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Spring Game 1: Yankees at Blue Jays

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Jeter SS
Cano 2B
Rodriguez 3B
Swisher RF
Duncan DH
Miranda 1B
Linden LF
Cash C

Pitching: Brett Tomko followed by Kei Igawa, Christian Garcia, Mike Dunn, Dave Robertson, Dan Giese and Jose Veras.

BLUE JAYS
Inglett 3B
Hill 2B
Rios RF
Millar 1B
Lind DH
Barajas C
Snider LF
Coats CF
McDonald SS

Notes: The Blue Jays will start LHP Brett Cecil. B.J. Ryan, Rick Bauer, Brian Burres and Ricky Romero will follow. … This will be the only blog post until after the game is over. I’ll post any updates below, so keep an eye out. I’ll live blog as much of the game as I can until the clubhouse opens to the media. … The game is not on television or radio.

UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: Joe Girardi just said the rotation would be Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Chamberlain. The plan is for Joba to make roughly 30 starts.

UPDATE, 10:52 a.m.: Yes, 30 starts for Joba. So we could be looking at him throwing 175-180 innings. That certainly a lot more than the 100.1 he tossed last year. Chamberlain was at 116 in 2007, counting the playoffs.

Obviously a lot can change and probably will. But the Yankees are of the mindset to let him go out and pitch as the No. 5 starter. The key to this will be Joba being honest with them about how he is feeling.

UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: There are no crowds with pitchforks and torches waiting for A-Rod. Just the usual senior citizens and autograph seekers. I’m sure he’s going to get booed. But when doesn’t he get booed?

UPDATE, 12:58 p.m.: We’re about to get underway. The major of Dunedin just threw out the first pitch. He was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

UPDATE, 12:59 p.m.: Three fans dressed as syringes just ran on the field and carried A-Rod off. … OK, that’s didn’t actually happen.

UPDATE, 1:02 p.m.: To be accurate, A-Rod didn’t really get much of a reaction at all when he was introduced. The nice old folks in Dunedin aren’t going to get too crazy.

UPDATE, 1:03 p.m.: Brett Gardner takes a strikes and we’re underway. Its 72 here.

UPDATE, 1:04 p.m.: Gardner just buried the second pitch over the fence in right field. 1-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Jeter grounded to short.

UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Cano K’d on a called check swing. … Well I was wrong about the people of Dunedin. A-Rod was booed loudly when he came to the plate. There are a lot of people jeering him about Madonna and his use of steroids. He drew a walk.

UPDATE, 1:16 p.m.: Swisher whiffed to end the inning. Brett Tomko is on and he got Inglett to line to first, Nice catch by Miranda. Then Hill went 5-3.

Tomko has 28 now. Melky took 53. The Yankees also have on their new road BP jerseys. They say “New York” across the front and have sort of silver numbers.

UPDATE, 1:19 p.m.: Three up and three down for Tomko. He has a chance to make the team as a long reliever by the way.

UPDATE, 1:29 p.m.: The Yankees went in order in the second inning. Duncan foul pop, Miranda and Linden whiffed. … Tomko got two outs in the second then Barajas singled. Miranda made a great catch of a foul pop down the line. But Snider flied to center.

UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Ricky Romero now pitching for Toronto.

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Three groundouts for the Yankees. 1-0 middle of the third. Here’s a photo from the press box.

UPDATE, 1:44 p.m.: Jose Veras now on to pitch. He has allowed a one-out double to McDonald, hit Inglett and thrown a wild pitch. He’s in a jam now.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Rios sac fly to center. Gardner charged and made a strong throw but it hit the runner coming home. 1-1.

UPDATE, 1:59 p.m.: Cano was hit by a pitch and A-Rod jacked one out. Cheers from the Yankees fans, boos from everybody else. 3-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:13 p.m.: Todd Linden’s RBI single off B.J. Ryan in the fourth inning has given the Yankees a 4-1 lead. Romero put two runners on before Ryan came in. The Yankees had a chance for more but Gardner flew to center with runners on the corners. Girardi should make him do 20 push-ups.

Dan Giese on to pitch.

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: It’s 4-1 Yankees after four innings. I need to sell ads for the live blogging. This update brought to you by all Benihana locations in the Tri-State area!

UPDATE, 2:26 p.m.: Jeter singles to right, Cano doubles down the line in left. Runners at second and third with no outs for A-Rod.

UPDATE, 2:27 p.m.: He walks. Loaded up with no outs for Swisher.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Down 0-2, Swisher works a walk. 5-1 Yanks.

UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Duncan struck out swinging but Miranda grounded a single into right. 6-1 Yankees.

UPDATE, 2:36 p.m.: 6-4-3 for Linden to end the inning. 6-1 Yankees. Big changes in the lineup now. A-Rod, Jeter, Cano, Gardner and Miranda are out. The live blogging could be finished as I’ll need to get down to the clubhouse shortly.

Kei Igawa in to pitch.

UPDATE, 3:18 p.m.: A-Rod said the crowd didn’t bother him. “I felt the fans were OK actually. I’d like to invite a bunch of them out to Fenway this summer,” he said.

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543 Responses to “Spring Game 1: Yankees at Blue Jays”

  1. JoeT 28 in 10 KEEP PHIL FRANCHISE AND CANO!! February 25th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Picking up where we left off last year – LETS GO BRETT TOMKO!! lol…. 3rd best day of the year!

    First day of spring training is 2 (and beats out the games because we’ve been waiting for so long for it)

    and obviously opening day is #1 …. all rankings pushed back in October!

  2. Chris February 25th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    hey Pete, I know your busy, but I wanted to start up an alternative fantasy league for those who did not make it in the first one. There seemed to be a lot of excess demand. Can you make a quick post telling anyone who wants to join a free yahoo fantasy league comprised of people who follow this blog, to email me at ck5132@hws.edu

    If we get 10 people I will start a league.

    And yes, you are very welcome to join as well

  3. Steve February 25th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Has anyone mentioned to you the position player lineups?

  4. Rishi February 25th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    YAY!! Game posts…

  5. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Pete, great article on Jose and his dad – very touching.

    Poor Jose,Bengie and Yadier – their dad was so young and they were obviously close to him. Mr.Molina sounds like he was a wonderful man who was beloved in his town. I just can’t imagine what these brothers are going through…

  6. Stephen February 25th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    “The game is not on television or radio.”

    If a professional sports game in 2009 is not on tv or radio, was it ever even played in the first place?

    ;)

  7. GGTM February 25th, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Just gave a shout out on the Yes Boards thanking you Peter for all the hard work you do all season long for us Yankee fans … don’t always agree with you, but have spoken with you through email a few times and you are a very nice guy … and you do work your hardest to always keep us up to date … so much appreciate it … thanks Peter!

  8. bodhisattva February 25th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Betsy
    February 25th, 2009 at 8:37 am
    Pete, great article on Jose and his dad – very touching.
    Poor Jose,Bengie and Yadier – their dad was so young and they were obviously close to him. Mr.Molina sounds like he was a wonderful man who was beloved in his town. I just can’t imagine what these brothers are going through…

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Unfortunately, I can. Rips your heart out, alters your senses and nothing makes any sense. Hope they find a refuge in baseball.

  9. Chien-Ming Vase February 25th, 2009 at 8:58 am

    cano batting third. if he could actually hold down that spot in the lineup, this would be the best lineup in baseball arod 4th, tex 5th matsui 6th…
    alas, he doesnt have the plate discipline to hit there.

  10. Bill Porter February 25th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    It’s sooooo nice to see this again. It’s been a long winter.

  11. Brent February 25th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    “YAY!! Game posts…”

    Most underrated comment today. Think about it people..the last time we were able to see Pete do a game-post (complete with lineup and game notes), we were on our way to an 89-win postseason-less October.

    This year we’ve gotten our hitters back (Matsui, hopefully the “real” Robinson Cano, Posada, and the addition of Swisher) as well as a few great pitchers (Sabathia, Burnett, healthy Wang, and 30 starts or so out of Joba.

    CEEEEEEEELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, C’MON!

  12. Brent February 25th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    ““The game is not on television or radio.”

    If a professional sports game in 2009 is not on tv or radio, was it ever even played in the first place?”

    Brett Tomko doesn’t draw the crowds that he used to :(

    (sarcasm)

  13. Slu February 25th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Thank god the games are starting. I wonder if Gardner will manage to get on base at least once? I hope he proves me wrong, but I have zero faith in this guy.

  14. William Buckner February 25th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Pete,
    Great article about Jose. Fathers, sons, and baseball. Very touching.

    I’d say CF, pen roles after Mo, and Posada’s shoulder. Best questions of the next 6 weeks.

  15. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I like that Wang is 2nd in the rotation.

  16. Laura - Standing behind Alex! February 25th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    “Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Chamberlain”

    Good rotation. Now, all we need is for everyone to stay healthy.

  17. Chien-Ming Vase February 25th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    i agree about wang going 2nd. not only b/c he deserves it, but coming off of cc, they have to try to deal with the sinker, then the next day with mr filty. thats a o-fer weekend right there.

  18. rl1856 February 25th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Joba for 30 starts ? Doesn’t he have a 150 inning limit this year ? 150/30 = 5ip per start… Will his starts be tag team efforts, with a designated reliever to come in for the 6-8th innings ?

  19. john February 25th, 2009 at 9:24 am

    You know you roatation is loaded wqhen burnett is a number three. Pete are they going to skip Joba in the begining of the year to keep his innings down?

  20. SteveB February 25th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I agree with rl1856.

    ***Pete– that must be a typo with Joba’s starts. It can’t be 30. Maybe 20?

  21. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    They dont need a 5th starter until 2 or 3 weeks into the season. Will Joba build some innings in “relief” before his first start?

    In NO WAY does this imply i want him in the pen because i dont.

  22. Whatever February 25th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    30 starts? That’s a pretty full load for a guy who threw 100 innings last year and is supposed to be capped this year. Sounds like the Verducci Rules are out the window.

  23. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Great to see a lineup posted again. LETS GO KEI!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe he will finally show something that may get some team interested enough to trade for him.

  24. Lori February 25th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hooray for baseball! I am so darn excited.

  25. pat February 25th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Really David?

    “Ortiz added that he is careful about people with whom he comes in contact,”

    and today news comes out that his personal assistant and close friend for years was involved in the identity theft of a jailed drug dealer?

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ortiz_pal/

  26. Brad February 25th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    The usual 1st part of the exhibition schedule. Always a few players in the lineup that won’t be going north when March ends.
    Mid March sees things get a little more serious as to who the final cuts will be.

  27. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    No evidence has surfaced that Marquez was involved in any crime, including steroid-related activity, other than the alleged identity theft.

    This line tells us what is still wrong in our society. Now is steroids worse than identity theft???

    And when was identity theft not a crime? He WAS involved in a crime, this is the whole article.

    FYI, David learn from A-Rod and don’t make comments that can eventually make you look stupid a week later.

  28. Alex February 25th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Why isn’t Texieira playing today?

  29. CountryClub February 25th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I’m glad to see the Yankees did the right thing and placed Wang in the #2 slot. He’s been a better pitcher than Burnett through his career and that’s where he belongs.

  30. CountryClub February 25th, 2009 at 10:04 am

    The Yankees rotation is insane! Now they just need to stay healthy.

  31. Trevor February 25th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    With the rotation like that Joba barring bad weather, pitches the opener at new YS.

  32. Steve February 25th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Trevor -

    Joba only pitches the opener if Joe goes 1-5 through the rotation and doesn’t skip Joba because of the off day, which he probably will do. In that case, CC gets the opener.

  33. Trevor February 25th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I doubt he skips Joba. Too early in the season to be skipping starters.

  34. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Because it is on the road, he doesn’t have to take the entire team. Mark will play tomorrow, when we can watch him on tv. :-)

  35. Steve February 25th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Trevor –

    Early in the season is exactly when managers skip their 5th starters, especially ones with a game and innings cap.

  36. Jonathan February 25th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    30 Start’s from Joba? Was that a typo? It seems like a bit much. Since his innings should still be limited?

  37. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    So excited! :lol:

    “Joe Girardi just said the rotation would be Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Chamberlain”

    I’m getting chills

  38. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    its not too early in the season to be skipping starters. That’s when you skip them.

  39. ohgodno February 25th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Man, I was so looking forward to seeing Igawa get rocked today, or at least hearing it.

    Baseball has started and we have no access to it, damn. Thank god Pete’s liveblogging some of it.

  40. Vito February 25th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I like that he broke up CC and AJ with Wang. in a 3 game series that’s gonna be a tough adjustment for hitters!

