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Keep an eye on Sanit

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Pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras seems thrilled by what he’s seen from some of the young pitchers in camp. He said Andrew Brackman’s command has drastically improved since last season, Chris Garcia “can be (ready) quick if he’s healthy” and Romulo Sanchez has looked sharp in his bullpens.

“He’s like a little project of mine right now,” Contreras said.

I expected Contreras to be excited about his guys, but I will admit that I was a little surprised by his enthusiasm for Amaury Sanit, a 30-year-old Cuban right-hander who pitched only his first full season of pro ball last year.

“He’s altogether different,” Contreras said. “His first year, he didn’t know what to expect in the United States. He thought he could just do some things like he did in Cuba… He’s working hard to clean up his delivery and he’s learning how to command his fastball, because that’s what you need to do. Before he just thought he could spin it and changeup and split and drop down, but baby, that No. 1 is what counts.”

Sanit pitched for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the second half of last year, but he was kind of buried in that bullpen. Contreras said there’s no doubt he’ll return to Triple-A this season.

“He’s got pitches to pitch in the big leagues,” Contreras said. “It’s just command of the fastball. He’s come in shape and he’s working hard. He’s learning baseball here.”

A few minor league injury updates:

• Alan Horne, coming back from a variety of arm issues the past two years, is ready to pitch right now, but the Yankees haven’t decided where he’ll open the season.

• Jairo Heredia, coming back from shoulder problems, is also ready to pitch and was in Tampa before going home to the Dominican Republic because his mother is sick. Contreras expects him to be ready to open the season.

• Dellin Betances, coming back from elbow surgery, will begin throwing off a half mound either this week or next week.

• George Kontos, coming back from Tommy John, will be ready to throw off a half mound in March when minor league camp opens.

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The picture is of three pitchers likely to open in Triple-A: Ivan Nova, Kevin Whelan and Zach McAllister.

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115 Responses to “Keep an eye on Sanit”

  1. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Chad, having never seen Sanit pitch, is he that good and maybe a rundown on what he throws?

  2. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    GB (repost)-

    GB-

    “No Moore Julienne fries, huh?”

    Right.

    Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head describled themselves not only as married but best “spuds”. They are real down Home fries. They used to watch MASH together almost every nite.

    The loss would be grate.

    It would just have be overcome and supplanted.

  3. Triple short of a Cycle February 24th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Doreen,

    Thanks

    I have been calling everyday this week but I think my number should get called on Friday. The last day :(

  4. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    question:

    Does anyone know Nardi’s pedigree (continuing the animal theme) as a pitching coach ?

  5. Joe from Long Island February 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Great info, Chad.

    Especially interesting to read Nardi’s comments on the pitchers, how Brackman’s improved, how Garcia can “be ready quick if he’s healthy”, but especially about Sanit, about whom I knew very little about. His comments about the transition from Cuba to US baseball made me think about Chapman and how he might be a similar project for the Reds.

    Re: Ivan Nova – when we were at Scranton last August for the LoHud outing, I won an Ivan Nova autographed baseball cap at the raffle. I’m just waiting for him to make the team at some point, so I can wear it and say I saw him pitch in AAA. (Unfortunately, he got clobbered that game.)

  6. ortforshort February 24th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    It seems like an awful lot of guys are coming back from arm injuries. Does every organization go thru pitching fallout like this?

  7. Tom in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    “He was the pitching coach for the New York Yankees in 1995, the Seattle Mariners in 1997-1998, and then with the team that gave him his shot at the majors, the White Sox, from 1998 until 2002. In 2005, he returned to the Yankees organization, where he currently serves as their minor league pitching coordinator,”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nardi_Contreras

  8. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    pat
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    This article made me wonder, if Alex hadn’t opted out and was playing his free agent year, same as Derek, what the Yankees plans would be and how negotiations for the 2 players would play out.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02…..nkees.html

    ————————————————————

    People focus much on Jeter’s approaching milestones and with good reason, but, forget just how close Rodriguez is to 3,000 hits. They’re approaching totals that are are in runs scored, RBI, doubles, Rodriguez is approaching 5,000 total bases in a couple of years, possibly this year. Jeter is closing in on 4,000 total bases…quite a feat for a “singles hitter”. Before it’s over, they should blow the 2,000 runs scored mark out of the water and Jeter could reach 1500 RBI and 300 homers.

