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The new guys

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

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Now that yesterday’s trade deadline has come and gone, the Yankees clearly made the most significant moves in the American League East. The Rays added reliever Chad Qualls, and the Red Sox added backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Yankees, on the other hand, added three players.

ph_204020Lance Berkman
Why: Because Nick Johnson got hurt and the Yankees were without a full-time designated hitter.
Role: Could get some time at first base, but he’ll primarily be a DH, and it sounds like most of those starts will come against right-handed starters. The Yankees are happy with Marcus Thames against lefties.
He said: “My dad’s favorite player was Mickey Mantle – he’s probably one of a billion people that would say that – and one of the reasons I’m a switch-hitter is that he was such a big fan of Mickey Mantle, and he wanted me to switch-hit. I grew up hearing about Mick and the Yankees, so it’s surreal in the sense that with the situation I had in Houston, I never thought there was any way in the world that this could happen. Now that it has happened, it feels good. I think this is a great uniform to put on.”
Girardi said: “He gives you a very accomplished switch-hitter that knows how to hit in the middle of the order. He’s been an RBI guy. He’s been a run-producer. As I said, he gives you versatility.”

ph_400290Austin Kearns
Why: Because the Yankees left-heavy outfield needed a right-handed hitter, and Marcus Thames struggled when asked to play the field.
Role: Not an everyday player, but he should get plenty of starts against left-handed starters, and he’s not a bad option against righties.
He said: “I’m definitely excited. It’s the best chance you have to win, obviously, coming here. That’s what it’s all about. I’m happy to be a part of it… Whatever they want. I’m not picky. Just anything to help out.”
Girardi said: “He’s going to play against a lot of left-handers, and he’ll probably play against some right handers as well. We’re in some tough stretches where we’re playing a lot of games, so we want to keep everyone fresh, and if we can get people days off, we will.”

ph_134268Kerry Wood
Why: Because the late innings have been tricky. The Yankees had more long relievers than they needed, and it made sense to add another late inning candidate.
Role: Along with Joba Chamberlain and Dave Robertson, the Yankees have another potential eighth-inning reliever at practically no cost.
He said: “I’m obviously excited to go and pitch in a pennant race and have a chance to get to the postseason and win a championship. That’s why we all play the game… I would have liked to have held up my end of the deal (in Cleveland) more than I did.”
Girardi said: “He’s a guy that’s pitched in the back end as well. As (Brian Cashman) said, people have to earn their spots, and we want him to make all our decisions tough in the later innings… I know him more than I know some of the others guys we acquired because I know his heart. I know he’s a real competitor and that makes me believe he can help us.”

Here’s Girardi talking before last night’s game.

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57 Responses to “The new guys”

  1. jesusmonterofordh August 1st, 2010 at 8:47 am

    kerry hasn’t pitched in awhile, i try to bring him slowly.

    he has upside his stuff still good and still gets k’s

  2. MTU August 1st, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Good morning.

    Great game.

    Does anyone believe Cano can’t hit in the clutch now ?

    I always loved the guy. So glad to see him shine like the Sun. What a talent.

    Lance, Austin, and Kerry. Welcome.

    Off to the Mountains again today.

    Go get ‘em CC. :)

  3. blake August 1st, 2010 at 8:59 am

    today’s Loopyca article is a real doozy.

    ” Yankees appear insecure with deadline moves”.

    What a clown.

  4. blake August 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am

    MTU,

    Enjoy your day in the mountains my friend.

  5. GayleF August 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Is Berkman’s father still living. How cool is that to be able to see your son play for your childhood fav team.

  6. MTU August 1st, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Blake-

    Thanks. I hope the Yanks take the rubber game.

    It’s always fun to watch Maddon whine and squirm.

    We have have the Pitching advantage, and after last night, the momentum.

    Either way, we will leave Tampa in 1st place.

    Hope we play to our potential and crush them.

    Can’t wait to see Berkman get hot. :)

    This is a deadly lineup. An OBP machine with power. Killers up and down the entire lineup.

    :)

  7. Bronx Jeers August 1st, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Two Texans and a Kentuckian.

    I’ll tell you this is a great team we get to root for but is there a more ironically named club in baseball?

    They’re the Good Ol’ …Yankee…Boys baseball club.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  8. pat August 1st, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I saw the Lupica headline and knew Murphydog wouldn’t disappoint and he didn’t.

