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Tuesday morning notes: Optimistic Marte arrives in camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Quick, who’s the one member of the Yankees 40-man roster you least expected to read about this morning?

I can tell you Damaso Marte is the guy I least expected to write about this morning, but when the clubhouse opened, there he was.

“I think I can pitch this season because I feel very good,” he said.

Although the Yankees haven’t been counting on Marte’s return, Marte he’s ready to do some strength exercises with those elastic tubes, and he actually thinks he might start throwing fairly soon.

Marte’s encouraged. Whether he can actually get back remains to be seen.

If you’re interested, Marte took the locker vacated by Dellin Betances. I’d say there’s a solid chance someone from that locker will pitch in New York this season, but I’m not sure which one is most likely.

• Speaking of unexpected guys in the clubhouse, George Kontos came up from the minor league complex to be available out of the bullpen. The Rule 5 pick said he was happy with the way he threw in Padres camp, but at some point it became clear they didn’t have a spot for him. He said he no longer feels any sort of discomfort in his Tommy John elbow, and some of the velocity is starting to come back on his fastball. He’s also added a two-seamer that’s been effective this spring.

• Eric Chavez was able to take batting practice today and said he’ll probably go through a full set of drills tomorrow. His calf got tight during Sunday’s game, but it felt better yesterday and Chavez seems completely unconcerned about the whole thing. And this is a guy who has reason to worry about injuries.

• Ivan Nova and CC Sabathia are throwing sides today.

• Surely at some point the Yankees will actually give Justin Snyder an at-bat in one of these big league games. He keeps coming over to the big league complex to be a backup, but he doesn’t have much to show for it.

• This was probably the quietest clubhouse of the spring. The guys who are making today’s trip got in and out quickly, and the guys who aren’t making the trip probably weren’t early risers after last night’s late game in Port Charlotte. Joe Girardi’s not meeting with the media until we get to Sarasota.

• Out of the bullpen: Joba Chameberlain, Mark Prior, Luis Ayala, Romulo Sanchez, Ryan Pope, Steve Garrison, George Kontos and Wilkins Arias.

• Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Ramiro Pena, SS Doug Bernier, 3B Kevin Russo, LF Justin Maxwell, CF Melky Mesa, RF Jordan Parraz

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161 Responses to “Tuesday morning notes: Optimistic Marte arrives in camp”

  1. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:22 am

    He can be re-built…and made better.

  2. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Quick, who’s the one member of the Yankees 40-man roster you least expected to read about this morning?
    _______________
    Reggie Corona

  3. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Kontos could be a real surprise later this season.

  4. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Joba begins the long march again.

    Hope he stays healthy.

    :)

  5. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Kontos was a Phelps/Warren type before his TJ.

  6. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Bleich will return this season too to begin his long march back from surgery.

  7. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Happy Birthday Fran!!!! :-)

  8. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 10:34 am

    BoJo, Big Al and Erica,

    Thanks for the birthday wishes :)

  9. 108 stitches March 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Happy B-Day, Fran. Not thinking the Yankees will let you down in 2011.

  10. Rich in NJ March 22nd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I shutter to think what Girardi would do with 3 LOOGYs, especially in the playoffs!!!

  11. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    108 stitches, Thanks. And I have faith in the Yanks too :)

  12. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:43 am

    If Marte is healthy, he will be a major addition after ASB–like picking up another Soriano at the trading deadline. He can be 8th inning guy, close in a pinch, or be a situational lefty.

    This guy–when healthy–has a 94mph fastball and great slider that basically owns lefties. He will neutralize the Red Sox line-up in key spots….

    Good luck DM!

  13. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Rich in NJ–

    Any relation to Tom in NJ (same last name)?

    I agree that 3 LOOGYs will be a strategic advantage in bullpen for play-offs…Boston is going to be weak against them.

  14. champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 am

    As far as the Colon-Freddy debate goes it should be decided by what they are seeing on the field. If that is the case it’s not even a contest. Bartolo is pitching circles around Freddy at hitting 95 while sitting 92-93 with movement and impeccable command.

    For 900K you ride that for as long as you can and if it gets u til the ASB then someone from the group of Brackman, Noesi, Phelps, Warren can give you those last 10-12 starts in the 5 hole.

    Freddy was servicable last season throwing against inferior lineups. My sense is that he’d get murdered trying to pitch in the AL East with an 85mph “heater”.

    If they are so concerned with his weight/stamina make it clear to him when they sign him and offer him the 5th starter job that they’d like for him to do extra cardio training on the days he’s not throwing

  15. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 am

    BoJo -

    I liked your response to the person that wrote, If this was the Yankees team, they would not watch them.

    Kind of tells you what kind of fan that person is, or isn’t.

