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Ichiro will be active tonight

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Havent seen a lineup and there is no 25-man move just yet, but a Yankees official just said that Ichiro Suzuki will be on the active roster tonight.

UPDATE: Dewayne Wise has been designated for assignment.

UPDATE: Mariners announce that Ichiro approached them about possibly being traded.

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203 Responses to “Ichiro will be active tonight”

  1. Johnny. Rocket. July 23rd, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    “Low risk, potentially high reward. ”

    How many times have we heard that before on this site?

    And, more importantly, how many times has the outcome turned out to be “high reward”?

  2. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    So… if you’re a Mariners fan at the game tonight you…. do what exactly lol?

  3. DONNYBROOK July 23rd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Cashman gonna get every inning possible for the Yankees $2 Mill.

  4. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    When Ichiro woke up this AM I wonder if ever could have envisioned this one.

    Traded to the greatest Franchise in Sports and playing against his former teammates immediately.

    I kinda doubt it.

    :)

  5. Bronx Jeers July 23rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Ichiro’s in RF tonight for the Yanks?

    That’s gonna be quite a shock for M fans coming to the game.

  6. Nilsson July 23rd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Low risk move. Nothing major. I expected this from Cashman.

    From what I saw, Mitchell’s stuff was fringy. Don’t know much about the other guy, only that he has a track record of journeyman middle reliever. Yanks didn’t surrender anything of real value in this deal.

    At least it looks like Ichiro’s defensive range is still good, which is a plus.

  7. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Compass Rosy-

    Comment please ?

    (After you get over the shock that is)

    :)

  8. CountryClub July 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    They gave up nothing for him and are only paying 2 mil of his salary. It’s not even a low risk move…it’s a no risk move.

  9. jacksquat July 23rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    It’s going to have to be weird for Ichiro, his very first game as a Yankee in his old park against his old team. He basically just walked across the infield.

  10. Tyler July 23rd, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t expect much out of him tonight (this has got to be surreal playing his first game against the Mariners) but I really really like this move. I know Ichiro’s declined the past 2 years but he’s the type of bat that this team needs. More of a contact hitter with speed. They gave up next to nothing. I think Ichiro can hit over .300 the rest of the year with a change of sceneary.

  11. BD (Boston Dave) July 23rd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    fantastic move by Cashman.

    can’t wait to see Ichiro in this lineup.

    his defense and speed alone makes it a great trade. they needed to replace that when Gardner went down.

  12. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Japan will go nuts when they get the news.

    Let’s get Matsui back to man the other corner.

    Godzilla and Mothra at the corners.

    :)

  13. robbykid July 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    away stats significantly better: .297 .314 .402 .716
    home stats: 214 .255 .289 .544

  14. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    bat him 2nd behind the Capt.

  15. Benny Blanco July 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Holy crap ichiro???

  16. Tyler July 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    If Mariners do anything but give Ichiro a standing ovation tonight they should move that team to Oklahoma City also…

  17. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I would think the logical move would be to move Ichiro to LF when Swisher is playing.

    He’ll cover more ground at the Stadium.

  18. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I like the move…..its no risk and mayne Ichiro can turn back the clock in a playoff race…..if nothing else they got better defensively. Hope they still look to upgrade and then this winter either trade for Upton or Choo.

  19. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    No matter what happens in the end this was a no-brainer.

    :)

  20. Phranchise July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    And you know he’ll handle NY with ease and be fine to lay low. So pressure won’t be an issue. Also important to note, with having to play Ibanez and Jones so much in the OF with Swish hurt, you increase the chance one would be hurt and leave you short an OF with no minor leaguers to help

  21. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Blake-

    I think you’ve just seen your upgrade.

  22. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    jeter-ichiro-cano-alex-tex-grandy-ibanex/jones-victorino-martin

  23. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Safeco is hitter death….get him out of there and in games that matter and maybe he wajes up and finds his old form long enough to help.

  24. kd July 23rd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    instead of you can’t predict baseball, it should be you can’t predict cashman. what a coup!

