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Hughes and Jeter among early arrivals in Tampa

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Most of the Yankees writers are heading down to Tampa either Thursday or Friday, Erik Boland and Brian Costello were at the minor league complex this morning, watching some of the early bullpen and batting practice sessions.

The first player to arrive this morning was Phil Hughes, who has a place in Tampa and threw a bullpen session. Hughes told Boland and Costello that he plans to focus on his changeup, especially early in the season. He said the pitch kind of abandoned him late last year, probably because he didn’t use it enough at the beginning.

The Associated Press reported that this was Hughes’ second bullpen of the offseason, and he threw 28 pitches. That actually seems like a lot for February 7.

Among the other early arrivals was Derek Jeter, who has already worked with Kevin Long this winter.

“I’ve always been pretty good in my career in terms of forgetting about previous seasons, whether it was a good season or a bad season,” Jeter told the AP. “You have to forget about it and move on.”

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106 Responses to “Hughes and Jeter among early arrivals in Tampa”

  1. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Chip February 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    Phranchise February 7th, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    SS aren’t that easy to get……………………. just ask the Boston Red Sox and how many they have gone through since they moved Nomar. Also a SS who can steal 70 bases. I am not a fan of Reyes, but his talent is off the charts. It’s much easier to find a David Wright than a Jose Reyes.

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    I didn’t say they’re easy to get. Just that they’re easier to get than good starting pitchers.

    I could see Reyes ending up being traded to San Francisco or even the Red Sox.

  2. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    I noticed that Erica didn’t have a great year, guessing line-ups last year. Rather suspicious that her “luck” ran out after Damon left and couldn’t supply her with inside info. I bet she does well in guessing the Devil Rays line-up in 2011.

    **************

    When I ran GTLU in 2009, I used to get angry at line up submissions without Johnny Damon.

    When I played GTLU in 2010, I hated every line I submitted without Johnny Damon.

  3. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Bronx Jeers February 7th, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    he only time I ever skip a song is when a rare “inapporpriate” song comes on and someone is at my desk to hear it. I only have two songs I consider “inappropriate” and fall into that category. One I have been meaning to delete cause I really don’t like the song.

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    And you’re going to just leave us hanging like that?

    *****************

    Yup!

  4. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    WCYF -

    I try not to pay attention to the political beliefs of entertainers – whether actors or ball players. The reason being is that with the exception of a few they generally don’t know what they’re talking about and certainly their opinions on such matters are not where their expertise lays.

    If Luke Scott wants to talk about how to play baseball – I’ll listen. On politics, not so much.

    That said; it’s not like he formed the argument nor is he the first to voice it and there are a lot of ball players who have said and done far more idiotic things than that.

  5. Shame Spencer February 7th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Someone tell Phil to slow down!! Who’s running his off season workout regiment? Joe Torre?!

  6. Betsy February 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Shame, lol. It sounds like Phil is motivated to have a better year than last and to improve on the things that need improving on – always good to see and this is no surprise.

  7. DaSaint007 February 7th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Ball players, like street cleaners, doctors, lawyers, writers, teachers and politicians, are all entitled to their individual personal and political opinions.

    And we’re all entitled to agree or disagree with any of them as the situation dictates.

    Got to love this country!

  8. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    I noticed that Erica didn’t have a great year, guessing line-ups last year. Rather suspicious that her “luck” ran out after Damon left and couldn’t supply her with inside info. I bet she does well in guessing the Devil Rays line-up in 2011.

    **************

    When I ran GTLU in 2009, I used to get angry at line up submissions without Johnny Damon.

    When I played GTLU in 2010, I hated every line I submitted without Johnny Damon.

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    You and Doreen have done a great job on this contest and brought some much needed smiles to this board and I’ve enjoyed it. Thank you to both of you. I don’t play it myself, but, I enjoy watching the boasting and the little digs by the winners. Hopefully, you two young ladies keep it going.

  9. Nat February 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    “I try not to pay attention to the political beliefs of entertainers – whether actors or ball players. The reason being is that with the exception of a few they generally don’t know what they’re talking about and certainly their opinions on such matters are not where their expertise lays.”

    So basically they are like many non-celebrities.