    Having rooted for the Yankees from the 40′s, I was blessed to see many great teams and great players, but, also suffered through some very bad, lean years, so I’m in agreement with you. A true fan stands by their team every season, not just the winning seasons.

  16. pat March 22nd, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Happy Fran Day! :wink:

    A story on our old friend Marcus from a writer that even WCYF should have a hard time defending.
    Every player should boycot talking to this guy because he’s an unprofessional idiot.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/.....ull.column

  17. Rich in NJ March 22nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

    BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Rich in NJ–

    “Any relation to Tom in NJ (same last name)?”

    No consanguinity as far as I know.

    “I agree that 3 LOOGYs will be a strategic advantage in bullpen for play-offs…Boston is going to be weak against them.”

    My post was really meant to be tongue in cheek. Obviously, a healhy Marte would help a lot, but Girardi does overmanage now and then, although mostly in the playoffs.

  18. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:53 am

    BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 am
    ____________
    Different generations, aren’t they? The fans that started following the team after 1996 have no idea what hardship is in being a fan…

    Some of my favorite players are still from the 66-72 years…Horace Clarke, Bobby Murcer, Joe Pepitone, Jake Gibbs, etc.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Marte healthy, now that would be a boon to the BP only better.

  20. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Rich in NJ March 22nd, 2011 at 10:52 am

    My post was really meant to be tongue in cheek. Obviously, a healhy Marte would help a lot, but Girardi does overmanage now and then, although mostly in the playoffs.
    __________
    Ah–I missed that.

    Even if he does overmanage, I would love to have them in play-offs…wouldn’t need a long man as Nova would serve that role….

  21. upstate kate March 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Pat
    I am sorry I clicked on that link…how very mean spirited. Thames was not very good defensively, but that wasn’t his purpose. He did what he was brought here for. I guess I always had a soft spot for him b/c of the personal adversity he had to deal with.

  22. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Champ

    I suggested yesterday that they release or trade Mitre (and R. Sanchez) and put Garcia as long man. When Colon gets tired, swap him and Garcia.

    They can release Mitre because they have Prior, Brackman, Noesi, and others who can fill the long man role should either Colon or Garcia not work out.

    And in looking at the #6 pitcher/long man role, both Colon and Garcia have more upside for starter role than Mitre has, and both could probebaly do the long man role as needed.

  23. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thank you Pat :)

    ***************
    Doreen,

    Sorry about Betancourt :)
    Easiest way to add/drop is to click on the green circle next to the player name; that will take you right to your team page where you click the player to drop and hit confirm.

  24. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2011 at 11:00 am

    If I was Thames, I would have told TJ Simers to stick that mini recorder and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

    It’s one thing to offer an opinion on Thames defense but another to be a total d-bag about it.

    It seems Thames was much nicer about it than I would have been.

  25. Rich in NJ March 22nd, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Yeah, that writer has a messed up attitude.

  26. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Why should he offer an opinion. That should be reserved for his column, not expressed to the player. WTF does the player care for the frump’s opinion? I’d hand that idiot a glove & say, let’s see what you can do, pal. Inappropriate in the extreme. The whole team whould refuse to talk to this chirper.

  27. SAS March 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Good morning early and late morning people.

    —————————————————-

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONCE MORE FRAN. Have a special, wonderful day.

  28. CountryClub March 22nd, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Wow that guy comes off like a clown. The first thing he says to a guy that he’s never met, and the he needs to cover all year, is “are you that horrible on defense?”

    I mean, lets be honest, Thames IS bad in the field and I’m surprised that he went to an NL team. BUT, he was nothing but classy here in NY and I dont remember any media members having a bad thing to say about him.

    He didn’t deserve that crap.

  29. pat March 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Kate

    Very mean spirited but no doubts where he stands so easier to dismiss what he writes. Some writers think it, write with the bias of it but never say it so readers might consider them credible when they really are being as mean spirited as Simers.

  30. SAS March 22nd, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I don’t know how to BOLD.what a computer whiz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  31. Giuseppe Franco March 22nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What makes the Mitre situation that more complicated is the fact that Girardi loves him. He’s in his third season with the club.

    Plus, you don’t really know what you’re going to get out of Prior either – healthwise or performance. He hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2006 himself.

    I don’t think they’d use a guy like Brackman for that long man role. He’s too inexperienced and the role is very inconsistent in regards to how often he’d pitch.

    That’s more of a veteran role.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Harold Reynolds must think he’s back with ESPN. On the Red Sox 30 Clubs in 30 Days segment, he declared Boston as having the best organization in baseball and gave them brownie points for bagging AGon and keeping their farm “intact.” No one else on the panel challenged him. So much for doing any real research. Harold is always all over Boston’s nuts for some reason. I don’t get it.

