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Pinch hitting: Brendan Sennott

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next Pinch Hitter is Brendan Sennott, who lives in Detroit but still manages to catch the Yankees every night on YES. A one-time media member – “I still dream of getting back into the biz,” he wrote – Brendan spends his free time with Angela, his wife of nine-plus years, and their kids, Aubrey (2) and Declan (six months).

For his post, Brendan took the opposite view of yesterday’s Pinch Hitter. He sees reason for optimism, not gloom.

Last offseason, I wrote in this very space that the Yankees needed to go gangbusters during the offseason and spare no expense. They’d won the American League East with 97 wins but lost meekly in the division series, and I felt it was in the organization’s best interest to go “all in” because it was all but guaranteed that Mariano Rivera, the greatest weapon of the modern baseball era, was going to retire.

Just before I submitted my piece to Chad, the Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda and traded Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda. Despite those moves, I wanted still more “hot stove” activity because I was spoiled by how The Boss used to do things.

Well, the Yanks didn’t do much more last winter. It turned out the warning track at Kauffman Stadium had something to say about Mo retiring as he tore his ACL shagging fly balls before New York’s game against the Royals on May 4. He quickly vowed to come back and, thankfully, will indeed return to pitch in his 19th season in 2013.

Kuroda was a solid No. 2 starter going 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 219.2 innings. Unfortunately, Pineda came to camp out of shape and without his pre-advertised 97-mph heater. The big right-hander would not throw a regular-season pitch after he suffered a torn right labrum in his shoulder that required season-ending surgery.

The point is, winning the offseason means absolutely nothing. Rivera, CC Sabathia, A-Rod, Andy Pettitte, and most significantly Brett Gardner all spent time on the D.L. during the ’12 campaign. Curtis Granderson was not an M.V.P. candidate like he was in 2011; Mark Teixeira continued to play well below his salary; Robinson Cano started slowly and was awful for most of the year with runners in scoring position; Russell Martin’s batting average was below .200 for most of the year; only Derek Jeter had a truly great year.

Despite all that, the Yankees won 95 games and once again captured the East. They actually won a playoff series thanks to some Raul Ibanez clutchness, then they got their doors blown off in the A.L.C.S. It was a humbling defeat, and something needed to change.

I am from the camp that the Yankees became too reliant on the long ball these last few years. I believe a reliance on homers does not translate to postseason success. Sure, setting the club record of 245 homers in 2012 was fun for Bombers fans, but playoff losses are not. A different way of thinking would be refreshing.

Well, I got my wish. The Yankees certainly will be a much different club in 2013. Now the change in offensive philosophy may have more to do with Hal Steinbrenner and his desire to lower the payroll before 2014 than anything related to on-field performance. The Yankees have had an uneventful offseason by their standards, and the lack of a big splash has the media skeptical the Yanks can win enough in 2013 to even make the playoffs, let alone win the division. It also has the media fawning over this season’s hot stove champs, the Blue Jays. As the Yanks showed last year, and the Red Sox the year before, that offseason title means nothing.

The Yankees not throwing money at their problems has me more excited for a season than I have been in a long time. I am stoked because New York actually resembles a complete baseball team. I love the entire pitching staff from top to bottom. They will play flawless defense. Cano, Teixeira, and Granderson will mash. Robbie and Grandy will be playing for new deals, which certainly enhances their prospects for monster years.

Jeter, Ichiro, Youkilis, and a healthy Gardner will work the count with tough at bats, put the ball in play, and take the extra base; 150 steals is a heck of a lot more feasible for this 2013 ball club than 245 homers. This year’s Yanks definitely won’t hit .256 with runners in scoring position, which may be the most thrilling possibility of all for next year. Yankee fans also won’t be subjected to the many at bats Martin and Swisher gave away trying to hit 900-foot, 12-run homers. The 2013 Bronx Bombers will be a max effort team, much easier on the eyes.

I don’t expect anyone in their right mind to pick the 2013 Yankees to win the World Series because of their age and key guys coming off injuries, but Jeter, Mo, Andy and CC have never given us reason to doubt them, so I don’t plan on starting now. If the team can stay healthy over the course of the season and get anything from Ivan Nova, Pineda, and even A-Rod, I like their chances. I will like them even more if Cashman can add a legit righty bat. Stranger things have happened.

I just know it is going to be an exciting ride, and a lot more fun to watch a different movie for a change.

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108 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Brendan Sennott”

  1. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    “I’m basically on a mission at this point,” said Davis, who kept herself occupied by reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” on her Kindle.

    This is the most disturbing part of that article, btw.

