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Nova called up from Scranton/WB

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ivan Nova has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to give the Yankees a long reliever for at least one night. The Yankees need a long man because Sergio Mitre will be limited to 65-75 pitches when he makes a spot start tonight.

Good work by the Yankees, who had Nova skip his scheduled Triple-A start last night, keeping him available as a just-in-case alternative. When Romulo Sanchez was needed for multiple innings last night in Boston, Nova was the obvious choice. Sanchez will go back to Triple-A where I’ve heard he’s scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Friday.

In other Triple-A news, uber-prospect Jesus Montero was benched over the weekend because he didn’t run out a ground ball. He was taken out of Friday’s game because of the lack of hustle, then he was kept out of the lineup Saturday and Sunday.

Vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed the reason for the benching and said Montero will return to the lineup tonight.

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141 Responses to “Nova called up from Scranton/WB”

  1. five iron from fenway May 10th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Anyone want to wager that Jesus DOES NOT get the Tabata “I don’t hustle” bus ticket out of town?

  2. JJ May 10th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Brad Thomas this year

    5.40 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, .328 BAA

    16 IP, 22 hits, 9 walks, 6 Ks

    For his career – 27 walks, 14 strikeouts

  3. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Who is Brad Thomas? Where has he been for the last two years?

  4. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Tough Love for Montero.

    That should light a fire under him. ;)

  5. Steve May 10th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I guess they were not kidding when they said Montero was another Manny…

  6. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    That is extremely disappointing on the part of Montero and I’m glad that the Yankees took swift action. He came to camp 30 pounds overweight and now this….

  7. rodg12 May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hmmmm, wonder who gets sent down. It’s gotta be a pitcher. Hope it’s not Sanchez after he looked so good yesterday. He deserves to stay. My pick would be Robertson for him to get work and get himself right.

  8. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    WYH-

    Who is Brad Thomas? Where has he been for the last two years?”

    I don’t know but I appreciate Leyland giving us the freebie. ;)

  9. austinmac May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    With Mitre and Thomas pitching it looks like a long night for both pens since neither has pitched more than 3.1 innings this year.

    Interesting about Montero. It worked for Cano. Maybe Montero needed a kick in the pants.

  10. Tampa Yanks May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    They bench him for 2.5 games for not hustling? Seems excessive. Pulling from Friday’s game was probably embrassing enough for him, no need for them to pile on.

  11. tex's friend May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hmmmm, wonder who gets sent down. It’s gotta be a pitcher. Hope it’s not Sanchez after he looked so good yesterday. He deserves to stay. My pick would be Robertson for him to get work and get himself right.
    ___

    They said Sanchez is and returning to AAA rotation on Friday.

  12. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Brad Thomas is a scrub who will get lit up by the yankees. He walks alot, gives up a lot of hits, while also not striking anyone out and giving up a bunch of homers.

    Perfect storm of suck.

  13. muffinstump May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    kay reporting that johnny d won’t play tonight. sorry, erica.

  14. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    rodg12 May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Hmmmm, wonder who gets sent down. It?s gotta be a pitcher. Hope it?s not Sanchez after he looked so good yesterday. He deserves to stay. My pick would be Robertson for him to get work and get himself right.

    ***********

    Chad said that it will be Sanchez

  15. m May 10th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Wow @ Jesus. Better he get the message now rather than later.

    Did Jesus not listen to God Jeter when he told him the “you never know who’s watching” story.

    Congrats to Ivan Nova, may your debut be a huge success. :)

  16. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    That’s unfortunate to hear about Montero.

    Is this against character for him?

    Maybe he’s been given too much, too soon?

  17. Erica - always OPPC - Sesame Street Mafia and GTLU supporter May 10th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    muffinstump May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    kay reporting that johnny d won?t play tonight. sorry, erica.

