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The latest from Brian Cashman

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s official, Jorge Posada will be activated tomorrow. No word yet on who is out.

Melky Cabrera showed improvement today and is not headed to the DL at the moment. But he’s out for the Cleveland series.

In terms of the rehab crew:

Posada was 0 for 4 with two walks and Xavier Nady 2 for 5 with a walk and a homer. They faced Toronto prospects in Dunedin. The rest of them — Jose Molina, Cody Ransom and Damaso Marte — worked out in Tampa.

 
 

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141 Responses to “The latest from Brian Cashman”

  1. Nat May 28th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?

  2. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Is there any reason to “friend” the blog on Facebook???

    Also Pete you need a new picture – really.

  3. jpb1973 May 28th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?

    ————————————————————

    Probabaly Berroa or Pena

  4. Justin May 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Pena

  5. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    “If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?”

    Pete mentioned that Pena was taking fly balls before yesterday’s game. I also heard Berroa was in on it too – I’m sure Ty Cobb taught him something.

  6. Brandon.. CashMoney: "his contract says baseball player, not starter" May 28th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    God let it be El Nino.

  7. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    “If anybody has any ideas about the blog, please e-mail.”

    More Angel Berroa jokes, please. Light-hearted, good-natured humor never gets old – unlke Angel Berroa.

  8. Joe from Long Island May 28th, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Since Pena has been taking OF practice, I guess he’s it. Either that or Melky if he’s on the bench.

    Just a thought – could Melky pinch run?

    I really like Cervelli and what he brings to the table, but I bet he goes back to Trenton, or maybe Scranton, in order to play and continue to develop. I hope Scranton, I’d love to see him when we go to Scranton in July for the LoHud blog festival.

  9. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 28th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    My guess is Cash is on his way out.

  10. JoeT 28 in 10!! MELKY FOR MVP!!!! May 28th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Nick – check the last thread! Lol

  11. vb03 - OPPC (Other Pitcher's Personal Catcher) May 28th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Berroa was taking some flyballs out in right, and regaling Nick Swisher about stories of when he was playing behind a phenomenal pitcher named Herb Score in Cleveland.

  12. Brandon.. CashMoney: "his contract says baseball player, not starter" May 28th, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    The Yankees have no patience. That’s part of being a Yankee, they have no patience. – Fatcessa

    God I feel smarter :?

  13. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 28th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?”

    My guess is that it would be Father Time. He was seen flagging flies with El Nino recently. His unwanted existence on this roster continues……

  14. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    “More Angel Berroa jokes, please. Light-hearted, good-natured humor never gets old – unlke Angel Berroa.”

    Perfect formula…

    LoHud Yankees Blog: come for the baseball insight, stay for the Angel Berroa jokes!

  15. X-Mann May 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Cleveland sweeps Tampa

    We are now 7 games ahead of Tampa in the loss

  16. Clark May 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    If Berroa is the extra OF, then you can’t DFA him until Melky is 100%…. right?

  17. AeroFANatic May 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I would hope Cash gets released all together. We have 3 solid C (Posada, Molina when back, and Cervelli) and could dip into AAA or AA if 2 of these 3 are injured.

    Cash really isnt that good, and this would free up a 40 man spot for a reserve outfielder for the CLE series (Duncan, Rodriguez?).

    Then, when Nady is ready this spot is his.

  18. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Nick in SF

    Speaking of Angel Berroa, who WAS the only person to play ball before & after the industrial revolution?

    I took a stab it in the thread after the one you asked that it in, but I was toooooo busy working today to keep tabs & see if you responded.

  19. Wave Your Hat May 28th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Before the Melky injury, my guess for the black spot would have been Berroa.

    It still is, but with less certainty. They could send either Cervelli or Cash down. I just don’t see Cash getting claimed of waivers, but I guess it might happen.

    The Yanks were very cautious with Moeller last year in similar circumstances, so they might send Cervelli down instead.

  20. jpb1973 May 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    The Redwood Forest is one of North America’s great wonders. I’m glad that Angel Berroa planted it for us.

  21. DT May 28th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    “More Angel Berroa jokes, please. Light-hearted, good-natured humor never gets old – unlke Angel Berroa.”

    Rickles, please don’t make fun of Angel. It’s not nice. He’s a Yankee and I support his bench sitting ability! He has feelings you know. He even has a mother. She supported him during his tough rookie year with the Kansas City Monarchs.

