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Get to know Cano tonight on YES

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 27, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Tonight, the YES Network will air “Getting to Know Cano,” a special look at Robinson Cano’s offseason at his home in the Dominican Republic. There are some previews the segment already online, including an interview with Francisco Cervelli, who’s been training with Cano this winter.

“I think for me, he’s one of the best players in the Major Leagues right now,” Cervelli said. “We want to do something similar, and the good thing is, he wants to teach you. He wants to give you what he’s got.”

The Cano show airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET on YES. It’s Jack Curry, Cano and the DR. What’s not to like?

Two other notes from the YES Network’s preview interviews online…

• Cervelli says he’s reworked his swing this winter, and he’s looking forward to some heavy competition this spring. It’s easy to knock Cervelli’s offensive ability — and believe me, I’ve questioned it plenty — but he’s shown flashes of hitting at the big league level, certainly enough to be a backup. “I feel great,” Cervelli said. “My body’s good. I’ve been swinging so good. I’ve got something different right now, but I have to keep doing that every day because I want to make everything like a habit.”

• Eduardo Nunez has been driving an hour and a half to workout with Cano, and says he’s prepared to transition from everyday minor leaguer to role player at the big league level. “We have to make an adjustment (to) play every one week, two weeks,” Nunez said. “We’re working. We can do it.”

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129 Responses to “Get to know Cano tonight on YES”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    repost

    I agree with ac1. Next year there will be a lot of FA closers on the market. The Yankees lost nothing by giving Soriano the opt outs.

    Smart money is probably on the idea that Soriano is being groomed to follow Mariano and that most closers wouldn’t turn down their noses at that honor, nor the money that will go with it. I’m sure Mariano’s recommendation had a lot to do with it also.

    It’s nothing but good. Why would Soriano opt out? For more money? Ha! Now that we got past that one, to be a closer “elsewhere” when he knows that he is being groomed to follow Mo and in the (likely) not-too-distant future?

    A lot of you seem to live to borrow trouble.

    I have no problem with Randy Levine being part of any decision-making process. In fact the more minds involved, the better.

    I know that certain personality types need to have every i dotted and every t crossed before they can breathe for the day, but life just doesn’t work that way. Neither does baseball. You root for the best team with the most generous pocketbook in the league.

    Let life takes its course and trust that the Yankees will do what they have to and be creative where they need to be. Or put another way, excessive worrying on the parts of any posters here won’t change the future a whit. So why not just chill and enjoy the ride?

  2. bkk January 27th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Someone post it on usenet. Thanks.

  3. austinmac January 27th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I like to hear about young players like Nunez working out like that and with that attitude. It does tell us that a ballplayer wants to make the majors regardless of role. The major leagues is, after all, the majors.

  4. austinmac January 27th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Good post Trisha. Perspective please. But, not even a little anxiety?

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    No anxiety. What does it accomplish? People can spend two months absolutely spinning out and then find that whatever rotation is sent out there is spectacular. I think the point is we won’t know until we do, so why flip out about it? It makes no sense.

  6. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Depending on whether he has to be carried on the 40 man roster or not and has options left, Justin Maxwell would be a useful trade/signing in an emergency. He was DFA’d by Washington. He has power, speed and is a decent 3 position outfielder.

  7. Erin January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I am SO jealous of anyone who gets to watch this tonight. Please, please, YES network, post it online!!!!!!!

    And GB-just saw your post in the last thread-I passed it on to Erica. :)

  8. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see the Cano special.

    I am so impressed with how far he’s come in such a short time (and I don’t mean with the bat).

    I imagine the Yankees think of him as one of the new core.

  9. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks, Erin. I thought she’d like the story and the link for the book of Snoopy mystery books.

  10. Patrick January 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The only reason Randy Levine was hired was because the Yankees wanted to build a new stadium and he was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for NYC. He should not have any input on baseball decisions.

