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Yankees scattered among top positional prospects

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

I didn’t intentionally time it this way, but Ed’s guest post about the construction of the Yankees minor league system happened to come on the same day MLB Network and MLB.com are revealing their Top 50 Prospects. The list will be announced at 9 p.m., broadcast on the television network and on the website. You can bet that Jesus Montero will be near the top.

Leading up to the Top 50, MLB.com has already ranked the top 10 prospects at each position.

Catcher
Yankees on the list: Jesus Montero (1), Gary Sanchez (3), Austin Romine (8)
Yankees top prospect: Montero
The top catcher on last year’s MLB.com list was National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, who opened 2010 in the minor leagues before hitting his way to San Francisco. There’s obviously a chance Montero could do the same thing for New York this season.

First base
Yankees on the list:
None
Yankees top prospect: Luke Murton
The Yankees really don’t have a standout first base prospect, which isn’t a significant issue with Mark Teixeira in New York. The Yankees best long-term first base prospect is probably someone currently playing a different position, maybe third baseman Brandon Laird or catcher J.R. Murphy. Of the guys primarily playing first right now, I’ll give the nod to Murton, but you could just as easily make a case for Jorge Vazquez (more advanced), Kyle Roller (higher draft pick) or Reymond Nunez (more raw talent).

Second base
Yankees on the list:
Eduardo Nunez (9)
Yankees top prospect: Corban Joseph
MLB.com put Nunez, a natural shortstop, on its list of second basemen and cited the probability that he’ll be cast in a utility role with the Yankees. Makes perfect sense, and I agree. Of the guys currently playing second base for the Yankees, I’ll go with Joseph as the top prospect, barely ahead of likely Trenton teammate David Adams. Both are interesting young players, but Nunez is more advanced.

Shortstop
Yankees on the list: None
Yankees top prospect:
Eduardo Nunez
Nunez made MLB.com’s list at second base but not at shortstop. What stands out about the shortstop ranking is how many of the Top 10 are low-level players who are still extremely raw and young. It’s tough to stick at shortstop, which is part of the reason Nunez has real value (he’s made it this far). The Yankees have their own young, raw shortstop in first-round pick Cito Culver.

Third base
Yankees on the list: None
Yankees top prospect:
Brandon Laird
Frankly, I think Laird has a chance to make the same sort of impact as some of the guys on MLB.com’s list. I might not have said that two years ago, but Laird has steadily produced, and now he’s one level away from the big leagues. Might not be a superstar, but he’s a good bet to help at the Major League level.

Outfield
Yankees on the list: None
Yankees top prospect:
Slade Heathcott
MLB.com’s list of outfielders starts with Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Domonic Brown. The Yankees don’t have anyone with that kind of hype or perceived potential, but Heathcott is a good young athlete, and the Yankees have quite a few interesting center fielders in their lower levels. On the whole, though, the outfield is a bit of an organizational weakness.

Right-handed pitcher
Yankees on the list: None
Yankees top prospect:
Dellin Betances
Predictably, there are a lot of talented right-handers in minor league baseball, and listing the top 10 would be a matter of extreme preference. Betances is a legitimate prospect who belongs in the same sentence as some of the guys listed by MLB.com. He could pitch his way into the middle of the rotation, if not higher, and he could do it within the next year or two.

Left-handed pitcher
Yankees on the list: Manny Banuelos (10)
Yankees top prospect:
Banuelos
This is a pretty impressive list of lefties, and MLB.com notes that Banuelos showed improved velocity in 2010, leading to projection as a “front-line starter in the not-too-distant future.” I consider him the top pitching prospect in the system, though Baseball American ranked him one spot behind Betances.

 
 

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70 Responses to “Yankees scattered among top positional prospects”

  1. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am
    Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    For everyone who wanted a clear cut definitive answer as to why the Yankees have resisted putting Joba back in the rotation – there you have it. I know this will not satisfy some of you wanna-be scouts and medical experts who will say that this is nonsense — that Joba was throwing 98mph so obviously his shoulder is fine and Cashman is just telling tall tales again. But it’s the best you’re going to get.