  9. murphydog August 1st, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I took on little Loopy in the last thread. I feel better now that I got that out of my system ;)

  10. William Buckner August 1st, 2010 at 9:11 am

    ESPN’s OTL is running a segment about how Yankee fans and fans in general are disinterested in Arod’s run at 600.

    Really ESPN? You’ve run it as your “lead” all week.

    Amy K Nelson. “I’ve run a twitter and facebook poll and Yankee fans don’t care.” “Arod doesn’t have a home and isn’t a real Yankee.”

    OK. We’re back on this. Dear god ESPN, learn a new song.

  11. Carl August 1st, 2010 at 9:15 am

    # William Buckner August 1st, 2010 at 9:11 am

    ESPN’s OTL is running a segment about how Yankee fans and fans in general are disinterested in Arod’s run at 600.

    Really ESPN? You’ve run it as your “lead” all week.

    Amy K Nelson. “I’ve run a twitter and facebook poll and Yankee fans don’t care.” “Arod doesn’t have a home and isn’t a real Yankee.”

    OK. We’re back on this. Dear god ESPN, learn a new song.

    Her facebook poll had 17 comments. I mean come on.

  12. Mr Black August 1st, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Girardi said….“I told you we should have told him this was 601,”

    It actually is……….if I remember correctly he hit one of the stairs at old Yankees stadium against Baltimore that was ruled a ground rule double in 2008…..it clearly hit the staircase in right center field.

  13. Carl August 1st, 2010 at 9:17 am

    And most aren’t even Yankee fans lol

  14. blake August 1st, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Murph,

    I didn’t see the posts in the prev. thread until now but thanks for putting that into words much better than I could. That guy is unbelievable…..you really should have a retort to his articles in the Daily News every Sunday….

    SJ,

    good posts in the prev thread also.

  15. Tar August 1st, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I started to read a Loopy rant earlier in the week. I made it to the second sentence. I had to stop. But I do really enjoy Murphy’s rebuttals. Off to the previous thread.

  16. murphydog August 1st, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Amy K Nelson. “I’ve run a twitter and facebook poll and Yankee fans don’t care.” “Arod doesn’t have a home and isn’t a real Yankee.”

    Perhaps dear Amy can use her bulgy eyes instead of her twitter. Every game I’ve seen since 599 there are scores of fans at home AND ON THE ROAD who are really excited to see Al hit 600. Self selection bias, dear Amy. But what did you do before ESPN, dear Amy?

    “Amy K. Nelson is an award-winning journalist who covers major league baseball for ESPN.com and is part of the site’s Enterprise team. Born and raised on the north shore of Massachusetts and a graduate of Hampshire College, Nelson has been covering professional sports for close to 10 years. She writes both investigative and long-form pieces for the site, and among her recent highlights is a piece on the timeline of death of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and a breaking news story and in-depth feature on Alex Rodriguez’s infamous cousin who allegedly provided him steroids. She also served as a moderator for ESPN’s First Take program, chatting with fans online and relaying their comments live on the show, and has appeared on SportsCenter, ESPNews, Baseball Tonight and Outside The Lines. She’s currently addicted to Twitter and she used to live in Costa Rica?—?one day she might move back.”

    Moving back to Costa Rica? Not soon enough.

  17. blake August 1st, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I think its funny that people are critical of the moves the Yankees made (as if they bought them).

    In reality the moves were made because either Cashman outworked the competition or the player simply wanted to come play for the Yankees….the latter of which because they know that the Yankees outwork everyone else and its their best shot to win….either way, it comes back to outworking the competition. Why is that never reported? Yes, the Yankees have the most money but its rarely pointed out that the reason they have the most money is because throughout history they have been the most committed team to winning and never have rested on their laurels.

  18. murphydog August 1st, 2010 at 9:25 am

    More on dear Amy and her objective point of view.

    http://www.overthemonster.com/.....tons-amy-k

  19. JD August 1st, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I want to see Alex hit 600. I just don’t like all the hoopla over changing balls and all. Alex has hit way more homers with the regular baseballs lol. Like the new soccer ball in the world cup they are cursed I tell ya.

  20. William Buckner August 1st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    “Moving back to Costa Rica? Not soon enough.”

    I don’t fault running anti Arod or anti Yankee pieces, because it moves the needle. And the Yankees are positioned to be disliked, like the Cowboys, Duke, or the Lakers.

    I don’t think it would bother me as much if they just talked about his PED tainting his numbers. But stop with the “Yankees fans don’t like him” or “no one cares.”

