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Yankees announce several front office moves

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

News broke earlier today about the Yankees hiring former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Later in the day, the Yankees went ahead and made that signing official, along with several other non-player moves. Here’s the announcement. 

The New York Yankees today announced the hiring of Jim Hendry as Special Assignment Scout. The Yankees have also named Steve Donohue as Major League Head Athletic Trainer and Mark Littlefield as Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer. Additional promotions to the baseball operations department include naming Jean Afterman Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager, Billy Eppler Assistant General Manager and Will Kuntz Manager, Pro Scouting.

Hendry spent the previous 17 seasons with the Chicago Cubs organization, the last nine-and-a-half years as Vice President/General Manager. The Cubs made the postseason three times in his tenure (2003, ’07 and ’08), making him the first general manager in franchise history to accomplish the feat. He began his time with the Cubs as the Director of Player Development in November 1994, before taking over as the club’s scouting director prior to the 1996 season. He assumed the role of Director of Player Development and Scouting in October 1998 and then became assistant general manager from August 2000 until his promotion to GM two years later.

Prior to his time with the Cubs, Hendry worked for three seasons with the Florida Marlins in roles as a scout, minor league manager and Special Assistant to General Manager Dave Dombrowski. He served as the head baseball coach at Creighton University from mid-1984 through 1991, earning Baseball America’s “National Coach of the Year” Award in 1991 after leading the team to a third-place finish in the NCAA College World Series.

Afterman enters her 11th season as the Yankees’ Assistant General Manager and first as a Senior Vice President. She became only the third female to hold the position of Assistant General Manager when she was hired by the Yankees prior to the 2002 season, and is the only female to currently hold such a title. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law, Afterman was recently named one of 2010’s “Women of the Year” by Women in Sports and Events (WISE) as well as a “2010 Power Woman” by New York Moves magazine.

Eppler assumes the role of Assistant General Manager under Brian Cashman as he enters his eighth season with the Yankees organization. He joined the Yankees as Assistant Director of Baseball Operations in November 2004 and has also served as Director of Professional Scouting (2006-09) and Senior Director of Professional Personnel (2010-11). He began his career in professional baseball in January 2000 as an Area Scout (Southern California) for the Colorado Rockies and served as Area Scouting Supervisor before being promoted to Assistant Director of Pro Scouting and Player Development in February 2003. A native of San Diego, Calif., Eppler earned a finance degree, with honors, in 1998 from the University of Connecticut where he also played baseball until a labrum tear prior to his senior year.

Donohue takes over the Head Athletic Trainer position in 2012 following the retirement of his longtime partner and mentor Gene Monahan. The upcoming season will mark Donohue’s 34th in professional baseball – all with the Yankees franchise. He had served the previous 26 seasons working directly under Monahan, sharing the honor of “Best Athletic Trainers” in Major League Baseball in 2010 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society (PBATS) and “Athletic Training Staff of the Year” from Major League Baseball in 1990. A Bronxville, N.Y., native and graduate of the University of Louisville, he began his athletic training career in 1979 with the Yankees’ Double-A West Haven affiliate.

Littlefield, who joined the Yankees organization in 1991, enters his 22nd season with the club. He served as the minor league head athletic trainer in each of the last 18 seasons, also overseeing all Major League rehab assignments.

Kuntz has been named Manager, Pro Scouting after serving as a Pro Scouting Assistant for the Yankees since October 2006. He began with the organization as a Baseball Operations summer intern from 2003-05 before joining the organization full-time as a Baseball Operations assistant in June 2006.

 
 

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251 Responses to “Yankees announce several front office moves”

  1. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Is Will Kuntz Rusty Kuntz?

  2. Crawdaddy January 31st, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Cliff Floyd spoke glowingly about Hendry tonight how he recruited him to Creighton to play ball, but admitted to Floyd’s family that he was leaving the program to work in professional baseball. Hendry might have been a lousy GM the last half of his tenure which was almost ten years, but he’s consider a good baseball man with scouting and player development skills. Another set of eyes to evaluate players similar to what Towers did for Cashman.

  3. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Man I was feeling the love on that other thread

  4. Crawdaddy January 31st, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    “Man I was feeling the love on that other thread”

    Probably because Randy isn’t here.;)

  5. exiledintampa January 31st, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    http://imgon.net/di-HM2H.jpg

    For the last thread

  6. G. Love January 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This Texeira bunting story really has me in stitches. Can’t wait for Girardi to start calling for them from the dugout.

    How about we work on hitting line drives up the middle and to the opposite field before bunting?

    23 million for 5 more years.

    Ugh. It has to get better, right?

  7. Pat M. January 31st, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    I think maybe it’s best to check back when pitchers and catchers report….The Village LoHud is a dangerous place as of late…..

  8. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I wish the Yankees could have found a way to hang on to Towers…..I think he likes the small market thing though.

  9. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    How about we work on hitting line drives up the middle and to the opposite field =============================================
    Girardi will have to give that sign more often.

  10. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Girardi gave Tex way too many pop up and hit into the shift signs last year.

  11. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Pat M,

    what are the Dodgers going to do with Ethier?

  12. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Danger was when some women were being driven away by something that had nothing to do with baseball. This is something else, but I understand why people would take a break. I sometimes think I made a mistake by posting again, although it’s good to see people I like again, alive and well, and impassioned. ;)

  13. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    But Joe G. flashed the win sign 97 times.

  14. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Rich-I too think you made a mistake coming back ;)

  15. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Great minds, mick!!!

  16. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    by taking a break some give others a break as well as themselves…

  17. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Different opinons are good for discussion….so long as they are debated respectfully…..

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Eppler being the assistant is weird, since Cashman allowed him to have the final word on Chamberlain. If Cashman goes down, does Eppler get promoted? Now that would seriously suck.

    I’d give Oppenheimer the job, and promote Tony Pena to manager.

  19. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Hear, hear, Blake.

    Great news on Ravel Santana be able to run in mini-camp, as per PP! Nice to see that ankle healing up.

  20. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    *being able

  21. blake January 31st, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    YF,

    He’s one of the ones I’m excited about……the Yanks have a nice wave of position players coming…..I just wish they were a little closer.

  22. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    The Village People of LoHud Must Unite…..or not.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    The site often becomes a fanboy snark site. Confirmation bias, one-upman-ship, narcissism and very little of substance actually being exchanged. Mostly poseur stuff and imagined triumphs. Like I said, a loss of charm.

  24. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Only reasonable (if opinionated ) people here now? I’ll hang around a little longer.

  25. jacksquat January 31st, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Tex should be better this year as he has been juicing in the offseason. Hopefully he doesn’t test positive though.

  26. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Tex can test positive for pulp.

  27. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    “Different opinons are good for discussion….so long as they are debated respectfully…..”

    I’d personally add I’d wish to see that respect extend to the subject of our discussion, the NY Yankees, its players and their employees.

    I find it shallow to pretend to respect one another, when we accept disparaging others not here to defend themselves as somehow acceptable.

    Particularly troubling is how players are dismissed, insulted and their character questioned for not performing to our expectations, as if the difference between hitting .240 and .280 is grounds for disqualification of respect.

  28. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    blake, at least they are in the system. :) That Charleston team last year was stacked. And this year’s may be even better. Tampa won’t be too shabby either, with position players like Flores, JR and Anderson, and likely Mason Williams moving up to Tampa fairly quickly.