    ———————————-

    If he hasn’t been the same since the surgery why go through the whole song and dance of ST especially since Hughes was the odds on favorite to win. Why not give up Joba who is damaged goods for Haren when they had the chance

    ——————

    1. Maybe it was in that “competition” that they came to the conclusion that Joba’s days as a starter are done?

    2. They may still believe that even though he’s not a starter anymore he can still be a dominant reliever and so that’s why they didn’t trade him?

    As much as I would like to be I’m not privvy to the organizational conversations on Joba Chamberlain – I can only go on what they decide to tell us and what they’re telling us is that Joba’s shoulder is the reason he’s not being considered a starter.

    If you want to play Oliver Stone and spin conspiracy theories I say more power to you – blogs are a great venue for that and your opinion is certainly no more or less valid than mine. My point is that there have been a lot of people asking over and over again for the Yankees to give the fans a reason why Joba’s not in the mix and they have.

  2. blake January 25th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    3 catchers in the top 10. Pretty crazy.

  3. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yankees on the list: None
    Yankees top prospect: Brandon Laird
    Frankly, I think Laird has a chance to make the same sort of impact as some of the guys on MLB.com’s list. I might not have said that two years ago, but Laird has steadily produced, and now he’s one level away from the big leagues. Might not be a superstar, but he’s a good bet to help at the Major League level.
    ———————-

    I think Laird’s best shot is to end up replacing Swisher in RF or be a super utility guy ala Ben Zobrist.

  4. rodg12 January 25th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    “The Yankees best long-term first base prospect is probably someone currently playing a different position”

    I agree Chad, but I’d point to Jesus Montero as being that guy.

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan January 25th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    “On the whole, though, the outfield is a bit of an organizational weakness”.

    Yes it is.

  6. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    1. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am
    Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    For everyone who wanted a clear cut definitive answer as to why the Yankees have resisted putting Joba back in the rotation – there you have it. I know this will not satisfy some of you wanna-be scouts and medical experts who will say that this is nonsense — that Joba was throwing 98mph so obviously his shoulder is fine and Cashman is just telling tall tales again. But it’s the best you’re going to get.

    ———————————-

    If he hasn’t been the same since the surgery why go through the whole song and dance of ST especially since Hughes was the odds on favorite to win. Why not give up Joba who is damaged goods for Haren when they had the chance

    ——————

    1. Maybe it was in that “competition” that they came to the conclusion that Joba’s days as a starter are done?

    2. They may still believe that even though he’s not a starter anymore he can still be a dominant reliever and so that’s why they didn’t trade him?

    As much as I would like to be I’m not privvy to the organizational conversations on Joba Chamberlain – I can only go on what they decide to tell us and what they’re telling us is that Joba’s shoulder is the reason he’s not being considered a starter.

    If you want to play Oliver Stone and spin conspiracy theories I say more power to you – blogs are a great venue for that and your opinion is certainly no more or less valid than mine. My point is that there have been a lot of people asking over and over again for the Yankees to give the fans a reason why Joba’s not in the mix and they have.

    ———————————————————-

    But what good is a “dominant reliever” with diminished stuff in the middle innings of games when you could have packaged him for what you need right now which is a starter. The moment Kerry Wood was trade to the team Joba became an after thought and it became really clear when the PS started.

    Since he’s not the same as a starter can’t the same be said he’s not the same as a reliever.

  7. Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    “On the whole, though, the outfield is a bit of an organizational weakness”.

    Yes it is.

    Eh, it’s not a big deal. It’s easy to pick up good outfielders in the trade or free agent market. We got Swisher and Granderson in good trades and could have easily gotten Crawford, Werth, Holliday, etc on the free agent market.

    It’s smart to focus on pitchers, catchers and middle infielders. The Yankees are strong in 2/3 of those areas and it looked like they tried to address the middle infielder category last draft. My guess is they will continue looking for high impact prospects that can play SS and 2B

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan January 25th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I think certain injuries can manifest themselves over the course of two hours of activity and not with twenty minutes of work.