    ******************
    ‘rsdhgjkdrhgjkhdfjkghjkdf :mad: :evil:

    Thats Erica blog cursing

  18. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    rodg12 May 10th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Hmmmm, wonder who gets sent down.

    ***************************
    Chad said it’ll be Sanchez

  19. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Last minute “scrubs” = zero game plan.

    Not saying the Yanks won’t pound him, but would anyone really be surprised if he puts in a once-in-a-lifetime performance?

  20. tex's friend May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Brad Thomas a lefty or righty?

  21. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Montero doesn’t run out a grounder so now his character is being questioned?

    Give me a break. He made a mistake, was punished for it and hopefully has learned his lesson. Move on.

  22. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Montero getting taken to school.

    You may be our #1 prospect kid but you better hustle just the same.

    I like it. :)

  23. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Lots of guys have not hustled down the line for the yankees this year, but I think this is a case of ‘Montero is not hitting that well, he loafed, lets bench him as a motivation tactic.” He needs to know how special it is to be 1 move away from NY and to pick up his game.

  24. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    tex’s friend May 10th, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    Brad Thomas a lefty or righty?

    ***********************
    I think he’s a lefty.

  25. NYY626 May 10th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I’m kinda glad that Johnny isnt playing only cause its gunna get old hearing about it very quickly ( sorry Erica! If it makes you feel any better, its supposed to be an Andy Pettitte day but we’re getting the “experience” instead. :( Actually, I dont think thats going to make you feel any better lol)

  26. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I wholeheartedly approve of how the Yankees handled this; Montero has to learn how to be a professional. Not running out a ground ball is absolutely not acceptable. Who knows? Maybe he thinks that he’s so good that he’s guaranteed to catch for the Yankees. Well, Austin Romine might have something to say about that. You know the expression “don’t look back because something might be gaining on you”? Montero shouldn’t look back. I’m not saying that Romine is gaining on Montero, but it does not score you any points with the organization when you pull this stuff……on top of just letting yourself go and showing up to camp overweight.

  27. m May 10th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Which makes sense because we needed to fill Nick’s spot on the roster.

    Crossing fingers on the pitching. Good thing is that some of these young pitchers have options.

    And Sanchez availed himself quite nicely. He’ll definitely stay atop the Yankees speed dial.

  28. austinmac May 10th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    With regard to Montero’s benching, I do suspect 2 plus games must have been for a bit more than not hustling one time down the line. I had forgetten his reporting overweight. Has he lost the excess pounds? At Montero’s age I had it all together and didn’t make any mistakes—or is it possible my memory is a bit faulty.

    Sanchez ws obviously sent down because he couldn’t pitch today or tomorrow. Those are the days a long man will be needed.

  29. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Brad Thomas pitched in South Korea in 2008 and 2009. Racked up a lot of saves there, apparently. Strange.

  30. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Montero doesn’t run out a grounder so now his character is being questioned?

    Give me a break. He made a mistake, was punished for it and hopefully has learned his lesson. Move on.

    —————————

    http://img144.imageshack.us/im.....lkavl3.jpg

  31. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Get angry Jesus.

    Take your frustration out on the opposition.

    Destroy a few more light towers. Turn a few more baseball into powder.

    Go ahead I dare you. :)

  32. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Has he lost the excess pounds?

    He cut it down in spring training, Girardi and Pena were very pleased with his work ethic once in camp.

  33. Tampa Yanks May 10th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This is going to be a 5 hour game tonight

    Mitre/Nova vs. Thomas/Willis

    Thomas is a lefty, like Willis.

  34. Mark C. May 10th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Before becoming a Yankee he owned the Red Sox. No more.

    You could see this one coming. Burnett didn’t seem like himself the last two days. Yesterday he made a comment about the media standing around in the clubhouse three-and-a-half hours before the game. The day before, when he wasn’t pitching, Burnett was irritated with the number of reporters in the clubhouse as he pushed his way past one befuddled fellow on the way to his locker.