  22. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Speaking of Angel Berroa, who WAS the only person to play ball before & after the industrial revolution?

    The industrial Revolution in the the us atarted in…… wait for it…. Pawtucket Rhode Island.

  23. REZ May 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    If Berroa is your “4th OF”, then you can’t release him yet

    And you probably don’t want to get rid of a catcher yet

    Very interesting to see what they do.

  24. jpb1973 May 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I would hope Cash gets released all together. We have 3 solid C (Posada, Molina when back, and Cervelli) and could dip into AAA or AA if 2 of these 3 are injured.

    ———————————————————-Scranton needs an experienced catcher. It would be nice if he could slip through waivers and go down to help out the young pitchers.

  25. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    “If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?”

    I think someone mentioned Pena was practicing some fly balls in the OF not long ago.

    I bet if they asked him to, though, Mariano would do it. Of course that might not be a very smart move (though I’m sure SOMEone here will insist on discussing it as a viable option) but he could do the job.

  26. Brandon.. CashMoney: "his contract says baseball player, not starter" May 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Uhoh some caller said Christian Garcia on WFAN, Francesa doesn’t know that guy from the last sip of water he took.

  27. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 28th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    “Rickles, please don’t make fun of Angel. It’s not nice. He’s a Yankee and I support his bench sitting ability! ”

    trisha, is that you? :P

  28. Rudy May 28th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    This sounds like the same Alex (from yesterday) on the phone with Mike

  29. Trevor May 28th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    What is the injury Kevin Russo has? He’s been out awhile.

  30. Q-Tip May 28th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Berroa discovered America under the alias of Christopher Columbus.

  31. jpb1973 May 28th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I bet if they asked him to, though, Mariano would do it. Of course that might not be a very smart move (though I’m sure SOMEone here will insist on discussing it as a viable option) but he could do the job.
    —————————————————–

    Hopefully they would save Mariano for a save situation in the 9th inning.

  32. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 28th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Francessa thinks that the key to winning in the postseason is the bullpen. He totally discounts starting pitching.

  33. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    “The industrial Revolution in the the us atarted in…… wait for it…. Pawtucket Rhode Island.”

    Who reported this, Peter Gammons?

  34. nj23nut May 28th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Berroa needs to be DFA’d, but my guess is it’ll be Cash. Besides from a big hit last night, he’s the worst hitter on the team. I bet Angel misses watching the Babe eat hot dogs before a game, though.

  35. Brandon.. CashMoney: "his contract says baseball player, not starter" May 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    “This sounds like the same Alex (from yesterday) on the phone with Mike”

    He said Christian Garcia to Fatcessa :lol: I know him but I bet 50 subway sandwhiches to Mike that he doesn’t.

  36. LA Dave May 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    When they televise spelling bees… I feel bad. I can’t spell, nor do I know the meaning, of half these words that these 8 year olds can spell.

  37. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    ANSKY
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    “If one of the OFs gets injured during the game, who is the emergency 4th OF?”

    I think someone mentioned Pena was practicing some fly balls in the OF not long ago.

    I bet if they asked him to, though, Mariano would do it. Of course that might not be a very smart move (though I’m sure SOMEone here will insist on discussing it as a viable option) but he could do the job.

    ————————————————————

    Hey, Guidry played center field for the Yanks. Everyone swore he was one of the best they ever saw during practice, that he outran and caught everything.

    He played center field in the “Pine Tar Game”.

  38. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Berroa can’t wait until the next walk-off… he’s going to smother Melky with oatmeal.

  39. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    ANSKY: sorry, this is the first time I’ve been able to check in on the blog. I phrased the question badly (I was just riffing on someone else’s joke); I guess I should have said who was the only player to play both before the Industrial Revolution and still be active. Get it now?

  40. Laura - Win together, strike out alone! May 28th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    “He played center field in the “Pine Tar Game”.”

    I remember that. That was Martin’s way of protesting that game.

  41. Rudy May 28th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    If I could get through to Mike I’d ask him one simple question: Is the 8th inning more important to you than the first 7?

    He seems to totally ignore anything valid that anyone brings up in this Joba debate. How narrow minded could one person be?

  42. Lance May 28th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Convert Kontos and Christian Garcia to the pen and then bring them up

    Seems pretty simple.

  43. Joe I May 28th, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    “I bet if they asked him to, though, Mariano would do it. Of course that might not be a very smart move (though I’m sure SOMEone here will insist on discussing it as a viable option) but he could do the job.”