    It’s not a perfect example, but I have bad shin splints which kick in when I have been running three to four miles; but I don’t feel them if I am just running a mile or two.

  9. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:57 am
    1. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am
    Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    For everyone who wanted a clear cut definitive answer as to why the Yankees have resisted putting Joba back in the rotation – there you have it. I know this will not satisfy some of you wanna-be scouts and medical experts who will say that this is nonsense — that Joba was throwing 98mph so obviously his shoulder is fine and Cashman is just telling tall tales again. But it’s the best you’re going to get.

    ———————————-

    If he hasn’t been the same since the surgery why go through the whole song and dance of ST especially since Hughes was the odds on favorite to win. Why not give up Joba who is damaged goods for Haren when they had the chance

    ——————

    1. Maybe it was in that “competition” that they came to the conclusion that Joba’s days as a starter are done?

    2. They may still believe that even though he’s not a starter anymore he can still be a dominant reliever and so that’s why they didn’t trade him?

    As much as I would like to be I’m not privvy to the organizational conversations on Joba Chamberlain – I can only go on what they decide to tell us and what they’re telling us is that Joba’s shoulder is the reason he’s not being considered a starter.

    If you want to play Oliver Stone and spin conspiracy theories I say more power to you – blogs are a great venue for that and your opinion is certainly no more or less valid than mine. My point is that there have been a lot of people asking over and over again for the Yankees to give the fans a reason why Joba’s not in the mix and they have.

    ———————————————————-

    But what good is a “dominant reliever” with diminished stuff in the middle innings of games when you could have packaged him for what you need right now which is a starter. The moment Kerry Wood was trade to the team Joba became an after thought and it became really clear when the PS started.

    Since he’s not the same as a starter can’t the same be said he’s not the same as a reliever.

    ———————-

    Yeah but Kerry Wood was brought in after Dan Haren was already traded (and of course the Yankees had no idea what they were really getting in Kerry Wood) so at the time of the Haren discussions Joba Chamberlain was their primary set up man.

    As for Joba the reliever vs. Joba the starter – I’m not a medical expert and I wouldn’t pretend to be one. But it seems to me that it’s easier to gas it out for 15/20 pitches than it would be to maintain for 100/110.

    Maybe that’s where the Yankees see the difference – not in the stuff that he’s got but in the duration for which he’s able to maintain it. Sort of the same way a guy can be a great sprinter but that doesn’t mean he could win a marathon.

  10. Cashman needs to go January 25th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    3 cathers in the top 10 (and some say that 2 of those may not even end up at catcher thus eliminating them from the list) and then a whole bunch of “NONE”s…. yet another cashman failure..

    on another note from last thread….

    Cashman: “The higher up the tree the monkey climbs, the more you see of his ass.”

    Oh great now he’s rapelling UP the building…at least he had the correct description of himself..

  11. ac1 January 25th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Cashman Costanza everyone!

  12. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Maybe you’re right about gasing it out for one inning as opposed to multiple ones. I think ppl have stated that before. True came in after Haren was trade but at that time Joba was floundering as a reliever. Everyone knew the Yankees were going to pick up an 8th inning guy/closer type.

    Here is another take from someone one at RAB on what Cashman said:

    See, people keep saying ‘Cashman said it’s because of his health,’ but I disagree and think that’s a misinterpretation of what Cashman said. Cashman didn’t say ‘Joba can’t physically handle starting,’ he said ‘Joba’s stuff has been diminished since the ’08 injury and we think he’s now a better fit in the bullpen than in the rotation.’ I think people are reading something into Cashman’s words that they want to have been there, but wasn’t actually there. What he said today was really no different than what he’s been saying the last few months, other than finally putting a date on when the diminished stuff started (the ’08 injury).

  13. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    # Chip January 25th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Yankees on the list: None
    Yankees top prospect: Brandon Laird
    Frankly, I think Laird has a chance to make the same sort of impact as some of the guys on MLB.com’s list. I might not have said that two years ago, but Laird has steadily produced, and now he’s one level away from the big leagues. Might not be a superstar, but he’s a good bet to help at the Major League level.
    ———————-

    I think Laird’s best shot is to end up replacing Swisher in RF or be a super utility guy ala Ben Zobrist.