    He clearly was on edge.

    Yes, this is a cramped space and there is no room to move. Burnett is right about that. There is no quiet car here, like the peace and quiet the Yankees find at home with their spacious clubhouse and off-limit adjoining rooms.

    This place can get under your skin in so many ways and make you feel uncomfortable, especially when the clubhouse is cluttered with so many people for so long a time like every never-ending Yankees-Red Sox series.

    I’ve always found Burnett pleasant to deal with in interviews. My point is that Burnett needs to take a page from CC Sabathia’s book and not get so tense when it comes to pitching in Fenway or anywhere else. Burnett started the season 4-0, so this was the first bump along the 2010 road.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z0nYcFK6xe

  35. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I turned WFAN off as soon as I heard that Bill Madden was going to be on……..
    =====================================================
    Imagine if someone did that to you?

  36. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    5 hr games are fun to watch. Especially since I have about 6 hrs of tv to watch tonight, LOL!!!

  37. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    z May 10th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Montero doesn’t run out a grounder so now his character is being questioned?

    Give me a break. He made a mistake, was punished for it and hopefully has learned his lesson. Move on.
    ==============================
    Just Betts being Betty.

  38. Phil the Thrill May 10th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Montero probably got a little down on himself and didn’t run it out because he was discouraged. They sat him partly to let him clear his head. Watch him rake after the restart. The kid is a very hard worker.

  39. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Don’t blow this out of proportion, Betsy. It’s not that big of a deal.

    There’s a lot of major leaguers who have been guilty of not running balls out. Hell, Cano had been guilty of it many times in the past.

    They gave Montero a swift kick in the ass and hopefully he’s learned his lesson.

    He certainly hasn’t lost his lead in the “Yankee future catcher” race because of this incident.

  40. comet May 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    GTLU:

    Jeter SS
    Gardner CF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Swisher RF
    Thames DH
    Winn LF

    Thanks Doreen!

  41. stuart May 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    oh, please. this is not a big deal… just something for the media to bash the yankees for.

    montero will be fine, will start hitting, and will be splitting time with jorge next year.

  42. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Montero is still just a 20-years old.

    Keeping in last night’s theme: Growing Pains.

  43. Yankee 81 May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Girardi and Pena raved about Montero’s work ethic this Spring.

    Non-Story.

  44. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Since none of us have a clue what happened with Montero Friday night, let’s all speculate wildly. Don’t forget to throw in some armchair psychology too.

  45. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    *a 20-year old.

  46. Phil the Thrill May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Boy, when Betsy latches onto a prospect be it Hughes or Romine, no matter how late she is to the bandwagon, she wears it out.

  47. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Don’t blow this out of proportion, Betsy. It’s not that big of a deal.
    ===============================================
    Not her M.O. GF, she would never stoop that low.

  48. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    GF, where exactly did I say that he did?

  49. Mike May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Montero is still the catcher of the future, and a lack of hustle as a 20 year old in AAA is not going to stop that.

    Just a rookie mistake. Don’t judge him on it.

  50. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Whatever, Phil……I don’t think I deserve that.

  51. m May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Willis is scratched, but available out of the bullpen?

  52. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    BloggingBombers Dontrelle Willis scratched tonight with an illness. LHP Brad Thomas to start for Tigers.

  53. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    She has run and hide again…

  54. charlestonchew May 10th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You just know John Sterling is working his WWJD-related HR call for Montero.

    That’s what Jesus did! Homerun!

  55. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    # Betsy – Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    GF, where exactly did I say that he did?
    ===================================
    Beware of Attention Getting Device!!!!

  56. Trevor May 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Will they have Willis start tomorrow if he feels better? If so we could miss Verlander.

  57. 7 UP May 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    How do we even know he didn’t hustle? Maybe he just figured that he was out and didn’t want to run hard for no reason.

    When a guy hits a tapper to 1st base and he is already at the bag just as you start running, why continue running?