  29. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Only reasonable (if opinionated ) people here now? I’ll hang around a little longer.
    =============================
    The problem develops when the polarizing few enter the Village.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Great news on Ravel Santana be able to run in mini-camp, as per PP! Nice to see that ankle healing up.
    ///

    That is good news. Haven’t signed in last couple days, but over there there is the “respect” mick is talking about. There was a good catcher defense discussion in there recently. The thing I find appealing about that site is there aren’t just 3 people who follow the prospects and every prospect discussion isn’t waylaid by someone interjecting about “prospect huggers” who doesn’t follow the farm. The needle actually moves in conversation, there.

  31. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    The polarizing few who believe they know it all.

  32. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    The condescending polarizing few who talk down to the masses.

  33. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    The i-told-you-so-crew who like to prognosticate and tell you they were right.

  34. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    yankeefem,
    I’ll see as many River Dogs games as I can when they come to Augusta. I”m looking forward to it.

  35. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    BA did scouting reports yesterday on some of the Cuban IFA’s. Think it might be a sub only, but here’s the link, just in case: http://www.baseballamerica.com.....12876.html

  36. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    “I’d give Oppenheimer the job, and promote Tony Pena to manager.”

    That works for me, but I wouldn’t mind the TB people taking over in the unlikely event that the current people are replaced (fresh eyes and all).

  37. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I love how everyone gets all lovey dovey at the end of the day and acts like they aren’t contributing to the problem.

    I’m so very tired of being told I don’t watch baseball games because I passed a statistics course in college.

  38. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    “I’m so very tired of being told I don’t watch baseball games because I passed a statistics course in college.”

    I got an A stats and I’m an idiot, so they must be pretty accessible to anyone.

    I don’t get the whole stats v. scouting divergence. Each have an indispensable role.

  39. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    mick,
    Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!

    Translated,

    Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business.

  40. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Yogi sez:
    “Thurman had 10 good years and he wasn’t bad either”

  41. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Tom, Charleston should be a blast to watch this year. Sanchez alone is worth the trip. And Campos should be there as well. I envy you. I think the closest they get to NY Metro area this year is the western part of West Va. :(

  42. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Sanchez alone is worth the trip.
    ===================
    Don’t get too attached.

  43. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    “Don’t get too attached.”

    Good advice.

    He could get called up to Tampa very quickly.

  44. mick January 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    He could get called up to Tampa very quickly.
    ====================
    Or traded.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    “I’d give Oppenheimer the job, and promote Tony Pena to manager.”

    That works for me, but I wouldn’t mind the TB people taking over in the unlikely event that the current people are replaced (fresh eyes and all).
    ///

    That’d be an interesting way to go if they were to go outside. If it ever comes to that where they clean house, they should retain Oppenheimer, Rothschild and Pena, IMO. I’d like to see what LR ultimately gets out of arms like Betances & now, Pineda.

  46. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I was looking at the catcher rankings on MLB.com and Sanchez is 4th. Pretty impressive for a 19 year old. I noticed Romine was not on that top-10 list.

    Banuelos ranked 2nd for lefties and Betances was nowhere to be found on the top-10 list of righties.

    Those were the only Yankees mentioned. But then again Wang, Cano and Nova didn’t make any of those lists so not sure if that means anything.

  47. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    mick, I get attached to those worthy of having an attachment to. No more, no less. The phrase prospect hugger is actually a derisive phrase invented by those who can’t differentiate between prospects, unlike those of us who actually go see them. ;)

    “I don’t get the whole stats v. scouting divergence. Each have an indispensable role.”

    That’s the thing, Rich. They inform and complement each other. Why not use both?But I guess being prescriptive is what makes a true believer. :shrugs:

  48. J. Alfred Prufrock January 31st, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    BA did scouting reports yesterday on some of the Cuban IFA’s. Think it might be a sub only, but here’s the link, just in case: http://www.baseballamerica.com…..12876.html
    ///

    TY YF!

  49. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    yankee fem,
    I’ve got tickets to see Charleston in Augusta April 9, 10 and 11.

  50. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    “That’s the thing, Rich. They inform and complement each other. Why not use both?But I guess being prescriptive is what makes a true believer. :shrugs:”

    I don’t get it, and I grew up at a time when RBI was an advanced stat. My introduction to the net in 2000, initially to be able to read political and financial news, has completely changed the way I look at baseball, and it has made watching games (my playing days are largely over) a lot more enjoyable.

  51. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    rich in NJ – Pure math classes were like my breathers in school while I wasn’t at practice or the gym or on the road. yes, playing baseball… imagine that. luckily for me, my shoulder decided i was going to be an engineer for the rest of my life and not a baseball player. :/

    I think people fear the change of philosophy more than the concept of the statistics that are debated around here. Most of the discussions are literally talking about the same thing in different terms anyway, people just don’t realize the connections between the data and the real world… apparently very difficult for some. Any group-think progress is generally met with resistance, but this day too shall pass…

    I think a lot of our discussion today got wrapped up into other posts and I’m sorry it got so drawn out. I was thoroughly confused when the conversation clearly started going in different directions :) I’ll do my best to keep track of my end better.

  52. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    tom, good for you. I can’t wait to hear your impressions. Among other things, I am dying to see Bichette hit and I heard his D at 3B should be good enough for him to stay at the position, which would be huge.

    I am seeing either Trenton or SWB on April 5, 6, and/or 7, depending on who is pitching. I want to see the B’s but will probably miss them as they will likely pitch at back end in Syracuse, and also want to see Brett Marshall pitch. Not sure at all what the Trenton order will be.

  53. LGY January 31st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I was looking at the catcher rankings on MLB.com and Sanchez is 4th. Pretty impressive for a 19 year old. I noticed Romine was not on that top-10 list.

    ———

    Romine’s prospect status has really fallen off.

    He’s down to 8th on the Yankees top ten (Baseball America)

  54. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    it has made watching games (my playing days are largely over) a lot more enjoyable.

    This is something that is lost on a lot of people, you are supposed to be enhancing your viewing experience and knowledge… not bypassing one for the other.

    It’s just entirely too easy to sling the “you only use your eyes” or “your nose is stuck in a book in your mothers basement” line at someone that you can’t make headway with. The cop out is always the knee-jerk response.

  55. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    ID

    I will try to do the same.

  56. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Profar (Texas Rangers) ranked 2nd for shortstops and he’s 18 yet Mason Williams didn’t crack the top 10. I was surprised to see that as well.

    Eduardo Nunez did not make the top 10 for shortstops. I think he’s being underbought and oversold.

  57. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Bichette is another guy – didn’t crack the top 10 for 3b.

  58. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Bret – Nunez has 142 games played in the majors, would he even show up on that list?

  59. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    ID,

    Perhaps not. I still think he’s a sleeper and that the Yankees are more loaded with young talent than it may appear on those prospect sites.

  60. jacksquat January 31st, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson wants Bryce Harper to start the season as Washington’s right fielder, hears Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. That seems like an aggressive approach to me, but it would create quite a bit of buzz in Washington — and in baseball, in general.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....arper.html

    Interesting, especially in light of the recent discussion. ;)

    (he turned 19 in october)

  61. LGY January 31st, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Nunez doesn’t qualify for prospect lists anymore

  62. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Bret, those rankings with exceptions, such as ranking Matt Moore #1 for lefties are pretty subjective on a number of levels, especially, including what criteria the ranker is prioritizing. Rankings are amusing, no doubt, but beyond that, there is no real science to them.

  63. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Nunez wouldn’t qualify.

