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Sunday notes: Less is more

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


The weight issue won’t quite go away here in Tampa. Alex Rodriguez arrived in camp a little bit lighter. Buster Olney reported it was 10 pounds lighter. Joe Girardi said it wasn’t quite that much. Whatever the exact number, it’s more than a pound or two, but not so much that Rodriguez looks drastically different.

“Sometimes guys just feel like they want to be a little bit lighter,” Girardi said. “It might add to their game. Physically they might bounce back quicker. That’s not uncommon for a player to try to put more energy into their body, and sometimes it is by not having to carry so much mass.”

Girardi said he didn’t know Rodriguez was planning to lose weight until Rodriguez reported to camp. But seeing him, Girardi has no complaints.

“This is just the weight that he showed up,” Girardi said. “He showed up in very good shape, so I’m not going to complain about that.”

• Girardi said it’s too early to learn anything from the bullpen sessions. In fact, he goes out of his way to make sure players don’t feel pressure to perform at this point.

“I’m careful to not try to push players right now or to say a whole lot to pitchers — we need a little bit more, your breaking ball’s not quite as sharp – because I don’t want them trying to overdo it,” Girardi said. “Sometimes there might even be a guy that’s throwing the ball well, and if I come around I see that he missed a couple of spots, I might just move on (if it’s) a young guy. I don’t want them thinking, gosh, the manager’s watching. Just let them go about their business. There will be plenty of time to evaluate.”

• That said, five pitchers threw batting practice to actual hitters early this morning: Joba Chamberlain, Ivan Nova, Dave Robertson, Brian Anderson and Manny Banuelos. “Some guys got an early morning wakeup call at 8:15,” Girardi said.

• Eight more pitchers will throw BP tomorrow. Girardi didn’t say who.

• Because there are fewer workout days, there will be no intrasquad games before the actual spring schedule.

• Girardi said he knows who he wants to start the spring opener, but he wants to wait a few days to make sure that pitcher is still good to go. He promised to make the announcement on Tuesday.

• When he finished hitting, Jorge Posada spent some time at first base. Girardi said it’s possible Posada could see some time at the position this spring, but whether he’s a legitimate option at first during the season depends on who else is on the roster. “Is it a viable option? Is it an emergency option? A lot of it depends on the makeup of your roster,” Girardi said.

• Kevin Russo was listed as an infielder today, but he instead worked as an outfielder during drills. He said he expects to work in the infield tomorrow.

• Random infield assignments: Eric Chavez, Brad Suttle and Brandon Laird did their infield work at third base, and Jorge Vazquez got his time at first. Those four will probably spend time at both infield corners this spring. Ronnie Belliard and Doug Bernier got time at both second base and shortstop, though the time at short was just fielding grounders. I doubt Belliard is being looked at as a shortstop option. Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez both worked at shortstop.

• Tino Martinez has arrived in Yankees camp as a guest instructor.

• Girardi and his staff are still discussing possible team outings. Not sure what it will be this year.

Associated Press photos of Jeter with Rodriguez during stretch; Nova in the bullpen; and Andruw Jones in the outfield

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74 Responses to “Sunday notes: Less is more”

  1. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Did Martinez have an excuse for being late to ST…like he couldn’t get a visa card or he forgot the date?

  2. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 20th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    With less muscle mass comes less power. Aroid will hit 27 homers this year and have 102 rbi with a .278 average. You heard it here first.

  3. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    GB

    Oh yeah, that makes sense. I think I could take them though haha. I’m kinda short but I’m big and scrappy.

    Hopefully I can make it up there again on Friday being the last day before Spring Training, get some better pictures of everyone with a lot less people than those that show up on weekends. Also, I missed all the outfielders today, they were doing their BP on the side field so if I come up friday ill have to make sure I watch them.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    For numb nuts in hotlanta:

    From NY Post:

    “Not only was Rodriguez’s weight down from 228 to 224, his body fat plummeted from 12 to 9 percent.”

    A 3% body fat decrease at his weight translates to 8 less pounds of fat and 4 additional lbs of muscle for a 4 lb. net loss.

  5. Nick in SF February 20th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    photo caption:

    “Is that the old stride or the new stride?”

  6. Joe from Long Island February 20th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    From the last thread’s discussion of the Toronto Blue Jays and their very promising stable of young arms……

    I remember a couple years ago, CB going on and on, for several threads, of what Toronto was doing to them….. Sad, very sad how those guys – McGowen, Marcum, Litsch, Chacin got used up so young. Reminds me of what Billy Martin did to his trio of young arms when he managed Oakland.

