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Granderson in center, Cervelli with a Grade 1

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 01, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi told the media he had two announcements this morning.

1. Curtis Granderson is the team’s center fielder. It’s hardly a surprise, but really the Yankees could have started either Granderson or Brett Gardner in center and been just fine. Girardi said the Yankees see Granderson as an everyday player, and they don’t want him moving around. Gardner will get a chance to be an everyday-type player, but he still has to earn that, and he’ll move to center on the few days Granderson is not in the lineup.

2. Francisco Cervelli has a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. He won’t play the rest of spring training, but Girardi is optimistic that he’ll be able to open the season on the active roster. “Right now, if I was to guess, he’s not a DL guy,” Girardi said.

• Just in case, Girardi said he needs to get Mike Rivera into some more games. Girardi didn’t go into specifics, but I have to assume Rivera will play Friday and Saturday just in case the Yankees need him to open on the big league bench. P.J. Pilittere has been getting a lot of playing time lately as well.

• Girardi didn’t commit to a full time platoon with Marcus Thames, but it certainly seems like Thames could get fairly regular playing time when a lefty is on the mound. “He’s definitely swung the bat pretty well off left-handers,” Girardi said. As for his glove, “he’s done a good enough job in the outfield” to make the Yankees believe Thames can handle left.

• Granderson said he only has a few autographs in his collection, but he was pretty pumped to get Pat Venditte to sign a ball. He thought it was cool that ESPN’s highlight of Tuesday’s game against the Braves was pretty much nothing but a Venditte highlight.

• Pitchers making the trip: A.J. Burnett, Royce Ring, Chan Ho Park, Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson, Pat Venditte, Craig Heyer and Lance Pendleton.

• Position players available off the bench: C P.J. Pilittere, C Mitch Abeita, 1B Juan Miranda, 3B Marcos Vechionacci, INF Walter Ibarra, OF Brett Gardner, OF Randy Winn and OF Dan Brewer.

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116 Responses to “Granderson in center, Cervelli with a Grade 1”

  1. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I always thought Granderson should be in CF; this is the right move for many reasons.

    I know it’s mild, but it still stinks for Cervell. Hopefully he’ll be good to go by Opening Day.

    Thames will be fine, IMO….

    Thanks, Chad!

  2. Erin April 1st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    “Right now, if I was to guess, he’s not a DL guy,” Girardi said.

    ************************
    That’s good-hopefully he’s right!

  3. randy l. April 1st, 2010 at 9:56 am

    betsy-

    slight hamstring pulls can easily turn into really serious hamstring injuries.

    if you remember ,cervelli got his shot last year when posada missed 24 days after a slight hamstring problem turned into a big one.

    it’s better for the yankees to err on the cautious side with cervelli especially in the cold weather of the early season when players are often playing tight and field conditions can be bad.

  4. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    So Thames is ahead of Winn? Hmmm. I would prefer to let Gardner sink or swim as a regular.

  5. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Randy, I know – that’s also why I’m annoyed/disappointed/aggravated (only mildly though – I’m definitely not freaking out). The Yankees should be careful with Cervelli and if he needs to be DL’d, so be it. April weather in the northeast is awful (spring is overrated) and that doesn’t help.

  6. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Question for Randy, SJ or any pitching gurus here. I saw talk on another board that it’s generally hard to have a good cutter and change. I didn’t understand the explanation of why that is so, but they said Mo had mentioned that the change messes up his cutter (presumably that’s why he’s never thrown his change in a game that counts). Is this true? If so, why? It came up in conversation about Phil – someone already posted that this boded poorly for his repertoire. I laughed, but I also admit that I was curious.

    Thanks!

  7. rodg12 April 1st, 2010 at 10:03 am

    You guys think he signs ‘Pat’ with his left hand then ‘Venditte’ with his right????

  8. SJ44 April 1st, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I think they feel comfortable having Thames hit against the tougher lefties early in the year and then either using Gardner or Winn as a late inning defensive replacement.

    He made the roster because if his ability to hit lefties. Might as well see if he can still do it.

  9. SJ44 April 1st, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Betsy,

    depends on the grip Phil has on his changeup.

    If it’s a circle changeup grip, it’s tougher.