  9. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Amaury Sanit.

    Cuban for “very clean dude”. ;)

  10. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Tom.

  11. Bronx Jeers February 24th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    “Does anyone know Nardi’s pedigree”

    I don’t know much about Nardi but I believe Mariano is card carrying member of PUTOB.

    Pitchers for the Un-Ethical Treatment of Baseball Bats

  12. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    pat, if both were free agents at the end of this year, I’d think that two Mark Teixeira contracts wouldn’t be out of the question for 5-6 years.

  13. pat February 24th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    GB

    The theme on NY sportstalk today was the Yankees have the strongest offensive infield of all time.

    People were calling in with teams that they thought competed but most fell very short. Most of the time it was the combination of offense coming from SS and 3B on this Yankee team.

    It is amazing what we are getting to witness and possibly not appreciating as much as we should.

  14. Nick in SF February 24th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t care who gets upset about it: I’ll take Winfield, you can take the seagull.

  15. MTU February 24th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Bronx-

    “I don’t know much about Nardi but I believe Mariano is card carrying member of PUTOB.

    Pitchers for the Un-Ethical Treatment of Baseball Bats”

    He should be called the “Splendid Splinterer”.

  16. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    pat
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:51 pm
    GB

    The theme on NY sportstalk today was the Yankees have the strongest offensive infield of all time.

    People were calling in with teams that they thought competed but most fell very short. Most of the time it was the combination of offense coming from SS and 3B on this Yankee team.

    It is amazing what we are getting to witness and possibly not appreciating as much as we should.

    ————————————————————

    That’s a tough offensive infield to beat, pat. Makes it even better that they can also play defense and two of them are in the top tier of intelligent and successful base runners in Jeter and Rodriguez. I’d have to think of a better all around infield and I can’t right off of the top of my head.

    Every one of them hits for average and power. I believe that Jeter could hit 35 homers a year if he tried to, though, the average would drop. You watch his homers and they go a long way into the gaps. He’s one of the few right handed hitters that I’ve seen hit a homer into the right field third deck at the old park.

  17. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    When does the sabremetric debate start?

  18. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I despise PETA – they are a bunch of sickos. No one adores animals more than I do and heaven knows I despise how humasn treat them, but they have no right to force their beliefs on people (yep, it’s a good thing to dump a bucket of blood on someone for wearing a fur coat). I doubt they even care about animals – they make me sick.

    Chad, thanks again – great stuff. It would be nice if just one of our injured kids made it back, but I’m not holding my breath.

  19. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Seriously… this meandering is preferable to some impassioned debate? :-)

  20. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    lets go yankees
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
    When does the sabremetric debate start?
    **********

    After I go to bed :-)

  21. pat February 24th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    “That’s a tough offensive infield to beat”

    From what I heard, The Big Red Machine Reds was the closest competition and Francesa was still giving the Yanks the nod with 3B being the tipping point.

  22. Chad Jennings February 24th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I seem to remember Sanit sitting in the low 90s with the fastball, and as Nardi suggested, I believe he also throws a changeup, splitfinger and curveball. I actually didn’t see him all that much in Scranton.

  23. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Man, getting to the medal round is an accomplishment in of itself, but the American women speed skating relay team got smoked.

    Not sure I’d enjoy winning a medal in that fashion much.

  24. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Nick in SF
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm
    Pat M, the word is out, Happy Birthday!

