One last reminder that the New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America will hold its 89th annual awards dinner tomorrow night at the Hilton New York.
As always, it’s going to be a memorable night, and it should be a newsworthy night with Ryan Braun making his first public comments since testing positive for a banned substance.
From the Yankes, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera will be in the building to accept awards from the local baseball writers chapter, and retired trainer Gene Monahan will receive the award for long and meritorious service.
Hope to see some of you there. For now, a few notes and links from today…
• Speaking to ESPNDeportes, Alex Rodriguez said he expects to spend some time at designated hitter this season, but he still plans on being the Yankees regular third baseman. “You want the DH spot to be one that’s kind of a revolving door,” Rodriguez said. “I think a lot of us at some point or another, in such a long season, are going occupy that spot. But for me, I’m really excited about playing third base.”
• In the same interview, Rodriguez said he’s healthy, his workout are “going great” and he’s happy about the Pineda/Montero trade. “We get exactly what we needed,” Rodriguez said.
• Writing for Baseball America, George King talked to VP of baseball operations Mark Newman about Triple-A slugger Jorge Vazquez: “He goes through periods where he plays well, and there are periods where his concentration and focus waiver,” Newman said. “Maybe it’s frustration about not being in the big leagues, but you learn in Triple-A that you only worry about what you can control.”
• The latest minor league transactions from Baseball America include no updates for the Yankees and only a few vaguely familiar names (Chase Weems signing with the Reds, for example).
• Fausto Carmona — or whatever his name is — has been released following his arrest and asked for forgiveness from the Indians and their fans for using a identity to play baseball in the big leagues. In what seems to be a connected move, the Indians traded for Kevin Slowey to add some rotation depth.
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