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Notes from Wednesday

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We ran into some technical issues here at the LoHud Yankees Blog. No one could login to update a post or add a new one, and since that’s a pretty important part of what we do around here, we’ve gone back to the original format. Still hoping to have all the bugs worked out soon.

Speaking of technical issues, Francisco Cervelli has run into some, but it doesn’t seem serious. He felt a little something in his left hamstring yesterday, and so the Yankees sent him for a precautionary MRI this afternoon.

“Let’s be safe instead of sorry because if he had a Grade 1 you’d hate to run him out there,” Joe Girardi said. “He called it a little pinch, but it didn’t bother him. We just decided, let’s go get an MRI just to be sure.”

The plan is for Cervelli to go through the normal drills the next two days — batting practice, catching bullpens — and for him to play on Saturday. The Yankees are only worried about him running the bases, and they aren’t even especially worried about that, just want to play it safe.

Sabathia Chicago Wausau High School Baseball• Turns out CC Sabathia met with some high school players while at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex for yesterday’s game against the Braves. The AP had this picture.

• Phil Hughes pitched pretty well today, but the first inning got a little bit out of hand when four straight batters reached base with two outs. He said the problem was his curveball, which he wasn’t able to bury in the dirt when he needed to. Otherwise, he was pretty happy with the outing. He threw 88 pitches, 61 for strikes.

• Is it possible Hughes’ curveball suffered a setback because of his focus on the changeup? “I don’t think so,” Hughes said. “I didn’t command it all that well today, but I feel like the spin’s been fine on it. I kind of know I can find the feel for my breaking ball as the game goes on, so I really focused on other things. Cutter. Changeup. Fastball command. The curveball is kind of one of those things, it kind of comes and goes for me, but when it’s on it seems to snowball and will be on for a while. The biggest thing for me is being able to throw all four pitches for strikes.”

• The latest on Mark Teixeira: “Tex will play tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I saw him after he did his cage work. He said he felt OK.”

• The latest on Alfredo Aceves: “He’s on target for Friday,” Girardi said. “We’re obviously going to check on how he is tomorrow after today’s activity.” That activity included pitching off a mound.

• Girardi will announce his center fielder tomorrow. Asked if today’s lineup — Granderson in center and Gardner in left — was an indication, Girardi said, “You can make an assumption.”

• Although Girardi indicated yesterday that Joba Chamberlain was unlikely to pitch back-to-back days, Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson and Royce Ring will all make the trip tomorrow with the chance of pitching a second day in a row. “If the situation arises, I will definitely do it,” Girardi said. “I’d like to see it.”

• Mariano Rivera and Damaso Marte will pitch Friday.

• Girardi’s quick take on Chamberlain: “Throwing a lot of strikes. His slider has been better.”

• The Yankees want to make sure Aceves is healthy before settling on their Opening Day bullpen. Boone Logan pitched for a second day in a row this afternoon and struck out Jason Kubel. Royce Ring pitched a hitless inning. “We’re still going to watch a couple of more days, just to see,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’re leaning one way, but in fairness to the guys, they’ve pitched very well and you want to see everything.”

• Position players not making the trip tomorrow: Mike Rivera, Francisco Cervelli, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. The rest of the big league regulars will be there.

 
 

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235 Responses to “Notes from Wednesday”

  1. California March 31st, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    hi chad

  2. California March 31st, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    good work buddy.

  3. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I’m glad Frankie said something and didn’t try to hide it…….that would have made it worse.

    I’m going to watch my tape of the game today, but it seemed from the comments that Phil looked very strong once he got past the 1st inning. I also wondered about the curve and whether his focus on the change caused Phil to sort of lose it. He sounds pretty confident in his curve, but it’s odd that what’s supposed to be his 2nd best pitch would blow so hot and cold. Still, it’s hard be unhappy when the guy is trying to improve all his pitches; so far he seems to be doing a good job of that.

    Lots of good stuff. I’m going to feel badly for both Ring and Logan when they get sent down, but if they continue to pitch well in AAA, I am sure they will be up here at some point.

    Thanks Chad!!

  4. Joe from Long Island March 31st, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Ace, Ring, Logan, Weber, Curtis…Yanks have a bunch of guys who would make the opening day rosters of a lot of teams. Nice depth.

  5. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Good for Cervelli for speaking up right away. I’m glad it doesn’t sound serious.

  6. California March 31st, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I’m being serious.

    Are they paying you enough at this job, Chad? How much is P e t e r making at the Globe (approximately)? Do you know?

  7. S.o.S. March 31st, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Blake,
    A couple years back i bought the Voltrons dvd’s Lions edition. I wanted my little ones to see what a real cartoon was about. They watched a couple and its collecting dust. That Thundercats and the little rascals. I think Voltron would rake in as much as Transformers did.

  8. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Don’t forget Russo, Joe……but you’re right.

  9. Chad Jennings March 31st, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks California. Always nice to be complimented by an entire state.

  10. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=nyy

    The extra outings under extended spring conditions should give Hughes even more opportunities to hone the offspeed offering, which he believes will make him a markedly better pitcher — especially compared to his 2008 version, when he was reduced to just a fastball and curveball due to an injury. He later added the cutter and has been impressed with the progress on the changeup.

    “I’d still like to improve on it, even if I have to go out there and maybe throw some in counts where I normally wouldn’t do it,” Hughes said. “I feel like I still need that comfort level, where it’s going to come later in the year.

    “Just because it’s my last start of the spring, I don’t think I’m done working on it. It’s never a finished process. I still feel like I can mature and throw my pitches in different scenarios, different counts. Now, with four pitches, I can really pitch.”

    ********

    It’s hard not to love these comments. His change wasn’t so great today, but that’s ok; he’s made a ton of progress in a short amount of time.

  11. S.o.S. March 31st, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Chad,
    Are you guys considering some of the few tweeks that some of the posters here thought of which can enhance the new blog format?

  12. Erin March 31st, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Have a good night everyone :)

  13. pat March 31st, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    “Thanks California. Always nice to be complimented by an entire state.”

    Well played. :lol:

  14. Jeff Marx March 31st, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    S.o.S. we’re considering the tweaks, but we need to solve the load issues, before cosmetic ones.

  15. S.o.S. March 31st, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Still hoping to have all the bugs worked out soon.

    ========

    Chad,
    One more thing. Maybe your pictures next to each thread was helping keep the bugs out? Just kidding…

  16. S.o.S. March 31st, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks Jeff. Keep up the good work. Make sure they pay you double time(not sure if thats what they call it as iv always been on commission).

  17. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    California

    Is that you Pete? Do you enjoy looking in the mirror and not being able to see your entire 500 pound being?

    Obesity is unhealthy and you are setting a poor example for your family and all your friends/fans (I know you don’t have any; I put fans/friends there to be kind) :)

  18. Jerkface March 31st, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Nick Johnson took a hometown discount for the Yankees. :)
    Mark Teixeira took a slight discount from the 200 mil the Nats offered (supposedly)

  19. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    California, are you a fan of a medical drama that used to air on NBC on Thursday nights?

  20. Benny Blanco March 31st, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I’m just excited that season is literally right around the corner.

    I have a question:

    Why is that we as fans are so obsessed with the velocity of one’s fastball?

    If a pitcher is getting outs and strikeouts with 91-94 FB, isnt that good enough?

