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Postgame notes: “That’s the whole job of the bullpen”

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

If ever there were a game that called for Rafael Soriano, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera, this was it. The Yankees had taken a one-run lead in the sixth, they badly needed a win heading into tomorrow’s off day, and the Angels surging offense hadn’t gone down quietly all series. This was a time to slam the door shut.

A picked apart bullpen got it down.

“It’s the difference in the game, what our bullpen did,” Joe Girardi said.

Without Robertson or Rivera, Cory Wade redeemed himself for Monday’s walk off and Rafael Soriano got the series’ hottest hitter to fly out with the winning run on base. As Russell Martin said, “It’s not the most stress-free win.” But it’s a win.

“Being in the situation of guys getting hurt, I’m just ready any time,” Wade said. “It doesn’t matter when I pitch. Getting outs is getting outs, whether it’s the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, it doesn’t matter. My job is to get outs, and that’s the whole job of the bullpen.”

Wade had coughed up Mark Trumbo’s walk-off on Monday, and after Boone Logan had a surprisingly rough outing — two singles to put the go ahead run at third with two outs in the seventh — Wade’s chance for redemption came against Howie Kendrick. Wade fell behind 3-0 and got some advice from Alex Rodriguez, who came to the mound.

“He just told me don’t do anything stupid,” Wade said. “It’s 3-0, we’ve got a base there. Don’t do anything dumb. You’ve got to in that situation. You can’t do anything stupid. He’s a good hitter, and you’ve got to weave your way out of the situation without giving him anything to hit. Hopefully he can get himself out.”

Wade got him swinging at a curveball, then he pitched a 1-2-3 eight to give the ball to Soriano. A walk and an infield single put the winning run on base, but Soriano pitched through it with a ground ball and a routine fly.

“Today’s a new day and everybody sticks together and feels good,” Soriano said. “Make a good pitch and get a good swing and see what happens. Tonight, get the win.”

• For the Yankees, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson went deep in a five-run third. For the Angels, Trumbo homered and Mike Trout had a two-run double in a four-run fourth. Other than that, this high-scoring game was really all about pitching. “We got them all really in one inning, is what we did,” Girardi said. “Nice at-bat by Grandy to work the count and finally get a fastball to hit the three-run homer, then Robbie Cano to hit the two-run homer. You take that inning away and you take Nova’s bad inning away, we might still be playing.”

• Ivan Nova got the win, but he wasn’t happy with his outing, saying flatly, “I’m not pitching good right now.” Russell Martin seemed to have a more in-depth analysis: “Nova had really good life on his fastball, but his secondary pitches seemed like he didn’t have the best feel for his curveball today,” Martin said. “We tried to mix it in there, get some first-pitch curveballs, but he just didn’t seem to have the feel for it. Just a little bit inconsistent. But for the most part he battled. Even without his best stuff, I feel like he gave us a good chance.”

• Martin blamed himself for the Trout double. He said he should have called slider instead of fastball. “Ended up calling more first-pitch sliders after that at-bat and it worked out for him,” Martin said. “Mark that one down in the notes there.”

• After tonight’s infield single, Albert Pujols is 5-for-5 with two doubles and a home run against Soriano. “I’ve got to talk to him,” Soriano said. “You have to let me sometime (get an out), because every time he hits a good pitch or something. I’ve got to talk to him. I’ll send a text message tonight and say, ‘Hey, let me, one time. Not every day, but one time because I have family too, and they have to eat.’ Every time. I do it at home, I throw a slider away and base hit. Tonight, same, ground ball, base hit. It’s like, come on Pujols. One time.”

• Girardi on Pujols’ numbers against Soriano: “You can look at that two ways. You can look at it as he’s due to get him out or you can say that he’s had some success off of him. I tried to look at it as he was due to get him out.”

• Martin took a ball to the throat tonight, but he said he was fine. He even joked that it was exactly what he needed to get rid of some of the neck stiffness he’s been dealing with lately. “I was happy,” he said, dripping with sarcasm. “I like getting hit in the neck.”

