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Call-ups add depth

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Rosters expand today, and the Yankees seem prepared to add four players, most of whom simply add depth to areas that are a little thin right now.

Jesus Montero
Easily the most discussed of the September call-ups, Montero is the Yankees top hitting prospect, and he’s the one call-up who could conceivably play his way into fairly steady playing time. Joe Girardi’s made it clear that he doesn’t plan to catch Montero regularly, but he’ll get chances to hit as a DH.

Chris Dickerson
The Yankees fifth outfielder for much of the season, Dickerson returns to that familiar role. As it is, the team has been using Andruw Jones at DH against lefties, leaving the Yankees without a true backup outfielder on those days. That seems to be Dickerson’s role: Defense, speed and insurance. He could be a strong platoon option, if this outfielder weren’t so left-heavy as it is.

Brandon Laird
Primarily a third baseman — though he can play all four corners — Laird obviously gives the Yankees infield some additional depth while Alex Rodriguez is banged up and Derek Jeter has just returned from a mild knee injury. How much longer before Ramiro Pena joins the mix as well?

Scott Proctor
Easily the biggest surprise of the reported call-ups, Proctor gives the Yankees a seventh reliever for a bullpen that had been a man short for a few days. He was signed to a minor league deal not so long ago, and pitched in the majors with Atlanta earlier this year. I’m a bit surprised the Yankees didn’t call up a true long man — Lance Pendleton would have been an easy addition — but maybe they’re just going to wait until Hector Noesi can be recalled.

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219 Responses to “Call-ups add depth”

  1. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    How bout Golson or Mesa?
    A lefty for the pen, if we have one?
    Long man until Noesi is allowed to return?

  2. Warning Track Power September 1st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’ll guess the line-up:

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Granderson CF
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Jones LF
    Montero DH
    Martin C
    Nunez 3B

  3. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Surprised Noesi wasn’t brought back up.

  4. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    According to Sherman, the Jesus Montero will be grabbing a share of Brett Gardner’s AB’s. It seems the Yankees rookie will be given a wide open opportunity to DH full-time vs. lefties. Andruw Jones would play LF in those games in place of Gardner who would be relegated to platoon status. If Montero produces against lefties, Gardner would start against righties only and come off the bench as a 4th OF, either to replace Jones in LF in the late innings or as a pinch runner. The Yankees are seriously railroading Montero as a potential weapon in the playoffs.

    Very intriguing….

    Montero posted an OPS above 1.000 against southpaws in AAA.

  5. Warning Track Power September 1st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Chase-
    Noesi is not eligible to be called up just yet.

  6. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    uis September 1st, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    LGY,

    I predicted that he will hit 3-5 with two homers!!, then SoS said that he is going to have 5 hits in three at bast, i haven’t figure that one out!!, LOL

  7. blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Noesi isn’t eligible and he pitched last night…..he’ll be back up shortly

  8. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Pendleton is an undertaker.

  9. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Maybe they’ll call up Lance Pendleton when they get back to YS Friday, where there’s more room to seat everyone on the bench, and where the showers actually work!

  10. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Alright, thanks!

  11. blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Gardner just hasn’t hit lately…..id love for him to be an everyday guy because of his defense and speed on the bases……but especially at Fenway Andrew makes a lot more sense vs LHP.

  12. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Noesi is eligible to come back the 6th I believe-10 day stay in minors before they can be recalled.

  13. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Chad, any word on who was released or DFA’d to bring Montero and Proctor onto the 40 man roster?

  14. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    the Jesus Montero

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

    Are we supposed to add “the” to his name? Is this like a “The Batman” situation???

  15. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Absolutely no question that Jones should be in LF. He’s been absolutely raking lately and Gardner needs at least a day off.

    Can always use Gardner as defensive replacement later in the game.

  16. Mell September 1st, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Romero and Cecil throwing for the Jays this weekend. Montero is going to get a good look. Lester and Romero are tough customers to start with.

  17. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    # Mell September 1st, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Really surprised that the Yanks are starting Montero in that snake pit for his first game

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

    If they’re giving him a shot at earning a spot on the playoff roster, may as well start him off in a semi-playoff atmosphere.
    # yankeefeminista September 1st, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    :arrow:
    # mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    he needs a taste of fenway…don’t want the alcs to be his 1st exposure

  18. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Fenway’s LF is very doable for Andruw Jones…and Gardner will definitely pinch run late if Jones gets on base and upgrade the defense in LF late in those games.

    The intriguing thing here is the Yankees are leaning heavily on Montero’s bat while really downplaying his glove. If Montero can rake as the DH, he has an open spot next year when Posada retires or signs with the Mariners.

  19. Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Even though tonight will be a crazy atmosphere I am sure the Yanks want to get Montero’s feet wet on the road before he plays at home this weekend. The Jays and Orioles are each pitching 2 lefties so he will see some playing time coming up at YS.

  20. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    What is Jesus #???

  21. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Jack Curry:

    Montero will be starting DH vs Lester. As @JoelSherman1 first reported, Montero will be given chance to have significant role going forward

    Hallelujah! :)

  22. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    The Yankees aren’t “really downplaying his glove”.

  23. Nick in SF September 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Taste of Fenway?

    Then he’ll need a taste of penicillin.

  24. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    What is Jesus #???

    ——-

    The 1!!, jk

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Andruw won how many GGs? He’ll be fine in Fenway’s little left field.