  2. jacksquat February 8th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Unfortunately, Pineda came to camp out of shape

    Funny, Pineda’s “out of shape” was far thinner than I ever remember seeing CC, even right now.

  3. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I know there were reports about Pineda being out of shape but I never knew how seriously to take them.. especially when the team was telling him to throw gas and his arm fell off. Was he out of shape or just injured before he got there? I tend to believe the latter.

  4. Chip February 8th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Ken Rosenthal with the Captain Obvious Quote: “The Mariners are going to be an improved team this year.” Of course they are – they’re also going to be awful defensively.

    “Scott Boras to tell us how he plans to keep his clients away from PEDs”
    Harold Reynolds “Yeah, because none of his clients used PEDs….”
    Giggle

  5. ac1 February 8th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    “Scott Boras to tell us how he plans to keep his clients away from PEDs”
    Harold Reynolds “Yeah, because none of his clients used PEDs….”
    Giggle
    ____

    Oh Scott :/

  6. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Lol, I wonder if Harold Reynolds ever took anything.. he did play in the 80s..

  7. Chip February 8th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Lol, I wonder if Harold Reynolds ever took anything.. he did play in the 80s..
    ——————-

    Maybe not steroids – but caffine pills seem likely.

  8. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I was thinking cocaine, but I guess caffeine pills work too.

  9. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    @KenDavidoff

    A conversation with Diana Munson. #Yankees #Indians http://bit.ly/XrFmGg

  10. ac1 February 8th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Maybe if the agents of the players taking roids were held accountable too they would be more apt to try to stop their players ..

  11. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    ac1 February 8th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Maybe if the agents of the players taking roids were held accountable too they would be more apt to try to stop their players ..

    ——————–

    Maybe if the organizations were held accountable they would have incentive to stop their players.

    Agents are grimy by nature.

  12. 86w183 February 8th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    How far down the road do we want to kick the can on blame?

    I’m a big believer in personal responsibility. If someone breaks a rule it’s his/her fault. Not the agent, the trainer, the Doctor, the teammate, the accomplice, the parent or the spouse.

    I doubt there is a single MLB player from 1920 thru 2003 that didnt take a PED, be it a steroid or amphetamine or whatever.

    Also, I posted this at the end of the last thread regarding Felix Hernandez:

    A thought on King Felix’ contract. He was really bad in September last year and it looked like his velocity was down quite a bit. It wouldn’t be a shocker to me if he had an arm issue or two very soon.

    He made 6 starts, lasted 35 1/3 inn., was 0-4, 6.62 ERA, gave up 53 hits, had a 1.78 WHIP.

    Isn’t that a warning sign? Hasn’t Seattle shown an inability to recognize shoulder issues for a pitcher who struggles late in the year?

  13. BIG AL February 8th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    “Maybe if the agents of the players taking roids were held accountable too they would be more apt to try to stop their players ..”

    ************************************************************
    That makes no sense at all. How can an agent be held responsible for the action of their client, unless the agent is the person giving his player PED’s. Do you expect the agent to live with, and follow around the player?

    Using your way of thinking, the teams should be held responsible as well as the player, if they are caught using PED’s, like the Boston FO person telling Sheilling to try PED’s.

  14. Chip February 8th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    MLB Hot Stove is breaking down the additions and subtractions of the AL West teams – I knew Texas got crushed this winter – but forgot how badly the Angels pitching regressed going from:

    Greinke
    Weaver
    Wilson
    Haren
    Santana

    to

    Weaver
    Wilson
    Blanton
    Hanson
    Vargas

  15. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 8th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Chip February 8th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    MLB Hot Stove is breaking down the additions and subtractions of the AL West teams – I knew Texas got crushed this winter – but forgot how badly the Angels pitching regressed going from:

    Greinke
    Weaver
    Wilson
    Haren
    Santana

    to

    Weaver
    Wilson
    Blanton
    Hanson
    Vargas

    *******

    Not for this jerkface character – he personally vouched for the Angels staff – we shall see – - – - it is one of many things in the next year individuals have vouched for around here – we shall see how it all plays out – - – - -

  16. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    86w183 February 8th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    How far down the road do we want to kick the can on blame?

    I’m a big believer in personal responsibility. If someone breaks a rule it’s his/her fault. Not the agent, the trainer, the Doctor, the teammate, the accomplice, the parent or the spouse.

    ——————–

    C’mon, 86, that’s incredibly simplistic… there are now reports coming out that team trainers are suggesting the use of banned substances to their players. Did you see that Jayson Taylor story about the patch work they did on that guy to get him out on the field? These guys want to play. I’m not absolving them of any responsibility, but there are a lot of factors here that can’t just be ignored under the guise of personal responsibility.

