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Sunday morning notes: A day late, Cano arrives in Tampa

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 20, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano has arrived. While he talked to the media about his one-day-late trip to Tampa, Derek Jeter walked into the clubhouse, realized who the pack of reporters was talking to, and stopped on a dime. Jeter stood at the back of the media pack, staring at Cano until Cano finally noticed his shortstop and team captain looking at him. When Cano finally started laughing, Jeter walked away.

Cano said he was in New York yesterday when he got a call from the team. Cano said he would be in Tampa the next day, and that’s when he found out that he had the days mixed up, that the physicals were on Saturday, not Sunday.

“I was a little scared, a little bit,” Cano said. “I don’t like to be late. You guys know, I’m almost on time. I talked to Geno and I apologized.”

I’m sure the guys will continue to give him a hard time, but no one around the Yankees seems too upset by the whole thing.

• Hector Noesi is also in camp today. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen today.

• Obviously I’ll have much more on the Derek Jeter press conference as soon as I can get it transcribed and get the audio uploaded. A lot of the topics were familiar — he doesn’t think about last year, he’s moved on after contract talks, he just wants to win — but Jeter talked quite a bit about the slight mechanical changes he’s made with his swing. Said he got into some bad habits last year, and at that point it was time to eliminate the stride, something he expected to happen eventually.

• Joe Girardi is going to address the team for the first time this morning. He said the message is simple. “Be the best we can be,” he said. “That’s our goal.”

• Kevin Russo is hitting with the outfielders, but going through fielding drills with the infielders.

• Seems like quite a few guys threw early morning bullpens today. I saw Joba Chamberlain and Ivan Nova throwing this morning, but some more guys were in the bullpen while reporters were doing interviews in the clubhouse. It’s a pretty small set of bullpens today.

• Bullpen assignments:

Phil Hughes (to Gustavo Molina)
Pedro Feliciano (to Francisco Cervelli)
Warner Madrigal (to Austin Romine)
Hector Noesi (to Roman Rodriguez)
Romulo Sanchez (to Jesus Montero)

• Hitting groups:

Infield Group 1: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Jorge Posada
Infield Group 2: Ronnie Belliard, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin
Infield Group 3: Eric Chavez, Brandon Laird, Ramiro Pena, Francisco Cervelli
Infield Group 4: Doug Bernier, Bradley Suttle, Jorge Vazquez, Jesus Montero

Outfield Group 1: Greg Golson, Andruw Jones, Nick Swisher, Gustavo Molina
Outfield Group 2: Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Justin Maxwell, Austin Romine
Outfield Group 3: Colin Curtis, Jordan Parraz, Melky Mesa, Kyle Higashioka
Outfield Group 4: Daniel Brewer, Austin Krum, Kevin Russo, Jose Gil

• Defensive groups

Catcher Group 1: Jose Gil, Russell Martin, Gustavo Molina, Russell Martin
Catcher Group 2: Francisco Cervelli, Kyle Higashioka, Jorge Posada, Austin Romine

Infield Group 1: Doug Bernier, Robinson Cano, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brad Suttle, Jorge Vazquez
Infield Group 2: Ronnie Belliard, Brandon Laird, Ramiro Pena, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Russo, Mark Teixeira

Outfield Group 1: Daniel Brewer, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, Austin Krum, Jordan Parraz
Outfield Group 2: Colin Curtis, Brett Gardner, Greg Golson, Justin Maxwell, Melky Mesa, Nick Swisher

Associated Press photo of Jeter and Cano

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95 Responses to “Sunday morning notes: A day late, Cano arrives in Tampa”

  1. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I think this season will cement Cano’s position as the best player on the team.

  2. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 20th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Rich, agree.

    Think he’ll continue in the 5th slot? I was thinking 3rd.

  3. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 20th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Jete’s is pissed. Watch out robbie ;)
    http://assets.nydailynews.com/.....ing-11.jpg

  4. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    DT

    Yes, at least until around June. Girardi is very deferential to veterans.