    We can load up on right-handed power in that dump and potentially not have to hang our fortunes on one or two stellar defensive plays, one of the great virtues of having real slugging in the lineup for a change…Gardner can pinch run, make some plays in the field in the later innings…

  26. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    is jesus #21, his age?

  27. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    According to Sherman, 5 out of the next 8 opposing starting pitchers are lefties. Montero is definitely getting his fair shot here. The Post mentioned how the Rangers bolstered their bullpen with pitchers who are all tough on lefties…Adams, Uehera, Mike Gonzalez. Of course the Rangers have CJ Wilson and Derek Holland while the Sox have Lester.

    It’s go time for the Jesus.

  28. Mell September 1st, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    The Yankees aren’t “really downplaying his glove”.

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

    Aren’t leaning heavily on his bat either.

  29. icebird753 September 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    STARTING LINEUPS
    bos
    nyy
    BOS lineup: TBA

    * 1. Gardner, LF
    * 2. Jeter, SS
    * 3. Granderson, CF

    * 4. Teixeira, 1B
    * 5. Cano, 2B
    * 6. Swisher, RF

    * 7. Chavez, DH
    * 8. Nunez, 3B
    * 9. Cervelli, C

    ^^^That’s what the Yankees lineup reads on NYY, BOS sites. Mistake perhaps?

  30. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    # Nick in SF September 1st, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Taste of Fenway?

    Then he’ll need a taste of penicillin.
    ======================
    I like. :)

  31. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Hallelujah!

    ——

    AMEN, and now the chorus!!

  32. Pat M. September 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    GB……These are the players you said last night that would be called up……Good call !!! Laird is the third kid from La Quinta HS in Huntington Beach to be in the show…He joins Ian Kennedy and Ian Stewart……Black Bikinis today GB !!!!

  33. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    The idiots in the stands and on the blogs will have plenty of chances to boo and trash Montero when he doesn’t live up to your expectations.

  34. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    But if our best players don’t start playing their best, why does any of this matter for this season?

  35. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Black Bikinis today GB !!!!
    ================
    Never au natural?

  36. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    The Rangers added lefty Mike Gonzalez to prepare for Boston this weekend and for the great lefties they’ll face in the postseason.

    I really wish the Yankees would trade for a lefty pitcher who has cleared waivers.
    Tom Gorzellany of the Nats has been working out of the bullpen lately and since 8/19 facing the Phillies, Reds and Braves in 5 appearances has pitched 6.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, 6 SO, 9 groundballs, 7 flyouts.

    Might be worth a shot both in the bullpen and as a spot starter. If he does well they can use the “loophole” and add him to the postseason roster.

    Anyone else?

    Thoughts?

  37. Mell September 1st, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    ^^^That’s what the Yankees lineup reads on NYY, BOS sites. Mistake perhaps?

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

    Looks like last night’s lineup. Probably not yet updated w/ tonight’s lineup yet.

  38. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    If Montero earns the right to start against lefties as DH in the playoffs, they are indeed leaning heavily on his bat.

  39. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    icebird753 September 1st, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    __

    this was yesterday….

  40. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    YT

    Could be theyre asking too much.

  41. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    The Rangers added lefty Mike Gonzalez to prepare for Boston this weekend and for the great lefties they’ll face in the postseason.

    I really wish the Yankees would trade for a lefty pitcher who has cleared waivers.
    Tom Gorzellany of the Nats has been working out of the bullpen lately and since 8/19 facing the Phillies, Reds and Braves in 5 appearances has pitched 6.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 BB, 6 SO, 9 groundballs, 7 flyouts.

    Might be worth a shot both in the bullpen and as a spot starter. If he does well they can use the “loophole” and add him to the postseason roster.

    Anyone else?

    Thoughts?

    ___

    Yes. There is no doubt we need a second lefty. Yankees had interest in Tom G in the past i think… Can make a deal with the Nats without giving up anything significant..

  42. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    So Montero’s bat is ready now but wasn’t ready 2 months ago?

  43. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    GB7,

    True, but it still fun and i ám personally very happy that he has been called up, is he going to struggle….you bet. But i think this is the first impact player the Yankees have produced in a while, besides it’s my chance to root for a fellow countryman.

  44. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Black Bikinis today GB !!!!
    ——————–

    PatM-

    Isn’t it Black’s Beach in San Diego where they do go au natural?

  45. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Montero’s numbers are much better now than they were two months ago, plus now they dont have to make that move to cut Posada.

  46. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    noesi cannot come up to the 5th or 6th.

    why no warren or phelps? they can come in after aj or hughes blow up early in the game and allow girardi not to have to stick with a starter getting pummeled????

  47. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Plus Jones looks prime for LF duties against lefties while Gardner has stunk it up against lefties. Montero is potentially an upgrade over Brett Gardner at this point.

  48. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I give Jesus #21…..in honor of Paullie!

  49. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I think there is someone perched on the CITGO sign outside Fenway feeding them our pitchers’ signs…that’s the only thing that can explain how much more they’ve dented the monster than we have this year

  50. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    You all are placing way too much pressure on Montero.

    3 for 5 with 2 HRs?? that is epically idiotic.

    He’ll be lucky if he goes 1 for 5 with a single.

    Give him some time to get his bearings straight and, once again, stop over-hyping prospects.

    Its great to be excited, but be reasonable.