    I understand phil is only touching between 92-93. But if he is changing speeds and commanding all of his pitches, he definitely has the potential to be a an outstanding pitcher.

    In regards to JC, if he can command his fastball and live in the 95-96 range, I strongly believe that he can consistently get hitters out. Isn’t that what we want him to do?

    Sometimes I think we get so seduced by fb velocity that we forget about other factors that come into play..ie. command and settting hitters up.

    Farnsworth threw 98 and he stunk. Look what happen to Eric Gagne. How come zumya cant stay healthy? Is it because there arms cant sustain that type of maximum effort?

    I’m not as knowledgeable as some of you on this blog, so hopefully you can provide some insight.

  21. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    On that penalty kick earlier, Cesc scored with a broken fibula.

    His World Cup may be in doubt.

  22. S.o.S. March 31st, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    California, are you a fan of a medical drama that used to air on NBC on Thursday nights?

    ======

    Lol. my Nocal neighbor. Havnt heard from that person in a longtime. I guess we need to keep an eye out for the wolf in sheeps clothing.

  23. California March 31st, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    It is kind of like getting an email reply from Steve Jobs (who, apparently, occasionally responses to emails sent to Apple support).

  24. hardwired March 31st, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Phil didn’t get much help from his D today.

  25. blake March 31st, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Just finished watching the game. Thought Hughes looked pretty good today. Best fastball I’ve seen from him so far this spring and best cutters I’ve seen him throw.

    The lollypop curve hurt him in the first inning and I think the delay may have thrown him off a bit. I think Phil’s curve has much more bite and is more effective when he throws it closer to 80 MPH, that slow bender just gives the hitter too long to track it and guys are keeping their hands back and hammering it. The ones in the first inning were 72-73 MPh and later in the game he was 76-78 with it from what I saw. The harder ones looked better to me. His delivery also looks a little different to me when he throws his curve..he repeats it so well with the change and cutter but looks like his stride and arm action are slightly shorter with the curve.

    All in all though, what Boone said is right.. He looks the part out there and he has all the tools to be really good. Fastball velocity and command were both good today.

  26. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter March 31st, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Finally leaving work now

    Catch you all later!!!

    (Mr Nick- I will not be looking at the blackberry for work e-mail once i leave here. Any responses should be directed to my Yahoo account which is hopefully working now)

  27. California March 31st, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I’m a fan of The O.C.

  28. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    So many details! :shock:

  29. Pat M. March 31st, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Betsy, I left a comment for you on the last thread, I don’t know how to do the re-post gig…..Nick in SF, I placed a 100 points on the following teams for the 2010 over / under season…..Yanks ( 94.5 ) Over…..Houston ( 77 ) under….SF Giants ( 83 Over……ChiSox ( 82 Over…Twins ( 82 over…..The rest are all 20 point plays, and I’ll post the rest later……

  30. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    California

    When did you become a Sox fan?

    November 2004, with the rest of them, or did you not believe they were for real at that point? So…November 2007?

  31. blake March 31st, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    the website looks the same to me..I must not be looking at the right thing.

  32. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Pat M, good luck, and I will root for your wagers. I still feel good about the Giants, but CB and Patrick were both leaning towards the under, and not just under 83 but under 81.5, which is the # on pinny… hmmmmm… nonetheless, go Gigantes and if I have to show up at AT&T to cheer them on in person I will do it.

  33. MTU March 31st, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Blake-

    “the website looks the same to me..I must not be looking at the right thing.”

    They went back and forth faster than someone skipping rope.

    Needed to work out the kinks.

    New look Manana.:)

  34. blake March 31st, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    MTU, oh so its not supposed to be different now I guess. I haven’t been around here all day.

  35. MTU March 31st, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Blake-

    Correct.

    And I agree with most of your observations on hughes.

    He threw 3 or 4 straight cutters to one batter.

    I like more of a power curve.

    The cutter has more downward break than lateral.

    Would be nice if he could get it to bore in on lefties like Mo.

    The Change makes a power curve better imo.

  36. JS March 31st, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Pat M.- Do you happen to place any futures bets? Some intriguing odds for teams to win the World Series.

  37. CAMERON March 31st, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Chad
    This is a suggestion, ASK NICELY, that the Technical guy leave the blog along. When he post that there will be changes it only causes problems! Even Pete Abe was laughing at the New format.

  38. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Benny, YES guns are wrong…..I think ESPN had Phil at 92-93, which is great since Phil won’t be at his best velocity wise until later int he spring. You’re right, though – people are obsessed. It shouldn’t matter – just watch the reactions of the hitters They will tell you whether the pitcher has good stuff (no matter the velocity). I think his quotes are very encouraging. I don’t know whether it will be this year, but soon he will be an outstanding pitcher.

    Gardner misplayed a ball that should have been caught – otherwise Phil gets out with 5 innings of 2 run ball. Girardi said he liked how Phil toughened up after the iffy 1st inning

  39. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Blake, what did Boone/Nomar/whomever say about Phil? I’m sorry I didn’t tape ESPN, especially since I knew YES would rebroadcast the game later

  40. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Can’t believe anyone’s actually questioning this starting CF thing?

    I would have asked, how long do you expect Brett Gardner to actually remain a starter?

  41. Jim March 31st, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    ESPN had Logan touching 95, 96 on almost every FB.

  42. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Pat M, I’ll go check it out now (by the way, when I want to repost, I just copy and paste – I am a total clod when it comes to technology) – thanks!

    Blake, I wonder if Phil will work on the curve. He sounds really confident in it, though he admitted at times that it blows hot and cold for him.

  43. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I don’t like the uneven schedule for Hughes.

    They have to get cute right away – let him pitch every fifth day and get into a routine.

  44. Pat M. March 31st, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    JS…..I had to play all 30 teams in this league I’m in….You have to spread out 1,000.00 of which you have to place at least 20.00 on a team….The lines are on Vegas Watch baseball over / under futures…..Bombers are heavy fav to repeat…I also play them at 2-1 to win 100 games…..I received some good feedback here which helped me make certain decisions…..Nick in SF….I like the Giants to build upon what they accomplished in 09….CB has concerns about scoring runs, but it’s a low scoring division and they have outstanding starting pitching…..

  45. Chad Jennings March 31st, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I actually really like the new look. As long as the technical issues get sorted out, I think it’s an upgrade.

  46. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Happy birthday to the great Gordie Howe, 82 years young today.

  47. California March 31st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    How did you guess.

    I became a Red Sox fan after the 2004 World Series.

    Victoria Snelgrove was a tragic story. She became a fan after the 2004 ALCS, lost her life, and never got to see a Red Sox World Series. :)

  48. California March 31st, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    How did you guess.

    I became a Red Sox fan after the 2004 World Series.

    Victoria Snelgrove was a tragic story. She became a fan after the 2004 ALCS, lost her life, and never got to see a Red Sox World Series. :)

  49. Cali fornia March 31st, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    How did you guess.

    I became a Red Sox fan after the 2004 World Series.

