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Friday notes: “You never know what can happen”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Nothing is settled, but Jesus Montero’s chances of making Yankees roster certainly seem to have diminished in the past week. Montero hasn’t hit especially well this spring, and Joe Girardi has admitted that the 21-year-old seems to be pressing. Francisco Cervelli’s injury opened a door, and it’s only natural that Montero would try to force his way through it.

Would he be upset if someone is gets the job?

“No, I would be fine,” Montero said. “I’ll be working hard. My moment is going to be there.”

In a lot of ways, Gustavo Molina’s moment came in early December. The Yankees were the first team to make an offer, and Molina jumped at the chance after having to sign late last year.

“If you get here, it’s for a reason, to show what I can do on the field,” Molina said. “They know what I can do on paper. Whatever is coming through is my best. I give my best every day. Make a tough decision for anybody, even in the big leagues… You never know. I learned that in ’07 with the White Sox, you never know what can happen in spring training. Sometimes people get hurt and opportunites are coming up, and sometimes you play good and you open eyes for somebody to give you a chance.”

Molina made the White Sox Opening Day roster in 2007. It was his first time in the big leagues. He’s since played for the Orioles, Mets and Red Sox.

“After you make it to the big leagues, you know what you have to do to get there, so that’s what you bring to spring training,” he said. “… I want to be part of this team. You see a lot of good people around, good players, and you want to be a part of that, so I hope I get a chance.”

Montero hopes to get a chance too. He said he’s still trying to prove he belongs, still trying to win that spot on the Yankees bench.

“They decide everything,” Montero said. “I’m doing my best here. I’m doing my job. I’m doing whatever they want me to do. I feel comfortable right now. I don’t know what decisions they’re going to make, but I feel happy.”

• Joe Girardi said he plans to announce his pitching assignments tomorrow. Decisions were made tonight, and Girardi is going to talk to his players first, then make the decisions public. When asked whether Ivan Nova has earned a rotation spot, Girardi said “I need to talk to my players first,” but also nodded his head.

• Speaking of Nova, he didn’t have his good stuff tonight, but still got through six solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits. “His stuff was not extremely sharp tonight, but that’s actually maturing and that’s a good thing,” Girardi said. “You’re not always going to have your A stuff and be sharp, and you have to find a way to do it.

• Nova found out about the Mitre trade when he got to the stadium today. He can count to three. “When he got traded, I know there’s more space now,” Nova said. “That makes me feel good. I don’t want him to leave, but now there’s three spots.”

• Girardi said he occasionally does “different things” with his backup players. Today, Molina was scheduled to be the backup, but Montero instead played the final few innings. Girardi wouldn’t say what should be read into that, but I wonder if it was an effort to give Montero one last big league inning before sending him to minor league camp. Just a guess.

• In his first at-bat back from a minor calf injury, Eric Chavez hit his first spring home run. He singled in his second at-bat and doubled in his third (after nearly hitting a home run that went just foul). He’s now batting .421 this spring.

• Speaking of which, Girardi said he took notice of Chavez’s batting practice this afternoon. “It was like, off the charts today,” Girardi said. “And it just went right into the game.”

• Curtis Granderson came through his pregame running feeling good enough that he was cleared to do some light throwing as well. “I think the intensity will be more tomorrow,” Girardi said.

• Joba Chamberalin, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano are all scheduled to pitch back-to-back games, so they should all be back in tomorrow’s game.

• Nick Swisher’s foot came through tonight’s game just fine.

• Russell Martin said he was definitely safe when he was called out tagging up on a fly ball to left. He also said he loved it that Girardi went out to argue on his behalf. Arguing in a spring training game? “I figure you’ve got to practice,” Girardi said.

• New outfielder Chris Dickerson is flying into Tampa tonight. I have to assume he’ll be at the complex for tomorrow’s game against the Pirates.

• Brian Cashman said he’s not sure when Kevin Millwood will actually arrive in Tampa.

• After completing one trade and agreeing to one minor league deal, Cashman said he’s not finished shopping this spring. Doesn’t mean he’ll make another move, but he’ll keep looking around. “I feel that we have some quality choices in house, but my job is always to find people who are better than what we have,” Cashman said.

Top picture was taken by Paul Dean and emailed to me. From left, that’s Montero, Molina, Tony Pena, Russell Martin and Jose Gil. That’s an AP photo of Girardi with Astros first-base coach Bobby Meacham, and an AP photo of Jeter, Swisher and Kevin Long in front of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

 
 

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138 Responses to “Friday notes: “You never know what can happen””

  1. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Love Chavez -he’s going to be a great pickup.