  51. Mell September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    YT:

    Saw your “cleared waivers” list from earlier today. Pretty ugly list, but Bill Bray might be sort of interesting. Lefties hittin’ .192 against him this year. Can’t be terribly expensive.

  52. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Pat M., I not talking to you anymore…..unless you can prove that these aren’t just you imagination. I want pix posted using high powered lenses.

    Hope all is going well out there and no serious drought issues.

    Were you surprised that others were not called up on the 40 man, o do you expect more than Noesi next week? Kennedy has been a big sensation, huh? That’s quite a season he’s having. Hated to lose him, but, Granderson has been the team MVP this year. Hopefully, he can work with long to cut down on the strikeouts and boost the average next year. He’s going to get quite a raise by next season. I’d say to lock him and Swisher up now. Swisher is also a huge turn-aroubd from earlier. I never thought that he’d push 25 homers, 90 RBI and a .275 average after that start.

  53. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    ac1,

    This move should have been made at the expense of Cervelli, it made sense at the time….Martin needs someone to spare him, he can’t catch that many games if we want him to be fresh

  54. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    why no warren or phelps? they can come in after aj or hughes blow up early in the game and allow girardi not to have to stick with a starter getting pummeled????

    ============
    They got Proctor for that.

  55. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    playing left field in fenway is the easiest in baseball. basically you are playing 50 feet behind the shortstop ………….

  56. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    warren and phelps are potential long term contributors proctor is not. just wondering…

  57. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Luis-

    Wasn’t Andres Gallaraga, one of the best hitters to play in the majors, from Venezuela?

  58. Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I wonder if Sterling is at the Fenway dump now praticing his Montero homerun call

    Jesus monsters one out of here……

  59. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    warren and phelps are potential long term contributors
    ===========
    Have they ever pitched out of the pen?

  60. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Mad Prince,

    Nobody is expecting To Montero rake from the start, in my case i’m just having fun. 1-5 seems reasonable.

  61. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I wonder if Sterling is at the Fenway dump now praticing his Montero homerun call

    Jesus monsters one out of here……
    ======================
    Jesus saves the Day!

  62. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:22 pm
    Black Bikinis today GB !!!!
    ——————–

    PatM-

    Isn’t it Black’s Beach in San Diego where they do go au natural?

    Yup. Been there, done that. :mrgreen:

  63. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I shot over the Green Monster would be fitting for the Jesus’ first ML hit.

  64. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    edit: “a” shot.

    :lol:

  65. Warning Track Power September 1st, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    I wonder if Sterling is at the Fenway dump now praticing his Montero homerun call

    Jesus monsters one out of here……
    ======================
    Jesus saves the Day!
    ******************************************
    Mick-
    I think this home run call should include some latin flavor. How about this?

    Jesus-Dios Mio!!!!

  66. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:28 pm
    I wonder if Sterling is at the Fenway dump now praticing his Montero homerun call

    Jesus monsters one out of here??

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

    That’s not bad.

    Who was it last year that one of the calls he used was “____ helped the Yankees win”? That has to go down as one of his worst ever. :lol:

  67. blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Nobody is expecting Montero to save the day…..we just want to see what he can do and if he can help. There is nothing wrong with hoping he can make an impact while knowing that he may not be able to

  68. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    jesus needs some patience from the fandom.

    40 + ab’s etc…. he is a legit hitting prospect but give him time

  69. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Bret,

    Don’t get your hopes up. Be reasonable. As cool as that would be, I’d take a single that bounces off Lester’s forehead (with no permanent damage, of course).

  70. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    blake–Why not be excited? as long as its not a letdown if he doesn’t live up to expectations

  71. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    YT,

    Yes he was, he also played for my local team “leones del Caracas”, which is the equivalent to the yankees in Venezuela….in fact if you think the yankees-red sox rivalry is something, you have to go to a Caracas-magallanes game!!, thats why most of the players that come from those teams performe so well in the bigs, they are used to the loud and tense enviroments.By the way Abreu played for Caracas too as well as Vizquel

  72. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    if they thought Proctor’s fastball was flat before, wait til they get a load of him in the 3rd inning tonite…someone is going to get hurt out there

  73. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    ppl have been pining for jesus for months and now they have to temper their feelings?
    live a little…

  74. blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Hey-Zeus…..god of thunder sends a lightning bolt into the LF stands.

  75. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Mell-

    Bill Bray looks like he can get both lefties and righties out. Arb eligible. Might be worth it!! ERA 2.83 WHIP 1.11 only gave up 1 homer this year.

    Why wasn’t he claimed??

  76. Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    When Cano came up he started off 2-23, so let’s be patient with the Jesus.

  77. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Wall Street Journal chimes in on AJ

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....05686.html

  78. blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Mick,

    I am excited….I was speaking to those criticizing people for being excited. Its ok tor be hopeful that Montero will make an impact…..

  79. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    If the Jesus does not draw comparisons to Albert Pujols by his second ML at-bat, then he is a considerable bust. Bust city. :lol:

  80. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I know you know your stuff Blake. :)

  81. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    When Cano came up he started off 2-23, so let’s be patient with the Jesus.

    *********

    I remember that…

    I also remember that I never doubted Robinson Cano for a second during that opening stretch of his career. Swing too sweet.

  82. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    blake.

    #21 for Jesus?