    In the 80′s, Whitey Herzog to keep relievers in the game, but not face certain hitters would switch his reliever, to the OF, then bring in another reliever. Then go back to the reliever that was playing in the OF to pitch. I believe Ken Dayley and Todd Worrell were the pitchers he used in that situation. It was interesting to watch, to say the least. I also think Davey Johnson did it with Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell.

  44. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    ““He played center field in the “Pine Tar Game”.”

    I remember that. That was Martin’s way of protesting that game.

    Just looked it up… he played 1/3 of an inning the Pine Tar Game. He also played 1 full inning in the OF in 1979. Not sure of the circumstances – anyone recall?

  45. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    If we ask nicely, would the other team let us use an OF of Gardner, Matsui, Damon and Berroa if all other players are hurt or playing other positions?

    Between Matsui’s knees, Damon’s arm and Berroa’s age, we’d need softball rules to keep to a professional level defensive standard in the OF.

    Stand Matsui & Berrao about 80 feet behind SS & 2B. Tell them to catch only the bloops that would drop in under a normal OF configuration. Tell them to get out of Jeter’s & Cano’s way on everything else. Play Gardner deep, pitch everyone outside and have Damon move back & forth to the opposite OF side for each batter. Give Gardner a pair of track spikes & tell him to cover CF and whatever side Damon’s not playing on.

  46. 4 x 4 May 28th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Jose Veras or Tomko can play the OF in an emergency

  47. jpb1973 May 28th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    With today being a day off and with the bullpen well rested, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Robertson returned to Scranton for a few days. He has options and could return to the Yankees, if they need him, within 24 hours. There isn’t much security in being the junior man on an MLB roster.

  48. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Joe I
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:48 pm
    “I bet if they asked him to, though, Mariano would do it. Of course that might not be a very smart move (though I’m sure SOMEone here will insist on discussing it as a viable option) but he could do the job.”

    In the 80’s, Whitey Herzog to keep relievers in the game, but not face certain hitters would switch his reliever, to the OF, then bring in another reliever. Then go back to the reliever that was playing in the OF to pitch. I believe Ken Dayley and Todd Worrell were the pitchers he used in that situation. It was interesting to watch, to say the least. I also think Davey Johnson did it with Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell.

    ————————————————————

    That’s fine in the NL. In the AL, you’d lose the DH.

  49. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “In the 80’s, Whitey Herzog to keep relievers in the game, but not face certain hitters would switch his reliever, to the OF, then bring in another reliever. Then go back to the reliever that was playing in the OF to pitch. I believe Ken Dayley and Todd Worrell were the pitchers he used in that situation. It was interesting to watch, to say the least. I also think Davey Johnson did it with Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell.”

    this kind of stuff is crazy – but – I like it.

  50. Joe from Long Island May 28th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I was just reading Kim’s blog, and saw where, a couple of days ago, Phil Coke was recounting facing Justin Morneau the next game after serving up a hanging slider. Coke struck him out in the next game’s encounter.

    When Kim asked him about it, Coke said he got him by throwing fastballs low and away. He got the idea from talking to Tino Martinez, who told him lefty batters “hate” fastballs low and away because “there’s nothing they can do with them.”

    This is why I read certain blogs. You’re not going to get this sort of insight from the vast majority of media places, certainly not from El Grande on FAN.

  51. DT May 28th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    “Berroa needs to be DFA’d, but my guess is it’ll be Cash. Besides from a big hit last night, he’s the worst hitter on the team.”

    You’d think Cash was the worst hitter after his 1 for 17 start – but actually, he is now 8 points higher than Mr. Swisher!

    Swish needs a parachute fast. It’s gonna hurt when he comes crashing down on that Mendoza line.

  52. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Joe I – Intersting. No surprise if that was Whitey Herzog. I wonder if LaRussa ever thought of trying that with Rick Ankiel from time to time.

    Actually, he’s probably already considered it and come to the conclusion that Ankiel can throw more strikes from the warning track than he can from the pitcher’s mound.

  53. Don May 28th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Hope TNT shows some shots of the Yankees players tonight at the Cave game

  54. Phil May 28th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    They used to put Whitey Ford on third for certain hitters then back on the mound when that hitter had been disposed with.

  55. vin May 28th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    “Jose Veras or Tomko can play the OF in an emergency”

    Imagine Veras trying to hit a cut-off man? Yikes!

