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A few impressions of spring training

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 02, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Some leftover impressions after nearly eight weeks in Tampa …

• There were empty seats at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday and a noticeable amount of empty seats at other parks over the course of the spring. I think we’re headed for a regular season where some teams will have to get used to crowds under 15,000.

• My first spring with the Yankees was 2006. I remember George Steinbrenner marching into Joe Torre’s office while we were interviewing him, sitting on the couch and asking some questions himself. Now Steinbrenner arrives at the ballpark in a wheelchair and his friends whisper about whether it’s a good day or a bad day.

• Hal Steinbrenner did not make himself available to the media once all spring, which is too bad because he usually has some intelligent things to say. You don’t get the feeling that he loves running the team but he’s doing the best job he can for the sake of his family. That’s honorable.

• If Brett Gardner stays in the lineup, he’ll steal at least 40 bases and make plays in center field Yankee fans haven’t seen in decades. If he can keep his OBP around the league average, he’ll be a benefit. That’s a big if, however. But my money is on him.

• Prediction: Phil Hughes pitches at least 80 innings in the majors this season and proves to be an important piece. One of the starters is sure to break down at some point.

• When did Ramiro Pena suddenly become a hot prospect? Baseball America didn’t have him in their Top 30 and they weren’t incorrect. He can pick it but will he hit?

• Joe Girardi made a good, honest effort to build relationships with his players, coaches and the beat writers this spring. In his own words, he had to reach out to everybody in the clubhouse, no matter what their job was. But what counts — and he knows this — is what happens now.

• Those who are worried about the bullpen should be. Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez have not yet reached the trustworthy stage. Phil Coke looks terrific but is untested as well. The same is true of Jonathan Albaladejo. Brian Bruney also had a rocky spring. But there are a lot of quality arms in the minors and Girardi and Dave Eiland have shown they can handle a bullpen very efficiently.

• I couldn’t be more impressed at how seriously CC Sabathia takes being a good teammate or how fully he has invested himself in being a Yankee and being in New York. Sure, he came for the money. Everybody does. But he is committed to making the relationship work.

• Rob Thomson is a very, very good third base coach.

• How Girardi manages the playing time of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher will be his biggest challenge this season.

• The ever-pessimistic Brian Cashman says mid-May. But I keep hearing Alex Rodriguez will be back a lot earlier than that.

• Sure, Derek Jeter has declined. Now name all the AL shortstops you would rather have. Go ahead. It’s a short list.

• Robinson Cano is actually a superior second baseman when he pays attention to what he is doing.

• If I were a Yankee, I’d do whatever I could to stay on Jorge Posada’s good side. Jeter may be the captain but the catcher is the enforcer. He’s Sonny to Derek’s Michael.

• Mark Teixeira looks like he wants to be the MVP. He mashed all spring.

• If Mariano Rivera is the captain of the bullpen, Jose Veras is sort of his second in command. He has a way of bringing people together.

• Austin Jackson is going to have a huge year at Scranton.

• The Yankees make a big deal about their spring training guest instructors. Most of them don’t much beyond standing around. But you know who actually tries to help? Reggie Jackson. He’s totally full of himself, don’t get me wrong. But he makes an effort to help guys out.

• It was a lot of fun to meet so many folks who read the blog.

• Brett Tomko got screwed. I think they’ll regret not having a long man.

• Some amateur psychology on Joba Chamberlain: There was too much, too soon for him and his DUI was hard evidence of that. He got caught up in being Joba Chamberlain instead of remembering where he came from. Chamberlain seems more humble now and more willing to listen. Having CC Sabathia in his ear instead of Roger Clemens will be helpful, too.

• You know who could emerge in the bullpen? Steven Jackson.

• You know who won’t? Humberto Sanchez. He can’t stay healthy.

• At some point soon, it’ll be about the team and not the new Stadium. But we’re still a ways away from that.

• Finally, thanks to Jason Zillo and his staff for their work this spring. They do things the right way, every day and it’s appreciated by those of us who cover the team. Trust me when I tell you, it’s not that way with every other team.