    The league is hypocritical. They pressure guys to come back and take banned substances and then leave them without a leg to stand on, never copping to any part in it.

  17. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I like Vargas. Kinda buried when it came to the media, due to his Seattle tenure. I would take Vargas over Hughes, if I was pickin’ sides in the school yard.

  18. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Talk about “athletic peer pressure”, what about that sh*t that Bryant is laying out in LA? He may be the leader there, but he’s WAY outta line in this case.

  19. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’m glad winning the off season is irrelevant. Who needs to add good players? We adding Matt Diaz who is the last two years with 359 ABs has two homers and an OPS about .620. That’s really a corner outfielder? He was pretty good in 2009, only a scant four years ago.

  20. JRC February 8th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I agree, it’s going to be a very exciting year. Many players are going to excel including rookies. I totally disagree that Yankees have become contract commoners when they are currently stuck with ARod’s and Tex’s contracts for the next five and four years. Really makes no sense to add Cano or any other player to that list.
    I on the other hand have been a diehard Yankees fan for almost 50 years and I am willing to wait for the influx of our minor league players to become competitive at reasonable salaries.

  21. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The league is hypocritical. They pressure guys to come back and take banned substances and then leave them without a leg to stand on, never copping to any part in it.

    ==========

    The fans are pretty hypocritical as well, for pretty much the same reasons. At the end of the day, the players are still responsible for their own actions (unless they were tricked into using).

    Still, the teams also should be held accountable or share responsibility for their players’ using PEDs. If the team got fined for pervasive PED use, they might be more inclined to discourage it. The fines could be paid into a fund to treat ex-ballplayers coping with the effects of PED use. Of course, the unions would never go for it. Regardless, the current policy seems problematic, but I don’t think that legalization is the right course either.

  22. 86w183 February 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Shame —-

    I agree teams pressure guys to get on the back field and are hypocritical when they feign indignation over the use of substances designed to do just that.

    There’s peer pressure and other pressures too, but the bottom line is the person who decides to use something is the one who is accountable.

    I have written on this site a hundred times or more about the hypocrisy of MLB, the Hall, the MLBPA, the media and all involved with the game over the PED “scandal”. All of baseball was comlicit in the steroid era, yet only a dozen or so are being punished for it.

    Gotta run! SeeYa

  23. 86w183 February 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “complicit” — can’t type for a darn

  24. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Talk about “athletic peer pressure”, what about that sh*t that Bryant is laying out in LA?

    ———————

    Good example.

    See, this is why we need a merit and demerit system! You’d get a +1 for this Donny.

  25. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Chip, would you swap Romine for Conger?

  26. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    86 – I hear ya… I just think, knowing all the factors, reducing it to a simple matter of personal responsibility is kinda reductive. Yes, these guys are making decisions. Yes, they should be punished for making those decisions. But I think talking about personal responsibility in this case only gets you so far, when so many others aren’t held accountable for their role in PED usage.

  27. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    As a Yankee fan for over 50 years, I don’t think they should be solely relying on guys who haven’t even made the hardest minor league jump to AA. Becoming cheap is not fan friendly.

  28. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I am… committed to not doing any work today. I’m depending on you guys to help me out.

  29. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Shame,

    I’m here for you.

    I just read Cashman’s divorce is final and he is paying $1M/yr. in child support and alimony until 2025. Do you think he regrets his fling with the crazy, unattractive woman?

    Brian, I suggest you do agree with everything Hal says. You need this job.

  30. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Seems like everybody is “hot-to-trot” for ST to get underway. Yahoo Fantasy Baseball fired up last night, and in my Dynasty League, we Already have 9 of 16 returning owners signed up and rarin’ to go.

  31. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I’m not sure if Cashman is working for Hal or his ex-wife.

  32. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Ghost – I do include fans in the equation.. fans think guys are soft and all that. But they’re more on the periphery than the players, FO’s, trainers, doctors, managers, etc.

    I have been on here and discussed the unfair treatment of women but I want to be clear: I don’t envy men. You guys are expected to be some sort of super heroes.

  33. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Ghost – Also, I don’t know if the union would push back against that as much as the league itself would never even pursue it.

  34. yankeehotelfoxtrot February 8th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Ha!! He’s certainly paying a hefty price for having an affair with that handsome woman. I don’t think anyone (including Cash) is certain who he’s working for these days. Without an unlimited checkbook or a family…I feel bad for the guy, even if he is a schlub. Btw, “Highlanders”/Red Sox from 4/20/12 currently on YES.

