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Wrapping up the first full-squad workout

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Back later with some audio, but for now:

· Joe Girardi said that Hideki Matsui will not play any outfield in spring training because of his knees. He also conceded that once the season starts, Matsui would only play the outfield in an emergency. They want him working on getting knees healthy enough to run the bases. I guess now we know why Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher are still on the team.

· I asked Girardi what young pitchers have caught his eye. He mentioned Christian Garcia and Eric Hacker. He also loves him some Andrew Brackman. “The Triple-A and Double-A staffs are going to be very good,” he said. “We have some great arms.”

· Derek Jeter talked for a long time about A-Rod and the game’s drug issues. I’ll post the audio later. But in summation: He’s disappointed in Alex but believes he is sorry for what he did. Jeter also is angry at the time he played being known as the “Steroids Era” because everybody didn’t do it. He wishes that he had spoken up to the union years ago but its too late to go back and correct that.

You can certainly understand Jeter’s frustration. He doesn’t want his accomplishments overshadowed by what the cheaters were doing.

· Jorge Posada had something to do with his kids yesterday, that’s why he left the press conference.

· From what I could tell, A-Rod received a warm ovation from the fans, although one guy in the stands yelled, “Tell them the truth next time!” I followed him around all day (as did most of us) to try and gauge the reaction.

A-Rod did not grant any interviews today. People were at his locker after the workout but he walked past. “Talk tomorrow, guys,” he said.

· Damaso Marte has stiff hamstrings. Nothing serious.

· Francisco Cervelli (illness) is expected back on Monday.

· There will be no intrasquad game this year because of the games starting on Feb. 25.

Those are the highlights. Teixeira signed a lot of autographs and bantered a lot with fans, as did Swisher. They seem like good guys. Swish is a big Ohio State football fan and was thrilled to learn that Triple-A conditioning coach Lee Tressel is Jim Tressel’s nephew.

· Shelley Duncan and I talked about our iPhones and when he left, he punched me in the shoulder. It still hurts. If he tries that again it’s go time.

· Speaking of which, the iPhone photos today weren’t half-bad. Am I right? I’m working on it. The idea is just to give you a little sense of what it’s like here from my perspective.

 
 

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141 Responses to “Wrapping up the first full-squad workout”

  1. rodg12 February 18th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Great post Pete. It’s stuff like this that makes this the best blog on the ‘net.

  2. rbj February 18th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks Peter. And the photos look good.

  3. carl February 18th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks Pete

  4. duh February 18th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Shelley Duncan should probably save his money.

  5. Rock em Sock em Robots February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Duncan vs. Abraham – Catch it Live on HBO Pay-Per-View!

  6. G February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Its finally starting to feel like Spring Training with actual baseball talk and everything…Thank God…

  7. darkmoonfire February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Does the iPhone come with an Adamantium casing to deal with Shelley’s gentle touch?

    He should endorse it: The iPhone = Shelleyproof.

  8. KGsturnz0r February 18th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I’m embarassed…

    Good write-up, Peter.

  9. Vito February 18th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Shelley should join the ranks of professional wrestling. His Kevin Maas/Shane Spencer 15 minutes are long over.

  10. Rock em Sock em Robots February 18th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Duncan vs. Abraham….Catch it live on HBO Pay-Per-View!

  11. five iron from fenway February 18th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Pete for the report.
    Nice to hear that Garcia is catching the coaches eye. If he can stay healthy he can be as good or better than Hughes. He has that kind of stuff. Now that he is on the 40 man he is just a heartbeat away.
    Hacker too. He really seemed to make a big leap last year. Recovering from multiple injuries but has a deep enough repertoire to remain a starter or at least be Aceves type long relief / spot starter.
    Alan Horne is also recovering from offseason surgery. He needs to be added to the above list of those that if healthy can really help at the big league level this year.
    The pitching depth is unbelievable.

  12. pat February 18th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the update Pete. Photos were much better today.

  13. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the update, Pete. And I think the iPhone photos are fine. (You’ve never seen the pictures I take with my cellphone camera – ugh!!!)

  14. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Glad Garcia caught his eye problem is that kid and Carl Pavano might have a few things in common.

  15. jay destro February 18th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    The Tex picture was great Pete.

  16. LTL February 18th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Uh Oh Sounds like Matsui might not be ready to go when the season begins. They want him to get his knees healthy enough to run the bases? Having had multiple knee surgeries, I don’t like the sound of that. If Matsui isn’t ready, who bats # 5? Now Nady and Swisher will be in the lineup–if Matsui can’t play. We lose a little in terms of solid capable hitter, but gain a little in speed and youth. Still, I’d rather Matsui as the dh.

  17. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    ‘Nice to hear that Garcia is catching the coaches eye. If he can stay healthy he can be as good or better than Hughes.’

    If he were healthy he’d have #1, Joba # 2 then Hughes..but this hasn’t been the case.

  18. JoshWhite February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love baseball.

  19. PJH February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    John Henry wants a salary cap. What a whiny thing. He did not complain when they won the World Series twice. Sounds like sour grapes over not getting Texeira.

  20. DocBooch February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Great job Pete, it’s a pleasure to check your site and I honestly look forward to your photos and little blurbs. I’m thinking of getting a Journal subscription just to show you some more support!

  21. BBB February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    lol, Jeter and Swish are gonna throw down during football season over Michigan vs OSU.

