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Monday notes: Brackman impresses against live hitters

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Feb 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andrew Brackman is not new to Yankees camp. He’s a familiar face around here, and almost everyone in the big league clubhouse is long past first impressions of the tall right-hander.

But Justin Maxwell is new. He arrived in Tampa having only heard of Brackman, and today Maxwell faced the highly touted prospect for the first time in live batting practice. Maxwell’s first impression?

“Really good command,” he said.

Never would have heard that two years ago. Today, Brackman opened eyes with an impressive batting practice session that included all of his pitches, and most importantly, included a bunch of strikes.

“He’s much further ahead than he was (at this time last year),” Joe Girardi said. “He had a hard time consistently throwing strikes, where now it appears that’s behind him. You look at what he’s done the second half of last year, what he’s done here in spring training, he’s throwing a lot of strikes. That’s a big part of the battle when you’re pitching.”

As Mark Feinsand detailed this weekend, Brackman has been fighting that battle ever since his 2007 Tommy John surgery, and he finally seems to be winning after a breakout 2010 season in Trenton.

“My first two camps, those BPs would have been awful,” Brackman said. “Nowhere near the plate or anything like that. The further away I get from surgery, the more comfortable I get on the mound.”

• Hank Steinbrenner spoke after the Rodriguez press conference this afternoon, including a comment that seemed to be a shot at Derek Jeter. In fact, I have a hard time coming up with another way to take it: “Sometimes I think maybe they celebrated a little too much last year,” Steinbrenner said. “Some of the players are too busy building mansions and doing other things, not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that. I think they’ve come into this spring with a new hunger.” There’s always something unexpected that pops up around here.

• Jorge Posada did the catching portion of team fielding drills this morning. It was the first time he’d gone through catching drills. The Yankees still haven’t had him squatting or throwing to second base, but that will happen soon. He’s supposed to catch a bullpen Wednesday or Thursday. “He’s been great talking to the players and being involved, but we haven’t asked him to do much behind the plate,” Girardi said.

• Mariano Rivera will throw his first bullpen this week, probably Wednesday or Thursday. “It won’t be long now,” Girardi said.

• Girardi said no injury concerns have popped up. Gustavo Molina was dealing with a quad issue, but he caught a bullpen today and is feeling fine.

• Just a personal observation: Eric Chavez still looks awfully good at third base. He made some solid plays going to his right during batting practice.

• Speaking of BP defense: Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez were taking turns fielding grounders at shortstop — it’s just a ground ball drill, the position on the field doesn’t really matter — and after Jeter charged a ball kind of awkwardly, Nunez started dancing around in shallow left field, mocking the Captain’s approach. Cano and Jeter were cracking up, and Jeter gave Nunez a little shove.

• I mentioned it earlier today, but Ronnie Belliard got some time at first base after working at second yesterday. Kevin Russo worked at second after working in the outfield yesterday.

• Boone Logan signed autographs for a while after the morning long toss session. One of his throws had sailed way over Buddy Carlyle and hit a little girl in the stands, so Logan tried to make up for it. Head’s up people! Even the pros let one slip every now and then.

• Joe Girardi is still trying to figure out, plan and schedule a team outing, but there aren’t many options, and the dates are limited before this weekend’s first game. Friday might be the best bet. “We’re going to try,” Girardi said.

Associated Press photos. That’s Kyle Higashioka at the top.

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99 Responses to “Monday notes: Brackman impresses against live hitters”

  1. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez were taking turns fielding grounders at shortstop ? it?s just a ground ball drill, the position on the field doesn?t really matter ? and after Jeter charged a ball kind of awkwardly, Nunez started dancing around in shallow left field, mocking the Captain?s approach. Cano and Jeter were cracking up, and Jeter gave Nunez a little shove

    ************************
    that’s so cute. :)

  2. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Joe Girardi is still trying to figure out, plan and schedule a team outing, but there aren?t many options, and the dates are limited before this weekend?s first game. Friday might be the best bet. ?We?re going to try,? Girardi said.