  58. austinmac May 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    On a different note, out of curiosity I checked out the stats of one time Rule 5 pick up, Jamie Hoffman. He is hitting .309, but a remarkable stat is in over 110 plate appearances, he is yet to walk. Maybe he could work on his patience just a bit.

  59. SAS May 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I may be wrong but I don’t think the FAN/YES said Damon was out of the line up…something more like they would face former Yankee Johnny Damon. I may be not be right I wasn’t pay that much attention.

  60. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    First of all, I never said he’s not the catcher of the future; maybe if you read what I said, you’d see that.

    Some people know from stooping low….

    Oh and excuse ME, Phil – we can’t all have the priviledge of having watched Phil since he was in HS or the minors. Why don’t you get on everyone else who’s now so enamored of him because he’s hot? What kind of a comment is that? How many people here were even on Phil’s bandwagon before he became a name? How many jumped off? You’re accusing ME of being a latecomer because I have a different opinion than you? NIce.

  61. antisocial scrooge May 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....8;hpt=Sbin

    something to debate: Sports Illustrated list of top 20 sportscasters of all time. (joe buck is noticeably absent)

  62. JJ May 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    “Will they have Willis start tomorrow if he feels better? If so we could miss Verlander.”

    I was wondering what as well. Would they just push all their starters back a day and insert Willis tomorrow (that would be great for us)?

    Willis is their best pitcher ERA wise so far this year, so I’m not sure why they would outright skip him if he is feeling better tomorrow.

    Though they could opt to skip Bonderman (who has a 5 ERA) and still pitch Verlander on Thursday and Porcello on Wednesday.

  63. Andrew May 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Betsy come on, you are looking ridiculous right now. Montero is A) 20 years old, B) the youngest player in AAA and C) going through his first-ever slump in a professional career he’s been working at for 3 years now. And yet now he’s unprofessional and overweight and now behind n some type of personal footrace with your boy down in Trenton? He screwed up, he got publicly and privately reprimanded, and the world continues to turn. You have no insight, the same kind of thing could have happened to Romine in his tenure in the Yankees system but not make it onto the ‘net. Does that make him a character concern.

  64. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    No MICK, I have no desire to respond to you, so you talk about ME running and hiding? You are a coward – you attack me and make snarky comments in response to every post I make – yet I have to respond to you. Well, I don’t care to do so anymore, so waste your time blathering on and attacking me; you make yourself look rather small.

  65. the stranger May 10th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    What would Jesus do?

    Not hustle down to first, evidently.

  66. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    antisocial scrooge May 10th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    something to debate: Sports Illustrated list of top 20 sportscasters of all time. (joe buck is noticeably absent)

    **************************
    there’s a shock. ;)

  67. G. Love May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I think Jesus didn’t run out the grounder because he has a God complex.

  68. 97 Yank May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    That’s fine… he will learn from this and proceed to become a beast. Not a big deal. he is still an elite prospect and this doesn’t change that.

    He could have used a couple of days off anyway just to relax and clear his head. Now he will go on a tear.

  69. tex's friend May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    well dontrelle does have issues with depression. maybe he is depressed he was starting against the yankees.

  70. Dassit May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Damon is in the line-up.

    Tigers:
    Jackson, Damon, Ordonez, Cabrera, Boesch, Inge, Sizemore, Laird, Everett (Thomas)

    Yankees:
    Jeter 6 Swisher 9 Teixeira 3 ARod 5 Cano 4 Posada 2 Thames 0 Gardner 8 Winn 7 Mitre 1

  71. LGY May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    This is pretty much the first time in his life Montero is struggling with the bat.

    He probably just got frustrated.

    He is only 20 and 20 year olds make mistakes. Luckily his mistake is very very small and he learns for it and moves on.

    If he wasn’t so highly regarded we would never have heard about this.