    “With today being a day off and with the bullpen well rested, I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Robertson returned to Scranton for a few days. ”

    I believe that’s called getting “Brittoned.”

  56. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    GB7 – you only lose the DH if you sub for him. If you just have defensive players switching positions, you don’t. I think what he was describing was having 2 or 3 pitchers on the field at once and having them switch positions.

    Get Micah Owings and Rick Ankiel on the same team and you might be able to make it routine.

  57. Ranger May 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    In this internet based world we live in, you don’t need to know how to spell. Just type the word phonetically, and if it is wrong, there will be a red underline thing under it, and it will give you the correct spelling.

    No need to know how to spell in this day and age.

  58. DT May 28th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    “Hey, Guidry played center field for the Yanks. Everyone swore he was one of the best they ever saw during practice, that he outran and caught everything.

    He played center field in the “Pine Tar Game”

    And Donnie Baseball played 2B.

  59. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Nick in SF – Got it now. Angel Berroa was one of my spoof guesses.

  60. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    They used to put Whitey Ford on third for certain hitters then back on the mound when that hitter had been disposed with.

    Cool.
    bet they did this stuff all the time in the real old days?

    anyone know?

  61. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    GB7 – I forgot that about Guidry and the pine tar game. Wasn’t he in CF just for the continuation of that game?

  62. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    You would lose the DH but wouldn’t that only hurt if you tied or worse?

  63. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    ANSKY
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm
    GB7 – you only lose the DH if you sub for him. If you just have defensive players switching positions, you don’t. I think what he was describing was having 2 or 3 pitchers on the field at once and having them switch positions.

    Get Micah Owings and Rick Ankiel on the same team and you might be able to make it routine.

    ————————————————————

    If a pitcher plays another position and then pitches, they lose the DH. NYY lost the DH when Swisher pitched. If he had come out of the bullpen, then, he’s just a pitcher. Same if they go from the mound to the outfield and back to the mound.

  64. Phil May 28th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Guidry begged for years to be able to play CF.

  65. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    ANSKY
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    GB7 – I forgot that about Guidry and the pine tar game. Wasn’t he in CF just for the continuation of that game?

    ————————————————————

    Just a third of an inning in that game. He played a full inning in 1979. No plays to him. They were afraid of him.

  66. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Apparently I didn’t know the DH rule all that well GB.

    All the more reason to have Owings involved … it wouldn’t matter.

  67. Espresso May 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I would love to see Jose Veras in the outfield. I wonder if he could find the plate on sac fly or something. Could he hit the cutoff man?

    I don’t think Berroa likes walk off wins, he’s more of a scooter off kind of guy. To be fair he obviously hasn’t acclimated to the live ball. Maybe they could stick him in foul territory down the line with a comfy stool and let him hand balls to the kids.

  68. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    for years, NYY had pitchers that were their best pinch hitters. Stottlemyre, Red Ruffing, Tommy Byrne, Don Larson, allie Reynolds were great hitters, not just great hitters for pitchers. Catfish Hunter had a $5,000 bonus in his contract for his hitting ability.

  69. RalphieD (OPPC all day) May 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    i really need nady is gonna be a big asset when he comes back…i cant wait to get him back in whatever role he will be capable of doing…

  70. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I would only want to see Veras in the outfield if they called up Edwar and put him on the mound. Then Veras could see how it feels for the outfielders when he’s on the mound.

  71. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    ANSKY
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    Apparently I didn’t know the DH rule all that well GB.

    All the more reason to have Owings involved … it wouldn’t matter.

    ————————————————————

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Owings on the Yanks and move him to right field and let him pitch some innings out of the pen. He’s another pitcher that Dusty Baker will ruin.

  72. 66 stripes May 28th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Hope Nady can play the field

  73. Vince May 28th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Bad economy ? Shrinking ratings ? ESPN has cut 100 jobs.

  74. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Most “fans” probably don’t know this…

    The reason Cash gave Berroa a shot this offseason was because all the scouting on him showed that he was really REALLY fast.

    Turns out that they were just looking at old-timey game film.

  75. raymagnetic May 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    “They used to put Whitey Ford on third for certain hitters then back on the mound when that hitter had been disposed with.

    Cool.
    bet they did this stuff all the time in the real old days?

    anyone know?”

    Berroa?

  76. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    “Bad economy ? Shrinking ratings ? ESPN has cut 100 jobs.”

    I could think of 100 ESPN people I’d like to see get the axe.

