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Austin Jackson returns to Steinbrenner Field

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 19, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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First things first, Derek Jeter is in the Yankees lineup, just as Joe Girardi promised.

There was some concern that he might have injured his hand during last night’s game, but when Jeter walked into the clubhouse this morning, Bryan Hoch asked the quick question that every writer in the room needed to ask.

“How are you feeling?”

“About what?” Jeter said.

The weather? Health care reform? Avatar? The Pavement reunion? It seems safe to say the status of his hand is not weighing on Jeter’s mind.
Thanks to the AP for the picture.

• No Johnny Damon, but Austin Jackson and Phil Coke are each on the Tigers’ travel roster for this afternoon’s game in Tampa. I don’t have a lineup yet, but the other big names making the trip are Rick Porcello, Jose Valverde, Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Inge, Carlos Guillen and Gerald Laird, the brother of Yankees infielder Brandon Laird.

• Speaking of Laird, Brandon is back in the lineup after sitting out a few days.

• Yesterday, Girardi said he thought Damaso Marte would be pitching this afternoon. Turns out, Marte is pitching on the road tomorrow. He’ll work in relief of Alfredo Aceves.

• One other very small change of plans: Ryan Pope is not going on the road after all. His name was circled last night to be part of the Yankees traveling squad, but he will instead stay in Tampa to be available for today’s home game.

• Kevin Russo is getting another turn at shortstop this afternoon. He made an error there last night, but the Yankees need to see him at the position to decide whether he can be a utility man in the big leagues.

• Available Yankees pitchers:
At home: CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Jonathan Albaladejo, Ryan Pope, Eric Wordekemper and Royce Ring.
On the road: Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin, Jason Hirsh, Amaury Sanit and Zack Segovia.

• Scheduled to play off the bench:
At home: C Mike Rivera, 1B P.J. Pilittere, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Kevin Russo, 3B Jorge Vazquez, LF David Winfree, DH Jon Weber.
On the road: C Jesus Montero, SS Reegie Corona, LF Colin Curtis, CF Reid Gorecki, RF Edwar Gonzalez, DH Austin Romine.

• Eight players were added to big league camp for the day, though RHP Wordekemper and OF Gonzalez are the only ones scheduled to play. Other players added to the roster:
At home: C Jorge Liccien, INF Justin Snyder and OF Austin Krum.
On the road: C Ryan Baker, INF Walter Ibarra, INF Jose Pirela, OF Dan Brewer

• He wasn’t listed on either lineup card, but minor league infielder Luis Nunez was also in the clubhouse this morning, so you might see his name pop up in the home game. Probably not, but maybe.

UPDATE, 9:56 a.m.: The Tigers lineup:

Austin Jackson, CF
Clete Thomas RF
Brandon Inge 3B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Carlos Guillen DH
Gerald Laird C
Wilkin Ramirez LF
Brent Dlugach 2B
Ramon Santiago SS

RHP Rick Porcello

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.: Scheduled to pitch for the Tigers: LHP Phil Coke, LHP Andy Oliver and RHP Jose Valverde. Also on the trip: RHP Lester Oliveros, RHP Cody Satterwhite and LHP Adam Wilk.

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127 Responses to “Austin Jackson returns to Steinbrenner Field”

  1. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    How are you feeling?”

    “About what?” Jeter said.

    ************************
    LOL

    Typical Jeter. :)

  2. Alan March 19th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    It’s a mystery why Albaladejo has not been sent down so a pitcher with some Yankee future can be given more looks.
    Maybe he’s being showcased ?

  3. Rich on the 6 train March 19th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Interesting how Curtis is not on any list after making it the second game he would have been the pie guy.

    The Yanks AAA team this year is looking like a very exciting team.

    Would have liked to see the ambidexterous Venditte pitch.

    I guess Kei couldn’t find his spikes this morning and was not included.

    By the way, Romine’s po last night was beautiful.

  4. MTU March 19th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Chad-

    No biggie but you said

    Javier Vasquez at 3b instead of Jorge Vasquez.