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    Disney World!!! ;)

  3. tyanksfan36 February 21st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    One of my students where I intern handed me this at the end of the day. Not sure if he was sincere or if he didn’t want me to forget about the lollipops I promised the class.

    http://s1039.photobucket.com/a.....S5qcGc.jpg

  4. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Erin February 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    Joe Girardi is still trying to figure out, plan and schedule a team outing, but there aren?t many options, and the dates are limited before this weekend?s first game. Friday might be the best bet. ?We?re going to try,? Girardi said.

    **********************
    Disney World!!!

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    They belong in the Magic Kingdom. Boston fans and team as usual live in FantasyLand.

  5. blake February 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I bet Chavez makes the club.

  6. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’m not surprised to hear Chavez still has a great glove…the key is how will his back hold up when he is hitting…hopefully it will

  7. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    # blake February 21st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I bet Chavez makes the club.

    ———–

    I do as well.

    That is, provided he’s still in one piece at the end of March.

  8. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    tyanks-that’s adorable!

  9. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    They belong in the Magic Kingdom. Boston fans and team as usual live in FantasyLand.

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

    :lol:

  10. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Tyanks, that was very cute. I couldn’t show you the things I got from my Bronx High School students :)

  11. m February 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks, Chad!

    Good to hear something positive about Chavez. And I like to hear some of the guys getting time fielding other positions.

    And owner fail! It sounds worse each time I read it. Lol.

  12. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    PittsburghYankeeFan – if you’re still reading here –

    Just wanted to congratulate you on your Steelers beating the Jets. That game killed me, but, being a Jets’ fan, I’m used to it. Hope you and your son had a good time.

  13. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I think this pretty much sums up that Hank rant:

    ———–

    Ledger_Yankees RT @NJ_StevePoliti: Hank Steinbrenner really has become the crackpot uncle who offends half the family at every summer cookout, hasn’t he?

  14. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    eboland11: I swear if someone refers to this Hank Steinbrenner/Jeter thing as “Mansion-gate” our business indeed has no hope

  15. 108 stitches February 21st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    No surprise with Andrew Brackman. He’s now 2 years removed from TJ surgery and could make his presence felt after just a little time at AAA.
    A deal would have to be overwhelming to let him go elsewhere.

  16. tyanksfan36 February 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Haha Fran, I could imagine what those pictures would look like. In reply to your comment about the student having a seizure in your class. I was working at Publix(the best grocery store ever) as a cashier a few years ago and this woman collapsed on the belt where you put the groceries, I was totally preoccupied talking to my bagger I didn’t realize it until this woman screamed. I was probably 19 or 20 at the time I didn’t even know what to do, luckily the screaming woman alerted everyone to the problem.

  17. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Tyanks, hope that woman was ok. My mom lives in Florida and when I visit I always end up driving her to Publix. She loves shopping there.

  18. Don February 21st, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Hank is yapping to the press about all kinds of things these days. I guess his muzzle was removed sometime this past winter, too bad.

  19. tyanksfan36 February 21st, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Fran

    She was okay, someone helped her to the ground and they called EMS for her. Publix is probably one of the big things keeping me in the south, they have the best of everything, sub sandwiches, ice cream, fried chicken. My friend moved to Kentucky and said publix is what she misses most.

  20. Ruby Tuesday February 21st, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “ Some of the players are too busy building mansions … ”

    I think he is referring to

    St. Jetersburg .

    No ?

  21. Ruby Tuesday February 21st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    ” Joe Girardi is still trying to figure out, plan and schedule a team outing … ”

    Perhaps a team outing to the Eighty Third Annual Academy Awards next Sunday ?

  22. pat February 21st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Alex has gotten so much better at this media thing. I used to wait for the foot in mouth moment and cringe but he gives me smirk moments now when he answers what used to be gotcha questions in the “right” way.

    Q- Derek is focused on the number 3000 this year, is there a number you are focused on?

    A- 28

    Smirk!

  23. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Giuseppe Franco-

    that’s the only way to approach Hank’s — I can’t even think of a word to describe what they are! :lol:

  24. Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I am not bullish on Chavez. The guy hasn’t been healthy for a long time now. it’s another case of wait and see…

  25. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Hank is a first-class dope…….. how I hate him

  26. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I am rooting for Chavez – he’d be fine replacement for Alex on days that we need to rest the big guy

  27. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 5:53 pm
    I am not bullish on Chavez. The guy hasn’t been healthy for a long time now. it’s another case of wait and see…

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

    They could have picked up Cody Ransom and taken a wait-and-see with him. Which is better?