    Crossing my fingers on Granderson tomorrow. I’d love to see him make it for Opening Day, but if he has to miss it, so be it – these injuries can be tricky

  2. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    And some people say that Montero isn’t mature…

  3. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I guess Melky Cabrera is trying to prove to everyone that he isn’t as bad as his last two seasons showed. .490 and 17 RBI this spring.

  4. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I’m still holding out a little hope Montero makes the team.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 25th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Early congratulations to all of the Yankee roster picks. The players assigned to the minors just have to go down and continue to work hard. It may be a matter of time before they’re called up to the big dance.

    No matter what the choices are, I will be happy for them and psyched for the guys to start our season off!

  6. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I’m looking really stupid right now for all my talking up of how good Billups is right now. Not sure what is going on with him.

  7. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    # GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I guess Melky Cabrera is trying to prove to everyone that he isn’t as bad as his last two seasons showed. .490 and 17 RBI this spring.
    ______
    He is looking good. 2 for 3 so far tonight and he is in great shape.

  8. yanks 27 March 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    “I’m looking really stupid right now for all my talking up of how good Billups is right now. Not sure what is going on with him.”

    That injury must have aged him 5 years. He looks like he has forgotten how to play basketball. He has been the biggest reason (outside of the coach) for the slide. Turnovers, dumb shots, getting abused on D.

  9. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I think Billups is hurt, and shouldn’t play.

  10. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Are they announcing the whole roster or just pitchers?

  11. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    tyf, were you at today’s minor league games? Looks like Abe Almonte’s hitting again: 3/5. I read (Gary) Sanchez had two CS, although his bat has been slow to come around.

  12. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I agree with Rich, I think Billups is still hurt, but he’s trying to gut through it.

  13. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Besides the guard play, the Knicks need a center, one that loves to rebound and defend.

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Not sure but Chad said that Joe said he would be announcing the rotation.

  15. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Bill Massey once said that Melky could win a batting title. Maybe some money skewed his priorities and his interests (*coughpornstarscough*) and now he has grown up a bit and become more focused.

  16. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    He says he’s healthy, but who knows? It’s amazing how Melo and Amare have not meshed. The Knicks need a D-oriented coach, but they also need players who commit to it. That said, their offense has been MIA in the 4th quarter recently.

  17. ET March 25th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    LGY – The whole thing has fallen apart out of nowhere. They were playing so well too. Anthony hits that GW in Memphis on March 9th, and they have won 1 game since. Things just suddenly imploded once Chauncey came back.

  18. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Betsy

    Mattingly used to say he was healthy as his back completely robbed him of the torque needed to hit HR.

    Jeter also never says he’s hurt even when he can barely run.

    You can’t trust what athletes say about their health.

  19. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Apparently, Melky Cabrera has lost 15-18 pounds since last year. He should have done that 3-4 years ago.

  20. m March 25th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    By all accounts Billips wanted to stay in Denver. Having said that, he’s a true professional and I would surprised if he gave a halfhearted effort.

    The Nuggests and Knicks have gone in separate directions. But the Nuggets kept some good pieces. And Karl is a very good coach. I know some don’t want to hear this, but there’s probably a leadership void in the lockerroom for New York. This would actually be a good time for Billips to step up, as neither Melo nor Stoudemire are mature enough IMO.

    So they’re only announcing the pitchers? Too soon for GTODR?

  21. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    btw, If you have access to Newsday, read Alan Hahn’s column today.

  22. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    The Nuggets only got back complimentary pieces, so it’s easier to mesh, but yes, Karl is much better than D’Antoni.

  23. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    To think only a few years ago the Knicks passed on Thibs for Mike.

    Imagine if the Knicks had him and the Bulls got Mike D.

  24. tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Yankeefem

    No I didn’t make it to the complex today, darn job. But I’m going to try some way to make it up there tomorrow. I didn’t realize the major league and minor league one were going on at the same time so I’m going to have to work out logistically how to get around it.

    If I do make it up there, its AA and AAA. who should I pay attention to?

  25. ZMAN March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Things would look much better with the Knicks if they had a defensive big man inside who could rebound/block shots/protect the lane while Amare returns to his natural position.

    And you kind of need a good PG to run MDA’s gimmicky system.

    As bleak as things look, they are not far away at all. They have their 2 building blocks. They just need to fill it in around them and get a coach who will preach D and run an effective half-court offense to utilize Melo/Stat the best.

  26. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I remember Karl when he was scrawny little point guard in the old ABA.