    Erica is not a sandbagger, she just appealed to darkness and defeat while you (and I) appealed to optimism and joy. I say that as someone who is now batting .750 in LoHud wagers — that’s a straight percentage, not a weighted average.
    **************

    So Mr Nick-

    Please tell me- do I appeal to darkness and defeat often? Or are my trips to the dark side a rare occurance?

    Just remember- your LoHud record will never be perfect again and I was your first. (Cue evil laughter :lol: )

  25. Triple short of a Cycle February 24th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I can’t wait until the Olympics are over

  26. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    One of the guys on RAB was listening to Francessa today and apparently he actually said, “Batting average is an overrated stat.”

    Mike Francessa. Would have never expected that from him. When Mike Francessa says something like that you know baseball analysis is changing. There is hope yet.

  27. antisocial scrooge February 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    you know it’s quite not that big of a stretch for me to say that the entire yankee infield can win the silver slugger for their respective positions, as well as gold gloves.

  28. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    baseball analysis is changing for the *everyday fan*

  29. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for the Sanit update, Chad. Much appreciated. Hopefullym MiLB.com/TV will have more Scranton and Trenton games available this year. If anybody has a few extra bucks, it’s well worth signing up for.

  30. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    It would seem the Vulcans are still itching for a fight.

  31. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Triple short of a Cycle
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    I can’t wait until the Olympics are over
    *********

    Thank you! I thought it was just me, but I don’t get the appeal

  32. pat February 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Chad

    Could you identify the middle 2 players in this photo for me? I like to put a face to a name. Thanks

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0.....?q=yankees

  33. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    :D

  34. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    pat, not sure that Cinncy had a third baseman with power after Deron Johnson and Lee May were traded, but, they were close. My guess would be the ’64 Twins or the ’07 Brewers would be the closest to the ’09-’10 Yanks.

  35. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I can’t look at ST photos anymore.

    It makes me too sad that I am not in Florida. Instead, I am exhausted in New York working like crazy and all it does is snow.

  36. pat February 24th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    GB

    The ’75 team- Bench, Perez, Morgan, Concepcion and Rose was the closest competition I heard. There may have been 1 or 2 others that I missed them talking about.

  37. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    TarheelYank…..Fasers on stun !!!!! Tough year for the two of us, UNC & UCLA ….

  38. Dave F February 24th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    stuckey
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    “Man, getting to the medal round is an accomplishment in of itself, but the American women speed skating relay team got smoked.

    Not sure I’d enjoy winning a medal in that fashion much.”

    Stuckey,
    Can we please give these kids a break. They are not paid professionals, but kids that have trained for four years. They did make it to the medal round. Do we have to criticize everything?

  39. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    It’s going to be snowing more tomorrow, lol. I love it (NOT) – a 36 hour winter warning for Long Island/NYC..

  40. Triple short of a Cycle February 24th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Erica,

    I just have no interest in 95 percent of the events at the Olympics. Also I have a hard time watching non live sporting events.

    Not that I was aware of it at the time but to me the Olympics lost a lot of its appeal after the Cold War ended. No evil empire to rally around against

  41. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I have no issues with the USA winning a medal on the relays. The USA has gotten shafted on plenty of occassions, such as the ’72 basketball team, the runners that were going for the gold but were tripped, Steve Prefontaine getting repeatedly elbowed by Lasse Viren.

  42. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    pat
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:30 pm
    GB

    The ‘75 team- Bench, Perez, Morgan, Concepcion and Rose was the closest competition I heard. There may have been 1 or 2 others that I missed them talking about.

    ————————————————————

    Just on power, the ’07 Brewers had Fielder with 50, Braun with 34, 15 by Weeks at second and Hardy with about 25. The ’75 Reds only had the two .300 hitters in Morgan and Rose and power from two spots, 1st and 2nd. Rose and Concepcion only had 12 homers combined.

  43. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Pat M

    Happy birthday! Tough year is putting it mildly. Put us out of our misery. Ole Roy is taking some heat in these parts.