  28. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    pat -

    YES!!! I used to do that, too, and cringe and feel bad for him, even though it was of his own doing.

    It’s so different now listening to and watching Alex. So much more confidence in himself and his place as a Yankee, I guess, too.

    That was a GREAT answer by him!!!

    :)

  29. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Chavez isn’t expected to play everyday. That should help him stay on the good side of healthy.

  30. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I wouldn’t say I’m “bullish” on Chavez.

    But he’ll make the team as long as he stays healthy for the next 5 weeks. He fits what Girardi and Cashman want to do with that roster spot.

    However, what happens after Opening Day is another argument altogether.

  31. Yankeeclipper February 21st, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I like the Chavez signing. If he can stay healthy he will help us at 3B and 1B with occassional duty at DH and as a pinch hitter. Yanks need him for about 200 AB’s. His body may be able to handle that. He has a perfect stroke for short porch in YS.

  32. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Once Alex got back to listening to the no agenda laden people that really care about him and ditched the entourage of hangers on, life became immeasurably better for him. Especially his dealings with the media.

    Hank “hatred” really cracks me up.

    You would think the guy is an axe murderer with the way some people overreact to his every word.

    The overreaction to Hank is more over the top than his rantings and that’s saying something.

    I’ll put it another way…….

    I’d rather have Hank Steinbrenner as my owner, impolitic comments and all, than James Dolan. A guy who doesn’t speak publicly but has done more damage to his franchise than Hank ever could.

  33. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Ah, yes. Cody Ransom.

    The guy who superbly backed up A-Rod in early 2009 and catapulted the Yanks into a championship ball club. Woo!

  34. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    What does James Dolan have to do with this? Lord, you get on us for being annoyed at Hank yet you defend him to the death. His comments about Jeter were asinine, SJ – if you don’t have a problem with that, fine, but it’s ludicrous that you’re giving a hard time about people who don’t like Hank. Can you mention the man without comparing him to anyone else? Why don’t you tell me what good his comments did today? Why don’t you tell us how the Yankees celebrated too much? Why don’t you tell us that Jeter was distracted by building his mansion.

  35. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    pat -

    YES!!! I used to do that, too, and cringe and feel bad for him, even though it was of his own doing.

    It’s so different now listening to and watching Alex. So much more confidence in himself and his place as a Yankee, I guess, too.

    That was a GREAT answer by him!!!

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    How long before it comes out that he threw Jeter under the bus by only thinking of his numbers and Rodriguez is trying to be Mr. Team?

    Why can’t people see that the thing that helps teams the most is for players to put up their numbers?

    Abraham, Lupica, Madden, Marchand, Matthews?

  36. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    SJ,

    You may know the inner dealings of the Yankee front office better than I do, but Hank appears to be the owner in name only.

    Hal and Cashman are the guys who seem to run the everyday operation of the team.

    I like Hal. Don’t have an issue with him whatsoever because he doesn’t open his mouth and say stupid things every time the media puts a mic in front of him.

    Hal just appears to be more professional about his standing. Hank, well, doesn’t seem to care.

    Guys who talk too much and act like buffoons just annoy me.

  37. LGY February 21st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    They could have picked up Cody Ransom and taken a wait-and-see with him. Which is better

    *****

    The standard Chavez is being held to is Cody Ransom? Yikes. I guess ill go with bullish then.

  38. blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Im not sure how seriously people take Hank….they know how he is, its like having a little piece of George around…..now if Hal had said that then my ears would have risen a bit more. Hank shouldn’t have said it, but he just says stuff…….just like his dad did.

  39. LGY February 21st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hank is funny. I’m a fan.

  40. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Betsy,

    Do you know what impact Hank’s comments have on this team?

    N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

    Do you think Derek Jeter is sitting home tonight worried about what Hank said?

    Do you think a single regular season game or team transaction will be affected by Hank’s rantings?

    It has nothing to do with anything.