  10. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    GB7-

    Thats awfully sweet of you :-)

  11. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Some random Yankee quotes just published from USA Today:

    “The main thing you always want going into a season, you want to make sure that you’re healthy. You’ve got to maintain yourself throughout the course of the year, so that’s why you work in the offseason.”
    – Derek Jeter

    On a possible switch to the outfield, Jeter said he can’t predict the future.

    “I wish I could,” he said. “I’m not a fortune teller. I don’t have a crystal ball at the house. I have a job to do this season.”

    New York’s biggest concern appears to be its starting rotation after Pettitte retirement. Jeter commented:

    “Other guys are going to have to step up,” Jeter said. “That’s basically how it goes. I wouldn’t use the word worried. It’s going to be different without him.”

    While the Yankees failed in their attempt to sign left-hander Cliff Lee, the Boston Red Sox added left fielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Jeter commented:

    “Last year they had a lot of injuries,” Jeter said. “This year I would assume that everyone over there is excited to get going. It’s our job to try and beat them.”

    Hughes threw 28 pitches during his second bullpen session. The right-hander feels that RHP Ivan Nova could have a breakout season in the rotation. “I think Nova is a real candidate for that,” Hughes said. “He’s got unbelievable stuff.”

  12. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Nat February 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm
    “I try not to pay attention to the political beliefs of entertainers – whether actors or ball players. The reason being is that with the exception of a few they generally don’t know what they’re talking about and certainly their opinions on such matters are not where their expertise lays.”

    So basically they are like many non-celebrities.

    ——————-

    Pretty much.

    I don’t give a celebrity’s opinion on politics any more or less weight than I would a guy on the train – unless of course that celebrity has a long history of political involvement.

  13. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My pleasure, Erica. Now, if you and Erin could control yourselves when you’re around Bert and Ernie, I’d say that you two may become normal by age 90.

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Chip – It’s a bit unusual for an athlete to speak out in that manner and for the club to distance themselves from what he said. That wasn’t normal politics at all, that was looney tunes.

  15. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Celebrities and athletes are different. It’s commonplace for celebrities to be involved in political causes, across the political spectrum. Many have a much greater expertise as to the subject matter.

  16. 108 stitches February 7th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Erica :

    Don’t know if you have it or not but another site for music :

    http://www.grooveshark.com

  17. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    My pleasure, Erica. Now, if you and Erin could control yourselves when you’re around Bert and Ernie, I’d say that you two may become normal by age 90.

    **************

    Hahahaha.
    Funny, I was trying to think of a child I could bring to Sesame Street Live (I believe adults going alone is highly frowned upon). I thought of my 8 and 5 year old cousins, but they have passed me in maturity. :-(

  18. Betsy February 7th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/.....dgcwzZYbWN

    TAMPA, Fla. ? Phil Hughes had a breakout year in 2010, but he spent most of this winter dwelling on the second half of the season when his performance dipped.

    “The wins were there, but I fell off big time in the second half,” the Yankees pitcher said Monday morning after throwing a bullpen session. “I was disappointed with that. It’s one thing to kind of have a slow start and have a good second half. You think about all that success in the offseason. When you have a bad second half, all I thought about was those bad games because there weren’t very many good ones mixed in there.”

    Yankees pitchers and catchers are not scheduled to begin spring training until Feb. 15, but Hughes has been at the Yankees’ minor-league complex for the last two weeks getting a head start.

    The 24-year-old came into last spring battling for the No. 5 starter’s job, which he won. He got off to a fast start, made the All-Star team and finished the year 18-8.

    Hughes said when he looks back on last year, he thinks he did not throw his changeup enough early in the year. The development of that pitch was a big story last spring and a reason he won the spot in the rotation. But when the season began, Hughes did not throw the pitch very often because his other pitches were so good. When he tried to go back to the pitch later in the year, he had trouble throwing it.

  19. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 7th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Chip, that piece on Luke Scott is old news, written two months ago. No surprise the Orioles would distance themselves either, since their owner is a strong supporter for the opposite view.

    Hurray for Luke Scott’s opinions. I don’t agree with any of it, but I celebrate his right to say it.

  20. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    Chip – It’s a bit unusual for an athlete to speak out in that manner and for the club to distance themselves from what he said. That wasn’t normal politics at all, that was looney tunes.

