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Pettitte throws bullpen, feels fine

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 26, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte threw his bullpen session (36 pitches) and felt fine. He is being lined up to start on Saturday.

Meanwhile, I just recorded the reader interview with Brian Cashman. We got nine questions in before he had to take a call.

I’m happy to report that he reads this blog and the NoMaas.org guys will be happy to know he reads their as well. How great is that?

Look for that to be published on Friday. I have a lot of transcribing to do. The man can talk.

 
 

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95 Responses to “Pettitte throws bullpen, feels fine”

  1. Hendo March 26th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    lol expect a sweet picture of Cash$ on nomaas tomorrow morning!

  2. Rishi March 26th, 2008 at 10:22 am

    *heads or reads? Just want to make sure there is no confusion…

  3. Yanksrule57 March 26th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Very good news about Andy. 8)

  4. Bryan March 26th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hey Cash get me some tickets thanks

  5. wood is good March 26th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I hope that means he pitches Thursday 4/3! That’s the second of three games I’m going to opening week!! It’d be great to see Andy.

  6. mel March 26th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Great news about Andy. And I thought you’re the head of this blog.

  7. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    “The man can talk.”

    Yes…but how much did he _say_?

    ;-)

  8. Guiseppe Franco March 26th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Not a big fan of NoMaas.

    They still have TDS (Torre Derangement Syndrome) and can’t go more than a few days without mentioning the former Yankee skipper in a negative light.

    Come on, guys. Move on already.

  9. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 26th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Tigers released 34 year-old southpaw reliever Tim Byrdak today. Byrdak stuck out 49 in 46 innings last year, but also walked 26. He had a lousy spring.

  10. CB March 26th, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Good news on Andy. As always the season will come down to pitching.

    This year the yankee’s pitching is well positioned going into the season compared to the Sox.

    Over their first two games, the Boston starters (Matusuzaka and Lester) have combined to throw 9 innings. They threw 178 pitches over those 9 innings and only 98 of those 178 pitches were for strikes.

    It was supposed to be a new Matsuzaka this year. John Farrell (and Peter Gammons…) said all winter that Jon Lester was going to be an elite pitcher.

    We’ll see. Until then that bull pen is going to get worked.

  11. Guiseppe Franco March 26th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Test post.

    My comments aren’t appearing for some reason. And there is nothing profane about them.

  12. jason March 26th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    CB – Absolutely. Also, Beckett is coming off an injured back in ST and will not likely be able to go deep in his first few games. Schilling was a reliable starter to get relatively deep in games and is not around. Bucholz has had a very poor spring and is on a strict innings limit this year. I think the Yankees will have some potential for separation early in the spring. It would be very nice to get of to a good start.
    Whozat – Thanks for the good conversation yesterday.
    Pete – The question is under what name does Brian comment on the blog.

  13. Guiseppe Franco March 26th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    NoMaas suffers from a very bad case of Torre Derangement Syndrome because they still can’t go more than a few days without mentioning Torre and portraying him in a negative light.

    Move on, already. The guy hasn’t managed the Yanks in six months and won’t ever hurt you again!

  14. raymagnetic â„¢ March 26th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Jon Lester supposedly put on 20lbs of muscle over the winter and regained his fastball yada yada yada.

    I still don’t see how that makes up for the fact that he continues to have poor control. Amazingly a ton of Sox fans commenting on espn.com don’t believe he has poor control because he gets strike outs.

  15. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    “Pete – The question is under what name does Brian comment on the blog.”

    McLovin

  16. Yanks Fan Stuck in Queens March 26th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Why is Bobby Meachem the third base coach? What are his qualifications to coach third? Wasn’t he the whipping boy back in the 80s? IMO, this is bad karma.

    How long before someone gets thrown out at the plate that we evaluate his decision skills?

    I know Bowa is gone, and hard to replace. But c’mon!!! Was Dale Berra not available?

