanding of its true strength, as opposed to simply looking at its winning percentage. Over the course of a season, a team’s actual record should gravitate towards a record more reflective of its run differential.

Love it when we get to beat up on these crappy NL…oh wait

May 20, 2012 | 75 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yanks drop two out of three to Cincinnati, and are approaching the AL East basement.

And Arod’s power continues to evaporate:

Did he keep the receipt on that Kobe Bryant surgery?

Where’s the beef, Alex?

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