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Rothschild calls Silva a strike-thrower: “Not a bad thing to have”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Apr 09, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sitting behind his desk in the visiting manager’s office this afternoon, Joe Girardi said he had no idea the Yankees had finalized a deal Carlos Silva until he was asked about it by a swarm of reporters.

“That’s the first I heard of it,” he said. “Maybe that’s what my text message says.”

It’s easy to dismiss Silva given how poorly he pitched in Seattle and the fact the Cubs decided to cut him this spring, but Silva actually had a 3.45 ERA in the first half last season, and when he went on the disabled list, it was because of a heart condition, not because of an elbow or shoulder injury.

Obviously there’s a good chance that Silva will regress to his Seattle form — or to last year’s second-half form — but for the Yankees it’s a zero-risk situation. They’re not on the hook for that obscene contract.

“He’s had a little time off now,” said pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who coach Silva with the Cubs. “I don’t know what he’s done, but he’s going to pound the strike zone. Early last year before he had the heart problem in Colorado, he was throwing the ball well. He’s got to get himself ready to do that. I’m not sure where he is. I haven’t talked to him. I’ll find that out, but he’s a strike-thrower, and that’s not a bad thing to have.”

 
 

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128 Responses to “Rothschild calls Silva a strike-thrower: “Not a bad thing to have””

  1. stjetersburg April 9th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    IF they bring him to the bronx they will have to double the pregame food spred.
    Him CC Colon garcia can do some major damage.

  2. BoJo April 9th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This just in: Company valuations of fast food restaurants around Yankee Stadium suddenly rose sharply within the last 5 hours.

  3. BoJo April 9th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    If he makes it to the Bronx, it will cause a lot of confusion with the radio crew and their Carlos Silva.

  4. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Why????????

  5. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    “If he makes it to the Bronx, it will cause a lot of confusion with the radio crew and their Carlos Silva.”

    Are you referring to failing vision or senility?

  6. ron April 9th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    The Yankees got themselves a win as well as a new pitcher today. Carlos Silva isn’t great or even good for that matter, but Phil Hughes has been awful and Kevin Millwood apparently looks like crap in Extended Spring Training, so it’s good to add the depth.

    This from RAB

  7. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Fortunately, Colon looks really good.

  8. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Wait … the ‘evidence’ that Millwood has looked like crap so far is a Buster Olney tweet???

    Can it be any more ridiculous?

  9. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Millwood MIGHT be looking like crap.

    But reporting standards at River Avenue Blues, as well as Buster Olney’s credibility on Yankees news … that IS crap.

  10. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Well, Millwood was pretty bad last season, a little better in the 2nd half, but in his last start his average fb velo was 86.89, max was 88.4, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he looked bad now.

  11. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Half joking, half serious …

    Is Cashman signing all these guys so that Theo has no outside options for pitching help?

  12. BoJo April 9th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I am referring to the radio production guy they constantly mentino named Carlos Silva. I’m sure we will hear many references with them talking about the confusion it will cause. Why? Because they have nothing else to talk about.

    Good night night people.

  13. NYY fan in NH April 9th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Carlos will never be mistaken for Anderson Silva

  14. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Yeah, I know his name. I was referring to the reason for the confusion.

  15. Mike_Boston April 9th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Aldo you could be on to something. After Wake where do they turn if 1 of their 5 go down and/or get pounded for another few starts? Ace maybe, but he hasn’t looked that sharp and is an injury waiting to happen with his back. Who else do they have?

  16. rb from LI April 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Actually, Bojo they were talking about it on the broadcast today. Some ridiculous comment about the fun it will be to have Carlos Silva and Carlos “Seelva”

  17. Kevin Not That Kevin Brown April 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    We’d better hope that Millwood and Silva still have something left because Nova and Hughes may not. Nova has not corrected his basic flaw – and it’s a big one – of not being able to go through the lineup more than once, and it’s unclear how it will be corrected: that’s a pretty fundamental problem.

    And Hughes’ problem, based on the two games I’ve watched, goes well beyond velocity: everything is above the belt. So, no speed and no location; I think they call that batting practice.