  17. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    “Whozat – Thanks for the good conversation yesterday.”

    I like talking. It distracts me from the work I don’t want to be doing :-)

  18. raymagnetic â„¢ March 26th, 2008 at 11:00 am

    “Why is Bobby Meachem the third base coach? What are his qualifications to coach third? Wasn’t he the whipping boy back in the 80s? IMO, this is bad karma.”

    Meachum was Girardi’s third base coach in Florida. I don’t know if that qualifies him or not but that’s on his resume.

  19. CB March 26th, 2008 at 11:03 am

    It’s hard to believe some people are actually in a panic about the third base coach.

    Never mind the third base coach in spring training.

    Girardi loves Meacham. Thinks very highly of him and insisted he get hired.

    Meacham is one of Joe G’s guys – just like Rob Thompson the bench coach is.

  20. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Cashman reads this blog?

    Cool.

  21. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 26th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Hey Cash!! I’m a huge Yankee fan, and can’t get tickets to the last game. Help a chick out! Please :D

    j/k well maybe not really.

    It is cool to know that he likes to know what Yankee fans think. For the record if you really do read this, I am very happy the big three are still here. I know there will be some growing pains, but we’ll still be sucessful!!

  22. jashell2000 March 26th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Anyone notice Harden’s line against the sox? If this guy can figure out a way to stay healthy, he is going to be in for a big pay day. I still don’t agree with rumors to trade for him as I feel we need to see what our young guns can do first. Still, it bears noticing when someone shuts down the Sox’s lineup like that.

  23. wsr March 26th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    cb= Cashman, Brian?

  24. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:08 am

    “It’s hard to believe some people are actually in a panic about the third base coach.”

    GAAAH!!! WE HAVE TO HAVE ALL STARS AT EVERY POSITION, INCLUDING THE COACHING STAFF WITH LONG, DISTINGUISHED RESUMES BUT NO FOGEYS WE NEED YOUTH CASHMAN IS SO DUMB THEY NEED PITCHING PITCHING YOUNG PITCHING BUT TRADE KENNEDY HES NO GOOD AND SEND HUGHES TO THE MINORS BRING UP GARDNER HES FAST AND LIKE DAVE ROBERTS IN 2004 THATS HOW YOU WIN BALL GAMES CUT GIAMBI AND PUT SHELLEY OUT THERE ALL THE TIME.

  25. westerner99 March 26th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Cash- keep up the good work! Thanks for sticking with the three kids.

  26. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:09 am

    “Anyone notice Harden’s line against the sox? If this guy can figure out a way to stay healthy, he is going to be in for a big pay day.”

    No one’s ever questioned Harden’s stuff. Today’s performance shouldn’t really put him on anyone’s map…he should already be there. I’d want to see a full season of health before I traded for him, personally. Or, failing that, see health issues cause his stock to drop enough that I can get him cheap and turn him into a setup guy.

  27. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Saw on the SWB Yankee blog (which is great, btw) that Miranda’s showing a lot of patience at the plate in addition to production from the left side. There could be a lot of arguments against getting Tex next year, especially if Miranda’s got nothing left to show in AAA and Duncan or Ensberg proves to be a solid righty option over there. The need for a graceful degradation plan for Posada and Jeter over the next three-four years and ARod after that AND the possibility of Montero needing to move to 1B could all really factor in there.

  28. Ranting Guy (no whining) March 26th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I know it’s the ‘old school’ way to think but is it still accepted that pitchers will make statement pitches to guys (if not give bruises to guys) the next time they pitch to a guy who stands at the plate and admire their HR’s?

    Will pitchers continue to allow Manny to be Manny? Bob Gibson would never have allowed it to happen twice.

    Will managers continue to allow players to stand at the plate and admire balls hit to the warning track or caroming off the fence? They shouldn’t even tolerate guys admiring upper deck shots.

    If this was the NFL, someone like Manny would be getting fined for an unsportsmanlike act/display.