    It looks like who is batting #2 is the only open question for now.

  5. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I would love to see Cano in the 3 slot, but doubt Girardi will make that move. If Robbie is your best hitter, he deserves to hit 3rd. The additional AB will benefit the team.

  6. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 20th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Jetes, not jete’s. Havent finished my coffee yet :/

  7. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    ” Chavez would earn a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes the Yankees roster. He has the potential to make an additional $700,000 based on time spent on the roster and $3.4 million in performance-based incentives.”

    No thanks to that salary. Cashman could had guys like F.Lopez, Inglett for a fraction of that prize but with more assurances. C seldom put together a competent bench pre season, I guess i will wait for mid season acquisitions again.

  8. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Rich -

    I look for Swisher to bat 2nd.

  9. blake February 20th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Sounds like K Long is on the case with Jete….shorten or eliminate the stride, reduce movement as much as he’s comfortable with. If he, Alex, and Tex bounce back and Cano just continues doing what he’s doing then the meat of the order could be scary good. We’ve never seen Cano, Alex, and Tex all healthy and in sync at the same time.

  10. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I like Cano batting 3rd, but I also like him batting 5th as protections for Alex. I really think that Cano, Arod and Tex are interchangable in 3-4-5.

  11. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Chad

    Do you know what fields they are using for what? I am here along with a thousand other people and want a leg up on where to position myself.

  12. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:39 am

    It could be BIG AL, although Chad had a note yesterday that made it sound like Granderson is in the mix.

    Maybe it will be a RH/LH deployment, depending on if Granderson shows that his late season improvement will be enduring.

  13. Ruby Tuesday February 20th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    RoboCop .

    L . o . l .

  14. SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Alex is still the best player on this team. Has been since he got here.

    When he is dominant, they are a dominant team.

    As good as Robbie is, he’s not in Alex’s class yet.

  15. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Alex wasn’t the best player on the team last season. He has to prove that the hip won’t be a chronic impediment.

  16. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Rich, Big Al, after my my post above, I took a look over at Feinsand’s blog, and he’s reporting that Girardi is considering just that, flip flopping Robbie and Tex.

    Cano doesn’t take very many pitches, though he improved in that area last season (ie, laying off pitches out of the strike zone).

    I’d like to see them do it.

  17. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Rich -

    With Swisher being a switch hitter, and the fact he’s done well in the 2 hole before, I’d prefer him over Grandy.

    I know what I’d like to see most likely won’t happen, and that’s Gardner #1, Jete #2

  18. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I disagree. As much as I question Cashman I think he has done a good job with the bench pieces. Jones and Chavez if they have anything left and I think they do should be an upgrade. I don’t know why anyone cares what players make it doesn’t matter. You think anyone’s losing sleep over paying Marte and Igawa?

  19. Ruby Tuesday February 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Who will have a more woeful start to the 2011 season :

    The Fat One they called David Ortiz

    or

    Mark Teixeira ?

  20. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    # NYY626 – Andy in 2011 February 20th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Jete’s is pissed. Watch out robbie ;)
    http://assets.nydailynews.com/…..ing-11.jpg

    ————————————————

    Jeter’s got an edge

  21. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    A-Rod was better on paper last year not on the field. Cano was better defensively and offensively. But the clock start over.

  22. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Gardner hitting second? He’d have to improve on his bunts, that’s for sure.

  23. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    BIG AL

    I think Jeter should bat leadoff v. LHP and Gardner should leadoff v. RHP, especially if Jeter doesn’t quickly show that his disparate splits last season were a temporary issue.

  24. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    “A-Rod was better on paper last year not on the field. ”

    By paper you mean their respective stats prior to 2010? Well, yeah…

  25. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    “A-Rod was better on paper last year not on the field. ”
    ————
    ?

  26. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    It’s always been said, your best hitter bats 3rd, and right now that’s Robbie. I Gardner improves, I’d love to see him lead-off, since speed on the bases keeps the pitchers attention on the runner, and guys get better pitches to hit behind him.

