From the weirdos who visit NoMaas, v2

December 21, 2011 | 44 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

A few weeks ago, we encouraged our readers to email us whatever they wanted and we’d post our favorites. Enjoy the second edition of “From the Weirdos Who Visit NoMaas.”

From Chris T.

From Taiwanese Man:

* Pay attention to what happens at the 1:35 mark *

From Sully:

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You can’t “retract this”, Bill

December 20, 2011 | 41 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

In March 2010, Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News told a NoMaas reader to basically go f*** himself after the reader tried to have a rational baseball debate with the Hall of Fame sportswriter. You can read the full exchange here.

Maybe if the NoMaas reader was a bit younger, Conlin would have treated him differently….

Philadelphia Inquirer:

Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.

In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them and touched their genitals in assaults in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12.

“This is a tragedy,” said Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin’s who said he molested her when she was a child. “People have kept his secret. It’s not just the victims, it’s the victims’ families. There were so many people who knew about this and did nothing.”

Conlin retired Tuesday from the Daily News, where he had worked for more than four decades.

“I can’t even begin to express the shock, sadness, and outrage I feel by what Bill Conlin is alleged to have done,” said Daily News editor Larry Platt, who immediately accepted Conlin’s offer to retire.

*Thanks to Ryan, Brian, and Ike for tipping us off to the story.

Yankees’ austerity sees them lose out on Darvish

December 20, 2011 | 77 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yahoo Sports:

The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by placing a record $51.7 million bid in a posting auction, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Darvish’s team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will accept the bid, which means the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If they cannot work out a deal, Darvish would return to Japan for the 2012 season and the Rangers would be refunded the posting fee.

On November 12th, we said we’d bid $53 million for him. We came very, very close to the actual figure. In fact, we would have won the bid by a slight amount. Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

The Yankees, however, remain content with CC and the Pixie Dust Four.

“Don’t you two see that you’re in love with each other?

December 18, 2011 | 65 comments | in Featured | by SJK

All this talk about how trade demands are sky high and that the Yankees reportedly aren’t winning the Yu Darvish bid, we’d simply like to say…

“You’re running around out there looking for something that’s not even there, and everything you dream of is right here”.

And as a refresher

VOTE: Will we see Yu in pinstripes?

December 15, 2011 | 83 comments | in Featured | by SJK

With the Yankees front office apparently turning into bean counters, is there reason to believe they actually submitted the highest bid for Yu Darvish?

“We have no money to spend this offseason, except for Freddy Garcia!”

Gone from Boston, what will Jason Varitek do with all his free time?

December 13, 2011 | 49 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Louis Winthorpe III

ESPN Boston:

The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told’s Jerry Crasnick, almost certainly ending team captain Jason Varitek’s 15-year career in Boston.

A source said the 31-year-old Shoppach will make a base salary of $1.35 million, plus performance bonuses. The deal is expected to be announced sometime Tuesday.

For the soon-to-be-40-year-old Varitek, the Shoppach deal should make official what Ben Cherington hinted at the winter meetings last week: that the catcher’s tenure in Boston was over.

So…what will The Captain do now?

**Thanks to longtime friend of NoMaas, Stacey, for inspiring this post.

“Last night was great, here’s a signed baseball”

December 13, 2011 | 57 comments | in Featured | by SJK

In what can only be described as nothing short of amazing:

Tuesday’s NY Post:

Yankee star Derek Jeter, one of New York’s most eligible hunks since his split with longtime gal pal Minka Kelly, is bedding a bevy of beauties in his Trump World Tower bachelor pad — and then coldly sending them home alone with gift baskets of autographed memorabilia.

The Yank captain’s wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kiss-offs came to light when he mistakenly pulled the stunt twice on the same woman — forgetting she had been an earlier conquest, a pal told The Post.

Derek has girls stay with him at his apartment in New York, and then he gets them a car to take them home the next day. Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball,” the friend dished.

“This summer, he ended up hooking up with a girl who he had hooked up with once before, but Jeter seemed to have forgotten about the first time and gave her the same identical parting gift, a gift basket with a signed Derek Jeter baseball,” the pal said.

“He basically gave her the same gift twice because he’d forgotten hooking up with her the first time!”

