From a Daily News article in 2011

While looking up some facts for a post I am writing about Brian Cashman, I stumbled across this gem in the New York Daily News from John Harper.

He wrote it on September 7th, 2011 after Jesus Montero homered for the Yankees.

I’ll cut and paste the whole thing here.

It will always be fair to wonder if Brian Cashman was right or wrong not to give in to the Mariners’ demands for Cliff Lee 14 months ago and include either Ivan Nova or Eduardo Nuez along with Jesus Montero, the centerpiece of the proposed deal.

But one thing for sure: After Montero flashed the opposite-field power that has had scouts comparing him to Mike Piazza for years, hitting his first two big-league home runs at Yankee Stadium on Monday, it’s starting to look like the Mariners were the real losers in that rather famous near-deal.

 Oh what an ironic ending!
A player that scouts compared to Mike Piazza could have been dealt for Cliff Lee, who was the difference between the Yankees going to the 2010 World Series or the Rangers going to the 2010 World Series.

Instead of a Cy Young winning post season stud (up to that point) they traded him for a guy with one good first half and will miss all of 2012 and part of 2013 before he throws a single pitch for the Yankees.

Meanwhile the Mariners wound up getting him anyway AND was able to deal Lee for prospects. Yeah, Justin Smoak has been a disappointment. But pitcher Blake Beavan has shown promise.

In a way, Montero’s production this season is almost irrelevant in evaluating this trade in the short term.
Listening to the Yankee broadcast yesterday, Suzyn Waldman stuck to the company talking points saying that Montero hasn’t been tearing up Seattle, creating a false equivalency that the trade might be equally bad for both teams. (This was before Montero crushed a Piazza like homer last night.)

Even if Montero finishes with a .100 OPS and winds up vomiting into Ichiro’s cap during a game, this trade is still disastrous in the short term. Montero’s Yankee role and position was “Prime Trade Chip.”

He was the bait to fill the inevitable pitching holes and needed to be spent wisely.

And he wasn’t.

And I think the Mariners no longer feel like the loser of that deal. Follow sullybaseball on Twitter

I know what you are doing, Tyler Clippard

You can fool most of the people, but you can’t fool ole’ Sully.

Clippard blew a save the other day but the Nationals rallied the next inning and he got the win.
Funny… he did the EXACT SAME THING the day before.

That’s right, he got two wins this weekend, all the while posting a microscopic ERA (0.76) and batting average against (.158.)

And now he is being mentioned in some elite company this year. In this season that is filled with Cy Young contenders in the National League, guess which three pitchers are tied for the league lead in Wins?

Roy Halladay and Ubaldo Jimenez each have 6 as you would expect with their Cy Young caliber starts. But who also has 6?

Tim Lincecum? Nope.
Adam Wainwright? Nope.
Barry Zito? Nope.
Johan Santana? Nope.

That would be Tyler Clippard.

He’s got 6 wins and zero losses…

Going into this year the only thing I knew about Tyler Clippard was he won a game for the Yankees against the Mets in the Subway Series…

And that all of humanity was spared hearing John Sterling call him “The Yankee Clippard” for year after year.

But now here he is being the ultimate scavenger.

What if he has 14 more instances in the rest of the year like he did twice this weekend?

What if he becomes a 20 game winner? Does he get included in the Cy Young discussion?

So THAT’S his plan!

He wants to be a Cy Young contender because he’s convinced all the voters just look at win totals.

What if it happens 35 more times in the next 4 1/2 months?

Then he will tie a once thought unbreakable record of 41 wins of Jack Chesbro who did it for the 1904 New York Highlanders (Now the Yankees.).
(Can you imagine winning 41 games in a season?)

Well the only way it ever could be broken is by a vulture reliever like Clippard… blowing games and then picking up the win with an inning of work… 42 times to the record book.

42 times to immortality.

It’s a brilliant plan.

It’s diabolical.

I am on to you, Clippard.

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