85 Responses to “A few impressions of spring training”

  1. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    ” If I were a Yankee, I’d do whatever I could to stay on Jorge Posada’s good side. Jeter may be the captain but the catcher is the enforcer. He’s Sonny to Derek’s Michael.”

    Loving it

  2. Ace April 2nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Nice summary.

  3. RalphieD (for free sports betting look here April 2nd, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    fascinating insight pete

  4. Ace April 2nd, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    What a shame about Humberto Sanchez. He had a lot of promise when we traded for him.

  5. Jimmy April 2nd, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    these notes of yours are GREAT. Tidbits like these are just absolutely invaluable. Not a single thing you saw and wrote about in this post, you’d be able to get anywhere else. Thanks for making it feel like we’re all there. THanks pete

  6. gayle April 2nd, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Totally agree with you on Tomko however with the way the schedule is and the probability of rain early on they can easily call him up and rectify it. Just hope they do not wait as long as they did last year to have a longman.

    Glad to hear about Rob Thompson. I guess that we have not heard a lot about his 3rd base coach prowess is a good thing as if I recall already by this time last year we were talking about Meecham and some of his less than steller calls.

  7. Trevor April 2nd, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Not surprised about Hal. There’s a reason why him and Hank weren’t involved with the Yankees in years. They’re just doing it because of George’s health is in decline.

  8. McG April 2nd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Simply Awesome Pete!!!!!!!

  9. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 2nd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    pat: thank you

  10. Lost in Tex-is April 2nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm


    One thing to add to the list:

    You did a fantastic job this year! Thank you for all your time and effort. This has become my first-stop for all Yankee news.

  11. YanksinCA April 2nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm


    Thanks for the blog all spring. I check the blog several times everyday to keep up to date on the Bombers. I can’t wait for the season to get started now. This is the first time in several years where I am optimistic about the team.

    And I mean realistically optimistic, not “well, Pavano could win 20 and Igawa could win 15…that should put them into the World Series!”

  12. Uncle Ellsworth April 2nd, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Jeter =Michael
    Posada =Sonny

    Does anyone know anything about the amenities OUTSIDE the stadium.
    Are all the old places still there Stan’s, Bowling Alley etc?
    Have new places appeared?
    Stadium Pizza is the place to go if still there.

  13. Bronx Jeers April 2nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Who are Sonny & Michael ?

  14. five iron from fenway April 2nd, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Echoing everyones comments. Thank you so much for the fantastic coverage this spring.
    I know you only got a glimpse of some of the other younger players but, other than the couple you mention in the post who else caught your eye (even if it might take a couple of years before they are on the big stage)?
    Re. Tomko – he is a Yankee for the next couple of months no matter what. Scranton is a really short ride to NY and some of the bullpen guys still have options. He may get some PT in NY yet.

  15. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    The only mistake about Brett Tomko would be trusting him when it counts. He’s had exactly 2 seasons in 12 where his ERA was below league average. A hot 5 weeks isn’t much to change my mind.

  16. vin April 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    You’re not serious, are you Bronx Jeers?

  17. eric April 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Wow awesome tid-bits. Thanks pete

  18. Tim Sherman April 2nd, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Just want to second the thoughts of those who thanked you for a great job this spring. Your multiple posts each day allowed us to stay wired into what was happening at spring training. For those of us who are not able to attend, it is invaluable information and I truly appreciate it. Keep it up Pete, yours is head and shoulders above the other Yannkees blogs. Take care.
    Tim Sherman

  19. SJ44 April 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Lots of good points Pete.

    I’m less worried about the bullpen than others for two reasons. One, Girardi and Eiland are very adapt at running a ‘pen. Two, Mark Melancon. He will be up at some point and when he does, he is there to stay. He will be the guy who picks up a less effective teammate this year.

    I also think Edwar gets a bad rap. If you take out his meltdown games against the Angels, he has been dominant in his outings. Just can’t use him too much that he gets overexposed. That’s where good bullpen management comes on.