    If he uses more of a choker/palmball-like grip it isn’t.

    You don’t want you pitcher digging into his glove changing the grips on his pitches because it tips off a batter to what’s coming.

    The fastball, cutter and choker-type grips are similar enough to transition to than a circle change grip.

    I’m guessing that’s what Phil is using for his changeup grip since he is still throwing his cutter.

  10. DYD INDA WUL April 1st, 2010 at 10:09 am

    From previous thread:
    Pat- I’m also looking forward to seeing Granderson do his thing.

    Mine is only a prediction that he’ll be a great and popular Yankee.

    SJ – Whatever Joba is doing or trying, what I do see is that his fastball tails away at times to left-handed hitters.

    Is that his working on mechanics, setting up another pitch, or is it simply a lack of trying to attack the zone?

  11. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Chances are Cervelli won’t be needed to play until April 10th due to those offdays so unless something else happens, I expect him to be on the Opening Day roster.

  12. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Betsy,

    You pessimistic, no way.

  13. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Who’s the emergency 3rd catcher?

  14. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Swisher.

  15. SJ44 April 1st, 2010 at 10:14 am

    He is throwing a two seamer and is intentionally trying to have that pitch fade away from lefties.

    That pitch has helped induced more groundballs for his this Spring.

  16. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    SJ, Phil is using the circle change (that’s what he’s said, anyway). Here is a video:

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

  17. Erin April 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    crawdaddy
    April 1st, 2010 at 10:10 am
    Chances are Cervelli won’t be needed to play until April 10th due to those offdays so unless something else happens, I expect him to be on the Opening Day roster.

    ***********************
    that’s what I’m thinking too

  18. William Buckner April 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    “Who’s the emergency 3rd catcher?”

    Probably Pena. And not Tony.

  19. Erin April 1st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Rich in NJ
    April 1st, 2010 at 10:11 am
    Who’s the emergency 3rd catcher?

    *************************
    Mike Rivera

  20. ron April 1st, 2010 at 10:16 am

    hughes on the yes network said he uses a circle change grip for his cu….

  21. ron April 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    i believe rivera is the third catcher….

  22. Frank April 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    “Chances are Cervelli won’t be needed to play until April 10th due to those offdays so unless something else happens, I expect him to be on the Opening Day roster.”

    Can’t they back date the DL stint to the last day he played? Even if he’s good to go on 4/10, they’ll need a 2nd catcher in the meantime, which will require a roster spot.

  23. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    SJ, thanks for the explanation; I’m interested to hear what you think after watching the video.

    Apparently Phil had his cutter working yesterday; coincidence that his change wasn’t? Probably since it’s unfair to expect him to be perfect with his change at this stage. SJ, do you think Phil should use his 2 seamer more? I wouldn’t want to overload him with information at this point. He’s working on 4 pitches as is…

    Craw, hard to believe, huh? I’m sure I’m breaking news with that little tidbit.

  24. upstate kate April 1st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    ah I knew the Yankees should have kept Jerry Hairston, he could catch in an emergency :)

  25. William Buckner April 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I assume by emergency he meant on roster. Like in a game where Cervelli started and Posada pinch hit and then Posada got hurt.

    Who catches then? I’d say Pena. Can’t see them risking anyone else. Swisher might offer, but left handed.

  26. DYD INDA WUL April 1st, 2010 at 10:23 am

    SJ- Fair enough. I can see how lefties would roll over Joba’s fading two-seamer.

    I have simply seen him throw it some way out of the zone recently, and a lot last year when he was not attacking the zone as much as he is now.

  27. Erin April 1st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    William Buckner
    April 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am
    I assume by emergency he meant on roster. Like in a game where Cervelli started and Posada pinch hit and then Posada got hurt.

    *************************
    LOL I just realized that after I said Rivera.

    My guess would be Pena

  28. MTU (aka GBURL) April 1st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Bring in Venditte as the BU catcher. He seems to be able to do almost anything. :)

  29. pat April 1st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Reading some of the lame April Fools jokes people are trying to pull off today and thinking of the power Girardi has to incite breaking news and media scurrying if he wanted to be “funny” today.