  5. Chad Jennings March 19th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Anyone care to guess who the second base umpire is for today’s game?

  6. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Javy is learning a new position in case both Phil and Joba get the starting jobs.

  7. teddy March 19th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    let me guess

    FOSTER

  8. blake March 19th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I think Jeter was just shaking his hand to give the TV guys something to talk about.

    Looks like the away game tonight is on MLB network. Anybody know if the home game will be available on MLB.TV?

  9. blake March 19th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I agree with Chad’s comment last night that I doubt Curtis will make the team but he’s certainly can make an impression if he continues to perform the way he has. If Gardner, Winn, et al struggle then who knows, maybe he gets a call up…

  10. Chad Jennings March 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Jeez. Can you tell the days are starting to run together? I’ve put Jeter in a lineup when he wasn’t playing, I put Pena at short when he was playing third and now I’ve put yesterday’s starting pitcher at third base. At least I’m not driving two hours after this game so that I can cover a second game in Port Charlotte. Oh wait…

    Who knows what I’ll come up with for that lineup? Maybe I’ll put Jeter on the mound, Mitre at short and Joe DiMaggio in center field.

  11. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Chad Jennings
    March 19th, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Anyone care to guess who the second base umpire is for today’s game?

    *************************
    I’m going to take a wild guess and say Marty Foster. ;)

  12. upstate kate March 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    teddy
    you were close on today’s line up :)

  13. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Dimaggio in CF would be nice.

  14. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I had plenty of time to really read multiple Sunday newspapers this week cover to cover and came to the conclusion that the newspaper industry may employ more columnists than they do reporters/ beat writers these days.

    The days of multiple people reporting what happened have been replaced by multiple people interpreting what happened.”

    The reason why this is is pretty simple Pat – cable news and the internet.

    People no longer need newspapers to know what has happened. Newspapers are inherently and and irreversibly behind the news cycle, so more and more they’re focusing on reacting to the news, rather than reporting it.

  15. MTU March 19th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Blake-

    I’d like to see what Jeter could do off the mound. :)

  16. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I don’t think they allow jump-fastballs.

  17. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Jeter was clocked at 90 MPH throwing from SS earlier in his career I once read.

  18. Crawdaddy March 19th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    For those that have DirecTV, both games are on television today with the afternoon game on YES 631 channel and the night game at the Rays on channel 653.

  19. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Keep it-

    If they allow switch pitchers then jump fastballs ought to be allowed. :)

  20. teddy March 19th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    yea, i thought posada counted as infield, he made the trip, have no idea who played rf, that stumb me lol

  21. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    With the jump pitch, Jeter would be like the Happy Gilmore of pitchers.

  22. pat March 19th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Chad

    Sounds like Groundhogs Day has hit ST and Marty Foster’s repeated presence isn’t helping break that. :wink:

    Stuckey

    True. The problem with Cable news and the Internet is the same though. So called “experts” litter the landscape and offer their interpretation of fact rather than just the facts themselves.

  23. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Pat/Stuckey-

    Where is Jack Webb when you need him ?

  24. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “The problem with Cable news and the Internet is the same though. So called “experts” litter the landscape and offer their interpretation of fact rather than just the facts themselves.”

    True too. But that’s become the nature of all of these outlet’s audiences. They’re prefer to read or presented with their favored interpretation of events.

    Cable news has 24 hours to fill, so years ago (particularly politically) they began putting opposition talking heads on screen side-by-side and simply allowing them unmoderated turns to present their talking points.

    People don’t realize the impact this has had on discourse and the very way people are receptive to information.

    It’s begat the “agree to disagree” culture – where ALL things are a matter of opinion and interpretation and there are no empirical truths.

  25. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “People no longer need newspapers to know what has happened. Newspapers are inherently and and irreversibly behind the news cycle, so more and more they’re focusing on reacting to the news, rather than reporting it.”

    Thats exactly right, the problem is that these people went to school to learn how to report the news, not interpret it. Therefore there are many guys out there writing about things they aren’t qualified to write about or give opinions on.

