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  1. Would DHing still be too taxing? Seems like he might be able to handle a strict DH role

    Comment by Paul — January 18, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  2. Clearly, Baldelli’s situation is unique, and nothing short of tragic in my view. It brings up the question, however, of “injury prone-ness”. Looking at Church, for instance. I don’t consider him to be “injury prone” just because he’s had two years with injuries. The fact is, the injury he suffered this year is totally unrelated to the concussion/s he suffered with (and which were exacerbated by) the Mets in ’08. I will grant that concussions become increasingly likely the more they occur, but it’s not like a hamstring or knee injury, or a shoulder/elbow for a pitcher.

    I’d love to see a discussion / statistical analysis here of bad luck vs. injury prone-ness.

    Comment by SteveM — January 18, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  3. The comparisons of Baldelli to DiMaggio came about due to his effortless and smooth play in centerfield, not because both were of Italian descent. Perhaps that is the reason David Dellucci doesn’t also draw comparisons to DiMaggio.

    Comment by longgandhi — January 18, 2010 @ 11:38 am

  4. I’ve definitely wanted the Yanks to go after Baldelli for some time now. With their plan to use Ramiro Pena as a super utility guy and the presence of Jamie Hoffman, they don’t need Baldelli to fill late-game defensive-replacement/mop-up time duties. If he spells Gardner or Granderson against tough lefties once or twice a week and comes up to pinch hit late in games every now and then, he should be able to remain relatively healthy. It just needs to be impressed upon Girardi that he can’t whip this horse too hard.

    Comment by Kevin S. — January 18, 2010 @ 11:54 am

  5. Miss you, Rocco.

    Comment by Drew — January 18, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  6. I suppose the argument against that is that he’s not a good enough hitter to be much use as a DH, and if he STILL misses about half the games he plays, he’ll be near replacement level. I guess for the sort of cash he might make ($2m or so) or slightly above you might be able to sign a Jim Thome, who may be nearly done but is still a good bet to get on base at an above-average rate and hit 25 dingers a year.

    Comment by Felonius_Monk — January 18, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  7. Is that really the best use of the Yankees’ last roster spot, though?

    Comment by joser — January 18, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  8. Does he just need 4 more seasons on a 40 man roster to get to pension?

    I know it’s hard to actively root for a millionaire athlete to hit a point of receiving one, but Rocco’s an exception.

    Comment by Joe R — January 18, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  9. If they carry a twelve-man bullpen, their bench is Cervelli, Hoffman, Pena… that last spot should be righty pop, and Baldelli’s the best of that left, IMO.

    Comment by Kevin S. — January 18, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

  10. Why would Baldelli want to “spell Gardner or Granderson against tough lefties once or twice a week and come up to pinch hit late in games every now and then”? I’d imagine he would be quite insulted having to back up either one of those guys.

    I’d like to say that he’d be better off on the roster of a team with superior medical but that didn’t work out so well last year. So at this point, I agree with 1st poster Paul: He should improve his stick and find a team wanting a DH/very occasional OF. Either that or retire with grace.

    Comment by Dirty Water — January 18, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  11. Are you really asking why a guy would want to …

    [1] Be on the NYY roster (the defending WS champs)
    [2] Play sparingly and in matchups that play to your strength (vRHP)
    [3] Be able to continue your MLB career without increasingly risking your health/status
    [4] Be a part of something (perhaps) special.

    Seems like an easy decision to me.

    What are his other options? Play 80 games with a “less good” team?

    I’m guessing quite a few guys, with non-ideal future outlooks, would jump at the chance to play for the NYY, have a chance for big success, and a decent shot at a ring.

    That seems to me to be a “gravy job” in terms of MLB.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — January 18, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

  12. Rocco is only 27, and I’m sure his competitive fire still burns bright..If I had his ability I sure as hell wouldn’t concede so young. So.. 50 AB’s with the champs or limitless ones with PIT? That is an easy decision for me. I’ll play in Pittsburgh for half the green (and hope it becomes a springboard for bigger and better things).

    Comment by Dirty Water — January 18, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  13. I’m pretty sure that even the lesser half of a platoon gets 200-250 PA. The downward adjustment was if Baldelli couldn’t physically handle it. I’m pretty sure that will curtail his opportunities more than what a team with two outfielders who have difficulties against lefties could use out of him.

    Comment by Kevin S. — January 18, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

  14. Why are the Yanks gambling on a guy who may not be able to play. THey have Gardner adn a rookie for OF which doesn’t sound too good. No depth at all. Nady, Thames, Dye are prefessionals and still available.

    Comment by Vinny — January 20, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  15. Yeah, Thames makes more sense. Baldelli has pretty much demonstrated he won’t be available every time you need him. There could be 350-400 AB for a Yanks’ righty fourth outfielder easily, especially when you consider Nick Johnson and Johnson will be DH.

    Comment by mockcarr — January 20, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  16. Nevermind, I forgot how bad an OF Thames is.

    Comment by mockcarr — January 20, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  17. It sounds like you’re creating problems yourself by trying to solve this issue instead of looking at why their is a problem in the first place

    Comment by LED TV — April 23, 2010 @ 12:30 am

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    Comment by Schedule — October 29, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

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