    Victoria Snelgrove was a tragic story. She became a fan after the 2004 ALCS, lost her life, and never got to see a Red Sox World Series. :)

  50. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Pat M, I laughed when I read the Rotoworld thing. It didn’t bother me as much as it made me roll my eyes, lol. I’d love to hear what your friend has to say both about the Yanks and Phil…….esp. Phil because he’s probably going to reflect what most scouts have to say. I just finished watching my YES tape – Phil just looks like a pitcher out there, very confident. The first inning? The way I look at it is that that will not be the first time, nor the last, that he gives up hits with 2 outs. Young Master Phil has yet to complete his education – he’s probably a year or so away from graduation. He has an awfully good FB and I don’t care if he doesn’t throw 96.

    Bodh, I think the plan is perfectly fine. The Yanks need to save his innings at some point, might as well do it now rather than later in the year. Also, it gives him time to work on his pitches, which is always a good thing.

  51. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    He’s not going to run out of innings, Betsy. Further, he’s going back into into the BP down the stretch.

    I don’t like the stop-n-start stuff with young pitchers. Make it a real five-man.

  52. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on that, but now I see on another board that they are worried about Phil throwing a change and a cutter because Mariano once said the change messes up his cutter…

  53. JS March 31st, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Intresting Pat M. I tend to go with Futures Bets (I like the Mariners at 16:1 if they can add another stick), but maybe I’ll throw some action on a few over/unders.

    Any futures lines that look intriguing to you this year?

  54. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I meant to add a LOL because of all the things to complain about…

  55. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t look upon Hughes as a token fifth starter.

    I expect him to win games for us. Too much cute stuff messes with a guy. Let him pitch in earnest as the fifth guy in the rotation.

  56. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Pat M, I think CB also failed to take into account the likelihood that Mr. McCourt will gain custody of the Dodgers’ offense and Mrs. McCourt will get the defense… poor Joe Torre will need a signed waiver to make a pitching change or insert a pinch hitter…

  57. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Gordon Edes said, get this, that the Rangers have a clear need for a backup 1st baseman and insurance RH DH.

    I’ve never heard that line before (” clear need for a backup 1st baseman and insurance RH DH”), but leave it to Edes to stinksniff with flying colors.

    Apparently, it’s so pressing that the Rangers will pay $3 million for it.

  58. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    LOL Nick……who gets custody of the pitchers?

  59. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Bodh, I think he’ll win some games too, but I don’t see how this is messing with him. He’s just starting ths season a little late…

  60. blake March 31st, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    MTU, I like a power curve more as well. I’ve seen Hughes throw that pitch before. He threw some really good cutters tonight, best I’ve seen him throw this spring considering velocity and movement.

    Betsy, they just said that they thought Hughes looked the part of a starting pitcher and thought he had the potential to be really good. Talked about how they thought Joba could own the set up role etc…they interviewed Joba during one of the innings. He sounded good, like he was embracing the pen role.

  61. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Also, on the season preview of the Red Sox for ESPN Boston.com (that’s kind of redundant), Edes has an article titled “Why Adrian Gonzalez is Boston’s most wanted?” And also “Is Gonzalez destined for the Red Sox?”

    If any NY fan or columnist wrote something like that, they would be attacked for their arrogance and their sense of entitlement, that we dare feel entitled to get Gonzalez.

  62. Flash March 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    JS,

    I don’t like the Mariners at all. In fact I think they are one of the more overrated teams in baseball going into this year. I personally don’t even see them battling the Angels for the division title.

  63. whatever March 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Brian Cashman made an awful mistake trading Melky Cabrera. Why did we have to do that deal? There were other pitchers out there like Ben Sheets who would have been just as good. The Yankees traded a switching hitting centerfielder who makes contact and was very clutch and can play all 3 outfield positions.. the guy is so underrated as a player, he is not a 4th outfielder… his best asset is the fact that again he’s a switch hitter, its a tough match up late in the game because you can’t bring in a lefty and neutralize him.. its such a shame cashman made such a bad move.. and now we are stuck with Randy Winn who looks like an old man and IS PRETTY MUCH WASHED UP.. I can’t even believe he is going to make our team, I am so upset.. We traded Melky for no reason…

    NOT TO MENTION, the prospect the Braves got from the Yankees in the deal has been UNBELIEVABLE.

  64. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I want him in a routine as soon as possible.

  65. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    As long as Joe Torre is managing, the pitchers might be placed in protective custody. :(

  66. CB March 31st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Didn’t realize my slight of the Giants would cause such controversy in the McCourt household!

    I’m pulling for the Giants if only because their success may allow us to heal our wounds over the dual ill tidings of the blown matsui for sanchez or cain or lincecum trade and the ensuing penitence incurred which forced the team to sign Randy Winn.

  67. Tarheelyank March 31st, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Just catching up , watching the game now. top 6th. I really like seeing Alex go with that pitch to RF. Phil looked good, Gardner should have caught that. Even though the ball should not have gotten by Swish, he made a great recovery and a strong relay to Cano.

  68. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I believe they are calling it Proctor’s Law at the D.A.’s office…

  69. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    CR9
    March 31st, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Also, on the season preview of the Red Sox for ESPN Boston.com (that’s kind of redundant), Edes has an article titled “Why Adrian Gonzalez is Boston’s most wanted?” And also “Is Gonzalez destined for the Red Sox?”
    ===

    Let me take a stab at it: because Lars Andersson is a phantom of Peter Gammons’ imagination.

  70. Tarheelyank March 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    blake
    Yeah Heels were less bad by 1. They had a long lay-off, hopefully they can figure it out. Is it me, or does there seem to be a big drop off in the level of play in College ball this year? Not just the NIT, but the NCAA as well. IMO Duke has had a very easy road. Speaking of which I saw Smith from Duke today. I wished him luck. Does that make me a traitor? Nah, I looked into his eyes and saw a good kid.

  71. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    “Brian Cashman made an awful mistake trading Melky Cabrera”
    —————————————————

    hahhaahaahahaahahahahahahahaha. Hahhahahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahaahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  72. Pat M. March 31st, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    JS, I think the best wager is on Houston and the unders ( 77 )…..Twins and then The White sox are both at 82 wins…I like them both to win more than 82 games…..Giants I think win the NL West ( 83 )

  73. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    CB, the X factor is that you and Patrick are apparently both aware of Brian Sabean’s plan to destroy Buster Posey’s present and future. :(

  74. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    As Yankees fans, every one of us should pull hard for the Padres this year to remain serious contenders for the West.

    It would be very valuable if Gonzalez was not on the trade market for the Red Sox to receive for nothing.

  75. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    The Yankees traded a switching hitting centerfielder who makes contact and was very clutch and can play all 3 outfield positions.. the guy is so underrated as a player, he is not a 4th outfielder…

    =====

    He’s going to play CF vs. LHP, and LF vs. RHP. He’ll also spell Heyward at times. He’ll platoon , no way he’ll be a 4th OF.

    I actually think he’ll unseat Mclouth altogether. Melky’s a better player and on the verge of a breakout season.

  76. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Blake, thanks! He’s making such progress now; he will be really good within a couple of years. I’m glad to see the pendulum swinging back towards him lately. As to Joba, I’m still a big fan of Robertson; if I were to make a pecking order, Robertson would be the set-up guy.

  77. blake March 31st, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Tarheel,

    I agree, its down this year. The future tarheels look pretty good in the McDonalds game. Harrison Barnes is much better right now than anybody on the current Heels team.

  78. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    LOL Nick…I shouldn’t laugh as divorce is not funny.

