20 is the new 17…

When does age not matter?




I guess it is when the Yankees sign a “prospect” who was suspended for claiming he was only 17 years old when he was actually 20.  Eladio Moronta, a Dominican outfield prospect, was suspended earlier this year for the age discrepancy, but was reinstated on September 28th.  He is 6’1″, 183 lbs, and has been compared to Raul Mondesi.




It is not clear how Moronta fits into the Yankees system, particularly with Austin Jackson nearly major league ready.  But for a prospect who could have commanded a signing bonus in the millions, he was signed for only $570,000.  I could live rather comfortably on $570K, but for the Yankees, that’s a drop in the bucket.  Let’s hope the signing works out…



I have to admit that I am becoming a believer in Brett Favre.  I was very skeptical when he finally signed with Minnesota Vikings after a season of ‘is he retired?  Is he not?’.  I was ready to turn over the QB reins to Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.  Of course, had that happened, there is absolutely no way that the Vikings would have been 9-1, with a 3-game lead on the Green Bay Packers.


Amos-Smith/Minnesota Vikings


Prior to Sunday, there was much talk about how that was the point in the season where Favre begin his fade with the New York Jets in 2008.  So what did Brett do on Sunday?  He threw for 4 TD passes and completed a career-high 88 percent of his passes as the Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 35-9.  So, I guess in the Vikings case, age does not matter.



The Boston Red Sox named DeMarlo Hale as their new bench coach, replacing Brad Mills who was named as manager for the Houston Astros.  As much as I hate to admit it, it was a good move.  The Red Sox promoted AAA Pawtucket manager Ron Johnson who will become the new first base coach.  Last year’s first base coach, Tim Bogar, moves to third, replacing Hale.  I have always admired Red Sox manager Terry Francona despite my dislike for anything-Red Sox.  He showed once again that he is a master tactician.  I think the Red Sox are building a great second or third place team for 2010!  😉


Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, right, talks to third base coach DeMarlo Hale during the ninth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, in Chicago. The Red Sox won 10-1.


I kind of like the talk about the Yankees pursuing Florida ace Josh Johnson.  I’d prefer that to signing free agent John Lackey, even if we have to give up quality talent in return.  I think Josh as part of the trio with CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett would be the perfect formula for a 28th world championship.  Admittedly, it wouldn’t hurt to have Matt Holliday or Jason Bay in left field!  J


Athlon Sports


Congrats to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer for their respective MVP awards.  They were both the obvious choices and I see a trip to Cooperstown, NY for both players.  Why does Derek Jeter always lose to the Twins?  At least the Yankees, as a team, don’t share the same problem.  Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the Yankees won the World Series because of Jeter.  He meant more to the team than Mauer would have.  That doesn’t mean that I think Jeter should have beaten Mauer for MVP (I don’t), but for the Yankees, Jeter was the MVP.


David Bergman/SI


Okay, when do the free signings start?…




  1. juliasrants

    Love the comic at the end! I have to admit – I am very surprised at how well Brett Favre is doing this season. Watching him play for the Jets last season it is almost hard to believe that he is the same player! Vikings-Patriots Super Bowl? hmmmmm…;-) And the changes begin made in the Red Sox coaching staff will only make the team better. I like that we promote from within. No one knows the system better then those who have worked in it. I also like the reports this morning that the Red Sox are going aggressively against Doc Halladay. What a rotation we would have!


  2. Jane Heller

    I’m a little wary of NL pitchers moving to the AL. I’m sure Johnson is good, but can he make the transition? I’d rather have Halladay! But I’m less keen on Holliday, speaking of NL versus AL. He’s not great with the glove and it would be really refreshing to have someone with a good arm in left.


  3. Erin Kathleen

    I’m surprised Miguel Cabrera, and not Jeter, got a first-place vote for MVP, especially since his drunken shenanigans likely cost his team the division. Obviously I think the right guy won, but there’s no way Miggy was more valuable to his team than Jetes. Too bad we can’t have a do-over of the 2006 MVP, since Jeter definitely deserved to win then (Morneau wasn’t even the MVP of his own team, it was Mauer). Oh, well, I guess the Captain will just have to console himself with his 5 world series rings and likely first-ballot hall of fame induction :)Happy Thanksgiving, Scott! And go Vikes!-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.blogspot.com

  4. greg1969

    Scott, I am not so sure that anyone really knows anyone else’s age in the Dominican. I’m not sure the documentation standards are up to par down there, so a player can tell his “agent” (such as they are down there) whatever age he chooses. I dunno…
    If the Vikes are so high on Favre (and it seems they have reason to be, pending the season’s second half), and age doesn’t matter anymore, are they bringing back Alan Paige? Bud Grant? Hmmm…
    Have a great Thanksgiving and happy holiday season, Scott. Take care.

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