    ———————

    Not really – it’s like when Delgado protested US Naval activity in Puerto Rico by not standing for God Bless America and the Mets distanced themselves from that.

    Scott was talking about a very controversial issue that a large (albeit fringe) group has brought up – I don’t blame the O’s from distancing themselves from it. But again I don’t believe it was unsolicited and so I wonder why the topic was brought up in the first place.

  21. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Erica,

    Maybe you or Erin could take the other. Wear your hair in pigtails, anklets with patent leather shoes, a large hat with a ribbon down the back, and a large round sucker. Just make sure to put the sucker down on the director’s chair as he sits down. Skip a lot. That should fool them at SS.

  22. 108 stitches February 7th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I’m not holding my breath waiting for Chamberlain to check in early today or tomorrow at 6′ – 2″ and 200 lbs. similar to what Brian Bruney did. A loss of 30 lbs. ?

  23. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t know what got Scott to discuss that. I do remember Delgado; the examples are few and far between.

  24. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    Celebrities and athletes are different. It’s commonplace for celebrities to be involved in political causes, across the political spectrum. Many have a much greater expertise as to the subject matter.

    ———————–

    Athletes get involved, they just aren’t often as easily known to a common public as are actors.

    For example Donovan McNabb, the Williams sisters, Jason Sehorn – they were just some of the athletes who atteneded the White House Correspondants Dinner during the Bush years. Sehorn even spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC.

    Tom Brady spoke at the DNC in Boston that same year.

    But the fact is that a lot more people know Brad Pitt or Sean Penn than know who Curt Schilling is.

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    That’s great that Hughes is hard at work early; baseball fever, catch it!

    That’s a pretty good mindset for a 24 year old; not sitting on your laurels after an All-Star 18 win season. I love seeing that! His attitude is textbook!

  26. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Chip, you’re right, profile has a lot to do with it. The WHCD is non-partisan though, just FYI.

  27. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    Erica,

    Maybe you or Erin could take the other. Wear your hair in pigtails, anklets with patent leather shoes, a large hat with a ribbon down the back, and a large round sucker. Just make sure to put the sucker down on the director’s chair as he sits down. Skip a lot. That should fool them at SS.

    ********************

    You know I am 5’10″ right?

    Do you know many 4 year olds that look like Amazonians?

  28. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Chip, you’re right, profile has a lot to do with it. The WHCD is non-partisan though, just FYI.

    —————–

    No worries – I worked the 2000 & 2004 RNCs and DNCs and lots of other DC events so I know the athletes are there.

  29. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    That must have been fascinating Chip.

  30. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    Erica,

    Maybe you or Erin could take the other. Wear your hair in pigtails, anklets with patent leather shoes, a large hat with a ribbon down the back, and a large round sucker. Just make sure to put the sucker down on the director’s chair as he sits down. Skip a lot. That should fool them at SS.

    ********************

    You know I am 5’10? right?

    Do you know many 4 year olds that look like Amazonians?

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    If you go in there dressed like that and smile pretty, they won’t care. You could also tell them that you had an early growth spurt due to HGH injections.

  31. Chip February 7th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 2:40 pm
    That must have been fascinating Chip.

    ————————–

    it was certainly different.

  32. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    You could always act retarded….

  33. tampayank February 7th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    AROD: “Get your popcorn ready Yankee fans”

  34. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Patrick-

    I would probably have more luck with the short skirt and knee high socks

  35. sandy g February 7th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    i have a great trade for the yankees and giants.matt cain/cody ross/aubrey huff for teixeira/joba/gardner. also with cleveland for fausto carmona/shin-shoo choo/for montero/brackman/nova/swisher

  36. tampayank February 7th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    trade Teixeira? no way

  37. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I would probably have more luck with the short skirt and knee high socks

    I agonized over posting that suggestion for awhile, I don’t want to offend anyone. But it’s just too funny an image. You go to the sesame street thing and act mentally disabled so that the people there don’t think you are a creep :)

  38. Rich in NJ February 7th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    “Chip, that piece on Luke Scott is old news, written two months ago. No surprise the Orioles would distance themselves either, since their owner is a strong supporter for the opposite view.”

    Scott’s “views” should be distanced by sane people of both parties.

