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Jones replacing Thames (in every way)

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Spring training numbers helped tell the Yankees that Bartolo Colon might have something left and that Eric Chavez might be healthy again, but they weren’t nearly enough to give Jorge Vazquez a shot at the big league roster or win Luis Ayala the setup role.

As a general rule, spring training numbers don’t mean much. And they mean almost nothing for Andruw Jones.

This spring, Jones is hitting just .171/.261/.293, but he’ll certainly break camp with the team, and the Yankees need to look no further than Marcus Thames for proof that a guy like Jones has to be judged on more than the month of March.

Jones is basically the new Thames. His responsibilities are to hit for power — primarily against lefties —  and to play occasionally in the outfield corners. Last season, Thames was terrific in that role. His defense wasn’t good, but it was generally passable, and he hit .288/.350/.491 while playing more often than expected.

Such a season came after Thames hit just .135/.182/.269 in spring training. Those numbers were even worse before he homered twice in the last six games.

“You don’t get too caught up in spring training numbers,” Joe Girardi said. “You go more on a history.”

The fact Jones hit .230/.341/.486 last season carries considerably more weight than his slash line this spring. Jones’ batting average was low last season, but the power is what the Yankees want. They especially like that he hit .256/.373/.558 against lefties.

“I’ve watched his at-bats,” Girardi said. “He’s worked on some things. We brought Andruw in to play against left-handers, and the majority of his at-bats (this spring) have been against right-handers. I’m happy with what he’s done.”

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111 Responses to “Jones replacing Thames (in every way)”

  1. 108 stitches March 28th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sorry but I don’t see Andruw Jones lasting the season. As soon as Golson, Dickerson, or another show good things at AAA, Jones gets his walking papers.

  2. Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    But has Jones replaced Thames in our hearts?

  3. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’m a positive friend of Andruw.

  4. Erica in NY March 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Nick in SF-

    Up too late or too early????

  5. Niblick March 28th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    What logic! Thames was crappy in spring training last year and he hit well during the season; Andruw has been crappy this spring and therefore will hit during the season.

    In this post PED era, Jones is more likely to be this year’s Winn.

  6. Erica in NY March 28th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am
    But has Jones replaced Thames in our hearts?

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

    I am pretty sure I have more affection in my heart for the bug that was stuck in my kitchen light fixture for 10 days than I did for Thames

  7. pat March 28th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    ‘I am pretty sure I have more affection in my heart for the bug that was stuck in my kitchen light fixture for 10 days than I did for Thames’

    Tough crowd.

  8. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Ah yes… More of that Brian Cashman genius at work for the Yankees.

    At least Jones isn’t being counted on as an everyday player at a critical position, like Russell Martin, for example.

  9. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Winn was a bounce back candidate that didn’t bounce back. Not understanding the comparison to Jones.

  10. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Winn was NOT a “bounce back candidate”… He was a guy who had good splits the year before against lefty pitchers… Just like Jones.

  11. upstate kate March 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I liked Thames…not playing the field, and definitely not playing 3B, but he got some timely hits and seemed so happy to be a Yankee

  12. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Tough crowd.

    ——–

    There is only room in Erica’s heart for one pretend boyfriend LF.

  13. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    YankeesNmore -

    The Red Sox fan in Yankees clothing.

    What a sad sack of crap you are.

  14. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    “In this post PED era, Jones is more likely to be this year’s Winn.”

    Last year was post PED era too, and he did reasonably well. Don’t think he comes anywhere close to getting the number of plate appearances he got last year, but he’s not a bad guy to have for PH against a tough lefty late in a game.

  15. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    MTU -

    Remember how much you wanted the Duke, now he’s injured once more.

  16. Erin March 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    upstate kate March 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am
    I liked Thames?not playing the field, and definitely not playing 3B,

    **************************
    I was laughing so hard during his adventure at 3B I almost fell out of my chair. lol

  17. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Back later.

  18. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    2009 Randy Winn vs LHP:

    .158/.184/.200 .384 (!!!) OPS

    Try again.

  19. Erica in NY March 28th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    pat March 28th, 2011 at 8:58 am
    ‘I am pretty sure I have more affection in my heart for the bug that was stuck in my kitchen light fixture for 10 days than I did for Thames’

    Tough crowd.

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

    In defense of the bug, I was posting updates on my facebook page about whether it was alive or not. And people were really into it. At one point I took a picture of the bug in the light and posted it.