  79. whatever March 31st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Brett Gardner has proven to be nothing but a 4th outfielder in spring training, WINN IS DONE, THAMES has too many holes in his swing and doens’t scare anyone.. DONT YOU TELL ME WE’RE NOT GOING TO MISS MELKY.

    We could have Signed Sheets for 1 year for what we’re paying Vazquez for 1 year.

  80. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Nick, is it wrong that I laugh when you use the sad smiley?

  81. blake March 31st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    “As to Joba, I’m still a big fan of Robertson; if I were to make a pecking order, Robertson would be the set-up guy.”

    I agree, I would start Robertson off in that role because I think he’s more qualified at this time. If Joba ends up there then great but for a couple different reasons I think they should make him earn it.

  82. CB March 31st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    During his first stint with the yankees as a pitcher, Eiland was mentored by Brian Sabean in the fine art of ruining careers.

  83. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    With a name like Buster, he’s got a good future as a sportswriter.

  84. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    LOL

    Harrison Barnes IIRC, or maybe Harris Barnes, was an alias of a ’24′ character, Habib Marwan!!

  85. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) March 31st, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    “There were other pitchers out there like Ben Sheets who would have been just as good”
    ——————————————————-

    The same Ben Sheets who had medicals the Yankees didn’t like The same Ben Sheets who sat out the entire 2009 season? The same Ben Sheets who gave up 10 runs in one inning this spring and left the game before even recording a single out?

    if you had lived in the 1400′s, you would have made a wonderful court jester. Danny Kaye would’ve been proud

  86. CU Tiger March 31st, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    It’s good to know that Steve Phillips landed not one but two jobs this week- am I missing something or is he really that great of a baseball analyst? I was sort of hoping he would lay low for a year or five.

  87. JS March 31st, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Pat M.- Looks like you got some favorable lines. I liked your under on the ‘Stros, but it’s already moved to 74.5 and the Twins are up to 84. Yanks at 95.5. Limited room for profit there.

  88. whatever March 31st, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    okay then could have signed LACKEY, THERE WERE OTHER PITCHERS OUT THERE BESIDES VAZQUEZ!

    Succinctly stated, Brett Gardner is not a major league caliber baseball player and I seriously doubt he ever will be. He’s a one tool player — he’s fast. That’s it. I feel quite confident that the Yankees would have gladly given the Braves Gardner instead of Melky if the Braves would have taken Gardner. It speaks volumes that the Braves (apparently) wanted no part of Gardner.

  89. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    whatever,

    Yes, we’ll miss Melky.

    Let’s put it this way, if Little B had Melky’s respectable ST numbers right now (.286 with .348 OBP), this whole board would be coming in their jeans, proclaiming him the next Mickey Rivers.

    Having a black hole in the 9 spot is a problem. It’s one thing if that hitter goes .260/.340, but I don’t consider that realistic. As AustinMac observed, you don’t “get away” with a guy hitting .220, even if he is hitting ninth.

    I was slightly encouraged when I saw the attempts to bunt and the hitting through the ball a little more – more grounders and such. But already he’s back to that pop-gun swing.

    The Yankees’ devotion to this guy is puzzling, to say the least, but I don’t think even they are going to let him hang around for too much longer. He has to really show something soon.

  90. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    whatever,

    They would not have taken Gardner.

  91. whatever March 31st, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIGN THIS YEAR HE (Gardner) WILL LOOSE HIS LF POSITION AGAIN THIS YEAR BECAUSE HE CANNOT bat!!!!!!.

    and you know whats say? WHEN HE DOES LOSE IT, WHO IS GOING TO REPLACE HIM? WE HAVE NO ONE!!! NO ONEEEE!! NO BENCH!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS THE BENCH?!?!?!? Any time one of our regs need a rest our lineup LOOKS SO WEAK!!! there is no one on the bench who can fill in and come up big for a 2 week stretch or here of there.. we had more depth lot last, alot more depth.. this isn’t the same Yankees team.

  92. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    “Nick, is it wrong that I laugh when you use the sad smiley?”

    No… I guess not. I mean, it doesn’t make me mad… just disappointed. :(

  93. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    LOL – then Eiland would make a great GM.

  94. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Bohdi-

    I don’t know if you saw the game or not today ?

    At any rate, Miranda put on a hitting clinic out there today. :)

  95. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Blake, yep.

    Nick, lol – I’m sorry; I guess I’m just a mean old lady.

  96. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Ex=Yankee Josh Towers is ready for the season to begin. 13 pitches and 11 strikes. Oh, yeah…5 hits and 3 runs.

  97. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    JS: not all the lines are favorable… Pat M took the Giants over at 83, I see it at 81.5 and 82.5 elsewhere… Yankees at 94.5 is good, they’re at 95.5 at my book.

  98. Smopy March 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Wow CC is fat ! That can’t be good. I wonder if the team checks him often to see if he is pre-diabetic.

  99. igotid88 March 31st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    is this the new blog? looks the same.

  100. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:13 pm
    Bohdi-
    I don’t know if you saw the game or not today ?
    At any rate, Miranda put on a hitting clinic out there today.
    ===

    MTU,

    I was working on a project, but had one eye on the game.

    He has been hitting the ball well all ST, and didn’t have much to show for it. I saw his damage today, lol.

    Just a born hitter, and born to knock down the right-field wall at NYS.

    We need to park that bat in our stadium.

  101. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    GB-

    “Ex=Yankee Josh Towers is ready for the season to begin. 13 pitches and 11 strikes. Oh, yeah…5 hits and 3 runs.”

    Evening GB.

    I guess that’s why his first name is Josh. ;)

  102. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:18 pm
    GB-

    “Ex=Yankee Josh Towers is ready for the season to begin. 13 pitches and 11 strikes. Oh, yeah…5 hits and 3 runs.”

    Evening GB.

    I guess that’s why his first name is Josh.

    ————————————————————

    at least the Dodger bullpen will like him. They won’t be unemployed very much.

  103. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Bohdi-

    I like the bat. And your right about it’s use against the short porch.

    Guess, if NJ went down he’d be a choice at DH.

    Otherwise, no clue ?

  104. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    GB,

    I haven’t had a chance to see Golson make OF plays. I saw ONE, and it was impressive.

    For whatever reason, I’m out of the room, the phone rings, I’m distracted and not looking at the set or computer, etc.

    How good is he? Is he what they claim Gardner is? Does he get good jumps? Just a scrambly guy with compensatory speed? Close well on ball? How is he going to the wall?

  105. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    MTU,

    That, and if God forbid Teix went down.

    The bat is just too good to ignore or put out to pasture. Give him a glove and send him out to RF for some reps. If he can do yeoman’s work out there, bring him up and let him come off the bench, matchups be damned.

    He’s that good.

  106. Tarheelyank March 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Bodhi, MTU

    Miranda deserves a chance. Unfortunately, I doubt it will be with the Yankees.

  107. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    THY,

    I just don’t want to see him coming to the plate at our place in another uniform.

    brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

  108. SMK March 31st, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    The blog looks exactly the same to me on both my cell and laptop.

    Am I missing something?

  109. Boston Dave XXVII March 31st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman hears that Josh Beckett’s contract extension with the Red Sox will be worth $68 million over four years… should be finalized in about a week.

  110. whatever March 31st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Miranda should learn how to play the outfield, he’s a million times better than Winn as a hitter.

  111. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Bohdi-

    IMO Golson has everything that that GGBG has and then some except the bat is not yet proven.