    Listening to Bobby Darin while sipping some wine and starting to put together dinner. Not a bad way to while away the days, waiting for some ballgames.

    GB – hope you’re having a good night down south. Got pretty windy and cold last night and today. It’s still winter in NY.

  7. 108 stitches February 20th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    The early bullpen sessions are to stretch out arms and throw strikes. Beginning tomorrow they start working on breaking and off speed pitches. The pitchers at this point are slightly ahead of the hitters which is normal considering the hitters are still in the process of getting their timing down.

  8. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Joe in LI/ Npthimg is better than a good dinner and wine while listening to one of the best saloon singers anywhere, any time. Darin was a lot more than one r&r song. Great voice.

    It’s been brutal down here today, too….joe. Dropped down into the mid 70s.

    Do you remember the exotic car Darin had built for him back in the 60′s? George Barris did the work I believe. I’ll see if I can find the photo.

  9. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Maybe it is just the angle of the picture, but Jones looks like he is in good shape. He came to WS camp last year 15 pounds lighter.

    Wonder if he shed more weight this offseason.

  10. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    ***nothing***

  11. m February 20th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Jones looks pretty good. Not as chunky.

    Alex is a physical specimen, I think he could hit if he was 200 or 275.

    Damn that Joba for showing up bigger. Now everyone is under scrutiny. :)

  12. hardwired7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Fwiw, Andruw Jones looks to have lost that bloated, puffy look from years past.

  13. Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Back from a nice afternoon in White Plains, lunch at Emma’s Ale House. Good recommendation from murphydog a few months back. Glad we finally got there.

    Great stuff today from Chad.

    I kind of figured that the concussions were a big reason the Yankees wanted no part of Jorge catching anymore. And it was a good thing the spoke with him about his situation long before spring training. From the pictures Chad has put here, it sure seems like Jorge is embracing the opportunity to coach during ST. I saw him on Centerstage and while he was noncommital, his wife wants him to manage one day. Mrs. Jorge is a very influential woman! :)

    SJ44 -

    Sounds like your nephew is in good hands with you looking out for him. Looking forward to hearing the reports from you. At the rate he’s going, I’m not sure I’m going to get to see him when the Pirates AA team plays Trenton. That would be good for him, disappointing for me! :)

    Ruby Tuesday is the least bothersome “troll” that’s ever been here at the Lohud. Most time it’s one-liners that are easy to skip. Hardly worth giving him any attention over. :)

    Just a reminder that GTLU starts on Saturday. It will be the ONLY weekend GTLU of the season, and it’s the exception because it’s the first game. I’ll be taking lineups from 9 am to 11 am next Saturday morning. I will continue to post reminders this week, so thanks for your indulgence.

  14. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Photos of Bobby Darin’s car. My error, it wasn’t George Barris’ design, it was Andy DiDia’s.

    http://www.carlustblog.com/200.....a-150.html

  15. Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    GB7 -

    That car looks like something right out of The Jetsons! Love the color. :)

  16. Joe from Long Island February 20th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    GB – Now, that’s a car! That sure was an era, the 60s….

    Some where, across the seas, somewhere…… That’s one heck of a song, sung perfectly by Darin. One of my favorites.

  17. ron February 20th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Chad,i think you meant nova in the bullpen.

  18. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Ok, here is the link to my youtube, all my videos from today have uploaded. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/itsawesomebaby20

  19. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Joe/Doreen” Gotta love those tail fins and chrome, huh? That’s not the original color. It was gold with crushed diamond dust. I believe something lie 20 or more coats of paint…all hand rubbed. $150,000 cost and 7 years to build. One article said that it had to be restored because when people would lean against the car, the skin was so soft, it left dents (aluminum). Built from the ground up and not a reworked street car.

  20. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    GB7 -

    That car looks like something right out of The Jetsons! Love the color.

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

    I wonder if George would let me take Judy for a spin arould the solar system?

  21. Abe Peterham February 20th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Tyanksfan,
    Great video! Thanks for letting us “be there”

  22. Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    GB7 -

    Wow, gold! Must’ve been blinding!

  23. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Tyanks,

    Thanks for all of your pictures and videos today.

  24. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Doreen that is a beautiful work of art. Loved that era of Detroit cars and the guys like George Barris and other custom car designers. I used to go by Studibakers in South Bend, Indiana and watch them make Avantis. All hand made. They’d make about 100 a year.

  25. Chad Jennings February 20th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah. That should say Nova. Sorry about that.

  26. blake February 20th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Just watched tyanks videos. From the side Montero’s setup reminds me a little of Pujols…..swing is a bit different but its definitely loud when he hits.