  25. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    swisher won’t see RF as he will be traded by the deadline

  26. ADam July 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Its either Wise DFA or Swish to DL

  27. Tyler July 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I think Ichiro will be in LF when Swisher gets back. This also allows Ibanez/Jones to not have as much wear and tear running around out there. Ibanez has been pretty good out there but he gives me a heart attack with how slow he is

  28. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    MTU,

    Yea id say mkst likely

  29. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Ichiro can still utilize the short porch in right at YS, no problem.

    Guy is going to turn back the clock, just watch.

  30. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    astrocityfan July 23rd, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    And they’re only paying him 2 mil?? What a deal!

    And let’s not get hung up on uniform numbers please. We should have learned that lesson during the Hawkins debacle.

    ———

    I’m not hung up on anything. I don’t care what number he wears.

    But I also didn’t care what number Hawkins wore. Too many idiot fans did. That’s the point.

  31. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Blake-

    For this season.

    ;)

  32. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    We’ll see how it all works out, but how can you not love Ichiro as a replacement for Brett Gardner for the rest of this season???

    Raul and Andruw, welcome back to the DH position, I think it’s missed you as much as you’ve missed it.

  33. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Yea Ichiro will play LF most likely when Swish gets back

  34. BD (Boston Dave) July 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Swisher to DL makes sense

    Yanks need to figure out what other moves they’ll make or not make first

  35. astrocityfan July 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Great move at worst he is still as good as Gardner and at best closer to ichiro! Complete no brainer

  36. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Ichiro is a pro. He will fit in. No sweat.

    Trade swish? Interesting….. Very interesting.

  37. Villa Nova-Ya July 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Nick in SF -

    That is exactly how you have to see this deal. Ichiro as Gardner.

  38. Johnny. Rocket. July 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Abraham also said via Tweet: “Ichiro is not Ichiro any more. But he can probably be 85 percent of himself for 3 months. Nice trade by Cashman.”

    =========

    Peter Jinx.

  39. Stacey July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Will Ichiro get number 51? He wore because of Bernie….

  40. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Get pick by Cash, Ichiro finally in a pennant race without the pressure of carrying a line-up.

    I think this is a great move.

  41. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Kuroda will be there to smooth Ichiro’s transition.

    What a way for 2 old Japanese studs to go out.

    Makes your brain explode.

    :)

  42. jacksquat July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I just hope they got an MRI!

    ;)

  43. jr1212 July 23rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Kevin_Goldstein
    Mariners and Yankees are easily on the list of front offices that work like the KGB.

  44. Tyler July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Wise got DFA’d…. he did a good job when called upon. Somebody is going to pick him up. He’s a useful player.

  45. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Nick in SF July 23rd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    We’ll see how it all works out, but how can you not love Ichiro as a replacement for Brett Gardner for the rest of this season???
    ———————

    You can’t not love it Nick. You just can’t NOT love it :D

  46. jr1212 July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    BloggingBombers
    Dewayne Wise was DFA’d to make roster room for Ichiro

    Swisher must be ok then…

  47. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    VN-

    I’m not sure Ichiro would take that as a compliment.

    Maybe the other way round would be better.

    ;)

  48. RhapsodyInBlue July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Old Johnny Red Sux over reading about his beloved.

    Of course his last place team has Nava so I can understand his sarcasm.

  49. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Yankee victory tonight pretty much demands a late-night trip to my favorite ramen house to celebrate.

  50. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    swisher won’t see RF as he will be traded by the deadline

    ———

    How does that make any sense?

    They were short an outfielder two hours ago and now they’ll deal Swisher within the next week with a full outfield?

    Don’t bet on it.

  51. PacoDooley July 23rd, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I think Ichiro will have a decent run in NY. I like his away BA, but I hope he can find a way to get on base more. Maybe a move to a park that plays well for LH hitters with a better lineup around him will make a difference.