  26. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Blake-

    If they’re gonna allow switch pitchers and jump fB’s then why not allow a Catcher the use of a La Crosse net as addtional equipment.

    It would be very helpful with AJ on his bad days.;)

  27. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    YankeesWFAN Last year I ran into Xavier Nady at Starbucks and met his youngest, Xavier Nady VII. That’s right–the 7th!! about 1 minute ago

    YankeesWFAN This is cool. Former Yank Ted Lilly just welcomed his first child into the world: Theodore Roosevelt Lilly IV. 2 minutes ago

  28. pat March 19th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    MTU

    If they stick with “Just the facts, maam” some media people think we won’t see how smart they are. :wink:

  29. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “Where is Jack Webb when you need him ?”

    You’re be hard-pressed to find a group of people who agree on what a fact even is … ma’am.

  30. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    MTU,
    Yea that would probably help when bad AJ shows up, hopefully he won’t make too many appearances this year.

  31. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Stuckey-

    Consult Aristotle. I am sure he could define it for you, and you would most likely agree. ;)

  32. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Blake-

    Amen to that !

    But look out when 3-pitch
    AJ does. :)

  33. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Blake, I think the Yankees should invest some of their considerable resources to develop a simple bloodtest that can be performed the morning of AJ Burnett’s starts to determine if he woke up that morning “good AJ” or “bad AJ”.

    When they get a negative, they can simply start Aceves.

  34. SportsGeek March 19th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    (double posted… darn (or stronger word..) I hate this “Go to the New Post” business…!! Maybe LoHud should have one post each day for “stream of consciousness” comments, and all other comments should go under the relevant post by Chad/Sam/etc)
    (this comment should go under the “Today in the Journal News- Mark Melancon…”, but since everyone prefers to post under the latest post… (you can tell I don’t like that approach… When I started typing this original post, it would have been under the latest post, but by the time I had thought it through and typed it, it was no longe the latest post.))

    My current guess for Yankees roster- pitchers
    CC
    AJ
    Andy
    Vazquez
    Hughes/Chamberlain

    Hughes/Chamberlain
    Aceves
    Mo
    Robertson
    Chan Ho Park
    Marte
    Melancon

    Losing out
    Gaudin
    Mitre
    Logan
    Albaladejo

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

    SJ, I didn’t know AJ had get togethers, but if he did, I definitely wouldn’t be surprised that Jorge would have attended. They always looked to me like they got along well personally – I’m not sure who AJ doesn’t get along with, if any. Klapisch’s article was a disgrace, but not as much as even the tease I saw from Buster Olney. Mediots are trying to portray this relationship as unfixable. Worse, they are making it sound like AJ and Jorge are lying when they say there are no problems between them.

  36. cr1 March 19th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Jeter would have been unbearable as a SP since he can’t stand inactivity and is easily bored. He would have driven everybody nuts four days out of five.

  37. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Stuckey,
    That’s a great idea! Although it would probably have to be a urine test or the union would pitch a fit.

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

    I’m sorry Russo made that error because he probably has to be perfect at SS to make the team. I like him a lot better than Pena……….

  39. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    MTU,
    3 pitch AJ would be great but I think its more important that strike throwing AJ makes many appearances this year. Funny its like he’s an action figure…good AJ, bad AJ, 3 pitch AJ, battle mode AJ, etc…

  40. jennifer March 19th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Geez Damon is avoiding GMS like the plague. :P

  41. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    The problem is in today’s 24 hour news cycle, non-facts become urban legend fast.

    Before you know it, someone gets tarred unnecessarily, and the team has to deal with a distraction.

    Only the tightness of the clubhouse and the respect Molina and Posada have for each other (they share the same agent) prevented that stuff last year from becoming a huge distraction.

    Go back and read the stuff that people wrote on this blog last year re: Posada. It wasn’t just clueless. It was cruel.

    Members of the media read blogs to come up with story ideas.

    Chad will find out they read this blog everyday for that purpose. So Chad, if you have a story you want to do, don’t sound it out first on the blog. Just write it or one of your competitors will rip you off.

