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Today in The Journal News

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

With one more game to play before they can finally leave town, the Yankees are anxious to get on the road to Fenway. “I’ve got a feeling most guys were probably ready about a week ago,” Derek Jeter said.

They’d like to get out before another player goes down. On Friday it was Nick Johnson and Damaso Marte who had their names added to the walking wounded. The notebook also has items on the wait for a complete roster, A-Rod’s meeting with baseball investigators, reassignments to minor league camp and an award for Jon Weber.

As you might expect, the Yankees have a late report time for today’s game against the team’s minor leaguers. I’ll have those lineups as soon as they’re posted.





31 Responses to “Today in The Journal News”

  1. Rich in NJ April 3rd, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Speaking of ST, Bobby Valentine was on with M. Kay yesterday, and he proposed that since ST stats are so meaningless, it might be a good idea to go north with a larger roster for a limited time, and then make cuts based on early season performances. I’m not sure if it’s practical, but the guy knows more about the subject than I do, so I’m passing it along.

  2. SJ44 April 3rd, 2010 at 9:03 am

    He’s been saying that for awhile and I don’t think it’s a bad idea.

    You can do something like eliminating the roster expansion in September and have 32 man rosters until Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, you have to get down to a 25 man roster and remain that way the rest of the year.

    I’ve always thought it was foolish to allow roster expansion in September, the most important month, because it creates unfair competitive advantages.

  3. randy l. April 3rd, 2010 at 9:08 am

    gb7m pat m, and joe on long island-

    got the news about mike cuellar from your post last night.

    i can remember warming up mike cuellar like it was yesterday because there was no doubt after catching a few pitches that this guy was something special. the spin on his screwball just imprinted itself on my brain.

    this was what i wrote last fall here on the blog:
    randy l.
    November 1st, 2009 at 10:22 am
    “there is on mlb channel right now a replay of the 1969 world series between the mets and orioles.
    mike cueller is pitching. mike may be the best pitcher i ever caught in the bullpen. the thing is he was 50 years old when he came by to throw some BP and visit some friends on the team.
    i didn’t know who he was and after ten pitches , i stopped and said “who ARE you?” .
    amazing screwball and other off speed pitches. but it was his command and spin on the screwball that stopped me. i had never seen a baseball spin like that.
    he was also a very humble nice guy too.this is the first time i’ve seen video of him in his prime.”

    here’s what ron neyer wrote today:
    “Cuellar’s Cy Young Award came in his first year with the Orioles. … in his first six seasons in Baltimore he averaged 21 wins and posted a 2.99 ERA. In the process, Cuellar’s screwball — which he would throw at three different speeds — became one of the game’s more famous pitches. He employed a variety of other offerings, including a fine fastball. But Cuellar’s money pitch was the screwball; he and Fernando Valenzuela are the only two notable starters of the last 50 years who relied on the pitch

    Here’s my favorite bit of writing about Cuellar, from the great Roger Angell: “At its best, Cuellar’s attack on the plate reminds one of a master butcher preparing a standing roast of beef — a sliver excised here, a morsel trimmed off the bottom, two of three superfluous swishes of the knife through the air, and then a final slice off the ribs: Voila!”

    i want to add that the daytona explorers that fall back in 1990 had a very strong latin presence . cesar cedeno, joaquín andújar, jose cruz, coach paul casanova, etc. and in general some very good players, ron washinton was the shortstop. clete boyer was the manager. tippy martinez in the bullpen.ross grimsley another 20 game winner who had pitched for the orioles.

    i was used to some very good players by that time and cuellar wowed me when i caught him that first time.
    a bullpen catcher is the lowest guy in uniform and mike cuellar also struck me with what a polite guy he was. he had a humility about him that was unusual for a player of that stature.

    mike cuellar RIP

  4. blake April 3rd, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Like Bobby V or not, he’s a smart guy and a good baseball man…one of the best at ESPN.

    That makes a ton of sense to me as well.

