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The sky doesn’t look good

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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For all of you buried in snow up north, please know that I’m not complaining.

That said, the weather is kind of ugly down here. It’s not especially cold and it’s not pouring rain, but it’s just chilly enough and sprinkling just enough rain to make it uncertain the Yankees will actually workout on the field.

CC Sabathia is scheduled to throw his first live batting practice this morning. He’s supposed to be on Field 1 with Alfredo Aceves. Chad Guadin and Sergio Mitre are throwing on Field 2.

• Chan Ho Park is not here, but the word is that he might arrive later today and be in uniform tomorrow.

• Minor league catcher Neall French is in camp for the day to help catch bullpens and batting practice sessions.

• Pitchers throwing batting practice:
Field 1: Sabathia, Aceves, Robertson, Hirsh, Ring, Sanchez, Segovia, Arias
Field 2: Mitre, Gaudin, Albaladejo, Pope, Duff, Brackman, Sanit

Defensive assignments: Granderson LF, Hoffmann CF, Gardner LF, Laird 1B, Winfree LF, Nunez 3B, Thames RF, Winn LF, Golson CF, Corona 2B, Gorecki LF, Pena 3B, Curtis LF, Russo 3B, Weber RF.

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118 Responses to “The sky doesn’t look good”

  1. Rick February 27th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Chan Ho Park is 10 days behind all other pitchers.
    Hard to imagine he’ll be ready in time to start the regular season.

  2. Carl February 27th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Rick February 27th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Chan Ho Park is 10 days behind all other pitchers.
    Hard to imagine he’ll be ready in time to start the regular season.

    lol wha

  3. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Q&A w/Garcia much appreciated.

  4. anon February 27th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Its really down right lousy in SWF today. Im not sure if Ill be able to go swimming.

  5. SJ44 February 27th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Hard to imagine you have any idea what you are talking about.

    Relief pitchers need 3 weeks to get ready for the season.

    Do the math. He has plenty if time to get ready for the start of the season.

  6. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Posted link on previous thread on AJ and his change.

    Can’t paste, have to run.

  7. blake February 27th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Chad, can we trade jobs?

  8. Chad Jennings February 27th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    blake,

    I would have to know much, much more about you before I agreed to swap!

  9. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    All I want to know is whose 40 man spot does CHOP get.

  10. blake February 27th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Chad,
    I’m a nice guy I promise and I love my job/profession but I’m thinking it doesn’t beat watching and writing about the Yankees every day. Heck ill even give you my little piece of paper that says I know how to do my job.

  11. xxx February 27th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    All I want to know is whose 40 man spot does CHOP get.

    ———————————

    I sure hope it’s the Meat-tray.

  12. Dr. Cox February 27th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    My first official post of the season. Its nice to be back.

    I just wanted to say that the baseball gods surely do work in mysterious ways.

    This past November I worked at the New York Health and Racquet Club on 56th and 6th literally directly across from the Parker Meridian Hotel where many baseball teams, including the Phillies during the World Series, stayed.

    As the Phillies were loading the buses for game 6, I was standing no more than 5 feet away from Chan Ho Park, his wife and two little girls. Well I waited for the little girls to subside and when started taunting and yelling obscenities at Chan Ho Park which made him yell right back at me. We started yelling face-to-face with him in Korean and me in English. He eventually went on the bus. But this altercation had started a HEATED exchange of verbiage between the Philly fans waiting there and the Yankee fans. On the bus, Chan Ho Park gave me the middle finger.

    I was promoted and transfered to our location at 57th and Park but I got a call from my former co-worker saying that Chan Ho Park was staying at The Parker Meridian and working out at my former location before his physical and asking, in broken english, “Where is yeller? Where is the yeller??” My co-worker told him that because he is now a Yankee, I would love him. He smiled and left…left to start training to bring me, you, you and you over there as well, #28.

    Oh, Baseball, you never cease to amaze me. God bless the Yankees. Baseball is back.

  13. Dr. Cox February 27th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    *as a side note, I am not a bad guy for yelling at Chan. This was the World Series, for gods sake. I felt as if I needed to do my part and go the extra mile.

  14. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Funny Dr. Cox aka “Yeller”

    At least you waited for his girls to go away.

    “All I want to know is whose 40 man spot does CHOP get.

    I sure hope it’s the Meat-tray.”