    This is what I’d like to see, but, I can’t believe Girardi will do it.

    Gardner – LF
    Jeter – SS
    Cano – 2B
    A-Rod – 3B
    Tex – 1B
    Swisher – RF
    Posada – DH
    Granderson – CF
    Martin – C

  27. Chad Jennings February 20th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    They’ll be on both of the main fields. I believe they’re doing some hitting and fielding on both, but I’m not sure which groups will be on which field.

  28. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Chavez is an upgrade over whom?

  29. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    REPOST

    # Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    # Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    aao, yes, joba could pitch his way off this team in-season, but not in ST. and thats the way it should be. ST is not a real judge of what a pitcher is going to do in-season. solid mlb stats from last year far outweigh ST stats and it should be that way.

    ——————————————-

    I’m not saying you’re wrong but why did the Yankees use the ST competition to determine Joba was no longer a candidate for the rotation. At the time I thought it was foolish to use ST to make a judgment on Joba’s career going forward.

  30. blake February 20th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Yea when Alex is right he can still do things only Pujols can match. He’s still one of the 5 most talented guys to ever put on a uniform. He’s got another monster season in him. I do like Cano hitting in the first inning though whether its 2nd or 3rd.

  31. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    BIG AL, I like that lineup.

  32. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am

    ruby, could you do something about the snotty waitress we had at your colonie center location last month, i think her name was shirley? thanks!

  33. SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Robbie’s best year equals Alex’s worst.

    Not in the same league as a player as Alex.

    One year doesn’t change that.

    There is no evidence the hip is a chronic impediment.

    His calf, not his hip, caused most of his injury woes last year.

  34. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Dionysius Thelxinoe February 20th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    BIG AL, I like that lineup.

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

    Thanks, and having 3 switch hitters in a row makes it very difficult for managers to mix and match against you.

  35. m February 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I can’t see Gardner batting 2nd. But I can see him battling leadoff. They’ll probably bat him 9th which is weird with his OBP.

  36. 108 stitches February 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    If healthy, Chavez can play 3rd base and some 1st base.

    Eduardo Nunez can play 3rd base, SS, 2nd base and has speed. Showed some hitting promise late last year.
    Chavez is around for protection.

  37. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    “Robbie’s best year equals Alex’s worst.”

    This is just false.

    2010 OPS+

    Cano: 142
    A-Rod: 123

    Will it be enduring? Who knows?

    But Cano had a considerably better year than A-Rod last season.

  38. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Last year Cano was better than A-Rod. Age is also a factor going forward. A-Rod has to prove he still is close to the same player at 36 years of age.

  39. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    If healthy, Chavez can play 3rd base and some 1st base.
    ————-
    hello Pena… Chavez value will be largely determined by his ability to hit period.

  40. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Back later, have a great day folks.

  41. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    If Tex bounces back to his normal self (which seems likely at his age), in terms of pure offensive output he should be better than Cano AND Alex next year.

  42. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    If Jeter bounces back to his 1999 season, he could be the best player on the team.

    Maybe the best player in the Major Freakin’ Leagues.

  43. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    aao, i think the yankees had decided going in to last year’s ST that the job was phil’s to lose b/c he pitched better in ’09. joba was in a much better position than, say mitchell or prior is now, but still there was a bias going in to last year that phil was the better pitcher.

    ST performance doesnt, and shouldnt count for very much.

  44. pat February 20th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Can’t remember the quote but to paraphrase, there is a very small window for a professional athlete where physical gifts and experience meet for the perfect storm of greatness before time takes its toll.

    That was the basis for the heart to heart between Alex and Robbie last ST- clock is ticking and you need to want to be the MVP not just play with MVPs.

    If healthy, Alex could still be in that place. Cano took big steps last year to get there but might need another year of seasoning to really be there.