    If you want to carry on and overreact to his comments, fine by me.

    In the grand scheme of things, unlike Dolan’s actions with the Knicks, Hank’s rantings have done nothing to hurt his franchise.

    They are, “crazy uncle in the basement rantings”.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

  41. TheStraw February 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Did you ever consider that Hank sees things that we don’t regarding these players? I don’t necessarily like the fact he singled out Jeter, but as a general commentary on millionaire pro athletes, I agree with him. I wish more players acted like Mo and less like T.O. And Ochocinco.

  42. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Ah, yes. Cody Ransom.

    The guy who superbly backed up A-Rod in early 2009 and catapulted the Yanks into a championship ball club. Woo!
    ——————————————
    there were a lot of people here back then that thought he was going to do a nice job as a fill in

  43. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    As long as Hank doesn’t get involved with actually running the team, I don’t care a heck of a lot about what he says. I actually agree with him on some things, like luxury taxes and baseball’s version of welfare. The rest? It’s harmless.

    James Dolan, now that’s an owner, all right, lol. I read in Newsday that he’s back to listening to Isiah Thomas. Lord save the Knicks.

    And to think, George was actually contemplating going partners with Charles Dolan…… Sometimes the best deals are the ones never made.

  44. DocTodd February 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Maybe Girardi can take the team to see the 2011 World Champion Red Sox……you know, the team that everyone has already crowned champions..LOL

  45. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    # Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Chavez isn’t expected to play everyday. That should help him stay on the good side of healthy.
    —————————————————
    this guy is taking a chance of getting hurt when he gets out of bed in the am

  46. Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    They could have picked up Cody Ransom and taken a wait-and-see with him. Which is better?
    ————-
    dunno GB. honestly if u go by his stats, he is one of the worst hitters in the MLB last 3 year while he been riddled with injury (chavez), i rather take a guy like Aybar who hasn’t been signed with low base contract. I think Chavez can earned up to 5 with 1.5 base. The money isn’t a huge deal in either case. But we will see how he holds up , that’s the big question for me. Or if he still has a bat. playing 1b and 3b is a plus, but the yanks need him to hit. which goes back to my original saying, wait and see.

  47. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    SJ, I don’t think Jeter worries about anything – outside of Mo, he’s the coolest baseball player I’ve ever seen – but that doesn’t mean Hank is right. I suppose it could be humorous trying to watch him be his father – he’s not a patch on his fanny, as Kay would say.

  48. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    You think that the players don’t realize that Hank S. talks as much as his father did and they mostly ignore it? He has yet to treat anybody like Dave Winfield. He has yet to pat a player on the back in public and then run them out of town like Boston did to countless players, the last being Mike Lowell. Which one hurts the most?

    So far, he’s not said anything near what people post on here about their “favorite team/players”. At least it’s always something different and not the same daily rants about players that have “disappointed” them.

  49. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    # joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    there were a lot of people here back then that thought he was going to do a nice job as a fill in

    ———-

    Not to mention Pete Abe’s infamous claim that this was a better team without A-Rod and with Cody Ransom playing 3rd everyday.

  50. m February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Matthews has already spun it into a rite of passage a la Winfield.

    People can spin it anyway they want, but it was still a cheap shot.

  51. austinmac February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Blake,

    Your absolutely right that Hank is like having a bit of George around. However, Hank is nowhere near the ranter that his dad was.

    Relax everyone. Focus on the real baseball issues. They’re much more fun and much more relevant.

  52. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    GF,

    Hank has responsibilities within the franchise.

    But, the buck stops with Hal.

    EVERY player transaction, including the Arod contract, has to be approved by Hal or it’s not happening.

    Hank spices up a boring day.

    In the grand scheme of things, he’s harmless.

  53. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    # Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    # joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    there were a lot of people here back then that thought he was going to do a nice job as a fill in

    ———-

    Not to mention Pete Abe’s infamous claim that this was a better team without A-Rod and with Cody Ransom playing 3rd everyday.
    ————————————————————-
    well we know how that went

  54. Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    what hanks says or did not say likely won’t effect brand of baseball play by the Yanks. That said, i hope he said something funny. Much ado with nothing to me.