  44. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    No Evil Empire in the Olympics, but the USA now has to fight the Evil Provinces (Canada).

  45. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Thank You TarheelYank……Ben Howland is getting a pass due to the fact that 6 players in four years ( all 1st rounders ) left early, too early in most cases….Maybe we’ll meet up in the NIT, it’d be great for the gate and the ratings……Remember, Fasers on stun

  46. blake February 24th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Tarheel,

    I will trade this year for the championship last year, as long as its just this year. Mr. Barnes is on the way which gives some reason for hope I guess. This year can’t be over quick enough however..

  47. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    “I believe that Jeter could hit 35 homers a year if he tried to, though, the average would drop. You watch his homers and they go a long way into the gaps. He’s one of the few right handed hitters that I’ve seen hit a homer into the right field third deck at the old park.”

    ——————————–

    “At his website, HitTrackerOnline, Greg Rybarczyk tracks the actual distance of every MLB home run hit. He categorizes each home run into three categories, based on the distance by which they cleared the fence: Just Enough (JE), Plenty (PL), and No Doubter (ND).”

    “Derek Jeter hit zero No Doubt bombs last year. 10 of his 18 HRs just squeaked over the fence. This ratio, along with age and regression, mean that Jetes is in for a significant decline in HRs.”

    FWIW

  48. blake February 24th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    “Derek Jeter hit zero No Doubt bombs last year. 10 of his 18 HRs just squeaked over the fence. This ratio, along with age and regression, mean that Jetes is in for a significant decline in HRs.”

    I was under the impression that they all count the same as long as they get over the fence. By significant decline what exactly do you mean? He will hit 10-20 homers like he has done every season since forever.

  49. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Pat m
    Roy doesn’t get a pass. Especially since we live with the enemy! And You know how viscious those dookies can be. m is a good example. I wouldn’t want to mess with her. :D

    Since the fasers are on stun, I know exactly where I am going to aim.

  50. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    “Can we please give these kids a break. They are not paid professionals, but kids that have trained for four years. They did make it to the medal round. Do we have to criticize everything?”

    I respect them tremendously. That’s why I’m watching. But they got smoked. There’s no sham in the truth.

    My point was I think given the completely legitimate pride I’m certain they do have, whether or not they’d want to win a medal that way.

    As to you comment – most of my energy here has been DEFENDING a practice that game under attack in regards to its legitimacy.

    What exactly have you concluded I’ve been criticizing?

  51. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    “It would seem the Vulcans are still itching for a fight.”

    Ha! I like it. Just call me Spock.

  52. pat February 24th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    “The Sabathias made sure to score a home with some space to grow, and they’ll be able to use it — Sabathia came to camp with news that Amber is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, joining son C.C. III and daughters Jaden and Cyia.”

    :smile:

  53. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    blake,

    I said FWIW, because I do not necessarily agree with the conclusion or using that information as predictive. It is from a Nomaas article. It does show though that last Jeter’s HRs did not go a long way as was asserted.

    Without thinking about it too much, potentially if Jeter loses just a little bit of power he could see a decline. Personally, I do not feel safe making any predictions on that data without at the very least seeing how many fly balls Jeter hit that just did not make it over the fence.

  54. Tom in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    GB, the ’96 Orioles had an impressive infield too. They all hit over 20 home runs.

  55. Dave F February 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Stuckey,

    They had a bad race. But they were also among the 4 best teams in the world!!! Do we judge them for 1 bad race or celebrate them for what they accomplished! These are not pro athletes but 19 year old kids. Maybe we can cut them some slack?

  56. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    blake

    I agree. There really should not have been any high expectations this year. I know you watched the team early this year, there was a lot of promise, especially to be a good training and experience year. I am not sure we can even take that from this year. The whole collapse is just weird.