    People kept e-mailing me to ask if the bug was still alive or not. They also kept encouraging me to create a group for “fans” of the bug.

    I was going to but then it finally died

  20. Erica in NY March 28th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:02 am
    Tough crowd.

    ——–

    There is only room in Erica’s heart for one pretend boyfriend LF.

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

    Thames made MPB Johnny Damon look like a defensive wizard in LF

  21. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I still would rather work a deal to get Melky back. He has seemingly matured, lost weight, and gotten serious about his game. Would be perfect 4th OFer for this team.

  22. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Al-

    High risk high reward with the Duke.

    He came up snake eyes this time.

    IF he would have stayed healthy he would have been very effective IMO.

    Anyway, I guess that’s why I am in the peanut gallery and not on the staff of the Yankees.

    ;)

  23. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Randy Winn in his career vs LHP: .277/.329/.420, .299 BABIP
    -.812 OPS vs LHP 2008
    -.934 OPS vs LHP in 2007

    2010 vs LHP: .225 BABIP.

    Suck it.

  24. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Typo

    *2009 vs LHP: .178 BABIP*

    Not typo

    Suck it.

  25. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’ll admit that last year I didn’t think Thamesy would give us so much, so I am willing to wait and see what Jonesy gives us. He usually is a hot first half hitter, so we’ll know soon enough.

    However, I would almost prefer taking Nunezy and Peny north instead of Jonesy, and let them play OF when needed. Nunez actually played a lot of CF in instructional leagues in his home country…as part of the training program.

  26. austinmac March 28th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    MTU,

    I look upon you as Buffalo Bob, the leader of the peanut gallery. I am glad no one remembers all my, at the time, brilliant suggestions.

  27. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    One thing I really like about the internet is that ‘AM radio schtick’ doesn’t work. It just makes you look like an idiot.

  28. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    BTW, Tom in NJ–thanks again for pointing out the link to Tom Smither…loved it and got all his music DL’d yesterday.

  29. m1kew March 28th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    History repeats itself but not necessarily for an aging ballplayer. The key here is what Giradi and Long think they see in his swing. I do not think that Golson et al really meet the need for a bat who can hit lefties AND play decent outfield. Defense must be important because Thames most certainly showed he could handle the offense. Johnny Damon would not have been an alternative as his defensive skills deteriorated to the point where it at a minimum offset his offensive skills.

    The bottom line (to me) is that there does not seem to be a better alternative than Jones for the moment. If Jones shows he cannot handle his role then it is very likely he will be replaced. Cashman has continually said his job is to search for upgrades and I am sure he is already storing potential upgrades in his data bank if (or when) Jones cannot cut it anymore. I just don’t think the obvious choice is in the Yankee organization right now. Yes, they have added outfielders but unfortunately all of those players are similar to the ones in the organization now (AA and AAA) in that their offensive skills are weaker than needed.

  30. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    NP, Bojo.

  31. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Austin-

    Thanks for sayin’ that. A person who has never made a mistake just hasn’t tried anything.

    I don’t think Al was calling me out. We’re friends. At least I hope we are.

    :)

  32. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I love a good accoustic guitar folk singer, so if anyone has other suggestions, please post.

  33. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    # 108 stitches March 28th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sorry but I don’t see Andruw Jones lasting the season. As soon as Golson, Dickerson, or another show good things at AAA, Jones gets his walking papers.

    ———————————-

    Unfortunately I couldn’t agree more with this statement, 108. It could be because of my unexplainable hatred for how Andruw spells his name that is responsible for my dislike of the guy.. or it could be his track record over the past 3 seasons.. its hard to say..

  34. LongtimeLurker March 28th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    The more YankeesNmore posts the more I laugh. Quite amusing, always annoying.

  35. austinmac March 28th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    MTU,

    No, I think Al just gave you and the rest of us a reminder of the difficulty in making decisions about players. We lack the information often necessary, but why blog if we can opine?

    Speaking of baseless opinions, Jones has looked old and I doubt he is here for the long term. I bet Romulo is being traded for another OF possibility.

  36. Doreen March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    When the Yankees signed Randy Winn I had no idea who he was so I did some research. He was a guy who was good at getting the run in (sac fly, hitting to the appropriate field) or moving the guy over. A nice complementary piece. If he had been able to do what he’d done in the past, he’d have worked nicely. But he wasn’t, so he didn’t.

  37. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Austin-

    That is very true. The deck is stacked against us. We only get to touch the Elephant in one
    small spot.