  39. tampayank February 7th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    actors should stay away from Politics also, I don’t care what George Clooneys thoughts are on world issues

  40. PhiltheThrill February 7th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Time for Phil to become a Yankee Great.

  41. Doreen February 7th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    GB7 -

    Thanks for the GTLU compliment. :)

    ****

    Patrick -

    I thought about getting upset by your comment, but then I thought about the fact that my husband and I sometimes joke about being in our 70s with a 40-year-old daughter who wants to go on “It’s a Small World.” Sometimes you have to laugh.

  42. Pat M. February 7th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Young Master Hughes working om his change, maybe that will get him out of Betsy’s dog house……..

  43. Doreen February 7th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    That is, one day being in our 70′s. I am not in my 70s now.

  44. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Doreen,

    Apologies if I offended, it was not my intent

  45. Doreen February 7th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Patrick -

    No, no, no – I know it wasn’t your intention- that’s why I said, I thought about being upset, but then I wasn’t. I wasn’t looking for an apology!! No, I’m sorry. Sometimes there is humor to be found in an unfortunate situation. My husband and I laugh so hard at that idea.

  46. West Coast Yankee Fan February 7th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    tampayank – the thing is that many actors and/or musicians are well educated as to the issues having traveled extensively to different countries and been exposed to the reality there. They are often more qualified. An example is Clooney and the Sudan/Darfur.

  47. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Doreen, it’s my pleasure. You to have made that game help to let a few let off a lot of stored up steam.

  48. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    GB7-

    You mean comments like-
    “Girardi is batting A-Rod 4th?!?!? Is he TRYING to lose this game”

  49. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Another favorite-

    “Oh look, its the C line up tonight. Guess Girardi doesn’t want to win tonight”

  50. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Pat M. February 7th, 2011 at 3:02 pm
    Young Master Hughes working om his change, maybe that will get him out of Betsy’s dog house……..

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    Not until he “learns” to throw a curve ball.

    he certainly has had a better start to his career than Buchholz has to his and at 2 years his junior. Hopefully, the next wave of pitchers can be as big a disappointment as Hughes has been.

  51. sandy g February 7th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    the way this yankee team is set up right now the yankees will be lucky to finish in 3rd place.teixeira is a stat player.at the end of the year he has the stats but he is not a good clutch hitter.he plays a great first base.thats it. try to trade him for the starting pitcher they need.cano is the best hitter on the team,period

  52. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    One more-

    “Tonight is a MUST win game”

    (Even though there are 159 games left after this one)

  53. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    GB7-

    You mean comments like-
    “Girardi is batting A-Rod 4th?!?!? Is he TRYING to lose this game”

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    or, “What is Girardi thinking… starting Posada and Thames in the same game? Two losers.”

  54. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Erica, the “must win game tonight” is always a classic.

  55. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    GB7-

    Don’t forget spring training are also “must-win” games

  56. Doreen February 7th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Erica -

    Then there’s the:

    “I know Girardi will NEVER do this, but this is the way the lineup SHOULD be,” with Jeter batting 9th or some such. :)

  57. LGY February 7th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Speaking of Tham

  58. JM February 7th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Not sure if this has been posted before, but here is Posnanski column on Pettite, Hall of Fame, and how much weight should be given to post-season stats when weighing a baseball career….

    http://joeposnanski.si.com/201.....?eref=sihp

  59. LGY February 7th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Speaking of Thames, I actually had a dream nightmare last night he was starting in LF on Opening Day.

  60. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Doreen-

    Ah yes, the “wishful thinking” line up submission.

    Always a classic.

    I remember one guy in 2009 batted GGBG in every single game

  61. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I had a nightmare that mitre is our fifth starter… wait a minute here…He is prolly picking up G’s kids from school right now. what a affable fellow.

  62. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That’s something that needs to be collected and posted. Maybe Chad can get LoHud to pay you to write a “tell-all” book on the nutty characters of LoHudville. All of the reasons why Girardi is stupid, a loser and has no clue. It would be great reading and then nobody would have to overtax themselves trying to think up of new excuses.

  63. Rich in NJ February 7th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I had a nightmare that Cash resigned after Randy Levine convinced the ‘brenners to trade Montero for Johan Santana.

