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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Chad Gaudin has been ready for any role since the day the Yankees acquired him. This spring, he’s trying to “make their decision tough” in the competition for the back of the rotation. He’ll have the first chance to make a first impression when he starts the spring opener on Wednesday.

While the early spring rotation is set, the lineup remains a mystery. Joe Girardi knows where Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez will hit, but the rest is subject to change. The notebook also has items on the rest of the rotation, a wet day in Tampa and the pending arrival of Chan Ho Park.

Sorry for the lack of posts last night. I did not anticipate that dinner with Girardi would last past 9, much less that it would last past 10. Good news is, it’s a sunny morning in Tampa, so there should be some action at the Yankees spring training complex.

 
 

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59 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. bru February 28th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    hellooooooooooooooooooooo

    is anybody out there ??

  2. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Hello bru

  3. bru February 28th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    hello

  4. Erica - always OPPC February 28th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    HI!!!!!!

    In case anyone is wondering, I decided to bake cinnamon rolls as well this morning.

    Who is jealous?

  5. teddy February 28th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    i am

  6. bru February 28th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    i’m not erica

    i am just hoping i don’t go on strike

    i work for stop & shop in ct.

  7. upstate kate February 28th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    mmmmm…cinnamon rolls
    did you guys recover from the snowstorm yet?

  8. Carl February 28th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Johnny Damon wants some rolls. Sorry I had to do it.

  9. Erica - always OPPC February 28th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    upstate kate
    February 28th, 2010 at 8:54 am
    mmmmm…cinnamon rolls
    did you guys recover from the snowstorm yet?
    ****************

    I was out and about all over yesterday. So yes.

    They are cooling now :-)
    Its probably overkill since I also baked chocolate peanut butter brownies last night, but its okay :-)

  10. Erica - always OPPC February 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Carl
    February 28th, 2010 at 8:54 am
    Johnny Damon wants some rolls. Sorry I had to do it.
    **********

    If he would like to go to my aunt’s for brunch, he can have some. I am an excellent sharer!

  11. upstate kate February 28th, 2010 at 9:03 am

    and chocolate pb brownies…you are making me think I have to bake something.

  12. yanksince57 - LET'S GO!!! February 28th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    this is a baseball chat blog? :) no flames please lol.

  13. pat February 28th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Chad

    No need to apologize for missing curfew. You don’t live under our roof. :wink:

    We can be high maintenance at times but entertain ourselves pretty well in the absence of news so have fun and just give us the news and some insights when you have it and we’ll be happy.

  14. Ed H. February 28th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Am I right to assume that everything said at the dinner with Girardi was off the record? If not, I’d love to hear about it, Chad.

    Last night I watched a video of the pre-game ceremony for the last game at old YS. They were well done, with a little overkill on the shmaltz. It brought tears to my eyes more than once.

    It’s funny, but I realize that I don’t share many fans’ wild adoration of some of the stars from the nineties, like Brosius, Tino and O’Neill. I like them a lot, but not to the degree that I adore the Yanks of my childhood, Yogi, Whitey and the Mick. I wonder if baseball fans are like ducks. Do we imprint upon the secure figures of our infancy and stay loyal to them for life, above all others?

  15. Erica - always OPPC February 28th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I am out!!

    I’ll let you know if the rolls & brownies are a success

  16. upstate kate February 28th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Ed H
    interesting observation. My all time fav Yankee is Ron Guidry, but I have favorites from every time period.
    I really enjoyed just about everyone from last year’s team, both on and off the field they seemed like a good group.

  17. bru February 28th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    http://riveraveblues.com/

    nice video

  18. Ed H. February 28th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Kate,

    I really do like the current and more recent Yankees, Jeter, Mussina, Mo and yes, Alex is growing on me too. Brett Gardner is my current favorite. Guidry, Winfield, Donny Baseball and Roy White are in there too. I like them a lot, and yet there’s a glow around the Yanks of the early sixties that I don’t think can be matched.

  19. pat February 28th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ed H

    I understand what you’re saying. Players of your youth do make an imprint on you. The older I get, I appreciate the talent and the play but the emotions behind it for individual players isn’t the same. Now I find myself more emotionally invested in the “underdogs” or the maligned because I root for them to do well.

    The imprint on youth is alive and well though. I know that every time I watch a little league game and see a kid hold up their hand when stepping in the batters box like Derek or swipe at the dirt with their feet like Alex or waggle their bat like Tex.

  20. blake February 28th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Sherman’s article today on Cano is dead on. For the Yankee lineup to be the best it can be it needs Cano to step into that #5 spot to protect Arod. I think he will do it this year.