    Anyway, Derek Jeter is my baseball hero (Mo is my personal hero) and I can absolutely understand his frustration. However I wouldn’t worry about it if I were him, because if anything I think that other guys cheated only heightens the impressiveness of his accomplishments. Everyone knows Derek is clean and if you think back to the Jeter/Nomar/ARod SS debates of old….couldn’t it be said that Jeter has emerged victorious at this point? I think it could. The “captain of baseball” comment on MLBN earlier pretty much said it all.

  22. Jason February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Dammit Abraham, just when I begin to build up some serious resentment for you over your A-Rod coverage, you produce an excellent post like the above.

    Curses!!

  23. duh February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    hey Pete, Girardi didn’t mean to imply that Brackman was going to start the year in AA, right?

    were those two separate thoughts that just got grouped together?

  24. Bernard February 18th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Keep up the good work Pete.

    I for one love the iPhone picture postings, each one makes me feel like Opening Day is a little closer.

    Any thoughts on Mark Teahen as a possible fit for the Yankee bench? He can most positions and has a solid bat off the bench and, though he is a lefty batter, the team isn’t THAT lefty heavy anymore with Teixeira replacing Giambi and Nady/Swisher replacing Abreu (the rumor is that KC is considering cutting him and John Buck to make salary space to sign Orlando Hudson). I’ve got to imagine the Yankees could snatch him up for a low level prospect, though I guess 3+ million is a bit much to pay for a bench player.

  25. Laura - Now the real fun begins! February 18th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    “Speaking of which, the iPhone photos today weren’t half-bad. Am I right?”

    They *are* better, Pete. Not sure what you did to improve it, but keep up the good work!

  26. YanksinCA February 18th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Are all of the spring training workout open to the public? I’ve been contemplating taking a trip down to Tamp the past couple years. Is it worth the trip? Any thoughts?

    The iPhone is the best invention since the wheel.

  27. Bronx Jeers February 18th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I think it was John Harper who wrote a glowing column abot Tex in yesterdays’ Daily News. Said he’s even cleaner than Jeter and exactly what the doctor ordered. He’ll be a a fan favorite a la Mattingly & Derek for the up & coming generation of Yankee fans.

    With all that’s gone on recently I think it is a bit overlooked that the Yanks added an awesome player. And to think we could have ended up with Manny if the Sox got Tex. Yikes!

    Tex’s, CC’s and AJ’s reporting to Tampa should have been the big story over the last week.

    And my wife the actress said that ARod going for the water bottle during his “moment” took something away from the performance.

  28. duh February 18th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “Everyone knows Derek is clean and if you think back to the Jeter/Nomar/ARod SS debates of old….couldn’t it be said that Jeter has emerged victorious at this point? I think it could. ”

    no, not really.

    it takes a HUGE leap in logic to deduct enough points from A-Rod where Jeter comes out on top.

    i love Jeter, but he’s no where close to the player A-Rod is.

    i’m not ready to completely dismiss everything A-Rod has accomplished.

    but Jeter does deserve a boost for doing it cleanly, it’s just that that boost still isn’t enough.

    not going to argue about it either. too much passion and anger around A-Rod right now, which is understandable.

  29. Jeremy February 18th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Shelley punched you? Congratulations on not turning to dust.

  30. ANSKY February 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “It’s go time” huh Pete? Will you post a video clip of that for us? :)

    Think Shelley will see any time in Da Bronx this year, whether by call-up due to injury or by Sept roster expansion?

  31. five iron from fenway February 18th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    I cannot imagine that Brackman starts in AA. He has to be lower Tampa or Charleston. If he can repeat his mechanics and harness his control the fastball/curveball from about 10 feet up will be devastating.
    Again – the pitching depth is staggering.
    For those that follow other systems – does any other team have the combination of high ceiling guys (Melancon, Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Betances, etc) and depth (Horne, Hacker, Kontos, Macallister, Heredia, Banuelos etc, etc. etc. that the yankees have?

  32. The Riddler February 18th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “Derek Jeter talked for a long time about A-Rod and the game’s drug issues. I’ll post the audio later. But in summation: He’s disappointed in Alex but believes he is sorry for what he did.”

    Wow. That was worth the wait, Derek.

  33. BBB February 18th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Bernard; I don’t know about Mark Teahen in particular because the Yankees already have quite a few OF and 3 1b with a potential 4th in Juan Miranda. But they absolutely do need to sign someone to beef up their bench, after all the other, much larger committments theyve made to winning this year, they’d be fools not to.

    Ray Durham was who I had in mind for the bench, but if the Royals are just going to cut Teahen loose than the Yanks might as well look into him. would he require a guaranteed deal? cause Durham could be had on a minor league non roster invite

  34. richard from reno February 18th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Pete:
    If you had any idea how those of us in the western United States rely on your blogs and news you would be very proud.
    Thank-you

  35. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother February 18th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “I asked Girardi what young pitchers have caught his eye. He mentioned Christian Garcia and Eric Hacker. He also loves him some Andrew Brackman. “The Triple-A and Double-A staffs are going to be very good,” he said. “We have some great arms.””

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    And when you get right down to it, it’s all about the arms…

  36. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Great stuff Pete!

    Guys, my 2009 Baseball Prospectus came in the mail, and like a hyper 13 year-old, I suddenly feel as though my entire existence is validated.

  37. DT February 18th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Pete –

    The next time Duncan punches you – punch him back and then run like heck.