  52. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ichiro hasn’t played a day in LF in his life and he’s an upgrade over Swish, guess again…

  53. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    And if JU is still around we get him in the OS.

    Or Stanton.

    :)

  54. Villa Nova-Ya July 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    MTU -

    Certainly don’t want to insult the newcomer.

    I figured Wise would go; he didn’t see a lot of playing time. But he came through when called upon and was well-prepared. I guess he’ll catch on elsewhere?

  55. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    They were short an outfielder two hours ago and now they’ll deal Swisher within the next week with a full outfield?
    ===============
    just as nobody can predict what cashman will do, he will do it again, watch…

  56. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    85% of the old Ichiro would great…..Ill settle for 65% even that would be a good player.

  57. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Reminds me of the Fielder trade of 96. He had an impact but it wasnt with his power.

  58. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Or Melky.

    :)

  59. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1

    At moment, #Yankees believe Ichiro will start and play RF tonite v. #Mariners. But say deal happened so quick, Ichiro might ask for a day

  60. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    nick- I took a sip – ok, a couple – of a single malt from the glen burnie distillery. 18 years old.

    you’re right, a great replacement for Gardner.

  61. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Yankee victory tonight pretty much demands a late-night trip to my favorite ramen house to celebrate
    ========
    no gelato?

  62. Nilsson July 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Swisher ain’t getting dealt. Or I should say it’s highly unlikely. Even if the Yanks wanted to — which I’m sure they’re not — the new compensation rules removes incentive to do those type of deals. Any team that trades for him cannot receive a draft pick when he walks.

  63. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    VN-

    I wish Wise well. He helped us when we needed him.

    But NOW it’s Ichiro’s turn.

    :)

  64. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Ichiro will NOT wear 51 with the Yankees. No number has been assigned. They will give him a few to choose from.

  65. William Buckner July 23rd, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This trade is very much like David Justice. That worked out very well.

  66. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Bryan Hoch ?@BryanHoch

    Jeter on Ichiro: “He can hit, he can play defense, he can run. What else do you want? Can he pitch?”

    Not sure the Cap should be asking such questions.. Girardi will have Ichiro relieving for Logan in the next close game.

  67. waka flocka July 23rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    .297/.314/.402 line for Ichiro outside of Safeco.

    this trade is awesome. i am trying not to make too big of a deal but it really beats the hell out of trading way too much for a rental in Victorino. the Yankees gamble on Ichiro and basically gave up nothing for it. awesome, awesome job by Cashman.

  68. Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Real shame the Yankees won’t give an inner circle HoFer a players number. Just retire it if the absolute best case scenario for giving it out is still denied.

  69. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Ichiro will NOT wear 51 with the Yankees. No number has been assigned. They will give him a few to choose from.
    =======================
    they learned from their mistake and ichiro shows class in not complaining

  70. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Ichiro as a bearded, Japanese version of GGBG ?

    Life is stranger than fiction.

    :)

  71. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The Indians will probably trade Choo this winter as well……I would trade all the prospects for Stanton.

  72. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Just retire it if the absolute best case scenario for giving it out is still denied.
    =======================
    maybe they have plans for that

  73. jacksquat July 23rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I doubt they are trading Swisher.

    And the smart move would be to play Ichiro in LF since YS LF is much bigger than RF, and Ichiro is probably quite a bit faster than Swisher. The arm is much less important than the range.

  74. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ichiro hasn’t played a day in LF in his life and he’s an upgrade over Swish, guess again…

    ——-

    I’d offer to put a wager on that but I have a feeling you wouldn’t pay up.

    I know Nick in SF hasn’t had the best of luck collecting debts from LoHudders.

  75. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I wanna see Ichiro tonight!

  76. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Real shame the Yankees won’t give an inner circle HoFer a players number. Just retire it if the absolute best case scenario for giving it out is still denied.
    —————-

    Yeah kinda with you there. Not retiring numbers bu keeping them off limits is stupid. Bernie’s been gone a while. And please no one try to compare a player like Ichiro to Latroy freakin Hawkins like they’re the same thing…

  77. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm
    Compass Rosy-

    Comment please ?

