Amy K. Nelson went down to Charleston to spent a few days with RiverDogs co-owner Bill Murray. Yes, that Bill Murray. The result is a short video that’s occasionally hilarious, occasionally touching and features a handful of top Yankees prospects. Check it out.
A few other notes and links from this off day…
• Nice story from Marty Noble about Chipper Jones visiting the the Mickey Mantle exhibit at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Jones is a huge Mantle fan, and it turns out, he’s loved playing at Yankee Stadium. “If I could have it like this every night, I might never quit,” he told Derek Jeter during Wednesday’s game.
• Interesting comment from Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long regarding the rise of Melky Cabrera: “If Melky committed himself to the Yankees as he does now, he would still be a Yankee,” Long told Joel Sherman. “And he would say the same thing. He made himself tradeable then.”
• Baseball America reports that the Yankees gave Cuban lefthander Omar Luis Rodriguez a $4-million bonus to sign his minor league contract (I believe the deal was initially reported as $3 or $4 million). “He still must be able to acquire a visa, so it’s not certain when Luis will be able to begin his career,” Baseball America wrote. For a short scouting report, click the link.
• There was really no way to keep him on the roster out of spring training, but Justin Maxwell really would be a perfect fit for the Yankees right now. He’s having a nice season with the Astros.
• Rays reliever Joel Peralta got an eight-game suspension after foreign substance was found on his glove this week.
• Heading into this weekend’s Subway Series at Citi Field, Mets manager Terry Collins voiced a reminder that New York’s National League park isn’t quite as home-run-friendly as Yankee Stadium. “They can hit them out of here, too,” Collins said. “It’s just not quite as easy as it is over there.”
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