  64. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Bichette and Mason were both in short season-short season guys rarely crack those lists.

  65. theREALkevin January 31st, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Really, really excited about Mason Williams. Hopes he continues to progress.

  66. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Rich, Likewise, I read a wide range of baseball sources from fangraphs to HBT to RLYW to BP to more mainstream stuff and use a bunch of different stats to inform my live viewing, and vice versa. However, seeing the Yankees and other teams play repeatedly yearly makes the visual viewing a critical part of my evaluation. Stats without qualifiers sometimes result in the wrong evaluative conclusions about certain players. I am happy to have all the info I can get my hands on when it comes to baseball, both by viewing games and analyzing stats. I think those who rely on one and show disdain for the other, especially the visual part, are limiting their understanding of the game.

  67. exiledintampa January 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....12879.html

    here’s all the top tens on one page

  68. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    yankeefem – there is no real science to them.

    I’m sure the person that writes them thinks there is :)

    When you can’t personally experience something (which is not a detriment to anyone character) you have to learn who’s opinions you can trust.

    Wisdom of the crowds is one approach, taking multiple rankings like that and combining them to create meta ranks. this website fantasypros.com did something like that but for football… but also actually goes around evaluating writers’ football rankings each week to figure out who was the most accurate. Gives you an idea who to listen to and who to tune out.

    It’s a shame there is no public amalgamation of data from scouts… who is right more often than not and such… are there any such resources that you guys know of that would rate scouts or whoever is appropriate like that?

  69. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Well if there’s a team we match up with it’s the Royals because they’re loaded with OF prospects and seem willing to trade them (Melky) for pitching (Sanchez).

    Would Alex Gordon be a coup for Cashman you think?

  70. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    it has made watching games (my playing days are largely over) a lot more enjoyable.

    This is something that is lost on a lot of people, you are supposed to be enhancing your viewing experience and knowledge… not bypassing one for the other.

    It’s just entirely too easy to sling the “you only use your eyes” or “your nose is stuck in a book in your mothers basement” line at someone that you can’t make headway with. The cop out is always the knee-jerk response.

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

    and who are you and others like you to be telling people how to enjoy baseball or what they’re supposed to believe? how does that make you any different than the people you are complaining about? According to you, they’re too ignrant to understand it. How about because they don’t care about numbers that try measuring luck or who should be credited with a line dribe or a fly out, or who should have caught what ball? There are too many variables that aren’t even taken into consideration. Hell, you people can’t even decide who’s standards to use in fielding the ball,

  71. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    yankeefem – I think those who rely on one and show disdain for the other, especially the visual part, are limiting their understanding of the game.

    I agree. I believe that you should be utilizing data and “stats” to back up any visual conclusions you may have come to…

    it’s when people have visual and statistical data flying in the face of each other that WW3 breaks out.

  72. Bronx Jeers January 31st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    This latest lohud feud has definitely lowered the bar in terms of entertainment value for non-participants.

    A bit too wordy at times and not nearly enough shots landed.

  73. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Mason has a shot at being in Trenton by mid 2013, if not sooner.

  74. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    greenbreret7 – Who are you to tell me I can’t enjoy it that way? Constantly? And then you literally berate others for doing so, as if you are jealous…

    According to you, they’re too ignrant to understand it.

    Willful ignorance is a crime against nature.

    If you don’t care about the numbers that’s fine. When you think something that is in direct contrast with them, don’t act all surprised that someone doesn’t believe you.

    You are the one that draws the line in the sand against any advanced analysis here more than anyone else. You constantly harp on it’s shortcomings while totally ignoring that you already believe and accept most of it’s basic tenets under different names and less specific terms.

    You have decided that you cannot combine and use any data to prove (or disprove… your initial hypothesis is not always supposed to be right) visual conclusions you have drawn. This is your choice. You are limiting your own experience, not the rest of us.

  75. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    ID, although I think stats without the qualifiers are worthless, and I don’t need a stat to tell me what I have seen. For example, Teix was trying very hard to go opposite in the playoffs. Did I misremember? Well, I can always go look at the recaps to prove it.

    Another example, you said Montero didn’t play well in 2010, but you failed to mention he had missed a month and a half with a broken hand, was moving up from AA to AAA, and that he raked in the second half, hitting .351(don’t have his OPS but it was very good) with 14 HR in < 100 AB's. So, the full year stats without the qualifiers mean nothing. Just like when a player converts to DH and needs to make adjustments when switching from being a position player. Statheads disregard that element and blindly quote stats. That kind of stat quoting without qualifiers to me is useless, and don't contribute to predicting a future outcome.

  76. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    yankeefem,
    I’ll see the river dogs on April 8, 10 and 11, not as earlier reported. Maybe GB7 will join us.

  77. pat January 31st, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I saw this as a retweet from someone I don’t know on Twitter. If this is true, lots of teams weren’t very good at talent evaluation.

    “40% of all the WAR produced by #1 overall position players comes from A-Rod, Griffey, and Chipper.”

  78. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    So, in otherwords, if I don’t believe the same as you, I’m wrong and can’t possibly enjoy baseball? Am I and everyone else supposed to kneel at the alter of Saint James The Scam Artist?

  79. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    yankeefem – It is the responsibility of everyone here to fact check, and I thank you for being one of the few who take the effort to do so.

    There are always circumstances and qualifiers and I agree, anyone ignoring those things is cheating themselves. I don’t think it’s fair of you to assume those qualifiers have been ignored simply because they haven’t been posted though.

    You could ask first, rather than coming across as mocking a “stathead” like you just did.

  80. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    *doesn’t contribute

  81. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    GB7 – No, don’t put words in my mouth.

    If you don’t believe the same as me, you have less ways to prove it than I do and we don’t get anywhere in conversations. This being a discussion board, I hope you can understand how the general lack of factual evidence is hard to accept.

    Again, you can’t get 10 words in without mocking something to do with stats and Bill James. This is the root of the problem.

  82. tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    ID,
    Don’t be so thin skinned. I’m trying to learn the advanced stats, but so far, they don’t tell me the story better than warching.

  83. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    ID, when I used the term “stathead” it presumed the slavish extremist, not anyone who uses stats, but throw in the qualifier “some” if you wish. (Analogy: I am derisively called a prospect hugger, but in actuality hug very few prospects…)

  84. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    “and who are you and others like you to be telling people how to enjoy baseball or what they’re supposed to believe?”

    No one is telling you anything. It’s merely a statement of my own point of view.

  85. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Go back and look again. I was the one bringing up stats. That’s where the conversation is and was at. As far as James goes, who cares? Is he your uncle or savior? As far as I’m concerned, he’s got as much credibility to me as George Mitchell has.

  86. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I wouldn’t denigrate GB’s visuals. I think he in truth sees the game very well. His scouting reports are phenomenal.

  87. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    ***I wasn’t*** the one bringing up stats

  88. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    tomingeorgia – I’m not that thin-skinned I’m still here aren’t i :) Simply don’t understand how 10 minutes ago we can have people complaining about attacking each other on here, and then start right back up doing it.

    Advanced stat and analysis aren’t supposed to tell you the story, they are simply supposed to help you explain what you saw… like if you saw a double rainbow outside and didn’t understand it… and then looked it up in an encyclopedia… which is a record or things people previously saw (like the raw baseball stats).

    Most stats are completely misused, much like junk science it only hurts the public perception of these things. It’s very important to read about and learn about the stats and concepts so that you know when they are being misused… and what they are supposed to indicate in the first place.