    Amy used Facebook polls and “a Yankee fan friend of mine told me…” That’s your story?

    My take. It’s tough to get overly excited because A. 600 isn’t the number it once was. Jim Thome is going to get there. B. He’s 35. 600 isn’t Arods number, 700 and then passing Bonds are.

  21. Carl August 1st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Mike Lupica says the Phillies are aggressive and forward thinking, but calls the Yankees insecure.

    Man I want to punch that midget in the face.

  22. pat August 1st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    A quick look at Nelson’s “Twitter poll” .

    How effective is a poll where the poller responds to only those who go against her anticipated outcome and question their vote?

    AmyKNelson whoa. wait, seriously? RT @DezSays @AmyKNelson not a yanks fan, but I care.

    AmyKNelson think u r in minority RT @philkujawa @AmyKNelson looking forward to A-Rod’s 600th. Not Yankee fan & understand it’s tainted, but exciting.

  23. Bronx Jeers August 1st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Lupica isn’t writing to an audience as much as he’s “getting things off his chest” these days. It’s not baseball analysis, it’s just venting and after all these years of writing the same thing over and over, he’s put himself in the irrelevant column of NY baseball writers, the low guy on the totem pole.

    And the Yankees are the NY Daily News best friend $$$-wise. I don’t understand how they’re still giving him a paycheck. He can’t be good for business.

  24. Cashman needs to go August 1st, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Girardi said: ?He gives you a very accomplished switch-hitter that knows how to hit in the middle of the order. He’s been an RBI guy. He’s been a run-producer. As I said, he gives you versatility.?
    ***************

    So Girardi says he’s a run producer, middle of the order guy and rbi guy……. and bats him second. Gotta love Girardi trying to mess with the GTLU….

  25. YankeeRay August 1st, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I agree that changing the balls when he comes up is probably a distraction to him. It is a change in the normal activity prior to an at bat.
    The ump should just have a second pouch and carry 2 or 3 special balls for when he comes up. If he fouls them off then let the ball boy bring out a few more which is a normal occurance during the course of a game.

  26. Cashman needs to go August 1st, 2010 at 9:38 am

    gotta love the photoshop guys – they put the yankee hat on kerry wood but kept the goatee

  27. blake August 1st, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Loopyca also thinks that Arod is going to break down due to steroids and get nowhere near the HR record….shocker.

  28. Tom in N.J. August 1st, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Twitter polls? Facebook polls?

    This is what passes for investigative journalism today?

    Oh dear…

  29. SJ44 August 1st, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I was at the games last week and the game last night.

    If Amy bothered to TALK to Yankee fans rather than run a non-scientific poll, she would find Yankee fans do care about 600.

    They aren’t OBSSESSED with it because, unlike her beloved Boston Red Sox, they were playing a series for first place this weekend.

    For Yankee fans who aren’t idiots, hating Arod is so….2007. It’s yesterdays news.

    Still waiting for your investigative piece you promised on whether David Ortiz was telling the truth about his PED use.

    I’m sure you are taking your time to make sure you get the facts straight.

    Another card carrying member of Red Sox Nation and the Bristol Clown College.

    The two go hand in hand.

  30. blake August 1st, 2010 at 9:52 am

    “Still waiting for your investigative piece you promised on whether David Ortiz was telling the truth about his PED use. ”

    oh, they are still waiting for Papi to get back to them with the details.

  31. Tar August 1st, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I owe Pete A. one thing, it’s because of him I became a real fan of Alex. He was a Yankee, so I never disliked him, but I can’s say I was a real fan. Every time I read a Pete A, Loopy, etc rant I liked him, and felt compelled to defend him, a littler bit more. They helped me realize what a bunch of hypocrites they all are. So all the attacks against Alex are actually counterproductive. They are not changing anybodies mind on him, and actually have a “circle the wagons” effect on those close to him. Keep Ranting guys, the Yankees and Alex will just keep winning.

  32. Crawdaddy August 1st, 2010 at 10:00 am

    SJ thanks for the morning laugh. I can’t even watch ESPN anymore when it comes to their baseball coverage.

  33. Carl August 1st, 2010 at 10:04 am

    That’s why I love Chad and Sam.

  34. Fran the original August 1st, 2010 at 10:04 am

    From watching on TV it sure looks like the fans are getting into Alex’s 600th HR. In Cleveland after Alex’s last at-bat of the game the fans would leave. Obviously they were there to see the HR.