**Thanks to good friend of NoMaas, Ricky O, for inspiring this post.

‘Playing the Game the Right Way’ angry at Kevin Long

December 12, 2011 | 45 comments | in Featured | by SJK

After revealing himself as a fried chicken-eating drunk who couldn’t care less about the success of his team, MLB VP of Baseball Etiquette is apparently upset with Yankees’ hitting coach, Kevin Long.

Boston Herald:

Bobby Valentine yesterday expanded on his recent phone conversation with Josh Beckett, who was not happy that the manager had complained about all the time the starter was taking in between pitches in a game against the New York Yankees.

“He felt, and probably correctly so, at the time he was dominating the Yankees and one of the things mentioned across the field was from (Yankees hitting coach) Kevin Long,” Valentine said during the “Christmas at Fenway” ticket-selling event at Fenway Park. “I didn’t remember this as an ESPN announcer, but Kevin Long started complaining about him taking too long and (Beckett) felt, ‘Why don’t I take long, if they don’t like it, that’s exactly what I want to do — do what they don’t like, do what makes them uncomfortable, what makes them not successful.’ So he said that what I, and we at ESPN, we fell into his trap, or we bought into Kevin Long’s strategy to reverse his success.

“I get it. I said, ‘Maybe I did,’ and that there was a frenzy about what Kevin said and I was reiterating it.”

Valentine said that he mostly listened to Beckett during a 20-minute phone call that began with, “ ‘Oh by the way, I was really (upset) at what you said.’ And I said, ‘OK let’s get that out of the way.’ So that was out of the way and then we talked about everything else, so that was kind of the extent of his dislike for what I said.”

Does the CJ Wilson deal shed light on Yu Darvish?

December 8, 2011 | 64 comments | in Featured | by SJK

On November 12th, we outlined what we’d bid and offer Yu Darvish. Our total expenditure was $83 million ($53 mil bid + 5yr/$30 mil contract). Our rationale for the $83 million was the following:

Combining the bid and actual contract, the Yankees would pay Darvish $16.6 million a year over 5 years. That’s not ace-money in today’s day and age, but it’s certainly realistic terms for a top #2.

CJ Wilson, a top #2 starter, just signed a 5 year / $77.5 million deal on the heels of two straight very good seasons.

We might not be far off on our Yu numbers.

Unfortunately, Darvish is advised by a very combative uncle.

Jonathon Niese: Making the jump from JV to varsity?

December 8, 2011 | 74 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by Vizzini

Daily News

As of Wednesday night, the Mets had not decided whether to trade Jonathon Niese, but according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation, the Yankees were one of four or five teams that had asked about the lefthanded starter.

San Diego, Boston, Colorado and Toronto were among the other clubs said to be expressing interest, although one source said that San Diego, after initially considering the idea, had decided not to pursue the 25-year-old.

Although the Mets are not actively shopping Niese, they are willing to seriously consider any proposals. One team insider described the asking price as high, and said the Mets were looking for major-league ready players, in addition to prospects.

Niese is a lefty, ground-ballin’ baller with very nice peripherals (unlike Nova). He rode a 51.5% GB rate last year to a sweet 3.28 xFIP (3.14 K/9). That was good for the 14th-best xFIP among MLB starters in 2011 (min. 150 innings), a tick ahead of Dan Haren.

His ERA of 4.40 will detract the 1987 baseball card crowd, but he suffered from a very high BABIP of .333 and below-normal left-on-base percentage of 67.0%. It’s worthy to note that the Mets’ defense ranked dead last in baseball, according to UZR. Thus, his skill level is much better than the inflated ERA wrongly suggests.

He’s under team control through 2015, so the Yankees would have a solid upper-rotation lefty starter locked up at below market prices. This would improve their rotation significantly for 2012 and enable them to blow everyone out of the water for an elite free agent pitcher next offseason.

The Mets want an MLB-ready placeholder and a prospect. The Yankees are a perfect fit on this account as well. They could offer Noesi or Nova as the MLB placeholder. These assets are relatively attractive for the Mets since they are already established at the MLB, but also are under team control for years to come. The Mets could then have their choice of one of the three AAA pitchers who will never be a staple in the Yankees rotation.

Niese would be a great get for the Yankees.

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