  41. Scooter10 February 25th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    What a difference a year makes (starting rotations on opening day)

    2008 – Wang, Pettitte, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy
    2009 – Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte, Joba

    And with Hughes (22) and Kennedy (24) at AAA, Garcia (23), Hacker (26) and Kontos (23) at AA, and a load of prospects at A ball we have better depth than we did last year.

  42. Vito February 25th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Brett Tomko followed by Kei Igawa – a.k.a batting practice for the Blue Jays

  43. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 10:26 am

    i love the rotation finally we can say we have pitching and one thing i dont get y the yankees cant televised all the yankees spring training game if they dindt noe that yes does belong to them

  44. William Buckner February 25th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    “Brett Tomko followed by Kei Igawa – a.k.a batting practice for the Blue Jays”

    10 run rule like Little League?

  45. Jeet Skeet February 25th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    i just heard they are re planting the Babe memorial in monument park today on ESPN..i expect to hear that news here first Pete!

  46. Noreaster February 25th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Pete can’t be everywhere…Love the starting staff this year, 4 power arms, split up the “ground ballers”, Wang second and Burnett third should rock. Pettitte and Joba at 4 and 5? This is a killer rotation!

  47. Peter Abraham February 25th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Jeet:

    Huh? I’m in Tampa. As for the news, yes it turns out the Babe Ruth monument will be in Monument Park. Hard to believe.

  48. ohgodno February 25th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    It’s a killer rotation on paper. I’m always nervous about these things, so I’m not getting too over-confident.

    But I do agree with how Girardi staggered the rotation.

  49. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Pete,

    Nice article on Jose Molina. Please let him know that he’s a blog favorite and that we’re thinking about him.

  50. Bill February 25th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    They didn’t spend all those millions on CC to have him watch the opener. He will pitch it.

  51. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Pete,

    Don’t lie. We know you were having “lunch” with another paper. ;)

  52. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I’d rather have Wang pitch the home opener. I want a refund from last season.

  53. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Or whatever year Pavano pitched the opener.

  54. YanksFanLV February 25th, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Such a breath of fresh air to see a game post, the winter has been far to long. And I definitely agree with the rotation, thats got to be tough to be an opposing team.

  55. a little off topic but in need of help...please February 25th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Hey guys,
    I am giving a speech on steroids in a few days and I know this will probably be a long shot, but I would very much appreciate any help I can get from you guys. Not on how to present it or how to organize it or anything like that just on where I can find some very RELIABLE sources to include in my presentation. I need everything on steroids not just what we baseball fans like talking about (some more than others, of course). This includes but is not limited to medical uses, increased usage among today’s young people, advantages, side effects, all the various types of steroids, basically anything and everything related to this subject.

    Now, I know this is a Yankees blog and not a health desk but a friend directed me to this blog knowing most of you know a lot about this. I am hoping that, out of the kindness of your hearts, you will help out a fellow Yankee in time of need. So, please anything would help.

    Again, that’s RELIABLE sources. Anywhere I can find accurate and/or scientific analysis, interpretation and facts.

    Thanks in advance =)

    P.S. I tried posting last night but was unable to; site didn’t allow me to. Any ideas as to why? I would like to become a regular here now that I am aware of it. Nice work, Pete!

    and again, thanks

  56. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 25th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    First game already? Holy crap! Whoa! I am so ready for the end of winter!

  57. Thomas Robust February 25th, 2009 at 10:44 am

    The starting 5 the way they should be. Joba having thirty starts, will he pitch the sixth or is that why Al Aceves (or someone else, but he’s who I want) is needed. They’ll let the long reliever pitch twice a week or something like that. 3 innings on Joba days and 2 on other days needed. Coke is also a possibility at long reliever. Will there be gameday on Mlb.com? (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  58. Ceasar February 25th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I really like moviong wang into the 2 spot , change thing up . Also gives me some respect , he was just there number 1 starter a season ago and then down to the third didnt seem right

  59. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Off topic,

    Someone will answer the call. In the many spirited debates there are always a few who have pointed out how steroids have some very legitimate uses. One such use is growth hormone theraphy to deal with growth hormone deficiency.

    Thomas,

    If memory serves me correctly, the scoreboard on mlb.com ususually updates after every half inning or so. I don’t think there will be a gameday unless they’ve upgraded significantly.

  60. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I feel like we all agree that the 30 was a typo.

    If 5 pitchers pitch in order all season, thats 32 starts per starter.

    If they skip JOba in the beginning because of off days, 30 would mean he doesnt get skipped. The comments are contradictory.

    He probably meant 20 starts.

  61. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:51 am

    ack. *therapy

  62. Fran February 25th, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Starting line-ups and game threads. Finally baseball!

  63. Kevin February 25th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Has anyone seen this? Hysterical…

    http://deadspin.com/5152226/an.....ice-report

  64. m February 25th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Joba will probably be limited to 5 innings a game. Maybe 6 if he’s efficient.

  65. Chris February 25th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Ok I have started the second Lohud fantasy league. I have had five emails. I will email those guys back, but for anyone else that wants to join, email me at ck5132@hws.edu

  66. Bill February 25th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    When is the first TV or radio broadcasted Spring Training game?

    Also does anyone know when the Cubs tickets go on sale for partial season ticket holders?

  67. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I just realized that Gardner’s leading off. Talk about pressure. :)

    The minimum 3 starters required for road games are Jeter, Cano, Rodriguez.

  68. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    bill the first spring training yankee game televised is tomaroow at 1

  69. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Bill,

    Tomorrow. Pete posted a tv/radio schedule a few threads back.

  70. kd February 25th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Pete,

    Great story about Molina. Impressive individual.

    I was so happy to see a game thread this morning when I got to work. My god, If my boss knew about this blog, I’d get fired!

  71. pat February 25th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Pete

    Dan Graziano on ESPN this morning said A-Rod has a hip issue which is messing with his swing. Any news on this?

  72. Bill February 25th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thanks, got the schedule now. I hope Pete can find out for us when these Cubs tickets will go on sale for partial season ticket holders. It wouldn’t be the first time that I missed a weird online sale like this!

  73. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    ” Joe Girardi just said the rotation would be Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Chamberlain. The plan is for Joba to make roughly 30 starts.”

    cashman seems to base his world on the best scenarios possible happening, when in reality that almost never happens.

    i would say there is a one in ten chance of joba chamberlain starting 30 games. why even think about that happening when it is unlikely to happen. he couldn’t even make a dozen straight starts last year.

    very few rotations go through a year with all starters making 30 or more starts. the yankee rotation is more likely to lose at least one starter for 15 or more starts than it is likely for all the starters to make 30 or more starts each.

    this euphoria about the starting pitching before the team starts the season is based on the best of all scenarios which almost never happens. this is typical cashman type thinking.

    until this team starts playing i have no feel at all for how it will come together. another variable besides the durability of the starting pitching is the outfield. the downside of the outfield is really bad. swisher was so bad last year that he hit under .220. until he does it on the field, he is a .220 hitter. he earned it last year. that’s who he is until he proves otherwise. there’s nothing to be excited about until he does it on the field.

    this delusional optimism before the season is very much like last spring when false hopes were placed on hughes and kennedy. until we see it on the field, nothing is real.

  74. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    The plan is for Joba to make roughly 30 starts.

    It’s a plan. Doesnt mean they have dellusions that he will make all of them….

  75. foriegn substance February 25th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    dont worry about the pitchforks, he has no problem being pricked.

  76. toxic assets February 25th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    too bad a guy as informed and baseball saavy as randy cant get out of seeing everything through his casman-hating mindframe.

  77. Wilson February 25th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Makes sense… 30 starts x 5 innings a start = 150 innings, right around his target.

    He’ll have some games where he goes 7 innings, others where he gets bombed after 2. So it will even out, but don’t expect to see him past the 5th inning very often.

    Personally, I’d rather give him 20-25 starts with no restrictions.

  78. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Joba did theow 118 innings his first season with Nebraska.

  79. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Randy has a legitimate point. Before the season starts it’s normal to look at everything as a best-case scenario and that rarely occurs.

    the Yankees’ biggest fault last year wasn’t that Ian and Phil were ineffective, it’s that they had no tangible plan should that happen.

    Hopefully they are better set up this season.

  80. Bill from NJ February 25th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Im already doing an alternative fantasy baseball league. Emails will be going out tonight.

  81. rbj February 25th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    What a glorious post. Gives hope to those of us still living in winter.

  82. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    “Brett Tomko doesn’t draw the crowds that he used to”

    lol.

    would like to see Christian Garica, tho

  83. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    It does seem that Casman hasn’t learned from the mistakes of last season-Hughes and Kennedy. Randy may have a point. I would prefer a more conservative approach towards Joba’s development myself, but, what do I know.

  84. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    “Im already doing an alternative fantasy baseball league. Emails will be going out tonight”

    Bill:

    emails will be going out? or you are receiving emails?

  85. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    If Pujols becomes a FA in 2011… where would we play him?

    Would we move Teixeria to 3rd (where he has played in the minors), ARod to DH, and Pujols to 1st?

    Would we try and pay more to try and convince him to be a DH and keep the rest of the INF intact?

    Would we move Teix to DH and keep Pujols at 1st?

    Or what about Teix to 3rd, ARod to SS, Jeter to DH, and Pujols to 1st?

    Certainly interesting to think about…..

  86. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Chris: sent you an email (baseball league)

  87. Bill from NJ February 25th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    vinny –

    I received 30 emails yesterday from league creator of the people who did not get in on the first league.

    I received good feedback from 12 people and those 12 will be receiving invites to the alt league tonight.

  88. Joseph DelGrippo February 25th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Lots of lefties on the mound today for the Jays.

  89. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Pete the link for your next entry is dead.

  90. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I doubt Joba will make 30 starts but I definitely think the Yankees will give him a longer leash. He is certainly capable of doing it but I don’t know if he’s ready yet. If he throws 150 innings and stays healthy, that’s a successful year in my opinion.

    Also, randy, although our expectations should be restrained as you suggest, they are totally justified. This pitching staff is the best Yankees pitching staff in a long, long time.

  91. disco stu February 25th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I think there is way too much focus on Joba’s innings and if he passes a certain threshold that it is somehow going to adversely effect him.

    Personally, the bigger concern for Joba are his pitch counts from start-to-start. He had a lot of success starting last year, but it appeared to me that he was throwing way too mnay pitches … especially, early in games.

    The more economical he becomes with his pitches the better he will ultimately be … and then it doesnt really matter how many innings he ends up throwing. If he throws 175 innings and is economical in doing so, you mean to tell me that is more damaging than throwing 130 innings that are labor intensive because he is throwing too many pithes.

    Joba needs to learn to use his defense behind him more and just the hitters put the ball in play … so few have been able to put good swings on him because his stuff is so nasty … stop going for 15 strikeouts per game and the results will take care of themselves.

  92. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    rebecca,

    Sorry. I don’t see randy’s point at all. The Yankees stock the rotation to the hilt and it’s not enough. The goal is to If you can’t be optimistic about this rotation, then what can you be optimistic about?

    The goal is to go deep into the post-season, not make it throught the year with your projected rotation intact.

    What he said was randy’s version of “The only thing that’s certain is change”.

    Stop trying to burst everyone’s balloon, randy l!

  93. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    joe i talked about this a couple months agoo right after we signed teixeira i was thinking about this i noe the yankees are gonna make a play for him and what i kame out wit was moving texeira to right field if the yankees decided to sign pujols i dont think pujols would like to dh and teixeira did say hes willing to play any position

  94. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    oops. try again without the dangling things:

    rebecca,

    Sorry. I don’t see randy’s point at all. The Yankees stock the rotation to the hilt and it’s not enough. If you can’t be optimistic about this rotation, then what can you be optimistic about?

    The goal is to go deep into the post-season, not make it throught the year with your projected rotation intact.

    What he said was randy’s version of “The only thing that’s certain is change”.

    Stop trying to burst everyone’s balloon, randy l!

  95. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Not that i ever think Pujols would be a Yankee, but instead of moving the entire team around, why not just put Pujols in Left Field. He used to play there. Or put him at third, get Alex back in SS Shape, Jeter at DH, and Tex stays at first.

    No worries, STL will make sure their only draw stays there.

  96. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Bill:

    had originally emailed Fran. Didn’t know there was a second league starting. Either way, thank you.

  97. AeroFANatic February 25th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I agree that Joba’s pitches will be more closely looked at than actual innings. He’s gonna have around 100 pitch cap in ANY game he pitches, so if he gets there in 4 or 9…does not really matter he’s gonna get yanked after 100.