  21. bru February 28th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    on wfan now they are talking about people collecting baseball cards & what happened to everybodys collections over the years

    one guy said he bought so many packs trying to complete the yearly set

    he lost the cards over the years but said he had between 25-100 ted williams rookie cards

    years later he wen’t to the baseball hof & wen’t into a card shop & saw that a ted williams rookie card was valued at 800.00

    it was mostly the mothers of the boys that threw the cards away

  22. Ed H. February 28th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Pat, your post brought a smile. I’ve still got Yogi’s swing deep in my brain. When I play softball I can’t hit without preparing for each pitch by taking Yogi’s soft swings for timing.

  23. stuckey February 28th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Would anyone like me to break down through the use of logic, critical thinking, and statistical support that brownines are much more yummier than cinnamon rolls?

  24. pat February 28th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    In case you had any doubt, Jesus wants to catch.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....atche.html

  25. pat February 28th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    stuckey

    I can do it in 1 word. Chocolate.

  26. upstate kate February 28th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    stuckey
    I can use my personal observations, I don’t need your stinkin stats…of course it is the brownies :)

  27. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Spock
    Why not just perform a group mind meld.

    I am off on a mission to find bagels. Not an easy task in these parts.

  28. Tom in NJ February 28th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    A just-out-of-the-oven cinnamon roll has a Vorp (Value over replacement pastry) of 70.

    But Brownies do have the higher clutch score.

  29. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    “I am off on a mission to find bagels. Not an easy task in these parts.”

    Panera?

  30. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “A just-out-of-the-oven cinnamon roll has a Vorp (Value over replacement pastry) of 70.
    But Brownies do have the higher clutch score.”

    haha, the only brownies I’ve tasted that match Cinnabon are my Grandma’s

  31. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    blake,

    I actually agree with Sherman as well. Cano should be the #5 hitter in the line-up and Posada 6. But Cano will have to do better with RISP than he did last season.

  32. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Sherman lost me when he included Banuelos in a group of pitchers who are merely supplementary pieces to the Yankees future. I seriously doubt he has any clue who Banuelos is, or Nova or anyone else in the minor leagues.

  33. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Cano should not be the #5 hitter until he improves with RISP.

  34. Tarheelyank February 28th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    blake

    There is a place called bagels on the hill.

  35. Frank February 28th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Betsy:

    Neither Banuelos nor Nova are thought to have high end of the rotation upside.

  36. upstate kate February 28th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Betsy
    I watched the latest Yankees magazine…I think they made that just for you w/ a feature on Romine and on Hughes.

  37. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Betsy,

    Cano is the only guy in the current lineup that can hit righties and lefties well enough to actually provide some protection for Alex. Posada could but for how long and how many games? I would like to see them give Robbie that chance early in the season because the RISP issue is the only thing keeping him from being an elite player. If Cano could grow into that role then this lineup would be unstoppable.

  38. bru February 28th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    i would love to see garcia & brackman get it together

    combine them with hughes,joba & we are in great shape

  39. Frank February 28th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    “Cano should not be the #5 hitter until he improves with RISP”

    Agreed. He should start where he’s normally been(6th or 7th) and demonstrate that he’s ready to step it up. As Sherman’s article indicates, he will have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs from either of those spots. If he starts to succeed in bringing runners home, I’d then like to see him moved up. Maybe June or July? I’d start with Posada there to begin the year.

  40. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:26 am

    “There is a place called bagels on the hill.”

    I was sitting here craving a sweet potato biscuit from Cafe Carolina.

  41. pat February 28th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    “If Cano could ”

    And there in lies the real question.

    Do you make Robbie answer the if before you put him there or do you let him try to answer the if from the 5th spot and risk Alex being pitched around and expanding his zone.

  42. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Frank, that’s definitely not what I hear from Yankee fans who know their minor leagues. I trust them more than I do a Jim Callis or a Keith Law, both of whom (especially Law) I dislike.

  43. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Kate, I think so, lol………I hope they repeat it today because I want to tape it.

    Blake, I’ll give Cano that shot when he earns it….

  44. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 28th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Frank, to clarify, I was really talking about Banuelos. In any case, do you really think Sherman knows anything about any of the Yankees minor leaguers?

  45. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Betsy,

    I don’t think Law’s K/S ratio is very good (knowledge/smugness).

  46. Frank February 28th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “Frank, that’s definitely not what I hear from Yankee fans who know their minor leagues”

    Good point. No way Yankees fans would offer biased opinions.
    Baseball America, BP, Fangraphs and Law, all see him with #3/#4 starter upside. Certainly nothing wrong with that, but nobody thinks he’s a #1 or #2 at the big league level.

  47. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 28th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Hi Betsy,

    Yankees Magazine will be airing at 4PM today so you can set your DVR.

  48. Joe from Long Island February 28th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Good morning, all –

    1. Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls are a true delight, but nothing beats real brownies; why dilute them with peanut butter?

    2. Joel Sherman does have a nice piece on Cano (it would be best all around if he got it together to hit 5th), as well as his tidbits on the young pitchers. Further, it’s beginning to sound like this is Joba’s last, best chance to stay a starter longterm. Between his performance as a starter, to how Phil does, and whether they want/need an inurance policy for Mo, there are a lot of things to consider.