  83. Warning Track Power September 1st, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    When Cano came up he started off 2-23, so let’s be patient with the Jesus.
    **************************************************************
    Good bit of news you shared. So true! I’m sure people on this board would have been asking for Cano to be released after starting out so slow. Good thing Cashman does not listen to
    this board, LOL!!!

  84. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    cano came up with no fanfare.

  85. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    blake September 1st, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    Nobody is expecting Montero to save the day…..
    ————————————

    Here he comes to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!!

    Sorry Blake- Couldn’t resist. I’m showing my age!!

    GB- 1st cartoon you watched growing up?

  86. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    “The Messiah beats the devil out of that pitch.”

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    YT,

    Yes he was, he also played for my local team “leones del Caracas”, which is the equivalent to the yankees in Venezuela….in fact if you think the yankees-red sox rivalry is something, you have to go to a Caracas-magallanes game!!, thats why most of the players that come from those teams performe so well in the bigs, they are used to the loud and tense enviroments.By the way Abreu played for Caracas too as well as Vizquel
    ///

    luis, thanks for giving us the local color! Very cool info. I have always greatly admired Abreu…he has been a vastly under rated hitter, IMO. One of the best batting eye’s we’ve had here, to be sure, and what a nice, easy stroke he has…

  88. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    You know the funny thing about Galarraga?, the very first time he went to the plate everybody at the stadium said: Who is the fat boy with the glasses?!!, then he hit a monster homerun to CF about 450 feet….Unfortuantely Don Baylor came too late in his career, otherwise he would have been in the HOF

  89. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Trader, not sure if it was a Disney or something like Heckle And Jeckle.

  90. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    cano came up with no fanfare.

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

    Which was probably a very good thing

  91. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Brian Cashman originally offered Soriano plus the Rangers choice of Joaquin Arias or Robinson Cano for Alex Rodriguez.

    The Rangers got that one wrong.

  92. Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Tex took the Yankees $$$ – he had a chance to sign with an NL team and chose the $$$. If he’s so tired after a few hours, perhaps he’d like to be removed from the game.

    As to tonight, I’m not expecting much from AJ, but if he’s less than terrible, he’ll be the 5th starter. So be it……he won’t be starting in the playoffs anyway

  93. pat September 1st, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Sam Ryan added to MLB Network. The next Hazel Mae?

  94. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    cano came up with no fanfare.

    Depends who you talk to. People that had seen Cano were really excited and hyped when he got the call. Those that didn’t were just glad Womack got benched

  95. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Jap,

    My pleasure, by the way Montero played for Magallanes my local team rival, so believe me he is going to be a star.

  96. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    YT,

    Yes he was, he also played for my local team “leones del Caracas”, which is the equivalent to the yankees in Venezuela….in fact if you think the yankees-red sox rivalry is something, you have to go to a Caracas-magallanes game!!, thats why most of the players that come from those teams performe so well in the bigs, they are used to the loud and tense enviroments.By the way Abreu played for Caracas too as well as Vizquel
    ________________________________________________

    Not to mention inter alia HOF Luis Aparicio, “Vitico” Vic Davalillo and Tony Armas.

    Way to go Luis, say it with pride!

  97. Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    So true! I’m sure people on this board would have been asking for Cano to be released after starting out so slow.
    ————-

    When Cano came up I remember Torre told him just play good defense don’t worry about your offense lol

    He was also replacing Tony Womack so all he had to do was show a pulse and he would be ok.

  98. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 1st, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Its fine to be excited, no one is telling anyone not to be. I’m simply urging people to be reasonable, stop calling the guy names like The Messiah, etc.

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that Montero doesn’t pay attention to the fanfare and pressure.

  99. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Luis-

    Who’s considered the greatest ballplayer to come out of Venezuela?
    Luis Aparicio?

  100. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    This is the most anticipated arrival since The Three Wise Men (GB7, Pat M. and Trader) followed a bright star shining over a little town in Venezuela.

  101. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    what about Brackman as a call up? his overall season has been horrible, but he has been real good for a while…

  102. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes September 1st, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Yankee Trader,

    Isn’t King Felix from Venezuela? And Miguel Cabrera?

    I’d guess either of those guys will be considered the best pitcher and hitter after they’ve retired.

  103. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    venezuela has man very good players. krod is from there also…

  104. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Its fine to be excited, no one is telling anyone not to be. I’m simply urging people to be reasonable, stop calling the guy names like The Messiah, etc.
    =============================
    Tell that to 50k strong at the Stadium his 1st AB tomorrow.

  105. luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Off course i do!!, by the way Davalillo and Armas both played for Caracas as well, the former( Davalillo) the best player i have ever seen in my life, it’s a shame that he drank so much, otherwise he should have been in the hall as well. Aparicio played for Aguilas del Zulia locally and opened the doors for the locals in the states.

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Jap,

    My pleasure, by the way Montero played for Magallanes my local team rival, so believe me he is going to be a star.
    ///

    That’s neat, luis. No need to sell me on Montero, I have seen the Lord for myself (in Trenton) and I am already a believer ;).

  107. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Why has David Concepcion been almost forgotten, even by his fellow countrymen. He has to rate right there with Aparicio as one of the best to come out of Venezuela and never got close to HOF election. I would have taken him over Smith as a shortstop on my team.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Yup, Felix is. There was a great docu on the King and his celebrity there…

  109. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 1:44 pm
    Tex took the Yankees $$$ – he had a chance to sign with an NL team and chose the $$$.
    ——————————————-
    I believe that NL team was the Nats who came in @ 8/160M
    Red Sox 8/168M
    NYY 8/180M

    “Show me the Money!”