    I also think getting more length and quality from the starters will greatly enhance the bullpen this season.

  20. LGV April 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Posts like this are what make this blog unique. Awesome job Pete.

  21. gayle April 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth-

    Stan’s for sure is still there as there was a recent story in the NYTimes about what the impact of the new stadium might have on them. I would venture that most of those old haunts are still there at least for now.

  22. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 2nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Pete: thank you for the insight. Interesting points

  23. vinny-b (Girardi, Pettitte, Mo, Matsui, Gardner = my top 5) April 2nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    “Hal Steinbrenner did not make himself available to the media once all spring, which is too bad because he usually has some intelligent things to say. You don’t get the feeling that he loves running the team”

    not good

  24. S.A.-Coke is Good April 2nd, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Good stuff Pete

  25. tampayank April 2nd, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I hope Stan’s and Billy’s are still there…see no reason why anything would change outside the ballpark(s), same location, sort of on topic but I’ve always loved having the ballpark uptown in the Bronx, pretty unique setting compared w/ other ballparks, I would have been against a move to the Westside of Manhattan or New Jersey

  26. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    SJ, do you have any knowledge of why the Yankees released Luke Greinke and Braedyn Pruitt?

  27. Will April 2nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    If the Yankees really do “regret” demoting Tomko, they’ll be in pretty bad shape anyway. This team is not designed to have a Tomko-like long reliever make an impact. Besides, you can’t base decisions on the spring performance of a 35-year old veteran going full bore in March, especially when he is facing the lower rungs of each team’s roster. Many mistakes are made that way. I am glad the Yankees used a little more savy instead of the knee jerk “go with the vet” decision.

  28. Uncle Ellsworth April 2nd, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks Gayle

    I’ll take a look

  29. G. Love April 2nd, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Arod is definitely Fredo.

    I can totally hear him saying, “I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

  30. Joey's Poodle April 2nd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I read that some of the smaller buildings around the Stadium are being bought up for some ‘development’ project but don’t remember where I saw it.

  31. Jonathan April 2nd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hal’s going to sell the team eventually

    Just hope the new owner is committed to winning and willing to spend. There is only one Steinbrenner family.

  32. TRex April 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I agree that bullpen is less of an issue. That’s the game today, have a couple of reliable relievers, and then have a quantity of live young arms and find 2 more reliable guys. I think that’s what a lot of contenders (ie-Rays, Sox, Phils) did last year.

  33. Bronx Jeers April 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Got it, Godfather reference.

    I was fixated on good cop/ bad cop characters.

    It’s not the best comparison though. Michael was cold blooded.

    What did Sonny do that was so tough. Beat up Carlo?

  34. RhapsodyInBlue April 2nd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Excellent column and observations Peter. Thanks.

  35. PC Dave April 2nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    You’re only delaying the inevitable by not carrying a long man.

    One of these days, a starter is going to come out after 2 innings or so and you’ll have to burn out Alba for 3-4 innings, then send him down and bring up a real long man.

    Remember, they tried him as the long man last year and he ended up getting hurt.

  36. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    NYY needs to do what Pettitte prefers to do on his throw days, and get the throwing done in a game. It stretches the bullpen and they don’t waste pitches in practice. It doesn’t need to be done with every pitcher on every throw day, but, 3-4 times a year would make a huge difference.

  37. SteveB April 2nd, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Great piece today, Pete. Excellent thoughts.

    I’ll be watching Humberto Sanchez in Trenton. I hope I see something, like him healthy all season.

    I think you are 100% right on with Rob Thomson, and I think both he and Tony Pena have found their true Yankee niches.

    It’s a shame both George (health) and Hal (shy) back off from being a stronger presence. It allows Levine & Trost to fill the void. That’s subtraction by addition.

    I so hope Hughes pitches less. If he does 80 MLB innings, then something went wrong.

    Austin Jackson is a great talent, but he can’t be rushed. He reminds me so much of Bernie way back when. Both were still learning how to play when they arrived (or will arrive) with the Yankees.