    My vote is for Edwar

  15. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I hate my doctor, lol. I made an appointment with my ENT this morning so I wouldn’t have to keep taking time off from work. I get there and the receptionist tells me that all of my doctor’s appointments were cancelled as he no longer works every Saturday (or something like that). Um, well I never got that call and, in fact, I got a call last night confirming the appointment. The receptionist insisted that the call canceling the appointment was made and I know it wasn’t. If it’s not one thing with this doctor’s office (usually a problem with referrals), it’s another.

  16. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Bodh, I LOVE the idea that AJ worked on his change. Even though even HE questions whether he will actually use it, I suspect he will. First, he was disappointed (somewhat) in his performance last year in terms of walks and record (blaming himself for not taking advantage of a great offense). Secondly, he works hard. Lastly, I think AJ enjoys learning from pitchers he sees up close who have had great success. He worshipped Doc and he seems to feel the same way about CC. I remember a comment he once made about his Florida years when he sort of regretted that that young staff didn’t have any veterans to look to. In a way, he’s trying to learn to really pitch somewhat late in the game because he’s now had those mentors maybe he was looking for early in his career.

  17. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Betsy-

    Maybe YOU should charge your Dr. a cancellation fee ? ;)

    I thought that was what pitching coaches were for ?

    Many of them seem like nothing more than Figureheads, or just technocrats.

  18. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    stuckey
    February 27th, 2010 at 10:17 am
    Randy, you continue to misunderstand. It WAS classless, purposely so. And it wasn’t a joke. I wasn’t trying to be funny. I was making a point.
    And you’re apparently the ONLY person who fails to understood. The outrage you were hoping for is only coming from you and you alone.
    GB made a classless, inappropriate, unnecessary comment (which as we both know, is his norm). That you reserve all your indignation for me yet often comment about GB’s consistent behavior as it’s somehow charming is indicative of their fact his isn’t about objective moral outrage, but instead a personal vendetta.
    Move on…”

    stuckey-

    you seriously want to start it up again this morning and keep the unbelievably disrespectful comment alive that you made to gb7 when you asked him:

    “Exactly what sort of blunt head trauma produces hypocrisy, particularly the kind you don’t even comprehend you’re committing.
    War injury? “- stuckey

    knock yourself out with your comments stuckey.

    they speak for themselves.

  19. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    LOL I wish, MTU

  20. Rich in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    New Rule: Talking about any poster having suffered a head injury of any kind is out of bounds.

  21. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 27th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Maybe YOU should charge your Dr. a cancellation fee ?
    *******************
    MTU,

    I remeber an episode of Seinfeld about that with George and his doctor.

  22. Tom in NJ February 27th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Rich, I agree.

    Heck, we are all Yankee fans.

  23. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    “New Rule: Talking about any poster having suffered a head injury of any kind is out of bounds.”

    makes sense to me.

    New Rule #2: talking about any poster having a war injury of any kind is out of bounds.

  24. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    “New Rule: Talking about any poster having suffered a head injury of any kind is out of bounds.”

    I’m in (which was the point).

  25. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    “New Rule #2: talking about any poster having a war injury of any kind is out of bounds.”

    Ditto.

  26. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Tom-

    “Heck, we are all Yankee fans.”

    It goes a lot deeper than just that IMO.

    This isn’t some frat-boy hazing thing.

    It’s become very personal for the combatants.

    And somehow I wish it would just stop.

    But somehow I don’t think it’s gonna.

  27. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 27th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I wonder how long it will take the “intelligentsia” on this board to figure out that the Melkman is going to have the big season the NYY were waiting for (17-20 hrs, 300 avg. 80-93 rbi,)? What a pity the clutch Melkman will produce for Hotlanta instead.

  28. pat February 27th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Ledger_Yankees Most of the Yankees working in cages underneath the stadium. Mo, however, is throwing in the rain with Edwar.

    Both are skinny enough to put the run between the rain drops theory to the test.

  29. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Speaking of disrespectful statementa, I can’t believe Rich called an Asian pitcher “CHOP” and no one called him on it.

    What’s ALL Asians know karate??? Is that in the implication? What a bigoted, racist assumption.

    Just because Chan HO Par… oh waitaminute…

    Nevermind…

  30. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    How thin is Edwar ?