  45. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Another thing to consider with who was better between Cano and Alex last year is how many games Alex missed and how much time he spent at DH compared to Robbie.

    Because of that the Yankees only got a .757 OPS out of the 3B position last year.

  46. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I think a small competition that has gone overlooked is that between Swisher and Granderson to hit in the second spot. I think Girardi is leaning towards Granderson; gut feel. At least against righties.

  47. blake February 20th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I don’t really care who is technically better….I just want all 4 of them to be healthy and good.

  48. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    “If Jeter bounces back to his 1999 season, he could be the best player on the team.”

    ————-

    :D

    What year is it?

  49. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    # LGY February 20th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    If Tex bounces back to his normal self (which seems likely at his age), in terms of pure offensive output he should be better than Cano AND Alex next year.

    ——————————

    If Tex can start strong then he’ll be top 3 MVP candidate. Hell I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he would be the odds on favorite if he started off hot.

  50. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 11:06 am

    “What year is it?”

    Sarcasm has to be subtle, right?

    And yes, as to your other post, Alex’s (in)ability to play 3B on an ongoing basis is a critical factor in assessing his value.

  51. Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    blake -

    I’ll second that, but add that I’d like the entire team to stay healthy!!!

  52. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ill be posting picture to my flickr that I take with my cellphone, not the best quality but good enough for now

  53. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    # Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    aao, i think the yankees had decided going in to last year’s ST that the job was phil’s to lose b/c he pitched better in ’09. joba was in a much better position than, say mitchell or prior is now, but still there was a bias going in to last year that phil was the better pitcher.

    ST performance doesnt, and shouldnt count for very much.

    ———————————————–

    It shouldn’t count for very much but unfortunately that’s how it was presented. Hopefully Joba lights it up in ST even though I’m not thrilled about him being a middle reliever. I’d like to see him regain his 07/08 attitude.

  54. blake February 20th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    There is a better likelyhood that Cano will be the better player as he is just entering his prime years……but a healthy Alex at his best is probably still as good as anyone in baseball

  55. Yankeeclipper February 20th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Last year several of our positional players had off years. Tex, Alex, Jete, and Posada underperformed. Grandy finished strong but overall his numbers were closer to what he did in Detroit in 2009. We got great production out of Swish and in particular Cano. Gardner had a solid first half but tailed off in the 2nd half due to the lingering wrist injury. This season, hopefully we get better years out of Alex, Jeter, Tex and Posada and hopefully we get solid production out of Cano and Swish again. As for Grandy and Gardner hopefully they can put together a solid season over 162 games.

    You can fill in the rest of hte offense with Jones (improved defense over Thames and likely a bat against lefty pitchers). Chavez can be a nice bat to have on the bench as a PH, DH, and role player who fills in at 1st and 3rd. If Montero makes the team then we pick up another quality at bat. Pena/Nunez will be role players with Nunez offering upside on offense and base stealing ability. Other guy to keep an eye on is Maxwell.

  56. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    aao. re:joba.
    just get guys out.
    nothing else matters.
    dont think, throw.
    i was joking the other day about him being buddha and murphdog threw in ‘breathe through his eyelids?’ and i was like, BINGO! stop worrying about where you should be. dont worry about your weight, if you want another cheeseburger, eat one.

    the only change i want to see is; just throw what the catcher puts down.

    i think he’s gonna be a beast.

  57. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    tyanks, thanks for the pictures.

  58. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Yea just get the outs and see where it all falls at the end of the yr. I like the fact he’s mixing in his other pitchers.

  59. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I agree with SJ about Alex……..in a way, Alex is still underrated. In an “off” year, he still had tremendous #s……….

  60. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Curtis batting 2nd would be pretty stupid considering his power………

  61. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    martin should pull a crash davis and tip off poppy when and where the heater’s coming the first time joba shakes him off.

  62. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Batting order really means very little to me.