  77. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    “The reason Cash gave Berroa a shot this offseason was because all the scouting on him showed that he was really REALLY fast. Turns out that they were just looking at old-timey game film.”

    They should have figured it out from the powdered wigs on the umpires.

  78. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Out of curiosity I just checked Owings’ career batting stats. He has a .315 average with 6HR and a .908 OPS in 143 at-bats.

    In other words, he averages out to somewhere between a Jeter or a Damon at the plate. Small sample of course, but still … the guy’s a pitcher.

    Pitching-wise he looks like he’d be about a 4th starter on most teams. Probably wouldn’t crack the Yanks rotation as long as everyone’s healthy though.

  79. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    raymagnetic
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm
    “They used to put Whitey Ford on third for certain hitters then back on the mound when that hitter had been disposed with.

    Cool.
    bet they did this stuff all the time in the real old days?

    anyone know?”

    ***Berroa*** ?

    ————————————————————

    Is that Yogi Berroa?

  80. DT May 28th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    in
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    ““He played center field in the “Pine Tar Game”.”
    I remember that. That was Martin’s way of protesting that game.

    Just looked it up… he played 1/3 of an inning the Pine Tar Game. He also played 1 full inning in the OF in 1979. *Not sure of the circumstances – anyone recall?*

    Guidry played the next to last game of the year. (9 – 4 win over Blue Jays)
    He actually replaced Bobby Murcer in the 9th inning.

    Here is the box score -
    http://www.baseball-reference......9290.shtml

  81. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    “They should have figured it out from the powdered wigs on the umpires.”

    They didn’t see that part – the film unexpectedly cut to a women getting tied to railroad tracks.

  82. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    From the Boxscore DT posted…

    BLUE JAYS
    53-108
    Lost 4
    7th, 50½ GB

    Whoa… 50.5 GB?!?! Were they mathematically elminated in May?

  83. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Actually, vin, the scouting film Cash must have seeon of Berroa was probably from about the time Babe Ruth played. Remember how cartoonishly fast Ruth looked in those clips as he scooted around the bases on HRs? Like a porky little chihuahua trying to keep up with its owner as they cross the street.

  84. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    “Remember how cartoonishly fast Ruth looked in those clips as he scooted around the bases on HRs?”

    Not sure how a guy that big could run so fast on “little girl legs” (Seinfeld quote).

  85. ANSKY May 28th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I knew someone who used to call it the Benny Hill home run trot.

  86. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Great news about Posada. His return will be a welcomed site indeed.
    And great news about Melky. Nice to see he is not headed towards the DL.

    I have to ask, how is Marte anyway? Seems like his injury is not talked about much. Even today Pete mentioned his name, but no word on his injury, etc….Just wondering! Seems to be a ghost at the moment.

  87. Cal May 28th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    With Melky missing the Indians series this is Gardner’s chance to continue playing well and hopefully earn some more playing time in place of Nick Swisher. When an opportunity presents itself take it since Swisher couldn’t handle all that fell into his lap after Nady went down.

  88. Betsy May 28th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Seems a bit early for Jorge to return – shouldn’t he have a couple of games in AAA first? The weather in Cleveland may not be conducive to returning from a bad hamstring……

    I’m glad Cleveland swept Tampa, but they played us tough at home and now they’re hot…..and of course we face Cliff Lee.

    Sucks about the Sox winning – we had all of less than a day in first place, lol

  89. Tom Tresh 15 May 28th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    GB7
    Be careful with the BBQ. In Texas it is beef. Everyone here in NC knows BBQ is Pork

  90. Cal May 28th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    “I have to ask, how is Marte anyway? Seems like his injury is not talked about much.”

    Might as well be asking about Jose Vera$$, when it comes to asking about Marte, maybe he can return and be useful but like Vera$$ I wouldn’t hold my breath on that. Whenever Marte does return he should be strictly used to get a lefty out per night and leave it at that.

  91. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    AJAX on 1050

  92. rb15 May 28th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    vin – ha.

  93. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    cal-
    veras has earned a demotion. i’m not sure if he has options remaining or not, but after last night, i am sick and tired of watching him give up runs. a couple weeks ago people were asking when Edwar would be replaced and he was. now it’s time for Veras to work on his “pitching” down in AAA.

    if Melky is going to be out for at least the next 4 games, we might need another OF as well.
    Damon
    Gardner
    Swisher
    are what we have right now on defense.