  27. tom tresh 15 February 20th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Off Topic
    Congrats go out to Trevor Bayne. 20 year old won the Daytona race for the Wood Bros.

  28. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Fran

    You’re welcome. Not sure when or if I will make it out to the field before the game I’m going to on March 13, I’m going to go through baseball withdrawal! Luckily I have all my pictures and videos to watch until then.

  29. blake February 20th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    That was one of the.more exciting races I’ve seen in awhile. My congrats to the kid as well.

  30. Doreen February 20th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    tyanksfan36 -

    thanks for sharing! I think what might even be better than seeing the videos, is actually hearing the sounds of the bat hitting the ball and the ball hitting the glove!

  31. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    tom tresh 15 February 20th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Off Topic
    Congrats go out to Trevor Bayne. 20 year old won the Daytona race for the Wood Bros.

    —————-

    That was awesome wasn’t it ? Bayne was the guy who helped everyone else in the race and then was in the right place at the right time at the end. BRAVO TREVOR ! ! !

  32. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    The Pujols situation might have taken a turn today when Cards part owner Drew Baur died today. It could get tight for the Cards.

  33. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    # Chad Jennings February 20th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah. That should say Nova. Sorry about that.

    ————-

    Mr.Jennings do you know where Rafael DePaula the pitcher will be in the Yankees organization this year ?

  34. SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Best part of the race was the Roush-Fenway car getting black flagged late in the race.

    A sign of things to come for the Sox?

  35. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    tyanksfan36 – I just finished watching them all. Outstanding work and thank you so much. You should get lunch with someone! At the very least.

  36. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Best part of the race was the Roush-Fenway car getting black flagged late in the race.

    ——————

    I take it you don’t care much for Jack and his straw hat? What team do you like?

  37. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I believe that like any Yankee fan, SJ may feel that anything bad for the Red Sox is good for the Yankees and their fans.

  38. Rich in NJ February 20th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    If Alex loses power, it won’t be because of any weight loss, it will be about how quick his swing is and clearing his hips on inside pitches. The weight loss is more likely to increase his quickness and his ability to clear his hips.

  39. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    SJ,
    lol yes.

  40. SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    GB,

    Exactly.

  41. tom tresh 15 February 20th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Best part of the race was the Roush-Fenway car getting black flagged late in the race.

    A sign of things to come for the Sox?
    ************************************************************************
    One can certainly wish

  42. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    ==============

    Are you a Yankee Fan living on the West Coast? Now that’s what I call being dedicated.

  43. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I was kinda bummed Dale Jr got wrecked there at the end after running so good and it being the 10th anniversary of his dad’s death……wish that had played out differently

  44. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Tyanks,

    The 13th will be here before you know it. Where are you sitting?

  45. tom tresh 15 February 20th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Always admired Dale Sr. As you may know he grew up near here Blake. Sort of a local boy done good story

  46. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    SJ,

    I read somewhere that Lucchino could be a candidate for the next commish after Bud leaves…..tell me this wont happen.

  47. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    West coast

    My goal is to get to know a lot of the Tampa Yankee players in 2011 by being in the booster club, that way if they make it to Spring training in 2012 I can yell their name out and they will wave at me and everyone will be like “hey! She knows him!” There is a handful from the TY team in 2010 that I recognize just from having seen them so much last year like Suttle, Banuelos, Betances, Gil and Mesa. I was more excited seeing them then Arod and Jeter.

  48. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Tom,

    Yea I know. Many may not know but in the south and specifically in NC, Dale’s death was a huge deal…..I mean like towns shut down for days afterward in mourning. I was hoping Jr would finish well today….but he ran well and had a chance to win.

  49. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    tyanksfan36 – try to get a job as an intern with them. Be aggressive. Write a polite letter and then go up and introduce yourself.

  50. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    BJ – there are tons of us here.

  51. Betsy February 20th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I’m no racing fan, but I was stunned at Dale Sr’s death and I always root for Jr. at Daytona………

  52. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Fran

    Yeah I know. Actually if things work out then ill be seeing them on the road on the 12th, but I won’t know about that until it gets closer since its someone on the team getting the tickets and he will have to come through for me. I am sitting in section 202, over the RF bullpen but 3 rows from the top so they’re further out there and up quite a bit but I checked them out the other day and they aren’t that bad. We are seeing the Twins and as long as I get to see Joe Mauer, ill be happy.

  53. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    # blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    I was kinda bummed Dale Jr got wrecked there at the end after running so good and it being the 10th anniversary of his dad’s death……wish that had played out differently

    ———————

    It’s too bad that Jr. got caught up in that Robby Gordon wreck especially with the tribute on the 3rd lap and he being winless for so long.