    That being said I don’t think baseball executives need “on the field” baseball experience to be taken seriously. Just look at Andrew Friedman, he was an investment banker and now he’s the GM of the Rays.

  11. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The Cano feature should hit YES.com by tomorrow, Erin

  12. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GB7 -

    Is Romine going to have any opportunity to learn corner positions at AA? He’s going to be the primary catcher there.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I am on hold right now waiting to talk to the people at Verizon. The ONLY reason I left Cox and went with Verizon is that Verizon offered the YES network. Well now I notice that it has been pulled from the list of regular stations and when I went to the hi-def station, I got a message saying that I am not subscribed. We’ll see right now how their customer service works because if they don’t re-instate that station, I will get rid of their services (TV, internet and phone). (I’ll hate to do it mainly because I love FIOS.)

  14. blake January 27th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Cano is the man

    here are the Yankee related things from Law today:

    -Joe (RI)
    Loved the top 100. Intresting to see Manny Banuelos at #12. From the video I’ve seen he reminds me of a young Johan Santana. Is that a fair comp?

    Klaw
    (1:13 PM)
    Never saw Santana at that age.

    -Joe (New York)
    Why is Gary Sanchez so low? What impressed you the most about Banuelos? What is a fair comparison to him?

    Klaw
    (1:21 PM)
    Sanchez is low? He was 17 in complex ball and has to prove he’ll stay behind the plate (I think he will). Banuelos’s command/feel really impressed me, and it’s now stuff – the Yanks might not consider it but I think he’d appear in the majors in 2011 if he was in most other organizations.

    -Dave (Somerville, MA)
    If Romine showed average receiving skills, is he a top 50 talent?

    Klaw
    (1:34 PM)
    He’d be in the back 50. I saw him catch a lot. Well, I saw him play catcher a lot, and I saw him drop a lot.

    -jamie (dc)
    could you see JR Murphy leapfrogging Romine in the Yanks system with a solid year? Not on your org top 10 but it seems like a lot of people like his talent and think he will stick behind the plate long-term.

    Klaw
    (1:42 PM)
    I like Murphy, was disappointed to leave him and Jose Ramirez off the top 10. Culver could have made it in another year. Best the Yanks system has looked since I started doing this stuff.

    -Grant (Winnipeg)
    Who are couple guys in bottom of the top 100 that have the best chance to be top 20ish next year? Sanchez? Hak Lee?

    Klaw
    (2:30 PM)
    Gary Sanchez, yes. Could see Aaron Sanchez make a big jump, for that matter. Hamilton, Matias, McNutt, Arcia, Zach Lee.

    -Doug (richmond)
    can betances rank in the top 25 next year if he doesnt have any serious injuries

    Klaw
    (2:37 PM)
    Could he? It’s within the realm of possibility. I wasn’t in love with what I saw – more thrower than pitcher, and not a great athlete. But there is potential there.

    -Dr Strangepork (Space)
    Does anything about Jesus Montero’s defensive progress this year make you think that he could possibly hold down the position at a Mike Piazza level (defensively that is).

    Klaw
    (2:43 PM)
    I don’t believe so. And I think the bat is too good to risk injury. Check my capsule on him – he is historically large for a catcher.

  15. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Doreen, he has really matured and is fast becoming a team leader. I think that Rodriguez deserves a good share of the credit for that, and probably his father.

  16. Erin January 27th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks, Erin. I thought she’d like the story and the link for the book of Snoopy mystery books.

    ***************************
    No problem. I used to have a copy of that book. Actually, it was my mom’s when she was a kid, but she passed it on to me. I don’t think I have it anymore though.

  17. Erin January 27th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    # Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see the Cano special.

    I am so impressed with how far he’s come in such a short time (and I don’t mean with the bat).

    I imagine the Yankees think of him as one of the new core.

    ******************************
    Doreen, I remember reading an article a while ago and Cashman did say something to that effect about Cano. :)

  18. blake January 27th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I wonder how many times Law has actually seen Betances….just that once when he faced Drabek?