  27. pat March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    “Apparently, Melky Cabrera has lost 15-18 pounds since last year. He should have done that 3-4 years ago.”

    The possibility of unemployment can be very slimming.

  28. Tom in N.J. March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t get attached emotionally to baseball players, not since Donnie at least, but this quote from Montero makes me like the kid. He said it after the Lee trade fell apart:

    ” But all my dreams are with this team. Whatever they do, I’m going to have to live with it. But I want to stay here. I love the Yankees.”

  29. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Karl was drafted by the Knicks before he went to the ABA.

  30. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Rich, even if he’s not healthy, I’m not sure the explains completely his poor play. The Knicks have a host of problems..

    I did read the article and it was very good, but Hahn is very good. If Melo is in poor condition, that’s pretty inexcusable.

  31. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    How can Melo be poor condition after playing in the high attitude of Denver?

  32. m March 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Karl is back to being scrawny. He’s been a nemesis the past few years, but I hope he’s not ailing. Watched his son play in the WAC and for a bit with the Lakers. George is good people.

  33. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Amare has stepped up plenty – IMO, it’s still his team; even immediately after the trade, I did not believe it just became Melo’s team.

    Billups is not a vocal leader – he prefers to lead by example

  34. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Craw, I don’t know – all I know is that this is not the first time the issue has been raised.

  35. ZMAN March 25th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    “Imagine if the Knicks had him and the Bulls got Mike D.”

    And if you look at the Bulls – their 2 best offensive players did not even have a reputation as good defenders last year (Rose and Boozer). In fact, Boozer was an awful defensive player and Rose was OK at best. And guys like Kyle Korver off their bench suck at D as well. Yet he figured out how to get them to play great Team D as a team.

    They hired Antoni for the wrong reasons to begin with. They wanted him to play a ‘fun’ style of basketball to sell tickets while they rebuilt, and help pump up the stats of guys so they can trade him. They were also fooled into thinking D’Antoni could recruit players here (yet LeBron/Wade and co. have always talked about how important defense is, so that was a foolish assumption that D’Antoni appealed to them). Now that the Knicks are serious again, they need to go with a coach to take them to the next step.

  36. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Lebron and Wade have said that Melo was the leader in the locker room on the Olympic team.

  37. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hahn is a good writer, but let’s remember he’s not always right in what he puts on his columns.

  38. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I hope Melo doesn’t read the papers or listen to sports radio because he’s taken it on the chin. As others have said, he’s the one that wanted this. Now he has it – but how badly?

  39. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Betsy

    Then why was he so good before the injury?

    Yes, they lack size and depth (Anthony Randolph had a pretty good game last night, but I digress).

    How could they be good enough to beat Miami, and Memphis twice, but lose to Cleveland twice and Indiana twice and Detroit, not to mention Milwaukee twice?

    A large part of it is Billups’ sitch, but they aren’t playing hard every game either, imo.

    Since you can’t get rid of the (key) players, you have to get rid of the coach. Like yesterday.

  40. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I don’t think Hahn’s major point was that Melo wasn’t in shape.

    I think it was that the team lacks leadership and they need to buy into a system.

  41. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Seems like just pitchers, LGY.

    Since March 12th Jesus Montero is 6 for 15 with 2 doubles and 2 walks and 4 strike outs. :x

  42. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Rich, I’ve no idea – he’s struggling; how does being injured lead to bad decisions? I’m not saying he’s completely healthy either – by any maens.

    How can they beat those teams and lose to the others? They are putting out a lousy effort, they think they are better than they are, they don’t care enough – whatever. I’m not saying Mike D is the right coach, I’m just saying for as long as he’s here that he shouldn’t get total blame. No one should escape criticism: the coach, the players and the GM

  43. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I agree, that wasn’t the point of his article, but it’s still annoying if true.

    As to leadership, maybe Amare is too deferential to Melo…I think he’s the guy that needs to maybe take more initiative, and I think he’d like to, but again – the deference factor. Maybe he thinks by doing so he’ll alienate Melo? I don’t know………

  44. 4time March 25th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I feel bad for Melo though. This isin’t his fault, even though the mediots will blame him for it. And re-hash how well Denver is doing while his old coaches/teammates take shots at him. Couple that with how poorly they are playing, getting booed… it can’t be easy for him.

    He’s doing the best he can though. He had that bad game in Detroit, but he redeemed himself the next day by seeking out the media before the game.

    Things will work out… he just needs to block all this out. He’s been playing well since the Detroit game.

  45. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I thought spring results don’t count.