  89. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    “Would Alex Gordon be a coup for Cashman you think?”

    I get why Alex Gordon stands out as someone who was a big bat last year who might not be cemented where he is, but I think he’s at least super-glued there.

    There is a psychological appeal of finally enjoying the fruits that you waited so long to blossom. I’d be very surprised to flip him after he finally broke out, for anything less than a package that they could not say not to.

  90. yankeefeminista January 31st, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    tomingeorgia January 31st, 2012 at 11:28 pm
    yankeefem,
    I’ll see the river dogs on April 8, 10 and 11, not as earlier reported. Maybe GB7 will join us.
    _____
    Sounds great. If I lived nearby I would definitely join the party. Looking forward to both of your insights.

  91. LGY January 31st, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I wouldn’t denigrate GB’s visuals. I think he in truth sees the game very well. His scouting reports are phenomenal.

    ——–

    Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t GB usually listen to these mL games on the radio, not actually watch them?

  92. Irreverent Discourse January 31st, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    stuckey – I’d be very surprised to flip him after he finally broke out

    Conversely, they could now actually get something for him again… :) They wouldn’t be pressed like you said but, I doubt they would hesitate too much.

    Gordon couldn’t really be a “coup” for Cashman because the cost would prohibit it from being too sweet of a deal.

  93. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    “Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t GB usually listen to these mL games on the radio, not actually watch them?”

    What’s a radio?

  94. Rich in NJ January 31st, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    “Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t GB usually listen to these mL games on the radio, not actually watch them?”

    If true, then you have actually paid him a pretty high compliment. Just sayin’…

  95. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    YankeeFem, All I’m looking for right now is getting a shortstop ready in 3 years. As of now, there are only two in the system that may have a chance Culver and Custodio. Both have glove issues and neither have shown star quality bats as of yet. at least, not what I’l like to see. Maybe by this year, we’ll know a little better. I do like Custodio’s speed, though…..and his bat was solid in Tampa (GCL). Still unsure of Ibarra, because he’s running out of time.

  96. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    LGY January 31st, 2012 at 11:43 pm
    I wouldn’t denigrate GB’s visuals. I think he in truth sees the game very well. His scouting reports are phenomenal.

    ——–

    Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t GB usually listen to these mL games on the radio, not actually watch them?

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

    No, it’s not true.

  97. LGY January 31st, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    If true, then you have actually paid him a pretty high compliment. Just sayin’…

    ——

    Well, really play by play is mostly just a recording of the facts. Which when it comes to baseball are stats. And of course the announcers personal opinion thrown in here and there.

    Scouting requires actually watching a player to evaluate their tools, swing, mechanics, etc.

  98. LGY January 31st, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    No, it’s not true.

    ——

    How do you watch all those games especially since the majority of them are played during Yankee games?

  99. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    “Conversely, they could now actually get something for him again… :) They wouldn’t be pressed like you said but, I doubt they would hesitate too much.”

    Thinking strictly with your head, it makes sense to shop him, but again, I think it goes deeper than that.

    But yes, Cashman’s best chance for a “coup” is finding someone who has yet to break out, is not considered a serious candidate to do so, or seems to be going in the wrong direction.

    I’m actually warming of the idea of Kotchman. I know his indicators didn’t match his year, but if he can be had a low cost and with minimal commitment, I take a flier.

  100. GreenBeret7 January 31st, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    YankeeFem, I assume you live in the tri-state area, so the Maryland/NJ teams would be the closest to you and for what ever reason, Charleston isn’t playing there this year, though those teams are coming to Charleston.

  101. exiledintampa January 31st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I know I’m frequently ignored because I haven’t been a part of this community for years and years. but I’ve been reading the blog for a couple years and here’s how I feel.

    1) Learning the math for advanced stats at my age is extremely difficult.

    2) I enjoy seeing baseball and all the drama of a hotly contested game w/o knowing the latest trending stats.

    3) I could appreciate the math much better if I understood it’s relevance.

    4) All the math is not going to make me a better fan. If I see a good player making a great play, how is math gonna make it any more enjoyable than it already is?

    5)I acknowledge that stats are a good indicator for evaluating differences in skill and predictability. But if that is more important than watching I could just read a good game.

    6) Both sides of this never ending argument are relevant.

    7) I will never understand how insulting another Yankee fan makes a point more valid.

    8)I like what I SEE when Montero hits. I like what I see when Pineda pitches.

    9)I won’t continue this post but, most of all I love Watching more than reading. Go Yankees! And guys I look forward to reading your posts every day.

  102. stuckey January 31st, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Too late to look it up now.. anyone with any insight as to how Casey Kotchman matches up to the pre-2007 Carlos Pena?

  103. exiledintampa January 31st, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Btw: I live in Tampa and would love to meet up with any of you to take in a Tampa Yankees game of practice.

  104. exiledintampa January 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Or practice*

  105. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:01 am

    GB, yes, I am very aware of the Dogs wretched (for me!) schedule. I may just have to expand my travel plans this summer.

    Culver looked good when I saw him field that one game, had one of those Jeter in the hole plays and his range was impressive. His AB’s weren’t but it was one game. I guess I will see Ibarra this year. Custodio is intriguing. Wonder if we will develop Jose Rosario going forward as an SS. You may see him at Charleston at some point.

  106. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Trust me…nobody listens to Danny Reed broadcast Charleston ball games if they don’t have to.

  107. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:04 am

    exiled, we should put you to work right now. Get on over to that mini-camp, going on right in your backyard.

    And I agree no one should tell someone else how to watch baseball.

  108. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Oops, exiled, forgot to add the :)

  109. m February 1st, 2012 at 12:06 am

    exiled,

    I’ve been posting for a long time, but I still get ignored.

    So don’t take anything personally. It’s actually a good thing to be ignored here. You avoid getting hit by gunfire.

  110. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Yankeefeminsta

    I went up there this morning but couldn’t find any action. I wish I knew the times to go. I know from twitter that Dante jr. and Mason Williams are hitting in the cages.

  111. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Hi, m. :)

  112. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2012 at 12:07 am

    mick,
    exeunt.

  113. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    exiled, can you actually walk in? Are they tweeting while hitting? ;) I think they are both that good. :)

  114. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:08 am

    YankeeFem, I haven’t seen the team rosters and not sure what the deal with Rosario is. Right now, unless one othe kids go to extended ST, they have 3 shortstops in Charleston. I’d read that Culver may end up in the outfield, but, can’t see them moving him already. I’d assume that Gumbs gets moved off of 2nd to a corner outfield first

  115. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    GB, they need to get the RDogs on milb-tv. Remember last year when they actually erroneously listed Dog games on the tv sched? Ugh, what a tease.

  116. m February 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Hi, YF.

    :)

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock February 1st, 2012 at 12:10 am

    exiled, FYI, I scroll past a fair amount of posters here when I skim the blog, but I read yours. For instance, I enjoyed your discussion about the Yanks-Royals rivalry in the 80s. I often skim the blog long backwards. Keep posting – people read but don’t always comment.

  118. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:16 am

    When I go to the Charleston games, I take a laptop and use a wireless connection. I didn’t go to as many as I used to because the close friend that I would go with passed away and it’s a long drive by car. It’s only about 35-40 miles up the coast on his boat. Any more questions?

  119. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:17 am

    GB, I am assuming I will have Custodio in SI, but we shall see. I can’t see them moving Culver off SS or Gumbs off 2B right now. I wish there were more reports from mini-camp. Enjoyed that 4 minute clip you posted the other day btw.

