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Chavez feels ready to play after last week’s concussion

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees will find out today whether Eric Chavez has been cleared by Major League Baseball to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list. The league will make its decision based on the results of a test Chavez took yesterday to determine whether the concussion symptoms have subsided.

“A lot of memorization which I’m not real good at that anyway,” Chavez said. “An example would be, they would give you 12 words and you would read them. They would give you some other type of test where they would flash some colors and you had to line them up with a P and a Q. Like, P would be red, Q would be blue. You had to match those up, and then you would go back and they would give you a list of 25 words and you had to pick which ones were on there before that. … Then they give you shapes and you have to memorize the shapes. And sometimes they turn them upside down. It’s hard. It would be hard for a normal person to take the test, especially me, because memory is not my strong point.”

Everything happened in front of a computer screen, Chavez said. There were no physical tests.

As for the injury itself, Chavez’s diving play at third didn’t look particularly damaging, but doctors told him it was the angle of his neck that might have caused the problem.

“The way the doctor explained it to me, my head was tilted a little bit, and I kind of had a whiplash reaction,” Chavez said. “He says if your neck is turned, you’re more likely to have a concussion than if it’s straight on.”

Chavez didn’t come out of the game right away, but he said it became hard to focus his vision. Then it became hard to stand. Everything got a little “foggy.” Six days later, though, Chavez went through full baseball drills yesterday. He’s just waiting word from the league to make sure he’s fully cleared to play.

“It took a while,” Chavez said. “But today I can honestly say I feel 100 percent.”

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134 Responses to “Chavez feels ready to play after last week’s concussion”

  1. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    “look at granderson. would you say it doesn’t matter if he lets go or not because you let go after contact ideally?”

    I think the primary reason hes better is because he reduced movement and shortened his path to the ball…..but that doesnt mean there isnt something to what youre saying……Tex is a bottom hand hitter left handed…he always has been….my guess is that they tried to gst him using more top hand by keeping it on the hand after contact…..maybe that is contributing to his struggles…who knows.

  2. ac1 May 10th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    So Gardner and Chavez back?
    Bye Bye Wise and someone?
    Then Pettitte on Sunday?
    So we can assume Phelps is headed back to AAA.

    Phelps, Wise and Eppley?

  3. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    YF,

    I would love a first hand report on Kuroda-san…I think he will do incredibly well. I will be right there with you guys…If you can, please take a sign that says the following:

    “Jesus, todos los Yankee Fans del mundo te queremos de vuelta. Regresa con nosotros en 6 anos por favor”

    Make sure he reads it

  4. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....fas-68227/

    Good post on the upcoming draft etc…

  5. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    repost:

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Luis, lol. We can call it the six year plan. ;)

  6. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    “You Laymen attemting to disect the swing of a MLB player that hit 39 HR’s last season, is a notoriously Slow starter, and is Sick, makes me giggle”

    Thats why I always evaluate with my eyes…..numbers are unreliable …..blah blah blah.

  7. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    repost:

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Luis, lol. We can call it the six year plan. ;)

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

    I like it!! :D

  8. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    ac1 May 10th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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

    I think the first one is Wise, the second would be Eppley for Pettitte and the third would be either Phelps or Mitchell for Chavez. I don’t like it, but it seems it’s going to play out like that.

  9. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Luis, Mitchell is already down and starting SWB’s day game today, 1:05 start.

  10. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I like even better your three year plan YF ;)

  11. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Luis, Mitchell is already down and starting SWB’s day game today, 1:05 start.

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

    Oops! didn’t know that….Then, who is going down?

  12. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    luis, we can implement both plans. ;)

  13. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’d guess Wise, and Eppley and then Phelps once Pettitte is back? Freddy is the long man…

  14. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Nevermind…It should be Garcia, but i don’t think they can do that unless they release him. My take is that it will be Phelps.

  15. Hassey May 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Chad spoke too soon – just came over Twitter that Chavez twisted his wrist opening the Tylenol bottle and had to go on the 60-day DL

  16. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Until they get the rotation straightened out to a point where everyone is consistently giving them length then id hate to lose Phelps …..but if they sent him down to stay strerched out then fine.

  17. Nick in SF May 10th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Have they questioned Cashman about Joba yet?

  18. fiveironfromfenway May 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Would hope that they send Phelps down to stay stretched out as a starter. Must be really hard to go back and forth and back and forth.
    I think if he is back at AAA then he has to stay for a minimum of a certain number of days and barring injury can be brought up after that.
    Garcia can serve as the long man and with Rivera injured would like to see another 1 inning guy like Whelan.