    So, yes..he could go 130 or 175 innings this year…just depends on if he can get the ball over the plate. And, stay healthy of course.

  98. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Tex’s,

    But where will you put Matt Holliday (sp?)? :P

  99. Kat February 25th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Hey everyone – did I read here yesterday that the iPhone will start streaming MLB radio broadcasts?

  100. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Chris: thank you, just received the email.

  101. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    But where will you put Matt Holliday (sp?)?

    I would put matt holliday on another team…. Outside of Colorado, his numbers arent nearly as good.

  102. Chris February 25th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I’ve gotten 7 requests for the league. I can fit 8 more. Email me today to join lohud fantasy league

    ck5132@hws.edu

  103. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Tex’s,

    I would, too. I was just teasing. Pujols is great and all, but we can’t snap up every great player. At some point we have to slow down the spending. That’s why I’d like to have guys like Gardner, Melky, Hughes, et al. succeed.

  104. ZMan February 25th, 2009 at 11:51 am

    2011 team

    1B – Teixeria
    2B – Cano
    3B – Rodriguez
    SS – Rollins/Frucal/Hanley
    LF – Holliday
    CF – Jeter
    RF – Swisher
    DH – Pujols
    C – Montero/Romine

    I don’t think Pujols would have a problem being the DH. We can make it work. Pay him more to be the DH if you need to.

  105. bdog375 February 25th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wow, life is about to get good again. Seeing this gameday lineup post makes me realize that the regular season is not that far away :)

  106. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    ZMan

    weres posadaa

  107. m February 25th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    local sports radio this morning mentioning that Goodell is taking a paycut. Then moved on to baseball. Saying what’ll happen in June/July if some expensive teams like the Tigers fall way back. Will there be a lot of firesales?

    I was thinking to myself, well who would be buyers in such an economy? Can’t be us, we’ve got stars at every position (except CF). Can’t imagine them letting Granderson go. Boston?

    Also, Dontrell Willis was on tv the other day, just talking about taking baby steps and what not. How sad. I hope he gets back on track, just not against us.

  108. yanks61 February 25th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    A Little Off Topic:

    Have a look -athttp://www.realclearsports.com/articles/2009/02/rethinking_steroids.html

    Also, look up Dr Charles Yesalis on Google. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on performance enhancers in sport.

  109. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Feel bad for Andy. I’ve never met him but reading about him and watching interviews, he seems like one of the nicest people you could ever meet. And this bimbo is trying to smear his name.

  110. Fran February 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Vinny-b,
    I had a huge response to the Fantasy Baseball league (over 90 emails). Unfortunately I could only accommodate 10. Bill and Mike both contacted me and were interested in setting up more leagues and I forwarded 60 of the email addresses I had (30 to each).

  111. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I agree with M. The 1998 team was not the best of each position, but rather 9 really good players and good bench players. Each time we bring a huge star we get worse. i dont think thats the case this year, but since 2001.

    No desire to have Holliday in LF. In fact, if Damon stays healthy, i say resign him for 2 more years.

  112. 3D Stat February 25th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    If the Tigers are dumb enough to shop Granderson or Miguel Cabrera, Boston is the favorite to acquire one of them.

    Nobody is touching Cabrera’s contract and he would be PERFECT for Boston.

  113. BBB February 25th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    WOO HOO!!!! The Yankees are playing baseball today!!!!!

    Love that Miranda is in today’s lineup, wish I could see him hit!

  114. murphydog February 25th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    randy:

    ” Joe Girardi just said the rotation would be Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, Pettitte and Chamberlain. The plan is for Joba to make roughly 30 starts.”

    Girardi was being quoted – not Cashman. And it’s full of qualifiers. For example: “the plan is” and “roughly.” To Sunny Skies Girardi, if Joba only starts 25 but “he tried his best,” that is roughly 30 starts. And as we all know “plans” change.

    Joe G hasn’t shown that he’s gotten any better at conceding there’s a dark side to things – - unless it’s A-Rod. So this sunny optimism jsut sounds like more Joe G to me (although he is likely toeing the company line).

  115. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    3D Stat,

    Boston had, and still has, a lot of cash to spend. They missed out on Tex, but it left them with an extra $160M in the pocket to spend.

    They have Pedroyer and Yukyuk locked up, but they’ll have to replace Manny’s production, Big Papi, Drew, Varitek, Lowell. They need to find a real shortstop. Oh, yeah. They’re going to have to pay up for Beckett and Papelbon. If Beckett sees a lot of the DL before the end of his contract, I could see the Red Sox letting him go.

    It’ll be interesting to see how Henry justifies any spending sprees. He sure has a lot to say about how the Yankees go about their business.

  116. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Not to say that we’re not old and won’t have to replace certain players, but we don’t make apologies about how we go about our business.

  117. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Zman,
    I dont think Jeter will be able to cover center field 3 years from now. Left field is more probable. Swisher wont be our right fielder either.We will have someone that will put up much better numbers at that position. Who knows, maybe Montero might be the player to play right with all the rumors of him over growing the catcher spot.
    Nice list though.

  118. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    If there is any team in baseball that has no business talking about the Yankees spending, it is Boston at number 2.

    They gave manny 8/160 before big contracts were cool…

    5/75 for Drew who opted out of his with LA.

    51.1 just to talk to Dice-K.

    Sure the yankees spend, but for the hypocrites up north to whine about it is just hot air. Would 170 for Tex been that much different than 180? They wouldnt complain if they signed him for 170.

  119. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    “Stop trying to burst everyone’s balloon, randy l!”

    m-

    i’m just saying that back up plans on back up plans on back up plans is what being a general manager is all about. it’s premature to say this team is loaded. until they do it on the field, it’s just hopes.

    i feel this team is based on too many best scenarios. you do realize, for example, that until posada throws 300 foot long toss consistently, no one will know he’s healthy. to me being realistic is what ‘s interesting.

    i’m looking forward to real things starting to come together on the field like posada’s arm. i’m also watching to see who will be the sixth starter for the yankees because that pitcher could have 15-20 starts.

  120. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Lets play predict the season game.

    Comeback player of the year?

    Posada
    Matsui
    Hughes
    Wang
    ????

    Most improved player?
    Cano
    Melky
    Jeter
    Arod(odd year)
    Joba
    Pettitte
    ?????

    Most declining player?

    Damon
    Nady
    Jeter
    Cano
    Posada
    Arod
    Pettitte
    ????

  121. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Fran:

    understand. No problem.

    I wish you luck, in your league. :)

  122. A-List February 25th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Comeback – Wang
    Most improved – Swisher
    Decline – Posada

  123. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    comeback-Jorge
    improved- gardner
    decline-jeter ( i hate to say it)

  124. Joba the Great February 25th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I was really hoping for pitchforks and torches. Makes a nice backdrop for the highlights.

  125. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    randy l,

    Okay, got your drift.

    But you do have to admit that we’re better equipped to deal with any problems than the other teams, right?

    We have pitching options. We go at least 8 deep for the starters. We have a lot of good arms we can mix and match in the bullpen. We have about 24 oufielders. None of them are great, but we can at least cover the outfield.

    And we can always trade to fix our problems. The talk is about firesales. Well, we’ve actually got trading chips now, something we didn’t have before because we gave them all away.

    Look at who’s on our 40-man today vs. 1, 2, 3 years ago. People actually took Clippard, DeSalvo, Karstens, Farnsworth, Beam, Betemit, and lots of others off our hands.

    Anyway. No worries, be happy. These are your Yankees.

  126. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Comeback-Wanger
    MIP-Gardner
    Declining-Andy or Jeter :(

  127. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I forgot to answer my own question.

    Comeback-Hughes
    Most improved-Cano
    On the decline-Damon

  128. Laura - Standing behind Alex w/o a pitchfork or a torch! February 25th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Comeback – Matsui (Being a full time DH will help)

    Most Improved – Cano (Glad we didn’t trade him; he’s going to have a monster season)

    Decline – Nady (he’s wicked hot, but I think last year might have been a fluke)

  129. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Man,whats wrong with you guys? Reading some of your decline list, Jeter wont even be resigned on 2011. El capitan will hold his own and keep his consistancy. He had a broken wrist,playing with one hand and still had decent numbers. He’ll be fine as long as hes healthy, bank on it.

  130. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    M, I agree – good summation. This team is in good shape depth wise – I just can’t buy into such a pessimistic outlook about the team. I think Yankee fans’ optimism is well-founded and I’m looking forward to seeing how this comes together on the field. I do think it would be a HUGE mistake to just let Joba pitch without regards to innings limitations – I don’t understand the Yankees’ thinking on this at all.

    I also don’t understand why this Alex hip issue is not a bigger deal – Graziano is the only one who has mentioned this at all. Sweeney is on WFAN now – I missed the first 5-7 minutes, so maybe he gave us an update ?

  131. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    SoS,

    okay, I’ll change my declining player to Melky.

  132. feefoo February 25th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    DECLINE PLAYER – X.NADY
    COMEBACK – CANO
    MOST IMPROVED – HUGHES

  133. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    hey SOS– what do i know? i pray i’m wrong…but it was guessing game, right?

  134. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Jeter will hit .305 with 13 HRs and 66 RBIs….

    And there is absolutely NO WAY the yankees dont resign him in 2011.

  135. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Who will be our eighth inning guy by september?
    Melencon
    Joba
    Marte
    Bruney
    Veras
    ???

  136. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    We need to sign Jeter to a Wakefield type of deal.

    $10M year team option, renewable until the team declines to pick up the option.

  137. ANSKY February 25th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Joe

    With the committment NY just made to Tiexeira I seriously doubt Pujols would ever end up in pinstripes unless it’s as DH, and he won’t be a DH until he’s in his late 30′s. He’s a good fielder so it’d be a waste to limit him to DH duties before he’s old & slow. Only way I could imagine him being a DH sooner is if his elbow goes south in a big way. Other than by that very remote possibility, he would probably not a be of much use to the Yanks in ’11.

    Barring a serious injury to him or a sudden decline like Andruw Jones’s, St Louis would be making a big mistake to let Pujols get to free agency in ’11. And even if they did, Boston would make every effort to get him.

  138. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    April? Bruney

    September? Melancon

  139. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Hey, I am all for Joba being a starter, but there is no way he should be pushed beyond 140-150 IP. There is a lot a research and a long list of players to support the “rule of 40″ theory, that young arms have to be built up by no more than 40 or so IP a year. You pretty much invite injury when you ignore this rule.

  140. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    m,
    Thats more like it.

    Mike,
    Just pray he stays healthy. Banged up is fine,as long as he doesnt get injured.

  141. m February 25th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I think this is all we have… :(

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxsco.....b_tormlb_1

  142. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    “Girardi was being quoted – not Cashman”

    murphydog-

    good to hear from you. the reason i jumped right to cashman as being responsible for the rotation is that he put it together. it’s a great top five, but i don’t see a good 6th pitcher ready to go if needed before the all star break. hughes should be ready by then. sooner and he’ll be rushed as usual. he shouldn’t be in the mix for being a replacement starter until early june at the earliest.

    i realize few teams are so deep that they have the 6th starter role covered, but this is the yankees. they should have someone better than they have. i read a quotation of rick petersen recently that said that 30% of the money spent on pitchers each year is paid while they are on the disabled list :
    http://tinyurl.com/5kfecl

    i’m just saying the yankees need to take this as the norm and plan for it. petersen said in the article that often when a starter in the rotation goes down, it’s not a 6th starter that goes in , but an 8th or 9th starter in reality which unfortunately is what we’ve seen too much from the yankees in recent years.

    when there is a swing man who can jump in and out of the rotation, i think a rotation is best, like when ramiro mendoza was with the yankees. mendoza in ’97 amd ’98 averaged 15 starts a year.

    and when he didn’t start he was a valuable bullpen member. maybe the yankees will fill this role in this way. maybe coke or some other pitcher will do it. it won’t be someone like hughes though. he can’t be bounced around like that.

  143. ohgodno February 25th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    20 minutes until baseball!!!

  144. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    comeback player: Swisher

    most improved player: Hughes

    decline: Jeter

    rookie impact player: Melancon

  145. ohgodno February 25th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Over/Under on Tomko’s ERA after the first inning?

  146. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    im so pissed the yes network should program all the games

  147. ANSKY February 25th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Joe

    Although it is interesting to imagine a power lineup with Pujols at 1B, Tex at 3B, Cano at 2B, Jeter & A-Rod in the OF on either side of a stud CF (A-Jax?) and Montero behind the plate. All they need is a top SS (Hanley Ramirez?) to finish the lineup.