    (After you get over the shock that is)

    ~

    At least now I don’t have to listen to M’s fans complain about him anymore…

    ====

    blake July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    Safeco is hitter death….get him out of there and in games that matter and maybe he wajes up and finds his old form long enough to help.

    ~

    Ichiro career home/road splits are just about dead even…

    HOME .320 / .366 / .417 / .782
    ROAD .324 / .366 / .419 / .785

  78. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Girardi will have Ichiro relieving for Logan in the next close game.
    ===================
    No. He will have Ankiel for that.

  79. comet July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Anyone seen GB around these parts? seems he been missing for a couple of days.

    Don’t know what to think about the trade. It certainly fills a need for this season. Is Ichiro signed beyond this season?

  80. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    I’d offer to put a wager on that but I have a feeling you wouldn’t pay up.
    =================
    nice…

  81. jmv July 23rd, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hi, everyone!

    Count me in the Ichiro bandwagon. Let´s hope for a “winner-team syndrome”, he is capable of. Are the away splits really that good?

  82. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    blake July 23rd, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The Indians will probably trade Choo this winter as well……I would trade all the prospects for Stanton.

    ———————

    Blake, if we’re going to trade all the prospects we need to get Stanton, Felix, and an Upton back. Reread Team Greedy’s clubhouse rules!! You’re not being greedy enough!

  83. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Blake-

    The Ozzie experiment has failed. Miserably (no surprise).

    Who knows what will be made available by Miami in the OS.

    Maybe even now.

    They just moved Sanchez and Infante and are clearly in sell mode.

    ;)

  84. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I don’t know why some think Swish will even be back.
    These injuries linger and that could preclude a trade but Ichiro is a RF.
    They are getting another OF, you can bet on that.

  85. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Girardi will have Ichiro relieving for Logan in the next close game.
    ===================
    No. He will have Ankiel for that.

    ————

    LOL, very true!

  86. jacksquat July 23rd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    After expressing no preference as to a uniform number, Ichiro was issued #51 by the Mariners. He was initially hesitant because it had previously been worn by pitching star Randy Johnson. To avoid insulting Johnson, Ichiro sent a personal message to the pitcher promising not to “bring shame” to the uniform.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiro_Suzuki

  87. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    M’s on MLB tv

  88. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Ichiro will NOT wear 51 with the Yankees. No number has been assigned. They will give him a few to choose from.

    ———

    And there you have it. Kind of stupid but not a big surprise.

    They didn’t want any potential fan backlash.

    Just retire the number and be done with it.

  89. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Mick-

    You’re really out there on that tree limb.

    Bold prediction.

  90. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Ichiro career home/road splits are just about dead even…

    HOME .320 / .366 / .417 / .782
    ROAD .324 / .366 / .419 / .785

    ~

    though not so this season…

    HOME .214 / .255 / .289 / .544
    ROAD .297 / .314 / .402 / .716

  91. Nick in SF July 23rd, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Joe: I little bit of a fine single malt could be in order too, but not for a few hours, it’s just past 4pm here and I’m on the way out to run some errands.

    GF: stuckey is the only LoHudder who still hasn’t paid up as far as cash wagers go.

    Color me excited!

  92. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    They didn’t want any potential fan backlash.
    ========================
    why does that bother you?
    fans have every right to love Bernie and not want his # given away.

  93. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    David Aardsma ?@TheDA53
    Wow, Ichiro to my @Yankees . Great guy and a change of scenery might reinvigorate him. One of the hardest most dedicated workers in @MLB

  94. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    If nothing else the Suzuki trade has generated some extra excitment.

    :)

  95. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Mick-

    You’re really out there on that tree limb.

    Bold prediction.
    ===============
    which one mtu?

  96. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Compass-

    I was wondering about YOUR reaction ?

    ;)

  97. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Mick-

    Swisher gone now.

    ;)

  98. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Ichiro doing the presser now.

