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Rest O' The League Round-Up: Special Off-Season Edition!
Friday, January 04, 2008
***Good pal and Yanks beat reporter Peter Abraham has featured this article over on his site - he will be posting "guest blogs" from all sorts of fun Yanks bloggers all month. I implore you to check out his site and also enjoy the posts of the other guests!***

I imagine that as diehard Yanks fans like myself - which I assume y'all are, since you're here - the shortage of baseball news lately has been difficult to cope with and has perhaps thrown a wrench in your usual workday plan of reading baseball websites for about 4 of the 8 hours (or is that just me?). The Yankees in particular have been very quiet on the news front; since re-signing A-Rod, Posada, Abreu, Mo, and Pettitte they haven't done a whole lot about which to write and/or read. It is during the lean times like the these that we must keep in mind the fact that there are 29 other teams in the league, each of them with a roster full of players and news for us to peruse!

Throughout the second half of the 2007 season I provided an (approximately) weekly overview of the goings-on of the aforementioned other 29 teams which I called the "Rest Of The League Round-Up". The idea behind those round-ups was to provide a concise update on what was going on in the non-Yanks world, team by team, and just for some added fun (and, truthfully, because for some of these teams [Nationals, anyone?] there simply wasn't always all that much to say) I implemented a self-imposed limit of 10 words per team. If you'd like to check out the 2007 round-ups, you can read them here, but for now, let's rock and roll with a special Off-Season Rest Of The League Round-Up!

AL East Once again, I see two teams that have a chance and 3 that don't. Que triste, Torobaltibay...
Boston: Wanted Santana just to prevent Yanks acquiring. Pitching still scary.
Toronto: Virtually un-changed roster. Good luck keeping DL under 2809123098 players.
Baltimore: You haven't had winning season since 1997. Keep dream alive!
Tampa Bay: Maybe taking "Devil" out of name will help you. Nice try.

AL Central
Two of you knocked the Yanks out in the last two years. Go to hell, AL Central
: You should've beat BoSox. Pitching too good.
Detroit: If beefed-up offense stays healthy, look out Cleveland.
Minnesota: In driver's seat with Santana, but be smart: deal him.
: Ozzie Guillen will be the death of you... again.
Kansas City
: Would love to see you succeed. Good farm, so someday?

AL West You know rat-ville is coming out on top here, folks
Los Angeles
: Hunter signing VERY wise. Extra "i" brings good luck.
: Current and former players going Clemens route after steroids scandal...
: Dear Billy Beane. Wise change in stance
: Otsuka recommended Padres as destination for Japanese players. Texas displeased.

NL East Competition here in 2008!
: Crushing Mets = high spirits. Sidenote: Anna Benson comes with Kris.
New York
: Signing veterans like you're the old Yankees. PS: Get Santana.
: If Mets blow it again, maybe you have chance again.
: Got some good youngsters to watch! Maybe people will care.
: Payroll now just under 150 bucks

NL Central
Too many teams, too little time
Chicago: Weren't you trying to sell the team? What happened?
Milwaukee: I wonder if these people will hope again in 2008.
St. Louis: STILL don't get how you won in 2006.
Houston: Berkman outspoken about trades, but probs won't be traded himself.
Cincinnati: reds.com headline: "Reds head to 2008 with clear intentions". Obviously.
Pittsburgh: Will spend year trying to erase memory of Bonds.

NL West Used to be "forgotten division"... now home to tight race!
Arizona: Yup, it was totally the less-hideous uniforms.
San Diego: I still maintain: Who needs offense with this pitching!?
Colorado: Congrats on pennant. Unsure what you'll do in 2008 though.
Los Angeles: Good boy, Torre. Keep quiet, stay loyal to your lads.
San Francisco: No chance.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, January 04, 2008  
  • At 2:55 AM, Blogger Ethan Michaels said…

    Wanted Santana just to prevent the Yanks? I dunno, I think any team would want Santana regardless of who might acquire him. He's the best pitcher in baseball.

    Ethan Michaels

  • At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gross! get rid of that picture, you look like a witch. We all know you are way better looking than that photo come on now Chick!

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger Andrew Fletcher said…

    There are a lot of morons on Pete's blog. I'm a little scared to post now...

    Good post, Maureen!