  19. Erin January 27th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The Cano feature should hit YES.com by tomorrow, Erin

    *******************************
    I’m hoping it’s up there bright and early. I want to watch it before I go to work. :)

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    “The only reason Randy Levine was hired was because the Yankees wanted to build a new stadium and he was the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for NYC. He should not have any input on baseball decisions.”

    Patrick, I think Levine has been with the Yankees quite a while. I’m willing to bet this isn’t the first time he’s had input on baseball decisions.

  21. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    GB7 -

    Is Romine going to have any opportunity to learn corner positions at AA? He’s going to be the primary catcher there.

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

    Not sure, Doreen. Trenton is a little short at the four corners for backups and platoon and he can’t catch all 140 games. Mitch Abeita will be the backup catcher. I think that’s where he starts, depending on Montero of course. It’s the perfect spot to start the training. I can pitchure him as the Yankee version of Brandon Inge, who was a catcher, corner outfielder and center fielder before settling in at 3rd base. He played center before Granderson.

  22. Jerkface January 27th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Girardi says Jeter is the leadoff hitter and Gardner is going to bat 9th, spring training off to a rousing start :rolleyes:

  23. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    “I have no problem with Randy Levine being part of any decision-making process. In fact the more minds involved, the better.”

    sorry trisha . too many cooks in the kitchen.

    if you had an important legal case to discuss in your firm, would you would let the bookkeeper of the law firm come in to give his two cents worth on how to handle witnesses.

    i think people need to stick to their level of expertise.

  24. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    ” I’m willing to bet this isn’t the first time he’s had input on baseball decisions.”

    trisha-

    maybe what a “baseball decision” is needs to be defined.

    i would not want levine waking up in the middle of the night and deciding he knew how to fix burnett’s inability to repeat his delivery for example.

  25. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    who is more powerful in the yankee’s organization cashman or levine?

    or are they equals who each only report to hal ?

  26. P January 27th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Cano has a “David Ortiz” beard, it is so redsox’ish and gross. Thankfully, we have the facial hair policy because I can stand him copying a Redsox player.. yuck!

  27. P January 27th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I “can’t” stand … is what I meant.

  28. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I know Cashman loves the power bat at catcher, but I agree with Law that I would prefer to stick Montero at DH as soon as possible, and use Martin, Cervelli, Romine, Murphy, and Sanchez at C….all at once so that we absolutely eliminate the possibility of passed balls.

    I really don’t even want him catching 60 games a year…if his bat is as good as they say, there is no sense risking injury. He could be our Albert Pujols.

  29. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    BTW–saw extensive videos of Bryce Harper hitting. That kid is going to be phenomenal!!!

  30. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Romine interview coming up on YES Hotstove

  31. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    GB7

    thanks –

    I didn’t know who the backup was going to be at AA.

    And it makes sense that they would actually have a need for him to play corners in Trenton. Works out for both sides, then.

    But I have to remember, the minors should be there for teaching/coaching, so if they want Romine to learn other positions, this is the perfect time.

  32. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    For those interested…

    Albert Pujols

    I would want this kid as future RFer for Yankees over Upton anyday.

  33. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Murphy will either move to a corner outfield or go in a trade. Really nice bat with power. Not much of a catcher, though.

  34. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Sorry

    here is the link for Harper…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liS3kGvQ9Bk

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I’m saying I’m not convinced that he doesn’t know baseball. If someone in the firm came up with a good idea on how to handle a witness, I wouldn’t care what position the person held. I might not want the person to have the final say, but I don’t think giving input is harmful.

  36. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    GB7–I think you are right…but Murphy would make a nice Jim Leyritz type player…versatile.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    “i would not want levine waking up in the middle of the night and deciding he knew how to fix burnett’s inability to repeat his delivery for example”

    I absolutely agree with that.

  38. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    bojo-

    mauer does miss a lot of games in minnesota and they lose his bat when he’s hurt from cacthing so i see your point.

    the problem with the yankees is they have so many aging players who need to dh sometimes to keep them in the game while giving them a rest.

