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Girardi’s take on today’s decisions

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A few comments from Joe Girardi about today’s decisions.

Sending Jesus Montero and Austin Romine to the minors

“We thought it was more beneficial for them to play every day instead of maybe just getting a couple starts in the month of April. When you look at those two young guys, we consider them front-line catchers in the big leagues some day. These are two guys that worked extremely hard, and I believe they’ll go down with the correct attitude. There’s got to be disappointment, that’s the bottom line, because you want to be here so bad. They seem to understand and will go down with the right attitude.”

Different decision if they had played better this spring?

“I can’t tell you. I saw improvement out of both of them; a lot of improvement since last year. Montero got more at-bats than Romine. I think Montero is a much better player than what he showed, offensivey. I think he pressed. I told him, ‘When you do come up one day, try to learn from this experience.’ It’s easy to say and it’s hard to do, not to press. You can only do what you can do.

“It’s possible we would have taken one of them, but we want them to play every day. We want when they come up, not to have to go back. These are guys we believe are everyday players.”

Choosing Eric Chavez as the backup corner infielder

“That one’s pretty evident. With the spring that he had, we feel that he’s healthy and we feel that it’s a good bat on a day that we rest Alex or Tex. You’ve got a pretty big bat there. We’re really pleased with what he did.”

Picking Eduardo Nunez over Ramiro Pena as the utility infielder

“We thought (Nunez) had a better spring. He played pretty well in the month of September last year, he’s probably a little bit better of a base stealer, he’s hit more in his career in the minor leagues. He swung the bat pretty good here last year. As I told Nino, this is a decision we’re making now. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way June 1 or May 1.”

Leaving Mark Prior in Tampa

“We’re going to leave him in Tampa just because of the weather. It’s the first time he’s ever relieved. Eventually, you want him to get to where he can give you more than one inning and go back-to-back. The weather is much more predictable here. It’s warmer for a guy that has never had to be on somewhat of a time limit when he warms up, so we thought it was beneficial for him to be here. It took him a little bit by surprise, but he understood the reasoning. I don’t think he thought he was going to A-ball. We told him the reasons why and as soon as the weather gets better – at least reasonable – we’ll move him.”

Finding a replacement for Pedro Feliciano

“That decision may not be made until Wednesday night because you wait to see what shakes out. You have (Luis) Ayala, and (Steve) Garrison as well, so if it’s one of those two, they’ll probably fly up on Wednesday.”

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83 Responses to “Girardi’s take on today’s decisions”

  1. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Ive always felt bad for Plaxico. A tremendous athlete and even better human being. Totally gorgeous, and the most important TD catch in Super Bowl history on his resume. I just hope he doesn’t go to the patriots, then my feelings for him will have to do a 180.

  2. LoHudKnicks March 28th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Gotta hand it to Girardi. He loves him some dugout-three-ring-binder, but he also has learned to deal w/ the media a lot better. Also looking very handsome sans braces.

  3. Pat M. March 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Face…..We’re talking about a backup catcher

  4. kd March 28th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    i agree that both austin and jesus need to play everyday. it’ll be better for their development.

    also, in all honesty, if posada starts the season strong, montero would not be getting a lot of at bats.

    prediction time for jorge – .280/380/520 25hr 90rbis

  5. Betsy March 28th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I get the reasoning on Prior -it makes sense. The weather in Scranton, if it’s anything like on Long Island, will be pretty lousy for the rest of the week.

    Romine was never making the team………..and I certainly agree that Montero is better off playing more than once or twice a week. I trust the Yanks’ decision here.

  6. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Face…..We’re talking about a backup catcher

    Right, and maybe no better option exists, but I hope the Yankees can find some way to do better.

  7. Asd March 28th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Probably reading too much into this, but the way he phrased it, does it seem to anyone else they are leaning more towards Ayala?

  8. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    If we’re just holding Molina until Cervelli comes back, fine.

    But last year, Cervelli, our back up catcher, detrimented us in many games. Yes, our backup catcher.

  9. Fran the original March 28th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Girardi’s rationale makes a lot of sense. I trust the Yankees decisions. I am sure they know what they are doing.

  10. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    but the way he phrased it, does it seem to anyone else they are leaning more towards Ayala?