  33. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I wonder iof we are witnessing a new generation of sports-writing…one geared at trash mouthing players. Heymen does it in tweets, this guy slams a player he doesn’t even know much about…

    Must be a lot easier to be a smartass than to actually study the game and provide insight.

  34. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Based on the number of games played, and pitches thrown, Marte has to be the highest paid pitcher in the game.

  35. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I can add Lupica and Wallace Mathews to that list as well

  36. Against All Odds March 22nd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I can’t stand Matthews

  37. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:13 am

    GF–Fair points…but I think Girardi kept supporting Mitre based on the competition at the time, not because Mitre has the negatives.

  38. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    BoJo -

    Again, you got it right, it’s easier to be a smartass, than a smart sports reporter.

    It appears way too many folks following and writing about sports want to be the story, rather than write a comprehensive sports story.

  39. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 am

    JAP-

    Farm intact ?

    What farm ?

    Doubront, Bowden, Andersen ?

    What a hoot.

    They lost the last vestiges with Adrian.

    Too funny.

  40. West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Pat I agree that article was mean spirited and hateful. The writer has the right to give his opinion but others have the right to criticize him and not read him. Thames was a pretty professional and likable guy from all I read and heard.

  41. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Big Al–

    I guess the new objective is to make a name for yourself as a Brand…and then parlay that to a radio or tv deal…Following the Mad Dog model of sensationalist and confrontationalist entertainment.

    It’s a sad trend. But people keep buying it.

  42. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    MTU -

    Let’s wait and see how great that Boston farm system is, when they need mid-season help, and which of those top prospects come to the rescue.

  43. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    The sad thing is that people will be talking about this jerk’s piece rather than about excellent analytical pieces that provide insight…so, he wins.

  44. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    JAP-

    And though Iglesias can certainly pick ‘em.

    Can he hit ?

    I think the word “barren” comes to mind.

    Let’s see them replace one of their starters form the “farm”.

  45. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 am

    sp: from.

  46. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Although, on second thought, with the likes of Lackey, Beckett and Dice-bb at the back end maybe they could.

    :)

  47. West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    America has a time honored tradition of freedom of the press. No reporter or editorial writer works for the government so an employer and the marketplace decides who gets read and seen. No one has to read or watch anyone they don’t want to and one has every right to criticize any member of the press they want to.

  48. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Al-

    How are the pups ?

  49. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Boston MIGHT have a couple of farm prospects that can contribute in a pinch this year, and the odds of them having as many injuries as last year are probably low.

    Kids like Felix Doubront, Michael Bowden, Ryan Kalish, Jed Lowrie, and Yamaico Navarro might be able to help out in a pinch.

  50. mick March 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    # Rich in NJ March 22nd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I shutter to think what Girardi would do with 3 LOOGYs, especially in the playoffs!!!
    ====================================
    Shutter Island is what we can call our bullpen w/ 3 loogys, So and Mo.

  51. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Bojo-

    Oh yeah. Those guys just bowl you over with talent.

  52. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:26 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Bojo-

    Oh yeah. Those guys just bowl you over with talent.
    ________________
    Like watching Fright Night, right?

  53. West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Journalism is different today due to the Internet and other forms of instantaneous communication. There’s room for all kinds of media and reporting. There are numerous non-provocative, analytical articles — and there are op-ed pieces designed to raise hackles. The American people get what sells. You think Lupica isn’t popular? Guess again. You think Charlie Sheen is on 24/7 because of the media? Not a chance, it’s what the people demand.

  54. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    More like “The walking dead”, or “The hills have eyes”.

    ;)

  55. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Have to head out…have a good day folks.

  56. blake March 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Reynolds is good on TV and is good at doing demos and things like that…..but he really has no idea what he’s talking about with regards to farm systems and prospects etc….he doesn’t research that sorta stuff. The Red Sox traded their best 3 prospects for Gonzalez and most think the Padres didn’t get enough in that deal…..their current #1 prospect is a slick fielding SS that has questions about whether he’ll hit in the big leagues. He may turn into a legit big leaguer…..but he couldn’t also turn into the all glove / no bat SSs that every organization has in their system.

  57. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    MTU -

    Had them to the vet yesterday, and they got some meds, and so far today they sem to be feling a bit better, thanks for asking.

  58. BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:28 am

    More like “The walking dead”, or “The hills have eyes”.
    _____________
    Never seen those…any good?

  59. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Blake-

    Perxactly.

    :)

  60. upstate kate March 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Al
    sorry to hear your pups aren’t feeling well

  61. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Bojo-

    Better than some of who you mentioned.

    :)

    Al-

    You’re welcome.

  62. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    That reporter in LA is so full of himself, its no wonder players don’t want to talk to him, he’s lucky they don’t haul off and belt him. What an obnoxious ass!