  5. austinmac April 3rd, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I watched the game on ESPN yesterday. Buck Showalter was informative and funny. Perhaps, someone has repeated his story, but I will do so anyway. He said that Billy Martin told him “If you don’t want to lose the teams respect, don’t let them see you naked.” Buck said he tried to follow that. Pretty funny, and it does sound like something Martin would say.

  6. scott April 3rd, 2010 at 9:18 am just released more single game tickets. my wife just bought me 4 to the rangers game on april 17th for $50 each. I believe there are still tickets to opening day available.

  7. William Buckner April 3rd, 2010 at 9:19 am

    April is a far more appropriate time for extended rosters. it allows managers from risking pitchers before they are properly stretched out or in games where weather plays a part.

    Joe G started a pen guy two years ago because he was convinced there would be a rain out and wanted to save his starter. Didn’t happen.

    Conversely, September is a time where teams are trying for a playoff spot. That’s the month where you really want every team putting out an A product, not pitching a AAA guy to “give a look” in a game that might affect another teams playoff chances.

  8. blake April 3rd, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I think Buck should do mor games for ESPN. He knows what he’s talking about and he can be funny as well..what more do they want.

  9. Alan April 3rd, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Not the worst idea to have 28-man rosters through the month of April and eliminate the up to 40-man rosters in September and cap it off to no more than 30.
    Teams on the verge of being in the postseason can allow some rest for key players and teams out of contention can get good looks at their best farm products.
    If Nick Johnson and Aceves go on a short DL stint, Boone Logan and Juan Miranda can go north.

  10. William Buckner April 3rd, 2010 at 9:33 am

    The two ideas I’ve heard recently that I like the most are the rosters being extended in April and going from the three divisions back to two.

    Then having playoffs be 2 division winners and 4 wild cards. I like this mainly because if you are a Rays fan, you may have the 3 best team in AL but the first two are likely the RS and Yankees.

    It would put more teams in the race going later into the regular season, keeping September interesting.

    Plus, I think MLB playoffs are pretty great, so more of them wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

  11. CR9 April 3rd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Chelsea’s got the PL race in their control, after scoring the winner (an offsides, by 1 full yard, goal)

    They have the goal differential, and there’s no way that can be made up without Rooney.

    The linesman’s name who missed the offsides is Simon Bent. Hopefully, someone in England takes care of business, and pays him a visit to his home.

    Imagine one of the best leagues in the world being won on an offsides goal, in which the guy was offsides by a full yard.

    Such is life with the incompetence of referees. The only way umpires/referees are ever going to learn are with consequences like broken legs.

  12. CR9 April 3rd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    We’ll need a loss from Chelsea, a draw wont cut it.

    Luckily, they still have to travel to Liverpool, who are in desperate need of points if they are to get the 4th spot and qualify for the Champions League.

  13. murphydog April 3rd, 2010 at 10:01 am

    O/T, but the fact that A-Rod met with MLB investigators before he met with the Feds pretty much confirms that’s he’s not in jeopardy with the Feds, unless of course he lies to them (and that’s not gonna happen). IMO, no lawyer would let his client answer questions about Galea in interviews with MLB investigators before he talks with the Feds if there is anything the client is vulnerable on. Two reasons:

    1) The Feds can always get the MLB interviews and compare ARod’s answers to the answers he later gives to the Feds. Inconsistent or different answers could be a problem for the client and the lawyer won’t let his client walk knowingly into a perjury trap, or a lying to a federal agent charge.

    2) ARod’s probably got some understanding/agreement with the Feds that he is not going to be prosecuted, at least not based on the statements he makes to them. The Feds wouldn’t likely make such a deal regarding statements he makes to MLB, so talking to MLB first would be foolish – assuming there were anything to be concerned about.

    All that being true, the fact that ARod’s lawyers let him speak with MLB investigators suggests that they are not at all concerned about ARod having any serious liability, which is what they have been saying all along. That is not to say that the Yankees have no issue with Alex over his visit(s) to Galea. But that would only cost Alex some money; IMO they are not going to suspend him for any violation of treatment notice provisions.

  14. charlestonchew April 3rd, 2010 at 10:03 am


    You take sports too seriously.