  57. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    And if a majority of Jeter’s HRs are just squeaking over the fence and this was something that has been happening the past 2-3 years (which IDK because I only saw the data from 09) or gradually he is hitting less and less no doubters and more and more “squeakers” he does not have much margin for error going forward.

    Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if most of Jeter’s HRs did not just barely make in over the fence in 09?

  58. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    It doesn’t really matter how many HR’s Jeter hits, as long as he’s on base for the thumpers behind him. However, he has hit 10+ HRs every year since 1996 and I see no reason why he wouldn’t again.

  59. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    “Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if most of Jeter’s HRs did not just barely make in over the fence in 09?”

    not really.

  60. Carl February 24th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    pat February 24th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    “The Sabathias made sure to score a home with some space to grow, and they’ll be able to use it — Sabathia came to camp with news that Amber is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, joining son C.C. III and daughters Jaden and Cyia.”

    Grats CC on the fourth!

  61. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    “They had a bad race. But they were also among the 4 best teams in the world!!!”

    Which is why I said, “getting to the medal round is an accomplishment in of itself. Let me amend that to getting to the Olympics is an accomplishment in of itself.

    “Do we judge them for 1 bad race or celebrate them for what they accomplished! These are not pro athletes but 19 year old kids. Maybe we can cut them some slack?”

    At this point i honestly don’t even know what you’re talking about. I believe you’re under a mistaken impression and itching for a fight.

  62. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    blake,

    I agree that Jeter’s “value” to this team does not come from his HRs. But it does matter if he loses power in his bat.

    I also do not think it is a foregone conclusion he hits more than 10 this year. In 2007 and 2008 he hit 12 and 11 HRs respectively. In 2009 he hit 18, but he seems to have taken advantage of that shortened wall to get a lot of those and maybe next year a few more fall just short instead of just over. He is also going to be 36 years old and no player (except for Mo) is immortal. And with Jeter the first thing that will probably go is his power.

    I think he will hit more than 10, but I also think there are reasons he may not.

  63. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Jeter had at least 5 homers over 410 feet. I don’t consider that squeaking one over the fence.

  64. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Jeter isn’t close to being a 35 HR guy. He tried (according to his own admission) to hit more HR earlier in his career and was unable to do it. That’s not the kind of hitter he is, which is fine.

  65. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Lets go,
    there are more reasons that he will hit 10+ homers than there are that he won’t (such as he’s done it every year). He had nagging injuries much of 07 and 08. He was fully healthy last year. I don’t think it will make much difference if he hits 9, 12, or 16 homers as long as he’s getting on base, plays solid D, and leads the team like he’s always done.

  66. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    As long as he continues to hit “clutch” homers, everything will be ok. ;-)

  67. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Jeter can go yard 0 times next year, he can still be my SS.

  68. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Tom in NJ
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:07 pm
    GB, the ‘96 Orioles had an impressive infield too. They all hit over 20 home runs.

    ————————————————————

    I hadn’t even considered them. Not sure of anybody but Ripkin, Alomar and Palmeiro on that team.

  69. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 24th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Aww, congrats to the Sabathias!

  70. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    GreenBeret7
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Jeter had at least 5 homers over 410 feet. I don’t consider that squeaking one over the fence.

    —————————

    Which is why those 5 HRs do not fall under the category of “just enough.” or squeaking over…

  71. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Now that I think of it, you were just joking in that last post about the 5 HRs no considered squeaking over right?

  72. stuckey February 24th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Speaking of which Tarheel, we know Jeter was not clutch because he never got pied.

    I think we need to invent an sabremetric formula that measures this event.

    A pie chart, of course.

  73. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Rich in NJ
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    Jeter isn’t close to being a 35 HR guy. He tried (according to his own admission) to hit more HR earlier in his career and was unable to do it. That’s not the kind of hitter he is, which is fine.

    ————————————————————

    Christ sakes…try reading. I didn’t say he would, I said he could. He has as much power as anyone else, if he altered his swing. Much like Mattingly had no power, until he altered his swing.

