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Tony Pena’s mother passes away in the Dominican

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jan 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Some sad news, the Yankees passed along word that bench coach Tony Pena’s mother, Rosalia Padilla Pena, passed away in the Dominican Republic. She was 79 years old, and the funeral will be tomorrow in the town of Altamira.

Some other notes and links from today.

Justin Duchscherer shot down the idea that his past issues with depression might cause him problems in New York. “I find it funny that people say I can’t pitch in that environment, but I’ve pitched in New York before,” he told Brittany Ghiroli. “As far as my mind, I have no problem being anywhere. Physically it’s a matter of what’s the best situation for me.” Duchscherer also said he much prefers to start and wants to sign with a team that will give him that chance. The Yankees can certainly offer that opportunity.

• Linked to the Yankees strictly through speculation as a possible trade target, Wandy Rodriguez has signed a three-year deal with the Astros.

• The Yankees did reportedly sign one pitcher today, agreeing to a minor league deal with Warner Madrigal.

• The Blue Jays makeover continued today when they shipped nearly acquired Mike Napoli to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco. Speaking of the Blue Jays changes, Vernon Wells bid an emotional goodbye to the franchise.

• Interesting stuff over at The Hardball Times, where Chris Jaffe looked at the worst playoff game endings, including two Yankees games.

• Remember when Chris Ray was a promising young closer? Today he signed a minor league deal with the Mariners.

• The International League announced the 2011 inductees into its Hall of Fame: Steve Balboni, Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr. Balboni and Boggs are both former Yankees. For the purposes of the IL, Balboni is most closely connected to the organization, having hit 92 home runs in three years with the Columbus Clippers. Balboni is the only player in IL history to homer twice in one inning in two different games.

• I had to stop listening long enough to hear Michael Kay’s interview with Brian Cashman, but I’ve spent most of the day listening to the new Decemberists and Iron & Wine albums. Good stuff, especially from the Decemberists, who didn’t do much for me with their previous album.

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166 Responses to “Tony Pena’s mother passes away in the Dominican”

  1. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    How sad……..RIP Mrs. Pena. My condolences to the Pena family.

    Yanks don’t seem to have any interest in Deutscherer…..

  2. YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I second Betsy’s comments.

  3. YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Now, back to Cashman.

    Am I the only one who found Cashman’s ridiculous filibuster to Michael Kay’s VERY direct question – “do you wanna be here long term?” – to have been revealing?

    I actually transcribed the entire answer, as best as humanly possible, word for word and stammer for stammer, for my Yankees ‘n More blog.

    Kay could not have asked a more direct question. The entire thing was SIX WORDS.

    KAY: “Do you wanna be here long term?”

    Ready for Cashman’s answer? Buckle up!

    CASHMAN: “Listen, you know, as long as I can handle the, the media (Cashman laughs and Kay interjects: “you do that just fine.”) Alri… ya know… uh… di… but… after… you know… listen… I think that… I like what I do. I think I’ve gotten, maybe, better, over time, I understand the job better, I understand the people and the processes better. I think we’ve gotta a good structure and philosophy that we’ve put in place. And think we’ve, you know, my job is to hire good people to help me make, you know, better decisions, and I think we’ve got a good system, so let’s put it this way: Uh, ya, I like what I do as long as… it’s not easy… as long as I can take it, you know, both mentally and physically, and that we’re, if we’re successful with the decisions that I, I make, uh… but, at the same time if at any point I become a problem, where, for instance, the job’s not getting done to the best of its abilities, I think, the thing I’m proud about is I think we’ve got a system now in place that you know, hey, uh… we can promote people on various levels. Uh… If we lose our amateur scouting director to a GM job, I think, you know, we have people, you know, that, that can step up and step in ‘cause we’ve trained ‘em well. Just like if I lost out and they wanted to take me out, and something happened at that level, I think we have people here in place that can step up and replace me and I think that, you know, we have a great farm system, we have great players, that’s what it’s all about, on the field, we have a tremendous manager now and coaching staff (illegible) awesome ownership… So I think that, there’s a hell of a system here in place that uh, whether I’m here, or somebody else, it’ll thrive, and uh, and I’m proud to be a part of it., and uh, and, but, at the same time, I’ll be proud to watch from a distance if somebody decided it’s time for me not to be here. But uh, that’s not stuff we’re dealing with, and, and, thankfully, and, and uh, I’m happy, and look forward to being here for, uh, as long as it works, and uh, but I’m also not afraid if it doesn’t work, you know, I’m a big boy, too, I understand all that, that comes with it. It’s not an easy job, and, you know, some years I’ve done better than others, but I’m (big breath) one thing is, I’m always trying, and will keep, that’s the Yankee way, and that’s the way George wanted it. You gotta keep fightin’, and you’re not going to be successful all the time, but you better be in it, you know, just like I’m talking about Andy (Pettitte) earlier, you gotta be all-in, and, and ya, we’re, at this stage, I’m all-in, no doubt about it.”

  4. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    condolences to the Pena family.

    Montero #9

  5. Tom in N.J. January 25th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Hang in there, Tony.

  6. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Blake, isn’t Montero at #9 a little bit ridiculous?