  120. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:17 am

    HaHaHa. No they’re not tweeting while hitting. at least not that I know of.

    Funny story:
    Tampa has a parade every year to celebrate a pirate named Gasparilla. Costumes are prevalent.
    Dante Jr tweets that next year he wants to be in a pirates get up.
    I tweet OH NO Dante don’t leave to be a pirate. just kidding in a bad joke.
    he responds in a serious matter. No Rob I didn’t mean I want to be a ptts. Pirate.
    I knew what meant and it was a poor try by me, but the kid was extremely responsive and fan friendly. I hope his stay in Charleston is short. Can’t wait to see him in high A

  121. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:18 am

    GB, Tom, how far is Augusta from Charleston?

  122. Pat M. February 1st, 2012 at 12:19 am

    m…..Lakers hammering Charlotte………For me and some of the other folks here, I think after playing the game and watching the game of baseball for 50 years, one does get an eye for talent and real good talent and exceptional talent…..We might not agree on everything all the time….However for the most part we see the same qualities…..Then I’ll ask about his numbers….When Mattingly came up you can see he had it….And then came the power…..A few winters ago I learned much about the new wave stat sheets…..I thank CB for showing the way along with Rich, Lgy & my pal Jerkface…..It’s the I’ll die first because the numbers say so is where myself and GB , Randy, SJ and many more just tune that noise off…….I do not need some colored graph to tell me if someone has a good breaking ball……I used to chase after them for money at one time……Time to walk thye dogs….Play nice and M, we love you !!!!

  123. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:19 am

    exiled, Tampa will have a heckuva team. Saw all those boys last year in Lakewood. Do you get to many TYanks games?

  124. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:20 am

    yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am
    GB, they need to get the RDogs on milb-tv. Remember last year when they actually erroneously listed Dog games on the tv sched? Ugh, what a tease.

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

    yeak, I was really hoping MiLB had screwed up in reverse. Did you see where Trenton will now be using Game Day for their box score updates. Hopefully, the rest on MiLB gets in step

  125. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Speaking of tyanks, sounds like Suttle is still having shoulder pain. Such a shame; kid had such a sweet swing too.

  126. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    yankeeFem, maybe 100 miles or so. Augusta is about 150 miles from Savannah. Savannah is about 120 miles by car from Charleston.

  127. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Yankeefeminsta I only got to 7 games last year due to my work schedule. I hope to get to more this year. but alas I’m currently out of work (it’s hard to get a job when you’re 59) so finances will be tight for awhile.

  128. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:24 am

    GB, did see it (gameday). Love it.

    Has anyone shot video from behind the plate to the pitcher’s mound with an iphone4S? If so, quality of picture?

  129. pat February 1st, 2012 at 12:25 am

    m

    I would never ignore you. Did you see The Shirt made an appearance enroute to Indy on Sunday?

  130. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Again.I plead my case. If any of you are ever down this way I’d love to take in a game or practice with you. It’s not as much fun when you go alone. And, would love to hear the input for fans more knowledgeable than I am. BTW I coached the Tampa Yankees hitting and catchers coach for this year when he was in Little League. His name is Mario Garza.

  131. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Exiled, do you attend the Tampa GCL games? It gets a little ragged on the field at times, but, still enjoyab;e. It’s like going to high school games….lawn chairs, coolers with soft drinks and your own hotdogs if you want. almost like tailgating.

  132. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:30 am

    exiled, you should hook up with tyanks. She goes to most of the Tampa games, but she has dropped out of sight during this offseason. I think she graduated, and is working a lot.

    Too bad you are not up NJ way; we could find plenty of games for you to go to.

    Good luck with the job search; I know you will find something.

  133. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I don’t get to Tampa as much as I did with the treatments and checkup now being semi-annual, now. There was one young lady that came on here, TYanks or something that attends a lot of the games at GMS Field.

  134. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Gb7 I haven’t been exposed to any games in that setting yet Wish it was easier to get a schedule of when they practice and play. Only games I saw where in the park itself.

  135. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I recall having the GCL short season sched last season, not sure when it comes out (games don’t start until June), but they are mostly noon games, I believe. I will let you know if/when I get that sched.

  136. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:37 am

    YankeeFem, I don’t even have a camera phone, but have seen them used on Youtube. Not a lot of great pix and videos because they don’t follow the ball very long.

  137. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I’ll keep an eye out for her. I never had the pleasure of going to Yankee stadium. My dad used to take us by train to Cleveland from Buffalo every year to see the yankees play. saw a couple double headers there. boy those were great experiences riding the train. It was usually a package. you know, all the beer and peanuts (no beer for me) you wanted.

  138. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:39 am

    GB, that is quite a distance. Is it mostly highway? Worst milb trip I made was to Brooklyn from NJ to see Hughes rehab; took over two 1/2 hours to go 52 miles. The Cyclones park is right on Coney Island, which was very cool. We walked around the beach afterwards. The main things that stand out from that game were that Mason was a force of nature, and Hughes through a hard curve.

    SI is also a laborious trip. Too much highway congestion in this area. The trip to Trenton on the other hand, is a breeze. And Princeton is a nice perk; also great pizza both there and in Trenton.

  139. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Exiled, the GCL games usually start about 3 weeks after the draft in June and run until the last week in August.

  140. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:39 am

    *threw* not through

  141. m February 1st, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Pat M,

    Always the flirt!

    And, Yes!, pat. I did see the shirt. You figure Giselle could bring home second hand goods from Fashion Week…

    I laughed and thought of you when I saw The Shirt.

  142. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:42 am

    YankeeFem about 45-50 miles is interstate, the rest is 2-4 lane highways, but, through every town alomg the way. Did you know that there are 754 bars/taverns between Savannah and Charleston named “Dew Drop Inn”? At least it seems that way.

  143. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:43 am

    GB, I am due a phone upgrade, so figure I will get an iphone to sync with my macbook. I know the video is supposed to be pretty good. I want to start filming some milb pitching and AB’s, but not sure if the phone camera is sophisticated enough. Might be though. I sit very close to the plate, so wouldn’t be filming at too much of a distance.

  144. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Thanks both Gb7 and yankfem I intend to make a stronger effort to see the kids in Tampa this year. Twitter for all that’s negative about it, has given me a great way to hear from the kids on the farm and it makes me want to make a better effort to see them.

  145. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:45 am

    GB, I just googled Dew Drop and I see what you mean. :)

  146. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:47 am

    exiled, I am afraid I am a little behind the times re: tweeting. Maybe I will start my prospects blog or start tweeting. We can all tweet Yankee prospects info. Could be fun. :)

  147. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Exiled, there was never a colder ballpark outside of Candlestick that was as bad as The Mistake On The Lake, though Wrigley in April isn’t very comfortable either.

  148. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:49 am

    NYS in April isn’t very comfortable either. Especially because of the wind and the endless rain, although the former has improved somewhat since OYS was (sacrilegiously) torn down.

  149. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:51 am

    GB7 I know what you mean. but as a kid it was awesome riding the train almost right up to that monster. It sat right in the middle of down town and you could see it get bigger and uglier as the train approached it. It was a very short walk from the train to the stadium.

  150. Jerkface February 1st, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Interesting if the Nats put Harper in RF next year. Presuming they dont trick him into a longoria deal he would be a FA in his prime and has said he loves the Yankees…

  151. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Getting to YS II in on my bucket list.