    Come May 1st, here’s my prediction for the rotation: CC, AJ, Colon, Garcia and Millwood or Silva. And come June 1st, maybe Banuelos has snuck in there.

  18. ron April 9th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    His 223 hits given up in 190.2 innings pitches,5.10 era,1.51 whip,.292 BAA in 2010 is a pretty good indication that he stinks.

  19. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    To the contrary, Nova did prove he could go through a lineup more than once in his first start.

    Hughes may or may not have some physical issue, but beyond that developing young starters requires patience, and it’s time the Yankees (and their fans) started showing some.

  20. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    GB…..I see that Heathcott has another 2 hits again tonight……He keeps hitting like this he’s going to move up and get back on the timeline that is expected for him……By the way, you’ve improved from years past on the games reports…..I just think of that fictitious radio broadcaster from ” Bull Durham ” when reading your updates…..Sound effects and all

  21. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Interest double header at Camden Yard today …

    O’s shut out Texas 5-0 in the opener, handing them their first loss of the year.

    Texas made up for it in the nitecap, tattooing O’s pitching for a touchdown, PAT, and 2 field goals.

  22. Bronx Jeers April 9th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Give us your tired, your toast,
    Your flabby masses yearning to pitch free,
    The wretched refuse of your waiver wires

    The more the merrier and the Yanks could end up needing them all.

  23. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    # Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    To the contrary, Nova did prove he could go through a lineup more than once in his first start.

    Hughes may or may not have some physical issue, but beyond that developing young starters requires patience, and it’s time the Yankees (and their fans) started showing some.

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    Easier said than done

  24. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Kevin Not That Kevin Brown April 9th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Come May 1st, here’s my prediction for the rotation: CC, AJ, Colon, Garcia and Millwood or Silva. And come June 1st, maybe Banuelos has snuck in there.

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    Hilarious!!!!!

    But that’s not what you were going for, is it?

  25. Kevin Not That Kevin Brown April 9th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Rich in NJ:

    I agree with you on the patience; that’s why I said as of May 1st: that gives each of them at least three more starts. Would that not feel like a fair sample? (Although let’s be honest: another start like yesterday for Hughes and even Girardi may not let him go much longer.)

    Disagree on Nova, however: while he did make it through the line-up more in his first start, he was in trouble for most of it. Given that he reverted to form today, my position is that his last start will prove to be an anomaly. But again, let’s wait and see where he is end of the month.

  26. Kevin Not That Kevin Brown April 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    AldotheApache:

    Sadly, you are correct, sir: not meant as a joke.

    But you know what? IF Millwood and Silva can find some semblance of themselves, as Colon and Garcia have done – so far – not to mention what’s going on here with Russell Martin, then that’s one hell of a road-tested, veteran rotation.

  27. m April 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    People were pointing and laughing at Cashman fir his offseason.

    So far, Chavez and Prior have managed to stay healthy. Chavez has contributed. Jones can still hit. Colon playing the white knight role. Freddie should be solid.

    Oh, and Martin’s career has been resurrected. He keeps this pace up, he’ll be an all-star. Again.

  28. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “Easier said than done”

    What isn’t?

    “Kevin Not That Kevin Brown ”

    How many great or very good starter in the history of MLB didn’t struggle for a while? Not many.

    Reverting to what form? A small sample of starts as he was reaching his innings limit last season? That means nothing.

    The Yankees tolerated AJ and Vazquez absolutely sucking for most of last season.

    The only way to have a viable rotation going forward is to grow their own.

    I hope they are smart enough to do that, because most of the fungible has-beens they have been signing are probably going to be worse than Nova and Hughes, and unlike Nova and Hughes, they have no chance to be better over time.

  29. G-C April 9th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    One of the most concerning thing about Boston’s pitching situation is that they are absolutely, unequivocally locked in to three guys (Beckett, Lackey, and Daisuke) who look pretty toast.

    At the very least, the Yankees have plenty of flexibility and can afford to use stopgaps before they turn to upper level prospects or a FA signing down the road.

    Boston is just jammed with those guys. If they don’t perform, its going to be very difficult for them to win not only this year, but in the next 2-3 years, without them having to make some very hard personnel decisions and potentially eat a lot of money.