  46. LGY March 25th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Is Montero playing tomorrow?

  47. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    # tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Yankeefem

    No I didn’t make it to the complex today, darn job. But I’m going to try some way to make it up there tomorrow. I didn’t realize the major league and minor league one were going on at the same time so I’m going to have to work out logistically how to get around it.

    If I do make it up there, its AA and AAA. who should I pay attention to?
    _____
    I think it should be Betances’ day to pitch, and he is trying to get back on track. So, see how his command looks. I know you don’t follow pitching as much as other aspects of the game, but he is supposedly trying to work on his change up to get it back to end of last year, and is therefore not using his curveball right now. Not starting has gotten him out of whack and supposedly he is working on smoothing things out. You know when he is right, so just see how his mechanics look. I am not sure who else will be pitching.

    Other guy I am most interested in, as I mentioned the other day, is Eduardo Sosa. See how he looks both in the OF, where he is supposedly GG ability with lots of speed in OF and on basepaths and at the plate.

    Also, watch Pirela and let me know how you think he looks, and if he or Mojica is playing SS.

    Most everyone else are the guys we have repeatedly seen.

  48. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Betsy

    When you’re not healthy, especially with regard to your legs in basketball, you tend to overcompensate for your lack of quickness and mobility, and that can cause you to force things because you don’t think you can play fast enough at your current.

    Also, even great athletes can have a crisis in confidence, and when you struggle, you can doubt yourself. Add in that he is adjusting to new players and a new system, and it exacerbate things.

    The players are always to blame, but as I said, they aren’t going anywhere, so it’s merely a rhetorical exercise.

  49. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I thought spring results don’t count.

    They shouldn’t, but if people want to misrepresent his spring they should see that he has been hot as of late. Or they could just look at how he handled AAA last year as one of the youngest players in it.

  50. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Basically he hasn’t been awful at the plate, he just hasn’t torn the cover off the ball all spring. Which, if he was focusing on his defense early, makes sense.

  51. 4time March 25th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Denver’s success is short lived.

    After this season alone, NeNe, Chandler, JR Smith, and K-Mart are FAs this year. NeNe is a skilled big man and will get $12-14 mil a year. Chandler will probably get $50 mil or so. JR Smith, from a contender, can cash in on a long-term deal as one of the best 6th men in the league.

    Afflalo is restricted as well and will want his money. Gallinari needs to be paid after next year. Felton has already requested out this summer to go somewhere to be a starter.

    They are not going to pay all these guys (especially with the new CBA). Their depth is going to be diminished shortly. Of course they are playing well now, they replaced Melo with half of the Knicks team (and losing Billips meant nothing because they had a better option in Lawson and they lost scrubs from their bench). They are not building some long term powerhouse here.

  52. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    As badly as the Knicks are playing right now, they have two major pieces to build around which they didn’t have last year at this time. This coming offseason will be very interesting.

  53. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    If anybody has Tommy Hunter on their fantasy team, you’ve lost him for a while with a Grade 2 groin pull.

  54. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Rich, that’s fair. Well, D’Antoni was Walsh’s hire, so if Walsh is still here, I don’t see him going anywhere.

    No, this is not all Melo’s fault – and frankly, I don’t even care how Denver is doing.

  55. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    But the Knicks have no cap room………..

  56. ZMAN March 25th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    It is kind of hard for Melo to assume the leadership role so soon considering the team already had a leader (Amare) and brought in another guy who had a reputation for being a good leader (Billips). He probably doesn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

    While I do think the effort has been questionable at times the past 2 weeks, the offensive inconsistency is to blame just as much. If their offense is out of sync, coupled with their usually horrible defense, they are going to fall behind early plenty of times. It’s not about the effort as it is about this flawed system with this roster lending itself to a lot of slow starts and deficits. If they don’t score, the other team will.

  57. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Yeah, I’m still long on the Knicks, but I’d feel better if Walsh stays and they get a defensive-minded coach. I’d give D’Antoni more rope, but since he has reportedly refused to hire a defensive coordinator, I’m not sure he deserves it.

  58. Against All Odds March 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    # LGY March 25th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Lebron and Wade have said that Melo was the leader in the locker room on the Olympic team.

    ——————————————

    I think Kobe said the same thing. For all the Heat Melo has received his peers think highly of him.

  59. Crawdaddy March 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    “They shouldn’t, but if people want to misrepresent his spring they should see that he has been hot as of late. Or they could just look at how he handled AAA last year as one of the youngest players in it.”

    What people say or think on this board doesn’t really matter when it comes to Montero’s future. What he shows Girardi and Pena is what counts and then what they say to Cashman about their evaluation.

  60. m March 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Jerkface,

    Where did you disappear to today?