    Jones has shown us nothing this ST. Let’s just hope that ST results are as meaningless as we all seem to think they are.

    Judging by what was reported yesterday it does seem like the last of the Sanchez boys is
    going away.

    One thing I have talked about in the past was the developing logjam in the upper levels of the Minors.

    It’s time to clear some of the dead wood thru trades. Can’t keep ‘em all.

  38. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Judging by what was reported yesterday it does seem like the last of the Sanchez boys is
    going away.
    ______________
    To quote Yoda-”There is another…”

  39. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    “I still would rather work a deal to get Melky back. He has seemingly matured, lost weight, and gotten serious about his game. Would be perfect 4th OFer for this team.”

    Problems is what would make the Yankees 4th best outfielder makes the Royal’s 2nd best outfielder.

    if you want him back, got to send back some pitching of actual value.

  40. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Stuckey–

    Agreed. I would do it anyway…send them Dickerson and a few other prospects

  41. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Bojo-

    To quote the “Highander”.

    “There can only be One. There can be no other.”

    ;)

  42. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Edit: “Highlander”. Freudian slip I guess.

    :)

  43. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:35 am
    Bojo-

    To quote the “Highander”.

    “There can only be One. There can be no other.”
    _________________
    “Then make it be Gary Sanchez…make it so.”

  44. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Problems is what would make the Yankees 4th best outfielder makes the Royal’s 2nd best outfielder.

    if you want him back, got to send back some pitching of actual value.
    ===========

    Don’t think it would have to be all that much value. Cabrera is not in their long term plans. He’s part of the filler group that will lose 105 or so games this year as they wait for their MLB best collection of prospects to join the big club.

  45. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Bojo-

    Just wait a couple of years.

    ;)

  46. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    MTU–

    To me, I’ll start paying attention to Gary Sanchez and take him seriously when he kills AAA. Until then, he is just another in the long line of Jackson Melian, Wily Mo Pena, Rueben Rivera, Drew Henson, Eric Duncan, etc.

  47. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Bojo-

    It’s a long road to Tiperarry, and even longer to the Major leagues.

    The kid does have have enormous potential though.

    Let’s just hope he stays healthy and reaches his cieling.

    :)

  48. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Nice reference to an old time tune. Lyrics as follows:

    It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

    Up to mighty London came
    An Irish lad one day,
    All the streets were paved with gold,
    So everyone was gay!
    Singing songs of Piccadilly,
    Strand, and Leicester Square,
    ‘Til Paddy got excited and
    He shouted to them there:

    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go.
    It’s a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square!
    It’s a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there.

    Paddy wrote a letter
    To his Irish Molly O’,
    Saying, “Should you not receive it,
    Write and let me know!
    If I make mistakes in “spelling”,
    Molly dear”, said he,
    “Remember it’s the pen, that’s bad,
    Don’t lay the blame on me”.

    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go.
    It’s a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square,
    It’s a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there.

    Molly wrote a neat reply
    To Irish Paddy O’,
    Saying, “Mike Maloney wants
    To marry me, and so
    Leave the Strand and Piccadilly,
    Or you’ll be to blame,
    For love has fairly drove me silly,
    Hoping you’re the same!”

    It’s a long way to Tipperary,
    It’s a long way to go.
    It’s a long way to Tipperary
    To the sweetest girl I know!
    Goodbye Piccadilly,
    Farewell Leicester Square,
    It’s a long long way to Tipperary,
    But my heart’s right there.

    Extra wartime verse

    That’s the wrong way to tickle Mary,
    That’s the wrong way to kiss!
    Don’t you know that over here, lad,
    They like it best like this!
    Hooray pour le Francais!
    Farewell, Angleterre!
    We didn’t know the way to tickle Mary,
    But we learned how, over there!

  49. BoJo March 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Time to get to work…have a good day all

  50. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    MTU -

    Mike, you know I was not busting your *****, I was just pointing out how a player with that much history with injury was past over by the Yankees with good reason.

    Some of us find fault with the Yankees FO, because we lack all the knowledge they have available to them. And yes, there are times a low risk, high reward signing will pay big rewards.

    I feel so much better about this team today than a month ago, and think Cashman did a great job in helping to make the SP be competitive.

  51. Irreverent Discourse March 28th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Guys I am terribly sad today. My favorite guy on the RedSux got sent down to the minors.