  7. MTU January 25th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Blake-

    Well I was close.

    :(

  8. YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Check that… the question was SEVEN words

    Why is that question so hard for Cashman to answer? Unless, of course, he doesn’t have or want to give the answer.

    It’s not as if Kay asked if Cashman THOUGHT he’d be here long term… The answer to “do you wanna be here long term?” is YES! Or, ABSOLUTELY!

    Unless, of course, the answer is NOT yes or absolutely… If the answer is No, things get a lot more complicated. Complicated, in fact, to the point of being impossible to answer on the radio while you still have the job.

  9. tyanksfan36 January 25th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    MTU

    My newspaper had a big picture of our friend Joe Maddon on the back page the other day. I used it as lining of my rabbits litter box.

  10. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    R.I.P.

  11. MTU January 25th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    TY-

    Why do that to your rabbits ?

    Such cruelty. Probably gave them the runs.

    :)

  12. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:26 pm
    GB7,

    I’m hoping to see Sanchez a few times this season in the Sally league.

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

    Blake, he hit some bombs in the games that I saw in Tampa that I only saw Montero reach in distance. good catching style, too.

  13. Chase January 25th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    MLB Network just did the top 50 prospects list and when they did the group 14-9 which Jesus Montero was #9, they literally talked for minutes on EACH prospect EXCEPT for Montero.

    They individually discussed every other prospect in that group and when it came down to when they’d talk about him they just went to break for the next group.

    What a joke.

  14. RMS January 25th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    My condolences to the Pena family.

  15. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I think the reason he’s 9 is because some guys already in the big leagues that still have rookie status will be on the list.

  16. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Chase,

    yea, they really did….unbelievable.

  17. tyanksfan36 January 25th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    MTU

    He actually just pulls the paper out of the box and rips it up which he did to that paper.

  18. Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    YankeesNoMore…….Cashman handled that question rather well I beleive……What’s your point ???/

  19. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Why is it that when some trolling idiot shows up on here and throws up a wall of text, they honestly believe that somebody would actually read it beyond the name of the submitter.

  20. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    MTU,

    If guys like Chapman and Brown weren’t on here you’d be closer….

  21. MTU January 25th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    TY-

    Smart rabbit.

    ;)

  22. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Ackley (Tarheel)…#5. Dude can flat out rake.

  23. MTU January 25th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Blake-

    Just wait till Jesus reaches the majors.

    Lot’s of innocent bystanders will be in danger.

    And cars too.

    ;)

  24. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    MTU,

    I know….that little clip of Sanchez looked like his clone with the bat.

  25. RadioKev January 25th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Love those two albums, Chad. Seeing Iron & Wine this weekend.

  26. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Both Montero and Sanchez can make a baseball very small in a big hurry. Montero hits high line drives. Sanchez hits high and deep fly balls.

  27. Chase January 25th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    MLB Network is becoming ESPN with all their Yankee hating analysts. Mitch Williams, Greg Amsinger, John Hart, Joe MIGRAINE, Kevin Millar, Dan Pleasac, Bill Ripkin all have negative attitudes towards the Yankees whenever they are brought up.

    They all seem to have a smarmy remarks whenever anything Yankees is mentioned.

    Not to mention their crew of people under 5’4″: Bob Costas, Ken Rosenthal, Matt Vasgersian, and Matt Yallof. They are all little pukes whose phony, irritable voices ravage my eardrums.

  28. YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    QUOTE: “YankeesNoMore…….Cashman handled that question rather well I beleive……What’s your point ???”
    ————————————————————————————-
    My point is, if the answer to that question is, “yes, I wanna be here long term,” there is no way he answers it that way.

    Furthermore, you cannot be serious.

    Kay asks Cashman directly, “do you wanna be here long term?” and Cashman talks about, among many other things, how they “have a good manager and coaching staff” and “have a good system” and “can replace their amateur scouting director if he gets a GM job” and on and on and on and on and on…

    That’s a yes or no question, and Cashman stammered on for five minutes and about 3,000 words.

  29. blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    GB,

    I’ve just seen Sanchez swing a few times but it looks like its one that can generate some backspin…that’s why I said it looked Arodish earlier.

  30. MTU January 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    GB-

    NASA wants to recruit those guys.

    To launch their future rockets.

  31. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Chase, I just don’t love MLB anymore……..

  32. MG January 25th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    YankeesNoMore…….Cashman handled that question rather well I beleive……What’s your point ???/
    —————————-
    Pat M, his only point is that Cashman should be fired, beyond that he has no clue just like another poster who shall go nameless at this time…

  33. SJ44 January 25th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    There are states where this clowns daily diatribes against Cashman would border on stalking.

    No wonder why nobody reads his blog.

    At least nobody not on medication.

  34. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    blake January 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm
    GB,

    I’ve just seen Sanchez swing a few times but it looks like its one that can generate some backspin…that’s why I said it looked Arodish earlier.