• Martin had more to say about home plate umpire Laz Diaz, who apparently wouldn’t let Martin throw new balls back to the pitcher after a ball was hit out of play. “He said that it was a privilege that I had to earn, for me to throw the ball back, because we kinda got into it with balls and strikes or whatever,” Martin said. He went on to call Diaz a name that can’t be printed in this space.

• The Angels speedy outfield had been causing problems for the Yankees all week, especially on Tuesday, but tonight, the Angels speed might have hurt them. The biggest hit of the game was Raul Ibanez’s triple just out of the reach of center fielder Peter Bourjos. It bounced off the wall, rolled away from Bourjos, and Ibanez scored on a sac fly. “If you have a slower center fielder, he might pull up,” Girardi said. “He was pretty close to getting it, and we ended up getting the triple, so in the one instance, it might have cost them.”

• Big play by Derek Jeter to keep Pujols’ infield single from getting into center field. If it had gotten into the outfield, the lead runner probably would have made it to third with one out, which woudl have changed that inning significantly.

• Nova has won 10 straight starts on the road, tying Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte for the longest such streak by a Yankees pitcher since 1995. He hasn’t lose on the road in 13 starts since June 20 of last year.

• The Yankees are now tied with Texas for the most home runs in the Majors.

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109 Responses to “Postgame notes: “That’s the whole job of the bullpen””

  1. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 3:02 am
    Why is it that Marc Carig’s twittter has a picture of Reggie Jackson donning an Angel cap and uni ????? Isn’t Marc a Yankee beat reporter ????? GB, Martin will at some point this season get tossed by Diaz for arguing about a ball that should have been a strike…….Martin is right of course

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    Pat, Good evening. Oh, yeah, I’m sure that he’ll get run, but, Diaz is in a long line of umpires that sem to have an agenda and a floating strike zone. Martin will also draw a fine, I’m sure. At some time, these umpires need to be wired to see how much they actually instigate this stuff.

  2. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Pat, Carig was an Oakland fan from his youth in that area. He changes Icons, depending on where he’s at. He’s had Mounties for Toronto…etc. Guess he didn’t think Mickey Mouse was appropriate, but, myself, I would have used one of The Cowboy.

  3. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Yanks and Angels have played to a dead heat this year, so far. 3-3 record, each team being 2-1 at home. Yanks have outscored them 32-31 in their games.

  4. Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 3:30 am

    GB……Didn’t know that there was a new thread so I responded Martin Diaz topic on the last page……..Diaz is a peckerhead….Later GB, and pay sweat to that chump

  5. UnKnown May 31st, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Marc Carig ?@MarcCarig
    RT @6_INCH_STILETTO: @MarcCarig lol why do you have Reggie Jackson as your avi? / he once tried to kill the queen here

  6. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Pat M. May 31st, 2012 at 3:21 am
    GB……It’s my feeling that ever since Bud Selig broke the Umpire’s union the quality has gone in the tank…..I knew Jim Evans quite well and the old school of umpiring the games is long gone…..There’s a few good guys left ( Jim Joyce ) comes to mind but most of them are out of control…….

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    Yeah, Pat, the quality started dropping when Ron Lucciano and Don Denkinger arrived on the scene. The days of Jocko Conlin, Jim Honichek, Al Barlick, Shag Crawford, Harry Wendelstedt, Chris Pellakoudas, “Big” Lee Weyer, and Frank Pulli, nestor Chylak, Al Bartlett are gone. They let the players and managers have their say until or if it got personal. Now, they watching the players all the way back to the dugout, waiting for them to turn around. They’ve become as much of a showboat as some of the worst of the players.

  7. beedogs May 31st, 2012 at 6:59 am

    lol @ soriano’s quote

  8. Tar May 31st, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Good morning all. That is a team I really like to beat, Ill take 1 out of 3. Great job by the pen, who collectively have been this years team MVP.

    Have a good day.

  9. blake May 31st, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Never complain about a 4-2 west coast trip…..Ill take that every time and they should have went 5-1.

    Wade flys under the radar but hes really really important now….and he continues to get outs.

    Nova is struggling now and his numbers look bad…..but they have to stick with this kid…..hes got a nose for wins and you can say whatever you want about the pitcher win stat but there are some guys that just win more games….they make big pitches when they beed to etc…..I feel like Nova has that quality and feel like hes got the stuff to become a good pitcher….hes just got to be given time to put it all together.

