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More BP today (not caught by Gardner)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There will be more live BP today. On the main field at 11:30:

Andy Pettitte
Phil Hughes
Brian Bruney
Kei Igawa
Chris Britton

The Nike rep was in the clubhouse before the game. So for all the guys who have Nike deals, it was Christmas in February. Nothing like free stuff to get players excited.

I spotted Brett Gardner trying on a chest protector and shot him an incredulous look. “Position switch,” he said.

I told him that he would be the first catcher to steal 70 bases.

“Except that if I tried to catch I’d be on the disabled list in two days,” he said with a laugh.

Gardner is an interesting prospect. He’s only 5-10, 180 pounds and he was once a walk-on player at the College of Charleston. He became a third-round pick (in 2005) and last year got to Class AAA Scranton.

He can fly but he doesn’t hit for much power (.374 slugging percentage in 290 minor league games). With Melky Cabrera ahead of him, I’m not sure where he plays for the Yankees.




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