  99. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Nick – that’s what you get for living on the west coast ;)

    Ichiro shaved!

  100. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS

    why the #yankees took ichiro instead of waiting around for victorino or span. @CBSSports http://cbsprt.co/MT4W0R

    Marc Carig ?@MarcCarig

    “He deserves a chance to play for a contending team.” – Lincoln

  101. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Mick-

    Or more correctly, next.

  102. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Clean close shave

  103. jr1212 July 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Ichiro choking up in the press conference…

  104. RadioKev July 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’d like to point out, Cashman really believes he was not screwed on the Pineda trade. This should put the nail in the coffin of that conspiracy theory.

  105. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    OMG

  106. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Ichiro’s presser is kind of difficult to understand. lol

  107. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I wonder if Ichiro is an Aqua Velva Man ?

    :)

  108. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Ichiro shaved!

    —————-

    That’s what I thought too (right after I thought he looked like a 6th grade spelling bee contestant)!! If the beard is gone he’s obviously playing tonight lol.

    I could see Ichiro as the type that would think it’d be shameful to ask for a day to regroup.

  109. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    They didn’t want any potential fan backlash.
    ========================
    why does that bother you?
    fans have every right to love Bernie and not want his # given away.

    ——–

    And a lot of fans are idiots. I don’t like anything that reflects negatively on the Yankee organization.

  110. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Was Ichiro rocking a beard before this?

  111. RadioKev July 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Also can we just point out: Ichiro Suzuki, Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez (to a lesser extent…) are our bench players. Your All Stars and Hall of Famers are mere Yankee bench players! :D

  112. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    What a strange thing to be playing against your old team right away. Emotional roller coaster!

  113. blake July 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Shame,

    True! Team greed.

    MTU,

    What would you give for Johnson? Randy Choate? LoMo? His knee worries me…..can Hanley play outfield?

  114. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    They should’ve gotten a translator that was.. um… better.

  115. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    The only thing greater than this would be to announce that the Yankees have traded Nix for Mike Trout.

    :)

  116. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    what is ichiro sayin
    anyone understand japanese, JF?

  117. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Blake-

    How do you spell F-I-R-E S-A-L-E ?

    :) :) :)

  118. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Sadly, I understand more Hindi than Japanese now.

  119. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Uncle Joe being a creeper!! (how many times has this been said over Thanksgiving dinner at your house?)

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Joe Girardi watches the Ichiro press conference from a corner of the room. http://pic.twitter.com/802R9aFA

  120. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And a lot of fans are idiots.
    ===============
    so a fan is an idiot if he doesn’t want bernies # worn.
    seems like yank org. looks bad if they give it away.

  121. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Blake-

    Don’t know if HR can play OF ?

    Does he even have the footspeed ?

  122. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Compass-

    I was wondering about YOUR reaction ?

    ~

    That really is it, MTU.
    I had grown SO tired of fans ragging on him (at times, for good reason) that I’m glad we can move on with the rest of the season with the kids, etc.

    It will be quite an experience tomorrow to be there at the Safe when he steps to the plate vs. Felix … glad I already have my ticket :-)

  123. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Blake – Yeah you gotta get your priorities straight man… Team Greedy isn’t about just getting one thing. It’s about getting everything possible (“is Felix on his way?” is all anyone on team greedy is thinking right now.) and still not being satisfied because oh my god these golden shoes are kinda tight and man the air quality in this mansion just leaves something to be desired. ;)

  124. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Joe is on yes

  125. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And a lot of fans are idiots.
    ===============
    so a fan is an idiot if he doesn’t want bernies # worn.
    seems like yank org. looks bad if they give it away.

    ————

    Seems more like the Yanks have put themselves in a position to get backlash by keeping some numbers off limits but not retired for several years, IMO.

  126. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Compass-

    Won’t you miss him ?

    He was incredible playing for the M’s.

    A true superstar. I know I’d feel sad seein’ someone like that leave.