    ————————————

    That would be a nice luxury to have.

  14. Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Kinda funny when you think about it…….this farm system everyone has raved about has the following:

    1 – 3 top flight catchers……and we went out and signed a catcher for this season
    2 – one pitcher ranked #10 FOR LEFT HANDED STARTERS
    3 – one position player ranked #9 for 2nd basemen

    One would have thought from reading this board over the past two months that we had 3 top starters, position players galore, and just an overall wealth of depth.

    I’ll wait patiently for 30 seconds until someone says “our depth is in the lower levels of the system…..wait till next year”

  15. blake January 25th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The Yanks have placed an emphasis on developing the things that are hardest to find in free agency (up the middle position players and starting pitching). That’s why they have so many catchers, so many pitchers, and why they drafted a ton of SSs last year.

  16. Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    If you look at the top 100 prospects in MLB the Yankees probably have 4 players. Two more would be just outside the top 100. And it’s not like there are no good players behind those top 6…

  17. SJ44 January 25th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Or wait patiently and learn what constitutes a good farm system rather than writing about something you know nothing about.

    The Yankees have a Top 10 farm system. Why? Because they have talent and depth at two of the most three valuable areas teams look to acquire depth…..pitching and catching.

    The third area is middle infield.

    As far as Manny Banuelos is concerned, most under 21 pitchers, who have never pitched above A Ball, aren’t always ranked high this early in their development.

    Yet, if you followed the AFL, you would have seen that he was considered one of the better arms out there and made the AFL Rising Stars team, their version of the all star team.

    No farm system is perfectly balanced across the board. Mainly because you don’t draft for need in baseball. At least the successful organizations don’t so it.

    You select the best player, regardless of position, when it’s your time to pick.

    If you end up top heavy in need positions (like catcher and pitcher), you give yourself more options down the line.

  18. 108 stitches January 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Eduardo Nunez will have to show a horrible ST not to go north when the team leaves Tampa. Girardi will find enough work to keep him from rusting on the bench. The manager likes to rest certain people or give A-Rod or Cano some DH time.
    Almost the same with Brandon Laird with veratility at either IF corner or OF corner.

  19. randy l. January 25th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    “I’d rather the organization have spirited debate, and let fans see these debates take place, than put on a phony display of lockstep thinking. Which, no effective organization in sports possesses.”

    sj44-

    i totally agree .

    i’m just saying this is a bit different than how it’s been since i guess the arod reversal.

    if cashman doesn’t mind other people being involved i agree it’s a healthy situation.

    if he does object, then it may be a different story.

  20. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    # Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Kinda funny when you think about it…….this farm system everyone has raved about has the following:

    1 – 3 top flight catchers……and we went out and signed a catcher for this season
    2 – one pitcher ranked #10 FOR LEFT HANDED STARTERS
    3 – one position player ranked #9 for 2nd basemen

    One would have thought from reading this board over the past two months that we had 3 top starters, position players galore, and just an overall wealth of depth.

    I’ll wait patiently for 30 seconds until someone says “our depth is in the lower levels of the system…..wait till next year”

    ———————————————-

    Seems like we have been waiting forever. Cashman is banking alot on this farm system and hopefully it comes through but if it doesn’t you’ll hear wait until….

  21. jmonteforte January 25th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Keep an eye on Nik Turley a few years down the road:

    http://www.baseball-reference......rley001nik

    A late draft pick in the 2008 Draft who finally got to pitch in rookie ball last season.

  22. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Good morning from AZ,

    No, I didn’t just get up.

    This is a very important day on my calendar: It is our 41 wedding anniversary.

    What do I want for this important occasion: Andy Pettitte to get the ball rolling with a phone call to Cashman that he wants to return. I would like the phone call to be made public so that we all can put the pitching situation in prospective for the season.

