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Posada behind the plate again

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

Behind Steinbrenner Field, there is a practice field that is essentially two infields stacked back-to-back. That’s where all of the Yankees infielders, catchers and pitchers are going through fielding drills this morning.

Among them is Jorge Posada, who’s in full catching gear for the drills. It’s the first I remember seeing him really go through catching drills this spring.

The only other mildly interesting assignment is Ronnie Belliard, who’s getting his reps at first base. The Yankees would like to give Belliard and Eric Chavez a look at both infield corners this spring. Chavez is working out at third again today, same spot as yesterday.

UPDATE, 12:12 p.m.: Hitting and pitching going on now. Adam Warren just finished facing hitters on the back field. D.J. Mitchell then stepped on the mound. His first batter: A-Rod.

Of course, guys aren’t really swinging much right now, mostly just tracking pitches. Rodriguez looked at five pitches, then gave way to Mark Teixeira, who fouled off one pitch and looped a sure single to right.

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Fist bump from Rodriguez as Mitchell comes off the field. Eric Wordekemper now facing Eric Chavez, Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo and Jose Gil.

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177 Responses to “Posada behind the plate again”

  1. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m really pulling for Chavez to make it. Was a great player in his healthy days. What a glove!

  2. pat February 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    BryanHoch During PFPs, Joba drops to the ground and rolls as A-Rod leaps over him and makes the play. Midseason form

    benshpigel A-rod, after joba made a nice stab during PFP: “you’re a good husky.” Isn’t that what you guys (nebraska) are? Joba: “no, huskers”

  3. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 11:40 am

    pat February 21st, 2011 at 11:38 am

    benshpigel A-rod, after joba made a nice stab during PFP: ?you?re a good husky.? Isn?t that what you guys (nebraska) are? Joba: ?no, huskers?

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

    :lol:

  4. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Be safe and healthy, Jorge!

  5. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I still wish Jorge would catch a few games this year……..

  6. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:43 am

    On Espn Insider, Olney wrote today that Joba is keeping up with all the other pitchers in conditioning and throwing a great fastball. Stick it to everyone, Joba. :)

  7. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 11:35 am
    OK GB, who is Andy Carey?

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

    Carey was supposed to be the next big thing at 3rd base for the Yankees in the ’50s. Not always a favorite of Stengel’s.

    Stengel said “I got a guy what knocks in 2 runs with his bat and lets in 3 runs with his glove. Right away, I’m in the hole.”

    Then, late in a game down the stretch, when Stengel would usually pinch hit for Carey, Stengel let Carey bat, with a little advice. “Go up there and knock the ball into the right field seats.” Carey was right handed and not a power hitter. Carey hit the first pitch into the lower stands in right. Asked about what advice Stengel gave him, Carey told the reporters what was said. He added, “When the Old Man tells us to do something, we do it.”

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 11:46 am

    It makes sense for Posada to stay relatively sharp behind the plate; no one realizes the risk of injury and getting banged up back there more than he does. I think there is likely some concern about Martin being totally healthy as well until he proves that he is over a period of time.

    Although Posada will be the primary DH. I can see “mix and match man” Girardi catching Posada occasionally. Especially if he is swinging the bat well.

  9. pat February 21st, 2011 at 11:47 am

    eboland11 Jeter crushing it to left in first round of BP. Hit two off the wall, one over

  10. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Now Joba is catching it from his teammates jk

  11. blake February 21st, 2011 at 11:49 am

    If Sanchez has another good season then teams are gonna be knocking Cashman’s door down trying to get that kid….

  12. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 11:49 am

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:43 am

    On Espn Insider, Olney wrote today that Joba is keeping up with all the other pitchers in conditioning and throwing a great fastball. Stick it to everyone, Joba.

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

    I don’t think anyone questions Joba’s ability to throw that street ball by ya’. It is his ability to do so for an extended outing as a starter that was/is the issue IMO. (Along with other issues)and that’s why he is in the pen.

    I hope he is lights out this year – that will really help the team.

  13. austinmac February 21st, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Joba does wear the husky size in his clothes. :)

    Glad to read Jeter pulling the ball in the air. That is what Long believes he needs to do better.

  14. pat February 21st, 2011 at 11:51 am

    BryanHoch random observation from bp – ball is jumping off Eduardo Nunez’s bat

  15. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    blake February 21st, 2011 at 11:49 am

    If Sanchez has another good season then teams are gonna be knocking Cashman’s door down trying to get that kid….
    ______________
    Do you think we could get Gio Gonzales for him?

    JUST KIDDING GB7!

    :-)

  16. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 11:52 am

    BryanHoch random observation from bp – ball is jumping off Eduardo Nunez’s bat

  17. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 11:54 am

    GB,

    Great story about Carey. Really about Casey Stengel too I guess. Thanks.

  18. blake February 21st, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Jeter said in his presser that he has no more motivation this year than usual but in an honest moment Im guessing he would admit that he does……really proud guy….Im guessing he and Alex both did everything possible this winter to get back to where they are used to being.

  19. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    LMAO at Mark Carig. Funny guy.

    “Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Nothing like starting the day with a fan telling me “hey, you work for a dying newspaper!” Hey thanks, buddy.”

    “Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Now this yahoo is asking me questions about the team. Perhaps I should tell him to shut it and read my “dying newspaper.” #nyy #heelturn

  20. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Nunez has some decent pop, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he shows more of it this spring.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Bojo – 10:00 a.m. – morning question
    .
    6:00 p.m. – evening question (except possibly for tonight – see earlier post of explanation)

    just curious – how would you all have felt about the first question being this: scored 76 runs and was named to All Star squad in the same year.

    That would have made it a little more difficult. I think I gave too much away. Or do you think all of the other information is valuable in a teaching perspective. No! I’ve got it! I will give bare bones and in the answer I will round of information about the player!

    Leaving now – literally – but interested in which version of question you prefer. Bare bones or rounded out.