    Ayala has looked pretty good.

  11. GreenBeret7 March 28th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Well, this place will be a waistland tonight. With the two daisies at the top and 4 of the usuals swallowing the board by insisting that only they have the real solutions, it’s time for “The Movies Go To War”. Tonight, it’s “When Hell Was In Session” with Hal Holbrook and Eva marie Saint, “To hell And Back” with Audie Murphy and “Sink The Bismark” with Kenneth More and Dana Wynter.

  12. Pat M. March 28th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Face…….I don’t think Cashman is going to find much via the wire in the next few days….Also, if time permits, recheck Vegas Watch ( as new lines came out a week ago ) and pass on your best 5 teams….I want to turn in my teams Wednesday am

  13. GreenBeret7 March 28th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    ***wasteland*** tonight

  14. UnKnown March 28th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I am glad that their making soriano pitch one more time here before thurs. Soriano had said that he will not pitch one more inning and that he is ready.

    He needs to understand that he doesn’t run the show here. Pitch when your told and do a good job. Shut up and don’t be too much of a problem in the clubhouse.

    I obviously have concerns about his attitude! Hope I am wrong.

  15. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Baltimore- 76.5 under
    Chicago W- 85.5 over
    LA Angels- 82.5 over
    NY Yankees- 90.5 over
    Oakland- 83.5 over
    Philadelphia- 95.5 under
    San Francisco- 88.5 over
    Tampa Bay- 83.5 over

  16. Asd March 28th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Did GB7 just rage quit on us?

  17. tyanksfan36 March 28th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Im excited about seeing Prior pitching for a while in Tampa.

  18. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I think it’s past the old man’s bedtime! :)

  19. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Sincerely,

    Sybil

  20. Pat M. March 28th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Face….Thanks…So many are loving the Chi-Sox……..I have The Yanks, A’s, Angels as my heavy picks and I’m looking for 2 more….Maybe Atlanta over and Philly or Boston under

  21. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Boston isn’t a smart under at 94.5.

  22. Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Actually, up and down, up and down, up and down would be the very best thing for Montero.

    Both Scranton and the Bronx are way too cold for him to be sitting around in. That shuttle bus is heated.

  23. BD (Boston Dave) March 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    StL under 83.5

    they won 86 last year WITH Wainright.

    their rotation and bullpen look a bit shaky. Sure, I trust Duncan but he can’t work miracles.

  24. joeman March 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Boston had 89 W’s last year with half a team, this team to me is a lot better

  25. joeman March 28th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I think it’s past the old man’s bedtime!
    ———————————————————
    I think he’s on a 4 hr shift….awake 4 and sleeps 4 thru the 24 hr period

  26. BD (Boston Dave) March 28th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I also expect a better season out of Detroit.

    Scherzer is impressive, Penny may at least be average, and their bullpen could end up being very good (Perry should take another step, Benoit signing)

    though I guess at 84 it’s tough. I still think they’re good for 86 :)

  27. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Jeff Maths is one of the worst players in baseball.

    Cervelli is way better than him.

  28. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Nick

    :lol:

  29. Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Detroit is a tough one.

    Addition by Damon-traction?

    Or subtraction by fall of the unsustainable BABIP?

  30. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Pat

    I can see going under on Boston, but if you do I wouldn’t make it a big money pick.

    There are a lot better bets on the board.

  31. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Jeff Maths is one of the worst players in baseball.
    _____________
    That’s not the issue. Would you prefer Max Ramirez, Jeff Mathis, or G Molina as the back up catcher UNTIL Cervelli returns?

    That was the issue on the table.

  32. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Kansas City and Cleveland under.

  33. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Bojo

    I was responding to GB who said he was better than Cervelli.

  34. BD (Boston Dave) March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Detroit’s offense should be about a wash. Added VMart, Boesch has some experience. who knows…

    I was expecting them to be closer to 81.5 or 82. 84 is tough.

  35. Dionysius Thelxinoe March 28th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    LGY says:
    March 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm
    Jeff Maths is one of the worst players in baseball.

    Cervelli is way better than him.

    ———–

    Not possible.

    If he was, Omar Minaya would have signed him for mega bucks.