  19. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I rather keep Phelps up too, but Freddy is a reality and our need for two lefties out of the pen precludes keeping Phelps up, unfortunately. Plus the best policy is to have Phelps stretched out and ready to start if we need him to.

  20. Hassey May 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Nick – What do you mean? Did Cash have an affair with Joba too?

  21. DONNYBROOK May 10th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Evaluating a players Overall perfomance, and attempting to Breakdown a MLB Player’s swing, are Not even close to being the same thing.

  22. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Randy and Blake,

    Maybe the hand has something to do with his swing getting worse. But i don’t think it affects the way the back leg collapses, which i think is the crux of his troubles. I honestly don’t think there is a way to fix his current swing, he would have to start from scratch and i don’t think that’s happening. It would be easier for him to learn to recognize pitches from the right side.

  23. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    “Evaluating a players Overall perfomance, and attempting to Breakdown a MLB Player’s swing, are Not even close to being the same thing.”

    Yer funny.

  24. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    “I honestly don’t think there is a way to fix his current swing, he would have to start from scratch and i don’t think that’s happening. It would be easier for him to learn to recognize pitches from the right side”

    Yea i dont know…..maybe……

  25. Hassey May 10th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    It’s only too bad that we can’t squeeze 6 guys into our 7,8,9 in the lineup. Lord knows we have at least that many who deserve it.

  26. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Yanks are definitely hurting in the ticket sales department. Surprisingly, the Andy Pettitte game has plenty of good seats left. And it is supposed to be beautiful 75 degree weather. Come on out and support your Yanks and Andy’s return.

    And Yanks just sent me an email trying to sell me Saturday and Sunday season plans. Even a year ago, you could not sniff weekend plans. SMH.

  27. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    “Tex is a bottom hand hitter left handed…he always has been….my guess is that they tried to gst him using more top hand by keeping it on the hand after contact…..maybe that is contributing to his struggles…who knows.”

    blake-

    i honestly haven’t ever stopped and really looked at teixeira’s swing, but since the yankees are stuck with him for years he’s got to be fixed or else he’s going to be a left handed black hole in the line up.

    i know way more about hitting mechanics than i do pitching mechanics and this is pretty interesting. i’m going to make a project of analyzing teixeira over the next few months and find out why he’s made the switch to the two handed swing.

    it’ll take some time because it’ll be a lot of video and i’d like to find what long is saying about teixeira. my feeling is teixeira is a hard worker. that’s not the problem. i really have a hunch that he’s done what tiger did and made a mechanical swing change so drastic that he’s just all off left handed.

    he also may be pull happy which is easier holding on with two hands. a hitter can jerk the ball down the line holding on with both hands. think granderson. he does that all the time.

    the yankees as a whole have a low batting average bt hit a lot of homers. i’m wondering if long’s hitting approach favors pulled home runs over using the whole field. i’m not saying it does, but i’d like to know more about long’s hitting philosophy, especially how it relates to teixeira.

  28. DONNYBROOK May 10th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    - IF IT’S MY CALL -

    (1) Hughes goes to the Pen. The 7th inning is his when the Yanks lead.

    (2) Pettitte gets 6 innings Max or 90 pitches Sunday. Whichever comes 1st.

    (3) Upon Gardner’s return, Nunez spells Swish in RF on rest days for Swish.

    (4) I Continue to say: Martin should be Bob Boone 2012. Situational hitter\bunter.

  29. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I rather keep Phelps up too, but Freddy is a reality and our need for two lefties out of the pen precludes keeping Phelps up, unfortunately. Plus the best policy is to have Phelps stretched out and ready to start if we need him to.

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

    YF,

    The thing is that i think is unfair, he has earned it. But i do understand the logic of keeping him stretched out, in fact i thought he should have stayed in triple A after the team broke camp In ST, so he could keep on starting. Well Meh, i just think that Garcia is dead weight at this point.

  30. blake May 10th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    “i know way more about hitting mechanics than i do pitching mechanics and this is pretty interesting. i’m going to make a project of analyzing teixeira over the next few months and find out why he’s made the switch to the two handed swing.”

    Cant wait.

    I havent read Long’s book or anything….but from what i can tell hes a really textbook type guy…..likes less movement ….short swings etc….seems like Paul Molitor would probably be his ideal example of how to hit…..if thats true…..then Im sure he looks at Tex in horror and just doesnt even know where to start.