  61. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    # Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I thought spring results don’t count.

    They shouldn’t, but if people want to misrepresent his spring they should see that he has been hot as of late. Or they could just look at how he handled AAA last year as one of the youngest players in it.

    # Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Seems like just pitchers, LGY.

    Since March 12th Jesus Montero is 6 for 15 with 2 doubles and 2 walks and 4 strike outs. :x
    _____

    Yep, Montero always improves the more he gets acclimated: post-All Star break in AAA: .396/.684/1.080

  62. Rich in NJ March 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Montero has sucked for the last two weeks. Joel Sherman told me so.

  63. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    # tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    _____
    Also if they play with the AA group, always love to hear about Suttle’s and Corban’s sweet sweet swings. Also, as you saw Corban last year, how does his mobility look on D? Improved? Much appreciated, tyf! :)

  64. stuckey99 March 25th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I wish I could take credit for this, but…

    …Jesus will brought back up on April 24th.

  65. tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Yankeefem

    Well if Betances is pitching then ill definitely pay attention to how he is doing. Sabathia will be pitching on the next field so maybe the fence in front of AA won’t be too crowded. I am interested in seeing Sosa because of your comments on him last time I went, but the ball never went to him so hopefully it does this time. I don’t think I’ve seen Pirela this spring, I saw him last year but don’t remember how he looked in the field so ill have too pay attention if he plays.

  66. GreenBeret7 March 25th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Russell Branyon has a chance to do something pretty rare in professional baseball this season. 200 homers in majors and 200 in minors…189 major league homers and 210 minor league homers.

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 25th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    “What people say or think on this board doesn’t really matter when it comes to Montero’s future. What he shows Girardi and Pena is what counts and then what they say to Cashman about their evaluation.”

    Aha!

  68. m March 25th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Melo may have been a leader amongst men, but can he lead the boys? What I mean is that his teams never grew up. I realize it’s hard to make guys like JR Smith change. And it’s tough going to a team with a star like Stoudemire there in a leadership role.

    But this is what Melo wanted, so he and Amare have to figure it out together. But I would not accept 2 games under .500 if I were a Knicks fan.

  69. blake March 25th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    2 really good games going here

  70. ET March 25th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    “But the Knicks have no cap room………..”

    If they keep Billips, you are right.

    However, they have their draft pick (and could buy another or some 2nd rounders) and will have the MLE. The problem is, they can’t sign a guy with the MLE for more than a yr because they don’t want to cut into the Paul/Williams caproom. But they can get a solid vet or two with the MLE (either give it to 1 guy or split it among 2 guys) and sign them to 1-yr deals.

    They can’t do anything big, but they don’t necessarily have to.

  71. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    What people say or think on this board doesn’t really matter when it comes to Montero’s future. What he shows Girardi and Pena is what counts and then what they say to Cashman about their evaluation.

    Pack it in, this board is useless then. No reason to talk about anything.

  72. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    # tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Yankeefem

    Well if Betances is pitching then ill definitely pay attention to how he is doing. Sabathia will be pitching on the next field so maybe the fence in front of AA won’t be too crowded. I am interested in seeing Sosa because of your comments on him last time I went, but the ball never went to him so hopefully it does this time. I don’t think I’ve seen Pirela this spring, I saw him last year but don’t remember how he looked in the field so ill have too pay attention if he plays.
    _____
    I am just assuming Betances will pitch because it is his 5th day. Also isn’t Stoneburner with the AA group. Maybe he’ll come in relief if you are lucky.

    Sosa is supposed to be electric on the bases and have plus plus range. He should really stand out.

    Do you ever go see A? Position player-wise, I am really interested in seeing Cito, Gumbs and Mason Williams, among others.

  73. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I wish I could take credit for this, but…

    …Jesus will brought back up on April 24th.

    Whats up with this Stuckey? You been feeding the insiders?

    M, I went to a family re-union type thing and got some free burgers and booze.

  74. Betsy March 25th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    ET, that’s true – but I thought I read that they promised Billups they’d pick up his option

  75. stuckey99 March 25th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    “Whats up with this Stuckey? You been feeding the insiders? ”

    Feeding the insiders went right over my head…

  76. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Why can you not take credit for it, why the specific date? Spill, girlfriend.

  77. Zach S March 25th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    If that’s Nova w/o his good stuff, I’ll take that line.

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock March 25th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    um…4/24 = Easter

  79. m March 25th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Jerkface,

    I thought you went into mourning. ;)

  80. stuckey99 March 25th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Jerkface, look at a calendar.