    Don’t let that treadmill training go to waste.

  38. Barry Lane February 18th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Duh:

    You are completely wrong.

    One guy did it correctly, with dignity, and more than a modicum of success. The other guy is athletic, but that seems to be where it stops. A schoolyard show-off.

    Barry Lane

  39. BBB February 18th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    duh; didnt mean to imply I thought Jeter was a better player, obviously ARod is the significantly better player PED’s or not. And I am not one who believes that the entirety of Alex’s career and talents are invalidated by his admission, but I think it does cast some sort of an ugly pallor across his career, even if an unspoken one. Jeter is the only one of the 3 who will emerge from his era with his good name and integrity unscathed. (people also whisper about Nomar, tho he couldnt stay healthy enough for it to really make a difference)

  40. Zell February 18th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Great post Pete. The iPhone photos have been great.

    Kevin

  41. William Buckner February 18th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Five Iron,
    Believe it or not, Texas is supposed to be loaded with pitching.

  42. Joe from Long Island February 18th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Good reporting, Pete.

    I bet “frustrated” is the just the right word to describe Jeter right now. Frustrated with Alex, and the whole situation in baseball. Frustrated with the distractions.

    Fortunately, I think that’s something that can be fixed with a good, solid 10-game winning streak come April, and a first-place finish and WS. We have the tools to do just that. If only everyone stays healthy.

    On another note, we do have pitching depth, at least on paper. If people do stay healthy, it will be interesting to see what kind of deals are struck.

  43. LTL February 18th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Pete

    Maybe we can make a few bucks on this. Challenge Duncan to an iron cage match. Nick in SF might be interested and some of the others might be willing to make a little investment.

    In a small space, I might just wager a few quid on the media guy!

  44. Phil February 18th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks, Pete.

    When you get stuff like Girardi talking about the up and coming arms, you’ve mined blog gold. Good stuff all around.

  45. jennifer February 18th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ah the kids likely story. :lol: j/k great thread Pete.

  46. AZ Four February 18th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Very excited about Garcia

  47. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    William: I think Texas is supposed to have the best overall farm system.

    Who wudda thunk it, huh?

  48. Steve B February 18th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    “Believe it or not, Texas is supposed to be loaded with pitching.”

    So’s Oakland and to a lesser degree, SF.

  49. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother February 18th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    That is, William, until they actually pitch in that launching pad in Arlington.

  50. YankeeRay February 18th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    LTL
    February 18th, 2009 at 3:37 pm
    Uh Oh Sounds like Matsui might not be ready to go when the season begins. They want him to get his knees healthy enough to run the bases? Having had multiple knee surgeries, I don’t like the sound of that. If Matsui isn’t ready, who bats # 5?

    —-

    Hmmm, any power hitting RH hitting OF’s available out there that could protect Arod in the 5 hole and play DH and occasional OF? Lets see, Frank Thomas? Maybe, hmmm wait isn’t there one who is a pretty good hitter from the Bronx area?
    Just saying. ;)

  51. Bernard February 18th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    BBB,

    I hear you about Teahen and I don’t disagree with you that he isn’t a perfect fit, but he is a pretty decent defender. I would just really prefer not to see Ransom or Berroa in pinstripes this year (though Scranton pinstripes will look nice on Ransom). I actually really wanted someone like Adam Everett who could play gold glove level defense at 2B, 3B and SS. I’m not in love with Durham because I don’t think he can field all that well.

    Anyone know if Adam Kennedy has enough of an arm to throw it from Short and 3rd? He could be a decent utility-type.

    Where are Luis Sojo or Andy Fox when you need them?

  52. Peg February 18th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Thank Pete. Great Pics! Much better. And thanks for something other than A-Rod!

  53. Jlips February 18th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Pete

    Thanks for the great updates, the photos are great. Sitting here in the NY snow we appreciate you more than you can know.

  54. GT February 18th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Photos are great Pete. The higher the resolution the better.

  55. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    ‘I cannot imagine that Brackman starts in AA. He has to be lower Tampa or Charleston. If he can repeat his mechanics and harness his control the fastball/curveball from about 10 feet up will be devastating.
    Again – the pitching depth is staggering.’

    Agreed.

    ‘For those that follow other systems – does any other team have the combination of high ceiling guys (Melancon, Joba, Hughes, Brackman, Betances, etc) and depth (Horne, Hacker, Kontos, Macallister, Heredia, Banuelos etc, etc. etc. that the yankees have?’

    San Francisco, Texas and Boston comes to mind.

  56. GreenBeret7 February 18th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    It makes zero sense to sign someone as a utility player like Teahen or Grudzalenek, since they can’t play shortstop.

    Somebody mentioned in another subject about Jackson being a 5 tool player. He’s not. His power should be in the 18-22 homer range, unless he’s put on a few more pounds and lifted a lot of weights. I’d hate to see him get too muscle bound in the upper body, to where he loses the arm and that great, fluid swing. He doesn’t need to be a 30 homer guy….not with what’s on the team and what’s coming up.

    Don’t forget Brandon Laird, who, after this year, I figure will be a corner outfielder and backup corner infielder.

  57. Al from BK February 18th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I was laughing listening to Tony Paige last night when 2 consecutive callers suggest A-Rod should receive a life-time ban meanwhile there are 103 other ballplayers running around today free-men.

  58. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Oh and Oakland and both LA teams..add in Colorado too.

