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Monday notes: Moving forward

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 20, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Because the A.J. Burnett trade was just finalized, it was inevitable that some of the buzz surrounding today’s first Yankees workout would center on a player who’s no longer here. Teammates had positive things to say about Burnett, and speaking to reporters at the Pirates minor league complex, Burnett said he was hoping for a fresh start that would bring some of the “joy” back to baseball.

“It was fun the first couple of years,” Burnett said according to The Associated Press. “Then it got like, I’m never going to get out of this funk… I let a few too many people tinker with me, maybe. When you let that happen, you start doubting yourself sometimes. You wonder, ‘Am I doing it right? Is this how it’s supposed to feel?’ and things like that. In ’09, nobody messed with me. I was able to do what I wanted to do on the mound, whether it was turn around, close my eyes and pitch upside down. Then you have a few bad games and you start changing and listening.”

A few comments on Burnett from Yankees camp…

Russell Martin: “I think sometimes he would let negative thoughts get into his mind and they would affect him a little bit. It wasn’t the fact that he didn’t care or anything; he probably cared more than anybody. He’s just very hard on himself and sometimes over-critical, and when you do that, sometimes you just go the wrong way. That’s what happened with him sometimes; he was over-critical of himself instead of just simplifying the game. He would listen to everybody trying to help him out, and when you do that, it becomes chaotic. I think that’s what was happening in his mind.”

CC Sabathia: “It’s tough. We came into this thing together, and it’s just tough to see him go. But I think it’s the best for him, and we just move on. It’s part of the game, he’s been around a long time, and I think he understands. Just a change of scenery. Sometimes that does well for guys, and hopefully that can do well for him… Our families got really close, our kids, our wives, so it’ll be tough. But like I said, hopefully he stays healthy, and it works out for the best for him.”

Joe Girardi: “From a manager’s standpoint, I felt A.J. did everything we asked him to. He worked hard. He came prepared every day. He gave us his best effort, and he even tried making changes as the years went on. I had a good time with AJ when he was here, and he won some really important games for us. You go back to the game against the Tigers; you go back to Game 2 of the World Series for us. If not for AJ, we may not win that World Series. Obviously you develop relationships, and we developed a good relationship, and I’ll miss him. As I told him, I want to wish him the best of luck to try to continue to improve your trade.”

Martin said he texted with Burnett after the trade. “I told him I was going to bunt off him,” Martin said. “He wrote back, ‘LOL. I know you better than that, man.’”

Speaking of Martin, he said the Yankees talked to him about a multi-year deal, but those conversations never went very far. “My agent and the Yankees talked a little bit about an extension,” Martin said. “Including this year, they were talking about three years. That’s where the conversation ended. They didn’t really throw any numbers out there. Well, they did, but I’m not going to throw them out there.” For whatever it’s worth, Martin said he loves being with the Yankees.

It was Francisco Cervelli who caught Hiroki Kuroda today, but obviously Martin knows all about Kuroda from their time together in Los Angeles. “On his good days, he can reach up to 95 with good movement on his fastball and good two-seam sinking action,” Martin said. “He’s got a cutter that he uses, and a curveball that he uses as well. It’s not necessarily a strikeout curveball, but he can throw it for strikes. He’s got a slider and a splitty; his splitty is pretty much his strikeout pitch with his fastball. He’s got good command, and you’ll see, he’s pretty good.”

Most guys seemed to be throwing around 25-30 pitches in their first bullpens today. One notable exception was Phil Hughes who threw 40. He was easily the last to finish in the first group. He said he’s been throwing for several weeks and Larry Rothschild decided to keep him on that advanced schedule rather than have him scale back now that camp has officially opened.

Girardi said he has no specific number in mind, but he knows Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter will both need fairly regular DH days this season. He indicated that he’d like to have most of those days come against left-handers, with Eduardo Nunez stepping into the lineup. “It’s just more of a feel more than anything, and watching how he’s moving and watching how he’s responding day after day after day,” Girardi said. “Is it better to give him a DH day? Is it better to give him an off day?”

Obviously Eric Chavez’s name is still floating out there on the free agent market, and no one seems to be ruling out the possibility of bringing him back to the Yankees. “Not so sure that we wouldn’t make another move before position players report here,” Girardi said. “You always look for depth, and if we can add some depth, we will.”

