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Tuesday notes: Granderson defers to Cano

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 28, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Curtis Granderson was a legitimate MVP candidate last year. He hit 41 homers and led the league in both RBIs and runs, yet he’s far from the biggest name in the Yankees clubhouse. How does it feel to have a year like that, and still be overshadowed?

“The good thing about this team, I don’t think there’s one guy that has to be the guy,” Granderson said. “If there is, if I’m pointing to him, I’m looking at Cano as that guy. It seems like he’s always the guy coming up with the big hit or big play for the last two seasons that I’ve been here.”

Robinson Cano seems all but locked into the No. 3 spot in the order, and despite his power last season, Granderson said he still doesn’t consider himself a true middle-of-the-order hitter.

“I remember being in Little League,” he said. “We had our first game one year, and I remember looking at the lineup. I think I batted first or second. One kid — he was a little bit bigger and just all-around, at the time, better — he batted third. I remember asking someone, how come he’s batting third? Why am I batting first? They said, the best hitter has to bat third. From that day — I was probably 8, 9, 10 years old – I remembered that. It’s not necessarily the guy with the most home runs. It’s your best all-around hitter.”

• Cano’s grandmother’s funeral was today. He’s scheduled to be back with the Yankees, in uniform, on Thursday.

• Speaking of Thursday, the Yankees will have a team outing that afternoon. They’ll have a short workout in the morning, then the team will go to an undisclosed event at an undisclosed location. “We’ve done a real good job of keeping this one hush-hush,” Girardi said.

• Ivan Nova will likely throw one more bullpen before starting Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener. Today he threw batting practice for the second time this spring. “It looks like he has a plan,” Girardi said. “He knows exactly what he wants to do. Sometimes when you’re fighting like he was last year to try to prove himself, that he could pitch at this level — was he going to go with us, was he not going to go with us — I think with the experience that he got last year, I think he understands what it takes. And what he needs to work on. And what his approach is.”

• Joba Chamberlain said he’s scheduled to throw another 15-20 fastballs off a full mound on Friday. He’s not sure when he’ll be throwing breaking balls, but he’s hopeful it’s not too far in the future.

• Chamberlain knows that the Yankees don’t expect him back until June, but he’s still hoping to beat that expectation and get back sooner. He has a best-case scenario in mind. “I’m just going to do a Mo,” he said. “I know the answer, but I’m not going to tell you guys. Yeah, I have it in mind. I know the work that I put in. Like I said, three to four months can be realistic. But also on the other hand, it can be realistic on the front side of things. For all the work that I put in, I know there’s more coming up still.”

• Speaking of Rivera, here’s David Aardsma when asked whether he’s hoping to take Rivera’s job next season: “Nah, I’m focused on being healthy, and that’s all I’m worried about. Whatever those circumstances are, when we get there we get there. He’s the greatest closer of all time, man. He can ride out on whatever horse he wants to whenever he wants to.”

• Girardi was asked about catching prospect Gary Sanchez, the youngest player in camp: “He’s made some minor adjustments (defensively), and I’ve been pleased with his work ethic. He’s got some thunder in his bat, you can see. He swings the bat with authority. He’s got an outstanding arm. For Gary, he needs to play. This kid needs to play a lot of games so he understands the trade back there.”

• Kyle Higashioka hurt his shoulder during a workout today. “He could be out for a few days,” Girardi said.

• Bill Hall got quite a bit of time at shortstop during drills today. Really, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees are too concerned with his ability to play there, but I guess it’s possible it could come into play if Eduardo Nunez is hurt.

• Random observation of the day: When lefty Clay Rapada throws batting practice, the protective L screen is flipped as if a right-hander is throwing. The L screen is made with an opening for a pitcher to throw the ball, but the opening is too high for Rapada’s sidearm delivery. Instead, he just throws around the screen, keeping his left arm straight out to the side.

• As expected, Andy Pettitte did throw batting practice today, but he wasn’t on the main field. Pettitte threw BP in one of the indoor cages. The only hitters I saw him throw to were Jorge Vazquez and Zoilo Almonte.

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42 Responses to “Tuesday notes: Granderson defers to Cano”

  1. Bret The Hitman February 28th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • Girardi was asked about catching prospect Gary Sanchez, the youngest player in camp: “He’s made some minor adjustments (defensively), and I’ve been pleased with his work ethic. He’s got some thunder in his bat, you can see. He swings the bat with authority. He’s got an outstanding arm. For Gary, he needs to play. This kid needs to play a lot of games so he understands the trade back there.”