    So thin that he doesn’t even show up on Radar when he turns sideways. :)

  31. xxx February 27th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    pointless question of the day:

    would you trade Jesus Montero straight-up for Jason Heyward?

  32. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 27th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Bravo Stuckey!!!!! Nothing like catching a hypocritical lib lololol.

  33. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    xxx-

    Does he stay at catcher ?

  34. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    pat
    February 27th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    Ledger_Yankees Most of the Yankees working in cages underneath the stadium. Mo, however, is throwing in the rain with Edwar.

    Both are skinny enough to put the run between the rain drops theory to the test.

    ————————————————————

    How can Edwar Ramirez spend so much time talking to Rivera over the years and not learn anything. You’d think that he’d learn something, even if by accident.

  35. blake February 27th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    “would you trade Jesus Montero straight-up for Jason Heyward?”

    Yikes, thats tough. I say no because there are many more quality outfielders out there that can be had via trade or free agency than catchers. I take Montero especially if he can stick behind the plate but they both figure to be studs.

  36. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Melkman, btw – I agree with you. Still would have made the trade, but I think Cabrera will eventually settle into a productive major league career.

  37. stuckey February 27th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Can we wait one year and see how Romine progresses?

  38. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    GB-

    “How can Edwar Ramirez spend so much time talking to Rivera over the years and not learn anything. You’d think that he’d learn something, even if by accident.”

    What do you mean ?

    His Mo-ness has already taught how to dodge raindrops.

    What more do you want ? ;)

  39. Melkman is in Hotlanta February 27th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Can a huge kid like Montero effectively work behind the plate for the long run? I think that Cashman doesn’t see that picture since he mentioned Jesus as part of a prior trade deal. BTW, Cashman is a beast using Text messaging to the other GM’s. It shows he has more cajones than we ever thought.

  40. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 27th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    GB,

    Maybe Edwar already has learned something and would be even less effective if not for Mo.

  41. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    “Does he stay at catcher ?”

    mtu-

    i know very little about montero because i haven’t seen him, but with the reports of his gift for power and ability to hit, i think the yankees should make a commitment to really pushing his catching.

    as long as he can control the running game of an average mlb team, there’s no reason why he can’t develop the skills to catch. it goes without saying but most of what a catcher does is catch the ball. as long as he’s no so bad that he messes up the pitcher, his bat will be a huge asset to that pitcher winning the game .

    pitchers make adjustments when a catcher isn’t quite as good at receiving the ball as another catcher. they get used to what a guy does and it’s no big deal .

    i do think throwing well is important because then it puts the whole team on the defensive trying to compensate for a weak throwing catcher. motero by all accounts throws well enough.

    with what i’ve heard so far, if he wants to work at it, i see no reason why he can’t be a full time catcher for the yankees.

    i’m really looking forward to hearing that sound when he hits the ball that people have been talking about.

  42. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 27th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Yankee Magazine had a profile on Romine yesterday. He seems like a really good kid; I hope the Yankees don’t trade him.

  43. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Randy-

    My question referred to XXX asking wether or not People would trade Montero straight up for heyward.

    For me the question revolved around Montero’s future catching status.

    If he is in fact able to stick at catcher I would not make that trade.

    Otherwise I think I would.

    A premium CF is worth more than a premium DH, but not more than a premium Catcher IMO.

    I hope he is no worse than Piazza behind the plate, and hopefully considerably better.

    People who have seen and heard him can’t help but be IMPRESSED.

    May he reach his cieling. :)

  44. xxx February 27th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I would say given the amount of time and effort he’s put into bettering himself at the position, Montero stays at catcher.

    Jorge wasn’t a natural-born catcher, either, and despite his shortcomings he’s done pretty damn well behind the dish.

  45. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    February 27th, 2010 at 11:54 am
    GB,

    Maybe Edwar already has learned something and would be even less effective if not for Mo.

    ————————————————————

    Is it even possible for him to be even less effective than he is, now? Trade him to Boston for Pedroia and use Pedroia as a utility infielder/outfielder and relief pitcher. Try to get Boston to kick in enough money to make the deal palpable.

  46. blake February 27th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    MTU, I think the braves have Heyward in RF. Not that he couldn’t play CF but I think RF is his top position.

    Another interesting question: Montero for Strausburg?

  47. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    “Jorge wasn’t a natural-born catcher, either, and despite his shortcomings he’s done pretty damn well behind the dish.”

