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Abreu looks ready to go

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Had a chance to say hello to Bobby Abreu today. He also appeared to take the warnings of Joe Girardi seriously and came to camp in great shape.

Again, in another shocking coincidence, he’s in a contract year.

The only Yankee who looks like he spent the winter on the couch is Kei Igawa. He’s so behind in running drills it’s like he’s carrying his translator.

Austin Jackson has “Jackson” tatooed across his back in Olde English letters. The tat-per-player ratio has risen dramatically in recent years as the Yankees get younger.





68 Responses to “Abreu looks ready to go”

  1. raymagnetic â„¢ February 20th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    “Austin Jackson has “Jackson” tatooed across his back in Olde English letters.”

    He needs a reminder of what his name is? Tats are okay with me, but when people tattoo their own names on their bodies I have no idea what they’re thinking.

    “The only Yankee who looks like he spent the winter on the couch is Kei Igawa. He’s so behind in running drills it’s like he’s carrying his translator.”

    So much for Igawa having a bounce back year. Let the Igawa bashing begin, again.

  2. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Action Jackson is here , so is Tabata today is their first workout of 2008 !!!

  3. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 February 20th, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Not too crazy about the tats, to be honest, would rather have a ban on tats than facial hair!

    But maybe that’s because Dad’s threatened to throw me out of the house if I ever deigned to get one.


    So you’re saying right now Bruney and Farnsworth look better then Igawa?


  4. Will February 20th, 2008 at 10:31 am

    I’ll tattoo Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata’s name on my face should those two wind up playing in the outfield together in two years.

  5. E-ROC February 20th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Igawa to the Padres for Cla Meredith.

    Tats are cool. I’ve been thinking about get one; something similar to The Rock’s Samoan tat.

  6. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    EROC calm-sky on the trades right now :lol:

    oh yes Action and Jose are in the house !!! Montero and Melancon are there too :D

  7. E-ROC February 20th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I can’t help it.

  8. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    we need a nickname for Tabata :(

    J-Tab ?
    JT ?
    Tab ?
    Jose Jose ?

  9. Motown Yankees Fan February 20th, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Rebecca – I always thought Farnsworth looked to be in pretty good shape, balky back notwithstanding. Bruney, on the other hand, appears to miss few meals and to miss a lot of workout sessions.

  10. E-ROC February 20th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    What about Little Manny?

  11. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    too plain

  12. Tseng February 20th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I thought that Igawa ran for like an hour before all his starts?

  13. E-ROC February 20th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    LOL, J-Teezy?

  14. TurnTwo February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    they should have moved Igawa when they had the shot last season.

    not that it really matters in the long run, because it only costs money, as opposed to prospects, and i dont think he’ll be blocking any of the younger guys, should they prove more valuable than him as the spring and season move along.

    i doubt the Padres would have the same interest now as they did last year, because they signed Randy Wolf and Mark Prior since.

    some over at RAB have argued including Igawa in a Nick Johnson deal, but id imagine Cashman would be hard pressed to find any suitor at this point, even for the cheap contract he’s signed to.

  15. Central CT Yankee February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 am


    exactly…do you remember his last start?

  16. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    too cheezy :lol:

  17. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    too cheezy :lol:

  18. wood is good February 20th, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Any partial season ticket holders here have luck getting tickets to the “final game” today? I got 670, row A. I assume the Yankees are holding back a lot of seats for this one.

  19. BronxBomber77 February 20th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Hmmmm, (not the poster, the sound one makes with their mouth closed)

    Another player in a contract year showing up in amazing shape… What are the chances. They are already making $10M and UP a year… Can’t work out until the $$$ threatens to stop flowing?

    I seem to remember the Sox in 2004 having a lot of core guys in contract years. And look what they did… Derek Lowe pitched like his last name was Koufax, not Lowe. Same can be said about Pedro. Varitek played like a champ, secured a $40M/4yr deal after the WS win, and has mailed it in since.

    IM-VERY-HO, I say they let Abreu go after this year, regardless if he hits 50 HR or bats .521– They need to find an OF thats not afraid of the warning track. Its like someone put biohazard signs at the warning track and Bobby refuses to pass it without his space suit. I love him, his keen eye.. but c’mon…

  20. E-ROC February 20th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Twinkle, twinkle!

  21. BronxBomber77 (I miss mean, salty, bitter Hmmmm) February 20th, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Oh… and I’m changing my handle until the old-school Hmmm (the poster) reappears!!!!!!