    He is only 24.

    He does not appear to be disciplined at the plate.

    IMO, if he swung at better pitches he would improve.

    Another guy who could profit greatly from the lost art of bunting.

    I think he would project with a lot more power than GGBG.

    Just my 2 cents.

  112. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    GB,

    I haven’t had a chance to see Golson make OF plays. I saw ONE, and it was impressive.

    For whatever reason, I’m out of the room, the phone rings, I’m distracted and not looking at the set or computer, etc.

    How good is he? Is he what they claim Gardner is? Does he get good jumps? Just a scrambly guy with compensatory speed? Close well on ball? How is he going to the wall?

    ————————————————————

    Bohd, Golson can flat out play some center field. He had a little problem early in ST with the sun and wind and made a couple of errors, but, he’s had it figured out since. He’s been hitting well, and man, is he fast. Winfree is another one that’s been impressive in the field and at bat. Golson just might start living up to his 1st round potential this year. Still chases pitches, but, not as bad as I thought he might, given his prior numbers.

  113. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks, MTU.

    Was wondering more about his glove.

    I’ve heard he’s a very good defender but the same is said of Gardner, and I have seen enough in person to disagree with that stance.

    I am so sorry I missed him in center so much when he was in there. Speed alone doesn’t determine good defense, and I have no idea whether this guy is another unqualified burner with no instincts.

  114. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    GB-

    Guys like Golson, Winfree, and my personal fav Curtis are gonna be waiting in the wings at AAA.

  115. RalphieD (OPPC) March 31st, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “Having a black hole in the 9 spot is a problem. It’s one thing if that hitter goes .260/.340, but I don’t consider that realistic. As AustinMac observed, you don’t “get away” with a guy hitting .220, even if he is hitting ninth.”

    .270/.345 last year…

  116. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Bohd, I forgot the Golson/Gardner comparison. Golson has some decent power. Not quite as fast as Gardner, but, as a reference, a little faster than a young Jeter. Tracks well, really goes back on the balls well, much better than Gardner and he can throw.

  117. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Bohdi-

    “I have no idea whether this guy is another unqualified burner with no instincts.”

    I wouldn’t say so.

    Looks solid out there.

    Strong arm also.

  118. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Bohd, Golson can flat out play some center field. He had a little problem early in ST with the sun and wind and made a couple of errors, but, he’s had it figured out since. He’s been hitting well, and man, is he fast. Winfree is another one that’s been impressive in the field and at bat. Golson just might start living up to his 1st round potential this year. Still chases pitches, but, not as bad as I thought he might, given his prior numbers
    ====

    That’s encouraging to hear. How’s the arm? I’m all for fast guys – as long as they can play.

  119. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Strong arm also.
    ====

    Good deal, MTU.

    Thanks, guys.

    BTW GB7 – I believe you have coined a new verb:

    “outlazy”

    Laughed ’til I cried – my GF too, when I showed the post to her.

  120. Patrick March 31st, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    whatever,

    whatever.

  121. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:34 pm
    GB-

    Guys like Golson, Winfree, and my personal fav Curtis are gonna be waiting in the wings at AAA.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, they should be starting in the outfield with Weber as the #4 and part time DH. Should be a speedy outfield. Time will tell about the power and run production from that group.

  122. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    GreenBeret7
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Bohd, I forgot the Golson/Gardner comparison. Golson has some decent power. Not quite as fast as Gardner, but, as a reference, a little faster than a young Jeter. Tracks well, really goes back on the balls well, much better than Gardner and he can throw.
    ====

    That’s quite a report. Are his hitting issues Mesa like? Can he help us soon?

  123. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    Strong arm also.
    ====

    Good deal, MTU.

    Thanks, guys.

    BTW GB7 – I believe you have coined a new verb:

    “outlazy”

    Laughed ’til I cried – my GF too, when I showed the post to her.

    ————————————————————

    Given the level of stupidity that idiot was spewing, I figured it needed a new word.

  124. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I’m going to have to break down and make that 2-hour trip to Scranton and see this kid.

    24 is young. If he can get the bat together, that would be a viable and cheap option for the Yanks.

  125. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    GB-

    “Time will tell about the power and run production from that group”

    Yup.

    Amazing how quickly we may have closed that gap in OF talent if these guys should pan out.

    I hope CC carries over what he started in the AFL.

    He’s not flashy but he seems solid.

  126. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Given the level of stupidity that idiot was spewing, I figured it needed a new word.
    ====

    As Andy Pettitte is fond of saying: classic.

  127. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.1840857

    Hughes took the loss in yesterday’s 4-2 defeat to the Twins, allowing three runs and six hits in 42/3 innings. On a pitch count, Hughes was removed after 88 pitches (61 strikes).

    “I didn’t think his stuff was as sharp as it’s been but I think he found a way to battle through that,” Girardi said. “All the runs he gave up were with two outs and that’s not what you want to see. But his velocity was good, he was attacking.”

    Hughes entered spring training with two goals – to emerge from camp with the fifth starter’s job and a changeup he had confidence in throwing.

    Check and check.

    “I really just feel like now with four pitches I can really pitch,” Hughes said.

    “With those options I’m able to maybe throw some different things that they’re not looking for. As long as I can command each pitch, I feel like I can be pretty successful.”

  128. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Amazing how quickly we may have closed that gap in OF talent if these guys should pan out.
    ===

    Well said, MTU, especially when you consider also the Almontes, Heathcotts, DeLeons, Mesas pushing up through the next era window.

  129. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I like Golson – boy, he’s fast. The Yanks had a good camp, in part because some of these pickups/trades (Ring, Logan, Golson, Winfree) showed more than maybe was expected. Some players are late developers and maybe the Yanks can be the beneficiary of that.

  130. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:42 pm
    GreenBeret7
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    Bohd, I forgot the Golson/Gardner comparison. Golson has some decent power. Not quite as fast as Gardner, but, as a reference, a little faster than a young Jeter. Tracks well, really goes back on the balls well, much better than Gardner and he can throw.
    ====

    That’s quite a report. Are his hitting issues Mesa like? Can he help us soon?

    ————————————————————

    Mesa is more like a young Soriano with the same pitch recognition issues. Sensational outfielder at all three spots, though. Golson’s not on that level. He is only 24 years old and was Phillies #1 pick in 2004 (#21 overall), so, he’s still got time to make himself a good career. strikeouts are his bug-a-boo, though. In the minors, he was basically a 15 homer, 25-30 steal guy with good doubles and triples.

    Golson are both talented, but, Mesa is a 5 tool type.

  131. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Bohdi-

    Did you see the write up posted here recently on
    Slade the Blade Heathcott ?

  132. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Gardner should take a page out of Crawford’s training manual.

    Maddon wants Crawford to learn the art of the drag bunt – figures he’ll net 15 or so more SB. Crawford was spouting like a true believer.

  133. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    MTU,

    Yeah, but as I have a PSP subscription, I was getting that stuff earlier. The arm is supposed to be very good, along with the other skills.

  134. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    BTW,

    Heathcott is expected to be at Charleston, and if I can get away, we’re planning a trip to Lakewood, NJ to see a May series with the Riverdogs.

    I can hardly wait, and would hope to attend 3 games.

  135. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Bohdi-

    I have been complaining all spring about the fact that GGBG is not bunting enough. Drag bunting even less. It would really help his game.