    Yes I’m whining.

  29. Buddy Biancalana March 26th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    So is it possible that keeping Hughes had to do with us???? Lol

  30. Brian from PA March 26th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    That’s cool that Cash reads the blog. The question is, does he read the comments…

    FIVE DAYS PEOPLE. FIVE.

  31. mel March 26th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    Apologies if this article was posted already.

    It’s about the “new” philosophy of the Yankees & Red Sox. It was interesting because it illustrated the “win some, lose some” aspect of drafting.

    For example we passed on Ellsbury, Buchholz, Garza, & Travis Buck, all of whom are in the majors, for CJ Henry. On the flip side, Boston used 3 picks before Joba fell to the Yankees.

    (worth reading for the explanation on why we passed on Clay and Clay’s “explanation”)

  32. Buddy Biancalana March 26th, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Rebecca-

    If you are out there, River Ave Blues is picking up your breaking news of Felix Heredia from 5 years ago. Lol

  33. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Brian: You mean I have five days to finish my thesis? Uh oh.

    Mel: I did see that. I know we all have our moments of stupidity, re: Buchholz, but that kind of pushes it.

  34. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Buddy: Oops. Someone should probably correct them.

  35. CB March 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    …that Miranda’s showing a lot of patience at the plate in addition to production from the left side.”

    Miranda showed the same thing last year. His OBP was 85 points higher than his batting average. And that was after not playing for 2 years.

    He’s got a plan up there. Hopefully he makes more consistent contact and is better against lefties.

  36. Brian from PA March 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I read that Verducci article about the Yanks and Sox last night. It was a good article, i wish he had written more insightful stories about what went into drafting Joba or anyone like he wrote this stories about the Sox drafting Ellsbury and Buchholz.

  37. sabernar March 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I’ve never seen the appeal of NoMaas.org. It’s not funny and it’s not particularly insightful, at least no more insightful than the well-written Yankee blogs out there. And I don’t find him amusing, which is, maybe, what he’s aiming at. It just seems like a lower quality Yankee blog to me. Am I missing something?

  38. jason March 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    The other Duncan (the long lost Eric) has been having himself a very nice spring as well per SWB Blog, Chad.
    As a very long shot, if he starts to live up to potential he can be in the mix for 1st base of the future as well.
    The strength of the farm system is truly, truly beneficial for the big club. It allows for Cashman to be highly selective with the free agent signings, to have trade chips for the right piece, and to replenish the roster with youth from within. The lower minors is filled with some really high cieling talent, the Yankees are being positioned for a significant turnover in the next 1-5 years.

  39. jay destro March 26th, 2008 at 11:26 am

    i think the nomaas people will have a party to celebrate that they finally got through to cashman, of course on the last year of his contract.

  40. gayle March 26th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Bob Sheppard update

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....1721.story

  41. Guiseppe Franco March 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    The guys from NoMaas suffer from a very bad case of Torre Derangement Syndrome or TDS because they still can’t go more than a few days without portraying Torre in a negative light.

    Move on, already. The guy hasn’t managed the Yanks in six months and won’t ever hurt you again!

  42. Patrick Bateman March 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Anyone want to set the over/under on how many times Cashman said the word “process” in Pete’s interview?

  43. Yanks Fan Stuck in Queens March 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    “It’s hard to believe some people are actually in a panic about the third base coach.”

    I didn’t know raising an issue equates to panic. But I rather discuss it now, than whine and curse in hindsight like others.

    My apologies if your day is ruined. We’ll use some smilies next time. :)

  44. The J Train- Save The Drama For Yo Mama March 26th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    when healthy, rich harden is probably the best pitcher in baseball. That guy has ridiculous stuff and exceptional command.

  45. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:42 am

    “Miranda showed the same thing last year. His OBP was 85 points higher than his batting average. And that was after not playing for 2 years.