    Bye all!

  22. blake February 21st, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Maybe Nunez had some Cano rub off on him this winter.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 11:56 am

    pat February 21st, 2011 at 11:51 am
    BryanHoch random observation from bp – ball is jumping off Eduardo Nunez’s bat

    ///
    it’s not news that Nunez can hit.Although the way everyone around here wants to give him away,I guess it’s a surprise to them.

  24. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 11:54 am
    GB,

    Great story about Carey. Really about Casey Stengel too I guess. Thanks.

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

    My pleasure, fran. Stengel was a work of art, especially for the media…not so much for the players. Mantle said that when they were losing games, Stengel never said a word. When they were winning, he rode them like rented mules.

  25. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Some of these observations from the writers are so silly – the ball is jumping off Nunez’ bat?

    J Alfred, it’s by no means certain that Nunez can hit enough to be a starter in the big leagues……..by almost all accounts, he’s nothing special as a prospect.

  26. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 11:59 am

    WC, they won’t do that, but I think they should.

  27. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Nunez has always had gap power. He creamed the ball a couple of years ago in ST. He just needs to get that OBP up. I mostly saw him in AA, and he had 9 HR that year, and often pounded the ball when he made contact. (.349 OBP that year, which I would take in a heartbeat)

  28. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I mean, it’s soooooo early to be saying that pitchers look good or hitters look good…….

  29. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    No MELO news today ???

    Is there a comparable/active NY Knicks blog like this one located anywhere on line ???

  30. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    ST doesn’t count, though – lots of players throughout history have been great ST players.

  31. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Betsy, Nunez has his champions, and I think he will surprise some people. He is a better player than most people think.

  32. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Trisha–

    You could give bare bones and wait 10 minutes…if no one has answered, flush the question out with more info.

    Example:

    1. I’m thinking of a Yankee. Who is he?
    2. (ten minutes later) He wore number 23
    3. (ten minutes later) He first wore number 46
    4. (ten minutes later) He played first base

    Or something like that….Although I suspect GB7 would have answered in 5 minutes. ;-)

  33. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    UpState, I’ve been visiting Tommy Dee’s blog – just google Tommy Dee Knicks and the site will come up

  34. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:00 pm
    I mean, it’s soooooo early to be saying that pitchers look good or hitters look good
    ________
    This part I agree with.

  35. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The only Melo news is that there is no news. Some reports say he’ll let NJ know today or tomorrow whether he would sign an extension. Melo could just end this all right now by saying no…….he could have ended this before it all began by saying no to NJ. Oh well – it’s just a waiting game now.

  36. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Yankeesfem, the thing is – everyone looks good at this time of year. The only thing you’re looking for is if someone doesn’t look right for some reason……

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Nunez has always had gap power. He creamed the ball a couple of years ago in ST. He just needs to get that OBP up. I mostly saw him in AA, and he had 9 HR that year, and often pounded the ball when he made contact. (.349 OBP that year, which I would take in a heartbeat)
    ///
    yep.I’ve seen plenty of Nunez.He’s got a good bat and certainly enough oomph for a SS.he needs to be less wild on his throws,that’s all.

  38. CompassRosy February 21st, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “Nah he missed the start of 2010 with his back I know. The Phillies are saying he’s fine now though but still its gotta be at least a little bit concerning that he keeps having these issues.”

    Actually, Cliff Lee was on the DL till April 30th last season with an abdominal strain. It wasn’t serious, but concerning since it was an issue he had a history with.

    ****
    Doreen ~
    Sorry to hear you have received your vehicle yet. Hopefully, it will be worth the wait :)

    ****
    Trisha ~
    I’ll definitely have to check out these chocolate bars you’ve been touting ;-) I’m a dark chocolate fan myself.

    Speaking of fan… counting the days until my Spring Training trip to AZ!

  39. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I think Melo wants toknow he won’t be losing a ton of money if he says no. I’m not sure what Dolan could have offered him as security. A separate tv show that paid him difference? Don’t know if that would count towards payroll limits in new agreement.

  40. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Joel ShermanA-Rod press conf in few hrs, but been told key message will be that for 1st time since hip operation, surgeon Marc Philipon, gave permission to return to full offseason workouts #Yankees

  41. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Where is it by “almost all accounts” Nunez is nothing special as a prospect?

    Whose accounts, Internet bloggers?

    His scouting report, compiled by actual major league scouts, doesn’t say that at all.

    It states that he has starting potential as a ML starting SS. The question is his ceiling.

    That’s a far cry from him being “nothing special” as a prospect.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    Yankeesfem, the thing is – everyone looks good at this time of year. The only thing you’re looking for is if someone doesn’t look right for some reason……
    ///
    except she and I have more to go on that ST or even his cameo last yr.

  43. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Other teams must think Nunez is better than “nothing special”. They keep asking that of all of the Yankee middle infielders, he’s the one they want.

  44. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Looks like Cliff Lee had a slight muscle strain that limited his first bullpen to 8 pitches. (he’s fine now) Awww. You be careful now Cliff, that would be a shame if you got hurt.

  45. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Regardless of how good he may be, I have a gut feeling that Nunez will be trade bait this year…unless Jeter gets hurt for the year.

  46. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    The only way a trade for Carmelo Anthony can make the Knicks a winner is if Dolan goes to Denver as part of the deal.

  47. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm
    UpState, I’ve been visiting Tommy Dee’s blog – just google Tommy Dee Knicks and the site will come up

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

    Thank you for the info !!!

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Good short stops who can also hit are very hard to come by.the yanks would be wise to hang onto Nunez.

  49. blake February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    SS is so thin throughout baseball right now that if Nunez just projects as a potential starter there for somebody then he holds significant value……I don’t think anybody wants to “give him away”.

  50. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Bojo, Melo really isn’t going to get that guarantee. Thus far, he seems to want the $$$ over the winning; for a guy that really wanted to come to NY, he’s absolutely killed them. If the trade goes through, the team is going to have a lot of building to do. He could just have gone FA and made the $$ back through endorsements.