  94. Cal May 28th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    “Sucks about the Sox winning – we had all of less than a day in first place, lol”

    Well the good thing is the Jays have to win a game sometime, I mean are they honestly going to lose 12 straight, I say they take 2 of 3 in that Boston series, by the mere fact of going back home embarrassed. :)

    Boston also has a tough schedule coming up with 3 in Toronto and in Detroit, 3 against the Yankees and Rangers and then 3 @ Philadelphia. They will drop some games coming up.

  95. DT May 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    From the Boxscore DT posted…
    BLUE JAYS
    53-108
    Lost 4
    7th, 50½ GB
    Whoa… 50.5 GB? Were they mathematically elminated in May?

    ————————————————————————————————————
    I think they held out until June. ;-)

    If you want to see how baseball has changed between now and 1979 – you only need to see this stat.
    Guess how many Blue Jay games that year were longer than 3 hours and 15 minutes?
    Out of 0f 162 games? Take a guess.

    Try FOUR !!

    http://www.baseball-reference......ores.shtml

    The Yanks played SEVEN games that year that lasted longer than 3 hours and 15 minutes – ALL extra inning affairs.

  96. Cal May 28th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    “Veras has earned a demotion. i’m not sure if he has options remaining or not, but after last night, i am sick and tired of watching him give up runs. a couple weeks ago people were asking when”

    That was making my stomach sick last night to see a guy with an 8-0 lead and falling behind guys and then having to throw cookies over the plate. This guy can never be trusted in a 1,2, even 3 run game late. I don’t know what the Yankees do with Vera$$, short of releasing him outright. They are hanging on to him hoping and praying for a light switch, he just doesn’t throw strikes.

  97. Betsy May 28th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I’m a little late, but SJ – I completely agree with your post from a few threads back about the team chemistry being a reason why this team is playing better than it has in years. I said in ST that I thought the team bonding would help see them through the rough times that any team goes through during the course of a long, grueling season. It’s not just that these guys have chemistry on the field, it’s that they actually like each other off it and want to spend time with each other. They circled the wagons with Alex – gave him their support – and I think that has meant the world to him. I won’t forget Swish making an X with his arms (or was it an X tattoo?) after Nady got hurt….I know that must have made Nady felt good after he thought maybe he was going to miss the whole year. What about the guys greeting Pena at the dugout after he just made a fabulous play? These guys would try even if they didn’t particularly care about each other – they would try because they are professionals with pride. However, the Yankees seem to be playing with a great joy now – I’m not sure when the last time was that I could say that. CC, Tex, AJ, Swish – they have been real breathes of fresh air and even the “old guard” seems to have loosened up a bit. I love it, can’t deny it.

  98. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    cal-
    it appears Veras has the goods to be a very good pitcher out of the pen.
    he throws around 95 and has a very sharp breaking ball.
    so what’s the problem?
    last night with the 8 run lead he could not throw strikes and could not finish the inning. unacceptable. about 7 weeks into the season and he has shown that his make-up this year is not good enough to remain on the big club.
    if he is out of options, then i understand somewhat why he remains in the pen.

  99. DT May 28th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    also in 1979, the Yanks played *48* games that lasted 2 hours 15 minutes or less.
    wow. (actually 8 games were played in under 2 hours!)

    Pete, you should put in for over time pay. :-)

  100. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Veras is out of options.

    I’ve been hoping he was on the verge of turning it around. He has had some decent outing the past two-three weeks, but last night was inexcusable. He needs to be the last guy out of the bullpen right now.

    The Bruney injury has really screwed the BP up. It’s a lot easier to piece together a 7 inning instead of both the 7th and 8th innings… and if the game goes into extras, then you’re cooked.

  101. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    My guess regarding the moves made before
    the game tomorrow
    Posada activated, Cash sent down
    *very easy choice there*

    That’s it. I don’t see any other move being made, despite our need for an OF since Melky won’t be playing

  102. 224 May 28th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    We need some power bats coming off the bench.

    Bring up Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez or Miranda.

    It’s hard to get rid of Berroa, though, because we only have two bench players that can play positions besides 1B. And our 1B can only play 1B.

    Once we send Cervelli back down, though, we need to recall a power hitter for the bench.

  103. randy l. May 28th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “also in 1979, the Yanks played 48 games that lasted 2 hours 15 minutes or less. ”

    yeah, but that was in the days when a half hour was worth an hour.

    time was slower then.