    Fun to fantasize, but the reality isn’t going to be like that. That would be like fantasizing about having your own harem of Victoria’s Secret models to go to bed with every night. Who really has that?

    Besides Jeter I mean …

  148. SFYanksFan February 25th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    m,

    here you go:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday

  149. UtilityMan February 25th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Number Change Update

    Melky Cabrera now #53

    Brett Tomko now #28

  150. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    m,
    A little over a year ago Bruney couldnt find the strike zone and was throwing chairs accross the room. I look at him as i did Farnsy. Lots of potential but also like a box of chocolate. Never know what your gonna get. The great thing about this year is there are people knocking down the door and waiting for someone to slip up. IMO that will bring out the best in them.

  151. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Wang deserves to be number 2. Also gives the opponent different looks. Sabathia- mid 90′s fastball, big breaking stuff, Wanger- hard mid 90′s sinker, slider out pitch, Burnett-mid-high 90′s fastball, filthy breaking stuff, Pettitte- low 90′s fastball, cutter/slider, and Joba-high 90′s fastball, filthy slider/curve. If everyone stays healthy this has to be the best rotation in baseball.

  152. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    it does seem like bruney is fully committed this year.

  153. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    SFYanks –

    How did you find that? It’s not even linked on MLB.com main page, nice find!

  154. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Madden is such a jack …

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....tml?page=0

  155. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    “We have pitching options. We go at least 8 deep for the starters.”

    hughes should not be an option if anyone goes down before june first. out of the bunch, i like aceves best, but he’s only had limited major league experience.

    i don’t see 8 deep. the starters go from the 5th starter to a # 8 or #9 starter. there really isn’t a #6 or #7 starter.

    the yankees have a staff of a #1, a #2,a #3,a #4, and a #5 ; then they have a #8, another#8, and one more #8 .

    that’s not my idea of being 8 deep.

  156. SFYanksFan February 25th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Steve,

    Just opened a Gameday from the 08 season and replaced the date/game info with the info in the live box score.

  157. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “that’s not my idea of being 8 deep.”

    Your opinion of the other starters is very different compared to how most of us evaluate Hughes, Aceves, Kennedy, etc.

  158. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    “That would be like fantasizing about having your own harem of Victoria’s Secret models to go to bed with every night. Who really has that?

    Besides Jeter I mean …”

    I thought it was a harem of Maxim models? I believe Tom Brady can also join that list though.

  159. toxic assets February 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    phil hughes is going to make a statement that he is ready in ST, he’s going to get the first callup for any SP injury and he’s going to pitch his way into the rotation this year.

  160. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    sfyanks fan can i get the link

  161. Michael February 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    The major of dunedin? is that anything like the gentleman usher of black rod?

  162. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Play Ball!
    Baseball is back – go TOMKO!

  163. Mike R February 25th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Who said that Brett had no power????

  164. A-List February 25th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    YES can’t televise all the games because of commitments to Francessa’s show or something like that I read somewhere. Thats why most networks only show 10-12 games… they can’t just wipe out their afternoon blocks for a month to show the games.

  165. ANSKY February 25th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    AL

    After the first time through the rotation the number attached to the pitcher won’t really matter anymore. Sabathia will follow Joba, and Wang will follow Sabathia. That’s three serious pitchers in a row, no matter what opposing pitcher either guy matches up with. When Burnett and/or Pettitte are on, that’ll be four or even five studs in a row.

    That is, of course, until someone goes on the DL or gets sore enough to need a rest.

  166. Gus February 25th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    way to go Gardner

  167. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Gardner leadoff homerun? HAHAHAHAHA

  168. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    SFYanks,

    You’re such a hack. Thanks!

    randy l,

    We have a 1A/1B/1C/4/2 as our rotation.

    The rest of my depth chart based on who could fill in #5 slot should one of the top 5 go down.

    6. Hughes (if he’s healthy, he’s ready)
    7. Aceves (whether he’s in the pen or not as the long/swing man you crave)
    8. Kennedy (not a fan favorite, but he’s still a good pitcher)

    Find me a deeper rotation than that.

    I know you’re disappointed we don’t have aces like Smoltz waiting to pounce in June or Livan to eat innings now, but we’ve still got it pretty good.

  169. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Brett already looking to stamp his place in Cf. :)

  170. sevrox February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    How can you put Arod in the ‘most improved’ category?

    Geez.

    Some Yank fans…

  171. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Melky is in trouble already. LOL!!!!!!!!!

  172. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    hey didn’t i sat the little G would be most improved? ;-)

  173. ZMan February 25th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Wait… did I miss something. Where did Swisher complain about playing time?

    So Madden wrote an article when his premise that doesn’t even exist?

  174. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Where are you guys getting updates? The box score and gamecast are not updating yet?

  175. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    zman- Nick made no such complaint. Madden is just trying to stir it up. Nick even made that comment that the writers were just trying to stir something up when asked about rf.

  176. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 25th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    where is brett is god? he should be all over this homerun lol

  177. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    steve- no update yet, gameday very very slow.

  178. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    steve m— we’re getting our updates from pete…see above…

  179. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 25th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    So, uh, about Gardner’s non-existent power…

  180. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I guess the Dunedin crowd gave it to ARod?

  181. Yank1927 February 25th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Is Gardner training with Angel Presenial?

  182. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Ah, thanks guys…let’s all remember to not get ourselves too excited about things since it’s February 25th, however….I’m excited!

  183. toxic assets February 25th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    first spring game against a guy who isnt going to be a mlb starter throwing to his first batter of spring, lets not get too excited

  184. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    sevrox,
    I was comparing his odd years to his even. It wasnt meant to knock him, but going from 35 bombs to over 45 is a pretty big improvement.

    Has mlb blood tested Gardner lately? Homerun?

  185. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Gardner hitting a homerun is something to get excited about, no matter when it happens.

  186. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Unless they are throwing needles at him, it isnt worse than expected.

  187. kd February 25th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    look at garner seizing his opportunities.

    arod draws a walk, at least the booing didn’t make him strike out

  188. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    How long before they accuse Gardner of juicing?

  189. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Swish struck out.

  190. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “Your opinion of the other starters is very different compared to how most of us evaluate Hughes, Aceves, Kennedy, etc.”

    patrick-

    my opinion was different about hughes and kennedy last year too.
    that’s kind of the point :)

    that said, i really like hughes for the second half if he pitches the first half at triple a.

  191. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hey, Yankee Killar Millar on the Jays now.

  192. toxic assets February 25th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    john c. u are they and u just did

  193. 7*7 February 25th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Love how the Yankees are letting Joba loose… About time they get with the program.

  194. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Alex might as well get used to it – the jeering of the Madonna is silly – glad to see he walked and didn’t K (not that it should matter).

  195. The Ghost February 25th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Pete, great story on Jose. He’s such a great guy and is one of my favorite Yankees. I hope he finds some peace regarding his father.

  196. Jon237 February 25th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Swisher K’d… I guess he is content with the bench role. How does he expect to win the job from Nady if he doesn’t hit in ST?

  197. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Pete,

    Are those road unis as ugly as they sound? And please tell me they’re spring training jerseys.

  198. JoeyA February 25th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Gardner obviously saw the Lohud Blog Poll and realized he has a lot of support and would be disappointing a lot of people if he doesn’t step it up.

  199. InPlay February 25th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    If he is getting jeered heavily in a retirement home, I can’t even imagine what it will be like when the season starts.

    He is going to get the Bonds treatment. This year is going to be brutal for him.

  200. wawawa February 25th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    mark it down, 2/25 at 1/20 jon237 the first ST remark so idiotic it makes u want to become a hockey fan.

  201. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Swisher K’d… I guess he is content with the bench role. How does he expect to win the job from Nady if he doesn’t hit in ST?
    _____

    How bout waiting to see more than a one at bat sample.

  202. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    toxic

    No I didn’t. I was just wondering how long before someone would think that and some already did before I even posted it.

  203. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Jon237,

    it was his first at bat, sheesh. tough crowd.

  204. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    wawawa hahaha i was thinking the same thing

  205. Dassit February 25th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Pete, are they going to start Joba in the first week (against the Royals)? If so, Joba is in line to pitch the first game at new Yankee Stadium.

  206. Jeremy February 25th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Randy,

    And we’re back to the mythical 6th starter that the Yankees failed to acquire in the offseason. The pitcher who’s so good he can fill in for anyone in the rotation who gets injured, but manages to slip under the radar of every other team in baseball.

    There is no such person.

    Plus, the Yankees already have 6th starters in Giese and Aceves, and will keep watch on Hughes and Kennedy in case they look good enough to crack the rotation.

    You keep assuming Cashman is going to rush Hughes back into the rotation. You get to say “I told you so” if that happens, but there’s no reason to think it will.

    BTW I agree there’s no chance Joba’s making 30 starts.

  207. E-40 February 25th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    jon,

    That’s why Nady will win the job. Players like him will MASH in Spring Training. I can’t see how Swish wins an open competition with Nady in a Spring Training environment. Swish’s game doesn’t translate to good ST (patience, OBP, grinder mentality etc. can’t be quantified in exhibition games) whereas Nady who will swing at anything, will probably have a monster ST.

  208. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I didn’t realize but just looking at Tomko’s numbers, he finished the year up strong last year with San Diego after being traded from Kansas City.

  209. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    “2″ ?

    m-

    pitchers who can’t pitch 12 starts in a row without breaking down are no #2′s .

    you thought that your house price was going to keep going up didn’t you?

    then those damn ballon poppers screwed everything up :)

  210. James 3D February 25th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Even with Tomko performing well in ST, I don’t see how he makes the team with the 40 man roster the way it is. A guy like Melancon could be a victim if that as well.

    Are you really going to make a move to accommodate him when you can just use Aceves or Giese who can perform similarly without tweaking the 40 man?

  211. wawawa February 25th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    so randy which do u enjoy more, when the yankees win, or when you get to blame a loss on cashman?

  212. A-Fraud.. February 25th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    any link?

  213. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    No, those new road practice jerseys are pretty cool. They look like the road jackets that were introduced last season.

  214. Laura - Standing behind Alex w/o a pitchfork or a torch! February 25th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    “The Yankees also have on their new road BP jerseys. They say “New York” across the front and have sort of silver numbers.”

    Pete, make sure you get a picture of the new jerseys so that we can see if we want to run out and buy them. :)

  215. DT February 25th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Tomko got three out in the 1st on three pitches?

    Do the Blue Jays have a 3:00 pm tee off time on the golf course?

  216. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    please done encourage him to take iphone pics from the press box. the will look like they’re playing in the next county.

  217. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Here’s what the new road jerseys look like:

    http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....25.1665469

  218. Mark in Tampa February 25th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I wish the regular season games moved as quickly as these ST games do.

  219. vinny-b February 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    jus checked in. Thank you for the update.

    GARDNER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    please take the CF job !

  220. DT February 25th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    If Game Day is correct, Cash hasn’t caught a pitch yet.

    7 batters all swung at the first pitch and put it in play.

  221. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I have a feeling kei Igawa is all ready to come in and give up a bomb!! If he could hold off his sucking until the second half this year maybe we can get something for him.

  222. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Mark in Tampa,

    Me, too. Can you imagine 1 hour games?

    Trivia question (which I don’t know the answer to):

    What’s the shortest regular season game (9 innings) in mlb history?

  223. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Bretts avg already down to .500. :P

  224. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    ‘And we’re back to the mythical 6th starter that the Yankees failed to acquire in the offseason.”

    jeremy-

    i get a little stubborn and fixated when i see an obvious flaw in the team. you should have seen me over the back up catcher situation a few years ago before molina came on board.

    many on the blog used a similar argument that you are using that there was no possible back up catcher available better than will nieves. ” name him if there is” was the challenge to me.

    my answer now is the same as back then. the fall and early winter are the best time to make those kind of additions.

    i thought of our exercise in looking at possible 6th starters a while back when tomko was added to spring training. he was one of those on that very weak list.

  225. Mark in Tampa February 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    “7 batters all swung at the first pitch and put it in play.”

    That is the way Gameday does it in ST always.

  226. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    m- I think like 50 minutes?

  227. Mike February 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    http://www.baseball-almanac.co.....gmlg.shtml

  228. matt February 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    is that Shelley or Eric Duncan playing?

  229. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Here we go – the authentic new BP road jerseys.

    http://www.dickssportinggoods......Id=3397813

  230. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    The September 28, 1919 game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies took 51 minutes to play with the Giants winning 6-1.