  31. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    “Maybe the hand has something to do with his swing getting worse. But i don’t think it affects the way the back leg collapses, which i think is the crux of his troubles”

    luis -

    hitting is a kinetic chain of motions where each part of the swing affects every other part.

    for example, one of the reasons a hitter lets go is to keep his head on the ball. when holding on with two hands the head and neck gets pulled around away from the ball. on a good swing it doesn’t matter because the ball is gone.

    but some hitters develop a bad habit of the head moving around in anticipation of the ehad being pulled around on the back swing . in other words, they pull their head too soon off the ball. a hitter won’t do this with a one handed letting go swing because letting the top hand go allows the head to stay on the ball or the plate area after it’s gone.

    so it’s possible that when teixeira used to let go ( he let go wit the angels right before he came to the yankees) his back leg position was also affected. i’ve never thought about how that works , but that’s one of the things i want to look at.

    finding out what a hitter is doing is kind of a detective activity because they don’t usually come right out and say what they are working on.

    the first thing i want to check is what teixeira’s relationship is with long. is long guiding his swing or is it all teixeira. i really have no idea at this point. i’d welcome anyone who know’s what long thinks about teixeira. that’d be a good starting point to find out what’s going on with teixeira.

  32. luis May 10th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    “the yankees as a whole have a low batting average bt hit a lot of homers. i’m wondering if long’s hitting approach favors pulled home runs over using the whole field. i’m not saying it does, but i’d like to know more about long’s hitting philosophy, especially how it relates to teixeira”

    Randy,

    If this is the case, then this would have been a mayor shift in Yankees philosophy (Good situational hitting vs power one dimensional hitting). One that i don’t like one bit. I honestly think is not the case. I think it has more to do with aging and declining skills than anything else in some cases and simply poor situational hitting tools in others.

  33. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Randy, I’d be interested to read your analysis. All I know is that Teix self-professedly identifies himself as a power hitter. And I don’t know if the hand affects the upper cut swing, but agree the collapsing back leg results in a less than level swing. He just can’t stay back. It’s counterproductive to hitting for average. Sounded like at one point Teix was buying into trying to hit the other way, and as I have said before notice that more in games at Stadium last Sept and into the playoffs, but he seems to have abandoned that approach and has even stated that he doesn’t want to give up the power for average from the left side.

    Blake, yeah, I think KLong is into the shorter swing, being compact, and keeping still, staying back and hitting the ball to all fields. Not exactly Teix’s approach at all from the left side.

  34. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Dellin story on milb with quotes: http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

  35. kd May 10th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    looking forward to your analysis randy

    going to the game tonight. cc vs price in the bronx on a windy day

    super excited, like i’m a kid again.

    looks like gardner will be back with the team. jeter might tie gwynn

    not bragging. just remembering that baseball is fun

  36. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I too would not like the power approach. Makes no sense and KLong doesn’t really advocate that kind of approach, so not sure how that would mesh with the HC.

  37. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    kd, pumped to be at the game tonight as well. Wind could be a factor. Let’s hope we play Gardner vs. the LHP. Jeter could tie Gwynn; Jeter hits Price very well. Need to win this one. Big night for C.

  38. jacksquat May 10th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    If Tex doesn’t want to change, then he should hit 6/7 lefthanded. Maybe even 8th with just Martin behind him. Maybe he will get the message then.

  39. kd May 10th, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    jeter did go 5 for 5 against price on a windy sunday last year. that was a good day for him

  40. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Randy,

    Very good and interesting post. I never thought about what letting the upper hand go would do to your swing, especially about keeping the head and eyes on the ball through contact. I think you are spot on here and it would explain the recent inability of certain players to go the other way (Granderson for instance last night) and especially Tex. What i don’t get is why that would increase the back leg collapsing. I certainly will be looking forward for your reports, in fact i may try to do the same and we can compare notes

  41. blake May 10th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    “jeter did go 5 for 5 against price on a windy sunday last year. that was a good day for him”

    What a day that was.