    Also, last night when the game became a blowout there were a few Yankees who were not exactly busting it down the line.

  72. m May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    C’mon, guys. You’re being a bit unfair to Betsy.

    She was just giving cautionary advice out loud. Could be Romine, could be Sanchez, they’re all in his rear-view mirror. And Cervelli’s in front of him.

    The point is, there’s a ton of catching talent, and Jesus wants to catch. Talent will only take you so far, you have to work constantly especially when he’s publicly stated his goals.

    I can buy into the theory that he was frustrated and didn’t run it out. Totally.

    No one’s calling him lazy or anything, but there are people watching. But why wouldn’t people be watching the top hitting prospect.

  73. RalphieD (OPPC) May 10th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    obviously u never want to hear about a top prospect not hustling but this stuff happens…he’ll learn from it, all ive every heard is good things about montero’s work ethic…its probably just a small blip on the map

  74. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Somebody has to put you in your place.

  75. IA 8 May 10th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Perhaps Jesus was possessed?

  76. The Internet May 10th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    WWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THE INTERNET IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.

  77. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I am 99% sure Kay said that along with Willis, Damon will NOT be in the line-up tonight
    vs the Yankees.

  78. Phil the Thrill May 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Betsy,

    I didn’t notice you hyping up Phil Hughes for the past several years as several of us have. And I never saw you mention Romine until this year. I think you’re a nice person who is fairly cluless about the Yankee minor league system. Who did you see Phil pitch against in HS? Do you live in Orange Couty?

  79. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You have NO business trying to put me in my place……….who the hell do you think you are?

  80. Billy May 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Romine is not close to the prospect Montero is.

    This incident doesn’t change that. Unless Montero falls flat on his face, Romine is not going to lead him for anything.

  81. YanksfaninPA May 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    GTLU:

    SS Jeter
    CF Gardner
    3B Arod
    1B Teix
    2B Cano
    C Posada
    RF Swisher
    DH Thames
    LF Winn

    thanks Doreen.

  82. z May 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Aldo Nova was called up?

    Too bad Mike Stanton isn’t still around.

  83. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    . I think you’re a nice person who is fairly cluless
    =================================
    Well said.

  84. mick May 10th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Must have struck a nerve.

  85. 24 Cano May 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Montero doesn’t have to be looking over his shoulder at anyone He is an elite prospect and the Yankees will give him every chance to be the starting catcher.

  86. Bryan May 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Montero must watch Cano

  87. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Y’all are overreacting to what Betsy said. Relax

  88. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Betsy,

    Just trying to add some perspective. Montero didn’t lose an inch of his lead as the future catcher.

    But you have to understand that Montero is 20 yrs old and slumping for the first time in his life. He probably had a brain cramp and that’s that.

    No reason to tear this kid apart and question his character.

  89. Andrew May 10th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    “No one’s calling him lazy or anything, but there are people watching. But why wouldn’t people be watching the top hitting prospect.”

    I don’t know m, I think he was pretty much called unmotivated and entitled, as well as overweight, at around 3:40 ET, a few posts up

  90. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    What exactly is your point, Phil? I’m a latecomer to Phil’s bandwagon, huh? What is everyone else here? Just how many people do you think follow the minor leagues the way you do? Yet you’re calling ME out because I criticized Montero? Why don’t you tell everyone else here to stop going crazy about Phil’s hot start because they didn’t see him in HS? By that token, only Pat M has the right to be high on him. If you missed my posts from 2007 and 2008 talking Phil up, that is on you, not on me. I was one of the few who didn’t give up on him, but you don’t remember that do you?

  91. Cokey May 10th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Yanks handed out an excessive punishment. I think they wanted to motivate him and maybe get him angry to get going.

    Nobody benches a guy for, in essence, 3 games for not running out a groundball.

  92. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    GF, no offense, but he came to camp overweight and he didn’t run out a ball – those are facts. You came right out and said that I said that he’s no longer the big catching prospect and if you would re-read my post, you would see that’s not what I said. I’m not trying to attack you, but yeah, I’m a little steamed.