  231. Mark in Tampa February 25th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “What’s the shortest regular season game (9 innings) in mlb history?”

    I don’t know, but I am sure that Steve Tracsel(sp?) wasn’t one of the pitchers. I’ll bet Jim Kaat was one of the starters.

  232. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I’d like to know what the shortest modern game is. In the 1919 game there was no tv to delay the start of the next inning.

  233. DT February 25th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    ” Bretts avg already down to .500. ”

    Better put in Melky – Gardner is already slumping! :-)

  234. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    “Love how the Yankees are letting Joba loose… About time they get with the program.”

    I agree. Hopefully he stays healthy.

  235. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I can’t believe Gardner already cut his average in half. what a tool.

  236. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    “so randy which do u enjoy more, when the yankees win, or when you get to blame a loss on cashman?”

    mostly i enjoy really stupid questions :)

  237. ... February 25th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    randy: You make a good point, as there’s never enough pitching. But here’s the thing that gets me; who out there is good enough while still being available, and more importantly, would voluntarily sign up to be stashed away?

  238. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Gardner led off with a homer? HA.

  239. yankeeblades February 25th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hey! Anyone know where I can find a gameday link for the spring training games?

  240. Baseball Beat February 25th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I hope Joba can stay healthy for 30 starts.

  241. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday

  242. Mike S. February 25th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I take it that it was Shelley Duncan who started, but see nothing telling me if it was Shelley or Eric.

  243. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    randy -
    Please give me a guy that would have signed on to be our 6th starter that is better than what we have. Otherwise, stop talking about it.

  244. jack February 25th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Gardner is young, hungry, and wants a job. And he is showing it on the field.

  245. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Veras already wild.

  246. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    bases loaded

  247. 4 x 4 February 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t judge anybody until atleast 2 weeks into Spring Training.

    These guys are here earlier than normal because of the WBC. I would expect all of them to look bad

    Gardner is obviously the exception though :D

  248. Corey February 25th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    i hope veras has a bad spring so one of these young guys gets a shot

  249. DT February 25th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Bases loaded for Toronto.

    I wonder if the smart Blue Jay fans are chanting – “Bring in Igawa”.

  250. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    “Veras already wild.”

    HA. I guess he really wants to give the job to Melancon. :)

  251. Frank February 25th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    that’s awesome that Brett homered! I hope he can find a little power this season and take over center field!

    As for the rotation: Thank You Joe Girardi. Excellent idea. Thank you for giving Wang the respect by making him the #2.

  252. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “Please give me a guy that would have signed on to be our 6th starter that is better than what we have. Otherwise, stop talking about it.”

    you can always tell when someone grew up after it was against the law to smack people.

  253. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    “Gardner is young, hungry, and wants a job. And he is showing it on the field.”

    If Gardner could just get on base at a decent clip he could swipe 50 bags.

  254. m February 25th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks, guys. Such crack detectives. What’s with Veras?

  255. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    ““Veras already wild.”

    HA. I guess he really wants to give the job to Melancon. :)

    Fingers crossed. I’d much rather have a guy like Melancon or Robertson than the 2 wild guys Veras/Edwar.

  256. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    ” who out there is good enough while still being available, and more importantly, would voluntarily sign up to be stashed away?”

    isn’t that the situation with swisher. he’s a 4th outfielder on the yankees who will likely play a lot. the yankees likewise could have traded for another starting pitcher good enough to be a fifth starter on another team.

    they can’t do it now. they could have done it in the fall similar to how they got swisher.

  257. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    “you can always tell when someone grew up after it was against the law to smack people.”

    Nah, you can always tell when someone likes to throw out vague and pointless statements without any information to back them up. They always resort to the personal attacks when questioned. They use words like ‘feared’ to make a hall of fame case. Knock people because they ‘didn’t play the game at the highest leves and therefore don’t understand it’ and make other absurd and baseless claims while living in their own fantasy world. Oh, and don’t compare this to finding a back-up catcher. Totally different situations. You see, the back-up catcher will actually MAKE the team and guys will want that spot. The 6th starter will have to sit in the minors for weeks or months until he is needed by the big club. What veteran starter that is better than the guys we already have would have signed up to do that?

  258. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Veras gets out of it, limiting the damage

    Such a great arm, if only he threw strikes consistantly

  259. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    “you can always tell when someone grew up after it was against the law to smack people.”

    That doesn’t change the fact that rodg is right…

  260. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Gardner hit the runner at home-plate? :shock:

    Now we know who won the dart tournament.

  261. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    “the yankees likewise could have traded for another starting pitcher good enough to be a fifth starter on another team.”

    They don’t need that. Aceves is good enough to be a fifth starter on another team. Hughes is good enough to be a second starter on another team. That isn’t coming from MY opinion, a scout and team executive said that earlier in the offseason.

  262. O8Line February 25th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Robertson was pretty wild last year too and even in the minors didn’t throw strikes consistently. Seems to be a problem with a lot of our guys. Even Marte who is an established arm can lose his control at any time. Bruney figured himself out last year but still had mediocre control overall.

    This is why Melancon is such an asset… he has stuff AND unbelievable control that he demonstrated in the minors. Thats why he is not going to stay down for long.

  263. carl February 25th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Arod home run

  264. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Arod just homered 3 – 0 Yanks

  265. Phil February 25th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Bahahahahahaha! Arod goes BOOM!

  266. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 25th, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Ah, so we’ve got some good ole’ fashioned Bronx Bombing today?

    I love baseball season.

  267. pat February 25th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    What have I missed? Did Gardner homer or A-Rod?

  268. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    First A-Rod homer of the year, let’s keep them coming!

  269. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    randy -
    Can’t answer the question so you resort to personal attacks. Shows just what a joke your argument is.

  270. Y26 February 25th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    A lot of people getting hit today… Veras hit Inglett, Gardner hit the runner on the way home, now Cano gets hit etc.

  271. Ryan February 25th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I like veras …solid yr last yr and seemed to like pitching under pressure…could be a suprise setup man this year.

  272. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    A-Rod….

    That’s it, search his locker. Pull down his pants for an immediate pee test after each homerun!

  273. Annon February 25th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Mr April

  274. Benny Blanco February 25th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Arod just crushed one…. keep booing him.

  275. Clint February 25th, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    ARod is Angry. I have a feeling he is going to destroy the league this year.

  276. Phil February 25th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    It’s February, Brainiac.

  277. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    “Arod just homered 3 – 0 Yanks”

    he’s in for a big season. :D

  278. Yankees Ben February 25th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    where do you guys see up to the minutes plays?

  279. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Wish Arod would have yelled ‘HA!’ before returning to the dugout. LOL!!

  280. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    ‘Mr April’

    That’s Mr.February to you smart alec :D

  281. Bill February 25th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    ARod HR. Guess they’ll make him pee in a cup now.

  282. carl February 25th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    pete is updating http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....de=gameday is a little late

  283. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    “That doesn’t change the fact that rodg is right…”

    patrick-

    right like you were last year about hughes and kennedy ?

    but you’re young patrick. there’s still hope .

    al kidding aside, what’s happened to all the solid posters who had a statistical analysis bent ?

    posters like cb, whozat, etc. i actually miss hearing their analyses .

    i suppose many of them are in the financial world because of their adeptness with numbers, and they have more important things on their mind at the present time.

    at any rate it’s a loss to the blog. especially cb.

  284. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    pat,

    Both. Gardner with the leadoff homerun. Auspicious indeed.

  285. Annon February 25th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    “It’s February, Brainiac.”

    “That’s Mr.February to you smart alec :D

    I guess 2007 is a real stretch of a callback.

  286. Benny Blanco February 25th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I agree… there is only so much one can take before they start to get upset. Good for you arod.

  287. tampayank February 25th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    An A-BOMB :)

  288. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    “but you’re young patrick”

    You have no idea how old I am, I appreciate the compliment though.

    CB was the one who posted on here about scouts saying how Hughes is ready to be a #2 starter right away.

    randy, you are very good at dodging the hard questions.

  289. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I think it would be pretty funny if A-Rod agreement to mandatory pee tests after each homerun. Why not? This has already become ridiculous.

  290. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Tomorrow Lupica is gonna write a column about A-Rod’s hot spring and how he thinks hes still juicing ;)

  291. pat February 25th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks m

    I’m catching up. Saw 1-1 and saw Gardner and A-Rod HRed. I was confused until they changed it to 3-1.

  292. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I’m officially sick of Randy’s points and opinions. They are aggravating and offer nothing. If the Yankee’s do not possess anyone in their minor league ranks that can pitch better than Livan Hernandez they don’t deserve to win a damn thing as it is.

  293. pat February 25th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    HRs are flukes for Brett. He needs to hit the ball on the ground and not fly or pop out.

  294. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) February 25th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    “Wish Arod would have yelled ‘HA!’ before returning to the dugout.”

    lmaooo :)

  295. Laura - Standing behind Alex w/o a pitchfork or a torch! February 25th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    “Cheers from the Yankees fans, boos from everybody else. 3-1 Yankees.”

    So everything for Alex is back to normal. Check. :P

  296. Fran February 25th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Benny Blanco – do you work in the Bronx?

  297. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    4-1.
    Igawa time!

  298. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    mlb gameday has just stalled for me

  299. Drew February 25th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Pete, I am soooooooooo jealous!

  300. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I’m tired of the Igawa jokes.

    Dan Giese is in according to Pete.

  301. carl February 25th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Sucks mlb.com doesn’t have gameday audio for this :(

  302. Rebecca-Optimist Prime...Staying to Write the Story February 25th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Pete, is this Benihana thing now an annual LoHud tradition?

  303. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    “Can’t answer the question so you resort to personal attacks. Shows just what a joke your argument is.”

    rodg12-

    my answer was already posted:

    “i get a little stubborn and fixated when i see an obvious flaw in the team. you should have seen me over the back up catcher situation a few years ago before molina came on board.
    many on the blog used a similar argument that you are using that there was no possible back up catcher available better than will nieves. ” name him if there is” was the challenge to me.
    my answer now is the same as back then. the fall and early winter are the best time to make those kind of additions.”

    the joke is you telling people what to say as if you have some sort of authority. good luck with that.

  304. ray (sox fan) February 25th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    “at any rate it’s a loss to the blog. especially cb.”

    randy I

    I was thinking the same thing. I haven’t been on here a lot lately but it seems like it has been a long time since CB has posted.

  305. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Gardner, in the minors was a good gap hitter. I’m not there, but, I’d bet the wind is blowing out strong to right field. He’s not going to hit 10-15 homers, but, 6-7 homers is possible. Think back to Brett Butler. That’s the kind of hitter he was in the minors.

  306. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Hughes is not ready to be a #2 starter right now. Knock that nonsense off.

    He’s not good enough to crack the top 5 of the Yankees rotation.

    He has never pitched a full season healthy. He has innings limits. His secondary pitches sucked last season and his fastball was straight as an arrow.

    He has all the tools to be a major league starter, but he’s not ready yet.

    What did you cover your eyes last season when he was getting lit up and ineffective?

    Aceves and Giese were better starters than him last year.

    I agree with Randy to an extent. I think Cashman did a great job with the rotation, but if someone goes down we really don’t know who steps in.

    That said, I don’t think he should have traded Swisher for a #5 starter type. That’s ludicrous.

    The problem Cashman had is no free agent pitcher who thinks he can crack a 5 man rotation would sign with the Yankees to be #6 aka the backup plan.

    If someone goes down, the Yankees have arms to try in the spot. They don’t have a proven arm, but most teams outside of the Red Sox have that kind of depth and frankly the Red Sox rotation depth is littered with injury reclamation projects who can go either way.

    But please, stop with the damn hype for Hughes. Enough already. He is not a #2 starter in baseball. Hell, he doesn’t even project to be that by most scouts accounts.

    Let the kid develop without the hype. If you didn’t learn last season that overwhelming expectations that can hamstring a young guy like him, I don’t know what you learned.

  307. Mike February 25th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Anyone know why Teixeira didn’t make the trip? I want to see our new investment at work!

  308. jay February 25th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    just get the adult entertainment place to advertise, im sure this blog has been reeling them in

  309. DT February 25th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “I’m tired of the Igawa jokes.
    Dan Giese is in according to Pete.”

    Great. Nick in SF didn’t leave me any Giese jokes.
    Give me half an inning, I’ll see what I can do.

  310. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    “You have no idea how old I am, I appreciate the compliment though.”

    patrick-

    aren’t you “patrick- the good one” from last year?

    if i remember right , you are in your early 20′s.

    cb and i didn’t even come close to always agreeing, but he was as good as anyone on the blog. really solid.