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

    That’s why these two guys are so special. contact hitters that can hit doubles and homers to all fields in any park. It’s been a long, long time since the Yankees produced two hitters like this so close together. The fact that they’re both catchers is something special. The could have two youngsters hitting .300 and 30-40 homers each. It’s been forever since a team could claim that. The mid-50s Braves with Matthews and Aaron. And, NO…I didn’t say that they were those tw HOFers. Blake, that last sentence wasn’t for you. It was for those that will claim I said that.

  35. RMS January 25th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I hope Montero makes the team. I want to see how he hits major league pitching.

  36. SJ44 January 25th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Why would anybody in the last year of his contract would want to hurt his bargaining position by saying he, “wants to be here long term”.

    It’s smarter to say how much he enjoys the job and how much things have changed for the better in the organization (which is the case) and leave possibilities open.

    Part of the problem with your fixation on the guy is that you come at it from a clueless position.

    That’s why you are more laughing stock than interesting blogger.

  37. Chase January 25th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Betsy, they started off great and so promising. Now it seems that nobody can have an original thought or opinion.

    They hired all the wrong people, it seems as if nobody cares if they are right or wrong they will just spew anything out of their mouths for the sake of killing time. Even if it’s completely inaccurate or literally is an impossibility.

    Even when someone says something clearly outrageous, the other people won’t even call them out on it.

  38. RMS January 25th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    SJ44

    How is Tony doing?

  39. Crawdaddy January 25th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Jonathan Mayo has never given Montero is just dues as a player so I wasn’t surprise to see that ranking of him.

  40. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Chase, I don’t think all those guys are Yankee haters- or even necessarily most of them – but I know that if these types of shows (be it MLB,.ESPN, etc..) ignore the Yanks or say not so great things about them, I’ll get upset. That’s why I avoid them. I do think there is a latent bias against the Yankees, but such is life.

  41. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Why does anybody really care about what these shows say? Down-playing the Yankees sell, because it draws crowds.

  42. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    These rankings don’t even matter…….if they did, or hype did, then first round draft picks would never be busts and lower round picks would never become stars. I don’t know who the panel on MLB was, but probably no one I care to listen to anyway, lol

  43. Crawdaddy January 25th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Betsy,

    You’re right, they’re not all Yankee haters. I’ve heard Ripkin enough give kudos to the Yankees. As far as being bias to the Yankees. How do you measure that?

  44. SJ44 January 25th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    RMS,

    Excellent. Had a great mini camp in Bradenton last week and is ready to go.

    He has another invite to big league camp and will start the year in AA Altoona.

    He will probably report a week early with a few of the pitcher to get a jump on ST.

  45. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Yankees with 3 top 50 and Boston with 0. Just saying. Boston can’t afford any sort of injuries this year. They can afford injuries even less than the Yankees.

  46. BD (Boston Dave) January 25th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I am betting against it, but I think signing Duke would be a great move.

    Let him take the #5.

    I mean, it’s January 25th and the Yankees have CC, Hughes, AJ, and maybe Ivan Nova starting for them.

    I’m all for Nova or one guy from the farm competing for a starting spot.

    However, counting on AJ for ANYTHING is difficult. I hope he does great, but hoping that one of the worst pitchers in the game last year can rebound might not be the best idea.

    If Andy comes back, fantastic. But there are missing pieces and IMO, just one pitcher out there who could at least potentially provide #3 caliber starting pitching.

  47. blake January 25th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Gb,

    Pretty awesome it is

  48. Doreen January 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    SJ44 -

    I hope he is with Altoona long enough for me to see him play versus Trenton in May/June.

    :)

    One of those games is at 10:35 (am), and I’ve got that circled for Mom’s Day Out!

  49. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Craw, I don’t know – I probably just threw that out there. It’s just that I’ve become pretty cynical when it comes to these types of shows (not just on MLB). There is, I think, a double standard when it comes to the Yankees and Sox. The Yankees are Wal-Mart and the Sox are apparently some mom and pop drug store…………. When the Sox signed Crawford, they were praised to high heavens; we all know what would have happened if the Yankees had.

  50. Nick in SF January 25th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I like two guys clapped for google and facebook.

    Oops, I meant to post that on the LoHud State of the Union live chat.

    Um, ok, now the stage is clear for Andy to announce he’s coming back.

  51. BD (Boston Dave) January 25th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    “Yankees with 3 top 50 and Boston with 0.”

    ———–

    not to worry –

    I’m sure future hall of famers Ryan Kalish, Jose Iglesias, Lars Anderson, Renaudo, and Oscar Tejada will find their way on to some of ESPNs top prospects lists.

    Gammons may not be able to bring himself to not include at least a few on his list as well.

    :)

  52. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    BD, I just don’t even know who Cash is looking at. He says he’s scouring around for pitching, but if that were so, why didn’t he send people to Deutscherer’s workout? I’m not saying to sign him, but at least send someone. I suspect we’re going with Mitre as #4 and Nova as #5 – yeesh, lol

  53. Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    BD……I agree with you on signing Duke as well…Not only would he possibly pan out very well if he were to stay healthy it also gives the one thing the club lacks right now is pitching depth which is a season breaking concern…..2 years from now no sweat…..This is the last viable plus option out there with such a incredible upside

  54. Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    No Sox on the list because MLB will be airing a show devoted entirely to Red Sux prospects.