  30. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Kevin Brown and who cares which one you are…..Did you not see today’s game ???? 2 routine catch and throws led to all the Boston runs …..Nova turned in a fine outing…..

  31. ron April 9th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    The rs rotation is in more trouble than ours.

    They have no pitchers ready in the minors & even if they did it takes a few years for a pitcher to settle in.

    The rs are also maxed out or very close to what they feel comfortable spending on payroll.

    Yes a lot of money is coming off the books but agone will cost 23 million a year,an increase of about 15 million,they have 3 very bad pitching contracts with lackey , becket,dice.

    I don’t think they have nearly the same options we have going forward.

    The rs rotation is in trouble,big time & i don’t see the 3 above ever being that good again.

    At least with us,cc is worth it,even burnett if he has a good year is worth most of his contract,the rest are not making that much.

  32. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Kevin Not That Kevin Brown April 9th, 2011 at 10:58 pm
    AldotheApache:

    Sadly, you are correct, sir: not meant as a joke.

    But you know what? IF Millwood and Silva can find some semblance of themselves, as Colon and Garcia have done – so far – not to mention what’s going on here with Russell Martin, then that’s one hell of a road-tested, veteran rotation.

    ——————-

    Kevin,

    veteran? Yes.

    Road tested? I wouldn’t go there with Silva. Well, he DOES look like he swallowed a radial tire.

    At least Colon has 95 MPH cheese, with movement. That’ll get it done.

    But Millwood and Silva? I don’t see it.

  33. jeffc_76 April 9th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Nova was pretty good (at least decent) in his first start. Today it was fairly obvious he was struggling right from the onset. He did a nice job (or got a little lucky) in the early going when he was stranding base runners. He just didn’t look like he could consistently hit his spots today and that’s a problem against a lineup like Boston’s. Anyway, it’s 2 starts – one pretty good and the other not so good but far from a disaster. He’s still a work in progress but it’s way too soon to be getting down on him. The fact is, he’s our 3rd best starter at the moment with Hughes in full meltdown.

  34. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Buchholz gave up 5 runs – I don’t see how that qualifies as a good or even a not bad performance

  35. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I’ve absolutely no problem with signing these types of pitchers – it can’t hurt.

  36. blake April 9th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Nova didn’t pitch nearly as bad as it would seem….tough park to pitch in and he was a turned double play away from going deep into the game. He’s going to be fine….really like what I’ve seen from him so far.

  37. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Phil is going to take a long time to fix even in terms of just his velocity, his life, everything- I agree with CB. If Colon replaces him, then we need another long man.

  38. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Rich in NJ…..Quality Prime time pitchers are not going to be hitting the open market as they once did as you well know……..Need to cultivate as many arms as possible with a few hitting the mark…..

  39. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    # Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “Easier said than done”

    What isn’t?

    “Kevin Not That Kevin Brown ”

    How many great or very good starter in the history of MLB didn’t struggle for a while? Not many.

    Reverting to what form? A small sample of starts as he was reaching his innings limit last season? That means nothing.

    The Yankees tolerated AJ and Vazquez absolutely sucking for most of last season.

    The only way to have a viable rotation going forward is to grow their own.

    I hope they are smart enough to do that, because most of the fungible has-beens they have been signing are probably going to be worse than Nova and Hughes, and unlike Nova and Hughes, they have no chance to be better over time.

    ————————————————

    I hope they are leaning more towards growing their own but I feel like the pressure to win will always push them to win now and forgo development.

  40. jeffc_76 April 9th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Also, let’s keep in mind that not every start for Nova is going to be on the road, in Fenway, in front of a packed house, on national TV, pitching to a stacked lefty heavy lineup. He’s a rookie, pitching in his second start of the year, with basically the most challenging assignment he’ll face all regular season, and he more than hung in there for 4 & 1/3. A couple breaks and 2 more outs, and he would have gotten the W too. So, I like what I see so far. I think he’s a solid middle of the rotation guy with upside.

  41. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Odds, that’s life in NY – or even Boston. The best are going to be given the most shots and some of the rest will be traded for needed pieces – and there’s nothing wrong with that. I think it’s pretty obvious that the Yankees care about growing their own pitchers, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.