  38. G. Love April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    What did Sonny do?

    Sonny went to the mattresses after his Pop got shot.

    It also took 10 thousand bullets to kill him.

    That’s what Sonny did.

    Not to mention he cheated on his wife and knocked up a bridesmaid at his sisters wedding.

  39. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    GB – didn’t Wang do that the year before last – I seem to remember him getting a save…

  40. Will April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I guess that makes Arod Fredo?

    I can just see Derek Jeter calling Arod after the Esquire story:

    “I know it was you Arod. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!”


    “Arod, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a brother, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the hotels, I don’t want you near my house. When you see Girardi, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand?”

  41. Uncle Ellsworth April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Sonny was a hot head
    Michael was all “business”
    Fredo liked waitresses
    sounds dead on to me

  42. m is for mojo-we got it back April 2nd, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Lots of great thoughts about a great spring!

    -I think Hal likes running the team because it’s a new challenge and its a family legacy. He just might not enjoy the public part of it.

    -Brett needs to pick his spots and adjust to the scouting reports. We almost expect him to have a 100% success rate and my heart drops when he’s CS. Unfair, but that’s what he was advertised as. I’m sure he’ll figure it out. Too bad David Price will beat him out for ROY. :evil:

    -Looking forward to a big year from Hughes in both Scranton and the Bronx. Wouldn’t be surprised if he were on the postseason roster. ;) A healthy Hughes is a very good Hughes.

    -That’s odd wording, “they weren’t incorrect”. Does that mean it’s over? That they’ve never been wrong? We know that hot prospects flame out all the time and that there are some diamonds in the rough. Swinging back and forth on this, but I’m now thinking they need to send him down to the Scranton and prep him ASAP. Second half of the season, if Ransom isn’t getting it done, bring him up and have him understudy with Jeter.

    -I hope that Girardi’s done enough to get what he deserved from day one. The benefit of the doubt and a chance to succeed. The persecution was ridiculous. 89 games, people. 89 games.

    -The only person in the bullpen I’m worried about is Bruney. Not his stuff so much, but the mental part. Which is important because we know how he feeds off how he feels.

    -Was not a big fan of CC. But his genuine personality is growing on me. I’m still in the see it to believe it part of pitching in the AL East. I think it’s a mistake to assume that he’ll replicate what he did last season. But he’s the consummate pro, and I have little doubts he can do it.

    -4 players for the 3 positions (LF/RF/DH)? Totally doable. But don’t forget Melky!

    -lol @ Stealth. He’s not fooling anyone. But it may be mid-May before Alex is back to last year’s production. Looking forward to having Alex’s bat back, but I really like how the team is gelling right now.

    -Who’s the new bench coach? Can’t remember.

    -Someone on espn wrote about how Jeter’s range was never great, and of course it’s gotten worse. But when the game is on the line, he always makes the big play. Somehow. In Jeter I trust.

    -ADD therapy for Cano?

    -If I were Jorge, I’d worry about what happens on the field. ;)

    -Teixeira. If desire=success, he’d have Alex’s MVP’s. Mark sure is driven. I love it!

    -I would love for Veras to be first in command, like have some, when he’s on the mound. :)

    -Good to see Austin Jackson bounce back after a tough winter.

    -Yes, Jackson’s the Big Ego. But reading how he took Austin under his wing was great. If Jackson (and others) could reach out to more African-American multi-sport athletes, baseball would really benefit.

    -Tomko got screwed alright. But he rehabbed his image. Let’s see if it holds up in Scranton.

    -Joba, Joba, Joba. Dumb decision, one that I suspect he won’t make again. He’s another one that needs to worry on the field stuff, rather than the off-the field action.

    -Steven who? I think we’ll see Melancon before him.

  43. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    GB – didn’t Wang do that the year before last – I seem to remember him getting a save…


    Yeah, he did. He agreed with Pettitte that it was better to see the affects of the pitches thrown with purpose than going through the motions. I think Wang threw a couple of games like that and picked up his on;y save and a win.