  35. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    mac – I never much cared about his personal life. Honestly, I’ve seen guys go through ups and downs personally and in some cases it’s effected performance and in others it hasn’t. Ultimately, I don’t care if Brian has a never ending supply of 7 virgins a night as long as he’s doing his job.

    The business side of things has been incredibly interesting these past 3 years, though, hasn’t it? I’d rather it not be the story but I can’t pretend I’m not fascinated. They’ve really tied his hands this winter in a way I never would have expected.

  36. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    What do you mean “expected to be super heroes”? Some of us are.

  37. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    @gamblinglawhpp

    BREAKING NEWS: California Introduces SB 190 to legalize Sports Betting

    I dunno what this might mean for Nick but I hope it’s something good.

  38. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I’m sure the bent noses in Vegas ain’t happy about this.

  39. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    What do you mean “expected to be super heroes”? Some of us are.

    ———————–

    Fair point.. I mean, I’m not saying I’m Batman but when have you ever seen me and Batman in the same place?

    Think about it.

  40. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I see you more as a King Maker than a King. Your too smart to get in the cross hairs.

  41. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Can we do a favorite super hero poll?

    Mine is the Toxic Avenger (Jersey’s finest!)

  42. Jerkface February 8th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Why in the world would you think that term is appropriate here?

  43. Frankg February 8th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The Yankees have another thing going for them now. Someone in the front office has realized that Cashman has trouble making good trades, and has put the brakes on him. He can no longer paper over his mistakes by outspending everyone else.

  44. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    good luck to all you guys with the storm…..man mother nature hasn’t been kind to the NE lately

  45. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    The heavies always grabbed my attention. Brainiac shrinking Krypton and placing it in that Sparkletts bottle, was pretty neat.

  46. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    “He can no longer paper over his mistakes by outspending everyone else.”

    every team makes mistakes though….papering over theirs is the reason the Yankees have made the playoffs 17 out of the last 18 years and nobody else is even close to that.

  47. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I’m sure the bent noses in Vegas ain’t happy about this.

    ————————

    Yeah for reals Donny, you’re earning demerits with that one. Inappropriate.

  48. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    ?@Buster_ESPN

    Aaron Hill has finished a three-year, $35 million extension with the Diamondbacks. Arizona officials intend to announce the deal later today

  49. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    The heavies always grabbed my attention. Brainiac shrinking Krypton and placing it in that Sparkletts bottle, was pretty neat.
    ================

    Krypton blew up. I think that he shrunk Kandor. I can’t believe that I actually rmember these things….

  50. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    @IvanNova47

    Día #1 vive el momento como quieras y cuando puedas #passss!!!!

    ————————–

    I don’t speak Spanish but this sounds motivational.

  51. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    “He can no longer paper over his mistakes by outspending everyone else.”

    every team makes mistakes though….papering over theirs is the reason the Yankees have made the playoffs 17 out of the last 18 years and nobody else is even close to that.
    ======

    I suspect that the reason for a lot of Cashman’s mistakes are induced by the win-now mentality in the Bronx.

  52. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I think it’s easy to get caught up in the titles and focusing on this years team…..but it truly is incredible the run the Yankees have put together since 1995. …..missing the playoffs 1 time in nearly 2 decades.

    You have to give Cashman some credit here…..other teams have spent money….look at the Cubs and Mets and the Red Sox…..the Phillies…..all have had huge payrolls and have had seasons where they just fell completely apart.

    Some of the Yanks success in this area is atrributed to the culture that the Jeters and Riveras have instilled…..but a part of it has to the front offices ability to evaluate and fill holes like they have done the last 2 years.

    I don’t like a lot of things about whats going on with the Yanks right now…..but at the moment all they have to do is point to the scoreboard and they’ll have that right until that changes.

  53. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    “He can no longer paper over his mistakes by outspending everyone else.”

    every team makes mistakes though….papering over theirs is the reason the Yankees have made the playoffs 17 out of the last 18 years and nobody else is even close to that.
    ======

    I suspect that the reason for a lot of Cashman’s mistakes are induced by the win-now mentality in the Bronx.

    ——————–

    I dunno about that.. again, consistency can be maintained in a few different ways. There are organizations in sports that have remained consistently competitive without finding themselves in full rebuilds. The Yanks are just at a cross roads and are trying to, IMO, fit a circle in a square with this new philosophy. I wholeheartedly support the new philosophy, but I don’t support the sudden implementation of it when the organization as a whole isn’t ready.

  54. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    liam (dallas): How much more likely is it now (compared to a year ago) that Gary Sanchez will stick at C? If he does stick there, is he a 7 type player?