  36. blake March 28th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Dodgers over
    Mariners under

  37. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    Bojo

    I was responding to GB who said he was better than Cervelli.
    _________
    I call BS– Cervelli is way better than GB.

  38. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Girardi will be less inclined to play the backup the worse they are.

    The worse, the better :)

  39. BD (Boston Dave) March 28th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I hope Dan Gilbert didn’t bet on his own team’s over/under.

  40. RhapsodyInBlue March 28th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    “Winning 100 games realistic for loaded Sox”, article in the NY Times.

    No author? When was the last time the NY Times had any article baseball related unattributed to a specific writer? Who wrote this garbage?

    From BOSTON (AP).

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponlin.....38;emc=rss

    I need to puke before bed.

  41. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    That’s not the issue. Would you prefer Max Ramirez, Jeff Mathis, or G Molina as the back up catcher UNTIL Cervelli returns?

    I would rank them in order of preference: Ramirez, Mathis, Molina

    I don’t like any of those tho :x

  42. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Maths has some voodoo mind control over Mike S.

    I’m afraid he will pull the same thing on Girardi

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    “Girardi’s rationale makes a lot of sense. I trust the Yankees decisions. I am sure they know what they are doing.”

    Fran, absolutely correct. If you want to take a look at things in a very rational fashion, the Yankees decisions make nothing but sense.

  44. blake March 28th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    The Yankees or Red Sox could win 100 games if everything breaks their way and there are no key injuries……but because the best predictor of future injury risk is past injury history, a lot will have to break right for the BoSox.

  45. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Does a move have to not make sense before it becomes sub optimal?

  46. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    So every decision the Yankees make must make sense?

  47. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    A serial killer with a pattern of killings will kill people in a way that makes sense to the agents on his trail.

  48. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Since the Boston Globe and NYTimes merged, it makes you wonder who is calling the shots.

  49. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I’m getting dizzy from all this spinning the Yankees are doing on Montero and, to a lesser extent, Romine.

    Nobody cared if they played everyday at the start of camp, Montero had the b/u job waiting on a silver platter… And if not him, maybe Romine.

    The both suck donkey ass in Florida so bad they get sent back down to the bus leagues, and now it’s because “we want them playing every day.”

    BULL SH*T!

    And as if that’s not bad enough, Girardi actually has the nerve to say Montero “showed a lot of improvement since last year.”

    Did Girardi WATCH this dude play??? He AWFUL!

    That’s about the 273rd time the Yankees have claimed Montero has shown “a lot of improvement.”

    The guy would be the best catcher in MLB history by now if he had improved HALF as often as the Yankees have claimed he has.

  50. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t think 100 win teams can be predicted. Too much has to break right.

  51. yankee21 March 28th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    trisha, if you are still collecting input on NY wins, please put me down for 94.

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    “’Winning 100 games realistic for loaded Sox’, article in the NY Times.”

    Rhapsody, this may have been written at the beginning of ST and held for this week since the season is beginning. I would think that anyone watching the poor pitching performances this spring would be more circumspect. Unless of course they are thinking that Gonzalez and Crawford are such an offensive upgrade over Beltre and Martinez that their nirvana bats will carry the poor pitching of Beckett, Lackey, and Matsuzaka (in the least) to the promised land.

    How dumb.

    By the way, I didn’t waste my time reading the article. Reading the headline was enough for me to disregard whatever drivel the Times felt the need to put out for its concubined readership in beantown.

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

    In more rivetting news, I heard today that Barry Bonds’s ex girlfriend is being called to testify about the size of his testicles.

  53. RhapsodyInBlue March 28th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The author of the NY Times piece is Howard Ulman of the Concord Monitor who is a Red Sox beat writer.

    The NY Times putting that garbage on it’s website.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    “Since the Boston Globe and NYTimes merged, it makes you wonder who is calling the shots.”

    Bingo.

  55. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Jerk You may be right. If I were to ever become that, all the victims would have a connection to boston.

  56. m March 28th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    YankeesNMore,

    Please try following the language guidelines, that includes the obvious use of asterisks.

  57. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Trisha-

    “In more rivetting news, I heard today that Barry Bonds’s ex girlfriend is being called to testify about the size of his testicles.”

