Let me be clear, I have absolutely no idea who KevJumba is, but apparently he’s on YouTube and for whatever reason, Nick Swisher played him in a best-of-five ping pong match. The result is actually really entertaining, a chance for Swisher to be Swisher and show some pretty solid table tennis skills. Check out the video above or follow this link to see the clip. It’s all part of a new YouTube channel called The NOC, which is devoted to sports and entertainment.
Some late night notes and links from today…
• The Yankees are not the only team interested in Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. As Ken Rosenthal writes, Soler is the next big thing on the international market and should get a big contract from someone. Rosenthal compares Soler’s power to Mike Stanton — wow — but says he might eventually end up at first base because he doesn’t move especially well.
• Already looking ahead to next winter? Ken Davidoff picked his “walk-year all-stars,” naming each position’s best player currently in the final year of his contract. Two Yankees made the list: Nick Swisher in right field and Mariano Rivera at closer.
• Also from the good folks at Newsday, Erik Boland tells the story of Michael Pineda coming to the Yankees, including an initial conversation that was literally lost in translation. “When the GM called speaking to me in English, I don’t understand (everything),” Pineda said of last month’s trade. “I’m a Dominican guy, and my English isn’t very good.”
• Longtime minor league catcher P.J. Pilittere is going to be a minor league coach for the Yankees this season. That’s a terrific guy to keep in the organization. Congrats to him.
• MLB Network has announced the schedule for its spring training series 30 Clubs in 30 Days. You’ll have to wait until March 24 to watch the Yankees episode.
• Looks like Joba Chamberlain is going to keep working out with the team. He’s finshing off his Tommy John rehab, but today he talked about being able to relate to the hype surrounding Jeremy Lin. “Does it get old?” Chamberlain said. “No.”
• Apparently the Linsanity has come to my neighborhood: It looks like Lin is about to become a White Plains resident.
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