  55. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Dave, people forget that most of these young pitchers have only been in the system for 3 years. They started out deep in the hole as far as developing players because it really started late. These kids will be flooding the big team within a year, whether in the rotation or the bullpen. I’d be happy if NYYs get 20-22 wins from the #4 and #5 slots.

  56. Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    NICK IN sf….By the way your lollipop guild comment earlier today was a top 10 Nick in SF greatest lines ever….I hope everyone enjoyed that entry

  57. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    # Betsy January 25th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    No Sox on the list because MLB will be airing a show devoted entirely to Red Sux prospects.

    ————————————————-

    lol

  58. Nick in SF January 25th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks, Pat M, but didn’t you enjoy the 4-hour basking in the glow line last night????

  59. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Pat was busy last night, basking in the glow of the new pool cleaner.

  60. Crawdaddy January 25th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Jose Iglesias is on the list. He might be 42?

  61. Jackson January 25th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    College BB anyone?

  62. Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Hey guys, I’ve been glued to ESPN watching the Women’s bracket of the Aussie Open….My girl Caroline W. is in the quarterfinals….Ah pool service day….All my wife asked was how did I like the new service ??? Just fine Honey, looks like they did a good job….

  63. Jerkface January 25th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I’m happy, and look forward to being here for, uh, as long as it works,

    This seems like the answer. Cash will be here as long as the Steinbrenners want him here.

  64. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    Hey guys, I’ve been glued to ESPN watching the Women’s bracket of the Aussie Open….My girl Caroline W. is in the quarterfinals….Ah pool service day….All my wife asked was how did I like the new service ??? Just fine Honey, looks like they did a good job….

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

    Call ‘em back and tell them they missed a spot. I wonder if I should go to Wal-Mart’s and get a pool just to get some pool service?

  65. BD (Boston Dave) January 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    “I’d be happy if NYYs get 20-22 wins from the #4 and #5 slots.”

    ————-

    I certainly don’t disagree with you GB7.

    But there is a big difference between getting help from a young starter or two from the system coming up to help the team and your season downright depending on it.

    As Pat M also said, starting pitching depth is a concern. I think almost every season over the last 4-5 or more, the Yankees have felt they had enough starting pitching entering a season (if you count the season with Generation Trey.) Yet, every year they’ve been forced to piece together a 5th starter and in some cases a 4th.

    This year, we all KNOW they don’t currently have enough starting pitching. They are setting themselves up for possible disaster. The risk is high. The risk of signing 1-2 innings eaters or high-upside guys like Duchsherer is fairly low.

    I’d like to think anything they get from the farm this season is a nice bonus. I don’t necessarily want to bet the season on it. (I’m not suggesting you are saying they are.)

    Still, when it comes to the farm system, you’re surely one of the experts on here. So your faith in those arms is comforting :)

  66. DocTodd January 25th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    MLB doesn’t consider Red Sox minor leaguers when assembling their top 50 list….in their eyes,anyone in the Sox organization is already a major leaguer…

  67. GreenBeret7 January 25th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Dave, it wouldn’t be unusual for them. They pulled 19 rookie wins from 13 pitchers back in ’07. Not the best way, but, they can do it. I still think Pettitte returns and Cashman brings in a vet like Duchscherer.

  68. BD (Boston Dave) January 25th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    “I still think Pettitte returns and Cashman brings in a vet like Duchscherer.”

    ————-

    I hope so, on both counts.

    Nova could use a little more seasoning and either way, I’m sure the Yanks will end up needing 7+ starters at some point this season.

  69. YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    “Why would anybody in the last year of his contract would want to hurt his bargaining position by saying he, “wants to be here long term”.”
    ————————————————-
    Don’t you give up the same amount of leverage the moment you agree to negotiate a new contract?

  70. jackamir January 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Good news David Cone is back in the booth…. I always enjoyed his view of what transpires between Pitchers and the situation and how to handle certain batters. I’m glad Yes & Coney buried the hatchet and moved forward…

  71. G. Love January 25th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Between the Lord of Rings references and the Lollipop Guild today, this blog is really going to dwarves.

  72. G. Love January 25th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    “the” dwarves.

    Thank You! I’ll be here all week!

  73. Jerkface January 25th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Don’t you give up the same amount of leverage the moment you agree to negotiate a new contract?

    No, because by playing coy the other party is likely to offer you more than what you would want to stay because they view it as trying to get you to agree.

  74. Pat M. January 25th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    G. Love….As ense of levity is most welcomed here…..I didn’t think this offseason would be as rough as last winter but I was wrong……

  75. G. Love January 25th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Pat M.,

    It’s a lousy off season. I think we’re all still angry and dealing with the fact the team laid down vs. Texas. Not to mention Boston’s been getting a tongue bath in the press since the off season began.

    It’s why Cashman quotes are ticking me off.

    We need the season to start asap.

  76. Nick in SF January 25th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Cashman needs to lay off the jokes and inspire us.

