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Venditte steals the show

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia struggled with his fastball command and left a few changeups up in the zone. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada hit their first spring home runs. Robinson Cano stayed hot with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Zack Segovia took the loss by allowing three runs in the eighth.

But it was switch pitcher Pat Venditte who stole the show.

Swisher said he and the other outfielders were talking to one another when Venditte was on the mound in the sixth.

“We were like, he’s about to switch, he’s about to switch right now!” Swisher said.

Sabathia had no idea Venditte could pitch with both hands. When he came out of he game, Sabathia saw a left-handed pitcher coming in from the bullpen. Then he saw a right-handed pitcher on the mound.

“I was like, maybe that guy got hurt,” Sabathia said.

Venditte allowed one run on two hits and a walk through an inning and a third. Jorge Posada said Venditte promised him he usually has better command. Afterward, Venditte seemed humbled by the experience and said it’s up to him to make himself more than a sideshow. Here’s the audio. I’m out the door on my way back to Tampa for tonight’s game against Toronto.

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51 Responses to “Venditte steals the show”

  1. Erin March 30th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    We were like, he’s about to switch, he’s about to switch right now!” Swisher said.

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

  2. SF_matt March 30th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    how hard does he throw?

  3. Nick in SF March 30th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    The real tragedy is that Jim left for RAB right before this Venditte update… it’s like an O. Henry story but even darker. :(

  4. Erin March 30th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Nick in SF
    March 30th, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    The real tragedy is that Jim left for RAB right before this Venditte update… it’s like an O. Henry story but even darker

    ********************************
    :lol:

  5. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Nick, IRONY, lol

  6. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 30th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Random thought-

    I hate taxes

  7. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    It’s more like a Twilight Zone episode, which is great because I love the Twilight Zone, lol.

    Well, I hope the Venditte can make something of himself in the bigs rather than just be a side show…

  8. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I’m crossing my fingers that Cano can take this play into the regular season. There will be no stopping him if he can improve with RISP.

  9. Matt March 30th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    He works from mostly high 80s from both left and right hands with good command and average to slightly above average off speed stuff. I can’t remember where I read that, maybe a RAB post from last seasons stuff

  10. Erin March 30th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Betsy -Romine wasn’t built in a day
    March 30th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    I’m crossing my fingers that Cano can take this play into the regular season.

    ****************************
    He can do it!! :D

  11. CountryClub March 30th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Betsy,

    Control is being able to throw strikes. Command is throwing the ball where you want to throw it in the strike zone. For example, putting it on the inside or outside of the plate instead of down the middle.

  12. SJ44 March 30th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Nick,

    LOL, classic.

    I love folks who whine about this place then announce they are going elsewhere. As if they are so important, this life changing decision merits an announcement.

    Who cares? If you don’t like posting here, no worries.

    Somehow, someway, we will survive.

  13. Bronx Jeers March 30th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I think I recall that story.

    The Gift of the RAB-bi right?

  14. tk March 30th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    “There will be no stopping him if he can improve with RISP.”

    Last year with the bases empty Cano hit .376, had a .400+ OBP and SLG over .600, for an OPS of 1.017. There were two players in baseball with a higher overall OPS than that last year–some guys named Pujols & Mauer–so I think saying there would “be no stopping him” is pretty accurate.

  15. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Country Club, thanks! Can you have good control and bad command? That seems like an oxymoron.

  16. Ricci March 30th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Steve Phillips is going to be a weekly guest on Francessa’s show this year, FYI.

    Today was his first appearance. I guess Mike wanted to throw him a bone and help him get back in the business…

  17. tk March 30th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    “I love folks who whine about this place then announce they are going elsewhere. ”

    My favorite is when a poster is told that nobody else shares their opinion and they promptly use another screen name to try to make it look like someone actually does agree.

  18. Nick in SF March 30th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    “The Gift of the RAB-bi right?”

    Very well done! A new Passover tradition?

  19. blake March 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I heard Venditte used to be a dominant right hander but Eiland converted him to a switch pitcher then refused to develop him.

  20. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t know Nick – that would be like adding another plague; it’s just not done.

    Steve Phillips and Francesca – a winning combination, lol.

  21. Trevor March 30th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Amazing how people forget or don’t acknowledge how good Robertson is.

  22. Derek Leader March 30th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Robertson is a strikeout artist. I’m assuming everyone is hoping he continues that trend.

  23. stuckey [knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door] March 30th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    “I heard Venditte used to be a dominant right hander but Eiland converted him to a switch pitcher then refused to develop him”

    We already did that joke Blake…:-)

  24. Tim March 30th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I also heard that Eppler said that it was unlikely that they would ever make him choose one hand to throw from.

    Cashman says he respects Eppler’s opinion and wants him to talk to the media and express himself, but he disagrees with a variance of what he said.

  25. Tank March 30th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Phillips picked us to win 100 games

    Didn’t seem too high on Boston… said he didn’t like what they did with their offense in the offseason and they could have some trouble scoring runs.

  26. blake March 30th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    My bad, shoulda figured..too easy.

  27. CountryClub March 30th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Can you have good control and bad command? That seems like an oxymoron.

    ————-

    Absolutely. There are plenty of pitchers that can throw a ball in a 16 inch box, but if they can’t consistenly throw it to one of the quadrants, they’ll get hit. Think about all the times you see a guy give up a homer and then they show the replay and the announcer will say “he just missed his spot”. And you see the catcher reaching from side of the plate to the other. The pitch was a strike, but it was just thrown into the hitter’s wheelhouse.