  42. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Odds….I think the horror of the 2007 pitching staff still resonates in the Yankee Front Office……..They ran out of starters by mid-May

  43. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Pat

    No doubt.

    Against All Odds

    That’s the point though. The only way to win is to stay the course with their young, talented pitchers. As I alluded to above, staying the course with AJ and Vazquez last season almost prevented them from winning.

    I don’t understand why any Yankee fan would be disappointed with Nova so far, and the situation with Hughes has been so unforeseeable, that there is nothing they could have done to avoid it.

    If it continues, they may well make a trade, but unless there is a physical issue with Hughes, I suspect that he will right himself some time before May 1st.

  44. blake April 9th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Writing you all from the delivery room….Im hoping to be holding my new baby boy tomorrow night as I watch CC mow down the Sox :)

  45. SAS April 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    The Yankees aren’t going to run out of starters. Hughes is the only one I have any concern about. Nova has been fine. He can’t make plays for his fielders.

  46. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    # Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Odds, that’s life in NY – or even Boston. The best are going to be given the most shots and some of the rest will be traded for needed pieces – and there’s nothing wrong with that. I think it’s pretty obvious that the Yankees care about growing their own pitchers, but sometimes it doesn’t work out.

    ———————————————-

    Yea sometimes guys will get traded or get hurt. There will be moments when things just don’t work out but it feels like the Yankees patience is shorter than the fans. They are never going to give a guy 30 starts and watch him grow through some growing pains but it feels like when the going gets tough they get going.

  47. SAS April 9th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Blake,

    Congratulations! My boys are great as is my grandson and a half. Let him be happy and healthy. Now go back to your wife.

  48. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    # Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Odds….I think the horror of the 2007 pitching staff still resonates in the Yankee Front Office……..They ran out of starters by mid-May

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    I agree events of the past have a way of affecting their present and future.

  49. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Blake, congratulations! If Beckett wins, you’ll have to name him Josh!

  50. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Odds, I don’t know. I don’t love the way they’ve handled some of their kids, but you can not expect to give these guys years to develop – this is NY, not Seattle.

  51. Pat M. April 9th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I just thought about that poor kid they called up for the Sunday Night that spring, Chase Wright…..He wasn’t a bad prospect but I think they plucked out of AA Ball after he just pitched the year before in A Ball……He started out alright and he hung a 0-2 pitch and that was that…He’ll be in the record book for many years to come

  52. AldotheApache April 9th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Nova has done well so far. I expect he’ll continue to develop and get even better as the season progresses.

    Hughes will be ok.

    I think Colon will remain the long man/spot starter for the duration.

    Garcia may have the fifth spot for now, but they have Millwood and now Silva as ‘Plan B’s.’

  53. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    # Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Pat

    No doubt.

    Against All Odds

    That’s the point though. The only way to win is to stay the course with their young, talented pitchers. As I alluded to above, staying the course with AJ and Vazquez last season almost prevented them from winning.

    I don’t understand why any Yankee fan would be disappointed with Nova so far, and the situation with Hughes has been so unforeseeable, that there is nothing they could have done to avoid it.

    If it continues, they may well make a trade, but unless there is a physical issue with Hughes, I suspect that he will right himself some time before May 1st.

    ———————–

    Hopefully he can right himself because the Yankees need him now and going forward

  54. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    # Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Odds, I don’t know. I don’t love the way they’ve handled some of their kids, but you can not expect to give these guys years to develop – this is NY, not Seattle.

    ———————————-

    I don’t expect guys to get yrs to develop but they need to be given a certain amount of time. The Yankees are smart ppl they can’t expect these guys to just hit the ground running.

  55. m April 9th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Here’s O’Connor’s article on Russell Martin. Great story about Russell Jr. and Russell Sr.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=6318999

  56. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    What does “right himself” mean? That he pitches like last year? I really have a feeling we’re not going to see him for awhile; if his arm is basically dead, how is that going to be fixed in 1 start?

  57. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Best of luck to you and your wife, blake.

  58. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Odds, you’re referring to Joba…………….if not, who else are you referring to?

  59. m April 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    If they pitch Hughes his next turn, I hope to see some improvement in his command. Maybe we can try to fix one problem at a time.