  44. GT April 2nd, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Excellent post Pete!

  45. Joe Monte April 2nd, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Sonny === Hank Steinbrenner

    Michael === Hal Steinbrenner

  46. Will April 2nd, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    With the Yankees rotation, it isn’t a lock that a starter will be knocked in the second inning anytime soon. Besides, you don’t build a roster to handle rare, worst case scenarios. As I mentioned, if the need becomes common, the Yankees are in big trouble.

    I’d rather have all quality arms than a “long man” for blowouts. Girardi has proven he can handle a pen, so he deserves all the horses he can get.

  47. Betsy April 2nd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I’m not worried about the pen – I disagree with you, Pete. I also would not assume that Hal doesn’t like running the team just because he didn’t make himself available to the media. I don’t think he’s comfortable talking to the media – he’d prefer to stay out of the spotlight.

    I’m sure a starter or two will go on the DL, but why assume the worst? I don’t want Phil to get 80 innings up here in 2009 – that’s way too much.

    They’ll regret not having a long man? If you don’t think Alabejo is capable of doing a good job, then I guess you think that way. I prefer a long man, but I’m hardly going to be up in arms about not having Brett Tomko on the team.

  48. raymagnetic April 2nd, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Sonny was the dumber of the two brothers, that’s why he got himself killed.

    Michael was calculating and got his revenge at the right time.

    Michael 10x> Sonny

  49. pat April 2nd, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Not so sure the Stein’s are anxious to sell the team. Hal is a business man with a background in the hospitality industry and the new ballpark is big business and very much in the hospitality industry mold.

    I could see Hal as someone who would prefer to focus on the business end of things behind the scenes rather than being the face of the franchise like George was. Allowing the GM to be the front man and singular voice is actually a smart way to run a business.

  50. Uncle Ellsworth April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I like the notion of using guys on their throw days but wouldn’t Wang be “too strong” for his sinker to sink on his throw day?

  51. Will April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Why does the media always seem to judge people based on how they react to the media? Maybe that level of insularity is part of the reason newspapers are crumbling all around the country?

  52. T-Dot April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Great post Pete – I agree with most everything.

    The Hal dynamic is interesting… all of the beat writers have said the same thing, re: his lack of desire to own the team.

  53. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Mel, Tony Pena is the bench coach.

  54. Joe April 2nd, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Hal is a business man. If t makes sense financially to sell the team, he will. He has no sentimentality towards the franchise, he will make the best business decision.

  55. Rishi April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    new post – Report from the Stadium

  56. m is for mojo-we got it back April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 pm


    That’s right. And they brought in some guy that has a relationship with Cano to be the 1B coach, no?

  57. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Uncle Ellsworth
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    I like the notion of using guys on their throw days but wouldn’t Wang be “too strong” for his sinker to sink on his throw day?


    Nah, I don’t think so. Remember, Wang’s also got a mid-90s fastball that he throws up and in on the batters. Going back to the Mets game, he threw about 6 sinkers all night and struck out 10.

  58. Bill April 2nd, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Great comments Pete! Thanks for all the ST info!

  59. Eve April 2nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm


    Why Wang’s not even in your leftover impressions list of ST? It’s sad that he always seemed to be ignored by Yankees organization and NY fans in each and every occasion:(

  60. jashell2000 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Count me in the “not worried about the bullpen – yet” group.

    I think we have enough arms currently that if one or two of the current bullpen pieces falter that we have enough pieces in the minors (eg. melancon) to replace if/when necessary. I agree that we do have some unprovens in our pen now, but I think you have to let them prove you wrong first before making another move. I think eventually Melancon and Coke will be like Nelson and Stanton from our hay day. Bring on the season.

    I really expect the number of quality starts (6-7 innings) to increase (as long as healthy) compared to last year. The rotation difference compared to last year is almost night and day. Tomko got screwed, but I agree with him starting in the minors until needed. Who else would you have given the shaft in his place? Yes you will have a starter that throws a stinker (2 innings) but based on our current rotation; how often will that happen? Not enough to warrant not giving Albie, Veras, Edwar, Coke a chance in my estimation. We are deep, I’m not worried…yet.