  63. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I believe the Yankees pitchers are mixing their pitches now because Rothschild wants to see what they have and what he particularly needs to work on………

  64. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    notice that i don’t go to the lefty for poppy anymore…

  65. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Jeter, Posada and Alex are all stretching together and Tex and Swisher are stretching and talking with each other.

  66. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    # Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    martin should pull a crash davis and tip off poppy when and where the heater’s coming the first time joba shakes him off.

    ——————-

    Hilarious

  67. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    dont want to see joba in garters, though…

    (the rose goes in the front)

  68. pat February 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Must read on Posada and the impact of concussions before you pencil him in to catch a bunch of games this year.

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....l?page=all

  69. NYY626 - Andy in 2011 February 20th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    pat February 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am
    Must read on Posada and the impact of concussions before you pencil him in to catch a bunch of games this year.

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo…..l?page=all
    ______________________________________________
    I read this earlier today. Very scary. I can’t stand yankee fans who sh*t on posada all the time.

  70. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    “Curtis batting 2nd would be pretty stupid considering his power………”

    ——————

    Swish has hit for more power than Grandy the past 2 years.

  71. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    # Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    dont want to see joba in garters, though…

    (the rose goes in the front)

    ———————

    well there goes the stuff I ate this morning on the floor

  72. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    had this thought since nothing is really going on til we play some games. The Yanks outspending others for top FA in terms of dollars and length has this small drawback. At the end of the most these contract, the Yanks are never in a position to offer arb and thus garner a high pick in amateur draft. Abreu, Maz and damon r most recent example of that…

  73. pat February 20th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    On todays episode of Biggest Loser- Yankee Edition………

    Ledger_Yankees In uniform, Teixeira looks like he’s taken a bit of weight off. #nyy

  74. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    My dog would be in heaven if I could throw a ball as far as these guys

  75. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I still like Granderson better, I think he’s more dynamic and I think last year’s surge was no fluke………I don’t know how many HRs Swish and Granderson hit last year, but the latter missed a month of the season.

  76. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Or, he/she be exhausted TY.

  77. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Cashmoney

    I think the reason they didn’t offer arb to those guys was mostly a result of the way the bad economy impacted the spending in MLB.

    They probably should have offered Wood arb thogh.

  78. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Betsy,

    Swisher has only 4 more PA than Grandy the past 2 years, but 21 more extra base hits.

  79. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Sherman is not one of my favorites for sure:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....77eVk8cAEN

    So the questions right now probably should be about if the Yankees have a good team rather than a good rotation. There are some unsettling signs, notably a slew of bad bodies in camp and Robinson Cano forgetting the report date. Still, there are the projections for a strong offense, bullpen and farm system — all assets to help cover for or solve the rotation shortcomings

    ***I wonder what bad bodies other than Joba Sherman is talking about? He makes it sound like the whole team is fat. Also, while I have a few concerns about Phil this year, Sherman seems to imply that he’s either no longer talented or won’t be productive at all. No, Sherman is just as bad as the other mediots.

  80. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    True rich, the economy did have lot to do with it esp after 08.

  81. Giuseppe Franco February 20th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Chavez will make the team provided that he’s still in one piece at the end of March.

    He fits what the Yanks want to do in a backup 3B-1B. Good glove with good power from the left side.

    I tend to doubt Girardi is going to move Teixeira from the #3 hole. He didn’t do it last season so I don’t expect it this season unless Teixeira doesn’t overcome his health issues from ’10 and has another horrific start.

  82. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....RVP3di4N/1

    Q: What have you learned about Joba Chamberlain?

    A: Joba’s a fun-loving guy. A lot came to him early. He’s very coachable. He listens. He cares.

    Q: A.J. Burnett?

    A: Similar. He’s willing to commit to what he needs to do to get on track.

    Q: Phil Hughes?

    A: He has an intense personality when he gets things going in his bullpen. He’s kind of a perfectionist. All the names you mentioned, they’re good people.