    “This is out Sputnik moment! I vow to send a man to Texas and return him alive — with Andy Pettitte — back to the Yankee Spring Training facility by the middle of February.”

    That’s what I’m waiting to hear.

  77. ericns1 January 25th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    My condolences to the Pena family.

  78. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    The more I hear Cashman unfiltered, the more I like him, and the more I wonder why the Steinbrenners are stupid enough to ever overrule him .

  79. Rich in NJ January 25th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    If it’s true that Cone will be back, that is good news, as long as the is as candid as he was before.

  80. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    # Rich in NJ January 25th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    If it’s true that Cone will be back, that is good news, as long as the is as candid as he was before.

    —————————–

    Why did he leave the first time?

  81. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Why did he leave the first time?

    A YES executive didn’t like what he was saying on air. And got in a slap fight with him.

  82. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I agree with Rich, Cash knows whats up.

  83. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Lol @ Jerkface

  84. BTX January 26th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    The other interesting tidbit from the breakfast was that Cashman advised ownership to pull out of the Lee negotiations late in the game and they refused.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Just a drive-by to say

    “I still think he has a chance to be an exceptional pitcher”

    Cashman on Joba. I definitely agree with that assessment.

    “I think all things are pretty good (with the Yankees), and I’m proud to be a part of that,” Cashman said. “So why would I want to jump ship and run somewhere else?”

    Cashman on Cashman. Unless you are the kind who thinks there’s a spy behind every bush, I think you can take Cashman at his word. He’s a very rational guy. There aren’t any lines to read between, and if you’ve followed Cashman long enough, you also know that he isn’t afraid to say something like “There’s plenty of time to talk about that. Right now I’m focused on building a winning team” or words to that effect.

    He has no desire to go elsewhere, and the Yankees have no desire to have him go elsewhere.

    Be well all!

    :)

  86. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    # BTX January 26th, 2011 at 12:17 am

    The other interesting tidbit from the breakfast was that Cashman advised ownership to pull out of the Lee negotiations late in the game and they refused.

    ——————————————

    So Cashman realized that they were being strung along. Now we know why there were no deadlines or grand statements made by the Yankees.

  87. Rich in NJ January 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Against All Odds

    There were reports that he was censored, but maybe they were untrue:

    http://fackyouk.blogspot.com/2.....s-yes.html

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    “Cashman advised ownership to pull out of the Lee negotiations late in the game and they refused”

    Like hearing that – that he advised to pull out of negotiations.

  89. Rich in NJ January 26th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I don’t know what in Cash’s head, but if he was thinking about leaving, he wouldn’t be dumb enough to say anything about it now.

  90. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Exceptional only if he regains what he was in the pen. I’m not expecting 07 numbers but if he puts up 08 statistics than yea that would be exceptional. Anything short of that than he’s an average middle reliever.

  91. Yank 97 January 26th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Maybe it was ownership who decided to offer the 7th year after Crawford went to BOS

  92. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    @ Rich thanks for the link. I appreciate it.

  93. 4 NYY January 26th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I would like to see Duchscherer become a Yank. Then there is the injury factor, but I think it’s worth a try as he seems to be a guy “who knows how to pitch” and has the confidence to do so. ( unlike some nameless SP we now have )

  94. jacksquat January 26th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Duckwhatever seems talented, but also as injury prone as Nick Johnson. I gues with a really low base salary he’d be worth a shot, if the Yankees gave him a look and he looked good (+medicals).

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Okay, I perused the comments going upward (didn’t make it to the top) but I have to say that I don’t agree that this has been a miserable offseason. I don’t agree at all. Because the Yankees always have the top free agent signings doesn’t mean that it’s a failure when they don’t. I love what we’ve done with out bullpen. And outfield/bend (Andruw). I look with excited anticipation toward what the rotation will end up being. I believe in the Yankees and I believe in the ability of the team to overcome a lot and always be in the hunt.

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Look to the unknown with a sense of adventure as opposed to with a spirit of doom!

    JMO

    :)

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    “I love what we’ve done with out bullpen. And outfield/bend (Andruw). ”

    Should read: I love what we’ved done with our bullpen. And outfield/bench (Andruw).

    Night all (for real)

    :)

  97. 4 NYY January 26th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    # trisha – true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Okay, I perused the comments going upward (didn’t make it to the top) but I have to say that I don’t agree that this has been a miserable offseason. I don’t agree at all. Because the Yankees always have the top free agent signings doesn’t mean that it’s a failure when they don’t. I love what we’ve done with out bullpen. And outfield/bend (Andruw). I look with excited anticipation toward what the rotation will end up being. I believe in the Yankees and I believe in the ability of the team to overcome a lot and always be in the hunt.

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Look to the unknown with a sense of adventure as opposed to with a spirit of doom!

    JMO

    :)

    ——————————————————————————————–

    Everyone has one ( opinion ) and yours is as good as any.

  98. Rich in NJ January 26th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    It hasn’t been a bad offseason for the Yankees, but it has been a very good one for the RS. Their needs were more readily available in the market.

