The Yanks payroll has grown (like most of us at the end of this week), and has secured a roster that will be good enough to get it back to the playoffs in my view. Is that good enough though? (no!)
As of now (about 130 days until pitchers and catchers report), I think we still have the same questions heading into '08 as we did this past season. Who is our first baseman going to be? Duncan, Giambi, Phillips, Betemit? Is our starting pitching good enough? What about the bullpen quality?
I am not sure what the implications of Duncan's blood clot mean to his playing baseball for '08. If he's healthy, I think he has what it takes to be a good first baseman. I also think the same of Phillips. What the hell do we do with Wilson Betemit? What about this guy Juan Miranda that is tooling around the minors - legit or trade bate?
I think the more time passes, the more likely it will be that Andy Pettitte is not coming back. That leaves us for now anyway, with a rotation of Wang, Kennedy, Chamberlain, Hughes and Mussina. It could be great - or it could prove to be a bust. I think the young 4 have what it takes to be great - does anyone else?
General MLB: With the socialized luxury tax sharing system in place, how is it that there was not more of a market for a Tori Hunter or with the anticipated new deal for Santana?
The Mitchell Report is rumored to be released this week. Will it name names and what will that do to MLB a year after its most successful season? How or will players be punished if named, yet still managed to pass all drug tests?
College FB: St. John Fisher (11-1) and Mt. Union College (12-0) are set to meet on 12/1 in the East Regional Finals. A rematch from last season's playoffs. SJF is the only team in D3 to give MUC a game the last two seasons. Many think this year's version of MUC is the best team in the history of D3 football and have outscored opponents by an average score 54-2. They have one common opponent in Ithaca College. MUC beat them by 24 points, Fisher beat them by 21 points. An early Vegas line has MUC over SJF by 4 1/2 touchdowns.
And finally, another November comes to a close, and we are left with another year asking for a Division I college football playoff system to determine the true champion. There is one undefeated team this year (Hawaii) and they won't even be given a shot to play for a title. Yet 4 teams with 1 loss (WVU, Kansas, Ohio State, and Missouri) will all be set to reap million dollar paydays and lobby why they are better than all the other 1 loss teams and should be considered to be the champion. Look, I'm not saying Hawaii is the best. What I am saying is that there should be a system in place to give them the opportunity to show that they are the best until someone beats them. And we don't have one - this seems to be the case every single season - will it ever change?