  30. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    “Can’t they back date the DL stint to the last day he played? Even if he’s good to go on 4/10, they’ll need a 2nd catcher in the meantime, which will require a roster spot.”

    They can do whatever they want, but I’m guessing he’s on the roster. You disagree, fine, so we’ll see what the team does with him in the meantime.

  31. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    The only reason I suggested Swisher is because his old man was a fine fielding catcher and he might have played the position some while growing up.

  32. SJ44 April 1st, 2010 at 10:29 am

    If he using the circle change grip, he just needs to be aware of not digging into his glove. Andy can certainly help him on that front.

    Betsy,

    All he has to do is pitch. Period. He’s not being evaluated pitch to pitch like bloogers are wont to do.

    It’s his job and they aren’t moving him out of that spot unless he absolutely stinks up the joint, which isn’t likely.

    If he gibes them league average fifth starters numbers, the Yankees will be happy.

  33. randy l. April 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    “Mechanics. Pitching is like a golf swing. Any change in mechanics can result in the loss of velocity, movement and command.”

    sj44-

    yesterday while playing golf, i was working on rotating my rear foot clockwise on the backswing(digging it into the ground) , having my hands be in a weaker grip to decrease my draw, rotating my clubface to an open position by rotating my left shoulder clockwise on the backswing and the rotating back counter clockwise on my downswing ( making sure clockwise and counterclockwise rotation took place in my whole left arm and not just from my elbow down), while making sure that my right knee stayed flexed and pointing at the ball when my shoulders rotated back giving me a nice X factor with my shoulders turned much more than my hips, and making sure to push with my back foot forward to initiate my downswing so that my swing arc bottoms out after striking the ball so i hit the ball before taking my divot in front of the ball… etc.

    it was cold out( a two club wind) so the ball was’t traveling as far so i was hitting knock down shots and dropping down a club or two to keep the ball flight low.

    …but all in all i just tried to keep it simple and ” when breezy, swing easy”.

    no i didn’t reach maximum velocity yesterday.

    while spoofing myself in my description of my swing thoughts, i really was thinking of all those things while playing yesterday. the trick is if you don’t think in words but in images and feels ( not words) it’s not as hard as it sounds.

    pitching really is no different. there is really no telling what’s going on in joba’s mind when he’s pitching. he does seem to over think the game as demonstrated by the pitches that he wants called to fool the hitter. joba has enough stuff to keep his pitch selection simple.

    i think he tends to over think more when he starts than when he relieves, so the bullpen may be just the the place for joba to clean up his mechanics and his pitch thoughts which affect his mechanics.

    i’m excited to see joba out there for a few months especially when the weather warms up and he gets more into mid season shape.

    if his fastball is going to come back, it’s got a better chance of happening in the bullpen..

  34. Frank April 1st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Craw:

    Not really agreeing or disagreeing. Just wondering what they do if they determine Cervelli will be unable to play on 4/4.

  35. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    SJ, I’m not worried one bit – did I give off the impression? I was just curious, that’s all.

  36. tex's friend April 1st, 2010 at 10:32 am

    if frankie is hurt, why not bring up pj pellitiere to back up?

  37. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am

    “I assume by emergency he meant on roster. Like in a game where Cervelli started and Posada pinch hit and then Posada got hurt.

    Who catches then? I’d say Pena. Can’t see them risking anyone else. Swisher might offer, but left handed.”

    That’s what I was asking. Sorry, if my question was unclear.

  38. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Speaking of catchers:

    mlbtraderumors

    Orioles Release Chad Moeller http://bit.ly/cVD3Et

  39. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “He’s definitely swung the bat pretty well off left-handers,” Girardi said. As for his glove, “he’s done a good enough job in the outfield” to make the Yankees believe Thames can handle left.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL, what games are Girardi watching. must be April Fools Day indeed.

    All i have seen is Marcus Thames whiffing at every swing. That dude has one of the worst contact rates I have seen from the looks of his AB’s in Spring.

    48 AB, 20 K, 2 HR. Good griefs.

    Kind of wished we had gone after Johnny Gomes who can hit lefties, resigned with the Reds for 800,000 dollars and is having a terrific Spring, .314 AVG, .345 OBP, .647 SLG, 5 HR, 14 RBI in 51 AB.