  136. choochoo March 31st, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    The Latest on Brett Gardner: He can’t hit.

  137. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I doubt that NYY still strike gold on both Golson and Winfree, but, I like both of them in what they showed this spring. Both are very good outfielders at all three spots and winfree plays a decent first base. He has more power and a better idea of the strike zone, but, Golson has big speed and some power into the gaps. If only one becomes anything at all, I’d bet on Golson.

  138. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Even Joba couldn’t bail Hughes out today.

    Sad face!

  139. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Mesa heading to Tampa or will you have him again?

    We need this kid to figure it out.

  140. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    choochoo
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    The Latest on Brett Gardner: He can’t hit.
    ===

    Sadly, ancient news. I feel for the kid. He tries so hard and the Yanks love his makeup. But the man just can’t hit.

  141. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I would like to hear more about Brewer.

    GB seems very high on him.

  142. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Nick, Nick – Phil needed no bailing out today. Happy face!

  143. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Bohdi-

    Has the door shut yet on De Paula ?

  144. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) March 31st, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Well, maybe in the first inning; too bad he couldn’t have started the game in the second, lol.

  145. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    Bohdi-
    I have been complaining all spring about the fact that GGBG is not bunting enough. Drag bunting even less. It would really help his game.
    ====

    He’s a species unto himself, that doesn’t seem to understand his non-bunting ways will cause his extinction. I do like him as a PR, though.

  146. choochoo March 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    The more you watch Brett Gardner, the more you are able to draw the conclusion that he’s nothing more than a gimmick.

  147. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Dunno on DePaula.

    Ask Phil Harvard…or is it Phil Yale?…Or Phil Brown….?…Or Phil Princeton…” Or Phil Stanford…’

    Ask Phil Who Went to one of the “No 1 College” (s).

    He’s always giving murky info on this stuff on Pinstripes Plus Forum.

  148. Bob in NJ March 31st, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I do like him as a PR, though.

    Cabrera – I do like him as an Ex-Yankee.

  149. Nick in SF in Larkspur March 31st, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Is Gardner doing anything — or not doing anything — that he has been instructed to do?? Has he declined to bunt when told to?

    I am probably being naive here, but wouldn’t he be bunting more in games if they wanted him to? If someone is at fault here, is it necessarily Gardner?

  150. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    bodhisattva – Destiny Wears Pinstripes
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:51 pm
    Gardner should take a page out of Crawford’s training manual.

    Maddon wants Crawford to learn the art of the drag bunt – figures he’ll net 15 or so more SB. Crawford was spouting like a true believer.

    ————————————————————

    He did try to drag a bunt today, but, it’s really tough to drag one past a right handed pitcher. He bunts down third on lefties and first on righties, and he needs to reverse that. The thing that matters right now, is that he’s trying.

  151. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t know about a gimmick – he’s a guy trying to earn a living as a ML baseball player.

    To this point, he hasn’t shown any real other skill than speed. That ain’t gonna cut it in baseball.

    If he were a hockey player, he could play the fourth line and forecheck for 35-45 second shifts. Speed without hand skills can work for fourth line wingers. In baseball, you have to repeatedly come to the plate.

  152. choochoo March 31st, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Gardner is trying? Give me a break. Cody Ransom was trying. Bubba Crosby was trying.

  153. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    He did try to drag a bunt today, but, it’s really tough to drag one past a right handed pitcher. He bunts down third on lefties and first on righties, and he needs to reverse that. The thing that matters right now, is that he’s trying.
    ===

    Missed that. I taped the game to rewatch, as I missed chunks of it. Not sure why Gardner doesn’t have fundamental information that could key his ML survival. It’s good he’s tryin.’ It makes you wince to see a kid fail repeatedly, has to be killing him.

    He needs a string of hits or something.

  154. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    He had made an attempt to bunt more earlier and his swing was more level.

    He seems to have again lapsed back into getting underneath the baseball – that is not going to help his cause. Bad habits apparently formed over a long stretch of time with no one minding the store.

  155. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    I would like to hear more about Brewer.

    GB seems very high on him.

    ————————————————————

    Brewer is a very good corner outfielder, but he can play a good center and has played 1st and 3rd. good arm and a line drive hitting machine…lots of doubles and triples in the gaps, given his number of at bats…very good speed. The power should come around more, but, again, he’s not likely to hit 20-30. High average hitter and he walks. Needs to increase his power or cut down on the strikeouts, though.

    He’ll start the season at AA at age 22. He’s moving fast with just a year and a half of pro ball.

  156. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    March 31st, 2010 at 11:08 pm
    Gardner is trying? Give me a break. Cody Ransom was trying. Bubba Crosby was trying.
    ===

    What’s your point?

    He’s got another gear he can’t be bothered reaching?

    Yeah those guys were trying. They got their shot. He may or may not go their way.

  157. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Yeah, I am going to get an eyeful of Brewer this year :D .

  158. tampayank March 31st, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Melky is trying :(

  159. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    GB-

    I know you have talked about Brewer before but your enthusiasm was a bit contagious.

    Thanks for the repeat.

    A guy who has looked really good this spring is Chan Ho Park.

    May prove valuable especially if Aceves has
    more trouble with his back.

  160. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Nick in SF in Larkspur
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    Is Gardner doing anything — or not doing anything — that he has been instructed to do?? Has he declined to bunt when told to?
    I am probably being naive here, but wouldn’t he be bunting more in games if they wanted him to? If someone is at fault here, is it necessarily Gardner?
    ====

    Nick,

    I’m more interested in learning why a guy with his skill set “got away” from bunting and arrives in the majors with a power hitter’s swing.

  161. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    tampayank
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:17 pm
    Melky is trying
    ===

    He is, and Bobby Cox loves him. Prediction: he’ll be the regular CF there before long.

  162. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    that’s one thing i cannot stand about brett gardner…. his popup swing, as if he thinks he is a home run hitter.

  163. MTU(aka GBURL) March 31st, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Another guy who may be a fast mover is Adam Warren.

    I’m gonna keep an eye open for him.

    Same with another fav of mine. Z-Mac.

    The Yankees have a real logjam developing at the upper levels of the minors now.

    And you know what.

    I like it !

    I love It !

    I want some more of it !

    That’s my Billy Ray Cyrus exit.

    Nite all.

  164. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    MTU(aka GBURL)
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:18 pm
    GB-

    I know you have talked about Brewer before but your enthusiasm was a bit contagious.

    Thanks for the repeat.

    A guy who has looked really good this spring is Chan Ho Park.

    May prove valuable especially if Aceves has
    more trouble with his back.

    ————————————————————

    Yeah, Park could be a fortuitous pick-up for NYY if Aceves has issues. Multiple innings if necessary, close or set up. Makes you wonder if Cashman didn’t have Aceves’ health in mind when signing Park.

  165. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    CR9,

    Even guys with more power need to get an awful lot of loft to justify that kind of swing.

    Again, the fact that he’s been in the system as long as he has and has that swing makes you wonder who’s paying attention.

  166. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    bodhi

    Yes. I’ve wondered the same thing, I’ve wondered where Kevin Long is to work with him, but then I say to myself, “these guys are the professionals, they were World Series champions last year, who am I to question them.”