  61. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    m is for mojo-we got it back
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    That’s right. And they brought in some guy that has a relationship with Cano to be the 1B coach, no?


    Mick Kelleher is a lot like Larry Bowa. He’s a good infield instructor, and a scrapper with no problems exoressing his views. Not the total “in your face” Bowa, but, he gets his point across. Not sure of his connections to Cano, unless it was in the minors. I still think a lot of Cano’s issues in the field was because of the hitting problems….something he never had to deal with, before, and it caused him to lose concentration. If you look back at games and streaks of errors, they usually came when he wasn’t hitting.

  62. jashell2000 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    By the way Pete; GREAT post today. You brought the heat…

  63. deputy dawg April 2nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Just want to echo what many have posted. Want to thank you for you hard work and making this blog the no. 1 place for Yankee news. Keep up the good work.

  64. Arliss April 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Good job all spring training Pete.

    I have one issue with this statement: “Some amateur psychology on Joba Chamberlain: There was too much, too soon for him and his DUI was hard evidence of that. He got caught up in being Joba Chamberlain instead of remembering where he came from.”

    Why is it everytime an athlete does something like Joba did its because the stardom went to their head? Is it not totally likely if not an almost certainty that long before Joba was the Joba we know that he likely had some beers with his buddies in Nebraska and got behind the wheel of a car? This time he happended to get caught. I dont see this (or things of this nature) as always being a spotlight driven recklessness. Gooden and Strawberry, ok, but a DUI in Nebraska as a definitive sign that a guys head got too big because his star had risen? Sorry, but i just dont see it.

    Not trying to argue with your point of view, just hoping others see the other side of this. Anyone who has some drinks and drives can get a DUI. Because Joba got one and is famous doesnt mean he got one because he knew he was famous and couldnt check his ego or that he is out of control. He was simply dumb and unlucky.

  65. Lauren April 2nd, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    this was a great update Pete! THANK YOU.

    can’t wait to see the boys in action tomorrow night!! :)

  66. Mark in Tampa April 2nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    “Not the total “in your face” Bowa”

    Is anybody as “in your face” as Bowa?

  67. GreenBeret7 April 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Mark in Tampa
    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    “Not the total “in your face” Bowa”

    Is anybody as “in your face” as Bowa?


    Not many in the past 25 years. Hank Bauer was a tough old geezer, though. The best description of him was (A Marine with a face like a clenched fist).

  68. LukeS April 2nd, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    It’s very telling that the Yanks are waiting on the untility infielder slot. I take the club’s hesitancy to mean they’re not overly enamored with either player, for sort of opposite reasons. Berroa’s proven he can’t field, and that’s the only thing Pena HAS proven. They’re looking for a different stopgap to hold Ransom’s place on the roster.

  69. m1kew April 2nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    PA = Peter Abraham or Proflic (and) Astute (observer).

    Or is it both?

    Bottom line is PA is my first and last read of the day. Extremely good work from him!

  70. BT April 2nd, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Peter…I love these quick hit notes…simple, but interesting and insightful.

  71. DominicanYank April 2nd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Wanted to join the crowd and appreciate the great insights that you bring “Pedro” (Spanish for Peter)…

  72. Brent April 2nd, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “Sure, Derek Jeter has declined. Now name all the AL shortstops you would rather have. Go ahead. It’s a short list.”

    It’s arbitrary to list only the AL shortstops who are better. If you include the NL, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins all come to mind. Granted, I’m a Yankee fan through-and-through and would choose everything Jeter brings to the table over some of those guys, but by limiting the “great shortstop search” to the AL, your point becomes a little cloudy.

    That’s like saying “What hitter would you rather have than A-Rod’s?” and not including Pujols.

  73. Brent April 2nd, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    ***”What hitter would you take over A-Rod”

  74. CharlieHays April 2nd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    If every post were like this, you would actually be a respected beat writer. Now wipe that mayonnaise off your lip.