    5 rings mean nothing.

    all it does is reflect wins.

    lots of wins.

  48. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    XXX-

    If that is the stipulation then I do not make the trade.

    By the way, You aren’t Vin Diesel are you ????????

  49. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 27th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    GB,

    Think you’ve nailed it. Great trade proposal :)

  50. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Blake-

    Get back to me in a year on that one.

    Need more data on Mr. S

    If it were now I wouldn’t do it because I think Montero’s bat is Guaranteed whereas Mr. S isn’t quite as certain.

    That’s just my take.

    Some people feel Mr. S is a lead pipe cinch.

    And would probably do that trade in a heartbeat.

  51. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Montero is much better than Piazza as far as throwing. He just needs a little work on shifting his feet to get to off target pitches better. He doesn’t have the same problems that Romine has and that’s getting his glove in the way of the batter. He’s had 13 errors over the last two seasons on catcher’s interference alone.

  52. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member
    February 27th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    GB,

    Think you’ve nailed it. Great trade proposal

    ————————————————————

    Hopefully, that trade wouldn’t backfire on the Yanks. I’d hate to trade a pitcher like Ramirez for a flash in the pan utility player.

  53. Uncle Ellsworth February 27th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Ok I love Posada but does he really “get” a ring for 1996?
    He gets lumped in with Andy Jeter Mo who all were actually on the 1996 team Jorge wasn’t (8 games 14 ABs). Let’s not re-write history.

  54. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Gb-

    As always, appreciate your first hand knowledge of Montero.

    I am cautiously optimistic on his ability to stick.

    Most of the tools appear to be there and just need refinement.

    The desire and the perseverance appear to be as well.

    Great instructors.

    Wish he had the footspeed to double as a corner outfielder type.

    Oh well.

    Guess I’ll just have to “settle” for a great Catcher. ;)

  55. blake February 27th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    MTU,

    If the predictions are correct, there aren’t too many things more valuable than a Miguel Cabrera type bat at Catcher.

  56. Uncle Ellsworth (Don't Hassle me, I'm Local) February 27th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Anyone notce that cold water drank from a coffee cup tastes better than from a glass? Try it.

  57. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Blake-

    Agree.

    But a Frontline. Dominating. #1 pitcher. Is.

    Is that Mr. S. ????????????? :)

  58. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    MTU, I’m not sure I understand why all of the negatives about Montero’s defense. He’s always been about two years younger than his competion. He continues to learn and improve….just not fast enough for some people, I suppose.

    He’s not likely to challenge Mauer for a Gold Glove, but, how many are? What I like about him is that he works hard to improve and he won’t give up. Then, there’s that bat. Like I mentioned earlier, right now, his issue would be with passed balls, but, that’s footwork.

  59. blake February 27th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    MTU,
    Agreed. Pitchers are more unpredictable and injury prone though. Obviously the Yankees were willing to trade Montero for a proven ace in Halladay but I’m not sure they would for an unproven one. This time next year I’d say we will know a little more what Heyward, Strausburg, and Montero are all about

  60. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    GB-

    Hopefully some time at AAA will take care of it.

    I expect to see him in the ML sooner than most.

    It’s just a hunch.

    But I hope I’m right. ;)

  61. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Blake-

    CorrectaMundo !

  62. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    If all goes well in Scranton, I’d expect a late season call-up for Montero, around 15 September…after the AAA post season.

  63. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “MTU, I’m not sure I understand why all of the negatives about Montero’s defense”

    Gb

    I believe most are just repeating what the press has put out there. Which doesn’t seem to jive with the opinion’s that I would respect much more (yours included).

  64. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Gb-

    I’m thinking sooner.

    But hey, I’m an optimist.

  65. blake February 27th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    GB, I don’t think some people understand that he doesn’t have to be Mauers caliber defensively. He just has to be good enough and close to average. Most people consider Posada below average defensively but he’s been plenty good enough to win championships. A bat like that at catcher would out the Yanks at an automatic advantage over every team but Minnesota.

  66. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Chad whats your opinion on Montero’s defense?

  67. SJ44 February 27th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    If Montero was a Red Sox prospect, none of these so called “prospect experts” would be saying he can’t catch in the majors.

    Sure, he needs some work. However, he’s not a stiff back there. Far from it.

    Only caveat is if he gets any bigger.

    If he gets any bigger, then changing positions is on the table.