  39. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Harper has the nicest swing I have seen since Josh Hamilton…I’d load up a hufe offer to get him if I were Cashman.

  40. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Great piece there with Romine, Betances and Heathcott.

    Who was the coach, I missed that part (switching laundry :( )

  41. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Doreen, the only thing that bothered me about Romine was his complaining about the park and batter’s eye. Montero and Laird certainly didn’t suffer. Don’t like seeing the kids making excuses.

  42. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Randy–You make a good point, but let me argiue against it if I may for a sec.

    When ARod or Jeter or Tex DH, they weaken the line-up with a Nunez or someone else. Why not keep a stud bat at DH (Montero) and actually give the older guys a full day off? Really give them a blow…The replacement bat is still the same guy, and in a close game, Girardi can PH ARod or Jeter for Nunez if needed and have them go in. Seems like it gives team more flexability….

  43. Nick in SF January 27th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    For all we know, Cashman presented the pros and cons of Sariano to Hal/Levine, said his vote was no, and then they decided to sign him and to have Levine be the front man on the negotations, with which we know Cashman was still involved.

    There are a lot of ways it all could have happened, not all of which involve Levine interjecting his baseball opinions.

  44. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    GB7 -

    Yeah. Romine seems a bit outspoken (judging on that comment, plus his interview that I just saw). Not necessarily a bad thing. I always want to know the context. Was he just complaining, or was someone interviewing him and he was looking for answers, sort of grasping at different possibilities?

    ***

    So, daughter has to watch Jeopard, so I set the DVR to catch the Cano special. Erica, I’m getting better at this! :lol:

  45. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    To me, Romine is the one who has to be traded. His father was a Red Sox player…nuff said.

  46. Fran the original January 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Kim Jones had a good interview on Hot Stove with Romine, Betances and Heathcott.

  47. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    BoJo, I think that for a couple of years, the Inge/Leyritz type role would/could be filled by Romine. These hitters will be ready within 2 years and the same thing with the pitching. There are at least 7-8 young pitchers (starters) due to hit NY within the next 2 years. The rotation in 2 years (after 2011) will be minus Pettitte and Burnett. Bullpenners and trade material for everyone else.

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    austinmac, I do understand anxiety as a part of life. I just think it should be saved until there is unequivocal reason to use it. Example – I just found out that YES is no longer part of the package I signed up for with Verizon and they moved it to a more elite (spelled “more money”) package. I cannot tell you the anxiety I felt as I was telling the Verizon representative that I was going to have to move all four of my services to another provider!

    The resolution? I get a credit of $180 on my next bill, the equivalent of $15 a month for the next year, $15 being the cost per month for the upgrade. Actually $15 per month isn’t that big a deal. I had no idea it was only $15 but since she came up with the idea before I knew the price, of course I went with it!

    :)

  49. 108 stitches January 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    re: Cervelli

    Good to hear he’s having a good winter but hard to gauge what his future holds as a Yankee.
    If Russell Martin is what’s expected and Montero has an outstanding ST, what becomes of Cervelli ? Romine will be at AAA for the year and Gary Sanchez is rising quickly.
    Lots of teams would like to have this problem.

  50. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    bojo-

    i guess the question is who would be put in the dh spot instead f montero. i could see putting arod in there . maybe not jeter.

    if montero becomes an elite bat and better than the aging arod then i guess you leave montero in there in the dh spot and give arod a total breather that day.

    who’s catching while montero is dhing though ? if it’s cervelli then it’s too big of a drop off offensively.

    if it’s a revitalized martin then maybe it’s ok.

  51. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    GB7 -

    Yeah. Romine seems a bit outspoken (judging on that comment, plus his interview that I just saw). Not necessarily a bad thing. I always want to know the context. Was he just complaining, or was someone interviewing him and he was looking for answers, sort of grasping at different possibilities?

