The next time we see this sort of photograph, will Hal be welcoming the Sabathia family to New York and handing CC a XXL pinstripe jersey?
Meanwhile the Yankees sent out their latest Winter League report. Remember all that head-scratching when the Yankees took Jeremy Bleich with their sandwich pick? Turns out they probably knew what they were doing. The lefty is 3-1, 2.05 in Hawaii, has whiffed 31 in 30.2 innings and has a 1.08 WHIP.
Then there’s Humberto Sanchez, who has a 15.26 ERA in eight AFL appearances. That trade didn’t work out so well, outside of removing an overpaid lunatic from the roster. But Kevin Whelan still has a pulse. He ranks second in the Arizona Fall League in ERA (0.68) and had 16 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.
Kevin Russo has hit in 18 straight for Peoria. He is 26 of his last 64. I have to admit, I wouldn’t know Kevin Russo if I fell over him. But he seems to be making a move.
Wilson Betemit is 0 for 7 in the Dominican and has struck out three times. He’s in midseason form already!