  68. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    SJ-

    “If he gets any bigger, then changing positions is on the table.”

    To a position where his power and abilities play well.

    Where would you try him ?

  69. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks, tar. After he left Charleston, I was only able to see him about 15-20 games in tampa, but, the improvement in his defense was remarkable. I only saw two games on the internet once he got to trenton. Working all year with a catcher of Butch Wynegar’s calibre at Scranton is going to be huge.

    I’m sure that Pena will get with Wynegar and Montero on things to work on this spring and into the season. After Romine gets to Scranton late this year or next, he’ll get rid of a lot of his flaws, too.

  70. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    They’ll have to fall in line and genuflect when he knocks down the Green Monster.

  71. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    “Anyone notce that cold water drank from a coffee cup tastes better than from a glass? Try it.”

    uncle ellsworth-

    don’t you know by now that on the blog we don’t let our senses guide or judgements.

    we need numbers.

    i mean, it could be a clean coffee cup , a dirty coffee cup , or a new coffee cup .

    clean coffee cup ( CCC )
    dirty coffee cup ( DCC )
    new coffee cup ( NCC)

    cold water tastes better ( CWTB+ )

    if CCC +DCC+ NCC = CWTB+ it still doesn’t describe the specific situation where girardi comes in his office and has only a dirty coffee cup from the night before.

    he has to make a decision. reporters are coming in soon.
    there’s no time to pull his big book off the shelf.
    is it worth cleaning the cup to get a drink of water or does he just need to go by his gut and go for the coffee flavored water ?

    personally i’m old school.

    i’d just put my mouth on the faucet and get a drink.

  72. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    He could only go three places: 1B, DH or they could attempt to hide him in RF.

  73. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I’m looking forward to the “meaning” of the phrase “Oh, that’s just Montero being Montero.” Awesome !!!!!!!!

  74. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Montero’s always going to be big, but, I expect him to lose some of that weight with a better diet, which will improve with better meal money. He can get rid of the “baby fat”, though he’s anything but fat. Unless he’s gained a lot of weight, I’m not buying the reports of 240 pounds.

  75. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    “If he gets any bigger, then changing positions is on the table.”

    yeah, to tight end.

  76. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Bohdi-

    We don’t really need a FB, or a DH. So I like RF or LF if his footspeed and tracking would allow it.

    I get the impression he isn’t quick enough though.

    Ah, who cares. He’s gonna be a catcher. Right ? ;)

  77. blake February 27th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Hopefully that doesn’t mean the same thing as Manny being Manny.

  78. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    personally i’m old school.

    i’d just put my mouth on the faucet and get a drink.

    ————————————————————

    At least you stopped drinking at the dog’s favorite watering hole, Randy.

  79. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Blake-

    You ought to know better than that.

    I meant hitting light tower shots regularly. ;)

  80. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That’s the plan, MTU.

    LF is out of the question, in YS.

    I really wish we’d start working w/Miranda in RF. What a waste of a bat tailor-made for YS.

  81. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I’d take Manny all day as the DH.

  82. blake February 27th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    MTU,
    I know. He can hit like Manny if he wants just as long as he doesn’t be like Manny. Regular light tower shots would perfectly acceptable behavior.

  83. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Montero’s not fast enough to play in left field at YS. He’d still be below average defensively in the smaller YS RF and the small LF in Boston and Baltimore. They’ll find room for that bat, though.

  84. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    That’s one thing you guys will like about Montero. He’s not a pull hitter. He hits the ball everywhere.

  85. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    “At least you stopped drinking at the dog’s favorite watering hole, Randy. ”

    don’t even mention water holes, until i get some control over my golf ball , the mere thought of water reduces me to bill buckner with a ground ball coming at him.

  86. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Bohdi-

    I am a big fan of flexible and creative thinking.

    Right now I am starting to think that the Yankees need to make some trades because they appear to have surpluses in a number of areas.

    And they obviously have needs.

    Let’s do it.

    Swaperama.

  87. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    “At least you stopped drinking at the dog’s favorite watering hole, Randy. ”

    don’t even mention water holes, until i get some control over my golf ball , the mere thought of water reduces me to bill buckner with a ground ball coming at him.

    ————————————————————

    A rough day on the links, huh?

  88. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    GB-

    “That’s one thing you guys will like about Montero. He’s not a pull hitter. He hits the ball everywhere.”