  127. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Joe says Ichiro to LF

  128. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And a lot of fans are idiots.
    ===============
    so a fan is an idiot if he doesn’t want bernies # worn.

    ———-

    No, a fan is an idiot if he boos the player now wearing that number.

  129. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Dave Softy Mahler ?@Softykjr
    Ichiro: “When I imagined taking off the Mariners uniform, I was overcome with sadness.”

  130. Oscar Madison July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Ichiro will have to shave his crusty facial growth………..hope they don’t dishonor Bernie and let him wear # 51.

    Give him # 99 meaning he’s outta here after this year………

  131. Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    This translator, lol. I just started watching.

  132. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Girardi said the plan is to play Ichiro mostly in left field.

  133. Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Kind of wasting Ichiro’s arm out in LF… but on the other hand he can cover more ground in NYS.

  134. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    “Girardi said the plan is to play Ichiro mostly in left field.”

    I can’t say that’s a surprise.

    ;)

  135. MG July 23rd, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    what a great deal for the Yankees.

    Ichiro has been playing in a virtual wasteland for the past few years, he will be pumped to play on a winner once again and is going to rake in Yankee Stadium in the middle of the lineup.

    Bat him 2nd behind Jeter, move Grandy down in the order, and they will score runs in big bunches with both Jetes and Ichiro setting the table.

  136. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    “Girardi said the plan is to play Ichiro mostly in left field.”

    I can’t say that’s a surprise.

    ——-

    It is for mick.

  137. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And a lot of fans are idiots.
    ===============
    so a fan is an idiot if he doesn’t want bernies # worn.

    ———-

    No, a fan is an idiot if he boos the player now wearing that number.

    —————-

    This whole myth was started with Hawkins. Someone decided that obviously fans hated him because he wore #21 and not because he was full of SUCK every time he set foot on the mound. Put #21, #55, or any other semi-untouchable number out there on a guy like Cano and watch fans boo him. Not happening. Yankee fans like one thing above all else: winning. Show them a winner, and they’ll show you the love. Fact.

  138. Against All Odds July 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    He’ll mostly play LF

  139. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Is there a chance Suzuki won’t do well playin’ for the Yankees ?

    Nah !

    :)

  140. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    He gonna bat ninth

  141. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Wonder how it all shook out. The Yankees didn’t give up much. Only paying $2M. Is that the entire remainder?

  142. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    MG – Having an ‘excuse’ (outside of logical, rational thought) to move Grandy down in the order is the best part about this move IMO.

  143. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    GF-

    He’s the fill for GGBG. Obviously he can play either corner though.

    Which is nice.

    ;)

  144. Tar July 23rd, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I would strongly prefer that he not wear #51. However, I would never boo him if he did.

  145. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Sweeney asks about bernies number. and you all think hes a bad reporter

  146. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    m-

    absolutely not.

    The M’s are eating the lion’s share of the remainder.

    Hey. they got Mitchell didn’t they ?

    Seems fair to me.

  147. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Ichiro says he doesn’t want #51. He wants to make a new number his number on a new team

  148. BD (Boston Dave) July 23rd, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    “I would strongly prefer that he not wear #51. However, I would never boo him if he did.”

    ————–

    I don’t think fans should boo any player for the # they wear. If the Yankees want, they can retire the #.

    Otherwise, it should be fair game.

    Boo a player because they don’t play hard, not because they have a favorite # and god forbid want to wear it.

  149. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    This is just one of those things that makes ya’ go, huh.

    Say what ?

    :)

  150. Joe from Long Island July 23rd, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    So, the marlins, pre season darlings, are open for business…..

    the curse of Ozzie?

  151. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Too bad they can’t issue 300.

    I’d like him to wear that #, or actually to hit it.

    :)

  152. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm
    Compass-

    Won’t you miss him ?

    He was incredible playing for the M’s.

    A true superstar. I know I’d feel sad seein’ someone like that leave.