  • At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I liked your post, don't let the anonymous haters get you down. You are the one with the blog and a great readership. Keep up the great work.

    and don't be scared Andy, there will always be people like that, it only takes getting used to. The only thing you should be be scared of is fear dictating and influencing your writing.

  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous whoisthedogg said…

    I just wanted to leave here what I posted over on Pete's site:


    Much love... Good post. I enjoyed the read and check your site frequently.

    Why all the hate guys... seriously. Can any of you do better? I wish I had enough motivation to blog my opinions. Man seriously it blows my mind how negative people can really be. For those of you who are hating on a woman because she is "allowed" to post... WOW!! I didn’t realize that Doc Brown and Marty McFly created a flux capacitor big enough to bring the whole world back to November 5, 1955. I must say today I will look down my nose at a select few posters here... if you need to hate start with the person who stares back at you everyday you look in the mirror.

    Again, don't let it get to you YankeesChick... much love!

  • At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Simile Master 2008 said…

    Maureen, you're like a hot potato without the toppings -- you're just plain hot!!!

  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Metaphor Master 2008 said…

    Maureen is a hot potato sans the toppings -- she's just plain hot!!!

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Keith R.A. DeCandido said…

    Well done, YC, and don't let the turkeys on Pete Abe's blog get you down. The exposure will be worth it and will draw many people to your wonderfulness.

    And that was a great 29'er, as usual....

  • At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Casey said…

    Is a peaceful coexistence between Sox and yank fans possible?.... Probably Not. I'll not bring any hate to your blog just the assertion of the Sox going after Santana to keep him away from the Yanks. IF that's what the Sox are doing, they would have learned that tactic from the Yankees a la Judas Damon and Tomahawk Chop Rodriguez.

  • At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Kill-Schill(ing) said…

    Dear Maureen-

    First of all, I hesitate to dignify the discussion about your appearance that occurred yesterday over at the lohud site because it’s sexist and offensive. Were it a man inaugurating the role of guest blogger, I seriously doubt anyone would have commented on his comeliness. Instead, we'd have argued the merits of his post.

    (It’s always disconcerting when the tenor of the discussion over at lohud degenerates into to the bar room incivility that prevails over at nomaas.)

    However, it pains me even more to realize the blow sexism must deal to women’s self-esteem. Because if someone as attractive as you could actually suspect herself unattractive and worse, express it, there’s something profoundly wrong with how woman form their self-image in our society.

    Maureen, please excuse the sexism my following comment reflects. But, trust me, every male chauvinist pig who contributes to this site, me included, would be proud to call you his girlfriend. Especially, when like every man, he’s compelled that first time to show you off to his friends.

    And if he’s a Yankee fan, well then, he should also consider himself the luckiest man alive to have a girlfriend as passionate and as knowledgeable about, and as devoted to, the Yankees as you are besides.

    Don’t let the jackals discourage you.

  • At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Purveyor of Truth and/or Justice said…

    yankees chick -- i love the way you write your blog in size 12 font, but implore others to visit Pete's blog in size 10 font. (For those of you who cannot even find her imploration, take out a powerful electron microscope and focus it at the blur under the post's title).

    Judging from font size diferentials, I would hasten to say your so-called imploration was nothing more than a clever ruse to trick us hawkeyes into believing that the Yankees Chick actually cares about someone other than Maureen.

  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…


    The link is right at the top - if I didn't think it was important to let people know about that blog, I could have just put it at the bottom or nowhere at all. If you miss that, methinks 'tis you that has some trouble...

  • At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Purveyor of Truth and/or Justice said…

    ...methinks the lady doth protest too much

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    ok that was awesome - that response was "pret-ay, pret-ay, pret-ay good!"

  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger BernBabyBern said…

    Left this on the lohud blog:

    Hey, Yankees Chick:

    Nice job as the "leadoff hitter" for the guest bloggers.

    And to everyone else, a tip: Check out YC's actual blog. It's an entertaining, funny read. Good stuff.

    I don't understand how Peter is getting "lazy" by allowing some space to guest bloggers. It's not like he's taking a month off, folks. He's posting stuff, too. He's just tossing some other voices into the mix. Check out some of these other blogs. Some of them, like YC's, are actually pretty good.

    Finally, I wonder if the rest of the guest bloggers will have such in-depth discussions in the comments about how "hot" they are.

    As one of the future guest bloggers, I realize now it's going to be a tough crowd. But hey, it's fun. You did a nice job.

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