  51. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Right, Nunez has a lot of things going for him actually. A very good defensive SS with speed and some gap to gap power. I would like to see better on base, and he can be overly aggressive playing the ball. Also sometimes his strong arm is its own worst enemy, but he has a lot of upside.

  52. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Upstate, you’re welcome!

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Betsy what were you referring to when you said they won’t do that?

  54. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Dionysius,

    That was the best trade offer for Melo yet. Of course Dolan should take Isiah with him :)

  55. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Dionysius Thelxinoe February 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    The only way a trade for Carmelo Anthony can make the Knicks a winner is if Dolan goes to Denver as part of the deal.
    ________________
    GREAT line!

  56. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Joel Sherman MRI was so positive for A-Rod that was told he no longer had to hold back in workouts, which allowed to concentrate on streamlining body. #Yankees

    Joel Sherman But A-Rod did limit hitting/throwing in offseason, didn’t see value of wasting any bullets, so has begun this camp not throwing anywhere near all out #Yankees

  57. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Once Nunez got his feet under control, the wild throws stopped. He’s got a stronger arm than Jeter. Still needs a little work at 2nd base to become the ideal utility player. Never will be a home run hitter, but, he’ll hit a few, can steal bases and will hit a lot of doubles and triples. Sort of a Rafael Furcal type of player. Just a little taller.

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    Right, Nunez has a lot of things going for him actually. A very good defensive SS with speed and some gap to gap power. I would like to see better on base, and he can be overly aggressive playing the ball. Also sometimes his strong arm is its own worst enemy, but he has a lot of upside.
    ///

    Agree with all of this.he can play.

  59. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I think Nunez is a valuable, well respected prospect. Especially for the Yankees as they start to test drive possible replacements for Jeter eventually. No one knows what his potential is yet.

    He can hit better than Pena that’s for sure and that competition might be one of the more interesting in camp. Although, it might be beneficial to have Nunez playing every day at SWB.

  60. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Good short stops who can also hit are very hard to come by.the yanks would be wise to hang onto Nunez.
    blake February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    SS is so thin throughout baseball right now that if Nunez just projects as a potential starter there for somebody then he holds significant value……I don’t think anybody wants to “give him away”.
    __________________
    I don’t think he will be given away. I think the Yankees will get a good return for him, but if Jeter is going to be there the next 3 years, he will be traded. No place to put him.

  61. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    WC they won’t catch Jorge even a few games to keep him sharp, but I’ve been saying all along that they should

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Erin February 21st, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    Joel Sherman MRI was so positive for A-Rod that was told he no longer had to hold back in workouts, which allowed to concentrate on streamlining body. #Yankees

    Joel Sherman But A-Rod did limit hitting/throwing in offseason, didn’t see value of wasting any bullets, so has begun this camp not throwing anywhere near all out #Yankees
    ////
    great news on ARod.If we get him back to being himself,the lineup will be a major headache for teams.I still like our lineup better than anyone else’s,particularly if Montero is in it.

  63. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Yep, GB7, much better now with the throws. Nice player, who should improve all around this year. Only caveat for him in terms of evolving as a hitter is whether or not he gets enough playing time.

  64. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    SO–if Nunez can be a very good utility player, and other teams value him as a starting SS, why on earth would the Yankees NOT trade him for the type of player a starting SS prospect could bring back?

    In other words, when other teams value your player more than you do, it seems like the right time to move them.

  65. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    QFT about ARod’s health and our lineup. Call us the underdog, but one that I expect to roar like a lion!

  66. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Nunez has an above average arm, above average speed, above average athleticism, and above average gap power for a middle infielder.

    His weaknesses are strike zone discipline and stamina, tending to fade over a long season.

    Look around the game at all the SS’s his age in AAA or above and he is in the upper echelon of those prospects. That makes him a commodity.

    Whether it’s for trade bait or to be a contributor to this team, he is certainly more than a marginal prospect.

  67. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Bojo, Melo really isn’t going to get that guarantee. Thus far, he seems to want the $$$ over the winning; for a guy that really wanted to come to NY, he’s absolutely killed them. If the trade goes through, the team is going to have a lot of building to do. He could just have gone FA and made the $$ back through endorsements.

    ———————–

    Trur he could just go FA and make it up in endorsements but there is so much uncertainty with the CBA. Everyone is throwing around the rumor of a franchise tag and that’s the last thing Melo wants

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t think he will be given away. I think the Yankees will get a good return for him, but if Jeter is going to be there the next 3 years, he will be traded. No place to put him.
    ///
    Jeter’s 36 yrs old.I’d prefer to have the insurance than throw Nunez into a deal. Culver is some years away yet.

  69. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Bojo, why would we want to trade Nunez? Who is our infield UT then? We need Nunez; he is very valuable to us, and the bat is a bonus.

  70. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t think he will be given away. I think the Yankees will get a good return for him, but if Jeter is going to be there the next 3 years, he will be traded. No place to put him.
    ///
    Jeter’s 36 yrs old.I’d prefer to have the insurance than throw Nunez into a deal. Culver is some years away yet.
    ________________
    Insurance IMO is different than letting a valued asset waste away value on the bench. If Jeter goes down, they can pick up another SS in trade while he recovers. If Jeter stays healthy for 3 years, Nunez’s value has been totally wasted as he ages.

  71. Erin February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    BryanHoch Tex, A-Rod mostly just looking as Warren, Mitchell, Phelps throw live bp on back field

  72. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Jorge’s issues are concussion based concerns. Bob Klapisch wrote an excellent story on this issue yesterday.

    They are holding him back from catching in games for medical reasons.

    Reasons that, after reading the story, one can conclude are quite legitimate.