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

    Romine’s remarks about the park was in an interview with either Norris or Ashmore. It had something to do with the red and white billboard in center-right center. Oddly, it’s the sign advertising an optomitrist.

  52. Joe from Long Island January 27th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I think Cisco’s biggest competition is going to be Austin Romine.

    Forget Montero, Cisco won’t be able to compete there. Versus Russell Martin? That depends on how well Martin hits and has a comeback year. (I know, the Yanks expect him to be the No. 1 catcher.)

    But, if Montero is shunted to DH, then there’s a backup role available. It will be either Cisco or Romine. One will stick with the Yanks, the other will be traded. I think Cisco is bright enough to see the writing on the wall, that’s why he’s spending time in the Dominican with Robbie.

  53. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    GB7 -

    I know the sign!

    Actually, if you go to Waterfront Park, you would see how disjointed all those adverstisements are. It’s unreal, really.

  54. blake January 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    A Martin resurgence could do so many things and give so many options to the Yanks. At 27, its certainly possible.

  55. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This is a great interview with Robby Cano’s father.

  56. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Boohoo…no YES on Cox in this part of the country.

    I read what Chad has written all day, but I have been out and will be again in a hour or so. Anything new to report other than Chad’s remarks.

    Thanks folks

  57. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    i think cervelli has a lot of value as a back up simply because the yankees can win when he plays.

    not all the time but sometime.

    i think if a time comes when there are simply too many catchers and some are spoiling on the vine that they should pick who they want to keep and play the one they want to trade so that catcher gets the stats and looks like the number one .

  58. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Anyway,

    Anyone know the coach who was interviewed in that piece about the minor leaguers?

    ***

    Also, I asked before, but I wondered if anyone else thought the Blue Jays could be up for sale?

  59. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Randy–

    Correct. I am assuming a revitalized Martin. Even if he hits only 280, I love having a gold glove at C.

  60. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    ‘A Martin resurgence could do so many things and give so many options to the Yanks. At 27, its certainly possible.”

    i’m thinking like what happened with swisher.

  61. 4time January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    randy – I don’t think one guy has more power necessarily than the other. It would seem it is just a matter of who makes the strongest case to ownership. Sherman said Girardi’s support for Soriano is what made them overrule Cash to sign him – because the top ownership and manager were for it. Thus, it appears the majority won out and Girardi’s opinion was valued highly.

  62. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Another fun clip on Bryce Harper…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLV8FpFXOMo

  63. tyanksfan36 January 27th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    SAS

    I don’t get YES, hopefully the put it up online.

  64. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    GB7 -

    I know the sign!

    Actually, if you go to Waterfront Park, you would see how disjointed all those adverstisements are. It’s unreal, really.

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

    That’s a problem with most minor league parks. The ads look like Little League parks, but, they need the revenue they bring in. At no time, though should there be any white in the signs. Still, it’s something that just sounded a little whiny and filled with alibis. Mention it to the park owers or coaching staff…not to the reporters.

  65. blake January 27th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Randy,

    man I hope so. He could factor into the catching situation long term or could be a pretty valuable trade piece.

  66. DocTodd January 27th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Cano seems like a heck of a guy…..

  67. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:12 pm
    Boohoo…no YES on Cox in this part of the country.

    I read what Chad has written all day, but I have been out and will be again in a hour or so. Anything new to report other than Chad’s remarks.

    Thanks folks

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

    Only news is the same thing, SAS. I’m still a stud muffin.

    Probably shouldn’t say that, since it only gives jealous Randy ammunition to pick on me.

  68. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Well, GB7, we’re gonna have to keep an “ear” on Romine.

    I liked his attitiude (gotta make it hard for them to not choose me), but how much is too much?

  69. Benny Blanco January 27th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Cano is going to be in beast mode this year.

  70. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Cano is going to be the next long term $100 mil player for NYYs

  71. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Doreen,

    Were you snowed in. I just found out that my younger son and his wife couldn’t get to work today. That was certainly not a planned day off. My grandson must have been happy.