    The Yankees have to start developing more starters and ownership has to ensure that there is sufficient patience to do that.

  99. pak14life January 26th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Cashman is clueless with Joba. Wasted a great talent.

  100. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Rich in NJ……I have to say thank you for the fack youk blog….I spent devoted some quality time doing some research there…..Interesting take on the world of sports….Why did it take you so long to share ???/

  101. Rich in NJ January 26th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Pat M

    You’re welcome, but I’m not a regular visitor there.

  102. ron January 26th, 2011 at 1:48 am

    With joba,i don’t think cashman alone is making the decisions.
    He does not have the baseball knowledge to do so,it would also be ignorant.

    Tim lincecum lost some mph on his fb & there were some minor injuries.He learned how too pitch differently.less fb,more offspeed pitches.

    Point being is there is no possible way of knowing how a pitcher will develope or how good he will be unless given the time.
    Joba should of been left as a starter until about 2 or 3 full seasons have past & the results anylized.

    I just can’t understand how joba when starting in the minors put up fantastic numbers & was not given the proper amount of time too learn the art of pitching in the majors.

    There is nothing too lose,now joba is a 7th inning pitcher with very little value & mitre & nova are our 5th & 6th pitchers.

  103. Pat M. January 26th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Good Night and Good Morning Morning People………

  104. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 2:43 am

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....ury-41935/

    Interesting take by Cliff Corcoran and RAB, that Joba injured his shoulder when he dove to the ground.

  105. Jerkface January 26th, 2011 at 3:09 am

    If his shoulder means he has to be a reliever, what about Webb and Wang? They don’t seem to be pegged as relievers

  106. Doreen January 26th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Good morning, morning people.

    :)

  107. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 6:51 am

    good morning Doreen and other early birds :)

  108. Mike Ri January 26th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Good Morning Everyone !

  109. JCPD January 26th, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Good morning guys and gals…… it’s a balmy 24 degrees today. Off to my first day on the job out of training……… new store, new people……. man I hate feeling like a novice. Enjoy your day everyone. I’ll miss the serenity of the morning show here only to catch the blog after it’s blows up in the PM :-)

  110. tyanksfan36 January 26th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Good morning morning people! I’m happy to say its only sprinkling this morning. Yay for not getting drenched!

  111. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    20s and light snow, a nice winter day up here!
    good luck JCPD

  112. Doreen January 26th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    JCPD -

    Good luck today! May everything go smoothly for you. )

  113. tyanksfan36 January 26th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Good luck JCPD! I’m sure you’ll do fine. Have a great first day.

  114. MaineYankee January 26th, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Good morning everyone.

    JCPD

    Just tell them you need blog time every half hour. I’m sure they won’t mind. :lol:

    kate

    No snow but it seems odd when it warms up 30 degrees and it’s only 20. :lol:

  115. Fran the original January 26th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Good luck today JCPD. Sure you’ll do fine :)

  116. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 7:21 am

    MY
    yeah, it feels weird when temps in the 20s feel warm!

    Well what is today’s controversy going to be? Seems like Cash covered everything yesterday. Espn has a crawl line on Jeter possibly going to the OF.

  117. Doreen January 26th, 2011 at 7:34 am

    upstate kate -

    I guess ESPN didn’t bother to listen to Kay’s show?

  118. MaineYankee January 26th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    The problem with them using just a part of a quote is then everyone else picks up on it and then people form an opion based on a misquote.

  119. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    JCPD-

    Best of luck on the new job.

  120. Fran the original January 26th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    There is an article in todays NY Post quoting Hank. I would link it but I am having computer issues.

  121. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    MY
    People form opinions based on their own bias anyway, the little snippets just make it worse. I appreciated hardwired’s link of Cash’s comments yesterday so I could listen to what was actually said, and in what tone of voice.

  122. DaSaint007 January 26th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Seems like MLB is turning into ESPN with their rankings.

  123. DaSaint007 January 26th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good luck at the new gig JCPD!

  124. DaSaint007 January 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Yankee mantra for 2011: We do big things!

    Andy returns.
    King Felix is obtained mid season.
    2011 WS is won!

  125. Benny Blanco January 26th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Ron dibble is retarded. They are talking about joba’s elbow injury. Hello, It was his shoulder.

  126. Benny Blanco January 26th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    *Rob*

  127. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    How I hate snow, lol and this winter

  128. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    More quotes from Hank? Sheesh, I guess Hal can’t muzzle him anymore – Hank being more involved (and especially chatting away) can not be a good thing for this team.

  129. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    “More quotes from Hank? Sheesh, I guess Hal can’t muzzle him anymore – Hank being more involved (and especially chatting away) can not be a good thing for this team”

    Nothing wrong with anything Hank said this time around. More of a “rah, rah!!!” piece than anything else.

  130. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Mell, I admit that I can’t stand Hank. His behavior during the Santana “negotiations” was deplorable and so everytime I read about him saying anything, I cringe. I long for the good old days of even last year when we wouldn’t have to read anything from him, even in a “rah rah” piece.

  131. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Dibble also said this morning that he could see Micheal Young being moved for a frontline starting pitcher…….