    And HARD !

  89. Tarheelyank February 27th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    IS there any chance, however miniscule, that Montero makes the team? Any combo of injury, and him just impressing the heck out of the people who count?

    Or would that just be too detrimental to him right now, no matter how much he impresses this spring?

  90. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Tar-

    No and yes.

    But come post-ASB.

    Ah, that’s another matter. ;)

  91. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Right now, I’d think Motero’sonly chance of making the team is if Jorge Posada, Francisco Cervelli, Mike Rivera, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Nick Johnson go out with injuries.

  92. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    MTU-

    i think there’s something to be said for having a home grown player who has been brought up in the yankee system.

    if you trade montero for someone equivalent at another position you lose having a player brought up in the yankees system.

    some players like teixeira get it right away and seem like they have always been with the yankees.

    others never quite fit. i think with an elite talent like montero you give him every chance to continue being a yankee.

    i don’t pay as much attention to the minors as most because most players are there just so guys like montero have someone to play baseball with.

    i think he’s the last guy you trade.

    what you are saying makes sense about having an excess at the position and trading some of the excess from positions the yankees need , but i’d trade the other guys first.

  93. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I’d think ***Montero’s only*** chance

  94. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Randy, just a question here. How do you stop a young catcher from reaching out to catch a pitch and interferring with the batter? That’s a big issue with Romine. They’ve moved him back, but, not only is that not good for the pitcher, but, it hasn’t corrected the problem.

  95. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Randy-

    “what you are saying makes sense about having an excess at the position and trading some of the excess from positions the yankees need , but i’d trade the other guys first.”

    That’s exactly what I meant. Not Montero.

    Trade from strength to fill weakness.

    I’ll let others be the judge of the who for whom.

    The Yankee brass must be well aware of their strengths and weaknesses always seeking to improve upon them.

    as Cash says, “It’s a process” , and the changes are evident and ongoing.

    Cool !!!!!

  96. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Speaking of minor league players.

    Nunez seems to have the bat.

    What is it gonna take for him to have the glove, or will he ?

    Same with Russo.

    Are these guys at their cielings defensively or do they have room to improve ?

  97. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    “A rough day on the links, huh?”

    let me put it this way. i’ve been shooting 72 all week.

    i just have to quit on the 15th-16th hole .

  98. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    ” How do you stop a young catcher from reaching out to catch a pitch and interferring with the batter?”

    gb7-

    i have no idea on that one. that’s kind of odd.

    you’d think it would have gone away by now at the high level he’s at.

    i’ll see what i can find out.

  99. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    “A rough day on the links, huh?”

    let me put it this way. i’ve been shooting 72 all week.

    i just have to quit on the 15th-16th hole .

    ————————————————————

    LMAO. I’m speechless. I don’t even have a funny comment to make. I’m slipping.

  100. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    ” How do you stop a young catcher from reaching out to catch a pitch and interferring with the batter?”

    gb7-

    i have no idea on that one. that’s kind of odd.

    you’d think it would have gone away by now at the high level he’s at.

    i’ll see what i can find out.

    ————————————————————

    I’ve never seen someone commit 13 interference errors in two years, before. It’s like he’s trying to reach out and catch the ball before it gets to the plate.

  101. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    is romine doing it doing when someone is on base and he’s trying to get ready for a stolen base ?

    that seems like it’d be easier to fix than if he’s reaching in on other pitches when there’s no threat of stealing.

  102. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    MTU
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    Bohdi-
    I am a big fan of flexible and creative thinking.
    Right now I am starting to think that the Yankees need to make some trades because they appear to have surpluses in a number of areas.
    And they obviously have needs.
    Let’s do it.
    Swaperama.
    ====

    I think if the flotsam and x-factors we currently have for LF candidacy may result in some sort of move during the season if one of those guys can’t cut it.

    Otherwise, we wait to sign Crawford or someone else next offseason. I don’t know that we have any pressing needs beyond that in the short-term, but I suppose anything’s possible.

    Longterm, I’m waiting to hear that we signed DePaula. Just hoping the thing is moving slowly while we maintain a steady gaze on the prize.

  103. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    MTU
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:30 pm
    Speaking of minor league players.

    Nunez seems to have the bat.

    What is it gonna take for him to have the glove, or will he ?

    Same with Russo.