  63. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    BoJo March 22nd, 2011 at 11:10 am
    I wonder iof we are witnessing a new generation of sports-writing…one geared at trash mouthing players. Heymen does it in tweets, this guy slams a player he doesn’t even know much about…

    Must be a lot easier to be a smartass than to actually study the game and provide insight.

    ///
    I don’t see where trash talking gets you.What’s to keep players from boycotting you? The core of their work is communicating the inside to the fan outside. How long would goodwill last in a clubhouse if you trash talk about the players?

  64. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Kate -

    Thanks.

  65. BIG AL March 22nd, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Catch you later.

  66. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    JAP-

    Where have you been ?

    Haven’t you noticed we live in an “Entertainment tonite”, “Jerry Springer”, and “National Enquirer” sort of world.

    All aided by the Internet.

    Privacy is a thing of the past. Along with empathy.

    ;)

  67. blake March 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    The Red Sox actually have become the Yankees with regards to how they spend money…..they have more payroll on the books for 2014 than the Yanks do and a more depleted farm system…..

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:15 am
    JAP-

    Farm intact ?

    What farm ?

    Doubront, Bowden, Andersen ?

    What a hoot.

    They lost the last vestiges with Adrian.

    Too funny.

    //

    It is funny if you consider guys like Ranaudo and Britton (LHP) are far away. Britton is rated higher than Doubront, the other left-handed prospect. Unfortunately for Boston, they lost Westmoreland to brain surgery although I read somewhere that he’s rebounded nicely.

    Nevertheless, the talent is just not there at the mid-upper & upper levels.

  69. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:35 am

    JAP-

    The sub-atomic particles have gone off the reservation.

    :)

  70. West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    The Thames article was hateful and mean spirited. I’m sure the writer could care less what people think. He intended to write just what he did and his editor saw it before publishing. He deserves to get ripped – that’s what he wants.

  71. ron March 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    We have been beating on the rs forever & it’s not going to change now.

    The rs are maxed out on what they are willing to spend,while we have gazillions to spend.
    Becket is a disaster & their pitching staff is overrated.

  72. LGY March 22nd, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Freddy was servicable last season throwing against inferior lineups.

    ***

    Did you even look at his game log?

  73. blake March 22nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    “Nevertheless, the talent is just not there at the mid-upper & upper levels.”

    Those are the levels in which you place the most stock. Its a long road from the lower levels to the big leagues.

  74. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    JAP-

    They will be forced to deal in Pewter while we deal in Precious metals.

    Unless it’s the Middle Ages Pewter doesn’t get you much.

    ;)

  75. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 am

    In case I officially go off the deep end today, I would just like to wish you all a happy 2011 baseball season.

    I think I am losing my mind.

  76. champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am

    To be fair to the Red Sox they do have a few high ceiling guys left in their system in Westmoreland and especially Renaudo.

    The only reason that Boston got AGon for what they got him for was because of Hoyer’s familiarity with those guys having been part of the efforts to scout them. If he traded him to another organization he would have asked for more back.

    It’s an advantage that the Yanks would have say trading with the D’Backs being that the GM spent a year intimately canvassing our farm teams and has an acutes scout eye so he may feel more certain of evaluations of our guys having seen them so much more.

  77. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Erica-

    Calm down !

    It’s nothing an all expenses paid trip to Tahiti couldn’t fix.

    :)

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 am
    JAP-

    Where have you been ?

    Haven’t you noticed we live in an “Entertainment tonite”, “Jerry Springer”, and “National Enquirer” sort of world.

    All aided by the Internet.

    Privacy is a thing of the past. Along with empathy.
    //

    I manage to avoid that world to the point of utter ignorance :). Gonna keep it that way.

  79. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 11:40 am

    SAS,
    Thanks again

    ***********
    Big Al,
    Sorry to hear about you dogs. Hope they continue to get well.

  80. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    And if that is just not possible, I suggest a container or two of ben and jerry’s ‘rocky road” , or “Pistachio Mint”.

    That should help.

    :)

  81. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    JAP-

    Great idea ! Me too !

    :)

  82. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:40 am
    Erica-

    Calm down !

    It’s nothing an all expenses paid trip to Tahiti couldn’t fix
    *******************

    At this point, I think I am closer to a straight jacket than Tahiti.

    I can’t find any trace of an important letter from a client. Its not any place its supposed to be. But I know I got the letter. She sent it in November and she sent it to soon, I knew it would get lost. And it did.

    I have accused 5 people in my office of consipiring against me to drive me insane.

    I know I got that letter.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am

    champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am
    To be fair to the Red Sox they do have a few high ceiling guys left in their system in Westmoreland and especially Renaudo.
    ///
    Dude Ranaudo is in A-ball. Boston has nothing like the Bs, all of whom already have a 3rd pitch (especially Betances,ManBan) & are about a yr away from the majors. The Red Sox don’t have any big-ticket prospects to lure a difference maker that could put them over. We got those guys. Our organization is better in every sense. Reynolds needs to be better informed.

