Monday, April 7, 2008
Ridin' Around in My Blogmobile
Hop in the blogmobile and let's take a spin through the blogosphere. - Alan Hahn is back today with another suggestion for Donnie Walsh, a way to improve the team on the court and maybe bring back some of the prestige to the Garden. He already suggested adding Patrick Ewing to next year's coaching staff and today thinks a good rookie to add would be Ewing's son, Patrick Jr. As Hahn points out, Ewing Jr. will be a second round pick at best. Unfortunately the Knicks traded their second-rounder for Demetris Nichols, who they cut soon after. I very much like the idea of trading Renaldo Balkman, who has taken a step back and has a similar style to Pat Jr., for a second round pick this year. Ewing is known for his defense and energy, which is what Balkman brought, but I think it's a good idea to get rid of as many guys as you can from this horrible team and start with a clean slate. Of course that starts with firing Isiah Thomas. - Peter Abraham chimes in on his blog, which I recently added to the blogroll on the right, evaluating Yankees minor-leaguer Kei Igawa. As you know, I think Igawa stinks and so does Pete Abe. Igawa has looked pretty good in Scranton-Wilkes Barre and even pitched a perfect first start before leaving the game. But let's not let that fool us; it is Triple A, after all. - Our final piece isn't from a blog, but from Newsday's Jim Baumbach who thinks Joba Chamberlain belongs in the bullpen for the New York Yankees, and I agree with him - for this season, at least. Joba is incredibly effective out of the bullpen as we've seen, bringing energy and throwing gas. I know the plan is for him to eventually be a starter, but if you take him out of the bullpen this season there won't be anyone good left out there to set up for Mariano Rivera. If Chamberlain is starting, that means Kyle Farnsworth is your setup man, and that scares me. I worry that hitters will adjust to Joba after seeing him two or three times in the same game. But coming out of the pen he is a strikeout machine and is his fastball is even more effective after seeing finesse pitchers like Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina, and Ian Kennedy. I don't know if Joba would be the same as a starter. Could he bring that intensity for seven straight innings? And if he's in the bullpen, he can have an impact on more games. If he's in the rotation, you'll see him once every five days.