    1 game back in the LC….Orioles starting their inevitable slide back to 4th or 5th place …..my guess is that a month from now the AL east standings will be looking more familiar

  10. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Good morning:

    Soriano: “I’ve got to talk to him.[Pujols] I’ll send a text message tonight and say, ‘Hey, let me, one time. Not every day, but one time because I have family too, and they have to eat.”

    With $11M this year and 14M more, is your family the entire country of the Dominican Republic?

    At least he might just have a sense of humor.

  11. Villa Nova-Ya May 31st, 2012 at 7:28 am

    blake -

    I agree, in that I think Nova has to stick. You get the feeling he will work this out – adjustments are being made on both sides. If he can get that DP grounder just a little more often, would be great strides right there. I like that he settled back down after the bad inning. Angels are just hotter than hot right now. Their fans have to be energized by the two youngsters and Pujols finally looking like he was worth the contract (yeah, that’s a stretch, but still).

    That AL East is a true beast. I certainly do hope that it ends up looking more familiar soon even if that means another NY/Boston/Tampa dogfight. I’d really hate to think it’s a 5-team thing all year long. The Yankees will benefit from Gardner and DRob coming back; still the starters need to be much more consistent. I do think the tide will turn with the hitting. Maybe not to where everyone is 100% happy, but certainly better than now. Hey, at least they are still getting people on base. I mean, wouldn’t it be worse if there was no one on to potentially drive in?

    Who’d have thought with all the troubles the Yankees have had in the first 2 months that they’d be where they are?????

  12. Villa Nova-Ya May 31st, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Yankee Trader -

    Soriano is so straight-faced, it’s kind of nice to hear him joke. I get the feeling he’s not 100% comfortable with the post-game interview – he looked nervous to me – also there’s the uncertainty – making sure you use the right words when English is not your first language.

  13. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 7:33 am

    The Yankees are tied with the Rangers for most homers in the majors.

    Their pitching has also given up the 2nd most homers in the majors, and closing fast on the Twins.

    Where are the Yankees with RISP? Someone mentioned the other day 11th in AL.

    I’m not a fan of the Earl Weaver approach of having to rely on the 3 run homer to get you out of a possible loss.

    How many of the Yankee homers are solo shots?

  14. blake May 31st, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Villa,

    With Nova thats the biggest deal….he has to start working the lower half of the strike zone again and get his ground ball rate back….

    The Orioles just arent that good…..they have a good offense but Jason Hammel wasnt going to pitch like Roy Halladay forever……I think they are improving ….but theyll be in last place by the all star break IMO….just dont have as much talent as the rest of the division.

    I still think Texas is better than the Angels overall…..but that gap may close by the end of the year….Trout and Trumbo make a huge difference in that offense if this is who they are going to be……huge…..

  15. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 7:40 am

    On Nova-

    Having struck out 12 in a 6 inning game recently, Nova does have some of the best stuff. He needs to refine his mechanics and location. It might take another trip to AAA to get him back where he belongs.

    On the bullpen-
    DRob can’t come back, healthy, soon enough. I do think that Garcia is a wasted space in the bullpen. I know he can’t be traded without his permission until June 15th, but he can be released. Cashman should bring up Mitchell, Whitley or Whelan, instead of waiting another two weeks to see if he can get a low minor leaguer for him.

  16. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Nova and Hughes have sort of the same issues. Their stuff is plenty good enough, but, nobody’s afraid to dig in, so they do. They need to move them off of the plate, move their feet, knock ‘em down. Not head high stuff or hit them, but, give them something to think about.

  17. blake May 31st, 2012 at 7:43 am

    . “Cashman should bring up Mitchell, Whitley or Whelan, instead of waiting another two weeks to see if he can get a low minor leaguer for him.”

    I agree.

  18. Tar May 31st, 2012 at 7:45 am

    “Where are the Yankees with RISP? Someone mentioned the other day 11th in AL.”

    I kind of think this going to work out in the Yankees favor. If you believe as I do that the Yankees are better than that. It means they are going to go on tear with RISP at some point.