    When mindless stuff, like the Posada nonsense, hits the blogosphere, it’s only a matter of time before it hits the mainstream.

    Girardi realizes he turned a minor thing into a problem last year. Only a strong locker room and two good guys in Posada and Molina kept it from being a bigger distraction than it was.

  42. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Bear in mind the Yankees are the World Champs, and in some circles the freespending evil dynasty.

    OF COURSE the press is going to try to find kinks in their armor. It’s the nature of things.

  43. Bronx Jeers March 19th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I wouldn’t have read the Klap article if it wasn’t posted but honestly, after reading it I felt genuinely excited about Jorge.

    It’s not a defamatory article at all.

  44. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Blake-

    AJ is a Transformer.

  45. upstate kate March 19th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    SJ
    Do you think it is set in stone that whoever goes to the pen (Joba/Phil) is the EIG, or could DRob slip in there, if he continues to pitch well?

    and, any nephew updates?

  46. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I forgot Pie-throwing AJ.

  47. Andrew March 19th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Look at Chad with the Pavement name-drop. Safe to say, I don’t think Jeter is into Malkmus & Co., but he is probably more interested in discussing their music than talking about how his hand feels.

  48. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Blake-

    You also forgot Illustrated Man AJ. :)

  49. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Po takes way too much guff – I think it’s because people don’t like his personality. Oddly, when he was out half of 2008, they missed his fiery leadership. I personally know posters on a certain board that think he was dead wrong for being upset with Swisher for laughing when he pitched in that blow out in Tampa last year. I have zero problem with Jorge in that regard; not wanting to be humiliated is not a bad thing. Joe really hurt Po last year and he hurt AJ. He hurt Po because it made Po look like he was incompetent. He hurt AJ because AJ was made to look like a selfish ingrate – and he’s anything but. He even had to explain himself in the papers because he realized he was wearing the black cap – it was very unfortunate and I believe he was very upset that anyone would think of him that way. Joe should have had more faith in Jorge and AJ.

  50. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Blake-

    And.

    Catch me if can AJ

    “That’s Nasty” AJ and

    Guns n Roses AJ

  51. blake March 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    MTU, there are endless forms of AJ. WS champion AJ is my fav.

  52. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Kate,

    Tony was sent down on Monday and is preparing for the Opening of his season for Bradenton on April 8.

    Hughes or Joba (I think Joba) will open the year as the primary setup guy for Mo.

    Performance will determine staying in that role.

    DRob could see more time in that role if he outperforms the competition.

  53. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Girardi is a numbers guy. AJ and Molina had better success than AJ and Posada. That’s it. That’s all he put into it, and it worked out for the most part. It was nothing personal, it was simply a numbers-driven decision. If I recall he also did the same thing with Moose and Molina (even before posada’s injury)… and Moose went 20-9.

  54. stuckey March 19th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Kate, I’m not SJ, but I’d suggest to you many of the decisions made in regards to the opening day roster will look quite different come the summertime.

    Who knew for instance that Phil Hughes would not only become the primary set-up man, but the best in the game at it?

    We could all put in a guess as to the make-up of the bullpen and the assignments on June 1st and I’d be confident very few if anyone would get it right.

    There will be surprises, by rule.

  55. MTU(aka GBURL) March 19th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Blake-

    And I just turned into

    “Gotta run” MTU.

    Later. :)

  56. ditmars1929 March 19th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Oh dear Lord, the Hughes/Joba debate is already run into the ground. Let’s not start up the AJ/who’s catching him debate again.

  57. blake March 19th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Theres always the Who’s playing LF debate.

  58. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Posada will be catching him this year. That’s the end of the debate.

  59. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Problem is, the numbers don’t suggest that when you look deeper into the numbers.

    AJ had success and failure with both guys.

    In fact, if you look deeper into the numbers, his year was in line with his career.

    There was no significant improvement working with Molina.