    He’s got a plan up there. Hopefully he makes more consistent contact and is better against lefties.”

    Then I’m glad it’s continuing :-)

    I don’t know if he’ll ever be great against lefties. Perhaps. Perhaps not. But, as some of the really-only-a-DH guys leave (Giambi, Matsui), he could certainly push into the majors as the lefty half of a 1B platoon and get some ABs as a DH to boot — at minimum.

    Or, he could be useful trade bait :-)

    I could see Marquez and Miranda bringing back a good piece this year or next.

  46. jashell2000 March 26th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    whozat – Harden won’t really be on my “map” until like you said he gets a full HEALTHY season under his belt. Other than that he is just another pitcher who has a world of talent (i.e. wood and prior) but just can’t stay healthy. Regardless of if he is better suited for the bullpen or not, if he is hurt it won’t make any difference. Health will dictate what ultimately happens to this guy. Good discussion, just a taste of what should be an awesome season!

  47. CB March 26th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    “How long before someone gets thrown out at the plate that we evaluate his decision skills?”

    When you seriously think that you need to reevaluate a third base coach’s “decision skills” before spring training is even over – yeah I’d say that’s s little less coherent than “raising an issue.”

    How is it even an issue? Because Meacham sent ARod around third twice during the exhibition season and it wasn’t a good call? That’s all that’s needed to create an “issue.”

    If that’s how low the bar is set to “raise an issue” then it’s going to be a very long season of for some people…

    That’s really making a mountain out of mole hill.

  48. jason March 26th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    My point about the flexibilty of the farm.
    You can actually take a “flier” on a potential high upside trade – someone like a Harden (although he will have to stay healthy first).
    Behind Miranda, you have some big bats that might play first, Montero, Laird (who is apparently impressing at third in the spring). Behind Marquez, you have about five or six right handed pitchers, some with questions: Garcia, Brackman, Kontos, McCutheon, Kontos, Herdia, Betances, Vizcaino.
    More help to the farm on the way with international signings and the draft this yearm, then losing some free agents that might bring sandwich picks.
    I cannot be more excited about the future of the Yankees with their new emphasis on minor league talent. Coupled with the deepest pockets in the game, is a tremendous combination that will allow for continued greatness.
    It would serve well to follow Pete’s beloved Patriot’s model. Assign values to your players, and if they want to much let em go, knowing you have replacements on the farm, available through trade and the selective free agent signing.

  49. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    “Regardless of if he is better suited for the bullpen or not, if he is hurt it won’t make any difference. Health will dictate what ultimately happens to this guy.”

    Depending on what’s causing his health issues, moving to the pen may well alleviate them.

    “whozat – Harden won’t really be on my “map” until like you said he gets a full HEALTHY season under his belt. ”

    I guess I mean that he’s been a player worth keeping an eye on for a while now, which is sort of obvious. My map doesn’t just have players on it that I want to trade for :-) It casts a wider net, to mix metaphors.

  50. Fran March 26th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    CB – I read that one of the times Alex went it was his fault. Apparently he ran through the stop sign. That was the game he went back to the dugout and was laughing with all of the players.

    Saw on the Yankee website that Damon was scratched again today with flu-like symptoms.

  51. jason March 26th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Meant Horne and not Kontos twice!

  52. Jeff NJ March 26th, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Meachem is a good guy. He was very active with the fantasy leaguers when I attended a year and a half ago. He interacted with everyone and is going to be an asset to the staff. Whether he can coach third as well as Bowa, time will tell.

  53. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:52 am

    “More help to the farm on the way with international signings and the draft this yearm, then losing some free agents that might bring sandwich picks.”

    If Giambi has a good year, he could bring a first round pick AND a sandwich pick. Which would be important, because we’ll likely lose our high picks signing Sabathia and/or Tex. Then again…they have to offer him arby, and he might take it. Depends on if he wants one last multi-year deal or not.