  81. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    test

  82. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Dur

  83. Jerkface March 25th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I thought you went into mourning.

    For an irishman drinking and mourning are one and the same, so I suppose I was. I poured a 40 on the curb for Jesus.

  84. tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Yankeefem

    I haven’t had a chance to see A yet. I’ve seen AA, High A and AAA. Next saturday I am going to watch A. It just keeps working out that AA and AAA are home when I can make it up there and A is always away. I didn’t see Culver on the day they were home. I saw Gary Sanchez though, the guy is huge. Also, I know you mentioned something about Santana and I think I overheard someone say he had been released, he wasn’t on the roster I got. Don’t take my word for it. If he isn’t around later then I’d ask Chad what’s up.

  85. m March 25th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Ok. As long as it was in the name of the lord. ;)

  86. yankeefeminista March 25th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    # tyanksfan36 March 25th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Yankeefem

    I haven’t had a chance to see A yet. I’ve seen AA, High A and AAA. Next saturday I am going to watch A. It just keeps working out that AA and AAA are home when I can make it up there and A is always away. I didn’t see Culver on the day they were home. I saw Gary Sanchez though, the guy is huge. Also, I know you mentioned something about Santana and I think I overheard someone say he had been released, he wasn’t on the roster I got. Don’t take my word for it. If he isn’t around later then I’d ask Chad what’s up.
    ______________
    Where did you hear that about Santana? I can’t imagine that that would be true.

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock March 25th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Santana released? Raked in the DSL last season. Where does this information come from?

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock March 26th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    yea wondering the same. He was a beast last season.

  89. Betsy March 26th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    KY beat Ohio State. Well, I wasn’t going to win my office pool anyway, so now if KY wins the title, it means the Yankees will win as well, lol. I think I’ll root for UConn now

  90. m March 26th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I should have been the leader with the remote. Turned it to CBS just in time to see the final score. :?

    Ashley Judd must be jumping for joy.

  91. yankeefeminista March 26th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Santana is one of our top IFA’s, had a huge year in summer league and has just come stateside. Are you sure you aren’t thinking of someone else, tyf?

  92. BD (Boston Dave) March 26th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    that game is an instant classic. wow.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock March 26th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Maybe he’s really 40 years old?

  94. yankeefeminista March 26th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    # J. Alfred Prufrock March 26th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Maybe he’s really 40 years old?
    ____
    Or maybe he is really Fernando Perez?

  95. tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Yankeefem

    Is there another Santana in the minors for the Yankees? The player parents I was sitting
    with said something about a santana being released. I said don’t quote me on it cause I don’t know how accurate their info is. I am hoping to see Culver and Sanchez so they
    both better play next saturday. Ill watch for Joseph’s Defense and Sosa’s speed.

  96. J. Alfred Prufrock March 26th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    lol. Ravel Santana, who is really Arredondo, who is really Fernando Perez. Their combined age is 40 yrs old, but since they’re really one guy, they should probably all retire.

  97. tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Ill try to find out tomorrow. He is still on the Tampa roster so maybe their info on who it was is incorrect. Ill check to see if he is on a roster tomorrow.

  98. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    On any given day…

    Kentucky. Wow.

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock March 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    speaking of retiring, good night :D .

  100. GreenBeret7 March 26th, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Perhaps you’re thinking of Francisco Santana, TY.

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    J Al, if it is true about Monteo, think about it this way. It will give him even more time in the minors to work out his stuff so that he doesn’t have to learn it on the job, especially if there are some things he needs to be working on. I don’t think that’s going to hurt him at all.

    Geeze even Randy felt he should spend more time in the minors, if I am recalling correctly. It may the first time Randy and I have ever agreed on anything – other than the Sux that is.

    :)

  102. yankeefeminista March 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    # tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Yankeefem

    Is there another Santana in the minors for the Yankees? The player parents I was sitting
    with said something about a santana being released. I said don’t quote me on it cause I don’t know how accurate their info is. I am hoping to see Culver and Sanchez so they
    both better play next saturday. Ill watch for Joseph’s Defense and Sosa’s speed.
    _________
    Is he a pitcher? Maybe you are talking about GianCarlos Santana?

  103. Jerkface March 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Randy wants to shield Montero from the harsh northern winter by sending Montero to scranton ;)

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    :)

  105. tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Yankeefem

    Maybe. I just assumed, but you know what they say when you assume. Ill get an updated roster tomorrow that most everyone should be on.

  106. yankeefeminista March 26th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    # tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Ill try to find out tomorrow. He is still on the Tampa roster so maybe their info on who it was is incorrect. Ill check to see if he is on a roster tomorrow.
    _____
    It can’t be Ravel; likely one of the other Santanas.