  60. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    AJ is just like any pitcher; the way we talk about him, it’s like he’s a speciman under glass. He’s no different than any of the genus Right-handerus Pitcherus

  61. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    AJ is just like any pitcher; the way we talk about him, it’s like he’s a speciman under glass. He’s no different than any of the genus Right-handerus Pitcherus

  62. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    If this debate actually continues… does anyone have stats comparing the two? Whether it be “deep” or otherwise?

  63. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    SportsGeek,

    I’m one of the few that will hop on and read through the threads. So, I saw your first posting.

    All I can tell you is if you want to share something on the blog/and or want a response to it then it needs to go on the recent thread (without the mini-rant/prologue ;) ). You notice I didn’t say “should go on the recent thread”, because even though it logically should go in the correct thread no one will see your thoughts. And even if they do, they won’t respond to it there.

    The thing you hate is what makes this blog so popular (imo). There are no hard and fast rules. It’s pretty pleasant because there’s no blog police telling you, “You can’t say that. It’s not on topic.” The blog host isn’t deleting stuff that’s off topic because the regulars want everything on-topic (even though the regulars drift into all kinds of other inside joke off-topic stuff).

    But I have seen one little (organic) change. If Chad posts a totally non-interesting, obligatory post like, um, single-ticket sales, people will stay on the current thread to continue an intense conversation/debate should one be going on.

    Anyway, good to see you here again.

  64. Frank & Beans GO BiG BLUE CATS March 19th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Chad,

    You are sooooooo funny.. We luv ya!!

    Any opinion on Joe Mauer rumors.

    It would be horrible for baseball if Mauer goes to the Yankees or Boston. He needs to stay with the Twinkies.

  65. upstate kate March 19th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    good point Stuckey. I know its only spring training, but I was impressed w/ DRob, and wondered how definite the EIG role was.

  66. pat March 19th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Betsy

    I know AJ is one of your faves but be fair. His emotional outburst- whether it was directed at Jorge or not- is what set off the controversy so he does get some blame in the matter.

  67. I like Inge March 19th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Chad,

    Why do reporters have to ask Jeter how he is doing when he got his wrist a little jammed? He’s a man. If he has pain its part of his profession. I’d be annoyed if a reporter asked how I was doing because of a little contact on a play at 2nd base.

  68. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Pat, for that one game – yes. After that, no. Girardi made it worse, IMO, then it was.

  69. CountryClub March 19th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    John Sickels recently did an interview with Mark Newman (hat tip to River Ave Blues). Here’s what he had to say on some of the lesser know prospects (check out the full interview though, some good stuff on their strategy):

    SICKELS: Can you give us a few additional sleeper prospects to watch for 2010?

    NEWMAN: One guy we really love is Jose A. Ramirez, who was in the Gulf Coast League last year. He can get his fastball up to 95-96, and he has an outstanding changeup to go with it. When we traded Arodys Vizcaino, we had it in the back of our mind that Jose could turn into a very similar prospect.
    Another pitcher to watch is Adam Warren, out of North Carolina in the fourth round last year. In college we scouted him at 90-92, but in pro ball he was at 92-94, and after a long college season that was a pleasant surprise to see consistent arm strength. He has four pitches, a very solid delivery, and knows how to pitch.
    We also like David Phelps, who we drafted out of Notre Dame (14th round, 2008). Like Bleich and Warren, he throws harder now than he did in college, 92-95 last year. He’s improved his curveball and change, and if the secondary stuff keeps developing he will really emerge this year. He has a clean simple delivery, another thing we like.
    For hitters I’d watch David Adams out of Virginia (third round, 2008). He’s a polished hitter and we really like his glove, he’s right there with Cano defensively.

    http://www.minorleagueball.com.....an-yankees

  70. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I like Inge,

    You’ve got a point. Somewhat. If Jorge was shaking his hand 5 or 6 times after getting jammed, the writers would ask. If Rivera was clutching his lower back, the writers would ask.

    Yes, they’re a panicky bunch, but I don’t think it’s because they care about them on the level we do. ;)

  71. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I don’t know why people (writers) are still making a big deal out of it. Pitchers work better with different catchers all the time. It’s not a crime. Jorge was not the only starting catcher to sit during the playoffs.