  73. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Odds, then he’ll have to go to NJ and be unhappy. I’m not one to begrudge players for making as much $$$ as they can, but if he does that, he can not claim to value winning over $$$

  74. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I imagine when and if the Yankees have a better back-up shortstop than Pena, they would consider trading Nunez. Right now, that’s not the casr. Nunez isn’t a headliner in a trade, but, he’s no throw-in, either. Add in a Romine and a Phelps/Warren/Mitchell and you can get a very good pitcher from a team that needs to fill those spots and aren’t goiing anywhere.

  75. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Bojo, why would we want to trade Nunez? Who is our infield UT then? We need Nunez; he is very valuable to us, and the bat is a bonus.
    _____________
    First, I am not openly campaigning to trade him. But I have a feeling he will be trade bait at deadline time.

    The reason is because he will be valued as a starting SS by other team, whereas here he will only be a utility player.

    If he goes, Pena will be the UT. I suspect he will be anyway when camp breaks because I think Girardi loves his defense.

    If Nunez (and a few other prospects) can get us a player like Santana (for example), the team will do it IMO.

  76. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    The benefits of keeping a home-grown shortstop like Pena probably outweigh the benefits of trading him; he is not going to be the centerpiece for a deal and won’t bring that much in return IMO. He woud be part of a package.

    But then again, one hears all sorts of crazy trade proposals. I can’t believe some of the nonsense I hear from some Yankee fans.

  77. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    ” I’m not one to begrudge players for making as much $$$ as they can, but if he does that, he can not claim to value winning over $$$”

    Why should he be any different?

  78. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Insurance IMO is different than letting a valued asset waste away value on the bench. If Jeter goes down, they can pick up another SS in trade while he recovers. If Jeter stays healthy for 3 years, Nunez’s value has been totally wasted as he ages.
    ________
    We don’t know what is going to happen, but we have an old left side of infield. It makes no sense to trade Nunez away, especially when he may get more action than everyone thinks. Plus he has speed and decent pop at a weak-hitting position.

  79. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Odds, then he’ll have to go to NJ and be unhappy. I’m not one to begrudge players for making as much $$$ as they can, but if he does that, he can not claim to value winning over $$$

    —————————————

    Valid point but I think he would regret going to NJ

  80. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    the article on Jorge’s health was a sobering one.Now it makes sense that they went after Martin.It was not just about Jorge’s diminishing skills,it was a question of his health and personal safety.the story he related about ‘feeling weird’ was scary to read.He can be a bigtime contributor as the DH because the man can hit.No reason to imperil his health,considering his concussion history.that would be reckless of the yanks.

  81. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Trur he could just go FA and make it up in endorsements but there is so much uncertainty with the CBA. Everyone is throwing around the rumor of a franchise tag and that’s the last thing Melo wants
    ______________
    If he gets tagged as franchise player, how long would that lock him into contract?

  82. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Bojo, why would we want to trade Nunez? Who is our infield UT then? We need Nunez; he is very valuable to us, and the bat is a bonus.
    _____________
    First, I am not openly campaigning to trade him. But I have a feeling he will be trade bait at deadline time.

    The reason is because he will be valued as a starting SS by other team, whereas here he will only be a utility player.

    If he goes, Pena will be the UT. I suspect he will be anyway when camp breaks because I think Girardi loves his defense.

    If Nunez (and a few other prospects) can get us a player like Santana (for example), the team will do it IMO.
    ______
    It very much depends on how much we are going to use Nunez and how we evaluate him going forward in terms of a UT vs. a starter.

  83. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Mell, he’d certainly be different than Lebron and Bosch.

    Odds, I think he’d probably be unhappy in NJ because that’s not where he wants to be, but it’s his decision and if he chooses to sign there, he’ll have to deal with the ramifications.

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Insurance IMO is different than letting a valued asset waste away value on the bench. If Jeter goes down, they can pick up another SS in trade while he recovers. If Jeter stays healthy for 3 years, Nunez’s value has been totally wasted as he ages.
    ________
    We don’t know what is going to happen, but we have an old left side of infield. It makes no sense to trade Nunez away, especially when he may get more action than everyone thinks. Plus he has speed and decent pop at a weak-hitting position.
    ///
    yea I agree with YF.we have enough of a surplus of young pitching (not the top guys of course) we can roll out there.we can’t trade the only viable replacement for Jete if he happens to go down.

  85. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Jorge’s issues are concussion based concerns
    *******************
    SJ,

    IIRC Cervelli has suffered from several concussions as well. How come this has not affected his catching? (I did not see the article yesterday)

  86. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    If they hold Jorge out for medical reasons that’s totally understandable and should be supported by everyone. If that’s not the case down the road, I can see situations where he might catch a game or a few innings here or there. Dog days of summer where A-Rod gets a DH day and Martin needs a day off. (especially if Cervelli is the backup catcher and Girardi wants Jorge’s bat in the lineup)

  87. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I love the attention to concussions that Jorge’s story is creating. This is a serious issue, and should command action. Jorge’s (and other player’s) health is more important than the game.

  88. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    The whole idea of a franchise tag makes me ill – I detest it beyond words.

  89. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t think he will be given away. I think the Yankees will get a good return for him, but if Jeter is going to be there the next 3 years, he will be traded. No place to put him.
    ///
    Jeter’s 36 yrs old.I’d prefer to have the insurance than throw Nunez into a deal. Culver is some years away yet.
    ________________
    Insurance IMO is different than letting a valued asset waste away value on the bench. If Jeter goes down, they can pick up another SS in trade while he recovers. If Jeter stays healthy for 3 years, Nunez’s value has been totally wasted as he ages.

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

    That’s a perfect solution. Trade away a good back-up and then pay twice the value for somebody’s aging and overpriced shortstop. You need to stop talking to Chip. You sound more like him every day.

  90. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Jorge’s issues are concussion based concerns
    *******************
    SJ,

    IIRC Cervelli has suffered from several concussions as well. How come this has not affected his catching? (I did not see the article yesterday)
    ________________
    Correct me if wrong, but I recall 2 concussions from Cervelli…and no symptoms as yet.