  42. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    “I think it has more to do with aging and declining skills than anything else in some cases and simply poor situational hitting tools in others.”

    luis-

    i’m going to stay open mined looking at teixeira and how his swing has morphed into it’s present mediocre state left handed. aging really should be that big of a deal for teixeira . he’s only 32. he’s in great shape.

    but it could be a factor because maybe his swing needs really precise timing and maybe he has lost a bit there.

    i will say he had amazing results when he swing letting go before he came to the yankees.

    you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to think maybe that might be worth trying again.

    there’s no sense using the present hitting style because it simply isn’t working.

    hitters have to adjust if it’s not working. look at jeter. he battled through a really bad time and has it togeter again. i have no doubt teixeira could get back to where he was left handed.

  43. jacksquat May 10th, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I think if Tex just stopped collapsing his back leg he would probably see a big improvement.

  44. jacksquat May 10th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Which btw I’ve been saying for like 2 years…

  45. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Randy,

    Just to clear something out that it may be misunderstood….I don’t get why releasing the upper hand would produce an increase in the back leg collapsing, what i am trying to say is that i would understand the lower body affecting the upper body but i am not sure how the upper body could affect the lower half. This is what i find puzzling.

  46. bruceb May 10th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Two days before he missed a start because of stiffness in his right lat muscle, Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was playing golf, according to 98.5 The Sports Hub.

    Heard he called in at KFC on the way home too.

  47. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I just read that MLB is considering the fake pick-off to 3rd/throw to 1st base move. The one that they say never works but actually does.

  48. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    yankee feminista-

    for how important teixeira is to the yankees none of us really know much about what he’s trying to do mechanically. he was so good for so long that it was just taken for granted. at some point he switched to holding on with both hands in his left handed swing. i want to see when that happened. it’ll take a while to do this. i’m guessing a few month to really get into it.

    the blog is pretty good for people coming up with lots of ideas once it gets it’s collective head into something. hopefully some other people will jump in and get info and video too.

    as yankee fans , we all really need teixeira to get back to the left handed hitter he was. he’s not old at all. he’s not in the same situation as alex or jeter with aging.

  49. The Genius Maker May 10th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    This has been an interesting discussion about Tex. Clearly he is collapsing more, but Randy is correct that his release of his top hand is no longer part of his swing. They do all work in coordination. however, there is one other part of the swing that i see as a difference. he always wiggled the bat some, but he used to slow it down earlier and now he wiggles it shorter but faster before his swing. I think this is also contributing to him not getting the bat into his proper position consistently. People can do whatever they want, but the bat should be in the same spot at the point of starting a swing. Sheffield might have been one of the only guys who could get away with the bat being a different spot, but his bat speed was sick (Canseco in his early (juiced) years too). If Long really likes less movement (and he did this with Swisher and Granderson) he should try that first with Tex before adjusting the 2 hand or one hand approach IMO.

  50. blake May 10th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    “i’m going to stay open mined looking at teixeira and how his swing has morphed into it’s present mediocre state left handed. aging really should be that big of a deal for teixeira . he’s only 32. he’s in great shape.”

    Yea but we are talking about milliseconds here with regards to hitting a baseball properly…..when you combine a swing with so little margin for error with even thr slightest decline in bat speed, hand eye coordination etc….then I would think problems could snowball more more quickly.

  51. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    i will say he had amazing results when he swing letting go before he came to the yankees.

    you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to think maybe that might be worth trying again.

    He does let go.

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

    1 handed finish

    You can find more 1 handed finishes by simply watching all the videos.

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    Dellin story on milb with quotes: http://www.milb.com/news/artic…..=news_milb
    ///

    Thanks! Good to hear from him directly.

    But: WTF is this??:

    “Speculation surrounding Betances heading up to the Bronx will continue to build in the wake of injuries to starter Michael Pineda and closer Mariano Rivera. The Yankees have shifted arms around in recent weeks, sending Freddy Garcia to the bullpen and giving David Phelps a shot in the rotation. Veteran Andy Pettitte rejoins the squad Sunday after the struggling Phil Hughes gets another chance Saturday.”

    That’s just pure insanity. Unless Francesa is running the Yankees. What is this guy doing, reading the boards with comments from people who want to put the wrap on his career and stash him in the BP? Speculation from whom?

    SMH

    I’m off.

    Set it right, C!!!

  53. The Genius Maker May 10th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Not sure I described the Tex pre swing routine real well in my post. he moves the bat on big “circles” and then then he brings the circle in by shortening the movement but it is faster because it has less distance to go (i hope that makes sense)

  54. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

    RBI double, 1 hand finish

  55. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

    RBI double, 1 hand finish from 2 days ago

  56. Melk Man May 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Betances can be the 2007 Joba

  57. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Infact, the only video I can find where he keeps 2 hands on the bat through the finish is his monster game in Boston.