  72. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    “Only news is the same thing, SAS. I’m still a stud muffin.”

    SAS-

    that’s gb7′s way of saying he looks like the pillsbury doughboy.

  73. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Doreen, I’m sure that he was frustrated and the interview came during that cold spell and his defense was taking a beating at the same time. Just immaturity, I suppose, but, major leaguers say worse. Somebody will get to him, I’m sure.

  74. austinmac January 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Trisha,

    I will put my optimistic Pollyanna thoughts on the forefront. I feel better already, but Pettitte would make things really swell.

  75. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    GB,

    I have known that you are a ‘stud muffin’ for a while now. That’s not news.

  76. randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    “Cano is going to be in beast mode this year.”

    the yankees have one of the all time best infields ever.

  77. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Randy,

    Great retort!!!

  78. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    GB7 -

    Someone probably already has…

    ***

    SAS

    We got 14 inches, but we got plowed fairly quickly. My husband used the snowblower (at 4:50 this morning – ugh). At first he thought he’d work from home, but at 10:30 he decided to make his way into NYC. He said it was clear sailing, but the city is just a slushy mess. I talked him into wearing jeans and he said it was the best thing to do.

    My younger daughter was home from school. My older daughter has a special olympics competition tonight in Valhalla, and it was not cancelled.

    So, all in all, we did okay. Thanks for asking.

    We are supposed to go to Yonkers for another competition on Saturday. I’m hoping the weather doesn’t mess us up.

  79. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    See what I mean, SAS? It only took Randy about 5 minutes to attack me.

    I’ll have to pull out the heavy artillery.

  80. David in Cal January 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Last year, against RH pitching, Jeter’s OBA was .315; Gardner’s was .386. EVen if Jeter improves in 2011, he’s not going to make up a 71 point difference. Obviously Gardner is a much superior base-runner. Against RH starters, Gardner should be leadoff and Jeter bat 8th or 9th.

    This move should be obvious, but Jeter’s aura makes it difficult. Not only will Jeter hurt the team with his poor range in the field, he will hurt the team by limiting appropriate managerial moves.

  81. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    randy l. January 27th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    “Cano is going to be in beast mode this year.”

    the yankees have one of the all time best infields ever.
    ++++++++++++++++
    Ranks right up there….

    http://www.baseball-statistics.....fields.htm

  82. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Doreen,

    I would go to a Special Olympics thing with you if it is local and I don’t have to do much walking. I think the Special Olympics are great as does my husband.

  83. Benny Blanco January 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Cano had a career year in number of walks, if he increases that total and becomes even more patient, he will run into a sick amount of homeruns this year. I’m going to say 30-33hrs.

  84. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Doreen, are they running your daughter’s olympic competition outside or at an indoor facility?

  85. BoJo January 27th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Also–

    http://sonsofsamhorn.net/topic.....-all-time/

    Great topic.

  86. Tom in N.J. January 27th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Today I got a $2 bill back as change.

    I’ve never seen one in the wild…

  87. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    SAS -

    The program up in Westchester has been really impressive. She’s having a blast and she’s really competitive. Tonight they’re doing individual skills in Floor Hockey. Saturday is a tournament. She’s never played it before, but last Saturday she came in third in the competition. And was disappointed. I asked her, “and where did you finish last year?” She said, “Oh. Yeah.” I’m actually looking forward to going.

    I know in the spring they have basketball. And I’m not familiar with all the places they go. So far I’ve been to Yonkers and Larchmont.

    It’s such a kick to me – I’m watching the weather reports tonight and they’re talking about Westchester towns, and I actually recognized most of the names! I knew nothing about Westchester, had never seen the Tappan Zee Bridge, until last year. Life can be very interesting.

  88. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    GB7 -

    Indoor facility.

  89. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Doreen, best of luck to your daughter in The games. Will you be posting any pix of the competition?

  90. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Tom-

    That is sign of upcoming good fortune.