  311. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    bases loaded for Swisher with no outs. :D

    Let’s go Swish.

  312. YankCrank20 February 25th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Way to work it Swish!

  313. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    “Hughes is not ready to be a #2 starter right now. Knock that nonsense off. ”

    Professional major league scouts and executives not employed by the Yankees disagree with you.

  314. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    G. Love,

    The #2 that randy and I were talking about is Joba.

    Hughes would be the first one up to fill in the fifth slot.

  315. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    yankes bases loaded no out

  316. Lori February 25th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Pete – You rock. This live blogging is fabulous and it is so wonderful to be reading about baseball. Real baseball. So darn excited. Thank you thank you thank you. :)

  317. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    randy insulting the people who question you is weak. last year you wouldnt say who you wanted them go to get until pushed into a corner then you came up with…

    livan hernandez.

    so drop another pearl of wisdon on us genius.

  318. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    DT,

    Haha, didn’t mean to set it up that way. But the Igawa jokes are so old.

  319. KGsturnz0r217 February 25th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Hughes was also Injured last year, but you left that part out conveniently. He would easily be the #2 starter on many staffs. Just because you say he is not ready doesn’t make it true

  320. DT February 25th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Geez Randy…. I know you miss CB, but tough it up man.

    I haven’t seen you this despondent since Old Yeller got shot.

  321. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    G love, Im not sure who you have been talking too but I have never heard any scout project hughes as less than a 2 let alone not even a 2. He was considered the best prospect in baseball by many. Understand that I do not want to rely on hughes this year but i definitely think that he can dominate when he gets his opportunity.

  322. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Practice scoring those runs yanks

  323. kd February 25th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    a patient batter at the bottom of the order is just what the yankees need in swisher. the power is just a bonus.

    i still think that the season will be governed to a large extent by posada’s health. a good year from jorge and we really scare a lot of teams. a tough year, and too much molina as an easy out, it might be tough.

    don’t get me wrong, molina is the best backup in the bigs, he’s just not posada

  324. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    “aren’t you “patrick- the good one” from last year?

    if i remember right , you are in your early 20’s. ”

    That is who I am and yes I’m in my early 20′s. Regardless, it shouldn’t matter how old I am, Aceves and Hughes are perfectly adequate 6 and 7 starters. Just because you are older and a former bullpen catcher doesn’t mean Livan Hernandez is a good pitcher. He isn’t.

    I agree, CB was probably the best poster on this blog.

  325. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    What to do with Miranda?
    Notwithstanding injury how does he sniff the team. Texeira is locked in. Swish is the back up first baseman.
    From all reports though Miranda crushes right handed pitchers and a lefty stroke is a plus at the stadium.

  326. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    It will be interesting to see if Adam Loewen makes a Rick Ankiel type resurrection. He gave the Yanks a tough time as a pitcher a couple of years ago.

  327. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    five iron,

    How about putting him in the outfield? DH?

  328. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    What happened to CB?

  329. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I don’t think Miranda can play the field.
    DH yes, but I think we already have a bunch of guys that will rotate through DH this year and for the forseeable future.

  330. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    They are crushing the Jays

  331. DT February 25th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    What can a goose do, that a duck cant do and a lawyer should do?

    Ooops…nevermind

    That’s a Goose joke, not a Giese joke.

  332. m February 25th, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    GB7,

    I noticed that Loewen was in the OF. Nice to see him get a shot.

  333. E-Man February 25th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    “Professional major league scouts and executives not employed by the Yankees disagree with you.”

    And as Kei Igawa has proven.. These guys are always right!

  334. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    If you all seriously think Hughes would be a #2 starter on major league starting staffs this year, then there is no talking to you.

    Show me a legitimate professional who has been quoted as saying Phil Hughes is a #2 starter for this season.

    Last season he was way overhyped. He has POTENTIAL. He’s done nothing yet in the majors to be considered to be a legit 4-5, let alone a #2, unless getting lit up like a pinball machine and throwing flat fastballs last season qualified him for something.

    And enough about his being hurt last year and that being his excuse. If Cashman and or anyone in the Yankee organization bought that excuse and Phil Hughes was a real #2 starter when healthy, they would not have signed AJ or Pettitte.

    Why did they sign them? For that fans? Get real. If they believed Hughes was a #2 he’d be penciled in behind CC and Wang right now.

    Is he a great prospect? Yes.

    Is he ready to dominate at the major league level? Absolutely not.

    And you only make yourself sound foolish when you state that a guy ticketed for AAA who has a lot to prove is ready to be a #2 starter on any team in baseball.

  335. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Miranda had a 0.970 OPS against RHP last year in AAA. It’s a shame he can’t field a lick.

    http://www.minorleaguesplits.c.....?pl=506673

  336. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Miranda had a 0.970 OPS against RHP last year in AAA. It’s a shame he can’t field a lick.

    http://www.minorleaguesplits.c.....?pl=506673

  337. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    m
    February 25th, 2009 at 2:41 pm
    GB7,

    I noticed that Loewen was in the OF. Nice to see him get a shot.

    ————————————————————

    Yes it is. He had the makings of a very good left handed pitcher for Baltimore. I’m going to try keeping up with him to see what he does this year. This is his first crack as an outfielder, I think.

  338. KGsturnz0r217 February 25th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Miranda will fit right in at DH. IDK if Johnny Damon will be here again; too early to tell.

  339. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    G,
    I didn’t realize from your previous post that you were stating he is not a legitimate number 2 this season.
    I do not under any circumstance want to rely on Hughes being the Number 2 for the upcoming season. I definitely think that he could produce like an ace this season. Do I think it would be wise to count on him doing so, No.
    A team with the financial resources that the yankees have do not take chances on unproven prospects. They prove it first then the team makes accomodations such as trading someone in the rotation that is in his way. For now I want proven players in place with prospects ready to step in and give it a try in spot start situations.

  340. Russell NY February 25th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    This is EXCITING!

  341. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Russo and Curtis are two to keep an I on this spring. Russo could become and handy utility player for NYY.

  342. Russell NY February 25th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    “I don’t think Miranda can play the field.
    DH yes, but I think we already have a bunch of guys that will rotate through DH this year and for the forseeable future.”

    Then he will be traded.

  343. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    There may be a spot on the team next season for Miranda-Matsui, Damon, and Nady are all FA’s. Of course, in a platoon role.

  344. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    So I am ashamed to admit as such an embarrassingly huge Yankees fan that I just discovered this blog a few weeks ago.

    Because of you Pete, I see plenty of procrastination and diminished success for the remainder of my law school career. Thanks!

  345. help us February 25th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Kei Igawa in to pitch……I hate the way that sounds….

  346. E-Man February 25th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    If it’s a DH, they’re not going to go within the organization for that. Miranda will more than likely be traded. He’s just on show right now.

  347. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Steve M… Welcome to our lives.

  348. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Steve M… Welcome to our lives.

  349. Mike in SF February 25th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Randy L-

    Good insight today. Thanks

  350. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I just want you guys to distinguish between “projecting” to be a top of the rotation starter and actually being equipped and ready to be one right now.

    There’s a huge difference between the two.

    Ruben Rivera projected to be the next great Yankee CF awhile back and all he’s done is become know for stealing baseball gloves.

    I’m not saying that will happen to Hughes. I’m sure he has a nice baseball glove.

    I’m just saying what he projects to be and what he is able to be right now are very different things.

  351. E-Man February 25th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Kei Igawa! Yessss!

  352. E-gawa February 25th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Changing my name it E-gawa for this season.

  353. Clint February 25th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Swisher with 2 walks today… very impressed

  354. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Yankees COO Lonn Trost just said on WFAN that the 600 obstructed view seats in the bleachers of the new Yankee Stadium will be sold for $5 apiece, not $12!

    Hmm. This is new, no? Monday Trost said they cost $12 apiece, which also was the price indicated on the team’s Web site.

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/watchdog/blog/

    ==================================

    I too thought they were for $12

  355. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    why dont they get rid of the obstructed seats altogether?

  356. KGsturnz0r217 February 25th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    same for me when i get into law school. it’s a slippery slope.

    Yea, platooned DH is what i was thinking for Miranda, although roster spots are very valuable…

  357. Russell NY February 25th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Welcome to the world of not being able to get your work done Steve

  358. Chris February 25th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    The 5 words I hate to read on this blog.
    “Kei Igawa in to pitch”

  359. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    G Love

    I completely agree with you…before I thought that you were saying that Hughes doesn’t project to be a # 2 starter as in his stuff was no better than an average #3 starter. I do think though that if just used in spot starts and not having to handle the pressure of holding down a starting spot he is going to be very successful this year.

  360. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    patrick-

    i thought that was you.
    i take notes on my worthy adversaries. especially their strong opinions.
    it helps when you want to remind them of their history in making predictions :)

    i can’t believe you’re still annoyed that livan won 13 games last year, but that argument is so 2008.

    ps. “Aceves and Hughes are perfectly adequate 6 and 7 starters” is duly noted and saved to test to see if your predictions are any better than last year :)

  361. carl February 25th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Christian Garcia in to pitch

  362. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    KG – Platooned DH is tough. That really takes up two roster spots. Unless the guy is the second coming of David Ortiz I don’t think the Yankees do that.
    He is a serviceable defender but he is not taking away PT from Texeira.

  363. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    It’s good to see that the Yanks have added more base stealing speed to the team. Keep Kevin Cash as a pinch hitter and late inning stolen base threat.

  364. YankeeRay February 25th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Here we go – the authentic new BP road jerseys.

    http://www.dickssportinggoods......Id=3397813

    ——

    They should wear these on the road sometimes this year. Many teams wear 3 unis and its time for a little flair on the road IMO.

  365. murphydog February 25th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    “Swisher with 2 walks today… very impressed”

    He’s so “Moneyball” ;)

  366. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    gb7-

    i jumped in today because i thought you were being a slacker lately as far as pissing everyone off.

    i have to admit i’m a little disappointed in the new gentler and kinder gb 7, though i enjoyed you pressing pete’s buttons the other day.

  367. Clint February 25th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Garcia – 1 IP, 1 K

  368. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    why is the MLB Network airing Prime 9 instead of the Giants vs Indians game?

  369. murphydog February 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    “They should wear these on the road sometimes this year. Many teams wear 3 unis and its time for a little flair on the road IMO.”

    They Yankees will wear alternate unis about the same time the Pope switches to jogging suits.

  370. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Garcia will be a huge surprise this year!

  371. Zolio February 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Glad to see that Swisher is playing his game and not trying to hack away to put up numbers… going from 0-2 to walking in a Spring game with the bases loaded, no outs is not easy to do. Most are tempted to hit a grand slam.

  372. JohnC February 25th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Just curious. How did Igawa do? Did Pete intentionally stop blogging becuase Igawa was coming in?

  373. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    “If you all seriously think Hughes would be a #2 starter on major league starting staffs this year, then there is no talking to you.

    Show me a legitimate professional who has been quoted as saying Phil Hughes is a #2 starter for this season. ”

    I don’t have a link but earlier in the offseason CB posted a link of a scout or major league exec saying that Hughes would be a #2 starter on their team.

    You keep saying Hughes has potential, but at some point potential does translate into results. The level of those results is debatable, some believe Hughes could be a very very good pitcher in the majors right now. Some don’t.

  374. R-Tek February 25th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    So intrigued with Garcia… just stay healthy.

  375. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    These last 3 innings will be good. Garcia, Dunn, Robertson

  376. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    randy l
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
    gb7-

    i jumped in today because i thought you were being a slacker lately as far as pissing everyone off.

    i have to admit i’m a little disappointed in the new gentler and kinder gb 7, though i enjoyed you pressing pete’s buttons the other day.

    ————————————————————

    Randy, you have me all wrong. I’ve always been the “kinder, gentler GB7″. I’m just totally misunderstood.

  377. pat February 25th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Trying to follow on gameday is beyond frustrating. Is it always this slow?

  378. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    We don’t even know his velocity and it’s game 1 of ST, relax people.

  379. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    “Just curious. How did Igawa do? Did Pete intentionally stop blogging becuase Igawa was coming in?”

    1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

  380. 4 x 4 February 25th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Jesus Montero singles off TJ Beam

  381. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “saved to test to see if your predictions are any better than
    last year ”

    First of all randy, quoting how many wins Hernandez had is completely pointless. Even you should know that. He had a 6.05 ERA last season, there is no way you could convince me he was good last year. Hughes and Aceves are FAR better pitchers than Hernandez.

