: Greg and Chris Calvosa
: Joe Torre
: Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson
: David Cone
: Bucky Dent
: Rich "Goose" Gossage
1st Base Coach
: Chris Chambliss
3rd Base Coach
: Roy White
: Mickey Rivers, Rickey Henderson
: Thurman Munson, Yogi Berra
: Tino Martinez
: Billy Martin, Willie Randolph
: Scott "Super-cali-frag-alistic-expi-ali-" Brosius
: Phil Rizzuto, Bucky Dent
: Paul O'Neill,Joe Dimaggio,Mickey Mantle,Mickey Rivers
: Whitey Ford, Tommy John, Dave Righetti
: Thurman Munson, Corey Lidle
: Phil Rizzuto/Bill White
From the Tunnel - 04/29/10
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BW: Hello again ladies, gentlemen and Straphangers fans from around the globe. Welcome to the latest edition of From the Tunnel, the insider show for all the news, stories, interviews and updates for the DMBL's Sardine City Straphangers. I'm Bill White, and I'm here with my partner in the booth, "The Scooter" Phil Rizutto.
PR: Thanks Bill! With all that's happening in the organization, there's so much to talk about today I don't even know where to begin. Maybe we should start with The Money Store, where qualified homeowners can get instant approval on a fixed rate first or second mortgage loan. And, best of all, the low interest payments may be fully deductible.
BW: Thanks Scooter! You are correct about one thing. There have been a number of issues the Straphangers have faced so far this season and it's time we address a few of them. First of all, the Straphangers have been muddling through the season. No one inside or outside the organization can be pleased with what they are seeing at the plate.
PR: Holy cow! You got that right, Bill! It's been anemic. Manager Joe Torre and Hitting Coach Reggie Jackson aren't quit e sure what else they can do about it short of handing the guys a canolli before every at bat. They've juggled the lineup, worked on approach, preached plate discipline and the players are in the cage and taking extra batting practice. Nothing seems to be working!
BW: It's inexplicable as the offense was solid in the preseason and looked ready to take on all comers. As of today, only four everyday players are hitting over .265 and only three have an OBP over .315. To put it mildly, that's a major concern. Across the board, the Straphangers are struggling in every major offensive category and that means the starting pitchers simply aren't getting any run support. In fact you just won't win a lot of games averaging only a meager 3.9 runs per game.
PR: No, they definitely aren't getting the run support and the offense has scored the second fewest runs in the league. Now, the defense hasn't been perfect behind them, but they've been good, have kept the errors to a minimum and done enough to keep games close. It's the pitchers who have clearly been the strength of the team and they have allowed the fewest runs in the league.
BW: The relievers have been solid, but not superb, yet let's not forget to mention Mike Wuertz has been a perfect 7 for 7 closing out the games when given the opportunity.