    Are these guys at their cielings defensively or do they have room to improve ?

    ————————————————————

    The real shortstop talent might be at Tampa, this coming season. Jose Pirela and Nunez could be in a fight for shortstop or super-utility spot in about 2-3 years.

    http://www.baseball-reference......rela001jos

  104. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    is romine doing it doing when someone is on base and he’s trying to get ready for a stolen base ?

    that seems like it’d be easier to fix than if he’s reaching in on other pitches when there’s no threat of stealing

    ————————————————————

    about 50-50, I’d say. he’s got a strong, accurate arm, but, it really kills the staff giving away that many outs. I was thinking footwork, because he has such a huge amount of passed balls, too, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

  105. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Bohdi-

    “Otherwise, we wait to sign Crawford or someone else next offseason. I don’t know that we have any pressing needs beyond that in the short-term, but I suppose anything’s possible.

    Longterm, I’m waiting to hear that we signed DePaula. Just hoping the thing is moving slowly while we maintain a steady gaze on the prize.”

    If things are left too long they sometimes get stale or worse spoiled. All things have a “born on” date, and an “expiration”
    date.

    Even Milb ballplayers.

    Horse-trading takes care of that.

    DePaula. I do not know him.

    Please enlighten me ?

  106. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve never seen someone commit 13 interference errors in two years, before. It’s like he’s trying to reach out and catch the ball before it gets to the plate.
    ===

    I’ll finally be posting on first-hand looks at this kid this year.

    Coincidentally, none of the scouting reports ever mention this. It’s great detail and much appreciated. Patrick Teale is good, but he can only take one so far. (not to start WWIII here, but Teale’s scouting reports on Gardner throw into relief the problem of relying on second-hand sources).

    He was always touted for his “great instincts and fantastic jumps” to go along with the obvious great speed. Well, upon first-hand inspection, this did and does not, to date, hold up against the so-called eyeball test).

    Makes me really wonder when he quotes organization types on Kelvin Duran’s and Eduardo Sosa’s “tremendous instincts and marvelous jumps” in the OF.

    There’s also such a thing as “right viewing”, which is hard to define but you recognize it in other people in the way they talk about this or that player.

  107. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    GB-

    The timing seems good at SS.

    What about a 3B replacement ?

    Where do we stand on that out of the Minors ?

  108. randy l. February 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    a lot of passed balls doesn’t sound good either?

    how many times has he been hit in the mask?

    that may explain a few things.

    oh crap. i violated the new blog policy about head injuries i agreed to.

  109. Bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes February 27th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Jorge Arangure Jr.

    Almost every day for the past year, Dominican right-handed pitching prospect Rafael DePaula worked out with little hope that he would ever sign with a major league team. Last January, DePaula — considered one of the top amateur pitchers in Latin America — was suspended for one year when Major League Baseball determined he had lied about his age. DePaula, despite being saddened by the situation, never quit. And he continues to insist that his given birthdate — April 1,1992 — is correct. He claims to be empowered by what he emphatically says is the truth, despite what anybody –including MLB — says.

    “What he’s had to go through is beyond what any typical kid has to go through,” DePaula’s agent Ulises Cabrera said. “His mental makeup is off the charts. He had to just suck it up and work.”

    On January 8, DePaula’s one-year suspension expired and he once again became eligible to sign with a major league team. Yet that’s not the end of the story. Because DePaula — who had attracted heavy interest from the Yankees and Red Sox prior to his suspension — maintains that the information he submitted last year was correct, there exists the possibility that he may once again be subject to — and fail — another MLB age investigation and be suspended yet again.

    But DePaula has something new working on his side this time around. According to Cabrera, DePaula’s birth information was recently verified by the Junta Central, the Dominican’s official registrar. Within the next couple of weeks, DePaula will supposedly receive paperwork from the Junta that verifies his age.

    “They determined he is who he says he is and that he’s the age he says he has,” Cabrera said.

    There is no guarantee that MLB’s investigators will take this information from the Junta Central as fact. There have been several instances in the past when investigations have ignored the Junta’s findings. But Cabrera said he’s optimistic that MLB will rule in DePaula’s favor this time.
    ====

    Here you go, MTU. This was a doc I made so don’t have original link any more.

    Gotta go pick someone up, but will check in later today. DePaula, as you will see, is a slower process inherently for above reasons.