    Lets just keep our fingers crossed that Gardner is serviceable in Left Field and this team doesn’t need to call on the services of Winn and Thames more than is necessary this season.

    If Gardner, Winn, Thames had competition they would not be starting in Gardner’s case or on the bench in Winn and Thames case. Very disappointing Spring they have all had. I only pray Gardner doesn’t flop again like last season when he got the starting job.

  40. tex's friend April 1st, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I only pray Gardner doesn’t flop again like last season when he got the starting job.

    ___

    This time there is no Melky to step in and step up…

  41. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion April 1st, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet… I’ve been way too busy with work to keep up with the comments.

    RAB has a post up regarding the Steinbrenners being in negotiations with the Dolans to sell the team.

    I really really hope this isn’t true or falls through if it is true.

    James Dolan, scumbag of the earth, owning the Yankees?

    Please please tell me this isn’t happening.

    SJ or someone in the know if you would be so kind as to give your thoughts.

    Thanks.

  42. crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Remember what day it is.

  43. David in Cal April 1st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    The competition for CF depended more on hitting than on fielding IMHO. If Gardner had hit well in spring training and looked like an every day player, he might be the CF. As it is, he has hit so badly, he could lose his starting job altogether.

    Although I’m bullish on the Yanks as a whole, I’m worried about GGBG. He didn’t hit well after he came back from his hand injury last year. Maybe it’s affecting his swing.

    I had expected Gardner to improve on his .345 on-base. I will be happy when I see some evidence that he can do that.

  44. miggs - GTLU Reigning Champion April 1st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Well they got me good. I should have known.

    I just went back and read the end of the post.

    Well played RAB!

  45. randy l. April 1st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    ” I didn’t understand the explanation of why that is so, but they said Mo had mentioned that the change messes up his cutter (presumably that’s why he’s never thrown his change in a game that counts). Is this true?”

    betsy-

    when a right handed pitcher throws a cutter he tends to turn his pitching hand to the right ( turn doorknob clockwise).

    when he throws a change up he tends to turn his right hand to the left( turn doorknob counterclockwise).

    some pitchers have trouble going back and forth between doing both.

    and there is always the problem like what mo describes of one motion bleeding into another motion and changing the original pitch.

    i always thought that was what happened with wang when he tried to throw pitches other than his sinker. as his slider got better , his sinker got worse. it was because they used an opposing hand rotation.

    ( above i said “tends” because some pitchers just change positions on the ball and pull straight down like pulling a shade down to get different pitches) ( others actually rotate their hands, elbows, and shoulder)

  46. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “tex’s friend April 1st, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I only pray Gardner doesn’t flop again like last season when he got the starting job.

    ___

    This time there is no Melky to step in and step up…”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    You don’t know how much I have my fingers crossed that Gardner is not indeed a glorified pinch runner as some feel and that he actually seizes the opportunity in front of him.

    I would sign up right now for Gardner to have

    .265-.270 AVG, .340 OBP 3 HR, 40 RBI, 40+ SB. I’m trying to set the bar as low as possible because lets just say Randy Winn and Marcus Thames have not impressed me in camp.

    Its not even their raw numbers but their at bats that have been downright hideous. These guys swing and miss at everything around the plate. That’s okay if you are going to hit 20+ HR’s but neither Winn nor Thames are doing that this season.

  47. CountryClub April 1st, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The only reason Gardner “lost” the starting job last yr is because the Yanks had another borderline everyday player ready to step in. How come nobody talks about Melky “losing” the job in the middle of the season when Gardner was playing most of the games and hitting very well?

    My point is, they had two similar players last yr and just went with the hot hand until Gardner broke his thumb.

    Gardner should get more of a rope this yr. Whether he will or not is anybody’s guess.

  48. tex's friend April 1st, 2010 at 10:54 am

    im tired of hearing people talk about how fast gardner is and how he can steal 70 bases etc…

    HE CANNOT GET ON BASE!!!!

    And i feel like he has been picked off too many times.

    All this projecting is irrelevant if he cannot learn to hit.