  59. duh February 18th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    BBB, i hear you.

    and don’t forget Tejada too.

    people were ready to place him above Jeter too…

  60. duh February 18th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    “Where are Luis Sojo or Andy Fox when you need them?”

    Luis Sojo was terrible.

    Cody Ransom can do everything Sojo could do. so can Berroa.

  61. RalphieD (for free sports betting look here http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=317843) February 18th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    your yankee coverage is exceptional pete…thank you

  62. Betsy February 18th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    That’s not good news about Matsui – I don’t have much faith in him this year. I know he’ll just be a DH, but if his knees are in that bad shape, I think he’s going to really struggle.

    Sorry to read that Joe didn’t mention Phil…….

    Sounds like Jeter was honest – good for him. I personally have 100% faith in him, but the fact that a shadow has been cast over the game has to be a tremendous disappointment to him. That said, I think you can separate the sin from the sinner. Sure he’s disappointed that Alex went down this path, but that picture of the two of them hugging yesterday said it all. I’m sure he and Alex have talked about this privately or are planning to talk. In any case, I think Jetes and the rest of the guys just want to get back to playing the game they love.

    Tex, Swish, CC and AJ are making me giddy. It sure seems like Tex and Swish are fan favorites already – very approachable and likeable. I really love this team, lol.

    Tex cleaner than Jeter? That’s simply not possible!

    Pete, thanks for the great job you’re doing!

  63. five iron from fenway February 18th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Brandon – Thanks.
    Just looking up and down the potential rotations from AAA to Low A you they are all filled with prospects not retreads.
    Very nice to see.
    Should be a great year for the big club and the farm.

  64. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    ‘I was laughing listening to Tony Paige last night when 2 consecutive callers suggest A-Rod should receive a life-time ban meanwhile there are 103 other ballplayers running around today free-men.’

    Tony was hilarious w/ the water bit. LOL

    The callers are just at times they think they know what they are talking about but really they don’t.

    One caller is like why doesn’t Alex give back some of the money like half per yr. He signed a 275 million extension for 9 yrs., what human being can look himself in the mirror and give like to charity 137.5 million dollars back from his own account ! :lol:

  65. Betsy February 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Francesca makes me sick. He was talking with someone (Sweeney?) and he’s assuming that “the book” is going to contain some huge new revelations about Alex that he is extremely eager and happy to read. At least Evan and Joe this morning had the decency to be fairly appalled at Selena Roberts; I’m picturing Mike F. drooling over this book like a lion over a dead zebra.

  66. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Sojo may have been terrible, but we did win World Series with him.

    Just sayin’, is all…

  67. GreenBeret7 February 18th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Adam Kennedy has signed to the Devil Rays.

  68. Ryan Loghry February 18th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome iphone pix today Pete. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it out there for spring training, but your posts always give a feel for what it’s like there.

  69. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    …Stupid Rays.

  70. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    ‘Should be a great year for the big club and the farm.’

    It should if everything pans out and this game is a tough game to predict 3/10 makes you a great hitter, 4/10 outstanding but when those hits come make you anywhere from a superstar to a legend or worst case scenerio a choke artist.

  71. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 18th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    And by that I mean ” why can’t the go back to being the devil rays?”

  72. James 3D February 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    That was a good move by Selena Roberts to move the book up… strike while the iron is hot. In May, if the Yankees are 30-15, nobody will care about the book.

    However, now that the exerpts will be leaked around opening day, it will put the pressure on A-Rod and the Yankees to get off to a good start, otherwise this will take on a life of its own.

  73. tampayank February 18th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Matsui looked good at his BP sessions last weekend, I think he’ll be fine, they’re probably just being extra cautious w/ him

  74. panayioti February 18th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    First let me say it is great to finally have the season under way. Now there may actually be something good on sportscenter but seriously doubt it.

    Pete, the “go time” comment with Shelley Duncan was freakin hilarious. Nice post.

    I feel #27 creeping slowing toward Yankee Stadium.

  75. Tom February 18th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Did Kepner run in from right field and push Shelly in the back?

  76. Alex February 18th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Matsui is the reason that we shouldn’t trade Nady or Swisher. He is too much of a health liability.

  77. John Isom February 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    your picture of Tex is really good, photographically speaking! and it’s nice to see him with the fans.

  78. jennifer February 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    So much for Mike being a Yankee fan. I always knew he wasn’t.

  79. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    ‘Shelley Duncan and I talked about our iPhones and when he left, he punched me in the shoulder. It still hurts. If he tries that again it’s go time.’

    Ice :lol:

  80. mattseattleusa February 18th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Just my 2 cents to add…Great reporting today Pete! Photos looked to be the best you’ve done so far. Your hard work and dedication to this Blog are very much appreciated!

  81. I want Michael Kay's job February 18th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Pete,
    I find my Iphone pics are great however your hand has to be extremely steady when taking the pics.. Is there an app for that? I believe there is however not sure if it free or a nominal cost.

  82. CENTRAL CT YANKEE February 18th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I have a question….Should A-Rod just go dark and pull a Manny and not not to the media. He has been crucified, most of it his own doing, but it is pretty obvious the NY media can’t stand the man…

  83. Al from BK February 18th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Brandon- I truly think half of papa Tony’s callers are either drunk or in desperate need if some sleep. The best is when one guy suggested A-Rod should literally pay fans part of his salary. I thought I misheard until Tony was like “That wouldn’t fly with the union”. :)

  84. Tex's New Best Friend February 18th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Line – up suggestion

    Jeter
    Damon
    Alex
    Tex
    Matsui
    Posada
    Cano
    Swish/Nady
    Melky/Gardner

    Jeter has been hitting into too many double plays and Alex is faster than Tex.