    Red Sox optioned LHP Hideki Okajima to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    It is a sad, sad day when a guy like chOkajima can’t secure his future in the majors.

  52. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    BoJo -

    You work? I thought the blog was your job and calling, have a good day.

  53. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Bojo-

    Let’s not get carried away.

    I’ll be watching Manuelito all season.

    I normally don’t do predictions but if he manages to stay healthy this season I expect him to be ranked in the top 10 in all of the Minors. Maybe top 5.

    Book it.

    ;)

  54. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    MTU -

    Do not be surprised if by mid season either Dickerson or Vasquez is up in place of Andruw Jones.

  55. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Sure Al. Never a problem.

    Points well taken.

    I think we are a Playoff team if key players stay healthy.

    I’m certain that Cashman will keep his eye on the horizon.

    It would not shock me in the slightest to see him add a piece or two at the TD to further
    solidify our position.

  56. blake March 28th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I hope they aren’t planning to play him against all lefties. They don’t need platoons.

  57. MTU March 28th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Got to run. Dog to the Vet for a Checkup.

    Later.

  58. LoHudKnicks March 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Was it put in Jones’ contract that he isn’t allowed to do that claymation-smile thing anymore?

  59. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    MTU -

    I’m looking for A-Rod to have a monster season, Cano to continue his ascend to AllStar status, Jeter to bounce back, Granderson to have a career year, and young Mr. Nova to put up 12-15 wins, while keeping the Yankees in the majority of games he starts.

    This will be a great year for the team and their fans. I’m predicting 96-98 wins.

  60. blake March 28th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Thames was more than willing to accept the role he played last year and had the ability to step in and produce after not playing in a few days…..that’s an important skill for a bench guy and something not everyone is successful or happy doing. Will Jones do the same?

  61. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    blake -

    Tough loss. I thought if they got out quickly, they’d win, but, anouther slow start. All in all, a very good season for a young Tar Heels team.

  62. BIG AL March 28th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Yes, I did graduate from the GB7 school of spelling.

  63. blake March 28th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    AL,

    Kentucky couldn’t miss from the 3 point line and Henson being in foul trouble doomed the Heels….I agree though, good season. If you’d have told me they would make the elite 8 before the tourney started I would have been happy…..after they get there though you always want more. Now I just hope Barnes and Henson return.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Doreen, GB -

    Best I can tell you is that perhaps Verizon and other providers program differently. I went right to the day and hour, on my guide, on the television, where you do the actual programming (as opposed to programming automatically), and there it was in black and white (the guide, I do not believe is in color). The program you told us was a must see is being presented in my area at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Not 4, when the program is in its first hour, but 3.

    That was doing it by scrolling directly to the program and not using automatic programming according to the link time.

    Work day from hell. Talk to you all later.

    :)

  65. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    “Don’t think it would have to be all that much value. Cabrera is not in their long term plans. He’s part of the filler group that will lose 105 or so games this year as they wait for their MLB best collection of prospects to join the big club.”

    That’s sorta the issue. They need major league warm bodies right now. That’s why they acquired him. He’s there to let the Royals break Lorenzo Cain in slowly.

    Cain is going to have to grab the job by the throat for the Royals to consider flipping him right now.

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 28th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    “Red Sox optioned LHP Hideki Okajima to Triple-A Pawtucket.”

    Holy crap-ski! NOT THAT SPRING TRAINING MEANS ANYTHING, OF COURSE…

    :D

  67. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    “I’m looking for A-Rod to have a monster season, Cano to continue his ascend to AllStar status, Jeter to bounce back, Granderson to have a career year, and young Mr. Nova to put up 12-15 wins, while keeping the Yankees in the majority of games he starts. ”

    If all this ends up proving true (*crosses fingers*) I sure as heck wouldn’t look forward to facing us come October.

  68. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My annual predictions for the every day players and pitching staff, which so far have been perfect year-in, year-out.

    1.) Someone positional player you think will suck either because of 2010 or spring training will be very good.

    2.) Someone positional player you think will be very good either because of 2010 or spring training will be suck.

    3.) Someone(s) will get hurt.

    4.) Someone you can’t even predict will make a contribution.

    Rinse and repeat for pitchers.

    Works EVERY year.

  69. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    “Cain is going to have to grab the job by the throat for the Royals to consider flipping him right now”

    They sent Cain down yesterday. I think he’ll be their guy, but maybe not til the halfway mark, at which time I think Cabrera would be very available. That said, I don’t know that he gives you much that you can’t get from the similarly made to be a 4th outfielder, Chris Dickerson.