Signing Chavez could all but lock up the final spot on the Yankees bench, but there seems to be at least one bullpen spot that’s wide open. “You’ve got to figure out what you’re going to bring in your bullpen,” Girardi said. “Do you bring another lefty? Or bring another right-hander? A guy that gives you distance? There’s a lot of guys that I’m going to pay attention to.”

Random position player sighting of the day: Corban Joseph showed up briefly to either put something in his locker or take something out.

Associated Press photos

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108 Responses to “Monday notes: Moving forward”

  1. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    is that what people were saying earlier was aj taking shots at the yankees? how can anyone call that taking shots?

    i wish aj and the pirates all the luck, it’d be great for the fans in pittsburgh if the pirates could take advantage of the disamament of the nl central.

    almost linsanity time!

  2. Best To Ever Do It February 20th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    What is this linsanity you speak of ;)

  3. austinmac February 20th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Chad,

    You are a heck of a hard worker. We in the hinterlands always appreciate the insights and information you provide.

    I didn’t take what Burnett said was bad either. It sounds like he over thinks his mechanics, and that can be difficult. He seems to acknowledge the choice to listen is his.

  4. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    really looking forward to melo tonight. but there might not be that much of the lin & melo show because lin played 46 min last night, davis is back and melo is coming off his injury. still it should be fun to watch.

    meanwhile in beantown the celts can deal with the mav’s and watch the knickerbockers pass by them in the standings (for years to come?)

  5. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    A new PED?

    TheAtlanticHLTH TheAtlantic/Health
    New fracture putty developed by the Department of Defense could heal bones in days: http://bit.ly/xmvWUI

  6. MaineYankee February 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    From MLB trade rumors

    •The Burnett acquisition creates competition at the back end of the Pirates’ rotation, writes Biertempfel. He believes Kevin Correia and Jeff Karstens will battle for the last spot, if everyone is healthy. Burnett talked to reporters this morning. One interesting news tidbit was his comment that one ever asked him about a potential Angels trade, though he confirmed he’s not interested in the West Coast for family reasons. Unprompted, Burnett debunked the rumors about his wife’s transportation preferences, saying with a smile, “She loves to fly.”
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    I found the last sentence interesting.

  7. MaineYankee February 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    A new PED?

    TheAtlanticHLTH TheAtlantic/Health
    New fracture putty developed by the Department of Defense could heal bones in days: http://bit.ly/xmvWUI

    ——————————————————-

    Things seem to be quieting down here and you want to start more trouble.

  8. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Melo dishing and swishing early.

    The refs on the other hand in lockout mode.

  9. Best To Ever Do It February 20th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Did Tyson get hurt again?

  10. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Check that about the swishing. :D

    A little rusty on the layups.

  11. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Any Knicks live streams?

    TIA

  12. MaineYankee February 20th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    LGY

    The refs on the other hand in lockout mode.

    ———————————————————————

    The way they allow NBA games to be called now is ruining the game.

  13. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Baron Davis time!!!

  14. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    no injury, chandler has 2 fouls

  15. MaineYankee February 20th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    Any Knicks live streams?

    TIA

    ———————————————-

    I thought your quote earlier was very appropriate.

  16. LockDown February 20th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Any Knicks live streams?

    TIA
    —————-

    http://www.firstrowsports.eu/w.....-nets.html

  17. Best To Ever Do It February 20th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks YS I saw him with a pad on the bench and thought he got hurt.

  18. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    You mean the Dostoevsky quote, MY? Thanks, there are a lot of them. Here’s another I like:

    “…one cannot avoid the simple fact that anyone at any time can decide to act in a way which might not be considered good, and some will do so simply to validate their existence and to protest and confirm that they exist as individuals.”

  19. MG February 20th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Nick, first row sports, google it…

  20. MaineYankee February 20th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Nick

    Yes that one. They make to much sense. That puts them out of place here.

  21. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks LockDown and MG, yo la tengo.

    How did Baron Pipp look in his first NYK action?

  22. PacoDooley February 20th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    LockDown February 20th, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Any Knicks live streams?

    TIA
    —————-

    http://www.firstrowsports.eu/w…..-nets.html
    ———————-

    Thanks – wish I noticed earlier – would have watched more (late here in the UK!)

  23. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    nets take the lead with lin and melo on the bench.