    ~

    Not nearly as sad as I was the day Junior left (the first time). In fact, I think I was more emotional the day Jose Cruz, Jr was traded to the Jays ;-) (another “dugout switch deal”, as the M’s were in Toronto). It’s not like we aren’t used to seeing stars leave: Randy, Alex (thank God our dear, beloved Edgar was a Mariner for life!)

    Ichiro has been a Seattle icon but, his time has passed.
    Personally, I was hoping he’d retire from MLB at the end of the season – maybe play a year or two back in Japan.

  153. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    And a lot of fans are idiots.
    ===============
    so a fan is an idiot if he doesn’t want bernies # worn.

    ———-

    No, a fan is an idiot if he boos the player now wearing that number.

    —————-

    This whole myth was started with Hawkins. Someone decided that obviously fans hated him because he wore #21 and not because he was full of SUCK every time he set foot on the mound. Put #21, #55, or any other semi-untouchable number out there on a guy like Cano and watch fans boo him. Not happening. Yankee fans like one thing above all else: winning. Show them a winner, and they’ll show you the love. Fact.

    ———–

    It was more than that. Yes, Hawkins didn’t perform and that’s the bottom line, which is why he didn’t even finish the season in pinstripes.

    However, the fans acted as if they were personally insulted that #21 was distributed to someone who wasn’t worthy of the honor.

    That was the crux of the matter.

  154. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Joe-

    Booby V and Mr. Straightjacket belong on the same team.

    :)

  155. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, MTU. Sounds like they were accommodating a beloved hometown star.

  156. Uncle Ellsworth July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Why is harold reynolds in seattle?

  157. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Rosy-

    Better pay attention to Ichiro in the stripes.

    We’ll see if his time is passed, as you say.

    I kinda doubt it.

    ;)

  158. astrocityfan July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    So is jones playing right field tonight? Or is ichiro moving to lf when the team gets back to YS ? If swisher isn’t playing tonight it would make sense to put ichiro there right?

  159. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    m-

    your welcome but I hope you’ll study up so you can be the LoHud translator.

    We need you.

    :)

  160. Tar July 23rd, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    BD

    I agree. the only Yankee player I can remember booing was Neon Deion Sanders, and I do not regret it one bit.

    “However, the fans acted as if they were personally insulted that #21 was distributed to someone who wasn’t worthy of the honor.”

    That’s true. Honestly I don’t think he was worthy of the honor. But it doesn’t make what happened to him right. It wasn’t his fault, and he should have never been booed.

  161. UnKnown July 23rd, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Cash probably told Jack Z. that he owes him one for the Montero/Pineda deal.

  162. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Sounds like the translator has a fear of speaking (reading) to a large audience.

  163. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I dunno, GF, I still think that was more propaganda than anything else. The writers love that stuff and perpetuate it with the help of an organization that likes to remind people of their deep rooted history. Does anyone think Ichiro remembered Bernie wore 51? Or was that just a tip from some in the org going “well it means a lot to the fans blah blah blah” and then the writers say how it means a lot to the fans (when repeating Ichiro’s thoughts on it) and then the fans go, ‘OMG that’s right!! He can’t wear Bernie’s number!’ after not giving Bernie Williams a second thought in 5 years.

    It’s silly. But the org doesn’t help itself.. part of the ‘aura’ and all that nonsense.

  164. RadioKev July 23rd, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This is a really nice trade, and totally unpredictable, per usual Cashman.

    Ichiro has hit better on the road, can handle the spotlight, and he’ll have a little extra motivation now playing on a first place team. He’s also a 4th OF, replacing Wise.

  165. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I really think if the Yanks had any hope of NOT retiring #51 they just missed it. Giving it to a HOFer like Ichiro would be a safe bet. This isn’t like someone taking the Babe’s number.

  166. jpmatrixfan88 July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    FYI, Hawkins was booed the first time or two he pitched for us. So no, you can’t say it was because of performance. Before he even sucked, he was booed. I remember it was like his first appearance for us and he got booed before he even threw his first pitch. Just saying.