  104. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    “[Veras] needs to be the last guy out of the bullpen right now.”

    Oh, so now you want to give him Tomko’s job???

  105. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    “also in 1979, the Yanks played 48 games that lasted 2 hours 15 minutes or less.
    wow. (actually 8 games were played in under 2 hours!)”

    If anyone remembers, this was THE BIG ISSUE from mid-90s to early to mid 00s (hmmm… maybe they should’ve been concerened with other issue during this time).

    Seems to me that for the better part of 70 years, most games lasted between 1:30 – 2:30. What has changed, on the field, that has added an extra hour and a half to games? Perhaps MLB has added an extra minute between each half inning to sell more ad time?

  106. Doreen May 28th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hey all, what are y’all gonna watch tonight since there’s no Yankees t.v.???

  107. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    don LoGreca put the over under on Yanks at Cavs game at 15.
    M. Kay goes under with 12.

    so its a slow day.

  108. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    for those of you that don’t know, the Yankees don’t have any “other” outfielders on the 40 man roster.
    meaning, if they call up Jackson or Duncan, someone would have to be released and placed on waivers.
    can Miranda play OF? i thought he was a 1st baseman??
    right now we are exposed a bit in the OF because Melky injured his shoulder. we have been getting away with only 1 back up OF for quite some time.
    Matsui is not an option on defense-won’t happen.

  109. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    “Oh, so now you want to give him Tomko’s job???”

    It’s more of a promotion for Tomko. Maybe Veras’ role could be as the team’s salsa instructor – kinda like on a cruise ship or Dirty Dancing, or something.

  110. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    30 years ago, television and radio didn’t control baseball, either.

  111. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Doreen: CC and friends will be on TV rooting for LeBron James and the Cavs.

  112. 224 May 28th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Catchers and pitchers talk a lot.

    Hitters are more patient.

    There are more pitching changes.

    Coaches visit the mound more.

    Games are higher scoring in general.

    Think of how much time some pitchers take to throw a pitch. It can be terrible.

  113. Al from BK May 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    “Hey all, what are y’all gonna watch tonight since there’s no Yankees t.v.???”

    Cavs v.s. Magic and many Yankees are supposedly going to be in attendance.

  114. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Nick-If you are in the SF bay area, how many Yankees games vs the a’s are you seeing in August?

  115. RalphieD (OPPC all day) May 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    ajax was on with kay?….man i wish i could listen to that….do they have that to listen to somewhere?

  116. vin May 28th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “Hey all, what are y’all gonna watch tonight since there’s no Yankees t.v.???”

    The only thing worth watching when both LOST and NYY aren’t on… Seinfeld re-runs, of course.

  117. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hey all, what are y’all gonna watch tonight since there’s no Yankees t.v.???

    A night off for the Yankees means a night off from baseball for me as well.
    I won’t even watch baseball tonight on ESPN. What’s the point?

  118. Uncle Ellsworth (Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you?) May 28th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    RalphieD (OPPC all day)
    May 28th, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    ajax was on with kay?….man i wish i could listen to that….do they have that to listen to somewhere?

    it may be on the 1050 site. He was interviewed by Marchand
    He said he needs to cut down on ks. And he could been a pt guard. not lot there but he sounded like a good kid FWIW

  119. 66 stripes May 28th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I doubt any of the big players outside of CC are going to the Cavs game

    As Pete said, most of them went home on their private jets after the game

    I’d imagine it’s just the young guys and the low budget players lol

  120. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    right center gap: I have plans to see all 3 games in Oakland. I would love to catch a couple games up in Seattle too, but I doubt I’ll be able to swing it.

  121. vin May 28th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    “30 years ago, television and radio didn’t control baseball, either.”

    That’s what I’m thinking.

    224,
    You make some good points, but it makes me wonder… what were guys doing for all those years? Getting on the mound and just chucking the ball without taking a moment to pause or talk with the catcher/pitching coach? Also, why hadn’t any batter come to the realization that taking pitches, and fouling off tough 2-strike pitches would be beneficial over the course of a game?

  122. BobK-NH May 28th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Does anyone think MLB would make an allowance for Berroa to be able to use a Segway if he plays the outfield?

  123. RalphieD (OPPC all day) May 28th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    i see that SNY has mets Triple A baseball on…man i wish YES would do that..

  124. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Nick in SF: i have tickets for game 2 and 3 vs the a’s in August. am a little upset they are only visiting once, but those are the breaks.