  85. Nick in SF February 18th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “Should A-Rod just go dark”

    That’s preferable to going orange.

  86. Alex February 18th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Teix has much better career numbers hitting 3rd than 4th

    He may be more comfortable hitting 3rd too and may have told Girardi that

  87. Brad Pitt's better-looking brother February 18th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    While ARod was speaking did any of the networks put on the crawl underneath a message saying not to adjust your TV sets, that the color was indeed correct?

  88. Laura - Now the real fun begins! February 18th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    “That’s preferable to going orange.”

    LOL! We never did get an explanation for that, did we? No one asked him yesterday. The press can be very short sighted.

  89. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    ‘The best is when one guy suggested A-Rod should literally pay fans part of his salary. I thought I misheard until Tony was like “That wouldn’t fly with the union”.’

    LOL I heard that guy and was like WTF are you that stupid. These fans have a hard time giving back a quarter, another one was like he’s just putting money into the steroids cause to fix his image, well no …. sherlocke. The most important thing is he admited it. That’s the most improtant thing now if I were him I’d just say

    ‘I did it to get an edge, it’s plain and simple, the injury scared me and I wanted to be better than I was, it’s what I have to live with and I’m going to do everything I can to make a good resolution from this and help w/ some charity work towards sending a bigger message of not to follow in my path because it’s not the way to go, to people that think I’m being phony, it’s your opinion but I have to make something right out of this for it not to be a lost cause in my own mind.’

    Plain and simple ! Not I took it for 3 yrs. and didn’t know what it did. I didn’t think what I was doing was wrong. :lol:

    God hustlers on the street could have come up w/ a better excuse. :lol:

  90. dave February 18th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    http://www.lohud.com/article/2.....NTCAROUSEL

    I like sam – he seems like a decent guy but this article is just another reporter jumping on the bandwagon. I mean arod is 33 and signed past 40 and his vote for the hall is 10 years after he retired as i AM SURE every writer knows so lets talk about the vote now because we are running out of time and Im sure nothing of importance will happen in the next 20 years. What are the point of these is arod a HOF articles?

    I dont know what the point of writing an article 20 years before the fact is but i DO know what the article is actually doing – making sam and others look dumb and giving us more and more proof that the media has no place in a HOF vote. All Sam is saying with this is that nothing arod or anyone else does in the next 20 years will really change his mind all that much. Is that objective? Shouldnt voters for something this prestigious and important be objective until the actual vote when they can really decide? What if 300 names come out between now and then with almost every possible hall of famers from the early 90s to 2003? I bet the writers might change their tune a little. And where do the writers address ALL of the guys who will be up for a vote that may or may not have used? What if arod goes on to be the best player in history winning 6 mvp season of the next 10 and while not on the field, donates millions of dollars and endless hours to an anti steroids campaign? i MEAN all of these things probably wont happen but they could and other things I am not saying could easily change enough to potentially change some peoples minds. But once a writer, writes an article that the player should never get in – all of a sudden they have a deep rooted bias against that player getting in. No?

  91. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    BTW to anyone that cares Rod Thorn is about to pull off a heist if he gets this done.

    ‘Vince Carter for Raef LaFrentz and his expiring contract along with Travis Outlaw and Sergio Rodriguez.

    Channing Frye could also be included if the Nets include Sean Williams or Stromile Swift.’

  92. gayle February 18th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Mike is just ticked off that Boomer and Chris Carlton is ahead of him in the most important radio talk show hosts in the country

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/spo.....on_mi.html

  93. S.o.S. February 18th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Can someone give me the scoop on Eric Hacker? How come iv never heard him discussed here? Is he trade bait or somone the team can benifit having on the roster someday?

  94. Sevendust February 18th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Francessa is nothing without Russo

    After the first couple of hours, his show just drags out and loses juice.

  95. Al from BK February 18th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Brandon- Thorn is trying to clear cap-room for bron but since the team will not be in Brooklyn by next Summer I cant see them tempting Lebron despite his relationship with Jay-Z. Really who wants to play in that swamp? Hopefully my Knicks resign Dave Lee thats the only player I care about.

  96. Nick in SF February 18th, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Explanation for Arod going orange? I think to illustrate a change from ‘young and stupid’ to ‘older and wiser’. Presumably he was going for a more intellectual, professorial look. Perhaps like that of a famous doctor?

    http://tinyurl.com/d2ukvc

  97. Stan February 18th, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Brook Lopez > Gallinari

  98. (jdjr).... February 18th, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    peter
    the iphone photos rock!

    iphone=INSTANT gratification to the blog!

    forget the digital camera, upload, day old photos..

  99. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 18th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Looks good:

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....2/340x.jpg

  100. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 18th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    argh..let’s try this again:

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....rk_Yankees

  101. CENTRAL CT YANKEE February 18th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Associated Press
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox owner John Henry is renewing his call for a baseball salary cap.

    Henry said Wednesday he thinks all owners would support an “enlightened” salary cap to improve competitive balance and that players might agree. He did not give details.