  74. Bronx Jeers February 24th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    It’s all good for Jeter.

    The Yanks did a sweet upgrade on the wind tunnel over the winter.

    Now it goes up to “11″

  75. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Rich in NJ
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    Jeter isn’t close to being a 35 HR guy. He tried (according to his own admission) to hit more HR earlier in his career and was unable to do it. That’s not the kind of hitter he is, which is fine.

    ————————————————————

    That’s another of your sites that I don’t give a rat’s behind about. Go drool on it so you can argue about something else. Go dream about the Minnesota Twins.

  76. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    GB7

    “Christ sakes…try reading. I didn’t say he would, I said he could. He has as much power as anyone else, if he altered his swing. Much like Mattingly had no power, until he altered his swing.”

    You continually accuse me of being arrogant and rude, yet I never speak down to anyone the way you do.

    I understood exactly how you meant it, and I simply disagree.

    Mattingly was a pull hitter with incredibly strong forearms, who was able to become a power hitter by generating so much torque that he messed up his back.

    Jeter is an opposite field, contact hitter. He is at his best when he simply put the bat on the ball.

    When he was young, he said he was going to try to put on more muscle to hit more “jacks.” He couldn’t do it.

    I think the comparison is inapt.

  77. Erica - always OPPC February 24th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Good night Yankee people!

  78. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    GB7

    “That’s another of your sites that I don’t give a rat’s behind about. Go drool on it so you can argue about something else. Go dream about the Minnesota Twins.”

    Two replies to one of my posts, huh?

    Site? I have no idea what you are talking about.

    Just more uncalled for rudeness from you.

  79. Chad Jennings February 24th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    pat, that looks like Jose Gil and Austin Romine in the middle of that picture.

  80. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Mattingly was a pull hitter when he wanted to be. The home runs came from an adjustment that Pinella made in his swing. He didn’t get any bigger from 1983 to 1984.

  81. TarheelYank February 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “I think we need to invent an sabremetric formula that measures this event.

    A pie chart, of course.”

    Of course, a most logical solution.

  82. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Well talking to the 2 to for of you is like talking to the same tree stump. It makes no difference.

  83. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Stay classy, GB.

  84. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    ***2 to 4 of you***

  85. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    What website and why is anyone dreaming about the Twins?

  86. Pat M. February 24th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    GB, You took the bait…..

  87. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Romine and Laird, along with Brewer should give the Thunder some, well, thunder in that line-up.

  88. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Jeter has enough power to hit 30 homers but he would have to change his approach and swing to do it and he’s more valuable doing what he does now.

  89. GreenBeret7 February 24th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Pat M.
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:38 pm
    GB, You took the bait…..

    ————————————————————

    Yes I did, Pat, but, I guess it’s because I’m tired and bored. I’ve got to find some old games or movies to watch.

  90. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Pat M.

    “GB, You took the bait…..”

    I wasn’t trying to bait anyone. I merely expressed a dissenting opinion.

  91. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    GB,

    I thought if they put it in big bright letters on the scoreboard that makes something important…Don’t they put the distance of a HR on the scoreboard?

  92. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Jeter could just take the Big Mac approach to hitting homers…you know work hard, shorten your swing, and swing through the ball not at it….its an all natural, organic method really.

  93. Rich in NJ February 24th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Jeter is a great player, but he has limitations. Almost every player does. So what?

  94. pat February 24th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Chad

    Thanks for the ID!

  95. Bronx Jeers February 24th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    “Don’t they put the distance of a HR on the scoreboard?”

    Do they?

    I swear I’ve never seen it.

    Usually I’m too busy jumping around and trying to keep my beer from spilling. Lost a lot of beers over the years. Now they have cup holders so it’s better. Not perfect, but better.

  96. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    The most significant thing put on the scoreboard after a HR is in the Runs column.