  70. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I think the #4 and #5 spots in our rotation will ultimately end up determining where we finish this season. How many wins do you guys think we can get from those two spots this year? 20? 25?

  71. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    “That said, I don’t know that he gives you much that you can’t get from the similarly made to be a 4th outfielder, Chris Dickerson.”

    Which conversely makes you wonder why the Yanks would bother?

  72. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    “How many wins do you guys think we can get from those two spots this year? 20? 25?”

    Doesn’t really matter. What matters is the Yankees record in games those guys start. If it’s .500 or slightly above, the Yankees will be good shape.

  73. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Mell – You’re right, my bad. Pitchers wins/loses aren’t really the stat to worry about, but I’m still hoping we can see our number 4 and 5 guys with at least 10 wins this year.

  74. Doreen March 28th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Trisha -

    That’s likely it. I have Comcast. I went to their listing directly, as well. :)

  75. Giuseppe Franco March 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    # 108 stitches March 28th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sorry but I don’t see Andruw Jones lasting the season. As soon as Golson, Dickerson, or another show good things at AAA, Jones gets his walking papers.

    ————

    Can’t see that happening.

    Golson is not really a 4th outfielder. He’s more of a 5th outfielder – a guy you like as a late inning pinch runner or defensive replacement.

    He’s not a guy who want starting in place of Granderson or Gardner against a tough lefty. If given the choice, I’d just stick with my starter instead of Golson – tough lefty or not.

    Jones has far more upside with the bat than Golson and he’s been around the league a long time. That’s why he’s going to have a much longer leash than people think.

  76. 38HotDogs March 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Bojo – check out The Nightwatchman – Tom Morello’s acoustic persona

  77. ac1 March 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    thought Aceves signed a major league deal…. didnt realize Boston could send him to AAA.

  78. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    “thought Aceves signed a major league deal…. didnt realize Boston could send him to AAA”

    Apparently he has options.

  79. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    wow, this forum really needs something new to talk about…

  80. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    “wow, this forum really needs something new to talk about…”

    Yankees due to announce their final cuts today?

  81. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Fine piece on Cano in the NYPost:

    “He could very easily be as good as anyone in baseball,” said Larry Bowa, the former Yankees coach and now an MLB Network analyst. “The reason I say that is because the position he plays. I’m sure there’s going to be guys that hit more home runs and drive in more runs. I’m talking about the overall position this kid plays — in the middle of the diamond, involved in everything. He could be as good as anybody. He’s got unbelievable talent.”

    Cano hears what people are saying about him this spring: The MVP talk; the proclamations about him being one of the best in the game. Cano seems to handle it in stride, not letting it make him content or lazy.
    “Those things keep me humble,” he said. “They make me work even harder. Those people know the game. When they say that stuff, I don’t want to let those people down. For you to say something about somebody in the paper or on TV, it makes me work even harder.”

    For some reason the blog wouldn’t let me post the link.

  82. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Okay, there is a topic for discussion:

    Is Robinson Cano any good?

    Who wants to take the con side?

  83. Cashmoney March 28th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    almost time for real baseball… not much to talk about except it’s time to play ball. I read Feliciano is on the shelf, lefty in bp can be a concern to start the season… green grass, hopefully a sunshiny day. BASEBALL!

  84. West Coast Yankee Fan March 28th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Well – someone on this blog suggested trading Cano for Aaron Hill a year or so ago. Can’t recall who.

  85. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    We’ve already covered the other LoHud greatest hits: the back-up catching situation, the Joba debate, and who should be batting #1…Can we argue about how Phil Hughes isn’t a ‘true ace’ again? Haven’t done that one in a while..

  86. Cashmoney March 28th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Been away, is Montero going to back up?

  87. West Coast Yankee Fan March 28th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    You all could criticize Jon Heyman’s breakfast selection and I could defend it?

  88. Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    “For you to say something about somebody in the paper or on TV, it makes me work even harder.”

    Now there is someone, finally, who respects the important free speech rights of our hardworking baseball journalists and analysts. But why no respect for Twitter, Mr. Cano?

  89. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Cash, the odds on favorites amongst the beat writers is Molina, but I find it somewhat interesting that Montero started and Romine backed up yesterday, in the 3rd to last ST game.

    Could go any which way.