  22. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 20th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Does Igawa want to earn his money? Or does he want to be the highest paid minor leaguer? Geez you’d think he could work out during the winter. What is the return policy? Did we pass the date?

  23. whozat February 20th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    “Does Igawa want to earn his money?”

    yeah, frankly that’s disgusting. He should have been working on his new mechanics with american balls off american mounds all winter. What about that vaunted Japanese work ethic we all heard about?

  24. Triple OG February 20th, 2008 at 10:55 am

    J-Tab is cool

  25. DMan February 20th, 2008 at 10:56 am

    The Yankees want to give Igawa a spot.. They know what they invested and they want him to play..

    But he still has to earn it.. Theres a few other leftys, like Chase Wright and Billy Traber that are itching to make the major league roster.

  26. pat February 20th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    How about Bats for Tabata.

  27. RangerRob February 20th, 2008 at 10:59 am


  28. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Chase isn’t itching he’s scratching cats to get revenge on the MLB

  29. Brandon (Proud supporter of "Alex being Alex") February 20th, 2008 at 11:02 am

    “J-TAB wins it for the Yanks in 9th inning comeback !”

    “T-BAT strikes again”

    “Bats beats BoSoxs Paps”


  30. saucY February 20th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    i like tattoos, though i’m kind of a wuss about getting them and only have a ‘D’ on my leg (my initial).

    they’ve really grown in popularity of the last 10 years or so. the people that like them a lot are going to run out of rooms soon…

  31. Blargh February 20th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Pavano would still be a higher paid minor leaguer relative to Igawa

  32. Real World February 20th, 2008 at 11:06 am


    So who hasn’t come into camp, in shape? Igawa and who else? What do Bruney and Britton look like? They seemed to be the fattest on the team last year by far. I’m curious how those two look since the bullpen is loaded with questions. Anybody know?

  33. Kill-Schill(ing) February 20th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Abreu slowly has assumed the spot Bernie William once occupied in my heart. Must be that quiet, dignified grace with which they deport themselves.

    I hope Bobby has a great year; following which, the Yankees feel compelled to re-sign him and Abreu decides he prefers to remain in NY at a lower salary than sign elsewhere. How likely is the latter?

  34. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    I don’t see how running into a wall should be the tipping point as to whether or not you keep a player.

    That’s Abreu’s biggest weakness so, of course, we harp on it. Its not the be all end all with a player.

    The guy is a run producing machine and gives Arod a great look at pitches prior to his AB’s. He has fit into the lineup like a glove since he has been here.

    Don’t be so quick to run him off for guys who have yet to take AB’s at the AA level.

    If Bobby Abreu has a big year, I would sign offer him a 2 year deal with an option.

    He’s a very good player and not an easy guy to replace in the lineup.

    We saw that last year when he was struggling so mightily.

  35. pat February 20th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Don’t know about Britton but Bruney lost a small child in weight. When I saw his picture, I thought it was Doug Mientkiewicz!

  36. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 20th, 2008 at 11:16 am


    I heard he has pretty poor work ethic, something about last time he was looking for a new contract. (not totally sure, I’m sure someone on here knows what I am talking about). What a great impression he is making on his new manager.

  37. John in Ohio February 20th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That’s VERY disappointing news about Igawa. Jeeeesh. Maybe he knows he’s simply overmatched.

  38. B.Stanley February 20th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Check out this photo of Bruney. It’s insane.

    From yahoo sports.

  39. Real World February 20th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Which one’s Bruney? OMG! He didn’t lose a small child, he lost twins!

  40. Y's Guy February 20th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    if igawa’s not ready there are others hungry to take his starts from him.

  41. John in Ohio February 20th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Re: Bruney….

    Holy moly…looks like they had last year’s uniform sizes in his locker when he reported. That’s unbelievable. Are we sure that’s Bruney?? Wow.

  42. EB February 20th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I can’t wiat until lil Steinbrenner calls Igawa a “Fat Toad”

  43. gayle February 20th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Wood I got bleachers section 53 didnt really care where I ended up just as long as I got them. I logged on at 10am and by 1005 was all done with the process. Very easy not as hard as playoff pre sale that is for sure perhaps because they split it up on different days.