    I remember one year having awful won-loss record in one run games at the break. They went on incredible streak the rest of the year of wining one run games.

    Thats how I am looking at RISP, its going to come, and in a big way.

  19. Tar May 31st, 2012 at 7:47 am

    GB

    Totally agree about Nova and Hughes.have to run.

  20. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 7:49 am

    They need to move them off of the plate, move their feet, knock ‘em down. Not head high stuff or hit them, but, give them something to think about.
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    GB- Do you ever sleep? Nova took your advice last night with Trout leading off the 1st inning!

    If Nova can harness his mechanics/location, I think he has the stuff to be a 20 game winner. I still think Hughes needs a better intelligent mental approach to the game, and should zip it in post game interviews.

  21. PittsburghYankeeFan May 31st, 2012 at 8:00 am

    An aside:

    Went to the Pirates-Reds game last night, where AJ Burnett was pitching. Seven innings, one hit. He’s 4-2, with an ERA of 3.68. Take away one game this year where he blew up, and his ERA would be 1.52.

    Yes, its the NL, and yes its the Reds, but isn’t this the same Reds team that took 2 of 3 from the Yankees this year?

    What is it about the Yankees and borderline pitchers that make them suck only in pinstripes?

  22. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:03 am

    YT,

    Hughes has had multiple things to work on. The first was a new approach to an old problem…to get deeper into the games on fewer pitches. Nothing wrong his intelligence. His control is fine, but, his location gets away from him from time to time. He’ll be fine, though. It may take a few more starts, but, as long as he stays healthy. He may have been around for awhile, but, major league-wise, he’s still lacking in experience. Look at the amount of time he’s lost to injuries, along with minimum time in the minors. Are others ahead of his developement? sure, but, most of them went to college. Guys that are from the same age group and some even more highly rated at draft time like Homer Bailey, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz and a few more are having much of the same issues or worse, all with lack of experience or injury issues.

  23. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:05 am

    What is it about the Yankees and borderline pitchers that make them suck only in pinstripes?
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    Good morning. Maybe it’s the bright lights of NYC, and pitching for a big market team with a $16.5M/year price tag for a target on your back.

  24. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:12 am

    PittsburghYankeeFan May 31st, 2012 at 8:00 am
    An aside:

    Went to the Pirates-Reds game last night, where AJ Burnett was pitching. Seven innings, one hit. He’s 4-2, with an ERA of 3.68. Take away one game this year where he blew up, and his ERA would be 1.52.

    Yes, its the NL, and yes its the Reds, but isn’t this the same Reds team that took 2 of 3 from the Yankees this year?

    What is it about the Yankees and borderline pitchers that make them suck only in pinstripes?

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    What difference does it make. He, along with Cabrera and Montero are not the Yankees concern. As long as what they do has no affect on the Yankees, I don’t care what they do.

  25. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:14 am

    GB-

    Intelligence wasn’t the right word. It’s his mental approach. The other day against the Angels it was fastball, fastball, fastball, all being hammered, after the Angels gift-wrapped him a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Many of the long fly outs that game would have been extra base hits in YS. And then he throws his worst pitch-the cutter- to Trout, who homers. I don’t want him sent to the bullpen or back to the minors. I just want him to utilize those talents and pitch smart!

  26. yanks61 May 31st, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Yankee trader. When you mentioned Earl Weaver a little earlier, it reminded me of a few choice quotes of his:

    I think there should be bad blood between all clubs.
    Earl Weaver

    You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and five the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
    Earl Weaver

    A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don’t know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me.
    Earl Weaver

    The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.
    Earl Weaver

    A manager’s job is simple. For one hundred sixty-two games you try not to screw up all that smart stuff your organization did last December.
    Earl Weaver

    Coaches are an integral part of any manager’s team, especially if they are good pinochle players.
    Earl Weaver

    And, finally, the truest words ever spoken about baseball:

    Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.
    Earl Weaver

  27. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Pat M brought up a point after talking to SJ, that 2nd baseman don’t age well, and perhaps the Yankees should swap Cano and even Granderson to get a “boatload” of young talent.

    GB- Maybe you can help me here. Didn’t Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar age well as 2nd basemen? Utley was used as an example, but he’s dealing with the recovery after the torn hip labrum.