  49. Joe from Long Island April 1st, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Dolan tried buying the team several years ago before it fell through. Thankfully!

    There has been speculation about the Steinbrenners selling for a number of years, moreso since George’s health has declined.

    I’m not sure I believe it. Why sell an enterprise that is a cash-machine, especially after the new Stadium opened and revenue streams exploded? Also, the recent emphasis on hospitality issues (the steakhouse, Legends Hospitality) speaks of Hal’s background in that industry. Why go through all that work in that direction if you’re only going to sell off?

    Plus, I remember reading a while back that Jennifer has taken a real interest in team matters, moreso than Hank and maybe even Hal. Besides, all they have to do is collect the money. They can let Cash and Levine do all the heavy lifting.

    I’m sure Dolan would want the team for programming on Cablevision, but it’s not quite adding up. (Do the Dolan’s and Cablevision even had the money to do it? The team’s been valued at well over $1B, and YES at maybe 2-3 times that.) At least, I hope and pray it doesn’t add up.

  50. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 10:55 am

    “# miggs – GTLU Reigning Champion April 1st, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Not sure if anyone mentioned this yet… I’ve been way too busy with work to keep up with the comments.

    RAB has a post up regarding the Steinbrenners being in negotiations with the Dolans to sell the team.

    I really really hope this isn’t true or falls through if it is true.

    James Dolan, scumbag of the earth, owning the Yankees?

    Please please tell me this isn’t happening.

    SJ or someone in the know if you would be so kind as to give your thoughts.”

    “Thanks.
    # crawdaddy April 1st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Remember what day it is.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oh the humanity could you imagine the Dolans running the Yankees. It is enough to make your stomach acids churn in revulsion at such a thought. Thankfully that will never happen as long as some breath and lineage of the Stenbrenners are alive.

  51. Joe from Long Island April 1st, 2010 at 10:56 am

    miggs – THANKS for the update! I can’t get RAB at work, so I couldn’t read it myself. Now I can exhale.

  52. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) April 1st, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Randy, thanks for the explanation. Phil doesn’t seem to have a problem with it for now. As the change will be a more important pitch for him, if any pitch had to go, I suppose it would be the cutter. Phil’s change was so-so yesterday, but his cutter was very good apparently; I wondered it before, but I’ll wonder it again. Coincidence? Anyway, maybe this is all a matter of experimentation for Phil. As he said yesterday, his change isn’t a finished product – and probably none of his pitches are.

  53. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 11:08 am

    “tex’s friend April 1st, 2010 at 10:54 am

    im tired of hearing people talk about how fast gardner is and how he can steal 70 bases etc…

    HE CANNOT GET ON BASE!!!!

    And i feel like he has been picked off too many times.

    All this projecting is irrelevant if he cannot learn to hit.”

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL, I feel your frustration

    I will be very disappointed with Gardner if he doesn’t step his game up this season and do the little things to get on base.

    I want to see him master the bunt to an art form, where he can

    push bunt
    drag bunt
    slap hit through the drawn in 1st and 3rd basemen
    beat out balls into the hole in the infield
    swing at strikes, not just take pitches for the sake of taking pitches.

    The only good thing so far from him in camp is that in 50 AB he has only struck out 4 times. So that mean he is putting the ball in play and if he does that he should get his share of hits during the season.

    He is no use on offense if he cannot get to 1st base and move into scoring position. He has to turn himself into a nuisance and threat at the bottom of the order.

    Think about it

    Swisher is going to be 8th and he takes a lot of pitches and works the count.

    Gardner if he gets on can cause the pitcher to focus on him on base and constantly throwing over to check him back

    All that with Derk Jeter and his .400 OBP last season, followed by Nick Johnson and his .400 OBP in his career, then Tex and Arod the two sluggers.

    The Yankees have the highest 1-4 OBP players in any baseball lineup this season, with Jeter (.406 OBP), Johnson (.426 OBP), Tex (.483 OBP), Arod (.402 OBP) oh and Swish just has a mere .371 OBP as the #8 hitter.

    That is brutal for a pitcher. If Gardner can get on he will be a major distraction in between Swisher, Jeter, Johnson, Tex, Arod. Gardner’s performance is very key to a circular lineup. He can’t just be an automatic and useless out.