    :)

  91. Yankee Trader January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Tom-

    All you wanted or didn’t want to know about $2 bills.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What.....ollar_bill

  92. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Tom

    I will never get used to a $2 bill. :)

  93. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Doreen,

    My kids just moved to Larchmont. We live in Armonk, north of White Plains.

  94. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Great. It would be a little nippy to be running in the outdoors. It was a silly question, but my mind was on waiting for Randy’s next attack.

  95. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    GB7 -

    Probably not. But I am bringing my camera, so I reserve the right to change my mind. :)

  96. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:46 pm
    Doreen,

    My kids just moved to Larchmont. We live in Armonk, north of White Plains.

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

    SAS,

    When you got out on the town and get wild, do they say that you’re running armonk?

  97. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    SAS -

    Larchmont is pretty. One of the boys (young men) who is friends with my daughter (they used t date) grew up there. And we had the opportunity to visit his parents’ home. It’s just really a pretty area.

  98. jacksquat January 27th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Banuelos 12th!

    I may have to go from “arm around” to “full hug” mode.

    I don’t know about Law’s comment about Montero’s size though. Joe Mauer is listed as 6’5″, 230 lbs, Matt Wieters also 6’5″, 230, and Montero as 6’4″, 225.

  99. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Doreen, I’d like to see pro athletes get more involved in the Special Olympics. Other than the Kennedy family, you never really see many big names out there promoting it. What a great program.

    One of the best sights that I saw was a video of a young kid in a foot race outrunning everyone and then stopped at the finish line and waited for his friend and others to cross the finish line first.

  100. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Doreen,

    I haven’t seen their house yet. If they in fact come out here in April, I will probably go to NY for a long weekend at the end of February. I miss my grandson terribly. He won’t be 3 forever. 5 months is a long time to be away without seeing him.

  101. Tom in N.J. January 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    MTU, I hope it’s a sign Jeter comes back in to circulation, so to speak.

    YT, thanks.

    Doreen, nor will I.

  102. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    austinmac – I truly believe Andy will be back. I just can’t imagine that he would still be on the fence if he weren’t coming back. Uncertainty at this point inures to the benefit of the Yankees, IMO.

  103. Yankee Trader January 27th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    jacksquat-

    Jose Molina is listed at 6’2″ 235 lbs. [he looks more like 250]. Nobody complains about his defense.
    Hope Jose Montero realizes his full potential as a Yankee!

  104. Doreen January 27th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    SAS -

    5 months is a long time in the life of a 3-year-old. Does he talk on the phone?

    GB7 -

    The people who do those types of things are really incredibly dedicated. And not everyone is good working with these athletes. There’s no one-size-fits-all, for sure.

  105. Yankee Trader January 27th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    SAS-

    SKYPE your grandson!

  106. SAS January 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    YT, Doreen,

    We do do Skype, but he isn’t terribly interested in hanging around when we try it. I saw him last week, but just for a second.

  107. Betsy January 27th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    That’s good news about Nunez – very encouraging. I missed the Cano special, but I think the Alex talk in ST helped him turn the corner and now the sky’s the limit – he’s just a tremendous player.

  108. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Interesting remarks from Freddy Garcia, compliments of MLB-Rumors-R-Us:

    “•The White Sox may be considering Freddy Garcia, but Garcia had a different team in his sights when he spoke yesterday with Israel Pacheco Velásquez from the Venezuelan paper Meridiano. “My preference is to be with the New York Yankees, and it’s not unreasonable to have that in mind, because I’ve demonstrated that I can be useful,” Garcia said. “A team like New York would be ideal for my age, [as would ] playing in a successful, media-heavy, demanding division. Without doubt it would be an inspiration.” Garcia’s only previous sojourn to New York came in January 2009, when he signed with the Mets, only to be released in April after a disastrous spring. Garcia insists the team simply never gave him a chance, but his successful 2010 campaign should guarantee a longer leash. Garcia said he plans to sign soon, no matter the team.”