  84. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Erica-

    It’ll turn up.

    ;)

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:35 am
    JAP-

    The sub-atomic particles have gone off the reservation.
    ///
    yet the vain search for the God particle marches on :D.

  86. Pat M. March 22nd, 2011 at 11:47 am

    At least there were 4 comments that ripped TJ on that crap column he served up…..I read that last night and just kept shaking my head…….I understand how so many Dodger faithful are po’d with the McCourts, but to rag on a good guy ballplayer is just bs

  87. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 11:48 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am
    champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am
    To be fair to the Red Sox they do have a few high ceiling guys left in their system in Westmoreland and especially Renaudo.
    ///
    Dude Ranaudo is in A-ball. Boston has nothing like the Bs, all of whom already have a 3rd pitch (especially Betances,ManBan) & are about a yr away from the majors. The Red Sox don’t have any big-ticket prospects to lure a difference maker that could put them over. We got those guys. Our organization is better in every sense. Reynolds needs to be better informed.
    ______
    Only guys available to help the Sawx this year are IF’s like Iglesias and Navarro and Doubront perhaps out of the pen. lol. No one is even close. Their SP’s are at least 2-3 years away.

  88. Doreen March 22nd, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I browsed that article – sounds like Thames is just the latest guy caught in the cross-fire of this guy’s real disgust with the Dodgers.

    Mean-spirited to say the least.

    Glad I don’t know the guy.

  89. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:45 am
    Erica-

    It’ll turn up.

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

    I just made wagers with two co-workers that I am not imagining this letter

  90. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 am

    JAP-

    Democritis would disagree. He was a believer in the final particle.

    Somehow, someone, somewhere will find it.

    :)

  91. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Weather forecast: 52 degrees and mostly sunny on Opening Day. 10 days away but I would take that weather forecast in a heartbeat.

  92. Doreen March 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Erica -

    Check the places it ISN’T supposed to be.

    When you got it and knew you got it too early, did you do anything different with it because it was too early?

  93. Tom in N.J. March 22nd, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Good take on the Thames article:

    “Attention Los Angeles Times sports page: I was concerned that you’d never do anything to bring more embarrassment upon yourself than to feature Bleacher Report boobie slideshows next to the content of your paid writing staff, but at the moment I’m struggling to see how continuing to allow Simers to pull this low-rent garbage is much better.”

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......is-season/

  94. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Erica-

    Maybe when you win it will pay for that trip ?

    Think “Swoosh”.

    :)

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

    West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 11:27 am
    Journalism is different today due to the Internet and other forms of instantaneous communication. There’s room for all kinds of media and reporting. There are numerous non-provocative, analytical articles — and there are op-ed pieces designed to raise hackles. The American people get what sells. You think Lupica isn’t popular? Guess again. You think Charlie Sheen is on 24/7 because of the media? Not a chance, it’s what the people demand.

    ///
    sure but this is a different kind of journalism than reporters whose bread & butter is the after-game quote, no? If you lose a clubhouse in baseball, you’re probably finished unless you write so well they make you a columnist, see Lupica. I don’t know whether that LA writer is the beat reporter or not but if he is he’s goin to have a short career I would say.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 am

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:50 am
    JAP-

    Democritis would disagree. He was a believer in the final particle.

    Somehow, someone, somewhere will find it.
    ///

    Like I said, “hollow victory”. OK I’m shameless but you have no idea what a running joke this is at conferences and on group calls. Among the “pariahs” that is :D.

  97. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Erica-

    If you really get in a pinch I’m pretty good at forgery, and the “black arts”.

    For example, I have used VooDoo dolls to disable certain players on opposing teams.

    I know it’s cheatin’ but hey, I’m a Yankee fan after all.

    :)

  98. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 am

    JAP-

    Yeah. I get it. “Hollow” victory.

    :(

  99. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    It was “fun” sticking pins into my Youkilis and Pedroia ones.

    This year maybe I’ll take out a starter.

    ;)

  100. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    It was “fun” sticking pins into my Youkilis and Pedroia ones.

    This year maybe I’ll take out a starter.
    ______
    May I suggest Jon Lester. :)

  101. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Erica,

    Hope you find the letter. I think it will turn up.

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    MTU, I knew you would :D

  103. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    After all, it should be no problem since the Sux have such a deep farm system.

    ;)

  104. NYY626 - Retire 46 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    From @NYPost_Kernan Every time A-Rod would launch another bomb Jeter would yell out from SS, “Way to go Al.” A-Rod enjoyed it Millionaaires being kids

    I will forever love their Bromance. :)

  105. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Happy Birthday, Fran!!! :)

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    It was “fun” sticking pins into my Youkilis and Pedroia ones.