  110. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Tony Womack pre-Cano: .282/.330/.329

    Posada pre-Montero: .239/.317/.398

  111. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Aparicio was great, Davalillo a p/t player.

  112. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    But who Montero start tomorrow vs. a righty (Morrow)?

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm
    luis September 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Jap,

    My pleasure, by the way Montero played for Magallanes my local team rival, so believe me he is going to be a star.
    ///

    That’s neat, luis. No need to sell me on Montero, I have seen the Lord for myself (in Trenton) and I am already a believer .
    ______
    Non-believers will be born again. ;)

  113. yankeefeminista September 1st, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    *will* Montero start… I meant

  114. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    This is the most anticipated arrival since The Three Wise Men (GB7, Pat M. and Trader) followed a bright star shining over a little town in Venezuela.
    ——————————
    Thanks for the compliment but I truly am not a sage! LOL
    That was a compliment, wasn’t it?? LOL

  115. UnKnown September 1st, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I think Mark Tex. should stop worrying and going all Joe West on how long the games are against the Sux, and actually drive in a run once in awhile.

  116. mick September 1st, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    WILL JESUS GET TO KEEP PAULLIE’S # 21?

    Sorry to shout but asked a few times already..

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Non-believers will be born again.
    ///

    Yankefem, lol! Did Irene sweep Donnie Collins away in a current or something?

    I checked the blog today and he’s still got that Eric Duncan post up :(. I would think he’ll have a farewell to Jesus entry at some point….also, want to see how they configure the Bs next starts, who starts first…

  118. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    It isn’t retired, Mick, and besides, he’s a potential stud mid-order bat, not a sucky middle reliever ;)

  119. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I agree JAP….he can have that # and I hope he gets it….

  120. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Yankee trader,

    Aparicio is in the hall, so he is very well respected, and was considered the best for a long time… but in my opinion Davalillo was the best of all, the first time i saw him play i was 6 or 7 years old, he started in CF, then move to first and pitched the ninth inning to close it out, he went 3-5 and he had a mid 90 fast ball, he has the record of most hits locally ( 1590 ) and the highest life time batting average ( 325 ) he batted 400 twice.

    mad prince,

    yes the king is the best pitcher we have ever have, but Miguel Cabrera might be the best baseball player so far….i just don’t like him as a person, i met him once and he refused to sign an authograph to my nieces and nephews because they were fans of the rival team.

  121. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    It would be nice, since it’s also his age :)

  122. WyoYankee September 1st, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Lance Pendleton will be in Fenway Park tonight.

  123. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    This is the most anticipated arrival since The Three Wise Men (GB7, Pat M. and Trader) followed a bright star shining over a little town in Venezuela.
    ——————————
    Thanks for the compliment but I truly am not a sage! LOL
    That was a compliment, wasn’t it?? LOL

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    It was. Of course, if I had lumped you with a couple of well known trouble makers and jackasses, you would have the right to shoot my on sight. I think we’re more sagebrush than sage.

  124. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Soriano wears Catfish #29
    Martin #55 Matsui
    Montero #21

  125. Howard September 1st, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I wonder if he struggles this week it’s because he’s bored?

  126. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Luis

    Spot on. All the great Venezuelan shortstops have held Aparicio as their idol. He was definitely the trailblazer for players to the “Grandes Ligas”.

    Once had a baseball signed by Davalillo and most of the ’61-62 (’62-63?) Leones Championship team.

  127. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    luis, that was rather petty of miggy…

  128. upstate kate September 1st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Mick
    you have been asking that question for days. Are you trying to stir up the # controversy again? ONeill’s # is not going to be retired.

  129. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Montero will likely get a linebacker or offensive lineman number.

    If he performs, he’ll probably get a number that will stick long term when Spring Training begins.

  130. UnKnown September 1st, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Give Jesus number 96 so he feels like he is down in Tampa and can be nice and relaxed and hopefully rake.

  131. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    GB7,

    Not me!!, i always thought that he was the best SS of his generation, the problem with him is that he played in the Big red Machine of the 70′s, so he was very under appreciated, pretty much like Posada is with the Yankees

  132. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I think we’re more sagebrush than sage.
    ——————–
    GB-

    It’s great to be a Yankee fan with a good sense of humor!!!

  133. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Montero will likely get a linebacker or offensive lineman number.
    ==========================
    Yathink?
    If he wants it , he gets it….if it means that much to him Yanks will certainly appease him.

  134. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    over under on tex popups tonight? he usually does it less often batting righty so I say 1 popup for tex tonight only…

  135. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Howard,

    Will you be be rooting against Montero as well?

  136. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Let’s not get too excited about the Prodigy as he might disappoint us and cause a hubbub on the blog..

  137. PittsburghYankeeFan September 1st, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Proctor? Wow..is his arm still attached to his body? Didn’t he leave it in LA? Isn’t it attached to Joe Torre’s body like a pendant?

    So they win or lose tonight…no biggie. Expect a total meltdown from AJ–nothing new. However, first place will come down to the 3 game set in YS at the end of the month–watch those Rays, as well as Texas playing Boston next week. The O’s are playing a bit better lately as well, and always play Boston tough.

    Noesi will come up when he can, after Labor Day.