  44. Bad Scooter February 20th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t believe that Igawa is not in shape. All that dude does is run, run and run. He’d run after games in the dark. They’s show it on YES.

  45. John in Ohio February 20th, 2008 at 12:05 pm


    Maybe he’s running from concession stand to concession stand.

  46. JGNYC February 20th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Run, Igawa, Run!!!

  47. Khoa February 20th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Yeesh. My boy VY is unfortunately another one of those “human jersey” types:

  48. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Bruney=Showing me to be a guy that really wants to win a spot on the roster.

    Hopefully, the weight loss, and working with Eiland, will harness his control and stamina and allow him to be a force in the bullpen.

    Igawa=Showing me to be an Irabu II. Just a horrible signing and, the sooner they get rid of him, the better.

    Hope he can get some outs in the spring and it tempts a team to take a flyer on him.

    With all the young pitching in the Yankees organization, they don’t need to “wait” on Igawa. They need to get rid of him ASAP.

  49. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 20th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    not for nothing, but technically Abreu was in a “contract year” last as well.

    if the Yankees declined his option, he would have been a free agent this year.

    so, he was not only playing for his $16M option last year, he was also playing in a potential Free Agency year.

    so much for that theory…

  50. OldYanksFan February 20th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Can we wait until Iggy throws ONE MLB pitch this year before the bashing begins?

  51. hmmm (kinder, gentler version) February 20th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    “Can we wait until Iggy throws ONE MLB pitch this year before the bashing begins?”

    no. we will make all off our judgments based on Pete’s assessment of their physical fitness in the first week of camp.

  52. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Re: Igawa. Its easy to see why there isn’t a lot of confidence in him.

    Call me a cynic but, I don’t think his little get together the other day with Girardi was a “get to know you” session.

    I think the Yankees aren’t happy with his fitness and let him know about it.

    In return, they will let him work out on his own schedule in the hope it works.

    But, if it doesn’t, its seems clear he won’t be in their plans.

    Why am I drawing that conclusion? In all the sessions Girardi has had so far, he never talks about Igawa being in the mix for anything.

    Just reading between the lines but, it tells me the Yankees aren’t happy with the guy and aren’t yet ready to go public with it. Probably, in the hopes of either getting him to pitch better or finding him a new home.

  53. wood is good February 20th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Gayle, thanks for letting me know! I don’t know why but these things interest me. Of course I too started right at 10 a.m. I first tried for two tickets about four times, but kept getting bleacher seats, which I’m not a fan of. (No beer!) I wanted to go with my fiancee, as the Stadium was the site of our very first date. When I suddenly started getting “no tickets available,” I switched to 1 seat, got my 670 row A, and thanked God. I tried again just to see what would be left, and yep, got the dreaded “no tickets available.” Man, I almost blew it!

    Thing is: I wonder how many seats the Yankees held back because it’s the last regular season game, versus how many they’re holding back for the All-Star Game.

  54. Lokomo69 February 20th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I was watching some Igawa videos from when he was in Japan recently, the only player that i saw who dominated him was, kenji johjima… because he can hit the high fastball, which the rest of the japanese league has trouble with apparently

    unless Igawa adds an additional 5 MPH on that fastball.. he wont be having much if any success in the MLB.

    some say if he keeps his stuff down he will be succesfull, not necesserily, he was only dominant in Japan because they couldnt hit his decent curveball and the high 88 MPH fastball. These MLB players are too good not to read Igawa like a book, i wish they would’ve traded this guy to san diego while he still has some value, he’s going to stink up again this year and be just another big guy with a large contract

  55. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 20th, 2008 at 12:45 pm


    I thought I heard that he wsa in the mix. I just took it as they were trying to hype him to trade him. We will only hear good from the Yankees since I’m sure they want to rid themselves of him.

  56. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge February 20th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    No wonder most pitchers stink when they come here. No one over there can hit a high fastball? (and an 88 mph one at that). I’m sure most players here eyes get huge when they see a high fb.

  57. YanksFanInDC February 20th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Austin Jackson: Ajax or Action Jackson? I’m partial to Ajax.

  58. Ben February 20th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I can’t believe Igawa is not in shape, either. Simply amazing. I know he must feel deflated after last year, and I know he is sitting on a big contract, and I know it is hard to scout a player’s “makeup,” but this is ridiculous. At least if he were injured, like Pavano, it would be a little less embarrassing than having a seven-figure salary on the SWB roster.