    Moose could even be a type-A if he has a solid year. His 06 numbers were excellent, and I believe it’s based on your last three years. Of course…he might also retire.

  54. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    “Saw on the Yankee website that Damon was scratched again today with flu-like symptoms.”

    Perhaps that explains his slumpiness.

  55. Doreen March 26th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Mel, thanks for the link to that article. Good reading. Interesting that Buchholz’s antics absolutely barred the Yankees from taking a closer look.

    There was an article in the Star Ledger, an interview, actually, with Hal Steinbrenner, if anyone is interested. I saw some new information in it, anyway.

    http://www.nj.com/sports/ledge.....038;coll=1

  56. jason March 26th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Whozat – Again amazing that this now enters the Yankees thinking. Pinstripes PLus had a Q&A with the Yankee’s Latin America director and he thniks ’08 will be great an ’09 even better. He also said the Yankees will likely allocate more dollars and sign more players than last year.
    I happen to think that if Giambi stays healthy, he will have a great year. This lineup becomes amazingly scary if he can come close to replicated som eof his better years.

  57. CB March 26th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    “I could see Marquez and Miranda bringing back a good piece this year or next.”

    Agreed. A real question with guy like Mirand and especially Marquez how do you leverage their value in the best way.

    What I mean by this is that Marquez is basically a third tier type prospect. By third tier I just mean he’s a good prospect (as opposed to elite and exceptional or whatever words you want to use).

    The Yankees have a lot of these good prospects – Marquez, McCutcheon, Ohlendorf, Ramirez, etc.

    These types of prospects tend not to bring back that much in trades because people tend to under rate the value of league average or slightly above league average pitching until they get to the majors.

    I think that Marquez could very well become Joe Blanton.

    Beane is going to get a lot for Blanton. If they’d traded blanton in the minors they wouldn’t have gotten nearly enough.

    With Marquez if you can get him to the big leagues (even in the pen) and he has some success (even if its brief) his value will jump an order of magnitude.

    That’s the trick with leveraging value from that type of player.

  58. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    “With Marquez if you can get him to the big leagues (even in the pen) and he has some success (even if its brief) his value will jump an order of magnitude.

    That’s the trick with leveraging value from that type of player.”

    Astute. If he’s winning in AAA and a starter is needed, I bring him up and showcase him.

  59. CB March 26th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Interesting article. Torre compared Clayton Kershaw’s stuff to Joba’s.

    Kershaw is going to be an absolute monster. What great stuff and left handed.

    Just threw three scoreless innings of relief against the Brewer’s regulars and struck out 6 including Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Bill Hall and Craig Counsell

    http://www.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  60. Patrick Bateman March 26th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Giambi wont bring back a 1st rounder and a sandwich pick. Elias uses the past 2 years for their rating. Giambi’s 2007 was nonexistent.

  61. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    “Giambi wont bring back a 1st rounder and a sandwich pick. Elias uses the past 2 years for their rating. Giambi’s 2007 was nonexistent.”

    Well, if you’re right, then no. I thought it was three years. In that case, I think he would, because his 2006 was excellent offensively.

  62. Patrick Bateman March 26th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Best Giambi will bring back is a sandwich pick. Like Gagne did last year.

  63. brian cashman reads this blog March 26th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    great news on cashman. thanks for the hard work pete.

    keep it up

  64. CB March 26th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Interesting article. Torre compared Clayton Kershaw’s stuff to Joba’s.

    Kershaw is going to be terrific. What great stuff and left handed.

    Just threw three scoreless innings of relief against the Brewer’s regulars and struck out 6 including Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Bill Hall and Craig Counsell

    http://www.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  65. Fran March 26th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Doreen – thanks for the link to that article. It is good to see again how involved the family is and that they will stay involved(Even the sisters are involved). My biggest fear was that when George was unable to run the team that the Yanks would be sold and end up with a Dolan-like owner.