  54. tex's friend April 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    i agree gardner is in a good position and i hope he steps up, but i feel like he could have been in that trade with atlanta instead of melky. I realize melky would make more this year, but they ended up dropping gaudin anyway, and melky would have probably not made much more than $2M.

    Atlanta isnt even starting him. he is platooning. the yankee centerfielder is platooning for the braves. that is a demotion if i ever saw one.

  55. Rich in NJ April 1st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I don’t know what’s stupider, AFD spoofs or me falling for them. Probably the latter.

  56. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 11:13 am

    The Yankees have the highest 1-4 OBP players in any baseball lineup this season, with Jeter (.406 OBP), Johnson (.426 OBP), Tex (.483 OBP), Arod (.402 OBP) oh and Swish just has a mere .371 OBP as the #8 hitter.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    Make that Tex .383 OBP. .483 OBP would be like some record. :)

  57. blake April 1st, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Betsy,
    I think randy is pretty close with his explanation. Hughes throws a circle and when you throw that pitch you want to keep the circle on the inside of the ball and let it come off the middle, ring, and picky when you release it…that’s takes speed off and gives it the clockwise rotation that makes it go downward and away from lefty hitters.

    The cutter is essentially an opposite, .you put pressure on the outside of the ball to get counter clockwise spin…

    Its kinda like trying to hit a fade (circle) and a draw (cutter) in golf. Not everybody can do both and if they tried it would mess up the one shot they hit well. Phil seems fine doing both to me.

  58. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 11:18 am

    “tex’s friend April 1st, 2010 at 11:12 am

    i agree gardner is in a good position and i hope he steps up, but i feel like he could have been in that trade with atlanta instead of melky. I realize melky would make more this year, but they ended up dropping gaudin anyway, and melky would have probably not made much more than $2M.

    Atlanta isnt even starting him. he is platooning. the yankee centerfielder is platooning for the braves. that is a demotion if i ever saw one.”

    ++++++++++++++++++

    I’m in no mood to hear excuses about Gardner this season, either he is a Major Leaguer or he isn’t. I’m not impressed with what I have seen of him in Spring at all, I hope its not a foreshadowing of performances to come, with a bunch of 0 for 4′s.

    LOL, the irony of that situation in Atlanta with Melky. If he was still with the Yankees he would have been starting. Amazing how things work.

  59. Frank April 1st, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Posada out with a stiff neck today.

  60. Erin April 1st, 2010 at 11:23 am

    New Post: Can the manager still catch?

  61. Chad Jennings April 1st, 2010 at 11:25 am

    New post. Posada is out for the day.

  62. Sean Serritella April 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Wow, I wonder if Girardi would be allowed to catch?

  63. GGBG (50 SB's for me!) April 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    im tired of hearing people talk about how fast gardner is and how he can steal 70 bases etc…

    HE CANNOT GET ON BASE!!!!

    And i feel like he has been picked off too many times.

    All this projecting is irrelevant if he cannot learn to hit.
    —————————————————–

    How about a small dose of reality. Gardner hit last year at a .270 BA / .345 OBP clip and managed 26 SB’s out of it. If he did that over an entire season, he’d be near 50 SB’s.

    He’s not a stud but he provides something to this team that no one else does.

  64. blake April 1st, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Betsy,
    I mixed up my clockwises and counter clockwises.. Its opposite of what I said before

  65. Yankz1 April 1st, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I dont understand why Joe is pushing Thames. He said he has been hitting lefties. Every time I see Thames against a lefty he strikes out!! 20 strikeouts in spring training!!!! I would rather save the 1mil and have Miranda or Vazquez come off the bench. The only thing is Miranda is hitting, but he is lefty, and can only play 1b. I would rather bring Vazquez north and see how he does. Righty bat with a lot of power and plays 1b and 3b, and saving a mil……….. Twenty K’s in spring!!!! Ugh!

  66. Macfan April 1st, 2010 at 11:55 am

    “GGBG (50 SB’s for me!) April 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am

    im tired of hearing people talk about how fast gardner is and how he can steal 70 bases etc…

    HE CANNOT GET ON BASE!!!!

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