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Young Gary Sanchez’s bat easing in slowly this spring & working on receiving skills. Said he was pushing the ball last year. No ill effects from the cauterized heart nerve and feeling about 60-70 percent. Says he is “not tired or anything.”

    That’s for tyyanks & Yankfem :D.

  91. Cashmoney March 28th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thx Stuckey… the last few days st always reminds me of senior yrs in HS and College… can’t wait til it’s over, personally. Whomever comes out in various ancillary roles would be fine with me… just can’t wait for season to kick off.

  92. tyanksfan36 March 28th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Thanks JAP

    If the weather sticks to what the weather channel is saying then on saturday it won’t be raining and ill be able to go watch Charleston at the minor league complex. I really hope Sanchez is playing, he was there last time they were home and I went but I watched Tampa instead.

  93. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    are Heathcott, Sanchez and Culver all scheduled to start in Charleston?

    Maybe they need a 4th to make up the Core Four: The Next Generation.

  94. Cashmoney March 28th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Cash, the odds on favorites amongst the beat writers is Molina,
    ——————
    which one? Gustavo?

  95. J. Alfred Prufrock March 28th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    They’re with the Charleston group as per Yankeefem’s comments yesterday. It’s a good guess.

    tyy – give us the lowdown. :D.

  96. Nick in SF March 28th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    They could be putting Montero and Romine through some last-minute catching drills to see who’s ahead in the competition.

    Or maybe they’re telling them to pack their bags and take a special ride to Disneyworld. :cry:

  97. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    How many starts does Garcia make this season?

    When Colon (inevitably) makes a start/s, is it because of injury or ineffectiveness in the rotation?

  98. blake March 28th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Stuckey,

    I believe so…..Bryan Mitchell could round out the 4.

  99. LGY March 28th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I was rooting for a 2/2 Venezuelan victory with Garcia and Montero, but just realized Imposter Molina is from Venezuela too :mad:

  100. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 11:40 am

    How many starts does Garcia make this season?
    =========

    25

    When Colon (inevitably) makes a start/s, is it because of injury or ineffectiveness in the rotation?
    ===========

    Injury

  101. mick March 28th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    # Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    We’ve already covered the other LoHud greatest hits: the back-up catching situation, the Joba debate, and who should be batting #1…Can we argue about how Phil Hughes isn’t a ‘true ace’ again? Haven’t done that one in a while..
    ================
    Careful what you wish for.

  102. Tom in N.J. March 28th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    “One team official heavily involved with the organization’s pitchers, who requested anonymity, said having Romine return to Trenton and working with top pitching prospects Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos is “probably a really good idea.’’”

    http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.....k_wit.html

  103. stuckey99 March 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Okay, here is slow-day exercise – the 2015 NY Yankees line-up/rotation:

    CF: Heathcott
    LF: Gardner
    RF: A-Rod
    SS: Culver
    2nd: Cano
    3rd: ??
    1st: Tex
    C: Sanchez
    DH: Montero

    Banuelos
    Hughes
    Sabathia
    Betances
    Warren

    Closer: Betances

  104. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    So Betamces is the #4 starter AND the closer?

    Good luck

  105. Mell March 28th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Stuckey:

    I think you’re putting a lot on Betances.

  106. Shame Spencer March 28th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m gonna bet against Garcia.. for whatever reason (likely injury), I think Colon ends up in our rotation by mid season. Not sure if he sticks either, but I have a sneaking suspicion, and nothing more, that Garcia fades out of our plans.

  107. YankeesNmore March 28th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    “Stuckey:

    I think you’re putting a lot on Betances.”
    ————————
    He probably meant to have Brackman closing, just like all the other parrots out there.

  108. NJ Pete March 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Have the 40 man moves been discussed? I could be wrong on this but I think there are 5 players to be added and 2 spots available. The return of Fish and Turpin opened 2 spots. Garcia, Colon, Chavez, Jones and Molina need to be added. Marte goes to the 60. Still need two spots. Has Sanchez been traded or DFA’d yet?

  109. mick March 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Not sure if he sticks either, but I have a sneaking suspicion, and nothing more, that Garcia fades out of our plans.
    ==============
    The Chan Ho Park theory.

  110. Patrick March 28th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Banuelos
    Hughes
    Sabathia
    Betances
    Warren

    Closer: Betances

    Impressive

  111. JCPD March 28th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    He probably meant to have Brackman closing, just like all the other parrots out there.

    —————————————————————————–
    Probably. Power to the parrotheads out there!!!

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