  91. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    So the Yankees aren’t going to catch Jorge at all because they are afraid of a concussion? What are the odds? Other catchers caught later in their careers than Jorge – didn’t Fisk catch into his 40s?

  92. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    BoJo,

    I thought Cervelli had 2 concussions within a few months of each other and then a 3rd prior to that. I know he wore that oversized helmet to protect his head.

  93. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We don’t know what is going to happen, but we have an old left side of infield. It makes no sense to trade Nunez away, especially when he may get more action than everyone thinks. Plus he has speed and decent pop at a weak-hitting position.
    ____________
    If Chavez makes the team, and Pena is back up utility infielder, I don’t think Nunez will play a big role.

    If the team needs a starter in July, I think they will be okay with moving him IMO.

  94. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    So the Yankees aren’t going to catch Jorge at all because they are afraid of a concussion? What are the odds? Other catchers caught later in their careers than Jorge – didn’t Fisk catch into his 40s?
    _____
    It is not about age but number and severity of concussions. Maybe Fisk didn’t have any or severe ones, or maybe there was less knowledge about concussions in those days. If Jorge is at risk, you don’t catch him. I am sure the Yanks will make the best decision for the player in this case.

  95. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Betsy – concussions as in Posada has already had many.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm
    I love the attention to concussions that Jorge’s story is creating. This is a serious issue, and should command action. Jorge’s (and other player’s) health is more important than the game.
    ////
    QFT.Can you imagine being 50 years old and not recognizing your wife and kids?It’s not like Jorge’s at the start of his career.So he doesn’t catch again,at the age of 38.He’s had a distinguished career and may be HOF bound.He can rest on that and speak with the bat.I also love the way he’s hovering over Montero.He doesn’t need to put himself behind the plate again.

  97. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    That’s a perfect solution. Trade away a good back-up and then pay twice the value for somebody’s aging and overpriced shortstop. You need to stop talking to Chip. You sound more like him every day.
    __________________
    And yet you just previously agreed that he might be moved (which was my point). I am not advocating moving him and then paying more for another back-up. I am saying that he could be moved (as you agreed with), and IF an injury were to occur to Jeter subsequently, they could always pick up another player to fill-in.

    The “IF” statement means that it might not happen that Yankees need to pick up another player for an injured Jeter…thus they get max value from trading Nunez, and assume the risk of injury to Jeter if they do so.

  98. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I didn’t think Jorge was at any more of a risk than any other catcher………

  99. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Posada does get a lot of foul tips straight back in the mask. More than anyone I can remember, other than maybe Mike Matheny. At his count, 11 concussions in 10 years.

  100. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    However, if he’s already suffered a number of concussions, then it’s just not worth it – I agree.

  101. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    “Mell, he’d certainly be different than Lebron and Bosch.”

    That’s overblown a bit, IMO. Those guys sacrificed a few shekels relatively speaking. Like Cliff Lee. Anthony could stand to see considerably more than that left on the table depending on how the CBA works out.

  102. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Betsy isn’t that a call that Jorge and his doctors should make?

  103. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    So the Yankees aren’t going to catch Jorge at all because they are afraid of a concussion? What are the odds? Other catchers caught later in their careers than Jorge – didn’t Fisk catch into his 40s?
    _________________
    Studies indicate that Fisk was brain dead from birth.

  104. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    That’s a perfect solution. Trade away a good back-up and then pay twice the value for somebody’s aging and overpriced shortstop. You need to stop talking to Chip. You sound more like him every day.
    __________________
    And yet you just previously agreed that he might be moved (which was my point). I am not advocating moving him and then paying more for another back-up. I am saying that he could be moved (as you agreed with), and IF an injury were to occur to Jeter subsequently, they could always pick up another player to fill-in.

    The “IF” statement means that it might not happen that Yankees need to pick up another player for an injured Jeter…thus they get max value from trading Nunez, and assume the risk of injury to Jeter if they do so.

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

    I also said that it depended on NYYs having a better back-up than Pena.

    Whatever…I’m finished with this one.

  105. SJ44 February 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    It has nothing to do with age. It has to do with how serious, and how the brain, has been affected by the concussions. Read the Klapisch story. It will give you a better idea of how head injuries affect players.

    Concussions don’t affect every player the same way. Clearly, the symptoms Cervelli faced after suffering his concussions were less severe than Jorge.

    When you flunk two baseline memory tests, as Jorge did, that’s not something to be messed with.

    It’s why it’s doubtful he will catch again.

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    We don’t know what is going to happen, but we have an old left side of infield. It makes no sense to trade Nunez away, especially when he may get more action than everyone thinks. Plus he has speed and decent pop at a weak-hitting position.
    ____________
    If Chavez makes the team, and Pena is back up utility infielder, I don’t think Nunez will play a big role.

    If the team needs a starter in July, I think they will be okay with moving him IMO.
    ///
    I don’t think the yanks are ok with that.They can offer some of the young arms not named Betances,Banuelos,Brackman,DePaula.Didn’t Cashman pull out of the Lee thing with Seattle when they suddenly demanded Nunez?If Jete goes down,Pena cannot fulfill an everyday role.

  107. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Just saw your reply Betsy – I think you nailed it it’s not worth the additional risk. I’m not sure that’s the case conclusively, but I have faith in Posada and the Yankees medical personnel and management doing whats best. If they deem it safe occasionally he might catch but if there is any doubt he shouldn’t.

  108. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Mell February 21st, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    “Mell, he’d certainly be different than Lebron and Bosch.”

    That’s overblown a bit, IMO. Those guys sacrificed a few shekels relatively speaking. Like Cliff Lee. Anthony could stand to see considerably more than that left on the table depending on how the CBA works out.
    _________________
    Is there anything Dolan can offer Melo to insure that he doesn’t lose money? E.g., a tv show on cable that pays him the difference?