    3. Nice to see the Mets 2010 season is starting off so well, with their plan for everyone to be healthy. First Beltran and his ongoing knee saga, and now Kelvim Escobar, who they counted on to be the ever-vital 8th inning man (despite only pitching 5 innings in the last two years) reports to camp with a bad shoulder. Manuel says they have no idea when he’s going to be ready, and have no hope for him to start the season.

  49. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    “Neither Banuelos nor Nova are thought to have high end of the rotation upside.”

    I think you’re wrong about Banuelos. I think he can be a #2 starter.

  50. Frank February 28th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    “Frank, to clarify, I was really talking about Banuelos. In any case, do you really think Sherman knows anything about any of the Yankees minor leaguers”

    Yeah, I figured as much. As for Sherman, I’d guess he knows as much, if not more, than most of us here do about minor leaguers. With so much interest in prospects, and so info available on line, I think having a working knowledge of the team’s prospects almost has to be part of the job description for baseball writers.

  51. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    “Baseball America, BP, Fangraphs and Law, all see him with #3/#4 starter upside. Certainly nothing wrong with that, but nobody thinks he’s a #1 or #2 at the big league level.”

    All of the above have been wrong too many times to count about prospects. In time, I think Manny will prove them wrong just like Cano has proven BA wrong about him.

  52. NYY_Gossip February 28th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    A-Rod drops “clingy” blonde. Elaine Spottswood is the latest to be in Arod’s rear view mirror. http://bit.ly/a3f32Q

  53. blake February 28th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    “I think you’re wrong about Banuelos. I think he can be a #2 starter.”

    co-signed. I think he could be, doesn’t mean he will but could be.

  54. Frank February 28th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    “I think you’re wrong about Banuelos. I think he can be a #2 starter.”

    Keep in mind, it’s not my opinion. I’ve never seen him pitch. What I said was that the scouting cognoscenti see his ceiling as a 3/4.

  55. crawdaddy February 28th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    “Yeah, I figured as much. As for Sherman, I’d guess he knows as much, if not more, than most of us here do about minor leaguers. With so much interest in prospects, and so info available on line, I think having a working knowledge of the team’s prospects almost has to be part of the job description for baseball writers.”

    Are you kidding?

    Sherman doesn’t track these prospects on a daily basis like many of us do during the course of the baseball season. Many of us attend their games and watch or listen to their games on MiLB network. We worry like Betsy, whenever one of them leaves a game early until we find out why.:) Just kidding, Betsy.

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  57. 86w183 February 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    The joy of prospects is that there’s so much speculation and guesswork that anyone’s prediction might come true and if it doesn’t, who cares? There’s no penalty for guessing wrong.

    As for the lineup, I’m included to go with Cano and Posada in the No.5-6 spots. I’d hit Granderson second unless his futility against LHP returns/continues. Johnson – Swisher – Gardner in the bottom three spots.

  58. randy l. February 28th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    “it’s funny, but I realize that I don’t share many fans’ wild adoration of some of the stars from the nineties, like Brosius, Tino and O’Neill. I like them a lot, but not to the degree that I adore the Yanks of my childhood, Yogi, Whitey and the Mick”

    ed h.

    i feel the same way. we experienced baseball very differently than today’s kids. from the first first signs of spring we were playing baseball. we didn’t have games on tv every night. tv was in black and white. players like mantle, maris, ford, and yogi were bigger than life. mantle especially.

    the majority of kids in america played baseball. our fathers grew up in a time where every town in america had a town team that played on sundays with much of the town turning out.

    baseball was a very big deal. i think a bigger deal than it is now even though we didn’t sit in front of a tv and watch it as much. i’m also not convinced the players are better now than they were then.

    players like mantle were as strong if not stronger than players today. all you have to do is go by the distance of home runs in both eras to confirm that.

    there was much about baseball that was better back then. the players were picked out of a pool that had almost everyone in the country playing for one thing. players could do things that today’s more specialized player can’t.

    i do think that we do identify more with teams of our childhood for the imprinting reasons you mention. it’s a reminder also of our youth. as you get older those times get more and more special.

    every generation gets that from the game. i do however feel that the way we experienced baseball back then was very different than how a twenty something of today experienced it. we has a visceral ,hands on feel that kids today just don’t get unless maybe they are dominican or from another country where they play as kinds the way we did.

    we were less in our heads and more in our bodies back then and i think that was a nice way of experiencing the game. so when we look back to those times, we’re looking at that way of experiencing the game too.

    when i think of mantle, i feel the way he ran the bases with that rhythm that no other player had, the way he drag bunted after hitting an upper deck home run .

    i know the numbers, but that’s not what i remember about mantle and the yankees of that time.

  59. ortforshort February 28th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I’ve got a role for Gaudin – Left Out


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