  152. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:52 am

    exiled, lol. re: “bigger and uglier”…

  153. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Why don’t they enclose those louvre slats behind the seats….or put up large roll up curtains to block the wind? The wind blowing through there has to affect the flight of the ball and cut down on the “luck” of the game?

  154. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:53 am

    exiled, don’t you mean YS III?

  155. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 12:54 am

    JF, :D

  156. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 12:56 am

    II or III whatever it’s called. Btw the last time i played was in hs at the field where “The Natural” was filmed in Buffalo. That was really just a hs football field

  157. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Municipal in Cleveland was just incredibly huge. You could have built another ballpark inside of it. I did see Mantle and Ellie Howard hit some absolute bombs there. Briggs Stadium in Detroit was the place to see a ballgame back in the day. Talk and rag at Kaline about Mantle being so much better. He’d always smile and nod his head about that. Kaline was about 3-4 years younger than Mantle but always said that Mantle was the first player he checked on in the morning papers.

  158. yankeefeminista February 1st, 2012 at 1:01 am

    JF, But Harper like Montero might be too lazy to play for the Yankees:

    BHarper3407 Bryce Harper
    The gym is calling me, I’m just to damn lazy right now!
    4 hours ago

  159. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 1:02 am

    What is that in Buffalo? War Memorial Stadium?

  160. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Kaline was second player I liked that wasn’t a Yankee. Koufax was the first. I will always be grateful to my dad for teaching me about baseball and making me a Yankee fan. I saw Mantle hit a ball to dead center in municipal that may still be in the air.

  161. Pat M. February 1st, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Kaline was a great baseball player….

  162. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Gb7 War memorial was the football stadium yes you’re right on with that.. They used it for Mibl but even with a thirty foot screen in right it was only about 280 down the line. Don Mincher used to put balls over the roof with ease.

  163. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:16 am

    War memorial was torn down about 20 years age. Buffalo has one of the most beautiful minor league parks you’ll ever see right in the heart of what’s left of downtown. Fashioned after Wrigley on the outside. It has the best food concessions anywhere. Back about 15-20 years ago milb there out drew halfa dozen major league team. ave attendance was close to 19,000

  164. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I think it was Bufalo and Louisville that in a couple of seasons drew over 1 million fans, Don’t think anybost has been close since then or before. Never was there, though. My dad used to work over in Weland, Ontario.

  165. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:26 am

    In War Memorial You had to put the ball on the roof in right to hit a homerun.

  166. GreenBeret7 February 1st, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Pat, I only ragged Kaline, because he was good and he never failed to talk to kids and wave. Very nice man and a Hell of a player. Don’t remember his ever making a mistake on the field. I guess I just “hated” him with respect.

  167. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:29 am

    GB7 ” “hated” him with respect” what a great way to word that. I’m gonna use that line if you don’t mind.

  168. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I have an early appt. at the Va. in the morning thanks GB7 and all you guys for the chat. you made my night better.

  169. Pat M. February 1st, 2012 at 2:09 am

    ”Hated him with Respect ” is clearly a GB`ism…..Kind of like I fell for Tom Brady

  170. Nick in SF February 1st, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I like AJ with disrespect.

  171. ron February 1st, 2012 at 4:50 am

    They said they wan’t to put harper in the of to get him in the majors quicker.

  172. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I can’t stand AJ. with a extreme of indifference.

  173. exiledintampa February 1st, 2012 at 4:54 am

    an*

  174. Gary February 1st, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Morning

    Swisher, on the other hand, has hit .267/.368/.486 with 81 home runs and 256 RBI since coming to the Yankees. Given some of the corner outfield alternatives, Swisher’s contract has been reasonably affordable without much long-term risk.

    Even if you’re not a big Swisher fan — if you don’t like the over-the-top personality or the lower-than-you-might-expect batting average — it’s hard to argue that the trade was anything but a massive win for the Yankees. It’s an overlooked part of an overwhelming winter.
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Well I’m one of those not a big Swisher Fans so I would argue the massive win comments. Average OF that strikes out too much and doesn’t come through in key situations and never shows up for the playoffs. Massive Chad hmmmm.

  175. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Good morning.

    I see the “Clampetts” and the “McCoys were at it again the last few days.

    Guess that’s what happens when there is a lack of signifcant news.

    Nature abhors a vacuum.

    LoHud version of “High Noon”.

    Pitchers and Catchers report soon.

    And for the idiot who called me an idiot for my AJ comments try looking in the mirror first next time.

    That’s the problem around here. Say whatever you want about a “comment” just leave the “personal”
    crap out of it.

    I think some are right when they say opposing POV’s are not properly respected.

    Sometimes if you don’t tow the Co. line around here people get too damn nasty.

    My opinion is if you don’t like what someone has to say just skip over them.

    Some people just thrive on conflict I guess.

    Peace be with ye.

    :)

    ;)

  176. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 1st, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Well I’m one of those not a big Swisher Fans so I would argue the massive win comments. Average OF that strikes out too much and doesn’t come through in key situations and never shows up for the playoffs. Massive Chad hmmmm.

    ——–

    The grass is always greener on the other side …

    The Yankees have won championships with starting corner outfielders named Ricky Ledee and Chad Curtis. Everything’s relative.

    I’m a Swisher fan as much for the way he WANTS to be a Yankee as his production. And they have to GET TO the postseason to succeed or fail there. There’s no question that he’s one of the reasons they get there.

    Short memories.

  177. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 7:19 am

    morning all! 60 degrees in nyc today, good day for a ballgame!

  178. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 7:20 am

    MTU,

    I agree about opposing comments. Some are overly compelled to defend their own opinions when we should all recognize this board is meant to provide entertainment. Believe me, Cashman isn’t mulling over any of our thoughts.

    Well, maybe yours. :)

  179. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Good morning all

    I think Swish’s problem is he changes his usual approach when he gets to the PS and starts swinging for the fences.

  180. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Mac-

    Nah. I’m the last person he’d ever listen to.

    In fact, he’d be wise to do the opposite.

    I hope we get our final bat soon. Looking forward to P and C’s reporting.

    :)

  181. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 7:26 am

    i have always believed that there are a few commenters on here who’s main purpose is to attack and argue. i don’t mind a spirited debate and a little bit of ball busting, but there has to be a basis of respect for other opinions. randy and i disagree on everything, and while i like to give it to him when i disagree, he is one of my favorite posters on here and i always look forward to reading what he has to say.

    in the end we are (almost) all yankees fans.

  182. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Good morning.

    If you can’t press your inner ignore button , suggest to Chad that the paper should go out and hire her to keep the peace! :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFV0Uvzpz0o

  183. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:31 am

    YT-

    Oh yeah !

    ;) :)

  184. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and sometimes good discussions result from different POVs.

    What I don’t like is the personal attacks, about other posters, about players, about Cashman and Girardi. Many people did not like the Montero trade. I am one of them. There are rational points that can be made regarding it. To think Cashman/Girardi have a personal problem w/ Montero diminishes the points made. Their job is to win, not to have petty agendas. To think that Montero somehow deserved to be traded b/c of his attitude/work ethic is not right. To continually bash Russell Martin b/c you wanted to see Montero there is not fair either.

  185. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Swisher hit .232 from the left side, Tex .223.

    Agree with you Kate and he should do what Tex will do occasionaly against the shift-lay down a bunt. It worked for A-Gon against the Yankee shift. Can’t remember if it led to a big inning.

  186. Dionysius Thelxinoe February 1st, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Some people just thrive on conflict I guess.