  60. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    # Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Odds, you’re referring to Joba…………….if not, who else are you referring to?

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    Kennedy as well they basically drove him to the airport

  61. Rich in NJ April 9th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Joba’s FB today according Brooks Baseball’s Pitch FX

    Avg: 94.98
    Max: 96.2

  62. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Sorry, I don’t agree about Kennedy since we got Granderson; some of these kids are going to be traded – that’s life.

  63. jeffc_76 April 9th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Hughes scares me. Maybe he figures it out soon and a month from now nobody’s even talking about his awful start. But sometimes pitchers, even good ones, get off to bad starts and those turn into bad seasons. I remember it happening to Cone. And Mussina. Granted those guys were much older. Still, Hughes looks unbelievably bad right now and nobody seems to have a real answer for it. I just hope he turns it around.

  64. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    M, from what I heard from a friend, Phil’s command was all over the place and his breaking pitches, not just his FB, were lifeless. I think it’s asking almost the impossible for him to go from Friday’s performance to “good” or even “solid” esp. if he’s got some physical issue, like no arm strength

  65. LGY April 9th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Nova didn’t have his best stuff today from the start, but he was battling, limiting the damage, and generally bearing down and making good pitches when he really needed to.

    On days like that, especially against the Sox in Fenway you hope for a little luck with some of the hard hut balls hit at people and for the defense to help behind the pitcher.

    Unfortunately the D let Nova down, but they came swinging the bats to make up for it.

    Nova showed a lot of positives today that he can build on and at the end of the day the team got the W.

    This is life with young starters and so far Nova has shown he can be a solid piece of this rotation with a lot of potential.

  66. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Hughes first has to get his velocity back, then he needs to work on his breaking pitches……….that’s vital for him. However, first things first. I don’t want to see this kid sent out to the mound just to get lit up – his confidence will be shot to pieces.

  67. tyanksfan36 April 9th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Blake

    Congrats! Babies are seriously the best.

  68. m April 9th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    blake,

    Don’t let your wife catch you sneaking on here in the next 36 hours. She’ll never forgive you.

  69. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    # Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Sorry, I don’t agree about Kennedy since we got Granderson; some of these kids are going to be traded – that’s life.

    —————————————–

    I have no problem with the trade my problem is how he fell out of favor that quickly. He went from someone they were high on to someone they buried.

  70. LGY April 9th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Heading out but just want to say that’s awesome Blake and good luck.

    A little Carsten Charles on the way?

  71. Against All Odds April 9th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Good night guys

  72. m April 9th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I think blake should name the baby after Duke Kahanamoku!

  73. Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Odds, he kind of did it to himself………but if the trade didn’t come up, I’m sure he would have been given every chance. He was not looked at in the same way, for good reason, that Joba and Phil were.

  74. Bronx Jeers April 9th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    .Im hoping to be holding my new baby boy tomorrow night as I watch CC mow down the Sox

    ————————————————————————–

    It’s never to early to teach the fine art of Sox contempt.

  75. Bo knows April 9th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Nova’s three successive CBs to Salta made the afternoon for me. The kid was struggling from the get go and yet continued grinding it out. Pitching in that bandbox agaiinst quality hitting was top end. Boston’s 3, 4, 5 hitters went 1 for 14.

  76. m April 9th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Agonz is 2-for-9 in the series. Need to keep that up.

  77. Tarheel In NYC April 9th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    tyanks,

    I wanted to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your blog. I love the picture of you and Manny. You look really happy to be there, and Manny looks—-well, hunky! And he has a kind expression on his face as if he’s very glad to pose for a picture with you. Nice job all around :)

  78. Tarheel In NYC April 9th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Blake,

    Congrats to you and your wife on your Baby Bomber! :-D

  79. Pat M. April 10th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    blake…..Congrats my man…Get ready for the 4:00 feedings….

  80. blake April 10th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    “Blake, congratulations! If Beckett wins, you’ll have to name him Josh!”

    Wow Betsy….no way!

  81. Pat M. April 10th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Blake…that feeding comes with a diaper change as well

  82. m April 10th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    From the very few comments I read on Pete’s game thread (200 comments, no postgame thread from Pete), Crawford has been a “disappointment.” It’s been just over a week. Jeez.