  64. tyanksfan36 February 7th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Hearing that they’re already down here practicing makes me wish I didn’t have such busy mornings. If I was free today I could have driven down to the Yankees complex and tried to get in to watch.

  65. tyanksfan36 February 7th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    The only games that are Must Win games are the ones I go to, especially the one on May 16 of this year because that’s my birthday and I don’t want them to lose on my birthday again.

  66. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I did not think Levine has had that much inputs on the baseball side of the operation, but apparently he exerted his opinion on the Soriano matter (so I read somewhere). I say let Cash do his thing. But really can’t complaint about adding Soriano who prolly will opt out after this year. The only minus is losing a first rounder in a purported deep draft. We will see.

  67. Pat M. February 7th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    GB…….Hughes has a great curve, but he needs to be allowed to throw it more

  68. tampayank February 7th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    “# sandy g February 7th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    the way this yankee team is set up right now the yankees will be lucky to finish in 3rd place.teixeira is a stat player.at the end of the year he has the stats but he is not a good clutch hitter.he plays a great first base.thats it. try to trade him for the starting pitcher they need.cano is the best hitter on the team,period

    barring a mid season blockbuster trade I have low expectations for the team(by Yankee Standards) , I wouldn’t be surprised with a 3rd place finish

  69. kenobrien February 7th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    eric chavez… really?

  70. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Tyanks, that would qualify as a must win :)

    ***********
    Erica, and there is the Pena should bat clean-up :)

  71. austinmac February 7th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Pat M.’

    I think Hughes curve has a lot of break, but it can get loopy. I do think he needs to mix his pitches more, including his curve. Fangraphs shows him throwing 16% curves and 3% changeups.

    I think a good changeup is a heck of a tough pitch to hit and makes your fastball so much better.

  72. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    eric chavez… really?

    Really!

  73. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    Tyanks, that would qualify as a must win

    ***********
    Erica, and there is the Pena should bat clean-up

    *************************

    Hahahahahaha… I totally forgot about that one.

    I still think you should follow that advice Fran!

  74. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    eric chavez… really?

    Really!

    *************

    Seriously?

  75. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Fran-

    Have you looked into a league yet?

    I know its a bit soon, but a Sunday night draft would be quite optimal

  76. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Pat M. February 7th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    GB…….Hughes has a great curve, but he needs to be allowed to throw it more

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    Pat, I, too think Hughes has a very good to great curve ball. I threw that in as another of the Hughes complaints. It’s not often that he gets hurt on that pitch. I figure that his cutter is not quite ready for prime time, but, with help from the Great Rivera, he has the makings of another great pitch. Four good to great pitches on the way and he’s got a chance to be one of the top 5 pitchers in the AL. Not sure if I’d want to see him learn a slider, though. Tough on the arm. give him two years and he could be one of the team leaders like Cano and start taking a few of the “younger” pitchers under his wing. He is really coachable and seems to really love learning. Burnett is another that I can see that has learned a lot after last year. He’s no dummy. He knows that he can no longer be a 2 pitch pitcher.

  77. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I think Belliard has something left with his bat. He is a pretty horrid defender everywhere but prolly can fill in once awhile. I see Nunez and Belliard as the two backup infielders (if there are two spots avail). No R. Pena please. Aside from the fact he can’t hit for power and is a perennial Mendoza candidate, I profess an unnatural loathing for him.

  78. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    eric chavez… really?

    Really!

    *************

    Seriously?

    —–

    Totally.

  79. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Erica, most likely ESPN. And I was leaning toward a Sunday evening draft, but I’ll run it by everbody.

  80. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Fran did you send out invites for the league yet?

  81. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    Erica, most likely ESPN. And I was leaning toward a Sunday evening draft, but I’ll run it by everbody.

    ***************

    K- Cause I don’t get home until at least 9 pm during the week. And I work Saturdays too.

    I pretty much could only do a Sunday evening/night

  82. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Erica, long time no ‘speak’, hope u had good holiday and all is well.

  83. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    Hey Erica, long time no ‘speak’, hope u had good holiday and all is well.

    ***************

    Hi :-)

    I don’t remember any recent holidays. But thank you. I did celebrate the crap out of Groundhog’s Day

  84. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Belliard still plays a competent 2nd base and that’s the one position that can be covered. He doesn’t play 3rd well at all and has only 10 games in 13 years at short. He has a bat, but, most like a trade option to a team that loses their 2nd baseman during ST. Nunez and, if he’s effective and healthy, Chavez are the best infield options.