  138. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    You must be Venezuelan!!, wow that was way before my time, the first Loenes championship team i saw was the 72-73….well that i remember!! lol

  139. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Tex, Swish, Montero, Andruw…we can really pack a wallop with the power righties tonight…

  140. blake September 1st, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Maybe the Yanks wanted Montero’s first game to be in a place where the surroundings were familiar…..like the crowded, cramped, crappy, minor league like locker room at Fenway.

    Mick, #21 would be cool with me…..maybe some of the fight will be transferred with the number.

  141. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Scott Proctor?

  142. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Personally I don’t know why this blog isn’t exploding (Jerkface) with Jesus Love….it’s all we’ve heard about from certain parties for the past 4 months

  143. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    LGY, didn’t you see the sign next to the pond?

  144. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    make that 5 months…

  145. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I was looking up where Zoilo Versalles was from[Cuba] and came up with the 1961 Twins roster:

    http://twinscards.com/viewrost.....?Year=1961

    Harmon Killebrew-Right up there in strength with the Mick.
    Camilio Pascual- one of the best curveballs in baseball
    Billy Martin-Didn’t realize he was there.

  146. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Where is the majority of fan-focus tonight? On AJ Burnett or the debut of the preordained “King of NY”?

    Will the focus on the Jesus take the spotlight off Burnett somewhat?

    I love that Jesus’ first ML AB will come against Jon Lester. If that isn’t a challenging enough assignment, I don’t know what is.

  147. Howard September 1st, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Howard,

    Will you be be rooting against Montero as well?

    ________

    No. I think this is a mistake, however.

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    How much more explosive need we be, mick?

    No need for outcry to bring him up, he’s here :D.

  149. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    JAP,

    Unfortunately yes….he is a moron, most of them are…except Abreu, Galarraga, Vizquel, Felix is very nice, Cervi and Montero is a very leveled headed kid

  150. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This is the closest y’all will be to seeing Jesus, altho some have professed to see him at local supermarkets…

  151. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Give Montero 99 for all I care. But I would not be upset if he got 21. Hopefully he never sees the minor leagues again.

  152. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Mick,

    I too expected to see more romance explosions (to quote the great Borat) over Jesus Montero. Maybe they’re “out of bullets” so to speak? The Biology of Human Sexuality asserts that it’s a myth…

  153. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    I think we’re more sagebrush than sage.
    ——————–
    GB-

    It’s great to be a Yankee fan with a good sense of humor!!!

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    It helps to have a sense of humor when reading some of the crap on here. Seriously, though, with Montero, I’m just hoping that he gets a hit that drives in a run tonight and makes decent contact against Lester. If he can get 75-80 at bats this September, hit about .260-.275 with a handful of doubles and 3 or 4 homers and keep his strikeouts down, I’ll be satisfied.

  154. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Bret

    NICE

  155. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Luis

    Cédula de identidad … Pablo Morales gave me the ball in 1970; I was eleven. More significantly, on that day, Tio (abuelo) Pablo, as he knew I was a dyed-in-the-wool Yankees fan, told me to be on the look for a great up and coming catcher: Thurman Munson.

    Gives me chills seeing another young great catcher come up:
    Jesus!

  156. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    High 5, Brett.

  157. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I imagine he’ll appear at Macy’s or a Mall here & there before he’s through.

  158. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    I was looking up where Zoilo Versalles was from[Cuba] and came up with the 1961 Twins roster:

    http://twinscards.com/viewrost…..?Year=1961

    Harmon Killebrew-Right up there in strength with the Mick.
    Camilio Pascual- one of the best curveballs in baseball
    Billy Martin-Didn’t realize he was there.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    The one guy that gets overlooked a lot from those Twins teams is Bob Allison. A fine hitter with really good power and a good outfielder/1st baseman.

  159. PittsburghYankeeFan September 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I’d love Jesus to hit a ball onto Landsdowne Street–it would be kind of cool. I don’t expect it, though.

  160. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    No. I think this is a mistake, however.

    —————

    Why’s that?

  161. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Howard September 1st, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    Howard,

    Will you be be rooting against Montero as well?

    ________

    No. I think this is a mistake, however.

    ***********

    How is this a mistake Howard? The Yankees are betting that an 1.000+ OPS in AAA is potentially better than Gardner’s .625 OPS vs. lefties in 2011. I don’t see the harm in testing that theory.

  162. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I imagine he’ll appear at Macy’s or a Mall here & there before he’s through.
    ==============
    Now ppl can honestly say they saw Jesus…

  163. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    High 5, Brett.

    ********

    Just lookin’ out for ya, Mick.

  164. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Just lookin’ out for ya, Mick.
    ====================
    Need a bodyguard in here Bret, thanks!

  165. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    DYD,

    Then you are the third Venezuelan on the blog, SoS comes from Caracas too!!, good to know, Yeah Thurman Munson!!, i am a yankee fan because i jusy had my appendix removed so i started watching the WS in 77 and got hooked for life!.

  166. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    # mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Montero will likely get a linebacker or offensive lineman number.
    ==========================
    Yathink?
    If he wants it , he gets it….if it means that much to him Yanks will certainly appease him.

    ————-

    I’m sure the number he’s going to wear tonight is the least of his concerns.

    Lots of hype for the kid but Hughes and Joba were hyped as well and they were issued #65 and #62.

    Happens to nearly every kid coming up for the first time.