  97. lets go yankees February 24th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Bronx,

    I do not think they do it everytime but I have seen it before.

    http://media.photobucket.com/i.....090005.jpg

  98. blake February 24th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve seen them put the HR distance on the scoreboard occasionally but I’ve also seen them put “Will you Marry Me Sally” on there too from time to time.

  99. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Rich in NJ….I really wasn’t making the reference torwards you….I have much more respect for you than that….

  100. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Yankee Stadium is one of the few places that don’t have the “How Far Did It Fly?” or “Tale Of The Tape” postings. The announcers use a chart of distances for the parks, though. YS doesn’t post distances unless they started in 2009..

  101. Rich in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Thanks, Pat M.

  102. stuckey February 25th, 2010 at 1:26 am

    LOl… thank god those fun-robbing debates are over.

  103. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Seems like those fun-robbing debates that Stuckey was reffering to has turned the LoHud into a ghost town…..Last night was draining to say the least……Seemed like playing 1 run doulbelheaders that went into extra innings and lasted into the wee hours of the morning……

  104. Phil the Thrill February 25th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Hey Rich!

  105. Bo Knows February 25th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    What, nobody mentioned that Canada smoked the Russians 7 – 3 in the Olympic Q/F? What they did is hit Ovechkin often in the first period thereby taking away all jump by the Russians. In the third period the polite Canadian fans were chanting Owie in mocking tribute to the Capital fans chant of Ovie. I don’t think he was very gruntled. That Jagr hit was a pretty cheap shot trying to prove a point. Well, he got the point last night. Giving is easier than recieving. Yeehah

  106. blake February 25th, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Buster thinks Jeters new deal will be around 4/80 and that he will finish up his career in RF. I don’t know about the contract part but RF makes perfect sense once his SS days are over.

  107. upstate kate February 25th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    the mlb network guys were split on whether Jeter will change positions…boy that Harold Reynolds loves Jeter…but they all thought he will never play for another team. I hope not.

  108. blake February 25th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I think whether or not Jeter changes positions depends somewhat on how much longer he plays. If he plays 3-4 more years then I think he has an outside shot to stay at SS that whole time but its unbelievably difficult to play SS at a championship level when you’re pushin 40. I think he would be a great RFer if and when the day ever comes

  109. upstate kate February 25th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I don’t want to think about Jeter not playing SS. I love watching that jump throw.

  110. blake February 25th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I don’t either Kate but if down the road I have to choose between watching him in RF vs him retiring and not getting to watch him at all then I choose RF. Let’s hope that’s a few years away.

  111. upstate kate February 25th, 2010 at 7:43 am

    good point Blake. Any idea how long Swish’s contract is?

  112. blake February 25th, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Swish is signed through 2011 I believe. Jeter could slide over to RF pretty easily in 2012 after collecting his 3000th hit as a SS in 2011.

  113. Bronx Jeers February 25th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    All the 35-40 year old shortstops since 1900 with some stats.

    http://rlyw.blogspot.com/2010/.....stops.html

  114. champ809 February 25th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    If Jeter decided that he wanted to hit more homers he would have to begin to turn on the inside pitch and pull it as opposed to inside-outing that pitch for singles.

    He would hit a few more homers but he would suffer a significant drop in batting average.

    If Jeter was a RedSox(the thought makes my brain cramp) player and played his home games in Fenway he’d have a 120-150 more career homers right now. he would hit 10-15 balls 390-400ft in center and right center every year that would be flyball outs or doubles of the wall that would have left Fenway. He also would have won at least 3 batting titles.

    Jeter plays the game to win and as such realized from day 1 that his “job” in the #2 hole wasn’t to try and hit home runs so he never “tried” to hit homers.

    Jeet is the consummate winning player and that begins with being comfortable in one’s skin and supremely confident in one’s talent

  115. Astorian February 25th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Bo,

    I don’t know what you were watching, but that hit on Jagr was totally clean.

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