  58. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    2011 1 hand finish

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

  59. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    FakeHankSteinbrenner is currently kicking a$$ and taking names.

  60. blake May 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    “he always wiggled the bat some, but he used to slow it down earlier and now he wiggles it shorter but faster before his swing. I think this is also contributing to him not getting the bat into his proper position consistently.”

    Possibly ……i mean what matters is where your hands are when the ball is released and how you trigger your swing and start towards the ball…..but Tex is such a timing hitter that who knows….maybe its messing him up….

    We can talk and theorize all day about the why with Tex….but the bottom line is that his swing is longer, more up and down….and slower than it was a couple of years ago…..

  61. blake May 10th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I want FakeHank to buy the team

  62. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

    Here is an oppo Hr from the left side…He released the upper hand and the back leg didn’t collapse as much.

    JAP,

    make the sign i wrote to YF

  63. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Question to Cashman:

    “does the business(Yankees) have assets?”

    Cash:

    “Our assets are our players…coaches and staff too…Rest of us are roadies”

  64. blake May 10th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    We need a fakeHal on twitter to help convince the masses that they should care about profit margins!

  65. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....8;c_id=mlb

    His first HR with two hands was in 2011, here it is

  66. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Something tells me fakehal tweeting about profits won’t be as entertaining as fakehank talking about hookers and drugs. :wink:

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    luis,

    I already bookmarked ;).

    He’ll see it. What’s weird is, I was going to email you and ask you to compose something in Spanish for the nonce! Primo, you anticipated my request :D.

  68. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    DJ Mitchell looks great so far. 3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts.

    tampa Yanks come from a 8-4 hole to score 4 runs in the 8th and 1 in the 9th inning to win. Mark Montgomery gets his 5th save. 16.1 innings, 24 strikeouts.

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Melk Man May 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Betances can be the 2007 Joba
    ///

    um….No.

  70. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Melk Man May 10th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
    Betances can be the 2007 Joba
    ///

    um….No.

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

    +12345….ad infinitum

  71. Tackelberry May 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Montgomery is the next David Robertson, with better control

  72. luis May 10th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock May 10th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    luis,

    I already bookmarked ;) .

    He’ll see it. What’s weird is, I was going to email you and ask you to compose something in Spanish for the nonce! Primo, you anticipated my request :D .

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

    :D We think alike!! ;) I’ll be in NY in June, i don’t know if i can go in August but I’ll certainly try.

  73. Cashmoney May 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Is David Adam injured again?

  74. G. Love May 10th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    It’s hard enough not ending Fake Hank’s tweets with “This is Peter Gammons”. If I add a Fake Hal one to the procrastination rotation I’ll be in Bellevue before Memorial Day.

  75. GreenBeret7 May 10th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Montomery’s control is about what Robertson’s is…maybe a touch better. Same fastball, 93-94 MPH, and sometimes 95 MPH. has a Lyle/Guidry type slider from the right side. Hard and nasty. working on his curve and change-up.

  76. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Pruf, re: Dellin: just some writer babbling as per the status quo, I would guess. See you in the Bronx. Dress warm!

    Cashmoney, David Adams in EST, rehabbing from stiff neck.

  77. Jacques Strappe May 10th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Teixiera as become the modern day Steve Balboni from the left side. Gotta figure out a way to get hitting from that side. Maybe bring Wade Boggs in to show him how to hit pitches thrown to any part of the plate into left field. Maybe he has to look at a different approach, or a totally different stance from that side. I don’t know, I’m not a hitting coach or a player. I do know that it’s not looking good from that side of the plate.

    I haven’t read any comments for a while but I imagine there area few raking D-Rob over the coals for the blown save. I say stick with the guy all year. He’ll blow a few (hopefully not too many) just like Mo has. Mo even blew a few at the beginning of his career as closer too. Will Robertson be Mo? Uh, no. Will he be good? Yes. Will he be different? Yes. As he even said, he has to shake off the bad ones and come back ready to go the next day, just like Mo. Might take him a few shots to get that unflappable mentality going, but he’s had the absolute best benchmark ever to shoot for in Mo.

    I have less faith in Soraino closing.

  78. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    GB, sorry I am missing DJ’s outing. Have it on but I’m trying to get out of here to get to the City, so haven’t been able to watch. Thanks for any updates.