  28. stuckey [knock, knock, knocking on heaven's door] March 30th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    My favorite, btw, is people who csn’t resist responding to or posting about people who are only hear to disrupt and elicit a reaction (I even refuse to use the word for this behavior).

    These people know they’re being a-holes. THAT’s the whole point. ANY reaction is what they want.

    Ignore them. It is always the best course.

  29. Jerkface March 30th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    There are a ton of guys who pound the strike zone but give up a lot of hits because they aren’t throwing good strikes.

    Carlos Silva for example

  30. California March 30th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    “But it was switch pitcher Pat Venditte who stole the show.”

    *********************

    Stole the show? How?

    By showing us all how mediocre he really is?

  31. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    CC and Jerkface, thanks – I think I’ve got it now.

    I have not forgotten how good Robertson was last year; I’d like to see him do it again, but he’s still right under Mo on my pecking order.

  32. California March 30th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    My predictions (I hope I will be completely wrong):

    Tampa Bay 107-55
    Boston 107-55
    New York 92-70
    Toronto 90-72
    Baltimore 85-77

  33. Ralph D'Ambrosio March 30th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    “My predictions (I hope I will be completely wrong):

    Tampa Bay 107-55
    Boston 107-55
    New York 92-70
    Toronto 90-72
    Baltimore 85-77″

    stop abusing drugs man, its not good for you….

  34. Brandon Awesome (B/c I'm 365 + days of AWESOME!) March 30th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    What were CC’s numbers today, just got back.

  35. I like Inge March 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Every team in the same division with a winning record? Is that possible?

  36. Tony in Albany March 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    anybody else just see Pat Venditte get teased on the Sportscenter preview before Around the Horn a minute ago? I love what a curiosity he is, really interesting story to see if he can become more than just that and make it as a genuine major league pitcher…

  37. California March 30th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Good times:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....id=7034363

  38. Trevor March 30th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Tampa Bay 107-55
    Boston 107-55
    New York 92-70
    Toronto 90-72
    Baltimore 85-77

    The Yankees are only going to have 2 more wins then Toronto?
    lmao

  39. kevin March 30th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Does anyone else have the feeling we’re going to get spanked the first few weeks, and especially when we go to Boston to open the season? I’m scared to watch opening day, our starting pitchers aren’t looking sharp.

  40. Betsy -Romine wasn't built in a day March 30th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....tp_350.wmv

    This game would be a good example of control and command; I remember Phil not throwing many, if any, pitches outside the black box that that the Rangers broadcast was showing.

  41. Joba in the pen March 30th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    “Does anyone else have the feeling we’re going to get spanked the first few weeks, and especially when we go to Boston to open the season?”

    No.

  42. SJ44 March 30th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Inge,

    he is just posting gibberish to get a rise out of people. He does it nightly in the game threads.

    Last nights “prediction” was that Tex was going to be out for the season.

    Would have been true if the season ended April 1.

    Absent that, it was just gibberish.

  43. Mark March 30th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    The entire AL East is going to be over .500, with two of them at 107 wins?

    That means the West and Central teams are all going to win 60-70 games?

  44. Jerkface March 30th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    This game would be a good example of control and command; I remember Phil not throwing many, if any, pitches outside the black box that that the Rangers broadcast was showing.

    Forgotten in the times, but after watching that, he got Blalock on 3 straight changes too. His change looked nice.

    Hughes with a solid change = beast

  45. Joe from Long Island March 30th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Looks like the blog is changin’….New post from Jeff, the IT guy.

  46. Bring in the Goose March 30th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    California –

    Great video.

    Check out the pitch location to Carlos. Posada was setup outside, and he hung a slider on the inside corner. Turned out it worked. Robertson was also off his mark to Brendan Harris for the 3rd out.

    Will not forget watching that play unfold from my iPhone in a bar. I ordered a shot.

    Thanks.

  47. RS March 30th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Kevin,

    I would not be surprised if the Yankees get swept at Fenway Opening weekend and went on to have a mediocre or bad April. This is how the team has performed for years.

    The good thing is that the Yankees always pick up speed after the ASB, and their schedule this year heavily favors them in the second half (so don’t be discouraged by a rough April…they have a brutal schedule then but it only gets easier).

    I would also think that coming back from 0-8 last year will make this squad not even blink at a poor showing against the Sox early. They must be used to it by now.

  48. Bring in the Goose March 30th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Kevin –

    2-4 after 6 against the Sox and Rays – I’ll take it, but figure we’ll go at least 3-3.

  49. Peter R March 30th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Not even gonna talk about how wrong those predictions are…..

    I don’t feel bad for Pat at all. He goes out there and plays baseball for a living everyday…and does it a little different from everyone else. Sure it is unlikely that he will make the Yanks ever…but who knows. I expect he will end up stalled at AA or AAA for years.

    I read that he hit low 90s today? Is that true? If he can do that with good control he has a shot somewhere…..

    I am excited to see what they have whipped up for the site. Hope those stupid giant flash ads at the top go away.

  50. yanksince57 - JESUS H MONTERO! March 30th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    edwar the stick has been replaced by a newer oddity – two hand pat :)

  51. laszloseverance March 30th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    I saw Venditte pitch in a game with the Staten Island Yankees two years ago. He was impressive in one inning of work, and, yes indeed, he used both arms, which really impressed the crowd. He allowed no hits or walks and I remember he struck out at least one batter.

    He supposedly throws in the high 80s consistently on the left side and can get up to 92 or so with his right.

    It would be great to see him make the show. There hasn’t been a significant ambidextrous pitcher in the Major Leagues since Moxie Manuel, and he retired in 1908.

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