    Enjoy your day at the complex! Thanks and I will look forward to your reports. Maybe you’ll even see Brackman. :) (I forget when he pitched last).

  107. m March 26th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    TMZ just showed the apt complex that Alex owns in Florida.

    Let’s just say those people have reason to complain. They didn’t show the holes in the wall, but the backed up clothes washer and green, scummy pool were gross.

    Alex’s peeps said things would be rectified.

  108. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 26th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Still pretty shocked about Ohio, only because I figured they were unstoppable, even though I wanted them to be stopped! I guess I was just hoping that UConn would be the one to do it.

    Heck, Duke out, Ohio out. Who can I root against?

    :)

    Night all.

  109. tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Yankeefem

    Brackman pitched on Monday. His parents were there watching him. His dad is tall but not extremely tall and his mom didn’t look above average in height. I wonder where he got all his. He wasn’t very sharp, I think he allowed 1 run of 2 or 3. Also, I think its so cool that Manny gets to pitch the Spring Training game. How cool that must be for him.

  110. Jerkface March 26th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Red Sox 8 straight losses, they are backing into the regular season

  111. Jerkface March 26th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    His dad is tall but not extremely tall and his mom didn’t look above average in height. I wonder where he got all his.

    Off spring generally grows bigger than the parentage until reaching a critical point generation where maximum genetic height is reached and the next generation begin to shrink.

  112. tyanksfan36 March 26th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Interesting. Well I would expect, if/when Brackman has kids that they could never be taller than him.

  113. Rich in NJ March 26th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I thought regression to the mean was the operative characteristic in the height (or lack thereof) of offspring?

  114. Asd March 26th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I’ll be enjoying tomorrows game from the stands, so yay! Also, I know he’s on “that team from last year” but I feel bad for Tommy Hunter. He’s got some talent and it’s rough to go into yet another season injured, to be sure. Also, he’s a pretty cool guy is you google videos of him. Especially the street interview one.

  115. Jerkface March 26th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I thought regression to the mean was the operative characteristic in the height (or lack thereof) of offspring?

    I read my thing in a Malcolm Gladwell book, and I assume he does enough research :c

  116. m March 26th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    So, the only intrigue is how to slot the three pitchers.

    Nova really is the 4th, but will thy pitch him there?

    If it was me, I don’t even think twice about it. Garcia will be the 5th starter, and he should pitch less than Nova.

    SP4: Nova
    SP5: Garcia
    RP: Colon

  117. Jerkface March 26th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Can’t find any fault in that. Nova should not have to deal with the skipping and what not with all the offdays, let him pitch.

  118. stuckey99 March 26th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    m, not sure I see it as much of a mystery.

    As long man Colon gets to ease back into ML innings without having to pitch in high leverage situations at first, and his stuff probably translate better to the pen than Garcia’s.

  119. Vineyard Yankee March 26th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    At the end of the season Isiah will get Dolan’s ear ( again ) and fire D’Antoni. Donnie Walsh will be fed up with the Dolan / Thomas meddling and will leave.

    Guess what the Knicks will still stink no matter who they bring in to coach and play ( short of Bron or Kobe ) and they ain’t com’in.

    The same old deal…………………..crap at MSG. You Knicks Fans should be used to it by now.

  120. Vineyard Yankee March 26th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    # Vineyard Yankee March 25th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Repost:

    The Yankees will break camp with the following, imo:

    BUC: Molina
    BUIF’s: Nunez and Chavez.
    Long Man: Garcia
    4th & 5th: Nova and Colon.
    BUOF’er: Jones

  121. Vineyard Yankee March 26th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    m
    March 26th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    ‘TMZ just showed the apt complex that Alex owns in Florida’.

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

    I wonder if he has cheap weekend rentals ? The sign said ‘poolside service’, sounds like fun. Nothing like a quick, cheap weekend at ARod’s, huh ? Maybe even Cameron will roll by for a cold one.

    The link to paradise…………

    http://photos.tmz.com/gallerie.....8;id=88649

  122. m March 26th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    trisha,

    I think Boston will be good, but we’ll be better.

    I feel that Boston’s pitching is about as strong as ours. Open to interpretation.

    Their bullpen is weak. Jenks is a pretty good option in middle relief. But Wheeler is absolute junk. I’m hoping Papelbon is on the decline.

    As for the Jays, they have pieces, but just like in years past, they’ll have problems putting the offense, pitching, and bullpen together. They’ll have their bright spots. Some potentially good starters. Bautista will hit a boatload of taters. But ultimately, they fall short of the Yankees and Suxers. C’est la vie!