  79. EA May 10th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    George would have said screw the CBA and tax penalty, we’re spending what we need to because our fans deserve it.

    Whatever sanctification they get from not subsidizing the Pirates and Astros, will end up hurting their product considerably.

    The new CBA should deter them from signing the likes of AJ Burnett, Soriano, giving someone like Martin $30 million, signing Garcia for $4 mil… not from getting someone like Hamels if they feel they need him, or re-signing Cano and Grandy to market value deals.

  80. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    @jimbaumbach: What was Clemens’ ERA in 1999? “4.60″ Cashman adds, “For Roger Clemens that would be… not good.”

    ———————————

    I was actually a bit upset they traded for him. I was a big Wells fan.

  81. UnKnown May 10th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Surprising to me how much this team has missed Gardner. He really does a lot of good things that go unnoticed, until someone else tries to do those really good things and can’t.

    Need this rubber game of the series tonight. I would rather look in the paper tomorrow and be 2.5 games back of the Rays then 4.5.

  82. blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    “The new CBA should deter them from signing the likes of AJ Burnett, Soriano, giving someone like Martin $30 million, signing Garcia for $4 mil… not from getting someone like Hamels if they feel they need him, or re-signing Cano and Grandy to market value deals.”

    Here here!

  83. Cashmoney May 10th, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I have fonder recollections of David Well than Clemens as a fan.

  84. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    YF,

    Thanks for the link on Betances, very good read. Let’s hope they don’t plan another joba like conversion :eyesrolling:

  85. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    It’s still hard today him how the Yanks gave a 44 year old Clemens $1MM a start.

  86. blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    FakeHankSteinbrenner @… 13m W/that little nerd Cashman in court, I’m acting GM. 1st move? Make Texeira dance in a cage in Mohegan Sun lounge since he can’t hit #Yankees

  87. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    “.I don’t get why releasing the upper hand would produce an increase in the back leg collapsing, ”

    luis -

    sorry for the delay. it’s starting to get busy here on cape cod.

    as far as releasing with one hand, i’m not sure it does directly, but releasing with one hand does a lot in a swing. mechanically it makes a lot of things happen differently.

    getting into teixeira’s swing will take a while becuase it’s a pretty unorthodox swing. i’ve always felt the collapsing back leg was an issue too, but maybe it isn’t maybe it is the two handed swing that’s the problem with teixeira. maybe it worked for a while and then he overcooked what he was doing and as time went on it no longer worked.

    he only had one good year lefty with the yankees and that was his first one. something changed. i’m guessing the switch to two hands was a major factor. we’ll see.

    we’ve pretty much nailed the montero /pineda thing so i need a new interest anyway :)

  88. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    i’m guessing the switch to two hands was a major factor. we’ll see.

    He hasn’t switched.

  89. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    we’ve pretty much nailed the montero /pineda thing so i need a new interest anyway :)

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

    LMAO!!! :D Man!, you must be pretty tough to beat in a golf course!!

  90. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    “2011 1 hand finish”

    now that’s interesting.

  91. blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    “LMAO!!! Man!, you must be pretty tough to beat in a golf course!!”

    Depends on which club hes using that day….if its the 9 iron then he has a tough time reaching the par 5s :)

  92. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    “2011 1 hand finish”

    now that’s interesting.

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

    Yup, the first two handed Hr i saw was in June of 2011. I posted it a little while ago. It’s incredible what you can accomplish when several people start working on the same thing ;) Good idea to do so, even though it complicates things a little bit.

    My take, is that after the disastrous 2010 campaign he started making adjustments, by June he had incorporated the two hand approach as a suggestion from Long.

  93. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    “LMAO!!! Man!, you must be pretty tough to beat in a golf course!!”

    Depends on which club hes using that day….if its the 9 iron then he has a tough time reaching the par 5s :)

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

    :D That’s a good one Blake!!

  94. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    LOL @ DONNYBROOK calling people “Laymen”

    And WTF are you bro?

    Anyone that even READS your garbage gets stupider man. You are clueless. I wish you would be banned. Your inane rambles, your writing style, it’s just awful. You of ALL people have NO place criticizing anyone on here.

  95. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I think Tex finishes 2 handed sometimes, but not near enough to blame his woes on and certainly not close to a majority of the time when he swings.

  96. blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    One of the better days of discussion on here in awhile today……hope the Yankees can take rhe series tonight.