    This year maybe I’ll take out a starter.
    ______
    May I suggest Jon Lester.
    ///

    Ooooh. LOL.

  107. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    YF-

    no can do do. I actually like Lester.

    How about Laptop ?

    Would that be alright ?

  108. blake March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    The Thames article is a disgrace and very unprofessional.

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    NYY626 – Retire 46 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    From @NYPost_Kernan Every time A-Rod would launch another bomb Jeter would yell out from SS, “Way to go Al.” A-Rod enjoyed it Millionaaires being kids

    I will forever love their Bromance.
    ///

    For whatever reason they polarize a certain type of fan,but they do seem to enjoy each other & get on fine.

  110. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you Yankeefem :)

  111. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    YF-

    no can do do. I actually like Lester.

    How about Laptop ?

    Would that be alright ?
    _______
    He will likely struggle on his own. Lester is the man. :)

  112. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    “No can do do”. sorry. that didn’t come out right.

    Only Maddon is constipated.

    :)

  113. champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 am
    champ809 March 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am
    To be fair to the Red Sox they do have a few high ceiling guys left in their system in Westmoreland and especially Renaudo.
    ///
    Dude Ranaudo is in A-ball. Boston has nothing like the Bs, all of whom already have a 3rd pitch (especially Betances,ManBan) & are about a yr away from the majors. The Red Sox don’t have any big-ticket prospects to lure a difference maker that could put them over. We got those guys. Our organization is better in every sense. Reynolds needs to be better informed
    ///
    I was not in any way comparing Renaudo to the B’s as far as major league readiness although he does compare favorably to Bettances and Brackman as far as ability and upside profile. BTW each of the killer Bs began last season in A-ball.
    If we were to compare the Yanks system is far and away better the RedSux currently and that gap will prove even wider after this season as the Yanks have a number of prospects( position players and pitchers) who are poised to breakout this upcoming season. Guys like Abe Almonte-cf, Melky Mesa-cf/rf, Suttle-1b/3b, J.R.Murph-c/3b as well as Brett Marshall-sp, Bryan Mitchell-sp, Jose Ramirez-sp just to name a few.

    Harold Reynolds I’d bet has a very cursory knowledge of a few minor leaguers and certainly limited knowledge about the depths of farm systems

  114. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    YF-

    Lester has been through enough. I like and respect him.

    Anyone else is fair game.

    I might even be able to get you a twofer as a substitute.

    :)

  115. pat March 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    “All aided by the Internet”

    The Internet has also allowd me to hear audios of interviews that without hearing I might have believed interpretations that I didn’t after hearing the audio straight from the horses mouth rather than from the other end.

    The Internet also had let me see biases in writers so I factor that into what I read from them now.

    For example, a few weeks ago Alex was leaving the clubhouse without talking to reporters and one yelled to him, “Where you going? Got a Date?” I immediately knew who asked that even though the writer wasn’t named in the story and a beat writers blog confirmed it was who I thought.

  116. Tom in N.J. March 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    NYPost_Kernan

    A-Rod is hitting the ball so hard in BP in Tampa Jeter and Cano stopped taking grounders at SS from Mazz #Yankees to be safe.

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    blake March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    The Thames article is a disgrace and very unprofessional.
    ///
    there are some people who think it takes talent to dishonor & demean. MTU is right about the culture in general. Especially the lack of empathy part. If that writer wants to earn descriptions like “disgrace” and “unprofessional” about his work, then he has succeeded.

  118. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Just wait till the end of the season and Banuelos moves into the top 10 best prospects. maybe top 5.

    :)

  119. West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    J. Alfred – beats reporters have to be careful. Editorial writers don’t. They have access to the stadiums and press boxes and locker rooms and management, scouts, etc., and don’t depend on interviews with players to do what they do. They don’t recap games. They write opinions.

  120. Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Erica-do you need Sherlock Hemlock to help you find it? ;)

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    For example, a few weeks ago Alex was leaving the clubhouse without talking to reporters and one yelled to him, “Where you going? Got a Date?” I immediately knew who asked that even though the writer wasn’t named in the story and a beat writers blog confirmed it was who I thought.

    ///
    who was it?

  122. NYY626 - Retire 46 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:05 pm
    NYY626 – Retire 46 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    From @NYPost_Kernan Every time A-Rod would launch another bomb Jeter would yell out from SS, “Way to go Al.” A-Rod enjoyed it Millionaaires being kids

    I will forever love their Bromance.
    ///

    For whatever reason they polarize a certain type of fan,but they do seem to enjoy each other & get on fine.
    ________________________________________________________________
    I think they went through a rough patch ( and honestly this happens with a lot of friendships) and it was made 1000x worse by the media. They joke around and smile all the time and have been for the last few years. I enjoy watching them and I hate the jeter vs. alex narrative. It is old and tired.