    Secondly, I never predicted how good Kennedy or Hughes were going to be last year.

  382. James February 25th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “Lonn Trost just said on WFAN that the 600 obstructed view seats in the bleachers of the new Yankee Stadium will be sold for $5 apiece, not $12!”

    600 is the Total number in the entire stadium, including all three levels of seats that have the foul pole in view and are not really very obstructed. I doubt much more than 100 of those seats are in the bleachers to the sides of the sports bar. Apparently there will be TV’s in the wall to help.

  383. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “randy insulting the people who question you is weak”

    fitful-

    i counterpunched rodg12 when he threw out an unprovoked insult.

    i don’t remember insulting anyone else.

    except gb 7 and he’s not a weenie like so many of the sensitive types we have on here :)

  384. m February 25th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I don’t know what the big fuss was about. No one here said that Hughes would be a number 2 in our rotation. I merely said he was #6 on the depth chart. The #2 that randy l and I were talking about is currently sitting in the #5 slot. Joba Chamberlain.

  385. Sean Serritella February 25th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I assume the game is not over yet.

  386. BK Tom February 25th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    The Knicks treated Marbury horribly… I hope he wins a championship with BOS to get his vindication.

  387. YankeeRay February 25th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Steve M
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    “Just curious. How did Igawa do? Did Pete intentionally stop blogging becuase Igawa was coming in?”

    1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

    —–

    Good, move him now while hes hot

  388. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I see our –good friend– ex Yankees pitcher, Carl Pavano. lol

  389. murphydog February 25th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “Randy, you have me all wrong. I’ve always been the “kinder, gentler GB7”. I’m just totally misunderstood.”

    GB7: As they say, a prophet is never appreciated in his own town

  390. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “The #2 that randy l and I were talking about is currently sitting in the #5 slot. Joba Chamberlain. ”

    The #2 thing came up when I was quoting a major league scout who said earlier in the offseason that Hughes was ready to be a #2 in the majors. Someone took what I said completely out of context.

  391. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “First of all randy, quoting how many wins Hernandez had is completely pointless. Even you should know that. He had a 6.05 ERA last season, there is no way you could convince me he was good last year. Hughes and Aceves are FAR better pitchers than Hernandez.”

    patrick-

    i know – wins and innings do not matter.

    i like hughes. i think he’s going to be very good, but the smart thing to do is to wait to bring him up in june or later.

  392. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    “The Knicks treated Marbury horribly… I hope he wins a championship with BOS to get his vindication. ”

    Are you out of your mind?

  393. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    still waiting on which 6th starter they should have and could have gotten to be better than what we have randy. so we can duly note it.

  394. kei igawa's sunglasses February 25th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Hey guys,

    Good to see Brett hitting a homer. I hope he gets the job!

  395. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    The Knicks treated Marbury horribly… I hope he wins a championship with BOS to get his vindication.

    ===========================

    No :|

  396. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    ‘The Knicks treated Marbury horribly… I hope he wins a championship with BOS to get his vindication.’

    Oh Kiss My …! :x

  397. BK Tom February 25th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    He came into camp in great shape, ready to do whatever he was asked– whether that was start or come off the bench, and he was willing to play hard in the final yr of his contract. He appeared that he had turned over a new leaf.

    D’Antonio had an axe to grind with him and refused to play him, despite the fact that he is the best player on the team. Then instead of buying him out, they let him squirm. This guy hasn’t played competitive basketball in over 2 years. He is nearing end of his prime. They deprived him the opportunity to play.

    Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him?

  398. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    murphydog
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:17 pm
    “Randy, you have me all wrong. I’ve always been the “kinder, gentler GB7”. I’m just totally misunderstood.”

    GB7: As they say, a prophet is never appreciated in his own town

    ————————————————————

    Damned, Murph. What am I going to do? I can’t afford to move to another “town” every week.

  399. Sea Net February 25th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Dunn – clean inning.

  400. jennifer February 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    BK- Are your serious? They treated him horribly? Pay me to sit home and do nothing.

  401. Patrick February 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him? ”

    Hahahahaha

    Thanks for the laugh BK

  402. BD February 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    The best explanation I’ve heard about Hughes is that while he has two impressive major league pitches — an exceptional curve and great control of his fastball — major leaguers have no trouble picking up the difference between the two because the 12-to-6 curve has such a large “hump” to it. Therefore, he needs to change the release point on the curve, start throwing a lot more high FBs to “disguise” the curve, and/or develop more pitches that he can throw effectively and with confidence.

    IOW, while he has all the potentialhe ever has, his simply doesn’t, at this point, have a sufficient arsenal of pitches to go to battle with against MLB lineups. Presumably, he has been working to remedy this weakness in his game over the winter, and I guess we’ll get some idea this spring how that process is coming along.

    If someone has a better and/or more informed understanding of Phil’s situation, I would love to hear it.

  403. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    “The Knicks treated Marbury horribly… I hope he wins a championship with BOS to get his vindication.”

    Really? and how did he treat the Knicks and their fans? Oh wait he refused to play and has quit on his teammates since 3 years ago. I’m glad that cancer is gone now the team has room to grow without the 800 pound gorilla in the room.

  404. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    ‘Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him?’

    WHAT ? You actually believe that crap that you just said !

  405. Sea Net February 25th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Marbury represented the organization with class? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Post of the year

  406. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    “Geez Randy…. I know you miss CB, but tough it up man.
    I haven’t seen you this despondent since Old Yeller got shot.”

    i have to admit that was a major trauma.
    the only thing that had me more upset was when i lost my fanner 50.

    http://users.rcn.com/ed.ma.ultranet/toyguns.html

  407. Tom February 25th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    “Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him?”

    Yup, sleeping w/ an intern in a SUV, and refusing to play vs the Bucks is classy.

    Poor guy. Gets paid 20 million dollars and gets to join a title contender.

  408. Y26 February 25th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    “you gon’ get in the truck?”

  409. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him?

    =============================================

    LMAO

    Diet coke all over my keyboard :lol:

  410. William Buckner February 25th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    “Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him? ”

    That incident with the intern and his cousin in the back of an SUV was VERY classy.

  411. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    the only thing i know about marbury is that his sneakers arent worth the price

  412. Clint February 25th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Austin Jackson with a double

  413. Phil February 25th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Austin Jackson doubled in his second AB.

  414. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 25th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Didn’t he also supposedly get in a fist fight with Isiah on the team plane? Nothing but class from Starbury…

  415. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    “you gon’ get in the truck?”

    Dr.Pepper all over my screen :lol:

  416. MaineYankee February 25th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Brandon

    How are you going to take it when you see Marbury get his ring this year?

    I’ll be honest, I have mixed emotions about the Celtics signing him.

  417. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    “Damned, Murph. What am I going to do? I can’t afford to move to another “town” every week.”

    gb7-

    you should have thought about that when they put you in the witness protection program and you decided that no one pays any attention to some obscure baseball blog.

  418. jack February 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    i can’t stop laughing— marbury, that classy guy.

  419. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Clint that was 20 minutes ago.

  420. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Marbury on the Celtics guarantees no title this yr. for the Celtics.

  421. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    “Marbury has represented the orginization and city with nothing but class, and that is the gratitude they show him?”

    failed. :lol:

  422. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    one time i was shopping for shoes and a guy i knew from work was there and talked me into buying 2 pairs of cheaper works shoes (from poland) for less then the price of the shoes i usually wore.

    about 2 hours into my next shift it became clear to me why lech walesa always had that grimmace on his face. so basically my shoes ended up costing twice as much.

    i made the same mistake with the starbury’s

  423. five iron from fenway February 25th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Steven Jackson – 1 ip 1K

  424. eric in queens February 25th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    steve m-

    This blog is the only thing that gets me through class in law school. I try not to IRAC my comments.

  425. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Ed, he’s drunk and slipped on the keyboard adding the c and l to what he really wanted to say.

  426. Clint February 25th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    My Gameday is severely lagging… it says that Collin Curtis is batting against some guy named Dirk.

  427. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough February 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Brandon,

    http://failblog.files.wordpres.....n-fail.jpg

    :lol:

  428. fitfull February 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    dirk diggler? he’s got some filthy stuffQ

  429. Wilson February 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Jordan Famar will smoke Marbury in the finals…

  430. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Dirk Diggler? Isnt he a wrestler in WWF?

  431. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Eric in Queens –

    Haha, yea, I think it would get a bit ridiculous to IRAC on these comments. I take it you’re at SJU since you’re in Queens? I was so close to going there actually.

  432. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWxgbyYrT5A

    Nothing but class !

  433. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    pavano being interviewed on MLB.tv now…

  434. CaptainsCorner February 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The great Pavano is being interviewed on the MLBnetwork.

  435. patrick max February 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    So who are the Knicks getting in 2010

    Bosh/Wade?
    Lebron/Bosh?
    Joe Johnson/Amare?
    Nash/Amare?
    LeBron/Nash?
    Bosh/Amare?
    Joe Johnson/Nash?

  436. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    BD–That’s way too much common sense for the “Hughes is ready to dominate right now” fanboys to digest.

    Again, what he projects to be and what he is right now are two very different things.

    The first thing he needs to do is pitch a full healthy season.

  437. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    randy l
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    “Damned, Murph. What am I going to do? I can’t afford to move to another “town” every week.”

    gb7-

    you should have thought about that when they put you in the witness protection program and you decided that no one pays any attention to some obscure baseball blog.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah…who knew that some obscure SI “writer” would stalk me all over the web. Between her and Novitski, I’m starting to get paranoid.

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  439. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “How are you going to take it when you see Marbury get his ring this year?

    I’ll be honest, I have mixed emotions about the Celtics signing him.”

    A title? The Cavs and Lakers are better teams. Steph will complain about playing time over Rondo its only a matter of time. What would be sweet is us getting the 8th seed and Steph getting crossed by Nate :)

  440. MaineYankee February 25th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Brandon

    If the title is dependant on them getting Marbury they didn’t have a chance anyway. If he decides he wants to play he can help. If not they will get rid of him.

  441. GGTM February 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

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  442. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    “So who are the Knicks getting in 2010

    Bosh/Wade?
    Lebron/Bosh?
    Joe Johnson/Amare?
    Nash/Amare?
    LeBron/Nash?
    Bosh/Amare?
    Joe Johnson/Nash?”

    Lebron/Amare I’m going on the record with this one.

  443. ray (sox fan) February 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    MaineYankee
    February 25th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    Brandon

    “How are you going to take it when you see Marbury get his ring this year?

    I’ll be honest, I have mixed emotions about the Celtics signing him.”

    Good Afternoon Maine Yankee,

    You get unburied from all the snow? I share your mixed feelings about Marbury on the Celtics.

    I guess it is a low risk possible high reward situation. They will be paying him very little, and he will be on his best behavior trying to impress other teams to give him a big contract next year.

    Reminds me of a certain baseball player!

    Anyways, I think the Celtics will kick Marbury off the team if he starts to be divisive.

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  445. patrick max February 25th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Al,

    Who between Lee and Nate would you rather keep?

  446. 7*7 February 25th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    What a welcome change D’Antoni/Walsh are from Steph/Isiah as far as organization image. Wow, I still can’t believe that those 2 actually represented the team for almost 1\2 a decade. What an embarrassment.

  447. MaineYankee February 25th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Ray

    I got drifted in pretty bad but got opened up.

    I think that there is enough unity on the Celtics that he won’t be allowed to be a disruption.

  448. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    “Al,

    Who between Lee and Nate would you rather keep?”

    Lee. Nate is phenomenal in spurts but he isnt consistent and he will never be a super-star dont get me wrong a solid ballplayer but hes not worth the money he’ll be seeking. Lee is a perfect complimentary player when we get a few big stars around him. In a D’antoni system with great players around him Lee could easily average 15/15.

  449. eric in queens February 25th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Steve-

    I’m at CUNY Law School. Queens’ lesser known law school. You?

  450. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Ray your better off w/o him.

    SA no lie !! 12 dimes (weed) 10 assist (b-ball) :lol:

    Patrick it’s easy.. Nate.

  451. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    How many students are at the CUNY Law School?

  452. MikeEff February 25th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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  453. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Al I know the arguement on Lee but he’s in a contract yr. and isn’t a game changing player, he averages double doubles but the guys that get the W’s are the clutch defenders or shooters, Nate is turning into that, Lee is a PF who is going to be over matched vs big time players like Bosh, like Jermaine O’neal , Al Horford in the future.