  109. pat January 27th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Okay attorneys….what’s this about? Seems someones goal is to keep Hardin from cross examining Andy, no?

    WASHINGTON ? The Justice Department asked a federal judge today to question star pitcher Roger Clemens about his knowledge of a potential conflict of interest his attorney may have involving former teammate-turned-prosecution-witness Andy Pettitte.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._ques.html

  110. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    GB-

    Now all he has to do is convince Cashman.

    From Cashman’s comments last night I get the impression that it’s AP or bust.

    Cashman may be prepared to go with the kids as he thinks they are as good as what’s out there.

    Could be he is just posturing.

    We’ll see.

    IMO, we need someone who can eat innings. I don’t care if it’s someone from the Farm, or from the outside.

  111. Yankee Trader January 27th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    GB-

    Our next contestant is Freddy Garcia-”Come on down, if the Price is Right!”

    Competition would be good to see who shakes out as #5!

  112. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    MTU, I say that the Yanks need to take a flyer on both Garcia and Duchscherer, and if Pettitte returns great. I don’t think he returns until mid-late May, though. Take the flyer and keep the best 2 of Colon, Garcia and Duchscherer in a duel during ST. Never can have enough and between two of them and Nova, they can get the needed back end wins and the other goes to the pen or gets dealt.

  113. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    If AP does not return round-robin competition for 2 starting spots.

    The players :

    Mitre
    Nova
    Colon
    Noesi
    Phelps
    Warren

    And anyone else who is deemed worthy.

    May the best 2 Men win.

    :)

  114. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    GB-

    I’m not sure Cash is gonna see it that way.

  115. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    MTU, I’m guessing that Garcia gets about $3 Mil and incentives and Duchscherer gets about #$2 mil and incentives. Pretty cheap insurance.

  116. West Coast Yankee Fan January 27th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Tough situation for Roger and Andy – a tight friendship gone bad.

  117. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    GB-

    He’s either posturing, or he believes that our in-house guys can hold the fort.

    Not saying I agree but that may be what he is thinking.

    He can’t wait too much longer if he wants the Garcia, Millwood, or Duke’s of the world. They’re gonna come off the board at some point.

  118. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Not sure that Mitchell, Noesi, Phelps and Warren will be ready before mid-season.

  119. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    GB-

    I agree with you. Cheap. But it just doesn’t sound to me that Cashman wants to add that type of insurance.

    He may think the internal cadres can handle it.

  120. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    GB-

    Then he’s gonna have to narrow the list I guess.

    Colon, Mitre and Nova ?

    Don’t you think Phelps is ready ? Should be, no ?

  121. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I just see Cashman as trying to buy a couple of extra months to make sure with the kids.

  122. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    GB-

    Then he goes with Mitre, Colon, or Nova for 2 spots, and keeps his fingers crossed.

  123. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Phelps is probably the closest of the kids, but, I’d prefer waiting for a couple extra months. Has very little AAA time.

  124. MTU January 27th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    GB-

    I gotta run. Thanks for the opinions.

    We’ll find out soon enough.

  125. brownies January 27th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Would love to see the rotation have 2 lefties at least given the tough lefty lineup boston will throw at us. CC and preferably ANDY PETTITTE! CC Andy Ducherer AJ and Phil would be my Starting 5

  126. GreenBeret7 January 27th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Later, MTU. Remember. Do not trying making these picks at home. Leave it to us professionals.

    Well, the professionals, anyway.

  127. blake January 27th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    If Vlad could be had for 5 or 6 million….I think I would rather give that money to him than 2 or 3 million to Garcia. Most probably won’t agree but I just don’t think Freddie is much if any better than what they already have.

  128. Bronx Jeers January 27th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Yanks do need an innings eater. One of those old, soft tossing junkballers that seem to frustrate hitters so often.

    Hmmm…. I wonder if there’s anybody like that that could they could trade for.

  129. mick January 27th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Jamie Moyer.

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