  109. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    _______________
    That was for a 3 month rental, and Jeter’s status was uncertain.

  110. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    SJ, I wasn’t aware of that about Jorge – I will go back and read the article. Jorge’s health is FAR more important than any career. The whole thing about Duerson really shook me up – it’s SCARY to think what these athletes go through.

  111. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    I didn’t think Jorge was at any more of a risk than any other catcher………
    _____
    Any other catcher may have no or less concussions. Jorge’s concussion history has been documented. If you have already had concussions, of course, you are at greater risk. Didn’t you read the stories on Jorge’s concussion issues yesterday? Here is the link: http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....l?page=all

  112. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I mean, Jorge’s health is FAR more important than him catching a few more games.

  113. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t imagine the Yankees letting Nunez go given Jeter’s age. It makes no sense at all. It would be one thing if Peña could hit but he can’t. If Jeter is down for a month what do they do?

  114. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    # BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Trur he could just go FA and make it up in endorsements but there is so much uncertainty with the CBA. Everyone is throwing around the rumor of a franchise tag and that’s the last thing Melo wants
    ______________
    If he gets tagged as franchise player, how long would that lock him into contract?

    ———————————–

    He would on their payroll for another yr. He absolutely doesn’t want to be in Denver anymore. He’s getting booed by the fans and it might get uglier.

  115. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Yankeefem, no I didn’t read it, but thanks for the link – I’m going to read it right now

  116. blake February 21st, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Jorge can earn his 13 million by being a quality DH and by mentoring the young catchers (which he’s apparently already taken to)…..he doesn’t have anything left to prove, he’s already a Yankee great.

  117. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    “Is there anything Dolan can offer Melo to insure that he doesn’t lose money? E.g., a tv show on cable that pays him the difference?”

    Good question. I have no clue. I’d imagine any effort to circumvent the salary cap would be frowned upon in a pretty big way.

  118. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    # Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Mell, he’d certainly be different than Lebron and Bosch.

    Odds, I think he’d probably be unhappy in NJ because that’s not where he wants to be, but it’s his decision and if he chooses to sign there, he’ll have to deal with the ramifications.

    ———————————–

    See but it’s not completely up to him. DEN might force his hand and say we aren’t trading you to the Knicks so you have no choice but to go to NJ

  119. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Yankeefem, no I didn’t read it, but thanks for the link – I’m going to read it right now
    _____
    It is pretty scary stuff. Although much maligned, Jorge has been a warrior back there for us, and deserves to lead a healthy, normal life.

  120. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    he would be on their payroll*

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:38 pm
    _______________
    That was for a 3 month rental, and Jeter’s status was uncertain.

    ///
    they were willing to give up Montero for that rental (incredibly dumb, but that’s BTP).you think maybe they regard Nunez a little less lightly than you do,that his inclusion put the brakes on that one?I’d say so.Jeter’s status,I don’t think,was uncertain to the yankees.his resigning & being the SS was a foregone conclusion.however,at his age,they need someone who can step in if he goes down for any length of time.he’s always got some wrist,hand,shoulder,ankle nagging thing at some point in recent seasons.you don’t want Pena being the guy because he just isn’t a good enough hitter.

  122. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    yankeefeminista,

    Thanks for the link. The article certainly puts things in perspective.

  123. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, that article really put it in perspective. Poor Matheny – how terrible that he’s still feeling the aftereffects. I did wonder about Jorge going crazy in the dugout between at bats, but I’m sure he can find some outlet for his energy. In any case, the Yankees are definitely doing the right thing for him; at least when he retires, he’ll be healthy and able to live a normal life.

  124. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    yankeefeminista,

    Thanks for the link. The article certainly puts things in perspective.
    _____
    You are welcome. :)

  125. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Yankeesfem, yes he does……..I hope all teams take precautions like this with their catchers (what a job – I wouldn’t recommend this one to my worst enemy, lol).

  126. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    ankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Yankeefem, no I didn’t read it, but thanks for the link – I’m going to read it right now
    _____
    It is pretty scary stuff. Although much maligned, Jorge has been a warrior back there for us, and deserves to lead a healthy, normal life.
    ///
    he’s only maligned by idiots.

  127. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Actually, teams should take precautions with all their players. The Mets sending Ryan Church on a plane right after his concussion was so disgraceful

  128. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The entire Melo thing procedurally is a joke as is David Stern IMO. They have bigger worries, namely the CBA and a potential lockout. But a greater issue than than IMO is the number of awful franchises that they need to move or or contract. Sacramento, Memphis, New Orleans, etc.

  129. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    ______________
    Again time will tell. Just a gut feeling I have.

    I trust my instincts…e.g., an Jan 5th, i wrote about Posada:

    “BoJo January 5th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    He kept letting pitches get past him, couldn’t block the throws in the dirt, showed questionable judgment on double steals. was worse than normal blocking the plate on plays at home…etc.

    I also suspect that the years of head concussions is starting to take effect…he really made some bonehead plays last year.”

    They don’t always turn out, but more often than not they do.

  130. pat February 21st, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Loved this story and the video. Baseball isn’t a business to a 3 year old. :wink:

    http://rangersblog.dallasnews......aught.html

  131. m February 21st, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    No offense to Chad or Betsy.

    I don’t think that the down season makes Jeter the most interesting player on the field. I think that the fact he overhauled his swing makes him the most interesting (or however you worded it. ;) )

    And FWIW, the writer did say it was a random observation. Which too me meant it was just a side note. Not a big deal.

    But I want the ball to be jumping off the bat. That’s a good thing.

    Many of us crave info and observations. Keep it up everyone!

  132. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Well, Bojo, you got that one right,unfortunately.Now that I think of it,he lost count of how many outs there were a couple times, didn’t he? Or was it the pitch count?I remember people jumpin on him on the blog I used to be on.I thought it was uncharacteristic since he’s very sharp.But there are those who’d rather spit on someone,even when they have earned the benefit of the doubt.losers.

