Jack writes: Any thoughts as to how the Yanks can fix their 40-man roster problem? They’ll have to lose three guys when Pettitte, A-Rod and Mo finally sign, but then there’s also the problem of what to do if they sign Mahay. I assume Sean Henn is on his way out? What about Brackman? Is he still on, or is he officially on the 60-day DL?
Answer: There is no 60-day DL in the offseason. Brackman is on as he was signed to a major-league deal. Now that the Yanks have signed LaTroy Hawkins, they will have to drop three players to accomodate him, Rodriguez and Rivera. Henn, being a lefty, is probably safe for now. If it was up to me, I’d dump Brian Bruney, Matt DeSalvo and Carl Pavano.
John writes: What is the story on J. Brent Cox? He pitched well in AA, then broke his hand, but was supposed to pitch this year. I haven’t heard boo about this guy all year. He was the top reliever his senior year at Texas.
Answer: Cox broke his hand around this time last year and never pitched in 2007. He, Mark Melancon and Humberto Sanchez will go into spring training as rehab cases and could emerge as some point in 2008.
Debbie writes: I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your constant informative information about all that is the Yankees. I am Tyler Clippardâ€™s Mom and I have followed the blog since last spring training to keep up with the latest things from the team. You should have seen me last May on the Friday before his debut constantly monitoring your site for the official announcement from the Yankees that he was in fact going to get that Sunday night start against the Mets. Anyway I will still check your site often for the latest on the Yankees. I hope that the Nationals have some insightful bloggers as well.
Answer: Thanks for the note, Debbie. Tyler is a good kid and I wish him well with the Nationals. I’m sure all the blog readers feel the same way. That game against the Mets was fun to watch.
Joe writes: Do you get the feeling that Girardi will make Pettitte the ace of the staff? I think it makes perfect sense and make Kennedy the fifth starter with Mussina in as long man/spot starter.
Answer: Somewhere in Taiwan, Chien-Ming Wang winces. Joe, nobody is “made” the ace. You sort of become it. Don’t sell the Wanger short. I’d like to see Kennedy as the No. 5 but the Moose will get every chance to earn the spot. I don’t see him being an effective reliever at this stage of his career.
Ryan writes: Is it true that concessions only cost $1 in the press box at Yankee Stadium, and that you don’t even have to leave the box to get them? Or is that just a myth?
Answer: That is true. You can get Cokes, water, ice cream and hot dogs for $1. There’s a small stand in the press box. It’s as much for the people who work for the team as it is for the media.
Phil writes: What is your ultimate goal as a reporter? Do you want to be an editor or a national guy or magazine guy? I know you wrote a book already with your compadres so maybe that is what you want to do?
Answer: Good question, Phil. I’ve been trying to figure out the answer for about 20 years. I loved covering college basketball when I did that and now I love covering baseball. I’m hoping to do this for as long as somebody lets me.
Anthony writes: I am 16 year old student in high school with dreams of becoming a journalist, specifically covering the New York Yankees. Can you give me any tips on how to get into the business when I graduate from college?
Answer: Anthony, take business classes, go to Wharton and manage a hedge fund. You’ll make a ton of money, never work weekends and you’ll be able to drink beer when you attend games in a luxury suite with your insanely hot wife. If you still insist on getting in the media, learn as much as you can about web sites, video production and other aspects of new media. The business is changing every day.
Thanks for all the good e-questions. Feel free to e-mail me with questions at any time.