  55. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    It’s not worth it to get all tied up in knots over what Hank says or doesn’t say.

    Think of him as comic relief.

    I didn’t like George’s blustering in days gone by, either, but you can’t get all upset by it.

    Every thing doesn’t have the same level of importance.

    “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” And Hank’s musings really are the small stuff.

  56. Cashmoney February 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Happy belated Birthday, Doreen.

  57. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I like boring days; Hank doesn’t spice them up for me. I don’t think his comments are interesting at all – they’re just stupid. He says these things probably because he has all this time on his hands and nothing to do……..sheesh

  58. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    joeman -

    He can’t be any worse than Nick Johnson. ;)

    Listen, anything can happen to any player. I’m wishing Chavez the best, and hoping he fills a need for the Yankees. Limited exposure should ( should) help!

    :)

  59. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Speaking for myself only, I’m not going to argue that Hank has hurt the team with his rants. That’s not my intention.

    But I do think he embarrasses the organization with that kind of stuff.

    Guys like Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens make fools of themselves all the time but the clownish behavior is the primary reason I can’t stand either one of them.

  60. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Doreen, I would if I thought he was funny. I don’t.

  61. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks, Cashmoney!

  62. blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Pete also called Adrian Gonzalez Ted Williams Jr before he’s even played a game at Fenway……..

  63. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I like boring days; Hank doesn’t spice them up for me. I don’t think his comments are interesting at all – they’re just stupid. He says these things probably because he has all this time on his hands and nothing to do……..sheesh
    —————————————————-
    he might be sitting in front of the PC all day and reading this

  64. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    joeman -

    He can’t be any worse than Nick Johnson. ;)

    Listen, anything can happen to any player. I’m wishing Chavez the best, and hoping he fills a need for the Yankees. Limited exposure should ( should) help!
    ———————————————————
    I almost sure NJ has played more than him in the last 3-4 years…

  65. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Betsy -

    He isn’t funny. Comic relief in the sense that life is too serious to take him seriously.

    If Hank was the ONLY voice of the Yankees, I’d probably be less tolerant. But he’s not. So, there’s balance. And actually, the preponderance of public relations of the Yankees steers very clear of the Hankisms.

    Cashman and Hal represent the team well. As does Girardi, and the team itself.

  66. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Doreen,

    It really is small stuff.

  67. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    joeman

    Maybe he shouldn’t have? :)

  68. JS February 21st, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    SJ-

    Do you know if Dolan, does indeed consult with Isaiah as much as I think he does?

  69. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Chavez could be a nice find for them….hope it is

  70. blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Chavez wont be relied on to start or to hit 2nd in the lineup like NJ either though…..and doesn’t have a guaranteed deal.

  71. BIG AL February 21st, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Perhaps Hank rants so much, because he wants to feel relevant, although he must realize he’s not.

    I can’t believe any player, particularly a veteran, pays Hank any mind.

    And if he does, and says stupid things to get people to talk about him, then he was a success.

  72. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Boring days make for a boring teams.

    I’ll take the comic relief. Especially in the spring.

  73. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    # blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Chavez wont be relied on to start or to hit 2nd in the lineup like NJ either though…..and doesn’t have a guaranteed deal.
    ——————————
    of course two dif situations

  74. kd February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    if chavez can get 100 to 200 ab’s and play 30 games at 3rd, it’s a win for the team. my guess – .230/300/450 10 hr 40 rbi

  75. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Doreen, you’re right, Hal represents the team well……and that’s a good thing. I suppose Hank just gives the media something else to write about; he’s clueless.

  76. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Has Nick Johnson signed with anyone or is he still a FA?

  77. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    # kd February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    if chavez can get 100 to 200 ab’s and play 30 games at 3rd, it’s a win for the team. my guess – .230/300/450 10 hr 40 rbi
    —————————————-
    first step is to get him out of ST first

  78. blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The most relevant bullpen of the day was Brackman’s live bullpen….

  79. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I’ll take a boring team any day. I much prefer my team to go about its business…..if that means it’s not interesting to the media, then so be it. As long as the team is good, I couldn’t care less if it’s boring.