  167. danny March 31st, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    that’s one thing i cannot stand about brett gardner…. his popup swing, as if he thinks he is a home run hitter

    —————–

    agree. he has to stop being so arrogant like a red sox player and realize his limitations

  168. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    i dont think it has to do with arrogance, it has more to do with stupidity.

  169. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    All i know about Sean Black and Warren is from a couple of MILB-TV games and televised college games, but, not enough to say much other than their posted numbers. Black seems to be an Ian Kennedy type.

  170. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    CR9,

    Actually, I’ll question them all I want to.

    But I’ll give you this – if Kevin Long can turn Brett Gardner into a reasonable ML hitter, the man is a genius.

    Mariano just stood up and took his jacket off…he’s making his way toward to bullpen exit door…the first dulcet tones of Enter Sandman are sounded…I’m getting drowsy….

    Good morning, good afternoon, and Good night!

  171. steveoh March 31st, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    What is this, Bash Brett Gardner Night?

    I don’t think he’s ever going to hit much either, but ffs the season hasn’t even started yet, and the man did hit .270/.345 last year.

  172. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    SSS!!!

    Adios.

  173. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    bodhi

    I didnt tell you that you couldnt question them, i just said that i dont question them, mainly because i dont understand the fundamentals of a swing.

  174. danny March 31st, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    ok lets meet half way between stupid and arrogant… he is delusional.

  175. Bingo March 31st, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Trade Gardner to Man City for that Rooney kid

  176. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    danny

    lol. agreed.

    Bingo

    That Rooney kid is really something special. Carrying Man U on his back all season, it’s such a shame for him. Wazza!

  177. pistol pete March 31st, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    The left field competition was too much for me to take. Hoffman was sent packing after hitting less than 100, Winn hit 230 with no power, Thames hit 150 with a couple hr’s, and Gardner hit 204 with no power. Left field is a joke, a real joke. Cashman and Boras should be ashamed of themselves for screwing up Damon’s situation. We’ll be trading for a bat by June. The Yankees should have just inched the budget up a bit, swallowed their pride, and just for God’s sake have signed Damon. With both Damon and Matsui gone we’ve lost too much experience, too much late inning clutch hitting, too much power, and too much lefty vs lefty success. Agree we couldn’t have signed both but one would have been better than none. Damon will be missed, count on it.

  178. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Phil’s FB, especially early in the count, seemed to have nasty late life today.

  179. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    CR9
    March 31st, 2010 at 11:37 pm
    bodhi
    I didnt tell you that you couldnt question them, i just said that i dont question them, mainly because i dont understand the fundamentals of a swing.
    ===

    CR9, understood.

    Of course, I was speaking for myself. I call into question some of the more curious fancies of the Yankees over this years – and the BG thing is this year’s, I guess.

    Have a good one.

  180. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy March 31st, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    In a recent interview Brett Gardner said the athlete he looks up to most is Donovan McNabb.

    Something about how professional he conducts himself on and off the field was the reason.

  181. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Gardner has a better “supporting cast” than McNabb ever had…… ;)

  182. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    pp,

    I think they thought Damon would be re-signed on their terms.

    The Brett thing is in play because that signing didn’t get done. Thus the Yankees protestations about how good Brett is, and this whole trumped up nonsense that he was in competition with Granderson for the CF job.

  183. CR9 March 31st, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    LGY

    I guess that confirms it. Brett is delusional, because McNabb conducts himself on the field with absolutely no professionalism whatsoever. Vomit? Check Taunts crowds? Check? Taunts other teams sidelines? Check Dances around like he has won a Super Bowl or something? Check

    Instead of looking up to Derek Jeter, a true example of professionalism on and off the field, he looks up to Nabb.

  184. Johnny March 31st, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Ok. Now let’s talk about Joba’s maturity before going to bed.

  185. Patrick D. March 31st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Would be pretty funny to see McNabb end up on the Raiders. Poor guy. At least he won’t have the opportunity to choke in the postseason anymore if that happens ;)

  186. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I think Cash came to the conclusion early on that if Damon was going to take a big pay cut, he would only do it with another team.

  187. G. Love March 31st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Just can’t understand how someone can still be a fan of an organization that apparently so egregiously lies to it’s fans about their optimism and belief in their own players and where they might end up on the field.

  188. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes March 31st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Rich,

    I think they were fairly agnostic on Damon all along, but thought he’d be back.

    I’m sure they liked the upgrade defensively in LF when it didn’t happen, but are just crossing their fingers and toes that Gardner’s bat can somehow stay afloat.

    If he can’t cut it, maybe Golson can eventually be the No. 9 guy.

  189. Al March 31st, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I would have put the money from Winn, Thames, and Gaudin towards Damon.

    We released Gaudin anyway, Russo could probably be more useful than Winn, and if we had Damon, we wouldn’t even need Thames or any RH pinch hitter.

  190. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy April 1st, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Interestingly, Gardner also said in the interview that after his poor performance in the playoffs Tom Brady reached out to him. Gardner said they talk almost everyday now about what it takes to perform in a big market. They apparently have become so close that they attend church together and Tom is his first call whenever he needs family advice.

    Apparently Gardner was a big football fan growing up.

  191. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 1st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I like Winn. He can really field and throw, and is a SH. He’s the best of a bad lot, IMO.

    If no one in that group can play, they have months to do something about it.

  192. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:05 am

    bodhisattva

    Maybe so. My comment was largely based on a general comment that Cash made (before the outcome of the Damon negotiations) that most players don’t want to take paycuts from their former team because they think they will lose status in the clubhouse. OTOH, maybe he held out hope that Damon would view the situation like Pettitte has.

    Golson moves like BJ Upton.

    LGY

    Next, you are going to tell us that Bundchen has Gardner as backup plan.

  193. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 1st, 2010 at 12:05 am

    :roll:

  194. bodhisattva - Destiny Wears Pinstripes April 1st, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Ahem-en-a….like BJ Upton???

    Sign me up sign me up sign me up sign me up sign me up sign me up sign me up sign me up.

    That’s some smooooooooooooooooothe jazz.

    Definitely packing the cooler and making that dreary trip to Scranton WB.

    BJ Upton comparision cinched it :D .

    Nite all.

  195. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:08 am

    :rolleyes:

    That’s probably how Bundchen would respond to my post!

  196. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:09 am

    If only Golson could hit like Upton…blindfolded.

  197. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Why is no one talking about the Steinbrenners selling to the Dolans? :mad:

  198. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:11 am

    m

    Huh?

  199. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:13 am

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ans-26081/

    Is this some stupid stunt to lure LeBron? He’s just not that into you!!

  200. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Okay, forgive me. It’s only 6:15 here.

  201. pat April 1st, 2010 at 12:14 am

    m

    It’s a few hours early where you are for that?

  202. BigYank1 April 1st, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

  203. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 1st, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Oh m.

  204. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:17 am

    pat,

    lol. it’s still the 31st. Otherwise, I would’ve figured it out.

    Still reeling from the 400 post tech thread, the Gardner whatever you want to call it (constructive criticism seminar?), and I just wanted to tell Doreen and you that you’re both at the top of my list.

  205. Y26 April 1st, 2010 at 12:20 am

    JP Riccardi is awful on BBTN

  206. pat April 1st, 2010 at 12:21 am

    m

    Which list would that be?

  207. pat April 1st, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Speaking of Donovan McNabb, this tweet earlier today amused me…..