  123. Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    NYY626 – Retire 46 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    From @NYPost_Kernan Every time A-Rod would launch another bomb Jeter would yell out from SS, ?Way to go Al.? A-Rod enjoyed it Millionaaires being kids

    I will forever love their Bromance.

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

    so cute. :)

  124. Carlo March 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Harold Reynolds must think he’s back with ESPN. On the Red Sox 30 Clubs in 30 Days segment, he declared Boston as having the best organization in baseball and gave them brownie points for bagging AGon and keeping their farm “intact.”

    ————————————-

    I agree on the latter point, the farm is intact. it wasn’t good before the trade, it isnt good now. intact.

    That said, Harold has always been fair to the Yankees and i have always found him to show us a little bias at times. he has always seemed to have great respect for the yankee franchise.

  125. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    J. Alfred – beats reporters have to be careful. Editorial writers don’t. They have access to the stadiums and press boxes and locker rooms and management, scouts, etc., and don’t depend on interviews with players to do what they do. They don’t recap games. They write opinions.

    ///
    sure WC,I believe that was one of my points. Agree.

  126. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I agree on the latter point, the farm is intact. it wasn’t good before the trade, it isnt good now. intact.

    That said, Harold has always been fair to the Yankees and i have always found him to show us a little bias at times. he has always seemed to have great respect for the yankee franchise.
    ////

    OK but you can’t arrive at “fair” if you don’t have the facts, correct?

  127. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Pat-

    Unfortunately, like every great invention, it has 2 sides.

    Not the fault of the Internet per se.

    It’s always the Humans, or should I say sub-Humans, that are the problem.

    The Internet is just a force multiplier.

  128. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    YF-

    Lester has been through enough. I like and respect him.

    Anyone else is fair game.

    I might even be able to get you a twofer as a substitute.
    _______
    I get you on Lester, although we are not damaging him in any irrevocable way. A little annoying blister would do. However, if you want a twofer in his place, I vote AGon and Pedroia (again). That should make Boston’s offense non-existent.

  129. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    Erica-do you need Sherlock Hemlock to help you find it?

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

    I need Sherlock Hemlock and Super Grover

  130. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I think they went through a rough patch ( and honestly this happens with a lot of friendships) and it was made 1000x worse by the media. They joke around and smile all the time and have been for the last few years. I enjoy watching them and I hate the jeter vs. alex narrative. It is old and tired.

    ///
    right dating back to that remark ARod made & promptly regretted. ancient history & yea it’s plain to see they have fun & interact a lot.Jeter likes to laugh at ARod on the popups which he’s gotten much better at & it’s obvious ARod enjoys the chiding. You don’t do that with someone you aren’t comfortable with.

  131. Carlo March 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    # J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    ////

    OK but you can’t arrive at “fair” if you don’t have the facts, correct?
    —————————–

    Sorry – I’m not following the question…..assuming it isn’t rhetorical.

  132. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    YF-

    I’ll see what I can come up with.

    I would prefer to take out a Pitcher though. That’s what I meant by
    “starter”.

    Please excuse the “pun”.

    :)

  133. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Doreen March 22nd, 2011 at 11:51 am
    Erica -

    Check the places it ISN’T supposed to be.

    When you got it and knew you got it too early, did you do anything different with it because it was too early?

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

    Yes.
    I knew it was too early so I put it in the prior year file cause there was no 2010 file set up yet.

    Except its not in the 2009 file either. Someone removed it.

    That was when I declared conspiracy and people started looking at me strange

  134. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    YF-

    I’ll see what I can come up with.

    I would prefer to take out a Pitcher though. That’s what I meant by
    “starter”.

    Please excuse the “pun”.
    _______
    Why? Their pitching sawx? ;)

  135. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    ! not ?

  136. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    The only way I will get piece of mind at this point is to ask the client to resend. Which pains me to do.

    And of course the Controller is out of office today… ARGH

  137. Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    :(

    BloggingBombers Granderson scratched today with a right oblique strain.

  138. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Carlo March 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm
    # J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    ////

    OK but you can’t arrive at “fair” if you don’t have the facts, correct?
    —————————–

    Sorry – I’m not following the question…..assuming it isn’t rhetorical.
    ////

    I meant that part of being fair is getting the facts to draw a balanced, objective conclusion. Right now, the depth & talent of Yankee farm system’s upper levels dwarfs Boston’s. The Yankees are in a much better position to make adjustments on the fly as the season goes along. Boston can ill afford any false steps. That means they cannot possibly be the “best organization in baseball.” By default, this means their organization is “better” than the Yankees, along with everyone else’s. How can that be? Even if he likes their lineup and chances better going into the season. Not very credible I would say.