  93. Trevor May 10th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    We’re only hearing about this because Montero is a top prospect and people assumed he was hurt when he was pulled from the game. If it weren’t for that we would have never heard of this.
    I don’t think it’s a big deal. Whatever!

  94. mick May 10th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Oh woe is me….I can spout out disparaging remarks, but no one can call me on it, I am a victim…woe is me.

    (Please support me.)

  95. austinmac May 10th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t know know Betsy, but it seems her main guilt is greatly supporting some Yankee players and prospects. In my view, let her express her opinions and anyone else can express theirs, but jumping on a Yankee fan for their fandom is something I can do without. So far I do say her Hughes support has been justified. Don’t you think?

  96. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    How pathetic…..you used Phil’s already sad comment about me and cut it off to make it sound worse than it was. You really are low, you know that?

  97. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Betsy, remember this morning, when I talked about baseball and blogging ZEN and ignoring trolls. You are being trolled hard. Right now. Because you are an easy target for it.

  98. mick May 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    JUST TRYING TO HELP.

  99. SAS May 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Betsy is absolutely right about this. The Yankees have many good catchers in the minors, and this is a very good lesson for Montero. I have noticed the one thing the Yanks are tough about is hustling. I think Cano missed a game or 2 for not hustling. Now, he does all the time.

    When there are players on other teams who don’t run to 1st base on other teams, I proudly think well at least the Yankees don’t do this.

    I also looked at the announcers in SI. None of the awful announcers for ESPN or Fox are on there. but a lot of old time Yankees announcers made the list…my favorite Mel Allen.

  100. upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    why is everyone jumping all over Betsy? scroll back up, other posters made similar comments about Montero.

  101. m May 10th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I think that Betsy was wrong to suggest he felt entitled (possible, but c’mon). She said he showed up overweight. Fact. He should always be hustling. Fact. There are others behind him. Fact.

  102. CD May 10th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    This is Montero’s first step out the door of the organization

    Yanks frown upon lack of hustle in conjunction with diminished performance, see: Tabata 2008. He wasn’t hitting for power AND he was nonchalant. He was shipped out to PIT.

    Montero is on shaky ground, if he doesn’t start hitting, he may be on his way out soon.

  103. MTU (aka GBURL) May 10th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Betsy-

    If you’re really, really lucky maybe Miggs will chime and rip you too.

    Don’t bother raising your Blood pressure. :)

  104. Irreverent Discourse May 10th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    “yet I have to respond to you”

    … and here lies the problem.

  105. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 10th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Phil the Thrill -

    I was going to post about the same thing. He’s been struggling at the plate a bit. Easy to get discouraged. Let’s remember, talent or not, he is a KID. And we all have our days. I don’t think it’s a character issue at all (disclaimer: I am neither his mother nor a Yankees AAA coach).

    It’s good, however, that the Yankees sent a clear message to him.

  106. R+ May 10th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    This is sooooo not a big deal. Nobody will remember this by 5:00 today.

    He is still our crown jewel.

  107. the stranger May 10th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    w/regard to Montero, this definitely has a ‘nip it in the bud’ kind of feel.

    I suspect none of us are really privvy to all that has transpired. It’s quite likely this was just symptomatic of what the brass felt was a possible trend.

    I trust the Yankee Powers-That-Be to handle the situation, and for it to be a non-issue moving forward.

    (thus spoke the Great Internet Know-Nothing.)

  108. Patrick May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Betsy,

    #1 – Fans are usually insanely protective of their favorite prospects. Anything perceived as negative will be met with overwhelming anger.

    #2 – You did state two undeniable facts – Montero showed up to camp out of shape and he was benched for not running out a ball. However, you did do some armchair psychology which was kind of off base in my opinion.