    Brett Favre just announced he hasn’t decided where Donovan McNabb is going to play next year. This guy’s nuts!!
    about 14 hours ago

  208. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:24 am

    m

    It has nothing to do with the LeBron. The Dolans have wanted the Yankees for over a decade.

    Unfortunately, despite their extremely deep pockets, young Dolan is a moron and tolerates incompetence from his execs (see Sather, Glen or Thomas, Isiah or Layden, Scott). It would be a horrible development.

  209. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:25 am

    pat,

    The Awesome People List.

    So what happened with Doreen when the new format went live?

  210. CR9 April 1st, 2010 at 12:26 am

    okay, so that was a joke about Nabb, LGY.

    haha

    I didnt think anyone was stupid enough to call that guy’s behavior professional on the field, not even Brettos Gardner.

  211. pat April 1st, 2010 at 12:32 am

    m

    I started to say thanks but realized I’ve been on peoples list that I haven’t been thankful to be on so just thought I’d check.

    Thanks. :smile:

    Doreen posted through Facebook and she didn’t realize her full name would appear in the post until after she did it.

  212. Pat M. April 1st, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Even if there was the slightest inkling of truth about the Dolan’s wanting to buy the NY Yankees, two things come into play….MLB owners would never approve the sale, and more importantly, the Old Man hates the Dolans ever since the Yes cable contract feud from a few years ago….Unsettling April Fool’s event

  213. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy April 1st, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Gardner has this picture posted in his locker for inspiration

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_KLYj.....dy0405.jpg

  214. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 1st, 2010 at 12:38 am

    No nit-picking, it’s an honor just to be noticed.

  215. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Pat M.

    Why wouldn’t the owners approve?

    George may not be making the final decision at this point

    But what about Trump or Bloomberg or some Wall Street titan? They demand competence.

  216. m April 1st, 2010 at 12:41 am

    pat,

    I meant it, too!

    I feel bad for Doreen. I remember that her name showed up a couple of years ago by mistake I would imagine. Was there a function to log out of facebook/lohud either here or there?

    It seems like she was more worried that her real people would see what kind of freaks hang out here.

    Anyway, Nick, when I first saw CA here I also thought it was ER.

  217. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I can’t take credit for this because, you know, I’m a moron, but as someone just pointed out to me:

    Check the calendar.

  218. CR9 April 1st, 2010 at 12:44 am

    LGY

    HAHAHAHAHA

    You know what was being said in that picture?

    Brady: Thanks for gifting us that Super Bowl.

    McNabb: No problem. The Pats are not a NY team, so I didnt feel it is a necessity to put forth the effort.

    Brady: Thanks again.

    McNabb: Dont say thanks again. The pleasure was all mine!

  219. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy April 1st, 2010 at 12:46 am

    CR9,

    You need to straighten this fool out.

    “Donovan McNabb proves again he’s a consummate professional”

    http://blog.mlive.com/highligh.....in_he.html

  220. CR9 April 1st, 2010 at 12:48 am

    lol

    whatever. he acts towards his team and in the media with professionalism, I’ll give him that.

    He just dont carry any professionalism on the field.

  221. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy April 1st, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Oh SNAP!

    Obama was in on it all along. I knew I could not trust that guy.

    http://nbcsportsmedia.msnbc.co...../21.h2.jpg

  222. Pat M. April 1st, 2010 at 12:54 am

    LGY, I went with The Yanks ( 94.5 ) over….Astros ( 77 ) under…..SF Giants ( 83 ) over, Twins ( 82 ) over …ChiSox ( 82 ) over….Played 100 on each and 20 on the remaining 25 teams…..

  223. LGY - Child Prodigy/GB7's Bestest Buddy April 1st, 2010 at 12:56 am

    What did you go with on Seattle?

  224. Allen April 1st, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Dolan actually isin’t a bad owner… he just is loyal to a fault and has TOO much faith in his GM.

    Dolan does shut up and stay in the background… and he has an unlimited wallet.

    Dolan as owner if he lets Cashman do his job and gives him $$$, is a fine proposition. Really, any owner who will spend money and stay in the background is good.

  225. Jay April 1st, 2010 at 1:03 am

    McNabb is going to play for Chelsea next year.

    He also is going to be wearing a Kevin Youkallis T-shirt while playing.

  226. Yanks 182 April 1st, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Why doesn’t the Russian billionaire who now owns the Nets, buy the Yankees too?

  227. Pat M. April 1st, 2010 at 1:07 am

    LGY…Seattle ( 83 ) over…A’s ( 78 ) under…Angels ( 84 )over …Rangers ( 83 ) under…20.00 on each team …That’s the AL West…I’ll post the other divisions later

  228. hardwired April 1st, 2010 at 1:41 am

    looks like Junichi Tazawa will be out for a while.

    he’ll be fine — he has the memories of A-Rod’s game-winning blast to keep him warm.

  229. m April 1st, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Some are predicting that the Rangers will win the division. Who knows? They made some noise last season, and the Angels might not be a perennial this year.

    If Cliff Lee was not injured/suspended and if the offense was not so questionable, I’d say the mariners had a good chance at the division. They have great defense, an up-and-comer in Wakatsuka, and a pitcher’s park.

    Pat, who’s your darkhorse this season?

  230. Pat M. April 1st, 2010 at 3:10 am

    m, The Brewers could be a factor in the Central division, they may even win the wild card…..No depth though

  231. Doreen - 2010 GTLU April 1st, 2010 at 6:50 am

    m – I know you’re probably not here right now, but anyway…

    I did not realize that the name you post by here would be changed if you connected through facebook. For some reason, I didn’t think about the 2-way-ness of it all. And not only did my full name show up, but when you clicked on it, you didn’t get my home page on facebook, which I wouldn’t have minded so much, but a page with information that I didn’t want on this forum. There are plenty of people here that I wouldn’t mind at all crossing between this blog and facebook; unfortunately, there are more people (ones that don’t post so I don’t even know who they are) that I would not.

    Also, it lost the link to the GTLU rules.

    I’ve had a facebook page for a couple of years. I mostly have it because it is a neat way to communicate with my daughter – she likes the chat feature – and share photographs with the family.

    Curiosity got the better of me. What can I say? The brain took a holiday. And pat was right, I shouldn’t have called attention to it. Again, brain freeze. It happens. :?

    But as far as freakin’ out about my real people vs. my “pretend” people? Nah! Though I do think my “real people” would be surprised about how much time I do actually spend here! :)

    And, thank you. :)

  232. upstate kate April 1st, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Happy April Fools
    I tried to get my husband by telling him it was a snow day, but he was too clever for me.

    Poor Denard Spahn. ESPN is having a field day teasing about him hitting his mom w/ a foul ball…luckily it had a happy ending.

  233. Doreen - 2010 GTLU April 1st, 2010 at 7:17 am

    upstate kate -

    What are the odds of hitting someone you know, let alone your own mom, with a foul off your bat? Like you said, good that it had a happy ending. Now it can be a joke in the family (and the clubhouse) for years to come! I still haven’t seen it. Maybe I’ll tune into ESPN this morning to see if I can catch it.

  234. upstate kate April 1st, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Spahn said his mom was mad at him for leaving the game. The ESPN guys were joking that he better have a good present for her come Mothers Day.

  235. Bronx Jeers July 14th, 2010 at 11:25 pm


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