  125. vin May 28th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    “Does anyone think MLB would make an allowance for Berroa to be able to use a Segway if he plays the outfield?”

    Not sure if he’s athletic enough for one of those new-fangled contraptions. He’ll have to stick to the Rascal.

  126. Sorc May 28th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Facing Cliff Lee is going to be tough. Andy has to keep the game close.

    Their bullpen has actually done well lately too… Betencourt, Vizcaino, Herges, Wood etc. It is not as bad as it was a few weeks ago

    It will be a tough series. CLE is not as bad as their record says they are. They still have plenty of talent

  127. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Ralphie: why would YES show Mets Triple A baseball?

    :lol:

  128. tampayank May 28th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    “X-Mann
    May 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    Cleveland sweeps Tampa

    We are now 7 games ahead of Tampa in the loss


    Tampa is done, they’re are going to start experimenting w/ their farm probably this weekend…they’ll always play the Sox and Yanks tough but they won’t be as pesky as last year.

    Can’t wait for a Sterling “X Marks the Spot” call!!! :)
    Hey Swish….SEE YA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  129. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    hey tampayank-take it easy over there. whether swisher starts or is a back-up, he will play a very important role on this team. we will need his services over and over again during the season.
    when X does comeback, how many games do you think he will play in RF? might not be very many, unless his elbow is very healthy!
    Swish has RED-HOT in April, cooled off this month, but it’s a long season and he will win us some games in ’09

  130. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    right center gap: yeah, another Yankee visit would be nice. I notice that they’re going back to Seattle for a second visit in September.

  131. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Nick in SF: whenever i buy Yankees tickets vs the a’s, i always make sure to buy seats on the 1st base side, so i can be among all the Yankees fans. you probably do the same. when i can, i get the MVP tickets the a’s sell. now those are some great seats.

  132. Doreen May 28th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I guess I’ll put the b-ball game on – to see if they show the Yankees in attendance. But they probly won’t.

    My daughter wants to watch a spelling bee. Might tune in to that to.

    Hey, whoever posted those puppet commercials with “Lebron” and “Kobe” for Nike – they were really cute.

  133. Nick in SF May 28th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I know I have MVP tickets for one of the games, I think Plaza Level for another. Not sure about the third. I remember when you could be among the Yankee fans no matter where you sat back in the 90′s.

  134. right center gap in NY May 28th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Doreen-Odds are C.C. and the 2 suites he bought up for the game will be shown on T.V. at least a few times. Are you kidding? C.C. is back in town, watching the cavs on a day off-oh yes, he will appear on T.V.

  135. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Brett Marshall thru 1 inning: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts

  136. DT - OPPC member (it's in our blood) May 28th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    “What has changed, on the field, that has added an extra hour and a half to games? Perhaps MLB has added an extra minute between each half inning to sell more ad time?”

    a few things Vin.

    Pitchers pitched quickly. Batters didn’t step out after each pitch.

    Batters didn’t have to wait until “their PA song” was finished before stepping in the box.

    Pitching changes weren’t as common. Starters went longer. There wasn’t lefty-righty pitching changes in the middle of innings.

    I knew games were shorter then. I didn’t realize the extreme.

  137. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Eric duncan gives Scranton a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the 2nd inning.

    Tampa yanks take a 1-0 lead in the first on 4 walks. The shocker was having Montero sac bunt with one out in the 1st inning.

  138. GreenBeret7 May 28th, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Austin Jackson is 0-2 with 2 groundouts. 2-0 Scranton

  139. Tom Tresh 15 May 28th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    GB7
    Be careful with the BBQ in a earlier post. In Texas it is beef. Everyone here in NC knows BBQ is Pork

  140. letsgojason May 28th, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    hey, gang… nbcnewyork.com is having another golden local contest.

    it’s between citi field and yankee stadium for new best stadium.

    and yankee stadium is currently losing big!

    come on, everyone…vote for our digs!

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/around_town/debates/

  141. yankee21 May 28th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I had a chance to see Charleston vs. Greenville tonight. Brett Marshall was on the mound and he was very impressive. He was dealing 95+ on the gun and showed the ability to pitch out of trouble. Through 6 innings he had struck out 9 and walked 1, and was pitching a shutout when the rains came in the 7th with CHA at the plate and leading 2-0.

    Brett Marshall is 19 years and 2 months old and of course is several years away,, anything can happen but without question he is a legitimate prospect and it will be fun watching his progress.


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