  66. Yazman March 26th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks, Mel. Very good story.

  67. Patrick March 26th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    CB and whozat,

    I completely agree with respect to calling up Marquez to increase his value. Boston did the same thing with Kason Gabbard last season. They brought him up, he pitched well and increased his value so they could flip him in a package for Gagne. Obviously Gagne didn’t work out but the sox effectively used Gabbard to inflate his value beyond what it should be. Marquez has far more potential than Gabbard does so its possible the Yankees could try the same thing.

  68. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) March 26th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I thought Cashman was Bobcat.

  69. Ron March 26th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    The Elias rankings are almost impossible to understand. Giambi is about as likely to be a Type A free agent as a Type C. Still, this year will have some impact. I’m cautiously optimistic about the way he’s looked in Spring Training. Giambi was always very good at staying off the DL before he was hit with an endless series of nagging injuries, including his back, heel, and hamstrings. If he’s shaken that, given how well he’s moving, he could be both productive and something more than a disaster at first base. Giambi’s plate patience will always give him positive value. His power is what separates him from a nice bench guy to a legitimate starter at a power position (1B/DH). If his power comes back with his heel injury a thing of the past, his “old player skills” will produce plenty of runs for the Yankees.

  70. Phil Hughes is Saved! March 26th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    If you are reading this Cashman: Wassup!

  71. CB March 26th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Gabard is a very good comparison for Marquez’s situation. If Gabbard hadn’t pitched those handful of games in the majors then there’s no way he brings back nearly the value.

    Problem for the yankees is that it’s very hard to just showcase players when you’re trying to win.

  72. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    “Best Giambi will bring back is a sandwich pick.”

    Yeah, they do only use the last two years. Boo.

    Then, unless they let Abreu go, I don’t think they’ll get any first round compensation picks. No one else with two good years will sign with anyone else. Moose, Kyle and Jason had poor 07′s, so even a good year this year won’t catapult them up to type A status, probably. Andy will either re-sign or retire.

    And then there’s Pavano. Ha.

    I guess if Hawkins magically had some kind of stellar year, he could make Type A status. But that won’t happen.

    I guess they’ll shed a lot of salary and type-B free agents. At least they’ll get a bunch of sandwich picks (which are distinct from sammich pics, which look like this: http://tinyurl.com/2y72ds ).

  73. CB March 26th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Elias is only based on two years of performance. Giambi may or may not even qualify as a type B player.

  74. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    “Elias is only based on two years of performance. ”

    Yes. I’ve been informed of that now.

  75. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 26th, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Cashman find us a damn LHP w/ some heat !

  76. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Preferably not Felix Heredia.

  77. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    “Cashman find us a damn LHP w/ some heat !”

    Yeah, I’m sure Cash doesn’t realize that a power lefty would be an awesome pickup.

  78. JGNYC (insert Pro-Yankee slogan here) March 26th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Uggghhhh…..Felix Heredia….

  79. Blargh March 26th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    From someone who hasn’t eaten yet, that’s a good looking sammich

  80. OldYanksFan March 26th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    “Montero needing to move to 1B could all really factor in there”
    … even though Piazza has always been a below average Catcher, because of his offense, he was still overall, a major contributor. Save with Jorge, too a lesser extend. If Montero can handle pitchers decently and not embarrass himself on defense, he contributes a lot more to the team as a catcher, especially considering that good hitting 1Bman are not that hard to find.

    While I like Miranda (and I may be wrong), I have heard he is very one-dimensional. Giambi-lite. While you CAN get away with this at 1B (and too a lesser extent at Catcher), I would like to see us focus on more all-around athletes, as opposed to just sluggers. I wonder if Miranda does well, if he is attractive trade bait.

    While I know 1B has been a weak spot for us over the last few years, it is still a relatively easy position to fill. Shelly could do it if we have nobody else. I still think Jetes could end up there.