    Anyway if Cano won’t age well as a 2nd baseman, let him move over to SS, when Jete retires, and he’ll play well into his late 30′s if not his 40′s like Omar Vizquel.

  28. yanks61 May 31st, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot Jim Palmer’s riposte to Weaver when the latter tried to talk to “Pancakes” about pitching. Palmer supposedly said to him, “about the only thing that you know about pitching is that you couldn’t hit it.”

  29. blake May 31st, 2012 at 8:28 am

    “Anyway if Cano won’t age well as a 2nd baseman, let him move over to SS, when Jete retires, and he’ll play well into his late 30?s if not his 40?s like Omar Vizquel”

    I think most 2nd basemen in history didnt age well because there havent been a lot of great 2nd basemen to begin with offensively …..I really wouldnt take that as evidence that Robbie will age poorly…..Id look at his swing and barring injuries his swing should age very well.

    Also if we are basing the reasoning on 2nd base as a demanding position….then moving him to SS would be even worse because thats even more demanding physically …..also Im nkt sure about Robbies footwork for SS…..Id leave him right where he is and see if he can become the greatest 2B of all time.

  30. Bronx Jeers May 31st, 2012 at 8:29 am

    2nd basemen don’t age well? What position does?

  31. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:30 am

    YT,

    I don’t pretend to know what Hughes problem was Monday or in the one or two mistakes he makes a game. I tend to think it’s the lack of experience. I’m not going to blame his Monday start on the 45 minute plus delay on that. Like I said, have no idea what happened in that clinker Monday.

  32. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Yanks61-

    Priceless! Good morning. Didn’t Earl Weaver also want his hitters to strike out and not hit into a DP? He must have done something right. His teams finished 1st or 2nd 13 times in the 17 years he managed.

  33. blake May 31st, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Historically …..2nd basemen kinda stink offensively and looking back offensive numbers are what we base most of player evaluations on…..so its not surprising that many 2nd basemsn havent aged well…..there havent been that many great 2nd basemen…..

  34. blake May 31st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Cashman should be asking every club about any good cost contolled outfielders theh may have….whether thry are in the big leagues or minors to see if there is a match….

  35. yanks61 May 31st, 2012 at 8:36 am

    YT – though the enemy, I always enjoyed his act!

    Another funny quote: Pat Kelly, a very religious guy, but not much of a hitter, once demanded of Weaver when he was going to get down on his knees and pray. To which Weaver replied, “Pat, I get down on my knees and pray every time you come to bat.”

  36. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:22 am
    Pat M brought up a point after talking to SJ, that 2nd baseman don’t age well, and perhaps the Yankees should swap Cano and even Granderson to get a “boatload” of young talent.

    GB- Maybe you can help me here. Didn’t Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Roberto Alomar age well as 2nd basemen? Utley was used as an example, but he’s dealing with the recovery after the torn hip labrum.

    Anyway if Cano won’t age well as a 2nd baseman, let him move over to SS, when Jete retires, and he’ll play well into his late 30?s if not his 40?s like Omar Vizquel.

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    yeah, they did pretty well deep into their careers. The thing was they had long careers, like Biggio. People only remember the falling off at the tailend of their careers. Not many infielders, or players in general have careers that last that long.

  37. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Have to go.

    Hopefully the Yankees will get their “mini-trout” back soon-in a fully healed Bret Gardner.

    It wouldn’t hurt to have Nunez back and ready to contribute defensively and on the basepaths.

    Aardsma might be back fairly soon, if he’s indeed throwing sliders off a mound-good test after TJ surgery.

    Most importantly we need no more time on the DL this year for DRob.

    Have a great day all. Until later.

  38. Yankee Trader May 31st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Another funny quote: Pat Kelly, a very religious guy, but not much of a hitter, once demanded of Weaver when he was going to get down on his knees and pray. To which Weaver replied, “Pat, I get down on my knees and pray every time you come to bat.”
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    LMAO. Thanks -You made my day!

  39. NYYROC May 31st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Little known fact: Pat Kelly of O’s is HOF RB Leroy Kelly’s brother.