    Next!

  72. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    If you are watching Jeter shake his hand, it’s not out of bounds to ask if he is ok.

    If for example, he busted a finger and Chad never asked about it, some of you would complain he neither asked nor reported it.

    Can’t complain about the guy just doing his job. Especially since he’s doing it well.

  73. pat March 19th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Betsy

    No such thing as one game or one action in the media capital of the world.

    One over-reaction in one game is worth 7 years of stories no matter what a manager or anyone else does or doesn’t do.

  74. I like Inge March 19th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    M,

    I see your point. If Jeter turned his ankle real bad or got hit in the head, I see asking him how he is doing but that would be an injury. They shouldn’t ask players about pain.
    I don’t get panicked when guys take a wrong step or jam a wrist. They are strong dudes. They can handle it.

  75. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    CountryClub, thanks! I’ll be on the lookout for Ramirez – everyone seems to love him.

  76. E-gawa March 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I can’t even log on to ticketmaster and it’s not noon yet..

  77. Buddy Bianacalana March 19th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    The Pavement reference was awesome.

  78. I like Inge March 19th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    SJ

    I just think its lame because these guys are not, well I can’t use the word, I want to use but they are not that. It’s about courtesy. Don’t waste the players times asking them how they feel after a little contact play and a little bruise.

  79. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Pat, I still think Joe made the whole situation worse.

    I saw Jeter shake his hand and yes, I was concerned. The fact that Jeter says he’s fine doesn’t mean anything – he always says he’s fine. I’m surprised he’s playing today.

  80. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I shouldn’t have just mentioned Ramirez; the other kids seem promising as well.

  81. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    BryanHoch LHP Damaso Marte pushed back to Sunday. Said lower back is “a little bit sore.” about 1 minute ago

  82. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I like Inge,

    Hard to say, when a jam is just a jam.

    But how about Gardner (no, I’m not saying he was one of the core guys), he jammed his wrist stayed in the game. No big deal, right? Wrong. Broken hand, out 6 weeks.

    Look at CC. I know why he left the game. He was at his pitch count. But everyone was in a tizzy because he got clipped by the ball. On the glove!

    None of these guys want to get outscooped, so they all ask questions. And take turns asking it in different ways. That’s why you’ll hear the guys (Jeter and Phil) laugh.

  83. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Here are the numbers for this debate. Take them for what you will.

    AJ with Posada:
    Games: 16
    Record: 5-5
    ERA: 4.96
    BAA: .270
    OPSA: .776
    K/9: 7.3

    AJ with Molina:
    Games: 11
    Record: 5-2
    ERA: 3.28
    BAA: .221
    OPSA: .659
    K/9: 10.1

    Overall he was 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA, meaning he was 3-2 with other catchers with an ERA somewhere in the low 4′s.

    What this doesn’t show: Who he was facing in each start. Of course he’s had success with Posada. Example being the 15 inning game against the Sox. Posada caught that one and AJ was lights out (minus the 6 walks).

    What this does show is that Burnett had a better success rate with Molina than he did with Posada. He had success with both, he had failures with both, but the rate seemed to be better with Molina, which could be a reason why Girardi used this pairing. He’s a numbers guy.

    And while I’m rambling… Molina was a better defensive catcher and AJ was a bit wild with his curveball. We saw that quite a bit. So there’s a non-stat reason why Molina was picked. No need to demonize Girardi.

  84. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    and by the time i got that post out the debate is over and dead. DELETED.

  85. E-gawa March 19th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    another year, another scam. It’s impossible to buy tickets early.

  86. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Poor Marte – he can never stay healthy. This is not unexpected – I’d be shocked if he wasn’t sore. I’m not sure he’ll get in all his necessary work, so why not leave him down here when the season starts to be sure he’s ready? Then, we can always bring him up…

  87. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Oh! And the reason why they bug Jeter in particular is because he’s a pathological liar about them!