    Will Jeter retire after 2010? If not, can anyone see him still playing SS? We are set at 2nd and 3rd. Is Jetes gone after 2010 (at 37 years old)?

  81. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") March 26th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    -Yeah, I’m sure Cash doesn’t realize that a power lefty would be an awesome pickup.-

    Brian ?

  82. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    OldYanksFan: I don’t see Jeter retiring in 2010, I see 2015 as more likely. However, he has been declining a bit as a fielder and wouldn’t surprise me to see his position move around then for a better defensive shortstop.

  83. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 26th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    CB Fess up you’re Cash. Someone figured it out. CB BC. :lol:

  84. whozat March 26th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    “he contributes a lot more to the team as a catcher, especially considering that good hitting 1Bman are not that hard to find.”

    Yeah, I know. However, there remain questions as to whether he can stick behind the plate, handle pitchers and not embarrass himself. Thus, I think that the team would take into account his development as a catcher this year when evaluating whether to block up 1B for the next 7 years with a pricey FA. I think the potential need to find ABs for Posada at 1B and possibly also Jeter over the next 3-4 years would have a bigger impact on that decision.

    As for finding a decent hitting 1B, yeah that’s far easier than a catcher. But, as for Shelley…he is almost certainly not the answer over there full-time. There’s a reason he put up mediocre numbers in the minors for 6 years.

    “While I like Miranda (and I may be wrong), I have heard he is very one-dimensional. Giambi-lite. While you CAN get away with this at 1B (and too a lesser extent at Catcher), I would like to see us focus on more all-around athletes, as opposed to just sluggers. I wonder if Miranda does well, if he is attractive trade bait.”

    Ideally, I’d love to have 5-tool guys at every position. But that’s just not realistic. If Cash thinks Jeter will need to play 1B in 2009 and 2010, Posada will need time there in 09-11, and that Montero will have to move to 1B…then I could certainly see him deciding that Tex (though a better all-around athlete than our in-house options) isn’t a good investment and sticking with a Miranda/Duncan-or-Ensberg platoon type deal for most of the next two, three years.

    As for Jeter and retiring…I kind of hope he does. There will be TREMENDOUS pressure to re-sign him no matter how bad his D has gotten at SS. And, while he’d be a plus bat anywhere on the field right now, I don’t know if he will be at 37. Maybe if he transitioned to CF or something and could play there effectively.

  85. Dirk from Rockland March 26th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Hey Cash,

    How about a Lohud Yankee Blog Day at the Stadium? We can have a section and a package deal on tix like you do for Verizon employees.

  86. gayle March 26th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Game is on Gameday audio fyi

  87. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 26th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Dirk cool idea.

  88. Dirk from Rockland March 26th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Maybe if we petition Cash, he might do it.

  89. gayle March 26th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    You know we could do it ourselves just by doing a group ticket buy of 20 or more

  90. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I third Dirk and Jennifer.

  91. jennifer- Hip Hip Jorge March 26th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    gayle it is funner (is that a word) to say Cash helped us out. :D

  92. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 26th, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    funner is not a word (the correct is more fun), but I think it should be.

  93. Brian from PA March 26th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    hm. Another Yanks-Phils game only on radio. come on MLB.TV, these are two teams that went to the playoffs last year big markets. i like to WATCH games. i have too much trouble keeping track of the outs and the counts and who’s on base if i have to type here and listen at the same time!

    anyway, my first game of the season is Saturday, April 5th, the fifth game of the year. Kennedy should be pitching. not sure which seats exactly because the ticket book is at my parents’ house i just know the seats are in the upper deck behind homeplate. complete opposite perspective on the game from the last couple of years when we sat in the bleachers. anyone else going to that game?

  94. cc March 26th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    How many times did Cashman use the word “obviously”? I’m predicting an average of twice per answer, or 18 in total.

  95. Woohoo March 27th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    nomaas rocks! Yankee Stadium Insider Blog and matsui fan are also funny sites.

    Keep up the laughs


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