    I don’t care if you criticize Montero just keep in mind that he’s only 20 years old. Remember what you were like @ 20. He’s going to make mistakes and so far he’s shown that he can learn from those mistakes. Hopefully this is just another lesson.

  109. Joe from Long Island May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Re: Montero and his being taken out of the lineup –

    I agree with Wave. None of us have any idea. But I do think the Yankees and Dave Miley, at Scranton, do have a real good idea of what’s going on, and I really do trust them to handle it. Ultimatley, I hope that Montero, whatever the problem was, gets it worked out and continues on his path to a good ML career – hopefully with the Yankees.

  110. Andrew May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    There was no context given in the post that initiated all the ripping. It was just a flat-out attack on Montero, so why should it just be allowed to pass by without people disagreeing with it/calling it out as a huge overreaction?

  111. NYYROC May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    z @ 3:57, I think it’s Ivan “Champagne Super” Nova (Oasis).:)

  112. BBFan May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    GTLU:

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Posada C
    Thames DH
    Winn LF
    Gardner CF

  113. CountryClub May 10th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Montero is 20 yrs old. Let’s all remember that he’s a kid.

  114. Phil the Thrill May 10th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I made an observation and you made a drame. This is all because you brought up Romine, who, by the way, is older than Jesus Montero yet finds himself a level behind him. Hmmm. What’s more they have been teammates twice in the system and Montero has outperformed Austin both times. First in Charleston, then in Tampa. In Tampa he so severly outperformed him that he got sent to Trenton. Where he mashed up the league that Austin is now performing, only he did it at an age that was 2 years younger than Austin’s doing it. Stuff like that matters. Stuff like going overboard cause a slumping kid didn’t run out a grounder doesn’t matter much.

    I thought you said you saw Phil Hughes pitch in HS. Sorry if you didn’t say that.

  115. m May 10th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Doreen,

    Don’t you think it’s possible that Jose Tabata let his frustrations get the better of him? I know he was having issues with the wrist, but boy that wrist was fine when he landed in Altoona or Pittsburgh or wherever. :)

  116. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Betsy,

    Don’t lose sight of the fact that he’s 20 yr old and the youngest player in Triple-A ball.

    I know I did a lot of stupid things when I was 20 yrs old and I’m sure you did too.

    I would hope that everything I did at that age wasn’t held against me for the long haul.

    That’s all I’m saying. Better that this stuff happens now than in the major leagues.

  117. Jerkface May 10th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Can someone help me remember if Montero is a kid or not.

  118. Mike_Boston May 10th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Betsy, was he really 30lbs over to start ST? I remember reading he was a little plump when he got there, but that sounds like a hell of a lot extra for a 19 year old ball player.

  119. upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    how about worst announcers? I nominate Joe Buck. Remember during the WS when he was talking about his favorite halloween costume instead of the Yankees win? How about how gleeful he was when CC hit Peds, and then Martinez hit a HR. And of course Beckett wasn’t intentionally trying to hit Robbie, the hottest hitter on the Yankees, who always hits well against him.

  120. TeKN May 10th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This guy is facing adversity for the first time in his career (not off to a good start) and he got a little frustrated. It happens. He doesn’t need to look over his shoulder at Romine or any of that nonsense. He just needs to continue doing what he is best at – hitting. If he does that, he will be in the bigs sooner rather than later.

  121. mick May 10th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Betsy has left the building.

  122. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    upstate kate May 10th, 2010 at 4:08 pm
    how about worst announcers? I nominate Joe Buck. Remember during the WS when he was talking about his favorite halloween costume instead of the Yankees win? How about how gleeful he was when CC hit Peds, and then Martinez hit a HR. And of course Beckett wasn?t intentionally trying to hit Robbie, the hottest hitter on the Yankees, who always hits well against him.