    —–

    I don’t know that I would apply the word ‘thrive’ to those comments … “recreational malice’ seems more like it.

  187. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 7:34 am

    It is finally February. Real baseball begins. I do hate the international tournament since it delays the season’s start, but I can’t wait for reports on who’s fat and who’s not, who’s throwing well, Pineda’s new fabulous change, and Hughes reading MTU and incorporating a split.

  188. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 7:37 am

    What I don’t like is the personal attacks, about other posters, about players, about Cashman and Girardi. Many people did not like the Montero trade. I am one of them.
    ————————–
    Kate-

    Who’s this Montero player everyone is hot under the collar about?

  189. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Mac-

    Looking forward to both Pineda and Hughes.

    I believe I have my expectations set properly on them.

    Not expecting miracles. Just solid seasons with good health.

    More is gravy.

    :)

  190. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 7:42 am

    YT
    :)

  191. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 7:44 am

    If the Yankees start the season with Sabathia, Pineda, Kuroda, Nova and Hughes the average age of the starting staff is 28 yo. I can’t think of the last time the Yankees had a pitching staff with an average age that low.

  192. Villa Nova-Ya February 1st, 2012 at 7:46 am

    upstate kate -

    I agree with your 7:31 a.m. post 100%.

    :)

  193. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:48 am

    YT-

    And most likely Kuroda is a 1 year phenomenon.

    Next year it might get even younger, and the year after too.

    ;)

  194. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Both Pineda and Montero have obstacles they will need to overcome.

    Pineda has the extra pressure of pitching in YS and in the AL East, while trying to learn a 3rd pitch and build up stamina toward 200 innings.

    Montero has the pressure of now being the primary catcher, concentrating on a new pitching staff, playing for a team that will not contend this year, and be expected to anchor a weak offense in either the 3,4,or 5 position. A lot to concentrate on.

    Hope they both succeed and become stars.

  195. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 7:50 am

    over/under on the # of times tex actually bunts to bust the shift….i’ll put the # at 3 and i’ll take the under.

    i think he’s been talking to brett gardner who leads the league in ‘thinking about bunting’ every february…

  196. austinmac February 1st, 2012 at 7:50 am

    MTU,

    Every time Hughes pitches I hope to see the Hughes of early 2010. I still do and hold out hope he will impress us in camp.

    What I don’t want to see is Hughes in the pen since that eliminates him as a starter in the near future. AJ for sixth inning guy is my new mantra if my trade him mantra goes by the wayside.

    Freddy G. What to do with him?

  197. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    is montero going to be the primary catcher? they still have a catcher. i heard jack z say they would ‘give him every chance’ to become the every day catcher with no timetable. that sure sounds to me like he’s not going to be the primary catcher at least at this point.

  198. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Off topic :

    Anyone around here off-road their vehicles much ?

    (and NO I do not mean get into a lot of accidents. I mean go 4-Wheelin’)

    :)

  199. Villa Nova-Ya February 1st, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Yankee Trader -

    If I’m not mistaken, I thought I read that the Mariners plan to work Montero into catching duties slowly, that he is not going to be their primary catcher right off. Now, they may be saying one thing and end up doing something else, certainly.

    But, I agree with your premise that both players have a lot on their plate, and with your sentiment that both become stars.

  200. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Mac-

    Agree 1000% of Hughes. Starter or bust.

    Freddy could be the guy who gets moved for a bat ?

  201. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:55 am

    YT/VN-

    You can 3rd me into that mix.

    ;)

  202. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Freddy could be the guy who gets moved for a bat ?

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

    Garcia doesn’t bring back a bat any better than can be found on the FA market.

  203. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Room for 2 more positional players on the 25 man staff. What’s the latest?

    Seems like trying to trade Burnett has gotten them nowhere, as teams probably want him as a 3-5M/year pitcher. Many teams are already set for starting pitching.

    Believe that the Yankees will be giving Hughes every opportunity to be in the starting rotation.

    Who will be willing to take the 2M on the table to DH?

    Who is the back-up at 3rd-Nunez? Will Laird make the team? Bill Hall?

    Will the Yankees take advantage this year, before the new CBA rules go into effect on signing international players, and bring in Concepcion, a young lefty pitcher, and Soler, a young OF’er, both Cubans?

  204. Tom in N.J. February 1st, 2012 at 8:01 am

    MTU,

    I four wheel.

    Well, several Honda Recons came with the farm. So far they’ve been fun.

  205. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    DF-

    OK. Then we keep him as a “Swingman”.

    :)

  206. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 8:02 am

    over/under on the # of times tex actually bunts to bust the shift….i’ll put the # at 3 and i’ll take the under.

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

    Agreed. What’s bunting going to do? Anyone really think that’ll deter teams from employing the shift?

  207. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    only injury or continued velocity loss could keep hughes out of the rotation coming out of ST. i don’t even think poor results will cost him his spot. they have to know if he’s going to hold down a rotation spot for the next 3 years, he has to be the primary choice with freddy and aj taking a back seat.

  208. upstate kate February 1st, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Thanks Villa

    MTU
    I may off-road on occassion, but it is not intentional :)

  209. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Tom-

    I was thinking more of Jeeps, etc.

    Wanted to get some feedback on anyone’s experience 4-wheelin’ with the Toyota 4Runner in rough conditions.

    I’m thinkin’ of gettin’ one to replace my Santa Fe.

  210. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Kate-

    yeah. I was afraid my my question might misconstrued that way.

    Gotta watch out for Sasquatch out where you are.

    :)

  211. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 8:07 am

    In 1994, Ron Gant, who had just signed a lucrative Braves contract, broke his leg riding an ATV, and was out the entire year.

    MTU-

    If you are planning your comeback with the Yankees stay away from those toys! :)

  212. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:09 am

    YT-

    Not required for Waterboy.

    I’m safe.

    :)

  213. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 8:10 am

    MTU:

    I think Garcia in some sort of swing role is the way it ends up. Not really buying the notion that Cashman will move one of his MLB starters for a bat, as the only real options are Hughes and Nova. Don’t think Cashman really wants to move either.

  214. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    DF-

    Yeah. Probably a guy like Ibanez although I always hold out hope for a surprise.

    ;)

  215. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    MTU-

    Found this for you about SUV’s made for off-roading.

    http://usnews.rankingsandrevie.....Road-SUVs/

  216. blake February 1st, 2012 at 8:13 am

    “Agreed. What’s bunting going to do? Anyone really think that’ll deter teams from employing the shift?”

    Be a nice skill to become proficient at for big spots though……if he could at least make the 3rd baseman play honest then that opens things up a bit.

  217. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 8:17 am

    it’s beyond comprehension to me that an athelete who is talented enough to learn how to switch hit and play superb first base can’t learn how to get inside a pitch and go the other way when the defense is bunched. i think it’s totally mental, i think the physical part of learning how to do it would be relatively easy once he accepts that he has to take advantage of the defense being out of position. instead of looking at the situation as the opposition takign advantage of your tendency, you have to look at is as an opportunity that has to be exploited. go the other way even once a month and the infielders will start sliding back to their normal positions immediately, thus giving you your field back.

    its no different than cutting down your swing with two strikes, it seems like it should be logical and obvious, but alot of guys just don’t seem to be able to accept the mental part of it.

  218. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Which of thes aging stars do you think had a lower OB% last year?

    Raul Ibanez or Vladimir Guerrero?

  219. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:18 am

    YT-

    Thanks.