  80. blake February 21st, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    *the most relevant news*

  81. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    JS,

    He’s in Dolan’s ear all the time.

    It’s sad.

  82. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    One thing about Chavez over Johnson is that NYYs have replacements for everyone in case something happens. Last year, with Johnson, they didn’t have those kind of insurance policies.

  83. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    Has Nick Johnson signed with anyone or is he still a FA?

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    Still a FA. Fragile Athlete.

  84. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    # GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    One thing about Chavez over Johnson is that NYYs have replacements for everyone in case something happens. Last year, with Johnson, they didn’t have those kind of insurance policies.
    —————————————————–

    he’s going to play a lot in ST…

  85. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Still a FA. Fragile Athlete.
    ************
    GB,
    Thanks. LOL

  86. m February 21st, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Another plus for Chavez. Wouldn’t be caught dead with Miley Cyrus music.

    J/k. Was kinda cute he did that for his daughter.

  87. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Chavez isn’t being counted on to do anything. Johnson was supposed to be a regular bat in the line-up. If they get anything out of Chavez, they’re happy. That’s the difference. That and $5 mil guaranteed.

  88. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Maybe Hank is like a magician – creating a diversion so no one pays attention to what’s really going on.

    ;)

  89. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    GF,

    Hank has responsibilities within the franchise.
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    Court jester?

  90. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    m -

    What did Chavez do for his daughter?

  91. m February 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    It’s kinda funny (in a stupid way) now that I think about it, but you know his siblings and Cash were like, “WTF Hank?”

  92. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    Maybe Hank is like a magician – creating a diversion so no one pays attention to what’s really going on.

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    The Wizard Of Id? He’s as harmless as Elmo.

  93. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Andruw Jones looks to be in decent shape from photos I’ve seen

  94. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 21st, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    On Hank’s comments, count me in the minority.

    While I don’t think it’s good form to make those comments in a public forum, I can understand why he made them, with the exception of the ‘mansion’ reference (uncalled for).

    They won it all in ’09. Then last year Tex, Jeets, ARod, Grandy, AJ, and Posada all had seasons below their career averages, whatever the reasons were in each case. Robertson and Joba also started poorly.

    I’m not saying I agree with his pov. Just that I can understand WHY he would say it. And at least it shows he didn’t like the team falling short last season.

  95. m February 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Sorry, I should have been clearer. Nick Johnson at-bat music was Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. Claimed it was for his daughter.

    Anyone read the quotes from Billy Ray? Said he’d everything (Hannah Montana) back to have his family back. Thinks Miley is going down the same path as stars who died young like Michael Jackson. Said they blessed the family before they left Tennessee for LA to ward off the evil whatever. But it didn’t work. Their family is possessed by an evil spirit or something like that. Nutso!

  96. joeman February 21st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    # m February 21st, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Sorry, I should have been clearer. Nick Johnson at-bat music was Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. Claimed it was for his daughter.

    Anyone read the quotes from Billy Ray? Said he’d everything (Hannah Montana) back to have his family back. Thinks Miley is going down the same path as stars who died young like Michael Jackson. Said they blessed the family before they left Tennessee for LA to ward off the evil whatever. But it didn’t work. Their family is possessed by an evil spirit or something like that. Nutso!
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    didn’t hear the song much

  97. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    :arrow:

  98. Doreen February 21st, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    m -

    I read that he wished he could take it all back. I didn’t read about the weird voodoo stuff.

    We all as parents hope to do the best for our kids, and sometimes it doesn’t turn out how we’d hoped; but putting your kid in show business at an impressionable age? It’s risky. The odds are not in your favor.

    I feel bad only because you feel bad for anyone who watches their child take turns along the path you don’t want them to take.

    ****

    I do remember now about Nick Johnson’s at-bat music. Nick Johnson is a distant memory. I had really hoped he’d stay healthy. Sigh.

  99. Ghost of Steinbrenner February 21st, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Come on! You gotta love Hank for keeping it interesting. I love the guy. Hal is too stuffy and I’d like to see him get more personally involved. Maybe even attend a game at Yankee Stadium this year!! You also have to admit the mansion Jeets is building (St. Jeetersburg) is huuuge!

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