    I think their

  123. Vineyard Yankee March 26th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Papelpuke is in his walk year. Hoping for disaster is good though.

  124. Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Good morning, morning people. :)

    Before I go back and read all the rest of the posts I didn’t read from last night, I want to say that I saw that a few people posted to me last night, and I want them to know I wasn’t ignoring them; I was asleep! Lately, I can’t keep my eyes open after 9 or 10.

    So, GB7 – Thank you so much for the info on Omar Infante – I knew someone had him, but I didn’t know who (now I know it was Fran :) ). I may or may not need a utility guy, depending on whether a particular DTD player is DL’d or not.

    Vineyard Yankee – I think your idea for a second catcher is a good one. That’s another way to go if I have to get a replacement player. As a newbie to fantasy baseball, there’s a lot I didn’t consider and the way the roster actually worked once you picked it was one of them. :)

    Now, back to my morning reading. :)

  125. upstate kate March 26th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    good morning!

    In fantasy news, I am happy to see Melky hitting well, he is one of mine. Also have John Buck as my BUC, and Garza as my veteran ptcher…2 guys I wanted the Yankees to get.

    ccchhhhiilllly here this am, thanks to those Canadians sending frigid air down :(

  126. Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    upstate kate -

    I’m glad someone has Melky – I was eyeing him as well. I really want him to have a good year. I’ll always be a Melky fan (from afar, now).

    Stay warm! It’s a little chilly here, but I’m sure not as bad as up where you are. It was such a pretty, sunny day yesterday that I expected it to be much warmer, but we still had to button up the coats!

    I was looking at BUCs this morning. Not much left to choose from. There’s a reason they’re backups, no? There’s a couple of every day guys still available, but they’re not so very good.

  127. blake March 26th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Well I was 3 for 4 last night…picked the Kentucky upset but the Seminoles let me down…oh well. I was torn on the Kentucky OSU game as I think the Heels have a better shot against Kentucky but I really can’t stand Coach Cal and the thougt of losing to him in the elite 8 is almost worse than the thought of losing to Dook.

    Sucks about Hanson….that’s him and jurrgens down to start the season.

    Ill be waiting for the announcement today that they are choosing to stick with Je-Zeus…….probably be disappointed :(

  128. Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    blake -

    Jurrjens is not definitely down yet. But it is still a possibility. Latest news has him “a little sore, but not injured.” Fingers crossed, as I have him on my team.

    Ohio lost last night and that was my champion so, I’m out. I originally had UNC, but changed it at the last minute.

    Guess Yankees fans have to root for Kentucky, right? ;)

  129. Erica in NY March 26th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I jinxed myself yesterday…

    Ohio St lost = Erica’s bracket is done

  130. blake March 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Doreen,

    Roy Williams is a big Yankee fan……cheer accordingly :)

  131. Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Sorry Erica. :(

  132. pat March 26th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I read the Yankees have won the WS every year Kentucky has won the NCAA Tournament.

    Go Wildcats!

  133. Erica in NY March 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Sorry Erica.

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

    Its okay.

    Like I told my dad..,.. I didn’t really want to win anyway.

    I figured with the new refridgerator debacle a few weeks ago and the red light camera ticket that arrived yesterday… that with the law of averages I was due to come in to some sort of money. However, it was not to be.

  134. MTU March 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good morning.

    Blake-

    I hope they decide to go with Montero but I kinda doubt it too.

    I am also hoping they go with Nunez over Pena.

    I’d start Colon over Freddy. Freddy to the pen.

    Don’t think Bartolo will do as well sitting on a lounge chair in the pen
    growing moss on him.

    Neither guy has very much experience in that role.

  135. Doreen March 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    No – you didn’t get a red light camera ticket! Oh, I’m sorry, Erica. It sure would have been nice to win the pool and then it would have erased the refrigerator and the ticket.

    I never enter pools, because I very seldom win anything. And by nature, I’m risk averse. :)

  136. pat March 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    benshpigel Traveling squad to ft myers sunday v twins: molina, montero, romine, cano, a-rod, tex, andruw and pitchers tbd

    I would think a few more position players would be tbd too.

  137. MTU March 26th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Blake-

    By the way, our last look at “El Prodigio” today for a while.

    Man has he ever been a revelation !

    I don’t normally do predicitions but I am predicting that by the end of the season he will certainly be rated in the top 10. maybe top 5.

    Hope you enjoy watching him as much as I do.

    :)

  138. MTU March 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    New thread ==>


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