  139. Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    eboland11 Granderson scratched with right oblique strain. Melky Mesa takes his place. Granderson being evaluated. More info after game

  140. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Erica-

    A very instructive lesson in the end.

    From now on, if a client is going to have the audacity to send you anything that early please ask them to send you 2 copies so when you misplace one you’ll still keep right on cruisin’.

    Don’t bother thank me. Just throw money.

    :)

  141. teddy9000 March 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    BloggingBombers

    Granderson scratched today with a right oblique strain.

    d@mm

  142. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    edit: “thanking”.

  143. yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Get well, Grandy.

    Love me some more Melky Mesa catches like yesterday. However, can’t KLong work with that bat?

  144. Carlo March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    The thing that annoys me about oblique injuries is that i dont even know if i have any oblique muscles to strain.

    Bartolo will never have oblique problems.

  145. Bronx Jeers March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    “Are you that horrible on defense that teams don’t think it’s worth playing such a home run threat?”

    That’s not a question.

    It’s an insult disguised as a question.

  146. pat March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    “who was it?”

    “Nobody asked A-Rod any questions about Diaz’s presence in the front row, though our pal Wally Matthews did make one crack as Rodriguez tried to leave the clubhouse without speaking to the group of reporters waiting by his locker.

    “Where you going? Got a date?” Matthews said.

    “Behave yourself,” A-Rod said with a hint of a grin. Rodriguez then looked at the rest of the group and said, “There’s always one bad student in the class.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....rom-day-20

  147. Betsy March 22nd, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    The forgotten man, lol. I hope for his sake Marte can pitch again this year, but I doubt it.

    Ugh, Grandy – right before the season. Oblique strains can be lingering – fantastic.

  148. Erica in NY March 22nd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    MTU-

    I scanned it and sent it to the people who process it correctly on our system.

    But they didn’t process it right (they are in on the conspiracy).

    I put a paper copy in the file. And its not there

    And our IT department automatically deletes e-mails after 90 days. So I have no trace of this from November. (Again.. part of the conspriacy)

  149. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    MTU,If you’re still out there. Familiar at all with Nassim Haramein? I think you are one here who might enjoy him. I call him the Manny Ramirez of the breed. Google & see if you like. Talk about a polarizing figure.

  150. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Carlo-

    Nope. But watch out for those abducters. they are in serious jeopardy.

    :)

  151. blake March 22nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Alex has figured this media thing out finally.

  152. Carlo March 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I meant that part of being fair is getting the facts to draw a balanced, objective conclusion. Right now, the depth & talent of Yankee farm system’s upper levels dwarfs Boston’s. The Yankees are in a much better position to make adjustments on the fly as the season goes along. Boston can ill afford any false steps. That means they cannot possibly be the “best organization in baseball.” By default, this means their organization is “better” than the Yankees, along with everyone else’s. How can that be? Even if he likes their lineup and chances better going into the season. Not very credible I would say.

    ————————–

    You are assuming Harold thought through all this before speaking. I interpreted the comment to mean that Harold likes Bostons chances to win it all this year and instead of just saying that he lauded the entire organization in an effort to show ESPN they made a mistake in firing him. That was my read.

  153. Fran the original March 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Hope Curtis is ok. I am expecting a big season from him.

  154. Erin March 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    New Post: Granderson scratched

    :arrow:

  155. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    yankeefeminista March 22nd, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Get well, Grandy.

    Love me some more Melky Mesa catches like yesterday. However, can’t KLong work with that bat?
    ///

    Oh I don’t like hearing that oblique strain. That Mesa grab in center was eye-popping. KLong needs to run a tutorial hitters group with him & Golson.

  156. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    JAP-

    I’ll look it up but I’m just a layman so it will probably just sail right over my head.

    Thanks.

    :)

  157. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You are assuming Harold thought through all this before speaking. I interpreted the comment to mean that Harold likes Bostons chances to win it all this year and instead of just saying that he lauded the entire organization in an effort to show ESPN they made a mistake in firing him. That was my read.

    ///
    That’s too deep for me, lol. I don’t know what his hidden intent was but I know I am not assuming that he thought it through. THe content shows he didn’t. That’s my isssue :D.

  158. MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Who “scratched” Curtis ?

    Was it an irrate, female Boston fan ?

    I hope he’ll be OK ?

    :)

  159. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    JAP-

    I’ll look it up but I’m just a layman so it will probably just sail right over my head.

    Thanks.
    ///

    He’s pretty palatable. My wife (who teaches literature) is a “layman” & she gets a kick out of him.

  160. J. Alfred Prufrock March 22nd, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    MTU March 22nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Who “scratched” Curtis ?

    Was it an irrate, female Boston fan ?

    I hope he’ll be OK ?
    ////

    We need to take those Yankee voodoo dolls away from Boston fans ;)

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