  132. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    If the Rangers move Feliz to the rotation do they approach the Sox about Papelbum?

  133. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    What did Hank say that was so wrong?

    He said he wants to “$&$&win”! lol

    Yes, that really hurts the team.

    His dad said the same thing from the day he bought the team. Fans say it everyday here.

    The players, most notably the captain of the team, says the same thing.

    Why is it when Hank says it, it’s bad for the team?

  134. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    SJ, next time read my post. I didn’t read the article……….I have NO idea what he said. Just because you like him doesn’t mean everyone has to and it doesn’t make YOU right and ME wrong because I detest the man. I don’t care what he said – period. I just don’t like him involved with the team. If you don’t like that, well that’s too bad.

  135. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    If you had bothered to even read my post, SJ, instead of taking a freaking snitty attitude with me because you hate everything I say, you would see why I hate Hank…….

  136. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    “Ron dibble is retarded. They are talking about joba’s elbow injury. Hello, It was his shoulder”

    You really need to come up with a better adjective.

    To me, what’s worse than Dibble’s apparent lack of knowledge of the injury is how the Yankees have reacted to it. Seems Cashman is saying that as a result of an injury suffered a couple years back in Texas, Chamberlain went from once promising, potential front end of the rotation starter to a career as a middle reliever/set up guy. Why? Did Chamberlain ever go under the knife in an effort to repair whatever the damage wass? Was he ever put on a rehab/strength and conditioning program for the shoulder? Lots of guys suffer injuries? Many of them go thru surgery and/or rehab and oftentimes come back nearly as, or sometimes better, than they were prior to the injury. I don’t suppose the Yankees owe anyone an answer, but I’d be interested in knowing what it is about this injury makes it a “point of no return” type thing?

  137. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    That’s too bad about Tony Pena’s mom. :(

  138. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Betsy,

    Did you like George? Hank seems a lot more like George than Hal does to me.

  139. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    So Joba has an ongoing shoulder issue and the Yankees still let him compete for the 5th spot in 2010? How does that make any sense? That’s the question I’m seeing all over the boards and Cash has to explain that.

  140. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Blake, I hated George when I was young………..I don’t know when I started liking him, but I still don’t recall George ever opening his mouth during negotiations with a team like Hank did.

  141. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    *nearly as GOOD….

  142. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    If you didn’t read the article, then don’t draw the conclusion, which you did, that it can’t be good for the team.

    If you are going to post an opinion, be prepared to defend it. That’s the way it is with everybody here.

    You hating him really has no bearing on what you posted.

    You, as usual, saw something wrong again with something involving the team.

    The fact you drew this conclusion without even reading the story is mindboghling.

  143. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I liked the Hank article, he had good things to say about the fans, the young pitchers, Soriano and Jeter.

  144. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’ve made a decision to not use any more brain power on Joba….I don’t have that much to spare and it seems futile. Im going to cheer for him when he pitches and not worry about it the rest of the time.

  145. MTU January 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Blake-

    That’s pretty much how I feel at this time.

    It should go on TV. A new episode of “Unsolved Mysteries”, or the “Twilight Zone”.

    :)

  146. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Good idea, Blake, lol…………Joba is what he is at this point. I’ve never blamed the Yankees for his struggles like many fans have……..I still would like an answer to the query I posted above, but I don’t think we’re going to get that.

  147. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Oh please, no need to taint the TZ with this stuff, lol

  148. Fran the original January 26th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Hank looks and talks like his dad.

  149. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    “Dibble also said this morning that he could see Micheal Young being moved for a frontline starting pitcher”

    Dibble is dreaming. Michael Young is expensive and about halfway thru the back nine of his career. He’s been a fine ballplayer, but he does not bring you back a frontline starter.

    “If the Rangers move Feliz to the rotation do they approach the Sox about Papelbum?”

    Interesting question. Because of the money, I lean to NO. That said, if Feliz does indeed get stretched out and heads to the rotation, Frank Francisco is one of the guys you might have thought would be in line for the closers job, having had it once before. He’s a goner. So maybe they do talk to Boston about Papelbon.

  150. upstate kate January 26th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    that is a good idea Blake! I was in the group hoping he would get the opportunity to start, but now I understand why he isn’t. Altho I agree w/ Betsy about the competition in ’10 ST.

  151. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Fran,

    Yea he does….it think that’s kinda neat in a way.

  152. Tom in N.J. January 26th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Hank was optimistic:

    ‘I think Chamberlain is going to come back and have a big year’

    “I think A.J. [Burnett] is going to come back and have at least the kind of year like he had two years ago. CC Sabathia is going to be great as usual. Phil Hughes, we’re expecting more big things.

    “I say we have one of the top four teams in baseball, whether we end up being the best or not, we’ll see.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1C9GHFyhK

  153. SJ44 January 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    George never opened his mouth during negotiations? Are you kidding?

    George INVENTED opening his mouth in negotiations. lol

    Hank is a more refined version of George. That’s how bad George was back in the day.

    He fired EVERYBODY, many of these folks multiple times.