  454. K-Zone February 25th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I really wish there was some way to keep Nate and Lee. They suffered through the worst times this franchise has ever had. They bring excitement and electricity to the Garden and are fan favorites. Would be nice to see the both of them here when we are finally good again… but if we want 2 max FAs, then it can’t happen. Going to be sad to see one of them go.

    Both would be the perfect role players to pair with the 2010 class guys, but its not realistic unless these guys take deep discounts to stay here, which they probably won’t.

  455. Betsy February 25th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I love Alex’s comment about bringing those fans that booed to Fenway – that’s the right attitude.

    Randy, I have to say that I absolutely, 100% agree with your take on Phil. No matter how well he’s pitching in AAA, and regardless of the situation with the big club, he should not be brought up to the Yankees for at least 3 months. At this point, his development, which has been stunted for several reasons, is of prime importance. The kid needs a consistent routine.

    GLove, I agree that Phil is not ready, but I would be very wary of scouts projections on him at this point. Most of the times that Phil has been on the mound in the last 2 years, he’s been rehabbing. Until he’s healthy (which he is now), it’s just not possible to get a really good read on Phil. That said, there were several scouts in the AFL who thought Phil looked GREAT.

  456. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

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  457. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Marbury is the reverse Babe Ruth. Boston is now cursed again. Of course this translates to all their professional sporting teams.

  458. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    If it’s between Nate and Lee, you choose Nate, but really both can go in the right deal.

  459. Joe February 25th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Nate could be a 6th man award winner continually. He is instant offense and can score whenever he wants. He doesn’t have great B-Ball IQ and isin’t always disciplined, but he is an electric player who would be perfect a winning team off the bench for 20-25 minutes.

  460. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    This year’s pre-season pick for AL ROY will between Toronto OF – Travis Snyder and Tampa Bay LHP – David Price.

  461. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Betsy — Agreed. I know he did well in the AFL. I just temper my expectations since the hitters in the AFL are AA caliber at best.

    Phil needs to be healthy and refine his arsenal. He doesn’t need unreal expectations.

    Let the kid go down, work on his game and earn his way back up.

    Someone will get hurt in the rotation. Pettitte won’t be here much longer past this season. He’s going to get his shot if he’s ready.

  462. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    “Al I know the arguement on Lee but he’s in a contract yr. and isn’t a game changing player, he averages double doubles but the guys that get the W’s are the clutch defenders or shooters, Nate is turning into that, Lee is a PF who is going to be over matched vs big time players like Bosh, like Jermaine O’neal , Al Horford in the future.”

    I’d rather take the consistent double-double from Lee. Nate is great anyone who has watched the Knicks the past few months knows that. However a double double every night is more valuable than one night with 30 pts 5 rebs and 5 assts and another night of 8 pts 4 turnovers and 3-15 from the field.

  463. Caps February 25th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    David Lee would be a BEAST playing with LeBron. He can clean the glass and do all the dirty work and score around the rim.

  464. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    How did Dave Robertson pitch? Hes my dark-horse for the pen.

  465. Steve M February 25th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Eric – I’m at Rutgers Law…I forgot all about CUNY, my bad haha.

    Onto the Yankees, I know it’s February 25th and everything, but I think there were nothing but positives today (with the small exception of Veras’ control, however he did K two). No injuries or serious setbacks = great spring day.

  466. G. Love February 25th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Just to give you guys some perspective about “top prospects” Andy Marte just cleared waivers and is going back to AAA in Cleveland.

    This is the same Andy Marte who routinely topped every scouts list as can’t miss prospect in the game.

    Not one team in baseball was willing to give up a 40 man roster spot for this guy when he was waived by Cleveland.

    No matter how high they are projected, they all don’t pan out.

  467. yankeefan91 Arod fan February 25th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    al he struggled at the end he left the bases loaded but didnt give up no runs

  468. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    “David Lee would be a BEAST playing with LeBron. He can clean the glass and do all the dirty work and score around the rim.”

    Correct David Lee is a rich mans Varejao.

  469. Caps February 25th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Robertson walked a guy, threw a wild pitch, and struck out 2. The guys also made a couple of errors behind him, but he got out of it.

    Robertson is like Veras, Edwar, etc…. great arm, but can be wild. Even in the minors, D-Rob had mediocre control.

  470. Jason February 25th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Robertson struggled… loaded the bases, threw a wild pitch too.

    Not the finest showing by Robertson or Veras today, but its early.

  471. m February 25th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    13K’s and 4 errors by the Yankees. Yuck.

  472. William Buckner February 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    “This year’s pre-season pick for AL ROY will between Toronto OF – Travis Snyder and Tampa Bay LHP – David Price.”

    How about Matt Wieters

  473. Yankees Ben February 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Yankefan he was helped by two errors, and he worked out of it.

  474. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “al he struggled at the end he left the bases loaded but didnt give up no runs”

    Thanks I always liked the guy. He has top notch stuff if he could get a shot I think he could stick his fastball was consistently 94-97 with movement.

  475. Tex's New Best Friend February 25th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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  476. Burnett after reading February 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    He had two errors around him and the wild pitch led to the walk because first base was open. Robertson has decent control and did a nice job for the yankees last year. If he continues to build on his success then he will earn a spot.

  477. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    “This year’s pre-season pick for AL ROY will between Toronto OF – Travis Snyder and Tampa Bay LHP – David Price.”

    GB7,
    From prophet
    to witness protection
    to Oracle
    Damn GB7, can you tell me who’s THE ONE?

    Hey saw the numbers that you linked to this morning of the first baseman. He had quite a bit of errors. I assume he got to balls others couldnt. Where does alphabet rank in your opinion?

  478. Yankees Ben February 25th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    AL i don’t think he ever touched 97, not even 95. i think he topped out 94 last season. but he has a nasty power curve that induces lots of K’s

  479. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    William Buckner
    February 25th, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    “This year’s pre-season pick for AL ROY will between Toronto OF – Travis Snyder and Tampa Bay LHP – David Price.”

    How about Matt Wieters

    ————————————————————

    He may not open the season in Baltimore, so unless he destroys every pitcher when/if he does come up, I’ll stay with my picks.

  480. Brandon (CC/AJ/Marky Mark..4 DAYS& PEDS !) MARBURY ERA ENDS !! FREE AT LAST ! February 25th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    ‘I’d rather take the consistent double-double from Lee. Nate is great anyone who has watched the Knicks the past few months knows that. However a double double every night is more valuable than one night with 30 pts 5 rebs and 5 assts and another night of 8 pts 4 turnovers and 3-15 from the field.’

    How many players average a double-double in the NBA ? not many right, how many don’t average a double-double and win more than David Lee alot. You can’t tell me for the PF position, look he’s a nice player, I think of him as the great white hype, but you can’t seriously tell me if it were him or Bosh you’d choose him next to LeBron or Wade instead of Bosh, or Amare, or Boozer or even Lamar Odom or Al Horford, or even the Nets Brook Lopez.

  481. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    randy -
    I insulted you by asking you to back up your claims that they could have gotten a #6 starter by naming someone and then telling you to drop it if you couldn’t? That’s an insult? Talk about being sensitive. Wow. Oh, and your ‘answer’ is just more fluff. Also, there’s a big difference between a back-up catcher who will actually make the major league roster and is guaranteed to play at least once a week and a 6th starter who will most likely sit in the minors in reserve in case an injury occurs or someone has performance issues.

  482. S.o.S. February 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Iv been meaning to say this for awhile now but that Jason Kidd trade is looking worse by the day for Dallas. I have to say i called it when it was made. But i have to admit, i didnt expect it to be so lopsided.

    What other trades can you guys think of that were so one sided?

  483. Al from BK(waiting for opening day!) February 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “AL i don’t think he ever touched 97, not even 95. i think he topped out 94 last season. but he has a nasty power curve that induces lots of K’s”

    You’re right Ben I got him confused with Bruney who is a lock. Yeah Dave sits at 93-95 but he has an above average curveball.

  484. William Buckner February 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    “He may not open the season in Baltimore, so unless he destroys every pitcher when/if he does come up, I’ll stay with my picks.”

    That definately the case to hold off arb years. But as a catcher he’s got a built in advantage with numbers he puts up. That and the same thing happened to Longoria and it worked out ok.

  485. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    S.o.S.
    February 25th, 2009 at 4:15 pm
    “This year’s pre-season pick for AL ROY will between Toronto OF – Travis Snyder and Tampa Bay LHP – David Price.”

    GB7,
    From prophet
    to witness protection
    to Oracle
    Damn GB7, can you tell me who’s THE ONE?

    Hey saw the numbers that you linked to this morning of the first baseman. He had quite a bit of errors. I assume he got to balls others couldnt. Where does alphabet rank in your opinion?

    ————————————————————

    Are you referring to Wes Parker? 45 errors in 9 years is good. Yeah…lots of range and a right fielder’s arm. He retired when Garvey joined the Dodgers rather than be traded. After Tommy and Willie Davis were traded, he was their only bat.

  486. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Mientkiewicz was a good fielder, but, he’s not as good as the others.

  487. Ryan February 25th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I think the problem with hughes has been injuries. He blew out his hamstring while pitching a no hitter in only his second ML start. He was not the same that yr after and lost velocity cuz he wasn’t pushing off his leg enough. He somehow developed a stress fracture in his rib while having a string crappy starts. Sabathia had a rough beginning of the yr as well as burnett yet as the yr continued they were able to log some good starts and make up the difference. Hughes never got an opportunity to make up for his bad starts, he pitched 22 innings and had to start all over again after rest and rehab. Coming back he did have 2 decent starts and might have been on his way toward a string of successfull outings.

  488. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    William Buckner
    February 25th, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    “He may not open the season in Baltimore, so unless he destroys every pitcher when/if he does come up, I’ll stay with my picks.”

    That definately the case to hold off arb years. But as a catcher he’s got a built in advantage with numbers he puts up. That and the same thing happened to Longoria and it worked out ok.

    ————————————————————

    I’ll use the same BS excuse that the “experts” use for Montero….he’s too big to be a catcher.

    Wieter’s going to be good, but, just don’t think it’s going to be this year.

  489. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    “randy – I insulted you by asking you to back up your claims that they could have gotten a #6 starter by naming someone and then telling you to drop it if you couldn’t? That’s an insult? ”

    rodg12-

    you said ,” Please give me a guy that would have signed on to be our 6th starter that is better than what we have. Otherwise, stop talking about it.”

    you don’t tell me anything dude. is that clear enough for you?

  490. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    randy -
    Why the dude? Treat me like an adolescent again because I challenge your opinions which you can’t back up. Also, you can’t bring this up in the future either to bash Cashman or say ‘I told you so’ because you give no viable options to meet your ’6th starter’ roll. Well, I guess you can. I can’t tell you what to do, right? Fine, go ahead. Do whatever you want. You’ll just look pretty bad doing it though because we’ll know it’s meaningless.

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  492. randy l February 25th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    ” Also, you can’t bring this up in the future either to bash Cashman or say ‘I told you so’ because you give no viable options to meet your ‘6th starter’ roll.”

    rodg12-

    i don’t have to come up with a viable 6th starter simply because you somehow decide i need to. i’m pointing out that the the yankees don’t have a good 6th starter. they don’t. they have a bunch of #8′s.

    the time for cashman to come up with a good 6th starter was in november and december.

    i’m supposed to come up with someone now because cashman didn’t do something in the fall ? i fail to see the logic in that.

  493. rodg12 February 25th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    randy -
    What I’m saying is you can’t sit here in hindsight and say Cashman didn’t do something in the fall because you can’t name someone he could have gotten. This has nothing to do with your opinion that they don’t have a #6 starter. I don’t necessarily agree with it, but whatever. The problem is bashing Cashman about it when you can’t name someone who could have filled that role.

  494. a**hole February 25th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Randy, get a f*cking life

  495. saucY February 25th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    late to the party

    nice melky chose bobby’s old number.

  496. Therston February 25th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Randy what sense are you making…It sounds like you had a conclusion and tried to find a source for it.
    Girardi shows his Rotation and you question Cashman’s plan? Beyond the starting 5 which is the best in baseball…The Yankees have 3 kids with major league experience who have had success at the major league level, ready to go.
    Why does Hughes need half the season to not be rushed? He has pitched in the Majors last year and the year before and had success in both when not injured. He comes up and there is no pressure to be the man anymore…just do his job.
    Aceves and Kennedy are both 6th men that alot of teams would love to have.
    So Cashman doesn’t have enough depth with 8 guys…3 aces, 1 solid veteran, 2 blue chip kids who have ML success and 2 very good prospects with ML experience.
    Silly.

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