    The irregularities that gave MLB pause in the first place stem from paperwork regarding DePaula’s registration at an early age, according to several sources. Many Dominicans live in rural areas and as a result many children aren’t born in hospitals. For that reason, it falls on parents to register their children’s birth with local municipalities in order for the government to officially recognize them as citizens of the country. Some children aren’t registered until they attend school.

    In DePaula’s case, MLB’s investigators found that some of the paperwork in his hometown of Villa Mella had been manually altered — in some cases with a Wite-Out like correction fluid — which suggested to them that he had either taken on a different identity or that perhaps he had tried to manipulate his age.

    DePaula’s representatives say that DePaula’s family simply had errored in submitting their son’s name. For that reason, it was necessary for the official documents to be altered because DePaula’s first name was listed as “Rafaela” and not “Rafael.” That irregularity alone was enough to doom DePaula since MLB believed that DePaula was trying to take on his sister’s identity in order to be considered younger. DePaula and his family insist that it was simply a mistake made at the registrar’s office.

    What may be encouraging for DePaula is that it may not be necessary for MLB to approve his age for him to sign. Last year, shortstop prospect Miguel Angel Sano signed with the Minnesota Twins despite MLB not being able to exactly determine Sano’s age. Sano received his visa anyway after the U.S. Consul in the Dominican investigated the situation and did not find enough irregularities to deny his request.

    But as one team executive noted, while Sano — and possibly DePaula — may get their visas this year, it’s not guaranteed they can get them again in the future since any new information arises could change their status.

    Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3, 185 pound DePaula continues to work out for teams. On Saturday, he threw in front of scouts at the Dominican Prospect League All Star game in Boca Chica. He was clocked in the 91-93 mph range by several scouts, though he’s been known to throw as hard 97 mph.

    One executive said he was concerned with DePaula’s drop in velocity. Another executive who has been following him for years said it was not a big deal.

    “I was not too concerned about DePaula’s velo being down,” the executive said. “It was a long day of waiting for him.”

    DePaula is scheduled to pitch again in the Dominican Prospect League on February 3.

    The Yankees and Red Sox still appear to be interested. In fact, the Yankees were the ones who requested the age investigation — a prerequisite for signing a player — from MLB last year.

    “We’re still pursuing this with MLB,” Yankees senior vice president Mark Newman said. “We don’t know if he’ll ever get approved by MLB or whether he’ll even get a visa. We have interest and we’re checking with MLB to see what’s up.”

    Cabrera said he hopes to have DePaula signed sometime in the next 15-20 days. At one point last year — prior to receiving the Junta’s findings — Cabrera was so unsure that DePaula would ever play in the United States that he began to negotiate with teams in Asia. But now Cabrera believes DePaula will receive his visa.

    “This kid has first-round-type talent,” Cabrera said. “He deserves to play. He’s the best Latin American pitcher on the market

  110. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks, Bodh. I’d love to see if he does the same thing at another level. Maybe it’s something that Pena and Girardi can spot and fix this season. Montero has a bit of a problem with this too, just not close to that often. I’ve seen it a lot with the Charleston catchers over the last 3 years or so, but, not to that extent.

  111. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    something that Pena and Girardi can spot and fix this ***spring training***

  112. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    MTU, right now, I’d say that Laird and Lassiter at third right now, with Laird being at trenton in 2010. Not crazy about Suttle’s defense at third base.

  113. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Bohdi-

    Many thanks. Very interesting story.

    Another one to watch for. :)

  114. GreenBeret7 February 27th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    randy l.
    February 27th, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    a lot of passed balls doesn’t sound good either?

    how many times has he been hit in the mask?

    that may explain a few things.

    oh crap. i violated the new blog policy about head injuries i agreed to.

    ————————————————————

    randy, honestly couldn’t say about where the pitches hit, him, but in Charleston, he got the cup rang a few times on pitches in the dirt.

  115. MTU February 27th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Bohdi-

    “There’s also such a thing as “right viewing”, which is hard to define but you recognize it in other people in the way they talk about this or that player.”

    “remote viewing” would be very helpful too. :)

  116. Erica - always OPPC February 27th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  117. Alix Hoffer August 22nd, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Wow, how depressing is that this, not the write-up even so the quantity of sheep who get in to this crap.

  118. Grant Melott September 1st, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Isn’t really that just a Great Blue Heron, or “Great White Heron”?

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