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

    Who is this Gary character?

  2. Nick in SF February 28th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    ““He’s made some minor adjustments (defensively), and I’ve been pleased with his work ethic.”

    Character assassination by insinuation, Manager Girardi???? :mad:

  3. Bret The Hitman February 28th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Nick in SF,

    Did you get the mail today?

  4. Jerkface February 28th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    A player too far away from the majors to impact the yankees, and hopefully too far to find his way into any of your trade proposals.

  5. Bret The Hitman February 28th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Who is this Gary character?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbeKDlqYld4

  6. Bret The Hitman February 28th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Who is this Gary character?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  7. Nick in SF February 28th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Not yet, but I’ll try to visit the post office before it closes.

    Do I have a rendezvous with destiny $25???

  8. Bret The Hitman February 28th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    $25 was sent.

  9. stuckey February 28th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    In the interesting of fairness, he was suspended for 2 weeks last year if memory serves for attitude issues.

  10. blake February 28th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    For Gary, he needs to play. This kid needs to play a lot of games so he understands the trade back there.””

    Can we try and not use Gary Sanchez and trade in the same sentence please

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    ““He’s made some minor adjustments (defensively), and I’ve been pleased with his work ethic.”
    ////

    Mr. Zillo and Mr. Steinbrenner:

    I see you work fast ;) .

    Very good choice of words!

  12. Bronx Jeers February 28th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    1st YES broadcast is Sunday @ 1:00. Vs. Phillies.

    Commence whining.

  13. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Great news! MiLB-tv (online) is going to show some minor league low A games including a few RiverDog games when they play at Lexington both at the end of April (24-27) and end of August (23-26)!

    Also Trenton games at Harrisburg and SI games at Aberdeen will also be televised by MiLB-tv. GB, MiLB is making progress. :)

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    YF, that’s great, but last year we thought games RD were on and they were nowhere to be found.

  15. Cashmoney February 28th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Does anyone know if new CBA made any changes in regards to IFA signing system or it stays status quo?

  16. blake February 28th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    “Great news! MiLB-tv (online) is going to show some minor league low A games including a few RiverDog games when they play at Lexington both at the end of April (24-27) and end of August (23-26)!”

    Nice….I wish they televised all minor league games…..but I guess there just aren’t enough nerds out there to pay for it right now…..maybe one day

  17. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Pruf, I know, but this year it is for sure. Certain teams home games are being shown by MiLB-TV; unfortunately, not our affiliates except when they play at the parks of those teams. So, for instance Lexington in A-, Aberdeen in short season (NYPL) and Harrisburg in AA will have MiLB-televised games. If Charleston were playing at Hagarstown (who MiLB is also covering), those games would also be covered, but unfortunately, Charleston plays them at home. Hopefully, by 2013 Charleston’s home park will carry milb-tv games, as well. We will however be able to watch a bunch of other teams’ prospects through these broadcasts. Of course AAA-SWB games continue to be covered. Here are the participating teams. http://www.milb.com/milb/multi.....d=20120424

  18. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    blake, it’s getting there. That they are showing so many below AAA level games is huge. :) :) Also the cost is $10 less if you purchase MiLB TV through the MLB-TV package.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Yankeefem, you’re a goddess! Thanks for the link. Maybe I won’t have to trek to Charleston, after all.

    Be nice to see Santana live at SI and then get to watch him on TV, too.

    For Dellin and Manny, I’m already committed to long road trips.

  20. blake February 28th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    YF,

    Yea I’ve bought it the last two years…..im hoping the video quality improves.

  21. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    blake, just hope the cameras at the new places aren’t like the stationary one at SWB.

    You’re welcome, Pruf. I am thrilled that I can also spy on the Rays’ prospects with the milb additions. Aside from Hudson Valley in NYPL, the Rays’ teams are all in the wrong divisions, unlike the Jays and Sux, who as you know we get to see via New Hampshire and Portland.

  22. blake February 28th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    “Does anyone know if new CBA made any changes in regards to IFA signing system or it stays status quo?”

    I can’t remember the specifics but yes…..there will be some sort of cap that teams can spend without being taxed…..

  23. Jerkface February 28th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Does anyone know if new CBA made any changes in regards to IFA signing system or it stays status quo?