  24. MG February 20th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Baron looks pretty good, the Knicks have great depth right now and I saw no evidence of the ball not moving with Melo in the game, he got 5 shots within the flow of the game in Q1.

    This team is going to be very tough later in the season when they get used to each other.

  25. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Sweet. I loved Baron Davis during that “We Believe” GSW season, it would be great if he contributes for the NYK too.

    Stay healthy, Baron!

  26. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Nets on fire from 3.

  27. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Baron celebrates his first points as a Knick.

    @netw3rk: This won’t make the media guide. http://t.co/JmKCvGUF

  28. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Man Lin gets hammered left and right and fouls are hardly ever called

  29. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    No idea what the refs are doing. Lin was hammered on his last drive.

  30. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    davis knocked mizzou out of the round of 8 in the ncaa tournament way back in his ucla days. i won’t say i got over it, but i dont hold it against baron anymore….

    maybe the tigers make up for it this year…

  31. randy l. February 20th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    here’s a really interesting Dostoyevsky quote:

    “You can be sincere and still be stupid.”

  32. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    WTF.

    Why did the shot clock reset??

  33. Best To Ever Do It February 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    That’s true Lin doesn’t get the calls but that should change after a while.

  34. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I do believe you’re sincere, randy.

    LGY, I suggested earlier that you should give Pat M an extra $5 if Hughes starts the season as the #2 or #3 in the rotation. What do you think about that?

  35. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    LGY, I suggested earlier that you should give Pat M an extra $5 if Hughes starts the season as the #2 or #3 in the rotation. What do you think about that?

    ——

    Sure, why not.

  36. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    WTF?????????????????? Now Fields gets hammered.

  37. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    What is going on right now?

    The Knicks are getting hacked on every drive with no calls.

  38. RMS February 20th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    AJ should do well in Pittsburgh. No pressure, no large crowds. He’ll be able to pitch, I mean throw.

  39. mick February 20th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    not liking the baron melo chemistry

  40. Against All Odds February 20th, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Mike will talk to the refs about the non calls. Lin and Melo will have big games in the second half.

  41. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I like that attitude.

    I will suggest to Pat M that he give you an extra $5 if Hughes is traded before Opening Day.

  42. m February 20th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Pete has a vlog on his site. Crawford said he was not happy with Henry’s comments. What comments were those? The ones where he said that he opposed Crawford’s signing. I had forgotten about that, too. Crawford saying he’s taking a mulligan this year. Actually he said he was here for his “redo”. Whatever that is.

  43. mick February 20th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    melo’s game is one on one, he stops the flow

  44. Against All Odds February 20th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Give Melo some time to gel with Lin.

  45. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    The worst was when they reset the shot clock for no reason that led to 3 points for the Nets.

    I’m trying not to sound biased but that was one of the most one sided halfs from the refs I’ve seen.

  46. randy l. February 20th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    “I should like to know what people fear the most: whatever is contrary to their usual habits, I imagine.”
    ? Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  47. mick February 20th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    melo is a show stopper, the ball sticks to him and disrupts the flow Lin creates.

  48. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The more time randy spends looking up Dostoevsky quotes as opposed to his usual shtick, the better off we all are.

  49. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Melo actually deferred too much IMO.

  50. mick February 20th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    randy going jonathan livingston seagull

  51. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    melo is a show stopper, the ball sticks to him and disrupts the flow Lin creates.

    —–

    Not sure what half you watched. He passed almost everytime he touched the ball.

  52. mick February 20th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    this is Lin’s show now, Melo’s talents aren’t as necessary

  53. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Landry. Beyond stupid.

  54. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Can’t even get calls at home. What a joke the NBA is

  55. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Guess the refs have some money on this game

  56. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    WOW. Offensive foul? That happens almost every time down the floor in the NBA.

  57. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Brooks just pushed off yet no call.

  58. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    melo has disrupted the flow, lin has become tentative…

  59. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    melo has disrupted the flow, lin has become tentative…

    ———————————————————–

    It is Stat who is the problem, not Melo

  60. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    You have to be kidding me.

  61. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Refs and Umpires complete ruin sports

  62. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Screw You HUMP

  63. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Landry getting mad now!

  64. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    The league needs to investigate this crap

  65. Against All Odds February 20th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Are the refs blind

  66. Against All Odds February 20th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Investigate how about some reassignments

  67. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Congrats Nets. This is your NBA finals.