  167. Howard September 1st, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    How is this a mistake Howard? The Yankees are betting that an 1.000+ OPS in AAA is potentially better than Gardner?s .625 OPS vs. lefties in 2011. I don?t see the harm in testing that theory.

    ________

    I don’t disagree at all. In fact, I think he’s definitely better than Gardner right now and hasn’t played a game.
    The mistake, in my opinion, is doing this tonight instead of when they get back to YS and not facing Jon Lester.
    That’s all.

  168. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    DYD,

    Sorry i didn’t noticed are you family of the former owners of the team??

  169. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Hughes wore 34 for awhile….I don’t like the high #’s but true. If he wants it , he gets it IMO.

  170. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Bye for now, folks.

  171. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Howard

    Do you really think this kid gets demoralized if he goes 0-4 tonite vs Lester?
    Chances are if he does then others did too.

  172. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Howard,

    Fair enough. On the flip side…if Montero can tattoo Lester tonight…just once…it could do wonders for his confidence. This game can potentially serve as a springboard to really launch Montero’s ML career. The stakes are high but the numbers support Montero in the long-run. I just don’t see how one game or one series would negate those splits. Montero has got to be tougher than that.

    Remember Nova’s baptism by fire last season?

    Look how that turned out.

    Joba’s initiation in 2007?

    When the Yankees say it’s time, it’s time.

  173. mick September 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    not sure who you are, are you?

  174. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Yeah, Howard.

    Let’s be afraid of playing in Fenway and against the Red Sox pitching. Sounds good. In fact, have nobody play them… because they’re just too good.

  175. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Luis

    Used to live by the Estadio Universitario off of Sabana Grande.

    Do miss the lion roaring after each homerun!

    ’77 was great, after the sweeping loss in ’76 to los Rojos.

  176. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    YT,

    I think Camilo Pascual played in Venezuela as well, i’m not sure of the team though

  177. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Can someone tell me if Colin Curtis is on the major league or the minor league 60 day DL?

  178. jackamir September 1st, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Gardner has to be traded this off season. A corner starting OF with 32 RBI’s. He has great speed and is a fine fielder but he is not productive with men in scoring position. He has a wimpy bat. His stock is high; IT’S TIME TO SELL……

  179. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Yeah, Luis I’m one of those Morales.

    Tio Pablo and his son, El Negro were very knowledgeable about the game.

    They owned the team for some 50 years.

  180. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    DYD,

    Me too…nowadays i don’t go to the stadium anymore, the level of playing has taken a nosedive and the format of the championship doesn’t help to root for anyone, besides Cisneros owns the team now, by the way i was very close to Oscarcito and Miriam his wife, in fact we worked together for many years

  181. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Trader,

    You made me think of the Senator/Twin teams from my childhood. I grew up outside of Orlando and saw Killebrew, Lemon, Pascual, Oliva and even Carew in class A ball. The Yankees always played their on the weekdays and my mother thought school was more important. I have now forgiven her.:)

  182. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Jackamir,

    How high do you really believe Gardner’s stock is right now?

  183. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I think it sends a great message to Montero, to be brought up on September 1st regardless of who the opponent is and where. This is “business as usual.”

    The problem will not be the Yankees’ expectations – they have been watching this kid closely all summer. It will be with the fans’ expectations.

    I myself am getting ready for the jarringly religious “Jesus” references…I realize they are to be expected and are all in fun. I just personally think it goes a bit over the top. (Not telling anyone to stop, just expressing my feelings about it – I will likely have to get used to it very quickly!)

  184. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Gardner has to be traded this off season. A corner starting OF with 32 RBI’s. He has great speed and is a fine fielder but he is not productive with men in scoring position. He has a wimpy bat. His stock is high; IT’S TIME TO SELL……

    —————–

    He’s hitting .302 with RISP.

  185. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Bret,

    It should probably increase after he wins a GG after this season.

    Gardner is underrated in my opinion.

  186. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    jackamir September 1st, 2011 at 2:31 pm
    Gardner has to be traded this off season.

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

    Oh good, it’s that time of year again. LOL

  187. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    swbyankeesTT Surprised there isn’t more consideration being given by Yankees to call up Andrew Brackman. He has been terrific last few weeks, is on 40.

  188. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    For the record, i think he might struggle a little at first, no big deal….But it’s the first Venezuelan true yankee ( coming from the minors ) that is going to play for my team and have an impact in the future, so i am truly excited!!!

  189. Jesus September 1st, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I am FREE at last !

    I will do my best not to disappoint.

  190. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    austinmac-

    When did you become a Yankees fan?
    I don’t think my parents knew that I was staying up late listening to the Yankees on radio!

  191. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t want to see Montero take Gardner’s PT.

  192. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Chase September 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Gardner is underrated in my opinion.

    ********

    Could you get a starter for him the way the Rays used D. Young to get Garza or how the Tigers used Matt Joyce to get Edwin Jackson?

    I don’t think you could get a decent starter for Gardner straight up. Do you? I suspect he’d have to be packaged.

  193. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    NotHankStein Really excited to see Jesus in the lineup. Hope he lives up to the hype or this town will crucify him! #yesIwentthere

  194. MoRings42 September 1st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Scott Proctor still has arms? wow.. I thought Torre caused them to fall off that one year.

  195. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    YankeesPR Yankees to celebrate Latino Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2012 in a pregame ceremony tomorrow. Bernie Williams,Tony Pena to be honored.