  15. SJ44 April 3rd, 2010 at 10:04 am


    makes you wonder if Lupica will spend another Sunday column trying to portray Arod’s involvement in this as more than what it was.

    At some point, Loopy should stop embarrassing himself and actually write something accurate re: this case.

  16. CR9 April 3rd, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Lupica, write an accurate article, regarding the Yankees or anything else for that matter? That would be a dream world.

    The guy probably gets his only “excitement” from writing anti Yankees articles.

  17. CR9 April 3rd, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Forgot to add the :) at the end.

    Oh well, maybe the Yankees will repeat in 2010 and the Rangers will win a Stanley Cup in 2010. That would certainly make up for the Man U game.

  18. Pat M. April 3rd, 2010 at 10:19 am

    SJ, Rich in NJ……I just can’t see ownership willing to pay for additional ballplayers in the first 1/3 of the season, although it makes sense to carry some additional players……….Randy I, when the Cuellar topic came up last night, GB & I recalled your bullpen coments and memories of him………Earl Weaver’s comment about staying with Cuellar longer than he did with his 1st wife is a classic line………It’ll all kicks off tomorrow night, just seems like last week that pitcher & catchers were reporting to camp……

  19. Doreen - 2010 GTLU April 3rd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Pat M -

    To me, it feels like ST has been going on for a year! :)

    Can’t wait for tomorrow night, though. I do wish they weren’t opening in Fenway…

  20. Dave F April 3rd, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Yes network and both have today’s game.

  21. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) April 3rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    i don’t understand baseball teams. Why did the schedule this game today? With the yankees playing in Boston sunday night, why not use saturday as a full travel day? I mean, once the regular season starts it’s already long enough

  22. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) April 3rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    *why did they*

  23. Doreen - 2010 GTLU April 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

    vinny-b –

    I agree with you.

    Except, the Yankees are one of the teams that don’t do those team caravan type things, and this is a game for the fans, really. At least it’s a baseball game, I guess. Although, I can’t imagine that the regulars are going to be in the game for more than one pass through the lineup. And everyone’s going to have their fingers crossed that they don’t get hurt in an exhibition game.

  24. RhapsodyInBlue April 3rd, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Reading the article from Chad it certainly sounds like the team is in the right frame of mind and is ready to get it on in Boston on Easter.

    The only fear that I have of today’s game is risk of another injury.

  25. SJ44 April 3rd, 2010 at 10:52 am


    it’s dumb and I don’t blame the guys for being ticked off.

    You play a game like this early in camp, not on the final day.

    They should be in Boston today relaxing for tomorrow night.

    The Yankees dropped the ball on this one.

  26. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) April 3rd, 2010 at 10:53 am

    “Like Bobby V or not, he’s a smart guy and a good baseball man…one of the best at ESPN”

    Joe Mcgraine (MLB network) is another guy who is good. He and Duane Kiper were the Tampa Rays announcers for a long time. Know i will get flamed, but i liked listening to their games. Mcgraine would get a little jab/joke in against the yankees ocoasionally, but he is actually very funny. And it fit the context, considering the match-up was David and Galiath at the time

  27. ray (sox fan) April 3rd, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I find it interesting how the game has changed especially in terms of how many pitches are considered normal and healthy.

    In the 1975 World Series Luis Tiant pitched a complete game four with 163 pitches. Granted that was high even for that time, but if a pitcher pitched that many pitches now it would almost be unbelievable.

    Did pitchers train different back then, or is it case of teams not being as careful and burning out more arms back then?

  28. vinny-b (Granderson is my fave NYY position player - no rite of passage necessary) April 3rd, 2010 at 11:03 am

    “They should be in Boston today relaxing for tomorrow night.
    The Yankees dropped the ball on this one.”

    SJ: yes. It kinda make you understand why players pop ‘greenies’ :)

  29. Pat M. April 3rd, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It must be the cost for Hotels in Boston….Gate money for today or lay out an extra day for a Hotel……..I don’t believe this to be true, but it does seem foolish to travel tonight rather than already being in Beantown

  30. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter April 3rd, 2010 at 11:17 am

    new thread :arrow:

  31. Nick in SF in Larkspur April 3rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm


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