  75. hokiehill April 2nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks Pete!

    I’ve been a Yankees fan as long as I can remember but I have never been all that interested in spring training. Being in Virginia (no YES/NY media) it just didn’t draw that much attention for me. But thanks to a guy I work with who is also a big Yankee fan and this website, I have become hooked on the goings-on of spring training. It’s funny that spring training has changed so much for me in the past year. Reading your impressions from spring training I got that lost feeling that I normally get when the Virginia Tech football season comes to a close and I know I have to wait almost a whole year until practice starts up again. Learning about the younger/less covered players on the team and development of young players and new team chemistry has me wanting more, and I’m glad that while it feels like an ending, it’s really just the beginning. Thanks again! (Big thanks to the other posters as well, the blog would be a different place withouth the comments)

  76. MichiganYankee April 2nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Brett Tomko will be just as available until June as he was at the beginning of the week. All the Yanks need to do will be to clear room on the 40-man roster and purchase his contract. They didn’t do that this week because there were no obvious DFA candidates (they already need to clear one spot for an infielder) and because they had a qualified corps of on-roster bullpen options. Tomko’s break may come when A-Rod returns and they DFA Berroa.

    Then again, if Phil Coke was working out as a starter, why can’t he be a “long man”?

  77. bg90027 April 2nd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I may be completely overly optimistic but I’m guessing you’re wrong that Hughes will pitch 80 innings in the majors. Maybe I’m overly optimistic but I’m guessing the rotation will be relatively healthy and that the injuries will be mostly of the missing a start or two nature here and there. Those will be handled more by who hasn’t pitched and is available which won’t necessarily be Hughes. I expect that if Joba is healthy for most of the year and approaches his innings limit in August or September, Hughes will join the rotation and Joba will move to the bullpen. I’d put an innings guess at more like 40-50 for him though as a result.

    I’m not worried about the bullpen. Its not likely that all these guys work out but there’s safety in numbers and if the starters stay healthy, the bullpen will pitch much less innings.

  78. li April 2nd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Interesting post, like the Godfather reference, the state of George’s health not so much.

  79. Kenny April 2nd, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Great post Pete, I love the blog and have been spreading it around but I have a question: Why is it that now everytime you post it says “Click on the headline for the rest of this blog post …” the whole post used to go right into the reader. Now even when i get the wrap up email every day I have to open up a new window.

  80. Peri April 2nd, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Awesome update Pete! Thanks for your insights, I could read this stuff all day.

  81. Yanksgal07 April 2nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Wang had his one and only save in an extra inning game at Baltimore. Johnny Damon hit the homerun to win it. It was June 3rd… my birthday and I was there !!!!

    Pete…thanks a lot for the great insights …if you just let up a teeny bit on Alex the blog would be totally PERFECT…but…on a whole you do the Yankees proud …

    THANK YOU !!!!!!!

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  82. RustyJohn April 2nd, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Lol…someone made the ARod=Fredo reference before I could. The out of hand wife- “I can’t control her, Michael”, the head of the family having high hopes but realizing he can’t carry the torch- “I always knew Sonny would have to go through this Michael, and Fredo…well, Fredo….”, and maybe ARod heads down to Cuba to see “Superman” perform- “Old man Roth would never watch this, but Johnny Ola knows this place like the back of his hand.”

    You’re nothing to me know, Fredo. You’re not a friend, you’re not a brother…you’re weak and stupid.

  83. NO HYPE April 2nd, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Still can’t get over the Jay Buner trade

  84. E-gawa April 2nd, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    “Some amateur psychology on Joba Chamberlain: There was too much, too soon for him and his DUI was hard evidence of that. He got caught up in being Joba Chamberlain instead of remembering where he came from. ”

    LOL please…

    Where was this reasoning with Arod?

  85. UpState April 2nd, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm
    Posts like this are what make this blog unique. Awesome job Pete.
    The above poster hits the bullseye.
    First Yankee read…last Yankee read !
    Love the short “bullet-style” !
    Thank you, Pete !!!

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