  83. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love Rothschild already – he seems like a really good guy and I think he’s going to be a help to our staff

  84. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “Also, while I have a few concerns about Phil this year, Sherman seems to imply that he’s either no longer talented or won’t be productive at all. No, Sherman is just as bad as the other mediots.”

    ———————

    Where does Sherman say that?

  85. G. Love February 20th, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I’m really happy to see Jeter and Tex both talk openly about working with Long to try to fix what didn’t work last year.

    I also want to see Cano installed as the 3 hitter. His time has come. Guaranteeing him an at bat every game in the 1st inning gives our team an advantage. He can knock out an early homer or drive in the runs on base or extend the inning for Arod.

    I know I’m basing this on Tex’s season last year, but I think we are wasting a .300 plus hitter in the 4-5 hole. He’s also going to get pitched to because Arod and Tex are waiting.

    When I was most frustrated with Cano (and I was very frustrated with him) I would get upset because I saw glimpses of vintage David Ortiz in his at bats.

    He has the kind of ability that can wreck a pitcher in my book. Plus the pitcher knowing that Arod and Tex are waiting puts even more pressure on. It’s akin to what pitchers felt dealing with Manny/Ortiz in their prime. Pitchers fell apart just anticipating them coming to bat soon.

    I don’t think Arod and Tex have the fear factor that Cano has for pitchers right now. I think they will both gain that back once the season begins, but I really hope Joe can work past the ego’s and see Cano in the 3 hole is the place for him.

    I also would love to see him allow Gardner to lead off and let Jete hit 2nd.

  86. G. Love February 20th, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    As for Eric Chavez, if the guy is healthy I think he’s going to steal at bats at DH vs. RH from Posada.

  87. Against All Odds February 20th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    # Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Sherman is not one of my favorites for sure:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports…..77eVk8cAEN

    So the questions right now probably should be about if the Yankees have a good team rather than a good rotation. There are some unsettling signs, notably a slew of bad bodies in camp and Robinson Cano forgetting the report date. Still, there are the projections for a strong offense, bullpen and farm system — all assets to help cover for or solve the rotation shortcomings

    ***I wonder what bad bodies other than Joba Sherman is talking about? He makes it sound like the whole team is fat. Also, while I have a few concerns about Phil this year, Sherman seems to imply that he’s either no longer talented or won’t be productive at all. No, Sherman is just as bad as the other mediots.

    ———————————-

    Well according to Cashman Joba isn’t the only guy that came to camp with a weight gain. Plus there was a report that this might be the biggest Yankee team in yrs. SMH it must have been a really slow news day when the guy was writing that article.

  88. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    i read the sherman article and thought it was pretty upbeat.

  89. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    sherman seems to imply that he’s either no longer talented or won’t be productive at all.
    ——–
    ??????

  90. Ys Guy February 20th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    this is the bias police trying to find any sign of negativity toward the yankees.

    this is just like the espn/bias thing. its just laugable imo.

  91. Giuseppe Franco February 20th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Betsy,

    An honest question….

    You obviously feel the “mediots” (your words) deserve the wrath of your criticism whenever they take a negative slant regarding the Yanks.

    So why is it okay for you to constantly criticize media writers for their negativity regarding the Yankee organization but it’s not okay for Lohudders to criticize YOUR negativity day after day?

    Seems rather hypocritical.

  92. Cashmoney February 20th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Betsy, after reading the Sherman’s article i came to this conclusion
    1. you need reading comprehension
    Or
    2. you like to drag Hughes into every convo.

  93. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Sherman said no such thing where did that come from?

  94. BIG AL February 20th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I read the Sherman piece twice, and could not find where he made those comments about Phil. Why the need to lie about the article?

  95. 4 NYY February 20th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Chavez, like so many ( and I mean MANY ) is injury prone because of all the juice these guys ( MLB players ) have used. Just check the DL rate 30 years ago compared to now. Try to find all the hip surgeries of today compared to then.

    The minor leaguers are worse and they have a strict policy in place because of no player’s union behind them.

    Today’s players have spit on the game !

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