    ——-

    Maybe there should be a cap minimum…..As Chris Rock says “Shaq is Rich, the guy who pays his check is wealthy”

  102. benny blanco February 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Get this!!! Mike lupica said that arod needs to start hitting homeruns, but not too many homeruns because he will become a drug suspect again…LOL Arod cant win with ny media.

  103. Frankie speaking . . . February 18th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    John Henry crying poormouth ? He wants a salary cap.

    http://breakingnews.nypost.com.....CTION=HOME

  104. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    benny blanco -

    But that makes sense. I was thinking it myself. Even broken clock (Lupica) is right twice a day.

    Frankly, ARod really needs, in my opinion, to concentrate on driving in runs, not hitting homeruns. His homeruns will come. But I do think that in order to shut people the heck up, it would be best if he keeps those HRs down to between 40-50 and then in a few years starts to taper down.

    (I am only half kidding here.) :)

  105. Al from BK February 18th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “Get this!!! Mike lupica said that arod needs to start hitting homeruns, but not too many homeruns because he will become a drug suspect again…LOL Arod cant win with ny media.”

    You mean Mike Lupica the worst sports journalist of our time? Yes thats what I thought. I want A-Rod to hits 80 HR’s just to silence his critics.

  106. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    ‘Brandon- Thorn is trying to clear cap-room for bron but since the team will not be in Brooklyn by next Summer I cant see them tempting Lebron despite his relationship with Jay-Z. Really who wants to play in that swamp? Hopefully my Knicks resign Dave Lee thats the only player I care about.’

    Too many people say this and forget it’s going to be Bron’ making the decision meanwhile he not leave Cleveland, so they could clear cap for Joe Johnson, Dwayne Wade or etc.

    And really that’d be crazy if they land Outlaw and say a Martell Webster for nearly done VC.

    The Knicks have one player that they need to think about keeping and that Nate Robinson everyone else seriously they are replaceable.

  107. Doreen February 18th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Al from BK -

    80 Homeruns will make people think he’s still taking whatever substance he was taking. That’s why I was only 1/2 kidding in my above post.

    Now that he’s admitted to using, he is ALWAYS going to be under the microscope and under suspicion. He will not be allowed to spike too much in either direction.

  108. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    http://cache.daylife.com/image.....2/340x.jpg

    What the hell they couldn’t find a smaller helmet, something looks wrong there.

  109. Espresso February 18th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I’m happy with either Arod or Tex batting third. Arod is the better hitter and is faster, but Tex is no slouch at the plate and Arod has the better slg%. Again Tex swings a big stick too, so it really doesn’t matter.

    My guess is that Tex is going to gain more with Arod protecting than Arod will if its reversed. Arod just covers the whole plate really well and is disciplined, at least for a hitter with so much power. I don’t put much stock in the R-L-R because Jeter and Arod hit lefties and righties pretty well. The other factor that negates the importance of the order is Matsui. He should provide decent protection for whoever bats 4th and he hits lefties pretty well too. Follow him with another switch.

    It looks pretty stacked anyway you slice it. This lineup is better balanced with Posada back and the addition of Tex. On top of that its should be a more consistent lineup wit Matsui back and replacing Giambi (a decent slugger) with Tex (a good all around hitter).

    I like the idea of hitting Jeter first ok because he is quick and he gets on base, but if his hand is healthy he is probably the best in the league at hitting behind the runner and situationally. I think his DP will come down as he should have more bat control without a broken hand. He should also keep his hand away from the ball.

  110. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    And the link doesn’t work. And I’m too lazy to repost.

  111. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I would have put Alex 3rd because he’s quicker than Tex and can steal signs and relay it quick to Tex. Also his baserunning would distract pitchers from Tex batting before you know it…it’s 2 or 3 – 0 Yanks. I guessed they’d put Tex 3rd because he’s a slow starter and Alex would protect him so they can flip flop it in the 2nd half.

  112. Al from BK February 18th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Brandon- I dunno about bron but I think the Knicks are a lock for Stoudemire in 2010.

    Doreen- I just cant stands the A-Rod bashing. Did he mess up? Yes. However people are acting like he killed somebody when there are literally 100 other positive tests sitting in anonymity.

  113. dave February 18th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    http://www.lohud.com/article/2.....NTCAROUSEL

    its not even just the basic premise of the article that ticks me off or the fact that he is basically just jumping on the bandwagon with this but he uses the entire thing to criticize arod for every little thing.

    He says arod opened more questions than he answered only making the situations cloudier. He says it was supposed to be an apology but it was just a mix of excuses – he says he wasnt young and his naive players dont get 252 mil contracts. He called the story about his cousin and the DR borderline absurd. He says no one takes a substance for three years without knowing they are getting benefits. He says if the HOF vote was a test with five questions he already got a 0 on integrity so the best he can get is a B- which isnt good enough for the HOF.

    He implies that arod is saying nothing he did was wrong. He took a personal jab at arod by basically calling everything arod does in his life stupid by comparing all of his actions to putting out a fire with matches. And then, he finally gets to the point which is arod doesnt deserve to be in the hall no matter what.

  114. GreenBeret7 February 18th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    For those that want the full ST non-roster invitees list.

    http://cookies.sportsline.com/.....6/13006746

  115. gayle February 18th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Pete

    The iphone camera seems to be ok according to the below you got the FIRST photo of Nick as a Yankee

    http://nickswisher.net/

  116. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) Now batting #6 Alex Rodriguez February 18th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    ‘Brandon- I dunno about bron but I think the Knicks are a lock for Stoudemire in 2010.’