  59. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Japanese baseball is the equivalent to AAA-AAAA baseball in the states.

    Its why you can’t take stats or video from their games and draw any conclusions about players.

    Dice-K was supposed to dominate MLB. What we saw was a run of the mill #3 starter who can eat innings. Nice to have on a team but, certainly not worth 100 million dollars.

    Igawa was supposed to be a “strikeout machine” with a “great” changeup. Well, we saw a guy who, like most Japanese pitchers, pitches up in the zone. When you throw 88-90, which is what he throws (despite the hype to the contrary) you better have great movement to pitch up in the zone. He doesn’t have great movement.

    His change? Believe me, Joba, Dan McCutcheon and Edwar have better changeups.

    He’s just a guy they missed on, IMO. I don’t see any sudden improvements coming from him. In the words of Brian McNamee, “it is what it is”.

    Its why, next to the Gyroball, the most overhyped thing in baseball is a Japanese pitcher. They are ALL overrated.

  60. bigjf February 20th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Igawa runs all year long anyway, so that wouldn’t concern me so much. He has to take off from it sometime, but I’m hoping by the end of July that I won’t have to care about Igawa’s running schedule anymore. Please trade him.

  61. Dougko February 20th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Re:Tabata’s nickname

    Why don’t we just wait for Sterling’s insipid HR call.

    “It’s Ta Ta from Tabata!”

  62. Rich February 20th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I hope Austin Jackson makes it to the majors just so I can say his nickname all the time. A-Jax is awesome.

  63. BronxBomber77 February 20th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Pete– Just got a new computer at work today, so this is my new IP addy… Just didn’t want anyone to think I was hijacking handles for troll mayhem…

    Hmmm I believe pointed it out… LAst year was a free agency/option year for Bobby, and he came to camp out of shape and stunk it up for two months before getting his act together… Pulled Oblique=too much White Castle…

    And, to a previous post… I’m not saying they sign him SOLELY based on his OF defense and fear of walls. But, with a young rotation, the Big Three will need an OF they can depend upon, defensively!

  64. BronxBomber77 February 20th, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Anyone see how the Post said Sienna Miller ignored Jeter at a bar and had to ask a bartender who he was? Please… Who the heck is Sienna Miller?

    As long as he steers clear of:


    I see no problems… Ah…. the Mariah years…..

  65. TurnTwo February 20th, 2008 at 1:44 pm


    if all these Japanese pitchers are overrated, can you tell us about the hype that surrounds Yu Darvish?

  66. LibertyBelle February 20th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve followed him for most of his major league career, and Abreu is what he is, which is a pretty darn good baseball player. He has historically played nearly every game- the guy generally knows what it takes to get himself ready for the season and stay healthy. He’s one of the guys who plays pretty much year round (except for last winter- Yankees decision- and when they shut down the Venezuelan winter league because of political unrest a few years ago). BTW- An oblique pull has nothing to do with being in shape or not.

    I’m headed to Clearwayer in a few days and can’t wait to see some baseball, even if it is just boring drills and bp!

  67. Old Goat February 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I’m not so sure about Abreu coming in great shape last year though. In the early games he was pushing around a lot of excess weight. So was Damon and Melky. I agree the oblique pull was different from being in shape, that can happen to any player. I think it was the major reason for his troubles at bat in the first part of the season last year.

  68. SJ44 February 20th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Its what it is, hype. You can hype anybody. We see it every year come NFL Draft time.

    Sports is based on hype. Darvish will get hyped by people who have only seen him pitch on You Tube. If a team wants to invest nine figures to get him, good luck.

    The problem with Japanese pitchers is, regardless of how smart talent evaluators think they are, they are playing against average competition in their homeland. You can’t evaluate how they will adjust to playing in the US.

    Let’s be honest. They are striking out guys who can no longer play baseball in the States. That doesn’t exactly make me want to spend 100 million + bucks to get Darvish.

    Most Japanese pitchers are taught to pitch up in the zone. They have done it their entire lives. They can’t pitch up in the zone and be successful in the States. They now have to change the way they have pitched their entire lives. Not easy to do.

    Its why so few Japanese pitchers have had success in the States.

    Darvish is a young guy with a cool name. You put some You Tube video up on him and everybody salivates.

    Will the hype live up to the posting fees? It hasn’t yet for Dice-K. I have a hard time believing it will with Darvish.

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