    ***************************
    I second this. and don’t forget him singing “when doves cry” on Saturday. Just wrong. LOL

  123. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Patrick, maybe you’re right….but I didn’t deserve the tongue-lashing I got from some regulars, namely Phil the Thrill who is clueless (his word, apparently) about my posting history.

  124. Dave May 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    new post

  125. Erin May 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    New Post w/lineup

  126. Wave Your Hat May 10th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    The lineup is posted. Let’s all move on.

  127. Andrew May 10th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Jerkface are you aware that Montero is the youngest player in AAA right now?

  128. z May 10th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I think it’s Ivan “Champagne Super” Nova (Oasis).:)

    —————————–

    I can dig that.

    Mike Stanton used to use “Fantasy” by Aldo Nova as his entrance song.

    Personally, I never felt Mike Stanton deserved an entrance song, but that was just my take.

  129. Betsy - Hughes rules (Pleading the Fifth) May 10th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Phil, you told me I was a latecomer to the Phil bandwagon and that’s just not so. I didn’t word my comment correctly about seeing Phil in HS- I never did. I’m just saying that my posting history in 2007 onwards shows that I am not a latecomer and that I have maintained faith in the kid when many did not.

  130. Tom in N.J. May 10th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Let’s not crucify Jesus….

  131. LGY May 10th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    People have gone seriously overboard here (and by people I mean many more than Betsy)

    It is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things and we do not know the details.

    But the fact is he did not run out a groundball. Regardless of the circumstances, he did do something wrong, so I could definitely see why he could be criticized for that.

  132. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    “Jerkface are you aware that Montero is the youngest player in AAA right now?”

    yeah, but you’re not supposed to be getting older on your way to first base.

  133. randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    garder is so fast he’s younger when he gets there.

  134. LGY May 10th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Betsy,

    I would just leave this stuff in this thread. Hopefully some posters like mick are too dumb to realize there is a new thread and will go on in here talking to themselves.

  135. LGY May 10th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    See Betsy. I told you.

    Randy is still in here talking to himself :lol:

  136. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Neither Montero nor Romine is ahead of the other as a catcher. NYY decided to split them up last summer because neither was getting enough time behind the plate. For a year and a half, they were on the same team. Montero was the more advanced hitter, so they sent him to trenton and kept Romine in Tampa for the entire year. They promoted both this year. Both of them can flat out hit.

    As far as Montero not hustling, not sure what happened, but, it wouldn’t surprise me that it was for the first time, he’s in a slump and can’t figure out why. He was crushing everything, just not hitting homers. He’s probably frustrated because he’s never failed before.

    It’s not like it hasn’t happened to others. Mantle was leading the league or in second in most offensive categories for the first 6 weeks of his rookie season, and then went into a nosedive. They sent him to KC to get away from the press and the pressure. He was 19.

  137. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    CD May 10th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    This is Montero’s first step out the door of the organization

    Yanks frown upon lack of hustle in conjunction with diminished performance, see: Tabata 2008. He wasn’t hitting for power AND he was nonchalant. He was shipped out to PIT.

    Montero is on shaky ground, if he doesn’t start hitting, he may be on his way out soon.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Is CD the initials for Cow Dung? Another idiot on the loose.

  138. Bronx Born May 10th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Betsy, don’t take stuff so personally it only continues the argument. You don’t have to respond to this stuff. The biggest thing I have learned from being online for as long as I have is to never take it personally. These folks are not family nor friends. Just don’t let it worry you. In the entire scheme of things it doesn’t do you any good to get upset… and over what.. someone ragging on you in a blog. It’s nonsense. Don’t let it get you down.

  139. Bronx Born May 10th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    randy l. May 10th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    garder is so fast he’s younger when he gets there.
    ——————————–

    Like Superman?

    Did GB typo your message btw? :)

  140. Nick in SF May 10th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    6

  141. Chris in Durham May 10th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Montero’s benching was annoying… He was the ONE guy I wanted to see when the Yanks visited my town this w/e.

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