  68. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    d will sayin, you want me or lin?

  69. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Nets making every 3 in sight, the refs absolutely killing the Knicks, and the Knicks playing incredibly stupid basketball.

  70. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    It is Stat who is the problem, not Melo
    ================
    how so?

  71. TheStraw February 20th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Deron Williams is still the best point guard in the metro NY area.

  72. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    nothing from melo so far tonight.

  73. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    melo demands the ball, its all about him.

  74. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    take him off the floor and watch the knicks make a run.

  75. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    give it some time, the guy hasn’t played in 2 weeks.

  76. GreenBeret7 February 20th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Just maybe it’s the bad shooting and stupid fouls by the Knicks tonight. The Nets aren’t fouling anyone when Knicks are on the foul line.

  77. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Haha. Knicks finally get a call. No way that’s a charge.

  78. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    knicks got away with one there

  79. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    knicks got away with one there

    —————————————–

    Certainly makes up for the half dozen Net calls :)

  80. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    for the first 5 minutes of this game the nets couldn’t buy a shot. since then, they can’ miss. increadible shooting. williams was determined not to be in lin’s shadow again this game.

  81. Nick in SF February 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    A let-down game the night after beating the defending champs on national tv isn’t such a shocker, not to mention trying to integrate Melo and Davis into the flow.

    Plus the Nets have been unconscious. Not a good recipe.

  82. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    knick role players are not the focus with melo out there.
    novak, smith, fields are out of the flow.
    he demands the ball.

  83. G-C February 20th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve seen better Nets teams collapse more dramatically than this.

    That said, this is pretty goddamn enjoyable. Knock on wood.

  84. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    i dont know what game you’re watching, melo hasnt been demanding the ball in this game. in fact he hasnt found his place in the flow at all.

  85. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    It is Stat who is the problem, not Melo
    ================
    how so?

    —————————————–

    He doesn’t work being on the floor with Chandler. He has lost his explosiveness. he plays just about the worst defense one can play. He can’t dunk anymore unless he is all alone. He gets shots blocked left and right and this can’t be blamed on his brother getting killed. He has been awful all year.

    If Orlando is stupid enough to take him and Chandler for Howard you do it 100 times out of 100

  86. Bronx Jeers February 20th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    All generalizations are false, including this one.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....ook_LF.jpg

  87. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    melo is 3-7 from the field.

  88. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Tyson, what are you thinking man.

  89. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    wow, the knicks working their way back into the game and chandler has to go off and get himself ejected…what was he thinking?

  90. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    wow, the knicks working their way back into the game and chandler has to go off and get himself ejected…what was he thinking?

    ———————————————————

    I agree it was dumb but after a while you get sick and tired of getting popped left and right. Humphries is a punk and deserves to get smacked

  91. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    ok at least he didnt get booted.

  92. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    WTF?????????????????????????? Where is the foul

  93. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    i was just thinking that the door is open for melo to take the knicks to a win here…

  94. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Knicks making a run…

  95. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    No idea what Fields is think going ISO with Melo, Amare, and JR Smith on the floor.

  96. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Knicks had 3 possessions to cut it to 6. That could be the game.

  97. Triple Short of a Cycle February 20th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thats game

  98. Ys Guy February 20th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    wow, in 1 minute the knicks gave this one right back. knicks not rebounding at all at this point. they look gassed.

  99. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    knicks made their run with Melo on the bench.
    This is Lin’s team now.

  100. mick February 20th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    knicks missed shump
    d will had free will.

  101. TheStraw February 20th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Photo of AJ in Buc’s uniform:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports.....53172698/1.

    Looks good on him.

  102. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Melo is just rusty. Triple is right. Amare is definitely a bigger problem. Hopefully he’s still getting into game shape after rehabbing his back all summer but he looks about 40 years old right now.

  103. mick February 20th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Stat is fine with Lin and the pick and roll. they just won 9 of 10 w/out Melo.
    Common sense.

  104. LGY February 20th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Amare is pretty much useless when he’s not doing anything on offense because he’s one of the worst defenders in the league.

  105. mick February 20th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    amare game is pick and roll. that’s it. he’s one dimensional.
    nash made him. lin would too.
    he has terrible hands and cant shoot.
    but he fits better in a point oriented offense.

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