  167. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Kev-

    W GGBG out he’s no 4th OF’er.

    ;)

  168. Jerkface July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    “Sitting next to skipper Joe Girardi and seeing how well he answers questions in this press conference, one of my challenges will be to master that.” – on what challenges he faces going on the Yankees

  169. jacksquat July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Ichiro in YS3, 68 pa:

    .333 .353 .492 .845

  170. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I have a working understanding of the Japanese, but not too good with Ichiro-ese.

    I bet they try to sign him back in a cheapie deal to replace Swisher next season.

  171. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Jack-

    I’m sure the Yankees looked at that.

    Thanks.

    :)

  172. tomingeorgia July 23rd, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Mr. MTU,
    I share your enthusiasm for Ichiro. Man knows ho to play, in the field or at bat. Everybody hollering for situtational hitting now have their man, and he’ll do it, too, whether it’s a slap single or a drive to the wall. I like it.

  173. jmv July 23rd, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the splits, Compass!

    The dogout switch is weird… No time to adjust

  174. jmv July 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    For the fans, I mean

  175. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    m-

    I think it would depend on how each side takes to the other.

    And of course, on performance and cost.

    But of course, being the smart, savy Lady you are, you already knew that.

    ;)

  176. RadioKev July 23rd, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:42 pm
    Kev-

    W GGBG out he’s no 4th OF’er.

    ;)

    —————-

    I know, I’m just putting a little extra spin on it :D

  177. jmv July 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Jack, thanks for the YS splits, too!

  178. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Lol. I understand The Ja

  179. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Tom-

    Like was said earlier by many.

    It was a no-brainer.

    Little downside. Lot’s of upside.

    if nothing else it’s damn exciting.

  180. comet July 23rd, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Shame, MTU and Uncle E!

    Fun game tonight with Ichiro in the line up!

  181. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@BloggingBombers

    Ichiro hitting 8th tonight in RF.

  182. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Try again. I understand Japanese. Not the Japanese.

  183. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Kev-

    My apology. I was a little slow on the uptake.

    Internet is funny that way.

    :(

  184. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    What’s up, comet!! Can’t wait for later… man, I should probably get some sh!t done before the game instead of sitting here talking to you folks!!!

  185. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I do wonder if they’ll move Felix…. At this point, you gotta wonder why not.

  186. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Greetings Comet-

    Your advanced scouting from across the border has netted us Ichiro.

    I congratulate you.

    :)

  187. MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    New Ichiro thread —–>

    :)

  188. Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Did Ichiro get a lot of rest with the M’s, Compass? I’m hoping we can give him more than he’s used to and that could help his overall performance.

  189. m July 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Gotta think that the vets in the league would be happy for Ichiro. .

  190. CompassRosy July 23rd, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    MTU July 23rd, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    Rosy-

    Better pay attention to Ichiro in the stripes.

    We’ll see if his time is passed, as you say.

    I kinda doubt it.

    ~

    I meant his time is passed on the M’s … which is the only team I care about :)
    I wish Ichiro well, in whatever the future holds for him.

    Some of my specific memories are a grand Slam vs. the Red Sox, a walk-off homer vs. Mariano and, one of the most special – I was there with my dad the night he passed George Sissler…

  191. mick July 23rd, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    didn’t ichiro take #51 in honor of Bernie?
    thought i read that..

  192. Triple Short of a Cycle July 23rd, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    8th? Why not second?

  193. Giuseppe Franco July 23rd, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Shame Spencer July 23rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I dunno, GF, I still think that was more propaganda than anything else. The writers love that stuff and perpetuate it with the help of an organization that likes to remind people of their deep rooted history.

    ———-

    It was certainly a media-driven story but I do seem to recall that Hawkins did eventually change his number because of the fan reaction and not wanting to be a distraction.

    That would suggest it was more than just a myth. That doesn’t make it any less stupid, though. He didn’t deserve that kind of abuse.

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    #’s are taken very seriously in NY…when was your last game at YS GF?

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