  97. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Kevin!,

    Let him be, i don’t think he is worth the trouble. Besides, he is entitled to his opinion as nonsensical as it may seem.

  98. The Genius Maker May 10th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    In looking at all the swings it is hit or miss on his two handed swing. I know sometimes guys swing with one to reach a certain pitch, but that could be Mark’s issue also in that he is changing too often. Normally it could be a rut, but he is showing a steady decline from the left side and something needs to be adjusted. Granderson took a few days off and they should try that with tex

  99. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    “He hasn’t switched.”

    jerkface-

    this is what’s interesting. you’ve come up with video this year where holds on and then there’s video where he lets go.

    the two things are very different. is he going back and forth consciously or does it happen on it’s own?another thing to look into.

    i have no stake to any side. however it comes out it comes out. i juts want to figure out what’s up with him.

    every lefty swing in this 2011 video is him jerking the ball with two hands on the bat:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..re=related
    42 seconds in for lefty swings

    and you’ve shown some one handed release swings . it’s going to take some viewing to get into what teixeira is doing .

    holding on with two hands and letting go with one hand are two very different feels. i’m surprised to see teixeira going back and forth.

  100. Cashmoney May 10th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    blake, this fake hank guy is pretty amusing.

  101. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Guys,

    I would think that the best course of action as crazy as it may seem is to make him bat right handed only. It’s a lot easier than rebuilding a lefthanded swing from scratch, because he only has to learn to recognize the pitches from the right side against RH pitchers, there are no mechanical issues involved. On top of that, his numbers when batting right handed against pitchers of the same side are not bad either, even though is a very small sample. I think the poster Ron brought them up not too long ago. Maybe JF can find them.

  102. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Randy,

    For what is worth, i posted an oppo bomb he hit in 2009 from the left side and he did released the upper hand

  103. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....8;season=0

    Teixy’s #’s. I am out of here.

  104. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    every lefty swing in this 2011 video is him jerking the ball with two hands on the bat:

    There are only 4 left handed swings in the video, and we know that Tex takes more than 4 swings from the left side.

    Here is a 1 handed grand slam from 2011: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......8;c_id=mlb

  105. yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Go C! Go Yanks!

  106. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    “I think Tex finishes 2 handed sometimes, but not near enough to blame his woes on and certainly not close to a majority of the time when he swings.”

    that could be true that he has more going on that’s wrong, but it’s kind of odd to go back and forth.

    when i used to hit a lot using the one handed release approach, i can’t ever remember holding on with one hand. now i’m curious with hitters like george brett if he ever held on with two hands .

    or the reverse, does jeter ever let go with one hand or did boggs?

    with me it’s a very conscious choice to hold in with both hands or to release. now maybe with teixeira
    it happens on it’s own as he swings. i would think it’s a decision made before the swing.

    wasn’t granderson a one hand release guy before long converted him to holding on with two hands?
    if so,i would think granderson now makes the choice to hold on with two hands before he swings. he doesn’t go back and forth as it appears teixeira does.

    it’s too early to make a decision about what teixeira is doing for me. still in fact finding mode.

  107. luis May 10th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Later YF, take care…I am out too. later guys, good posts all around

  108. Nick in SF May 10th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    How many hands does Tex use when he operates the Juice Press?

  109. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Granderson was a 1 hander that moved to 2 hands.

  110. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    “There are only 4 left handed swings in the video, and we know that Tex takes more than 4 swings from the left side.

    Here is a 1 handed grand slam from 2011:”
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play……8;c_id=mlb

    —————————————

    what we have here is a mystery .

    i think this is an unusual thing to do, this releasing one hand sometimes and holding on other times

    maybe it isn’t, but with some checking other hitters it’ll be interesting to find out.

  111. UnKnown May 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    yankeefeminista May 10th, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats…..8;season=0

    Teixy’s #’s. I am out of here.
    ———-
    So with over 2000 at bats coming from the left side vs the right side you would think that Tex would be better from the left side due to repetition.

    Sadly I think all those extra at bats have done was created bad habits from the left side.

  112. blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe Tex should just swing all with one hand!

  113. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    “Depends on which club hes using that day….if its the 9 iron then he has a tough time reaching the par 5s ”

    on a par 5 550 yard hole, that would be three 9 irons for 480 yards with a 70 yards left.

    if the 70 yard shot is stuck close with a little knock down 9 iron , there’s still a chance at par if the putt can be sunk :)

  114. theREALkevin May 10th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hey luis,

    You’re probably right man. But I took offense to his “laymen” comment. It was insulting. And to me, it insinuated that he thinks his opinion is above other people’s here. Which is LOL, but sometimes I can’t bite my tongue I guess.