    Yes

    International Spending Limitations

    Each team will be allowed to spend $2.9M on amateur free agents this year, or a hundred grand less than the Yankees gave Gary Sanchez in 2009. Starting next winter, the worst teams will be allowed to spend ~$5M while the best teams get to spend ~$1.8M.
    Starting in 2013-2014, teams will be able to trade their international spending cap space, thought clubs will only be able to acquire an additional 50% of their cap. So if the Yankees are limited to a $3M cap, they can only trade for an additional $1.5M.
    Players under 23 years old and with less than years of professional baseball experience will be considered amateurs and count against the spending cap. That means guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Japanese veterans will be treated as a true free agents. Japanese players run through the posting system will not count against the cap.
    Players must register with MLB’s scouting bureau in order to be eligible to sign. That should cut down on the number of age and identity fraud cases. The top 100 prospects will be subject to drug testing.
    A worldwide baseball draft is a “significant possibility” by 2014, and there are incentives in place for both sides to negotiate terms in the future.

  24. blake February 28th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    “blake, just hope the cameras at the new places aren’t like the stationary one at SWB.”

    Yea some of the broadcasts were close to useless last year…..

  25. Jerkface February 28th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    There are also penalties:

    . Clubs that exceed their Signing Bonus Pools will be subject to the following
    penalties in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 signing periods:

    Excess of Pool Penalty (Tax on Overage/Draft Picks)

    * 0-5% – 75% tax
    * 5-10% – 75% tax and loss of right to provide more than one player in the next signing period
    with a bonus in excess of $500,000.
    * 10-15% – 100% tax and loss of right to provide any player in the next signing period with a
    bonus in excess of $500,0000.
    * 15%+ – 100% tax and loss of right to provide any player in the next signing period with a bonus
    in excess of $250,000.

    C. The penalties for exceeding the Signing Bonus Pool will increase beginning with
    the 2014-2015 signing period if a draft or drafts is not agreed to by July 2014.

  26. blake February 28th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    The CBA sucks

  27. Jerkface February 28th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I think the yankees could live in the 5-10% range penalty range, but the new CBA sucks and there is probably going to be an international draft by 2014 which will suck even more.

  28. Tar February 28th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    “Character assassination by insinuation, Manager Girardi???? ”

    I Knew I could count on you.

    BTW I think Bret’s $25 should be donated to a charity that we Lohudians vote on. With all we had to endure for you to finally get your $ 25 I feel we all have a vested interest. I think it’s only fair that we have a say in it’s final outcome. Do the right thing Nick

  29. blake February 28th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    An international draft would definitely be rough…..

  30. Rich in NJ February 28th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    “Can we try and not use Gary Sanchez and trade in the same sentence please.”

    Painfully funny.

  31. austinmac February 28th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    My optimistic thought for the evening is my belief Nunez will play well and have a long term position with the Yankees. He has some real tools for a middle infielder.

  32. Tom in N.J. February 28th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t like the idea of a single team getting to draft the best int. and amateur prospects available.

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    They better find some PT for Nunez. He’s one of the few with fast hands.

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Chad, when are Betances and Banuelos pitching?

  35. yankeefeminista February 28th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Did Chad have this? Just saw these quotes from Martin in the Sherman article where he says competition for the 5th starter is a faux competition in Hughes’ favor once again.

    “Normally anything in February or March should be ignored, but it was obvious in his first live batting practice session yesterday that Hughes’ arm was quick and his fastball had life.
    “It is a heavier ball,” Russell Martin said. “He changed his body. He looks more explosive. He has more arm speed, which leads to a better breaking ball and more deception on the changeup.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1njct89lw

  36. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Here’s the Hughes having a banner year.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Here’s TO, that is.

  38. BX33 February 28th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    “Can we try and not use Gary Sanchez and trade in the same sentence please.”

    We all know how this will end

    In 2014, Sanchez will be on the precipice of being a young star hitter like Montero was. though with questions of if he can stay at catcher and his position at the big league level. He will come up in Sept and mash the ball.

    Brian Cashman will then be enamored by Romine, who is slugging .365 with a .690 OPS but Girari/Cashman will cite his “grittiness, warrior-like” mentality and his work with the pitching staff an seller defense (however, his advanced defensive metrics will show that his defense is overrated).

    That same winter, Sanchez will be traded for some pitcher that we don’t need and Cashman will be happy to let Austin Munson be the catcher and he will cite how ‘pitching wins championships’ while A-Rod is slugging .370 and Tex has a .630 OPS vs. RHP.

  39. stuckey February 28th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    BX33,

    Did the Yankees also score the second most runs in the 2013 regular season and the most runs of any team in the division series that year?

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock February 28th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Yanks could really use a shill upgrade. These guys are baaaad.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2012 at 11:14 am

    2012 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

  42. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am

    2012 SUXIAN FUTILITY CHART


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