    I rather they get Boozer or David West than Amare. He’s too injury prone for the future.

  117. dave February 18th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I dont agree with any of that in one way or another and i will try to write why in one setence each. He answered every single question the media had for him – some better than others but one, this was 2001 and maybe something that happened 8 years ago might be a bit fuzzy and two, he admitted by far the most of any player he was found to be using – it isnt even a question.

    It was an apology because he said numerous times he was sorry for what he has done and no one liked that he blamed the culture or the expectations so he goes the its all my fault route because I was young and stupid and no one likes that either. I mean what is he supposed to say that is better than he was stupid as that is what 99.9 percent of people wanted him to say before the conference. Naive players get 252 million dollar contracts like naive writers get ballots for the HOF. I dont see any reason why he would make up the story involving his cousin and the DR and I dont really see why it would be so unbelievable.

    If any media bothered looking up the steroid before they wrote about it for 6 months, they may know that primbolin is one of the slowest acting anabolic roids there is and one of the least visible in terms of weight gain or noticeable effects.

    There is such a thing as the placebo effect and these things are as much mental as physical sometimes like arod said. his next point sums up why guys like borden shouldnt have a HOF vote as no one in their right mind would ever weigh all five of the player’s record, ability, sportsmanship, integrity and contribution to the game equally in a baseball HOF vote. It says consider in the rules, it doesnt say consider equally in your decision. When he said he didnt think anything may have been wrong with what he did, he meant in the past he didnt think it was wrong at the time he did it and its obvious why considering no one seemed to notice or care about that back then.

    Did the media even think it was wrong because they did nothing about it? He obviously knows now it was wrong or what exactly was the point of the whole press conference – apologizing for something he did right?? Use some common sense, And lastly right before making the completely bias opinion that he doesnt deserve to be in the hall 20 years before the vote, does what every good reporter does in their objective analysis – he takes a cheap shot at arod by basically calling everything he does in life dumb and/or an enigma.

    Alex does some stupid things but saying everything is a bit too much. If the media didnt cover every little detail of his life like it was some major event in history, maybe his life would look a little more normal to people without the microscope to look into. And honestly, its really pathetic that the so called “objective” media have basically pretended that they could judge the moral character of players and sit up on their high horse without any repercussions.

    Yea, Im sure no reporter has ever taken drugs, cheated on a test, lied, done something illegal, immoral or otherwise harmful to another humanbeing that they can sit there and proclaim what a horrible person alex is. Already, I know the wide majority of you have done something to harm another person for your own gain. Sam- this article was really just repulsive – it lacked objectivity, it was largely ignorant, it was hateful, disrespectful, basically just a list of your biased negative opinions and did not inform me of a thing. I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul. .

  118. Hman February 18th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Dave (and others) -

    The only ones who seem to give a damn about this story anymore are the sports columnists and talk radio hosts. Funny how they think they speak for the public.

  119. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve finally come to the conclusion after listening to the media, players, and Cashman, plus XM talk radio and Pete’s most excellent blogs, plus doing research on steroids that:

    1.A-Rod knew exactly what he was doing and what was getting injected into him, twice a month for 6 months each year.

    2. That he conveniently forgot that he took testosterone also, to speed up the muscle mass process.

    3. That his cousin, if ever found, could very well be guilty ot trafficking since it was illegal.

    4. That the Yankees now view A-Rod as an “asset” that they hope they get their money’s worth out of.

    5. That the Yankees were not permitting follow up questions from the media yesterday, hoping A-Rod would not dig himself into a deeper hole.

    6. That the players union is definitely to blame along with the players who cheated. I guarentee that a ban from baseball for two years without pay, if proven guilty, would quickly clean up the mess.

    As a life long Yankee fan A-Rod, I hope you can somehow help lead the Yankees to many more championships. I also wish there was a way you could have the Yankees amend your contract to not be paid for passing all the home run records, so that you can just play baseball without always trying for the homerun.

    And above all, we’ll see how sincere and charitable you are over the next nine years. I support you,and hope you succeed for the good of the team, but I don’t like you.

  120. Steve February 18th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Scranton and Trenton are going to have great pitching, but I bet Tampa (High A) will have the best staff of all — Brackman, Betance, Heredia, etc

  121. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    New post

  122. dave February 18th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    i wish we had a list of which pitcher is going where out of spring. Does anyone know the situations with the levels well enough that they can predict where all of the young pitchers are going out of ST and be able to write it down in the blog? Or is there another site in which something similar is posted? Thanks.

  123. Peter Abraham February 18th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Dave:

    Stop. Just stop. I do a blog post all about baseball and you write a 655-word comment about steroids. I gave up after the first sentence and I bet that everybody else did, too.

    You really need to stop with the long comments. You’re killing the flow of the blog. The idea of the internet is not to bore people to death. A good comments section flows and goes back and forth. It’s not meant to be a forum for one person to prattle on.

    I have no idea what you wrote because I don’t have the time or inclination.

    I’m at wit’s end what to do about this. Does anybody have any ideas? I don’t want to ban Dave because he seems like a nice guy. But his writing the Magna Carta every five minutes isn’t doing anybody any favors.

    Dave, I have a suggestion. Start your own blog, write whatever you want as long as you want and I’ll happily let you post a link in the comments section when you do.

    But, my man, you have to stop this. Please.