  115. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I’m a two-handed swinger. Hey, that sounds dirty.

  116. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    “Granderson was a 1 hander that moved to 2 hands.”

    yes that’s what i thought.

    do you now any hitters that use both approaches?

    that’s what i am curious about right now.

    i really wasn’t paying attention to teixeira’s swing that much. until today i never knew he goes back and forth and at this point i don’t know what the percentage is one way or the other.

    one thing i know is that releasing or holding on matters.
    it changes things.
    one way isn’t better or worse, but mechanically certain things have to compliment each other.
    i’m guessing that long wouldn’t like seeing granderson releasing his hand on some swings after he’s emphasized him holding on with both hands with such great results.

    i could be wrong there, but that would just seem weird to me to do that.

  117. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    does teixeira ever release with one hand right handed?

  118. Jerkface May 10th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    does teixeira ever release with one hand right handed?

    I have yet to see any video of this.

  119. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Not sure how many others here had a feeling that Robertson would blow the save last night, but I sure did think that was going to happen.
    I don’t mind Robertson is the closer, “for now”. He should be given plenty of chances to prove himself. Thankfully the Yankees have a solid PLAN B with Soriano.

    I heard Buster Olney talk about the situation last night. He stated the Yankees for 15 years never had to worry about the 9th inning because of Mo.
    Now the Yankees are just like any other team in baseball, having to wonder if their closer can get the final 3 outs in the 9th.

  120. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    blake May 10th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe Tex should just swing all with one hand!
    **************************************************************
    The guy is a dead pull hitter from the Left Side.
    He will take a breaking ball that is on the outer half and want to “yank it to RF”.
    WHY????
    Take that ball off the plate and do what Cano did last night-Send the ball screaming to the LF wall for an extra base hit or HR.
    So frustrating to watch him from the left side.

  121. randy l. May 10th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    nice one handed lefty homer off halladay in 2010

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

  122. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I still don’t understand why the 9th is so much tougher than the 8th.

    It’s essentially the same role without the handshakes at the end and the “S” next to your name in the box score.

    Robertson will be fine. He’s not going to be perfect. Neither was Mo, although he’s pretty damn close.

  123. blake May 10th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    “He will take a breaking ball that is on the outer half and want to “yank it to RF”. WHY????”

    If he tried to do what Cano did yesterday then hed either miss the pitch entirely …..or hut a lazy fly ball to Left center field…..Cano’s swing allows him to do that….Tex’s dkesnt currently…..and thats the entire crux of the problem…….its like asking Martin to get a hit….its not that easy.

  124. UnKnown May 10th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I think when Tex goes down to get a pitch he lets go of one hand, but when he can stay somewhat upright he swings with two hands.

  125. blake May 10th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Wonder if Tex does much tee work….seems like a good candidate for it to me.

  126. blake May 10th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Set the tee on the outter 1/3 of the plate and about even with the middle of his body and have him swing until its flat enough that he can hit line drives and ground balls to left field…..if hes going to change then thats muscle memory building block step #1

  127. Warning Track Power May 10th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    blake May 10th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Set the tee on the outter 1/3 of the plate and about even with the middle of his body and have him swing until its flat enough that he can hit line drives and ground balls to left field…..if hes going to change then thats muscle memory building block step #1
    —————————————————————————————————————
    If I was on the mound facing Tex, I would throw him nothing but
    change ups
    breaking balls
    That’s it. He always seems to sit fastball and never seems to be looking for any sort of
    breaking ball.
    I like your idea of forcing him to hit off a tee and stroke those balls to LF.

    I sometimes wish I could see Tex take BP and see what he works on, if anything.

  128. Giuseppe Franco May 10th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    blake May 10th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Wonder if Tex does much tee work….seems like a good candidate for it to me.

    ———-

    I’ve heard him (and Long) say that he does. In fact, I think every hitter on the team does, especially when they are in a funk.

    But tee work only gets you so far. Nothing compares to game action.

    I’d venture to guess that players spend more time in the cage and doing hitting drills of all sorts when they are struggling than when they are feeling good and hitting well.

  129. Bronx Jeers May 10th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Cashman was supposed to be a witness for the prosecution but it doesn’t seem like it’s turning out that way.

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