  133. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I’ll never forget that 2006 game vs. Texas when Posada was violently slammed into by Teixeira (still a Ranger) at home plate. I was sitting upstairs in Tier 1, and the sound and the hit were so forceful it brought fear to my heart and tears to my eyes. But after lying there, Posada got back up and typically stayed in the game. We won that game on Jorge’s game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. That epitomizes Jorge Posada to me. But I will never forget that collision. It was terrible.

  134. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Off topic, but, this pig needs to be removed from society for a long time and them never be allowed to drive again,

    http://www.postandcourier.com/.....-children/

  135. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Well, Bojo, you got that one right,unfortunately.Now that I think of it,he lost count of how many outs there were a couple times, didn’t he? Or was it the pitch count
    ______________
    Both. I am really happy they are taking care of him…I hope he gets whatever help is available.

  136. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Interesting “MELO Saga” thought :

    Trade Mozgov to the Nets along with Felton for…….

    Devin Harris and two first round picks.

    That will give Denver 3 first round picks, plus Chandler, Gallo, and Harris.

    Props to : http://www.theknicksblog.com

  137. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    It is also why I shudder when I hear people call Morneau names and say he should be back playing. His concussino was apparently VERY serious. If it means he never plays again, we should just pray for his health.

  138. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    M, I wasn’t referring to Jeter when I made that comment.

  139. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Why would the Knicks do that?

  140. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    I’ll never forget that 2006 game vs. Texas when Posada was violently slammed into by Teixeira (still a Ranger) at home plate. I was sitting upstairs in Tier 1, and the sound and the hit were so forceful it brought fear to my heart and tears to my eyes. But after lying there, Posada got back up and typically stayed in the game. We won that game on Jorge’s game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. That epitomizes Jorge Posada to me. But I will never forget that collision. It was terrible.
    ///
    i was at that one.you got him pegged: “warrior.”LOL,when he’s p i s s e d, he’s even more dangerous at the plate.love the guy.yankee grit.

  141. Betsy February 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    According to the Denver Post, things are closing in between Denver and NY, but who knows, lol; this thing has more twists and turns than a roller coaster.

  142. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Off topic, but, this pig needs to be removed from society for a long time and them never be allowed to drive again,

    http://www.postandcourier.com/…..-children/

    ————————————-

    Where is SUMMERVILLE ???

    She IS a pig.

  143. m February 21st, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I literally lol’d when I saw that the Sac Kings were thinking of moving to Anaheim. 3 LA teams? The Maloofs and Moreno in the same town? And the funny names they could come up with. The Sacramento Kings of Anaheim.

  144. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Betsy you sound like a passionate Knick fan hang in there. Melo does not want to play for New Jersey/Brooklyn it appears. Say what you want about Dolan, but I don’t think he will let him go.

  145. J. Alfred Prufrock February 21st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    It is also why I shudder when I hear people call Morneau names and say he should be back playing. His concussino was apparently VERY serious. If it means he never plays again, we should just pray for his health.
    ///
    yea it’s a shame about Mourneau.you have to wonder how much his not being there the past two yrs has helped us usher them out so quick.hope he’s ok going forward.

  146. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Nets wouldn’t want to help the Knicks

  147. m February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Betsy,

    I know. It was Nunez. It’s still something positive. Heaven forbid if something happens to Jeter, but I want someone better than worse if something happens.

    Is the concensus Nunez over Pena? I’m thinking Pena needs more playing time.

  148. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    m – the area could support them. Los Angeles is Lakers country but Anaheim – Orange County is a different world.

  149. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    It is also why I shudder when I hear people call Morneau names and say he should be back playing. His concussino was apparently VERY serious. If it means he never plays again, we should just pray for his health.
    _______
    Don’t even get me going on people who denigrate players for no other reason than that they now have forums in which to take dissing players to a whole other level for the sheer sport of it. There are so many good things about blogs/forums, but the unfounded abuse players have to take from talking out of their-you-know-what fans is not one of them. Respect the game and the players, please.

  150. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, all –

    It’s so nice of Mother Nature to think of my cardiovascular health. That hour I spent clearing my house of another 4 inches of snow was just so much fun. GB, you have no idea what you’re missing.

    Of the two bench spots left (after the backup C and Andruw Jones), I am thinking that the best theoretical choices would be Chavez and Nunez. Lefty and righty, can play 3rd and 1st, and the middle infield. Nunez can also do a pretty fair job on the bases, from what I understand. If one of them can also serve as an emergency OF, in case something happens during a game, that would seal it, I think.

    If Joe is serious about giving Jeter, Alex, and Tex more time off, then those guys would seem to have the track. All they have to do is perform.

  151. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Off topic, but, this pig needs to be removed from society for a long time and them never be allowed to drive again,

    http://www.postandcourier.com/…..-children/

    ————————————-

    Where is SUMMERVILLE ???

    She IS a pig.

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

    About 35-40 miles northwest of Charleston. Pretty good sized tow, about 40,000-50,000 I’d guess.

  152. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Knicks reason …. (actually unknown) but….

    Denver wants draft picks.

    Prokorov (sp) wouldn’t mind having an upcoming Russian on his roster & he’ d get another upcoming point guard.

    If Nets cant get MELO – they’d like Knicks to ‘pay dearly’

    Knicks want MELO…willing to ‘pay dearly’

    MELO want to be a Knick.

  153. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    UpState February 21st, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Off topic, but, this pig needs to be removed from society for a long time and them never be allowed to drive again,

    http://www.postandcourier.com/…..-children/

    ————————————-

    Where is SUMMERVILLE ???

    She IS a pig.

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

    About 35-40 miles northwest of Charleston. Pretty good sized tow, about 40,000-50,000 I’d guess.
    =====================================

    She’s a pretty big pig to tow …. but I think 40,000-50,000 pounds is a bit of an exaggeration.