    I kinda wished he had just gone quietly to Anaheim. ;)

  83. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Tarheel

    Thanks, I’ve enjoyed working on it. And yes, Manny does look hunky in the picture, he is really cute and sweet. He is described as humble and I really think he is, I don’t think he would turn anyone down who asked for a picture or autograph, just all around good guy and great pitcher of course.

  84. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Blake, I was kidding, lol…………..

  85. blake April 10th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I was kicked out so they could do the epidural….gonna be a long night. Thanks everyone for the congrats!

  86. m April 10th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Don’t lie, you bowed out! Bet you don’t like needles. ;)

  87. CB April 10th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Blake,

    Congrats! Very happy for you and your family.

    I hear Jesus is both an excellent and becoming name for a baby boy and future yankee.

  88. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Mo seems like a good name to me

  89. m April 10th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Whatever it is, make sure that it’s one that will sound good when Girardi gets a hold of it. ;)

  90. blake April 10th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thanks again everyone. Gotta run.

  91. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I know folks talked about long-tossing for Phil, but there’s this:

    http://www.northjersey.com/spo.....ughes.html

    The Yankees tried a long-tossing regimen this week, on the assumption that instead of being worn out, Hughes simply isn’t strong enough. Throwing long, lazy arcs in the outfield can indeed build up a pitcher’s arm, and is one of the oldest, safest remedies around. But it hasn’t helped Hughes so far, deepening suspicion that he’s hurt, even though the Yankees deny it.

    *******

    How long do you have to long-toss for it to have an effect?

  92. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    M, – baby – it’s perfect for Joe, lol. Sorry, maybe it’s Babie

  93. m April 10th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    How about Babe? :)

  94. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Blake, you know that soon you’ll be alone with the baby. I suggest that you invest with a pressure washer, because that’s no job for a man. Take you and baby outside, hang him up on the clothes line and turn the pressure hose on him. trust me….it’s the only way.

  95. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I don’t think so, that goes against everything Joe believes in….Bab-ie works, lol. The key is to have a nickname before Joe gets his hands on you, lol…….Tex is Tex, see?

  96. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Congrats, Blake. The hard part is over and your work is done.

  97. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Betsy

    Im already an -ie so Joe wouldnt be able to change my name.

  98. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Perfect name? Jesus Manny LoHud Blake (or your last name)

  99. Betsy April 10th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    TYanks, lol – lucky you – and me, too!

  100. Pat M. April 10th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Betsy…Long toss is a something a pitcher does before every day he’s going to pitch, whether it’s a side session between starts and on game days…..It not only stretches out the arm it builds strength as well….However it takes more than a few times before you actually start reaping the benefits….I just can’t believe that this ceased under Eiland’s watch as reported…..

  101. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    tyanksfannie? That’s your name?

  102. kd April 10th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    blake, congrats!

    enjoy the delivery room. my guess is that a lot of your yankee viewing will be via dvr

  103. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Eiland stopped the long toss for pitchers? That’s as stupid as the two idiot trainers stopping the use of the bands for stretching before games.

  104. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 12:40 am

    GB

    haha, thank goodness no. I am thinking of changing my 36 to another number but I haven’t decided yet. the new 36 on the Tampa Yankees is Michael Solbach and I don’t trust pitchers. I’ll give them a couple weeks to come up with a favorite and maybe think about changing it, though I probably wont because Ill just confuse myself.
    Did you see my picture with Manny?

  105. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Rasmus just dropped a easy long fly ball for a loss. Hit in the center of his glove and dropped to the ground. LaRussa is going to explode. He’d look good in pinstripes…getting him away from LaRussa. He wasn’t still running….he had stopped to catch it.

  106. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    The real heartbreaker is that it was Rasmus’ solo homer in the 7th that gave the Cards the 2-1 lead.

    Pujols is hitting .167 with 1 homer and 4 RBI

  107. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Haven’t seen you and Manny’s pix, TY. can’t seem to get into it.

  108. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I linked it back up this morning, It should work.