    What do I wish for baseball wise: A large celebration “down the cannons of Wall Street”, a big parade in early November. There are other things too like seeing some prospects make an important contribution to the season.

    I am a lucky woman….a wonderful husband, great kids and grandchild, relative good health, etc.

  23. Mell January 25th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I think Nunez could be quite an asset to the team this season, especially if they get him a couple games a week. Laird? Not so much. Not this year anyway. Couldn’t hit much in AAA or the AFL. Terrible K/BB ratios. Think he needs at least a half season in SWB.

  24. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    108 stitches January 25th, 2011 at 12:25 pm
    Eduardo Nunez will have to show a horrible ST not to go north when the team leaves Tampa. Girardi will find enough work to keep him from rusting on the bench. The manager likes to rest certain people or give A-Rod or Cano some DH time.
    Almost the same with Brandon Laird with veratility at either IF corner or OF corner.

    ——————-

    With you sort of on Nunez, less so on Laird.

    Laird’s still learning new positions and didn’t spend much time at AAA last year so they may want to start him there.

    Only other reason they might keep Nunez out of the majors is to let him play everyday in hopes of getting him in a groove before asking him to come up in spot duty or to build his trade value.

  25. hardwired7 January 25th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    “SJ44 January 25th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    As far as Cashman’s candor, he’s always like this in these settings. He was in CT a few weeks ago and was at the same event last year.

    Kind of like the college coach who is more forthcoming in booster settings than he is at news conferences.”

    I thought that might be the case. You can’t get to his position without having a sharp mind, especially as young as he was when he became G.M.

    It’s easy enough to understand why he’s had to be guarded around the media. Anything he says can get spun and blown out of proportion.

    It’s cool that lately more of his more informal side is coming through. (Scaling down buildings, serving up shots? Awesome.) Why not? He’s certainly done his time — how many Yankees G.M.’s lasted over a decade?

  26. Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    With Andruw Jones on board i don’t see a need for Laird anyways. Might as well let him spend the year in AAA and improve his hitting and fielding.

    To be totally honest I see Laird and Nunez as trade bait more than anything.

  27. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    # Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Kinda funny when you think about it…….this farm system everyone has raved about has the following:

    1 – 3 top flight catchers……and we went out and signed a catcher for this season
    2 – one pitcher ranked #10 FOR LEFT HANDED STARTERS
    3 – one position player ranked #9 for 2nd basemen

    One would have thought from reading this board over the past two months that we had 3 top starters, position players galore, and just an overall wealth of depth.

    I’ll wait patiently for 30 seconds until someone says “our depth is in the lower levels of the system…..wait till next year”

    ———————————————-

    Seems like we have been waiting forever. Cashman is banking alot on this farm system and hopefully it comes through but if it doesn’t you’ll hear wait until….

    —————–

    Really? The farm system hasn’t come through for the Yankees?

    Forgetting the “Core Four” for a minute

    Starting LF – Farm system
    MVP candidate 2b – Farm system
    #2 starter – Farm system
    majority of the bullpen and bench – farm system
    Starting CF – brought in via trade using players from the farm
    Starting RF – brought in via trade using players from the farm
    Even Alex Rodriguez was originally brought in using players from the farm.

    That’s some pretty solid production if you want to look at it honestly.

  28. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    # Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    # Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Kinda funny when you think about it…….this farm system everyone has raved about has the following:

    1 – 3 top flight catchers……and we went out and signed a catcher for this season
    2 – one pitcher ranked #10 FOR LEFT HANDED STARTERS
    3 – one position player ranked #9 for 2nd basemen

    One would have thought from reading this board over the past two months that we had 3 top starters, position players galore, and just an overall wealth of depth.

    I’ll wait patiently for 30 seconds until someone says “our depth is in the lower levels of the system…..wait till next year”

    ———————————————-

    Seems like we have been waiting forever. Cashman is banking alot on this farm system and hopefully it comes through but if it doesn’t you’ll hear wait until….

    —————–

    Really? The farm system hasn’t come through for the Yankees?