    I do want Alex to get #600 asap, but in a way I kind of hope he doesn’t hit it today and hits it this week at Yankee Stadium.

  35. Little Bill August 1st, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Award winning journalist my ass. Yesterday on ESPN News all Amy K. Nelson did was surf the internet and read other journalist’s work. That was some real investigative journalism there, reading what Olney was reporting. What a joke ESPN is.

  36. TheStraw August 1st, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Hope Kerry brought his razor with him.

  37. JD August 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Alex was just missing those fastballs yesterday. Today might be the day. One more monkey off his back. You know “Big game” Shields is going to come right after him so he’ll get his chances. Go Alex!

  38. pat August 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Sweeney Murti sums it up well-

    On the road everyone boos A-Rod, and cheers when he makes an out, still no 600. But still thousands of camera flashes going off. #phonies
    7:26 PM Jul 30th via web

  39. Thomas Robust August 1st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Kerry Wood is the only one not smiling, maybe he wanted a better role.
    Will he trim his beard?

    Great game for Cano last night, hopefully he wins that MVP.

  40. Apple byte August 1st, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I’d prefer to see Alex with a bases clearing double today to win the game for the Yankees. The silly cow-bellers don’t deserve to see a piece of history done at their ballpark. Much better to get No. 600 against the Jays at the Stadium.

  41. Nat August 1st, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Well, I’ve never read a reporter’s bio that didn’t contain the words “award-winning.”

    Light bulbs flashing seem to tell me there is some interest. Besides, I think you can’t accurately gauge “fan” interest, its really media interest. They power to frame everything lies with them.

    I, too, want Alex to hit it but after his comments last night (I was laughing because the media is acting like its so agonizing and he’s not hitting a HR as some personal attack on them) I can wait for him to get back to New York.

  42. William Buckner August 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Right now on ESPN scroll. 599 – no HR in 42 plate appearances. If no one cared, why would you bother to run the info.

  43. Nat August 1st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    pat,

    That reminds me of Bonds. Everyone hated it, booed when he walked up to the plate but as soon as his hit one the stadium was standing, with ooohs and ahhs. And this was on the road. I was always amused by that.

  44. Nat August 1st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    BrianCostaWSJ: A-Rod is not in the lineup today. Pena starting at third (Twitter)

  45. Bret The Hitman August 1st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Is Austin Kearns white or black?

    I can’t tell from that picture.

  46. JM August 1st, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Good. Alex could use a day off. I am sure he is available to pinch hit if necessary. Let him get 600 at home this week.

  47. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 1st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I pray, on this sabbath day, that Berkman’s jowls, similar to NJ’s, don’t get in the way of seeing the ball.

  48. Tom in N.J. August 1st, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The only thing i remember about Amy Nelson is last year on twitter she declared she was keeping the comments of all the people who said the Red Sox wouldn’t be good this year so she could throw it back in their faces when they won the WS.

  49. pat August 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

    BrianCostaWSJ: A-Rod is not in the lineup today. Pena starting at third (Twitter)

    Less 1/2 days off at DH now.

  50. Erica in NY August 1st, 2010 at 10:32 am

    new thread :arrow:

  51. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 1st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    SJ44, you are kidding about Cash’s NJ pickup? Come on, even you have to admit that was definitely a case where doing nothing would have been more productive. It’s like buying a stock that is at the upper end of it bollenger band and is about to crash down.

  52. pistol pete August 1st, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Berkman and Kearns are huge upgrades from our previous DH and bench corner outfielders but I’m less convinced Wood will help and disappointed that we didn’t do more in the pen . As for starters once Lee got away the rest were not worth the price. Glad Cash stayed away from Owsalt, I’m not sure he’s the No1 or 2 everyone says he is and it leaves his $16m slot for Lee next year if Texas doesn’t kill him before then. Could get bullpen help from triple a when rosters expand and get Marte back late like last year. All in all a pretty good trade deadline season costing us very very little in prospects and money.

  53. pistol pete August 1st, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Berkman and Kearns are huge upgrades from our previous DH and bench corner outfielders but I’m less convinced Wood will help and disappointed that we didn’t do more in the pen . As for starters once Lee got away the rest were not worth the price. Glad Cash stayed away from Owsalt, I’m not sure he’s the No1 or 2 everyone says he is and it leaves his $16m slot for Lee next year if Texas doesn’t kill him before then. Could get bullpen help from triple a when rosters expand and get Marte back late like last year. All in all a pretty good trade deadline season costing us very very little in prospects and money.

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