What do Kris Benson, Barry Bonds, Shawn Chacon, Tony Clark, Bartolo Colon, Shawn Green, Livan Hernandez, Kenny Lofton, Kyle Lohse, Kevin Mench, Doug Mientkiewicz, Trot Nixon, Corey Patterson, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Shannon Stewart, Mike Sweeney, Ron Villone, David Wells and Preston Wilson have in common?
They’re all among the unemployed at the moment. With spring training approaching, you’ll start to see some of these guys accept minor-league deals or incentive-laden major league contracts. It’s either that or retirement.
Brian Cashman had an interesting take on it.
“There’s no middle class,” he said last week. “You either have the stars or the young guys. There are very few players in between.”
Just spent a good part of the morning on my new favorite web site. It’s Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends.
I’m hanging out with my nephew today before heading back to New York. I’m on vacation this week before heading down to Tampa.
The plan for the blog this week is to break down a segment of the training camp roster each day starting tomorrow. We’ll do catchers, starters, relievers, infielders and outfielders.
The Yankees have 67 players on the roster at the moment. That will go to 68 once they get around to admitting they signed Chris Woodward.