    PR guys, pitching coaches, managers, GM’s, secretaries, clubhouse kids, nobody was spared George’s wrath.

    One of the most fascinating parts of Yankee history to me has been the “transformation” of George in the eyes of the fans.

    He went from being the most hated owner by his own fans in sports (a guy kicked out of baseball TWICE!), to being beloved.

    Granted, he softened up a LOT in later years.

    However, he was a terror for a large part of his reign with the Yankees.

    Hank on his most out of control day, couldn’t crack the Top 100 of George’s greatest “hits”.

  154. joeman January 26th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    DaSaint007 January 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am
    Yankee mantra for 2011: We do big things!

    Andy returns.
    King Felix is obtained mid season.
    2011 WS is won
    —————————————————————–
    heard it here Andy will not pitch a inning for the Yankees this year

  155. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    SJ, I was a teenager during the mid 80′s, so no I don’t have total recall about George. I only remember that I hated him……I remember why I hated him because he was always interfering and saying bad things, but it’s not like I was paying attention to negotiations with players.

  156. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Yes, I remember George hiring and firing – and I remember when he got suspended that I was very glad for it.

  157. Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I’m not telling anyone else how to feel about Hank, but this is just how I feel – ever since the Santana negotiations. I just don’t think it’s a good thing that he’s more involved as I don’t think he knows much about baseball

  158. blake January 26th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Mell,

    I don’t think there is a team in the big leagues that would take on Young’s contract for a middle of the rotation starter…..much less a frontline guy.

    I tend to agree on Papelbon….if they were considering moving Feliz to the rotation then it seems they would have been more involved with Soriano. Papelbon would be just 1 year though so it probably would just depend on what the Sox wanted back.

  159. Benny Blanco January 26th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Mell, I’m sure you heard on MLB radio that cashman is talking himself out of a gm job. Does MLB radio just let anyone host a morning show? Did Dibble or his co-host bother to listen to cashman interview before opening their mouths?

  160. Mell January 26th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Benny:

    Didn’t hear that, though what you describe would hardly make Dibble alone. There’s been a lot of speculation about Cashman by many in the press since his comments at the Soriano presser.

  161. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 26th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I have to say that I loved everything that Hank said. I personally like that kind of leadership at the helm. It’s their money, they have the right to say whatever they want. Again, I love his attitude and I feel the same way. GO YANKEES!!!

    As an aside, I loved George. The bombastic George never bothered me. Show me another owner who continued to invest his own money in the team instead of pocketing it and cheaping out. It was George’s team, make no mistake about it. So we don’t get to dicatate which George we get. There is no question that the Boss loved his Yankees and he loved the fans – and he loved to win. He set up a model for a well-oiled machine, respectful players, and dedicated personnel. I happen to think that a lot of George’s bombast helped to motivate this team. Sometimes teams get lethargic and need motivation.

    Hell, the people here who believe that unless the Yankees win it all, it’s time for suicide should be worshipping at the feet of Hank – and should have worshipped at the feet of George. He’s the one who invented “if you don’t win the WS, the season is a failure” mentality for the Yankees and Yankee fans. I’m happy with whatever the Yankees do in a season, as long as they give their best. I don’t need the crowning glory to feel good about the Yankees. But I still love what the Boss brought to the table and I’m happy to see that Hank is carrying the torch.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    :)

  162. Erin January 26th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    New Post- Pinch Hitting: Ben Wolinsky

    :arrow:

  163. 86w183 January 26th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I generally defend Cashman, but he was really stupid to comment on Jeter changing positions hypothetical question or not. He has to know how sensitive Jeter is about the subject and how the relationship between Jeter and the team (including Cashman) took a hit due to the public nature of the recent negotiations.

    To take on a hypothetical question about moving him to a different position was just plain dumb.

    Michael Young has a complete no-trade and will not likely agree to any move so conjecture about him isn’t going anywhere. He’s still a very good offensive player, but not at $ 16 M plus.

  164. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    # pak14life January 26th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Cashman is clueless with Joba. Wasted a great talent.

    —————————————————————-

    They still believe in him as a reliever. Let’s see if it works out. Although his value in that role probably won’t get any higher.

  165. BoJo January 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    YankeesNmore January 25th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Now, back to Cashman.

    Am I the only one who found Cashman’s ridiculous filibuster to Michael Kay’s VERY direct question – “do you wanna be here long term?” – to have been revealing?
    ++++++++++++++
    That was succinct. Eve ask him for the time? Don’t–unless you want a history of time and the watch.

  166. Against All Odds January 26th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    # Betsy January 26th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    So Joba has an ongoing shoulder issue and the Yankees still let him compete for the 5th spot in 2010? How does that make any sense? That’s the question I’m seeing all over the boards and Cash has to explain that.

    ————————————————–

    That’s the question that many fans have. I asked Chip the same question yesterday and he stated maybe ST was the final judgment they needed to make their decision. That’s not a direct quote but it’s along the lines out what he said. Maybe that’s truth but if it is why risk it? Why risk getting hurt pitching multiple innings in ST. Why tell him to prepare in the off season as a starter if you are worried about him starting.

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