    Forgetting the “Core Four” for a minute

    Starting LF – Farm system
    MVP candidate 2b – Farm system
    #2 starter – Farm system
    majority of the bullpen and bench – farm system
    Starting CF – brought in via trade using players from the farm
    Starting RF – brought in via trade using players from the farm
    Even Alex Rodriguez was originally brought in using players from the farm.

    That’s some pretty solid production if you want to look at it honestly.

    ———————————

    Who ever said the farm system hasn’t come through?

  29. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Who ever said the farm system hasn’t come through?

    _____________

    I was inferring that’s what you meant by your “seems like we’ve been waiting forever” comment. Apologies if that’s not what you meant

  30. Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Who ever said the farm system hasn’t come through?

    You

  31. JEKIKASO January 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    SAS,

    Happy 41st. truly an accomplishment !! :-)

  32. KPB January 25th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    SAS

    A hit and run, but wanted to wish you a happy anniversary. Congratulations and hope you have a wonderful time and get everything you want.

  33. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Jekikaso and KPB,

    Thanks for your good wishes. I hope everyone on here has the same desires for 2011.

    Yes, I agree 41 years is an accomplishment. One has to work hard to make it work all those years, but it’s worth it.

  34. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Only Pete Abe….

    He took Cashman’s comment about Jeter someday playing the OF and eliminated the “someday” part of the comment.

    Gosh I miss journalistic integrity.

  35. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    KPB,

    Hope all is well with you. Haven’t seen you around much of late, but then I often don’t read middle of the day posts.

  36. JCPD January 25th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats SAS…… and many more!!!

  37. Doreen January 25th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    SAS -

    Have a wonderful anniversary!

    41 years. :)

  38. upstate kate January 25th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary SAS!!!

  39. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    41 years married – jeeze that’s impressive. I haven’t even been alive that long.

  40. KPB January 25th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    SAS

    All is well, thanks for asking. Been busy lately, by time the evening rolls around (when you normally see me) I’m worn out. I’ve missed the evening chat with you and others. How have you been?

  41. upstate kate January 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Chip
    I made your peppers stuffed w/ chorizo and rice recipe over the weekend. It turned out great! The only thing I changed was I split the peppers in 2.

  42. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Doreen, Kate, Chip,

    Thanks for your good wishes. My son, Chip hasn’t been around that long either, but he will be 40 this summer. Time flies.

    ——————————

    KPB,

    Everything is good thanks. I must say I haven’t missed being in the East this winter with all the awful weather. Brrr………

  43. mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    “seems like we’ve been waiting forever”
    ==========================
    This is the offseason of waiting for forever…
    1st Lee, then Jeter, now Andy, then Carmelo…

  44. Tom in N.J. January 25th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    SAS, I hope you two have many, many more happy years together. Congrats.

    Here’s a list of Yankees who’ve worn 41:

    http://www.yankeenumbers.com/p.....=%3D%2C%2C

  45. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Kate,

    I would have done the same with the peppers. I must say food is less expensive here except for soda. I still would buy the peppers and split them

  46. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    upstate kate January 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm
    Chip
    I made your peppers stuffed w/ chorizo and rice recipe over the weekend. It turned out great! The only thing I changed was I split the peppers in 2.

    ——————-

    Glad to hear it Kate.

    I sometimes like to split the peppers too – makes them easier to work with than trying to stand them on their ends.

  47. Erin January 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    BryanHoch Cashman says his opinion is that Jeter could transition better to OF than 3B, but “that’s not an issue we have to deal with right now.”

    YankeesWFAN Jeter is SS now and that’s all anybody knows. My own thought–wouldnt put 38,39,40 yr old legs in the OF.

  48. SAS January 25th, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Tom,

    Some interesting players on that list. No HOF’ers, but more good players than I would have expected. Bob Cerv was excellent. Nova must have worn that number in kindergarten….1996.

  49. Bronx Jeers January 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Happy 41st Anniversary SAS !

    So if we were to construct a Yankee- Lohud timeline it would read :

    11/69′ – Mariano Rivera enters the world. //// 01/70′ – SAS ties the knot.