  124. dave February 18th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    hman,

    They are not even speaking with us or talking for us anymore – they are telling us what they think we should believe at this point based on what they believe.

  125. BBB February 18th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    guys, I just have to clear one thing up, just because I must, haha…..any cap space cleared by NJ for Dwyane Wade is wasted space! He will have it really good in Miami with Beasley and massive cap space in the summer of 2010 and isn’t leaving! So there!! :)

    I think Joe Johnson is a good fit with the Nets. that would give them a very nice future core of 3 stars.

  126. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Pete and Dave-

    Dave, if you are in medical school, you need to crack the books, stop staying up late, blogging long winded posts. Trust me, you’ll be in the wrong profession, if you can’t get across your plan in a concise, intelligent way when you deal with patients.

  127. SJ44 February 18th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    2. If you take Primo, your testosterone level can rise enough to trigger a positive for testosterone on a drug test.

    3. His cousin is under no legal threat for anything. First off, the statute of limitations for such an offense is five years. Second, regardless of any confession, without evidence, no prosecutor is going to pursue a case against anybody for drug trafficking.

    4. The Yankees view ALL of their players as “assets”. That’s how they run their business.

    5. Not allowing follow up questions has nothing to do with worrying about whether or not Arod would dig himself into a hole. When you have over 200 media, if you allow follow up questions, they would have been there all night.

    6. All sentences are subject to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While you may think stiffer sentences may help, has it helped stem the drug problem in America? Drug sentences are stiffer than ever for drug use and folks still use.

  128. BBB February 18th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Also, regarding other clubs that have great pitching depth with a combo of sure things and high risk/high reward guys…Texas? I was under the impression their farm was strong on young position players, and weak on pitchers.. thought they were on a major mission to develop young pitchers right now.

    They have a young kid in the majors right now, Harrison, that I think could be pretty decent. He looked good against the Yankees last year…then again, who didnt? ha

  129. dave February 18th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    yankeetrader,

    Its different when you tell patients what to do then why you share your opinion about stuff like this. Opinions are always more long-winded than facts anyways.

  130. Adam February 18th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Maybe when Duncan and Abraham throw down we can watch live on the blog. As always Pete great stuff, love reading the blog – gives me a break from the day.

  131. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    SJ44-

    Respect your opinions. However you must agree that the players union has done nothing to help stem the abuse of PEDs in baseball. If I was caught doing drugs in my profession, I’d be sent to rehab, my disability provisions would kick in, and possibly could be terminated for cause.

    Therefore if you were banned for two years without pay, and had to find another line of work, tell me you would think about “cheating” at the risk of 32 million a year.

  132. DT February 18th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I think Dave is really Casey Stengel reincarnated.

    Just change the name on his posts to “the Ol Professor” – and sell tickets.

    It that doesn’t work – just print every 5th word – we’ll get the gist.

  133. Bill Porter February 18th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “. . . If he tries that again it’s go time.”

    Where you gonna go Pete? It’s like Joe Louis said “He can run but he can’t hide”.

  134. SJ44 February 18th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    To say the players union has done nothing to stop it is inaccurate.

    Could they have done more? Of course they could.

    Selig and the owners also could have done more.

    Its a lot more complicated than just the “evil Union (Bud’s comment line) wouldn’t let me do anything.

    I don’t place degrees on it. EVERYBODY failed in this situation and EVERYBODY has to work together to solve the problem.

  135. saucY February 18th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “Al from BK
    February 18th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    Brandon- Thorn is trying to clear cap-room for bron but since the team will not be in Brooklyn by next Summer I cant see them tempting Lebron despite his relationship with Jay-Z. Really who wants to play in that swamp? Hopefully my Knicks resign Dave Lee thats the only player I care about.”

    ———

    -lebron does not care if the nets play in brooklyn
    -lebron does not care that jay-z owns them
    -lebron does not care about playing in Madison Square Garden or whatever history the Knicks have
    -lebron will choose the team that makes him the nicest offer
    -the end

  136. John Blacksox February 18th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    The pics are cool, thanks…

  137. ChrisXS February 18th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    The pictures look good but are too far back and too low resolution. Any basic digital camera with a zoom lens will give you a superior shot.

    Get yourself an Internet tablet like the N810 with a real keyboard and bigger screen and install a mobile blogging client like this: http://maemo.org/downloads/pro.....mo-wordpy/

    The device can be tethered to a Bluetooth phone for mobile 3G broadband through any carrier with the right phone or hack. ATT has spotty 3G coverage.

    The device has a memory card slot.

    Step 1: Snap pictures on your digicam.
    Step 2: Insert memory card into N810.
    Step 3: Connect it to the internet.
    Step 4: Fire up your blogging client: WordPy.
    Step 5: Your users will love your superior quality photos.

  138. ChrisXS February 18th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Also, the client is offline so you can re order steps 1-4. You can also do a similar thing with a laptop/netbook.

    Step 5 = Us loving you more.

  139. rover February 18th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    When you are competing to be the best in the game, maybe ever. When your competition is all on juice. When You’re only 27 yo give or take. You might have a stupid tendency to try and level the playing field. You might even do so before you figure out you didn’t need to.
    I don’t condone the use of peds, but I can understand the pressure leading to it. Use is/was wrong. I’m over it and past it. I hope Arod is too.
    Just play ball!!

  140. Steinbooga February 18th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    LOL

    Magna Carta

  141. Rick (Columbus) February 18th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Swisher is a legend here in C’bus!


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