  40. Villa Nova-Ya May 31st, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Love the Earl Weaver stuff. Interesting to me that 2/3 of the quote about the most important things being pitching, fundamentals and the 3-run HR get left off all the time. I only ever heard that the Earl Weaver approach to baseball is the 3-run HR. Hmmm. Seems to me, that only works if the first two are there, and he knew that.

    GreenBeret7 – I think in the post-game last night Nova talked about getting guys off the plate (I have trouble understanding him sometimes because he speaks very softly).

    I was a little disappointed Joe G didn’t let Nova finish out the 7th. Lately it seems he’s been giving his starters more leash. I guess this game was a must-have so, the leash was shorter. That’s all I can come up with.

    Both Hughes and Nova had their poor innings, but seemed to make adjustments. For Hughes it was too little too late. For Nova, just enough.

  41. blake May 31st, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Nova seems to get hurt in one inning a lot of times and then pitches well the rest of the game….dont know if its concentration lapses…..or if he just gets out of whack mechanically and leaves balls over the plate…..or if its just a flukey thing……..hes been pretty good at making adjustments though in his young career so hopefully he will iron it out.

  42. yanks61 May 31st, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just doing a very quick search, the only HOF 2b I found that hit well into his later years was Rod Carew. At age 38 he hit .295, .367, .353 and at 39 he hit.280, .371, .345.

    I believe that Blake is dead right though about 2B being, in general, poor hitters historically. Exceptions being, of course, guys like Carew, Morgan and Sandberg. Going way back – and into Yankee lore – there was of course another major exception in Tony Lazzeri. Also, way back there, was Charlie Gehringer – a pretty darn good hitter with a lifetime .320 mark. Gehringer’s last good year was at age 37 when he hit .313, .428, .447. He continued two more years after that but his BA. went down to .220 his last full year at 38 (kind of fell off a cliff really!)

  43. blake May 31st, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I havent seen him play….anybody think Tyler Austin could be a Trumbo-ish player for us in a couple of years? Hes just destroying the Sally league……may be time to.see what he can do at Tampa soon…

  44. LGY May 31st, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Which leads to two questions, one looking back and one forward: Why did the Yankees move him? And is Melky Cabrera — yeah, that Melky Cabrera — about to score big in free agency?

    Cabrera was a helpful, supplementary part in a Yankee 2009 World Series title in which the three main starters — CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte — were pushed hard. So the Yanks wanted a workhorse for 2010 and remained infatuated by Javy Vazquez despite his 2004 pinstripe failure.

    Atlanta knew it would move Vazquez to the Yankees once touted prospect Arodys Vizcaino was made the centerpiece of a deal. Then it became about extra pieces. Atlanta had not solved its leadoff situation since Rafael Furcal left after the 2006 season nor center field since Andruw Jones left after 2007. Thus, it was willing to accept either Cabrera or Brett Gardner, who then — like now — was held in high esteem by the Yankee front office. One Atlanta official said the Yankees would not even discuss Gardner.

    “Melky was an extra player for us and we viewed Gardner as a future, every day guy who could play a premium position in center,” Brian Cashman said. “Plus Melky was arbitration eligible and so he looked like he was about to become a very expensive fourth outfielder.”

    With the Braves, Cabrera’s excess weight curtailed his mobility and led to a .255 season and a non-tender. The Yankees actually offered Cabrera a minor league deal, but the Royals gave him a guaranteed $1.25 million and sure playing time. That offseason Cabrera worked out with Alex Rodriguez (as he has continued to do) and got into peak shape and became more serious about his game, which are the reasons most cited by scouts for his turnaround.

    http://m.nypost.com/p/sports/m.....M3r8UjgpcP

  45. LGY May 31st, 2012 at 8:56 am

    And in reference to Swisher and Melky…

    “The suddenly budget conscious Yankees probably will sign neither.”

  46. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “61,

    Carew spent the last half of his career as a 1st baseman. Davey Lopes, Lou Whitaker and Frank White is another 2nd baseman with long careers

  47. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2012 at 8:59 am

    austin doesn’t have that kind of power.

  48. yanks61 May 31st, 2012 at 9:07 am

    GB – You’re absolutely right- forgot about that. Thanks for the reminder.

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