  50. UnKnown January 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    So Cashman had breakfast this morning and said that he sees Jeter going to the Outfield within the next 4 years…..

    Info from Mark Carig http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....envis.html

  51. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    # Chip January 25th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    Who ever said the farm system hasn’t come through?

    _____________

    I was inferring that’s what you meant by your “seems like we’ve been waiting forever” comment. Apologies if that’s not what you meant

    ——————————————-

    It was meant as a joke. I should have put an lol at the end of that statement. Sorry for any confusion on my part.

  52. Erin January 25th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Happy Anniversary SAS :)

  53. hardwired7 January 25th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Congrats SAS! That’s quite an accomplishment.

    Any advice for those of us still relatively new at the marriage game?

  54. JEKIKASO January 25th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    # SAS January 25th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Jekikaso and KPB,

    Thanks for your good wishes. I hope everyone on here has the same desires for 2011.

    Yes, I agree 41 years is an accomplishment. One has to work hard to make it work all those years, but it’s worth it.
    *************************
    I will be married 23 years on May 14. And while the work is sometimes difficult, i certainly wouldn’ change a thing

  55. mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Cash to Mike: Joba will not start.

  56. Mell January 25th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Wow! Everyone who had OVER 40 can now collect. Congrats SAS.

  57. Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Cash to Mike: Joba will not start.

    It’s becoming more and more evident that the Yankees don’t think his shoulder can hold up to being a starting pitcher. It probably doesn’t help that he’s out of shape.

  58. Against All Odds January 25th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    # mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Cash to Mike: Joba will not start.

    ———————

    Breaking news right there lol jk

  59. mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Cash to Mike: We are in the market for starting pitching…

  60. KPB January 25th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    test

  61. Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The Yankees would be cheating themselves if they didn’t ponder moving Jeter after the 2011 season. While I am not of the opinion that his bat plays as a DH or in the outfield for that matter, I do believe getting younger at shortstop sooner is advantageous for the team.

    I think that can be done via free agency after 2011 far easier than it can be done in the following years, but I wont name names.

  62. mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Cash to Mike: Andy would not want to miss part of the season because if the Yanks miss the playoffs by a game he would feel bad…

  63. upstate kate January 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    nice list of 41s Tom, including Miguel Cairo, who I have always liked for no good reason! I was happy to see the Reds re-signed him

  64. Chip January 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Patrick January 25th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    Cash to Mike: Joba will not start.

    It’s becoming more and more evident that the Yankees don’t think his shoulder can hold up to being a starting pitcher. It probably doesn’t help that he’s out of shape.

    ————–

    I don’t know that one has anything to do with the other. I mean it could be true but I’m hard pressed to figure out how being overweight would impact the shoulder.

    Look – if that’s the case – if the Yankees think that Joba’s shoulder is suited to throw really well for an inning but can’t hold up to throwing 6 innings then the Yankees are doing the right thing with him keeping him in the pen.

    The problem that still needs to be addressed is that Joba needs to improve as a reliever. If he does, and if the Yankees keep him – then we’re looking at a pen that’s not dissimilar to the one they had in 96

    Rivera = Wetteland
    Soriano = Rivera
    Feliciano = Lloyd
    Joba = Nelson

  65. mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Jeter to LF?
    Who plays SS?

  66. KPB January 25th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    ok I can post again. I tried three times and failed.

  67. Carlo January 25th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    # mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Jeter to LF?
    Who plays SS?

    ——————-

    someone younger and quicker.

  68. KPB January 25th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    :arrow:

  69. JEKIKASO January 25th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    # mick January 25th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Jeter to LF?
    Who plays SS?
    *************

    I thought Who was on first all this time….:-)

  70. PacoDooley January 25th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Looking at those lists of top prospects at each position leaves one with a scary view of the future of the Blue Jays. Gone is that albatross of a contact to Wells and they are loaded with talent on the farm. Should be a great team coming up in a couple of years. With Baltimore playing better under new management, the AL east is looking to go from scary to whatever is scarier than scary…


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