  88. Patrick March 19th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Bit troubling about Marte. He needs to play a big role in this year’s bullpen.

  89. Patrick March 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Keep it,

    Just keep in mind that catcher ERA is completely meaningless.

  90. m March 19th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Didn’t marte get off to a slow start last season, too?

  91. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Which teams did he face with each catcher? That does matter.

    One has to look deeper into raw numbers to draw informed conclusions.

    Also, look at his post-season numbers last year. Some good, some bad.

    That’s my point. That’s AJ.

    The catcher isn’t a tipping point in his performances and haven’t been his entire career.

  92. I like Inge March 19th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    M,

    I would be too if I was Jeter. Asking me how I’m feeling. Come one now what is he girl or a New York Met.

  93. SJ44 March 19th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Mollina had a poor year blocking balls last year.

    A big reason why he lost weight and only could sign a minor league deal in the off-season.

    If he was the defensive player he was in 2008, he wouldn’t have had such a hard time finding employment in the off-season.

  94. m March 19th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I like Inge,

    As a girl, I resent that statement!

    Our tolerance for pain is a lot higher than the boys. ;)

    I get your point, but it’s a game that Jeter and the press play. I think he enjoys it a teeny-tiny bit. Playing the game with them is a small price to pay for a free-pass.

  95. Andrew March 19th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Marte probably doesn’t need as many innings to get ready since he’s not a long man or anything. Plus his problems last year were arm-based, no indications that there’s anything wrong with his pitching arm. A bruised back shouldn’t keep him from being ready for Opening Day. Definitely don’t want to see Boone Logan as the only left handed reliever available come the start of the season.

  96. E-gawa March 19th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Is anyone else having problems even logging on to ticketmaster?

  97. Keep it March 19th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    That was the point. I put raw numbers there. I also put examples that went beyond raw numbers. I just don’t think Girardi should be demonized for his decision to stick Molina in there at times. Why I’m arguing about this I have no idea. Old issue, WS won. Molina gone.

    In no way am I saying that Posada should not catch AJ. I’m looking forward to that, provided AJ’s curveball makes it more than 58 feet.

  98. I like Inge March 19th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Yeah the girl thing might have been overboard. I forgot the whole labor thing. :)

    You got us beat. I take that back.

  99. Ben Linus March 19th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Dont know what you guys are complaining about, got 2 opening day tickets for $22 each + fees.. Logged in at 11:58 and kept refreshing.

  100. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    AJ’s not asking us to make excuses and he’s not making excuses, so let’s not. He believes he had a relatively poor year for him in terms of walks, etc.., so he’s going to try and improve on that. Good for him. He was still a good pitcher and won the biggest game of the year for the Yankees. We could debate his quirks until the cows come home, but the Yankees appreciate what he brought to them….they take the good with the bad, like they do with every player.

  101. jennifer March 19th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I got opening day! I am so excited, I can’t stop shaking.

  102. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    jennifer
    March 19th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    I got opening day! I am so excited, I can’t stop shaking.

    *****************
    That’s awesome!! :)

  103. Alan Slocum March 19th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Some guys play thru injuries (like Jeter) and some guys can’t. The Marte bruise should be truly nothing. No harm being careful in ST, but this should not be a factor (or excuse) in his readiness.

  104. jennifer March 19th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    20 minutes later I can’t stop shaking. i am so happy. Now just gotta tell the boss I am taking off that day.

  105. Alan Slocum March 19th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    AJ is right, he had a relatively poor year. For his first year in the Bronx, I am ok with what we got. But he is our #2 and is being paid to be a #2. He needs to (and I believe will) generate better, more consistent results in 2010.

  106. m March 19th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    jennifer,

    I’m really happy for you.

    Here’s the consolation prize for the rest of you humps. Looks like we get to watch 2 games today!

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp

  107. TheDrB March 19th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Like the majority of pitchers, AJ swings from good days to bad days. What makes him stand out is that his ‘good’ is fantastic. I’m hoping his changeup emerges as a solid option and helps him even out the consistency some.
    As far as the raw stats, I don’t think a concrete case can be made out of them, but a decent circumstantial one can be. Unless there were some real stinko short performances that would skew the numbers.