  54. Tar February 20th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Great job today Chad. Thanks!

    I have warmed up a lot to almost all of our new signings. I realize the odds of them all coming up big and making the team are slim. And I can’t help but remember how well it worked ( not ) in 2009 when the Sox signed reclamation projects Smoltz, Baldelli, Penny and Saito.

    But this Yankee group seems to have a different something, that I can’t quite put my finger on.

    So how will the current crop of Yankees projects–Chavez, Hernandez, Prior, Colon, Belliard and Jones–do?

    Barring injury, I think that all (except Belliard) will make the team. I have to admit logically it doesn’t seem very likely that will happen. Which is OK as well, because I also admit I am hoping that more than 1 rookie makes the team. So either way it seems like a win win situation.

    Spring optimism, you gotta love it.

  55. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    BJ – there are tons of us here.

    —————

    That’s pretty cool and then blogging on a NY blog.

  56. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I see that Callis is comparing Montero’s bat to a young Miguel Cabrera. Not the sort of bat that you give awat for secondary talent like Gio Gonzalez.

  57. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    tyanks,

    Hope you get the tickets for the 12th too. And I’m with you on Joe Mauer. He’s the Twin I’d most want to see. Mauer was on Jimmy Fallon last week promoting MLB11:The Show. He’s on the cover.

  58. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    West Coast

    I would do that if I wasn’t already occupied about 75% of the time. In the summer I will be working 40 hours and won’t have the time to commit to an internship up there. Also, I don’t think my area of expertise (elementary education) is what they’re looking for.

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    BJ – Unfortunately I live in a Red Sox fan community. The sports bar they call their own here even got the World Series Trophy for a day in 2005 that’s how connected they are. A couple of us wanted to go in and boo but they know us and laughed and said not today Babe Ruth! lol

  60. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    The comps I’ve heard most associated with Montero are Cabrera and Frank Thomas…..Id take being close to either.

  61. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Those are really great pictures you post. Thanks for all your hard work and time putting them together here.

  62. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Can’t see Belliard making the Yankees. Let him have a good spring and move him to a team that will need a 2nd baseman to a team sure to need one for something decent in a young player. Belliard has no place to play om the yankee since he can only play 2nd base.

  63. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I meant 2007.

  64. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:39 pm
    The comps I’ve heard most associated with Montero are Cabrera and Frank Thomas…..Id take being close to either

    I’ve always thought Piazza because of the position, as a bat, all are quite similar.

  65. tyanksfan36 February 20th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Fran

    My dad let me pick the game and I chose the twins just because I wanted to see Mauer. I’m going to try to make it out to the trop when the Rays play the twins and see how far down I can get to homeplate so I can watch him up close. Ill have to look that up on youtube, don’t know how I missed that.

  66. LGY February 20th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Interview with the Brackmonster

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....e_mou.html

  67. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    A Red Sox bar on the West Coast got to have the trophy for a day, wow that’s neat. When you and your friends went there were you dressed in NYY gear? Must have seen you coming and then called you Babe Ruth.

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan February 20th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    BJ they know us. We go there for Yankee games sometimes. It was packed and the fire marshall was there and the bar bouncer wouldn’t let us in.

  69. Fran the original February 20th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    tyanks,

    You can see Mauer’s appearance on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon website under recent episodes.

  70. SJ44 February 20th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    When Posada talked to his agent about representing Momtero a few years ago, he said he was the “next Pujols” with the bat.

    He said Montero was the best 17 year old hitter he had ever seen.

    When I first saw Montero hit, Pujols did come to mind.

    I remember seeing Pujols in the Instructional League and wondering how in the world this guy lasted until the 13th round of the draft.

  71. blake February 20th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    SJ,

    Their setup at the plate is similar with regards to where they hold their hands. Pujols is more crouched and has perfected his swing over the years but you can just tell the difference in sound when Montero hits.

  72. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    SJ, I’ve heard that sound only a few time live. Mantle, Frank Thomas, Richie Allen and Winfield. I swear that you can see the bat bend with perfect contact. Ted Williams said that he could tell when Mantle was hitting without seeing him. Williams and Cobb said that he was the most physically gifted player they ever saw. Too bad that Montero isn’t about a step faster. Love that swing, though. Not long, just hard, short and quick.

  73. BJ in the Bronx February 20th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    WC they probably made up that story cuz you guys are yankee fans. :-)

  74. SAS February 20th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Evening folks,

    That story about Brackman really opened my eyes to who he is. I really wish him the best.

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