    But she’s a pig nonetheless.

  154. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Joe–

    May I ask you a question? Regarding the Sanchez operation to catherize his extra artery….

    Without talking about a particular patient, I wonder about that type of condition and the procedure. Specifically, how frequently does an extra artery in the heart appear? What is the danger of that condition? How would athletic activites impact it? How is the correcting procedure done?

  155. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    Hi, all –

    It’s so nice of Mother Nature to think of my cardiovascular health. That hour I spent clearing my house of another 4 inches of snow was just so much fun. GB, you have no idea what you’re missing.

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

    Joe, I know exactly what I’m not missing. That’s why I’m living in a place that will be 80 degrees today. Not a snowflake on the horizon.

  156. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    About 35-40 miles northwest of Charleston. Pretty good sized tow, about 40,000-50,000 I’d guess.
    =====================================

    She’s a pretty big pig to tow …. but I think 40,000-50,000 pounds is a bit of an exaggeration.

    But she’s a pig nonetheless

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

    Maybe I should have said town instead of guessing at her weight. Can’t trust this dog of mine to type anything correctly. Gonna change his name from “Killer” to “Typo”.

  157. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Per Broussard, some scuttlebut that Denver would send Mozgov & Gallinari, Felton, or Chandler to NJ for 2 picks, assuming the Knicks close on the Anthony thing.

  158. pat February 21st, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi raving about Brackman. Says mechanics are much cleaner.

  159. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    They could still tow the pig 35 miles with a chain and cheap skateboard from Wal-Mart.

    That would be interesting.

  160. GreenBeret7 February 21st, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Girardi says he doesn’t put too much on BPs. But it is telling enough to pay attention, and Brackman got his attention. #nyy

    Ledger_Yankees Star Ledger
    Girardi raving about Brackman. Says mechanics are much cleaner.

  161. pat February 21st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    ToddZolecki Cole Hamels will start Saturday @ Yankees in Grapefruit League opener.

  162. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    pat February 21st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    ToddZolecki Cole Hamels will start Saturday @ Yankees in Grapefruit League opener.
    ______________
    YES!!! I can’t wait.

  163. UpState February 21st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Denver would send Mozgov & Gallinari, Felton, or Chandler to NJ for….

    2 picks…. (assuming the Knicks close on the MELO deal)

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

    I’m pretty sure Broussard’s moves are a bit more accurate – but I was on the right track.

    (same props)

  164. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Mell,

    I heard that Denver wants to close this deal before Thursday, because if they trade with the Knicks, there are other deals they then want to make before the deadline.

  165. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Too bad Knicks have to give up so much talent…but I guess they can rebuild. The bad news is the GM under that rebuilding might be Isiah, as Dolan has completely stepped over current GM.

  166. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    pat February 21st, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    Ledger_Yankees Girardi raving about Brackman. Says mechanics are much cleaner.
    ____
    I know it is a long shot, but I would love to see Brackman make this team. However, either way, he will be up eventually.

  167. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    pat February 21st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    ToddZolecki Cole Hamels will start Saturday @ Yankees in Grapefruit League opener.
    ______________
    YES!!! I can’t wait.
    ________
    Ditto! When is our info coming up on lineups and pitchers? I NEED to know! So close, yet so far…

  168. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Brackman might need a little time in SWB to work on his change-up, but he should come fast.

  169. Mell February 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    “Too bad Knicks have to give up so much talent…but I guess they can rebuild. The bad news is the GM under that rebuilding might be Isiah, as Dolan has completely stepped over current GM”

    I thought the Knicks would have been better off trying to get Howard and a PG, rather than Anthony. An inside presence and a high end PG positions them to be title contenders. Adding Anthony means 47-50 wins and they score a lot points, but not title contention, IMO.

  170. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    C U all L8R.

  171. West Coast Yankee Fan February 21st, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    One never knows about prospects until they do it in the show. Brackman may wind up being an A not a B.

  172. yankeefeminista February 21st, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    Brackman might need a little time in SWB to work on his change-up, but he should come fast.
    _____
    Yes, heard it is evolving. Although Newman or Nardi (probably latter) said Brackman was actually throwing a decent slider that would give him a 3rd SP pitch for now, to support FB and curve. I think he could make this team as an SP if they wanted to go that route. Not that I expect them to… Could also see him in AA to start off the season…

  173. Against All Odds February 21st, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    # Mell February 21st, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Per Broussard, some scuttlebut that Denver would send Mozgov & Gallinari, Felton, or Chandler to NJ for 2 picks, assuming the Knicks close on the Anthony thing.

    —————

    You don’t know how many ppl are confused by that tweet.

  174. Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Bojo – I don’t know what you’re referring to. Sanchez? Do you mean SJ’s nephew? I’m not sure what you mean by extra artery in the heart.

    Reading the papers while having lunch. The NY Times has yet another story in today’s paper today about Fred Wilpon and his relationship with Madoff. Based on this, and everything else I’ve seen in print, I can only conclude that one of two things is going on –

    1. Fred Wilpon is a complete idiot, or
    2. Fred Wilpon is lying through his teeth.

    Wilpon went out and solicited investments only from people who did not know much about investing, and would not ask questions. If someone asked too much, they were not “invited” in. Contact with Madoff was not permitted. (Think of the All Mighty and Powerful Oz, the Man Behind the Curtain.) And, all funds had to go through Fred’s company, Sterling Equities. Why? Because Madoff was “special”.

    90% of the 401 funds for the employees of Sterling Equities were funneled thru Madoff. Everyday working people lost their life savings.

    This thing really smells.

  175. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Gary Sanchez–the #2 prospect in Yankees farm system, had surgery the other day to catheterize an extra artery in his heart. Was wondering if you could provide any insights…

  176. BoJo February 21st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Joe from Long Island February 21st, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Re: Wilpon

    He is screwed.

  177. Fran the original February 21st, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    New post: Alex’s press conference

    :arrow:

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