  108. E-gawa March 19th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    lucky you people.. I’ve been getting page cannot be displayed and now I’ve been waiting “in line” with a time of 10 minutes or less for the past 15 minutes. I don’t know how that works.

  109. burrman March 19th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    mitres pitching well and from watching games the announcers are saying the team really likes what they see. i hope he makes the team. even though gaudin had a great stretch run last year record wise, his ERA was average and i dont think gaudin will repeat his success. id prefer mitre. gaudin is a good arm to have for depth but id take mitre going forward

  110. Pat M. March 19th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Day 2 NCAA…Time to make some money……Can’t believe we’re recycling the Posada / AJ nonsense…..

  111. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 19th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I have no reason to even look at the brackets anymore thanks to Georgetown, lol.

    Pat M, I think we were all beyond that……..except for the mediots.

  112. m March 19th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Great entry today at RAB.

    Sort of a “where are they now?” look at Phil and Joba. I think in the heat of this battle, we really forget how much these 2 kids have been through over the past 3 years.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....now-25339/

  113. jennifer March 19th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    i tried for the last saturday in may came up empty handed. ;-(

  114. BBB Go Go Gadget Gritty Gutty Gardner! March 19th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    anyone else having an AWFUL time getting the tickets they want?! So far i’m 0-for-3 and all i got is obstructed view (how obstructed is the view exactly, pray tell?) seats for a July Saturday FOX game vs Rays. cmon ticketmaster cmon. No wonder Eddie Vedder hates them!!!

  115. BBB Go Go Gadget Gritty Gutty Gardner! March 19th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    however, if this is the price we pay for being the World Champions in a gorgeous still-new Stadium, give me these headaches and having to just troll ebay and stubhub a few weeks before i wanna go, every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

  116. Erin March 19th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    BryanHoch There’s a marching band in center field playing ‘Thriller.’ 2 minutes ago

    Awesome. lol :)

  117. Vicki March 19th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I was on Ticketmaster right before noon, hitting reload until the moment the sale began. I wanted 2 Grandstand tix for a Boston game in August. I had a wait time of less than 1 minute… and they still told me they had nothing available! How did buying tickets for a reasonable price get so difficult?!?!?

  118. Chad Jennings March 19th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    new post

  119. Erica - always OPPC March 19th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    New Thread :arrow:
    Game thread up

  120. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 19th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I’m thinking Porcello is going to be a good watch.

    I’m considering Opening Day but if I do it it will be the same way I did it last year – stubhub at the last minute.

    Jen, where are your seats? Because I have the height thing going on, I’m pretty much confined to lower level or the bleachers. (If you answered this already I apologize; just did a quick skim and saw congratulations to you and then saw why.)

  121. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! March 19th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Guess I won’t be watching much of anything. I have DirectTV now just for Extra Innings (so I have the bare bones package because I get the YES network through FIOS. HOWEVER, Verizon’s YES network doesn’t show Yankee baseball. It shows CenterStage!!! So I have to wait until the season begins to see real baseball, unless it is also on MLB TV.

    Drat.

    :(

  122. Pat March 19th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Just wanted to commend Chad or the Pavement reference.

  123. JeterJobaCanoFan2010 March 19th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    froim that RAB link:

    Despite being just 23- and 24-years-old

    Just to put this in perspective, here is what some well known pitchers were doing at 23, as Joba was last year, and Phil will be this year.

    Roy Hallday 10.64 ERA, 2.20 WHIP

    Johan Santana Still being bounced around between pen and rotation (wow, this happens elsewhere?)

    Tim Lincecum 4.00 ERA in the NL West, 1.27 WHIP

    CC Sabathia 4.12 ERA, 1.32 WHIP (with almost 600 innings of experience between ages 20-22)

    Cliff Lee 10.1 innings to his name

    ====================

  124. Andy March 19th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Haha, nice Pavement mention. I’m surprised to see a few other people here mention them.

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