    YESNetwork YES to premiere special commemorating 10th anniversary of 9/11: http://bit.ly/n4gPQH

  196. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I myself am getting ready for the jarringly religious ?Jesus? references?I realize they are to be expected and are all in fun. I just personally think it goes a bit over the top.

    Why is it over the top?

  197. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Erin,

    Hope he doesn’t

  198. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Gardner is one of the best defensive left fielders I have ever seen. That said, I am tired of him popping up whenever their is a runner on third with less than two outs. With the number of at bats he has, one would think he would have over 32 RBIs. I just don’t think his defense and stolen bases make up for offensive shortcomings, particularly in an offensive position.

  199. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    For the record, i think he might struggle a little at first, no big deal….But it’s the first Venezuelan true yankee ( coming from the minors ) that is going to play for my team and have an impact in the future, so i am truly excited!!!
    ///

    luis, I’m laughing at the folks here who feed the troll. Montero is in the lineup tonight because he can help us, not to get through some crucible that is Fenway Park. Maybe to blast the ball through & over the monster, but it’s not the same as starting a young pitcher in the pinball dump.

    Montero can take advantage of that place, which is what they’d like to see. The idea that the Yankees would hesitate because Lester’s pitching, considering the kid’s numbers against LHP, is laughable. They see it as an opportunity to get a powerful right-handed bat in there.

  200. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Austinmac,

    Perhaps Gardner is worth more if advertised as a CF. Still an OPS of .720 is not that great for CF. Maybe the stolen bases make up for it?

  201. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Gardner’s 28 years old. He is not going to morph into a great hitter. He’s helped himself this season by bunting successfully. He’s not going to steadily being a line drive hitter. That’s going to continue to come in fits and starts. If Montero can be integrated NOW and Alex returns, Gardner’s limited offensive repertoire again becomes a dynamic element.

  202. SoS September 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious!! Free at last!!

    Time to break Kevin Maas records at the very least.

  203. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Bret,

    No, I don’t think Gardner alone could get a SP at all. At least not one that could serve this team any good.

    He most definitely would have to be included in a package deal, no question.

  204. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Trader,

    The first year I remember much about baseball was 1960. Since I was born in NY and their were no local team I was a Yankee fan. It didn’t hurt that they won the pennant the next five years. I thought that was was the way life was supposed to be. 1965 and the next ten years taught me otherwise, but a Yankee fan I have always remained.

  205. scuzzles September 1st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    The good
    “Montero is playing tonite”

    and the bad
    “AJ is on the mound”

  206. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Exactly, scuzzles.

  207. SoS September 1st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The Ugly
    “On the DL”

  208. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I don’t mind seeing Gardner sit tonight against Lester. Not that Montero is likely to hit Lester either.

  209. sunny615 September 1st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Erich (CT)

    It seems like Anthopoulos is in Japan scouting Yu Darvish. Would he make sense for the Jays? What’s his projection as a MLB starter?

    Klaw (2:21 PM)

    Mid-rotation guy, maybe a 2. Worried about his workloads, and the poor results for a lot of players coming over from Japan the last few years.

  210. luis September 1st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Jap,

    LOL, me too, the thing is that the kid can and will handle the pressure, and believe me he will catch at the Major Leagues for years to come….

  211. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    SoS,

    That one gave me a smile.

  212. SoS September 1st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Beats facing Randy Johnson in his prime. Lester is hittable.
    Speaking of Johnson. Didnt Marcus Thames hit his first homerun vs. Randy in his debut?

  213. luis September 1st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    SoS,

    Still trying to figure out how can you get 5 hits in three at bats, LOL!

  214. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    SoS-

    Kevin Maas-I had to google to find out what he might be doing these days:

    As of 2008, Maas works at Charles Schwab as a financial consultant in his hometown of Castro Valley, California. He is divorced and has a daughter named Lacey and a son named Christian. He is regularly invited to Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium and participated in the 2008 and 2011 game

    Maas is a Dutch name? Where has the Yankee fan from the Netherlands gone?

  215. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    New Post: Pendelton added to call-ups

    :arrow:

  216. SoS September 1st, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/bl.....nfl-wp6252

    Wow! I lost count but I think that makes it at least 2 trophies in the Fluties household.

  217. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I think it’s interesting that he Yankees record is better without AROD.

    It could be that Nunez’ aggressive approach compliments the high level of patience and slugging in this lineup whereas the patient/slugging of AROD is redundant.

    Sometimes I feel like the lineup has just one too many pass-the-baton type hitter.

    Nunez brings an action to the lineup that I think fits it very well even though AROD is a far superior hitter overall. Nunez is more like the pest that you take for granted as a pitcher. He can pounce and catch an opposing pitcher off guard if that pitcher doesn’t respect him. Every lineup needs a pest or two.

  218. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Speaking of Johnson. Didnt Marcus Thames hit his first homerun vs. Randy in his debut?
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    SoS- It was the 1st pitch, a fastball, that he ever saw!

  219. SoS September 1st, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    YT,
    Good stuff. Might have to pay him a visit. Castro Valley must be up north. Maybe I can get a Yankee discount.

    luis,
    Dont ask me. Your the one who said he was going to get 5 hits in his first 3 at bats. It was so convincing I bought stock into it.(go back and look at your post) It anyone can do it, Jesus can.

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