  109. Pat M. April 10th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I’m kicking myself in the rear end that I didn’t place a higher value on both The BoSox and Tampa on the unders…..Matt Kemp is such an amazing athlete

  110. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Great pix and game write-ups, TY. Thank you for sharing. Do they sell the Yankee Magazine and yearbook at GSM Stadium?

  111. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 1:25 am

    GB

    I think they do in the Administration lobby. I only saw the Yankees Magazine down there, not a yearbook though.

  112. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    OK, thanks, TY. I need to locate a site or address to get the yearbook and subscribe to the magazine.

  113. GreenBeret7 April 10th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    WOW!!! The Angels lead off yje 13th with hits by Abreu and Hunter with Abreu going to thirs (no outs). Wells hits a short fly to left with Snyder making a sliding catch. Hunter went to 2nd and never moved and was doubled off of first. Callaspo was walked, tried to steal 2nd. He stopped short and started going back to 1st, Abreu thrown out at home by a lot. 11th and 13th innings, Angels had runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out and never scored. Ugly, ugly base running

  114. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Good morning.

    Blake-

    Sorry I wasn’t around last evening.

    Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your new
    son x—-x (since we don’t know his name yet).

    :)

  115. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Rich-

    I don’t know if you’re around but one of your comments about Joba
    seemed to draw little interest.

    I’m glad someone else took note of just how great he looked yesterday.

    Not only was the FB explosive but the slider looked like the old version too.

    I am beginning to wonder if Cone was right in his assessment of how long it takes to fully recover from shoulder tendonitis.

    Maybe Joba is 100% healthy again and that accounts for some of the difference ?

    Anyway, it wasn’t lost on me either.

    ;)

  116. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    A few other random thoughts.

    1 Chavez looks great and may turn out to be a great pick up.

    2 Martin looks like he may be returning to All Star form.

  117. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    MTU

    You know its not a good sign when you start talking to yourself.

  118. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    TY-

    Yes I do. Seems to only happen early in the morning so far.

    Let me know if you run across the fountain of youth down there in Fla.

    When does “The prodigy” pitch ?

    I imagine that our mutual friend is heavy into the anti-acids early in the season. Poor guy.

    :)

  119. Abe Peterham April 10th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Arubian Sir Sidney Ponson still around?

  120. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    MTU

    I’m not sure when he pitches again, monday I think.

    Yeah I would assume he does, must be all the tomatoes.

  121. MaineYankee April 10th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    MTU

    It looked like Joba was pitching rather than throwing.

    Also his slider wasn’t as predictable as before.

    He seems to have his swagger back.

  122. Abe Peterham April 10th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Jeremy Bonderman around,
    His inflated salary and 6 era not welcome I guess ..

  123. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    TY-

    As you know I am looking for big things out of him this season.

    My only hope is that he stays healthy all season and gets his innings so he’ll be ready for next season in the bigs as our #5.

    By the way, does he understand and speak our language ?

    He may not be a big kid but he looks strong and solidly built in your photo.

    I envy you getting to meet him in person. I hope his family troubles
    are behind him now.

    :)

  124. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    MY-

    He just looked terrific. As good as I have seen him in years.

    It’s early. He may only get better. I hope he does because he can be one hell of a weapon.

    He was nearly unhittable yesterday. Gotta love it.

    :)

  125. tyanksfan36 April 10th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    MTU

    He sure sounded confident about his abilities and where he want to end the year. He is big and built, they make him out to be this diminutive pitcher but he is really built. I am only 5’6 so he seemed tall to me.

    I was excited to meet him and get to talk/listen to their conversation, I was telling Doreen that I was more nervous about asking him for a picture than I was about telling him that I watched all his spring training starts and that I know he will move up fast because he is so good.

    He does understand and speak English well, he got hung up on a few words but besides that his conversational English is good, he was easy to understand.

  126. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    TY-

    Outstanding.

    Thank you for sharing the info.

    :)

  127. Against All Odds April 10th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    # Betsy April 9th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Odds, he kind of did it to himself………but if the trade didn’t come up, I’m sure he would have been given every chance. He was not looked at in the same way, for good reason, that Joba and Phil were.

    ——————————————————-

    Can’t argue with that

  128. MTU April 10th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    New thread ==>


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