At the end of last season, I wrote about the layout of the Yankees clubhouse. I thought I might as well do the same thing at the beginning of this season.
As always, the Yankees clubhouse is a kind of oval, with the lockers along the edges and six flat screen televisions hanging from the ceiling in the middle. If you imagine the room as the face of a clock, there are doors at 12, 6 and 3. There’s a blank space of wall at 9. Each section isn’t perfectly equal, but the room is more or less divided into four quadrants. The ends of the room – basically from 11 to 1 and 5 to 7 – are flat walls, so those sections are kind of set apart as well.
Here’s the basic layout of who belongs where, using that imaginary clock to put everything in place.
The far end of the room is the exact same as last year. The door at 12 leads into the players-only area, Posada is on the left side of the door and Jeter is on the right. Both have an empty locker next to them, a show of respect for the two veteran position players. Those lockers are full of overflow stuff from Posada and Jeter, and from A.J. Burnett and Alex Rodriguez, who are on the other sides.
From 1 to 3
In order, beginning next to Jeter’s empty locker: A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, CC Sabathia, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Ivan Nova, Robinson Cano, Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli
Hughes took Andy Pettitte’s old locker, while Chamberlain and Sabathia moved down one space from last season. Cervelli is in the same locker as last season, right next to a door that leads back to the manager’s office.
Aside from Rodriguez’s spot — he’s bullpen catcher with basically as much gear as a player — these are kind of mix-and-match lockers. Coaching assistant Brett Weber is also in the mix in this section, and for now Curtis is keeping his stuff over here. These lockers are a little more wideopen than the others, and they’ll be filled with young player when the roster expands in September.
The media enters the clubhouse through the door at 6 o’clock, so this feels like the front of the room. Aside from Ayala’s locker — which belonged to Ramiro Pena last season — most of these lockers changed hands several times last year. Randy Winn, Dustin Moseley, Juan Miranda, Chad Huffman, Jonathan Albaladejo, Eduardo Nunez and Mark Melancon were all in this section at one point or another last season. Makes sense that the last two players on the roster would get lockers in this area.
With two exceptions, this area is the exact same as last year. The only changes — obviously — are Martin and Chavez, who took lockers that were filled by Chad Moeller and Austin Kearns at the end of last season. Martin’s locker originally belonged to Nick Johnson last year. Chavez was positioned next to his old Oakland teammate Swisher. There’s a blank space of wall on the other side of Swisher’s locker.
From 9 to 11
In order, beginning with the wall next to Swisher and ending with the empty locker next to Posada: Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, Damaso Marte, Pedro Feliciano, Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones, Alex Rodriguez
In this section, only the Rivera, Granderson and Rodriguez lockers remain unchanged. Marte moved over one spot, and Feliciano took his old locker (and his old role as the lefty on the disabled list). Jones has taken Marcus Thames’ locker and role on the bench.
Turns out, my friend Marc Carig had the same idea for an off day blog post. Spend enough time with people in spring training, you start to think alike.