    I’m sure she can give a very accurate measurement.

    :)

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    “Does a move have to not make sense before it becomes sub optimal?”

    Since I was part of a group of posters who felt all along that what was optimal for the Yankees was to let Montero get more practice down below, I certainly agree with Fran that the move made good sense. So in the present example, I don’t see the move as suboptimal.

  59. RhapsodyInBlue March 28th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Yeah they took it from the Boston Globe.

    Thanks a lot NY Times way to support your home town team.

    Winning 100 games realistic for loaded Red Sox
    By Howard Ulman
    AP Sports Writer / March 28, 2011

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....ports+news

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    MTU, I’m thinking that they are going to ask her about changes in size.

    Interesting line of questioning, and I guess people would have a hard time calling it junk science!

    :)

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Rhapsody, the Times started to sell out, as it were, as soon as it acquired the Globe.

  62. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    A former classmate of mine is the publisher of the Globe. I think I’ll shoot him an e-mail and complain. :-)

  63. Bronx Jeers March 28th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “In more rivetting news, I heard today that Barry Bonds’s ex girlfriend is being called to testify about the size of his testicles.”

    —————————————

    She already did.

    She also testified that he had some issues keeping his bat true to form. :wink:

  64. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Trisha-

    That’s affirmative.

    I just wonder how the Judge keeps from bustin’ out laughin’.

    :)

  65. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Bronx Jeers March 28th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    :-)

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Bojo, with the Sux winning one of their last 11 games and the Celtics going 5-6, I guess they need to write some inflated hooey to get fans back into it.

    :)

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Bronx, EEI made it sound like it hadn’t happened yet. Maybe they meant she was coming back on the stand tomorrow.

    Yankee21, I have you down for 94.

  68. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Wow! She’s keeping track of the celtics. Her dedication against boston should be an inspiration to all.

  69. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    They had an Orchidometer at the Bonds’ trial.

    You can look up what it’s used for.

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Actually I heard digruntled discussion about the Celtics on WEEI and it was mentioned that they were 5-6 in their last 11 games. I don’t follow basketball.

  71. pat March 28th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Bonds testimony today made me wonder what the AL equivalent of wife cities and GF cities were?

  72. Jerkface March 28th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Orchidometer

    Orchid meter? Measures how big the bulbs are :)

  73. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    :lol:

  74. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Kindest thing one could say about the Celtics right now is they’re not the Knicks.

  75. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Opps…just checked and my old classmate is retired. No more pull at the Globe.

  76. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 9:51 pm
    Bojo, with the Sux winning one of their last 11 games and the Celtics going 5-6, I guess they need to write some inflated hooey to get fans back into it.
    _________
    Bingo right back atcha

  77. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Epstein: “Please answer. Just gimme 1 minute.” “Ill give you 6 bums for Felix Hernandez”

    Jack Z: “You got yourself a deal. Click.”

  78. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Minneapolis, GF city?

  79. BeholdArNo March 28th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    The Knicks were never supposed to win, though. The foundation is set. It’s up to Donnie to make the right moves, including ditching _’Antoni. I never liked the hire in the first place, but was hoping his USA Olympic team job and his offensive style would attract the big name free agents, namely Lebron.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    That said, when I do hear little tidbits like the one about the Celtics, naturally they warm my heart and I cannot wait to shear them with my friends here.

    :)

  81. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    m,

    Please try P*$$!N6 up a rope and let me know how it works out for you.

    ;-)

  82. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Picking Eduardo Nunez over Ramiro Pena as the utility infielder

    “We thought (Nunez) had a better spring. He played pretty well in the month of September last year, he’s probably a little bit better of a base stealer, he’s hit more in his career in the minor leagues. He swung the bat pretty good here last year. As I told Nino, this is a decision we’re making now. It doesn’t mean it’s going to be that way June 1 or May 1.”
    _______________
    WHO THE HECK IS “NINO?!?!” Joey is pulling a new one with his codes…This might make the committee have to re-think the whole list of nicknames for opening day.

  83. JMZ March 28th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    The NY Times thing is an AP story, folks. It’s not a Times story and likely won’t run in the paper. It’s just filler on the web site.

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