    Concerned about a few things (not necessarily in order):

    Price
    Reliability
    Off-Road capability

    Have heard great things about the 4Runner. Most likely will get one of them. I’ve heard they are practically bulletproof.

    Just wanted some feedback from anyone who might own a 4WD drive version and actually used it.

    As you know I have been known to get off trail a bit.

    ;)

  220. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Be a nice skill to become proficient at for big spots though……if he could at least make the 3rd baseman play honest then that opens things up a bit

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

    Meh. In a big spot, I think most teams would be thrilled if Teixeira decided to bunt.

    I suppose, down 3 runs late in the game and simply looking for baserunners, it could make some sense though.

  221. pat February 1st, 2012 at 8:20 am

    MTU

    On a vacation to the Outer Banks of NC, we rented a Jeep Cherokee to go 4 wheeling on the beach to go see the wild horses. See wild horses got crossed off the bucket list as did get whiplash. Fun day!

  222. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 8:20 am

    but gardner not bunting is much harder to take than tex not shift-busting. there is no excuse for gardner, imo. if he forced the 3bman in and ss over further in the hole, he would get alot more hits and a guy with his lack of power HAS TO force the infielders to respect the bunt.

    but we know that’s never going to happen…

  223. Yankee Trader February 1st, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The attraction of the short RF porch in YS has Tex and Swisher playing for the home run against the shift, habits that probably carry over when they play away games. Tex has already admitted this.

  224. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Thanks Pat.

    Sounds like fun.

    We only get to see the Ocean around here around every 100 Million years or so.

    :)

  225. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I think when Tex 1st came over he hit more balls the other way.

    That’s my recollection.

    Perhaps I’m wrong ?

  226. Ys Guy February 1st, 2012 at 8:30 am

    today’s guest post’s highlights:

    writer is 27, jeter is his favorite player

    wishes the yankees would go back to the ‘old ways’ of THE GENIUS George Steinbrenner

    the main point is a statistical analysis that suggests that cano should bat 4th.

    as an aside, the writer drops in that he once got david cone to sign a particular part of his gf’s anatomy that he won’t mention specifically…

  227. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Are pledge-hikes being replaced by off-road drives this season? Next we’ll learn that Nick is has given up burgers in favor of wheatberry salads or something.

  228. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Odd Factoid (To me at least).

    It’s amazing how many people who own 4WD SUV’s have never even taken them off the pavement.

    I know. Chicks dig the power, and they are good in nasty weather.

    I just find it funny.

    :)

  229. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Jeers-

    I like my road trips but the 2 go hand-in-hand so to speak.

    So the short answer is no. They will not be replaced.

    Nick will have to speak for himself on his eating habits.

    :)

  230. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Since I see his name mentioned quite a bit this morning, it seems appropriate that February is (according to my NYY calendar) Mark “The Juice Presser” Teixeira month.

    Carry on.

  231. Tom in N.J. February 1st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    MTU:

    I always laugh at those SUV adverts on T.V.. They always have the car driving off some mountain all extreme-like. When, In reality, the car is owned by a suburban soccer mom who drives her kids to the mall.

  232. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:37 am

    erin-

    Tex has a “LaLanne” juicer ?

    Odd image. To say the least.

    :)

  233. dogface February 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think when Tex 1st came over he hit more balls the other way.

    That’s my recollection.

    Perhaps I’m wrong ?

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

    Numbers don’t really back it. Hasn’t done it much over his career and hasn’t been very effective when he has, especially left handed where he has ZERO opposite field power. He has .600 OPS on balls in play to the opposite field batting lefty. By comparison, ARod has SLUGGED .634 on balls put in play to the opposite field in his career.

  234. pat February 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    “Mark “The Juice Presser” Teixeira ”

    The Ron Popeil of pinstripes.

  235. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Tom-

    Kinda like usin’ a hammer as a paper weight.

    :)

  236. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I like my road trips but the 2 go hand-in-hand so to speak.

    So the short answer is no. They will not be replaced.

    —————————————————–__

    That’s good news. Because the next logical step once the SUV replaces the legs is probably a wheelchair. :wink:

  237. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:41 am

    DF-

    Thanks for looking that up.

    Appreciate it.

    Senility has taken a firm hold on me. The old gray Memory ain’t what she used to be. Ain’t what she used to be.

    :)

  238. Tom in N.J. February 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    “That’s good news. Because the next logical step once the SUV replaces the legs is probably a wheelchair”

    MTU seems more like a rascal scooter type of guy.

  239. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Jeers-

    It won’t be long. Time flies but it never flies out like a ballplayer. Just keeps on goin’ into the long black night.

    ;)

  240. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Tom-

    We have several people in the mid to late eighties in our hiking club.

    Not that I’ll be one of them ( ;) ).

    I’m considered a “whippersnapper” by some of them.

    If I can’t live the way I want someday I hope they’ll just shoot me like a horse with a broken leg and put me out of my misery.

    ;)

  241. Tar February 1st, 2012 at 8:50 am

    “but gardner not bunting is much harder to take than tex not shift-busting. there is no excuse for gardner, imo. if he forced the 3bman in and ss over further in the hole, he would get alot more hits and a guy with his lack of power HAS TO force the infielders to respect the bunt.”

    Crazy thought number one–

    Gardner is going to have a break-out year. He is going to master the “5.5 hole” and become the lead-off hitter everyone imagined he could be.

  242. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Tar-

    That’s a good vision. Please hang onto it.

    ;)

  243. Bronx Jeers February 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Just remember its better to burn out than to fade away.

    But at least you can take that SUV and drive it off a cliff. Very romantic. The best I can do is tie a shopping cart to my leg and jump in the east river. :wink:

    Gotta go to the gym and fight off the inevitable. Talk to you good folks later.

  244. Tar February 1st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    MTU

    Because of you I didn’t post crazy thought number 2.

    It has to do with AJ, and I didn’t want you to accidentally implode or anything :D

  245. Erin February 1st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    New Post- Pinch hitting: David Fox

    :arrow:

  246. blake February 1st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “Meh. In a big spot, I think most teams would be thrilled if Teixeira decided to bunt.”

    Most Yankee fans would rather see him take the free base….move the runners…..and.more importantly not pop up, hit in to the shift…..or swing through a CU for strike 3.

    If Tex made more contact from the left side then I wouldn’t think that way…..and I wouldn’t want him doing it all the time….but in important spots….take what they give you.

  247. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Jeers-

    Have you ever heard of “relocating” ?

    I have done it.

    You have in the past.

    We have plenty of cliffs to go around out here.

    And LOTS of room.

    :)

  248. MaineYankee February 1st, 2012 at 9:03 am

    MTU February 1st, 2012 at 7:52 am
    Off topic :

    Anyone around here off-road their vehicles much ?

    (and NO I do not mean get into a lot of accidents. I mean go 4-Wheelin’
    ———————————————————————-

    I thought you always had to off road out there. :D :

  249. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Tar-

    :)

    Best for an idiot like me to leave that sleeping dog to lie for now.

    Not takin’ the bait.

    I will say this though. Once AJ takes the hill in Pinstripes I’ll pull for him to succeed. You can rest assured of that.

    ;)

  250. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Maine-

    Not always. We have installed some pavement for the Easterners so they don’t get lost or too nervous. As a guidepost sort of thing.

    I try to use it as little as possible myself. Hurts my feet.

    :)

  251. MTU February 1st, 2012 at 9:12 am

    There’s a new one —->


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