  85. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Erica, you got it.

    ************

    Patrick, not yet. You in?

  86. GreenBeret7 February 7th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    With Jones in the outfield as the #4 guy, he can fill in if someone gets hurt or needs a break and Nunez could make an emergency appearance in left during a game until a replacement is brought in from Scranton.

  87. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Fran-

    Patrick should be in.
    Erica’s Avengers enjoyed beating Honey Nut Ichiros.

    (Still my favorite team name)

  88. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I prolly would named my fantasy team the belligerent biting beavers… sounds legit and quite intimidating as well.

  89. Patrick February 7th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Patrick, not yet. You in?

    Absolutely! Can’t wait

  90. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Erica, well that settles it. He’s in :)

  91. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Cashmoney-

    Not sure I should go there, but that actually sounds a little dirty

  92. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Bellicose Burping Beavers is another option.

  93. BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Erica, that is amazing. I don’t think I know that many songs
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Or maybe she only knows one song but has 1,152 copies of it? :-)

  94. Cashmoney February 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    We grind it out E. That’s our style! we play and we grind! As far as ‘dirty’ goes, let not go there :)

  95. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Bojo, didn’t think of that :)

  96. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Bojo-

    I can honestly say there is no song I can listen to 1,152 times in a row.

    Once in college, I played “Turning Japanese” 15 times in a row, but that was just to piss off the people I lived with who were screaming at me to stop. (For the record, I would have stopped sooner but I was maniacally laughing too hard)

    This morning I heard 4 Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac songs on the radio. I knew it was going to be a good day

  97. BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Doreen February 7th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Looking for opinions. Thanks.
    ++++++++++++++
    Any points if you submit the wrong team? :-)

  98. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This season is going to be a better, more hardcore Erica’s Avengers

    This time I am going to even read the rules in advance so I know what the more weighted categories are!!!

    This time I will not forget that a baseball team rotation has 5 members and start selecting bench players before my rotation is complete!!!!!

  99. BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Bojo-

    I can honestly say there is no song I can listen to 1,152 times in a row.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    1,152 Bottles of Beer on the Wall?

  100. Fran the original February 7th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Erica, you learn quickly.

  101. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    1,152 Bottles of Beer on the Wall?

    ************

    I would “forget” what number I was up to and cheat

  102. Sweet Swinging Cano February 7th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Phil Hughes just gets it.

  103. BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Phranchise February 7th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Exactly. The Mets won’t have a choice but to make a move. Reyes is a free agent, if they want to keep him. They have a bunch of backloaded salaries. No one wants Bay. Moving Santana or Wright and trying to rebuild makes sense and you know Wright is going no where. Yankees have some pitching talent. Wouldn’t you rather take a bit of a gamble on paying some of Santana’s contract and giving back Brackman, maybe Romine and a couple other pieces? Why wouldn’t you at least enquire? In a short series would you not be happy enough with CC, Santana and Hughes with possibly AJ rebounding? Santana isn’t what he was, but his stuff can translate just as well as Andy P’s did. If it’s a matter of making a trade or losing the whole franchise. The Mets will make a move. And no one else will pay the money. Sox won’t. Angels definitely won’t pay and they have a staff. Not too many teams the Mets could trade with.
    ++++++++++++++++
    Starting with the premise that Santana’s TJ-like surgery on his shoulder is successful and he comes back stronger than before (which is what I recall reading)…

    Getting Santana IMO would not require giving up top 8 prospects like Brackman or Romine. The team picking him up will still be absording a lot of salary, and could claim some risk that he is not worth $25M any more. IMO, 4 or 5 lower prospects could do it.

    As far as taking the risk at that point to pick up $38M (from what I recall in an analysis of how it could go down), the deal IMO is a better one that the $150M or so that was being offered to Lee.

  104. Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    :arrow:

    Lets try to be a little livlier on the new thread, okay :-)

  105. BoJo February 7th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Erica in NY February 7th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    You know I am 5’10? right?

    Do you know many 4 year olds that look like Amazonians?
    +++++++++++++
    Print this out and bring it with you

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly

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