    Jason Parks: With his bat, he doesn’t even have to be a league average catcher to make the overall package work. I think he can develop into a passable catcher, but it will take focus on the position and the progress of the bat might help to retard that.

    JoeTetreault (Carrollton, TX): Angelo Gumbs. Is my excessive adoration of his ability founded on solid ground? Does the injury prevent him from moving to HiA?

    Jason Parks: No; I’m really high on the kid. Incredible bat speed. You can’t teach it.

    Ray (Minneapolis): Are the improvments Slade Heathcott has made a mirage? Or does he continue to get better?

    Jason Parks: Not sure. I might be slow to the dance with Heathcott. I’m not a huge believer right now. I’ll gladly admit I was slow to get it, but I don’t see a star like some people do. I can’t see it at all, actually.Shame, think that game gets played at the Rock tomorrow? I was supposed to work on Saturday, but my office is closed because of the weather. Wish I were already up there in Newark, so that I could attend.

    (BP chat)

    Blake, Tarheels really have some upside draftable arms that I bet you are paying attention to. FWIW, BP article on UNC baseball here (I think you need sub for the whole article): http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=19555

    Shame, think they’ll play that Pens-Devils game at the Rock tomorrow? My Saturday work has been cancelled because of the storm, so… I wish I were already up in Newark; I’d love to attend, but think travel from North Central NJ will be a b*tch.:( Something about snow and ice hockey in NJ transports me to that Montreal or Western Alberta charming hockey vibe or to New England college hockey, so picturesque, walking from your dorm to the rink with the snow falling…

  55. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    “I suspect that the reason for a lot of Cashman’s mistakes are induced by the win-now mentality in the Bronx.”

    The problem there is Cash’s view of “win now” is integrate the prospects “later.” Win now with youth is not only quite possible but necessary. Somehow Cash missed the memo, but hopefully will get it going forward, and now that he may have no choice. I can’t wait for 2015 #patience

  56. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal
    Source: #Diamondbacks agree to three-year, $35M extension with second baseman Aaron Hill. First reported by @Buster_ESPN.

  57. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1
    Reports #Diamondbacks sign Hill to 3-yr extension, removing free agent 2b fallback next offseason for those failing on Cano. #Yankees

  58. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Blake, Tarheels really have some upside draftable arms that I bet you are paying attention to. FWIW, BP article on UNC baseball here (I think you need sub for the whole article): http://www.baseballprospectus……leid=19555

    yes! preseason #1 baby. I miss getting to go to games…..I went a lot when i lived down there……

  59. blake February 8th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I havent seen Gumbs play but he kinda looks like Howie Kendrick? Are there any similarities there?

  60. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I thought he shrunk Krypton. I seem to recall Suppy’s parents being there. Coulda been time travel involved.

  61. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Donny, it’s kandor.

  62. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Cano gonna make that Hill contract look like chicken feed.

  63. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Ok, Kandor.

  64. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    “I suspect that the reason for a lot of Cashman’s mistakes are induced by the win-now mentality in the Bronx.”

    The problem there is Cash’s view of “win now” is integrate the prospects “later.” Win now with youth is not only quite possible but necessary. Somehow Cash missed the memo, but hopefully will get it going forward, and now that he may have no choice. I can’t wait for 2015 #patience
    ———————–

    I’m not sure that’s entirely fair. He has worked a pretty good number of youngsters into the club over the last several years. I think that some of these short-term veteran signings were done precisely to buy some of the youngsters more playing time in the minors, instead of having them riding the pines with the big club.

  65. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    from the trailers I seen, the new Superman seem to have considerable more dark undertone than the previous ones, both in terms of cinematography and mood . It’s going to different
    i suppose.

  66. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    fem – I think they’ll definitely play.

    A couple of years ago when we had a bad storm they played and Elias and Zajac ended up getting stuck on the highway on the way home and they both slept in Elias’ car.

    As Wu Tang once said: “The New Jersey Devils ain’t nothing to f*ck with.”

  67. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    from the trailers I seen, the new Superman seem to have considerable more dark undertone than the previous ones, both in terms of cinematography and mood . It’s going to different
    i suppose.
    ============

    I’m not sure that I understand the choice of going dark with a character like Superman. I remain hopeful that they’ll do a better job with this reboot of Superman than they did with the last one.

  68. Bronx Jeers February 8th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Nova tweet:
    Live the moment how you want and when you can

    Something like that.

  69. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I think that some of these short-term veteran signings were done precisely to buy some of the youngsters more playing time in the minors, instead of having them riding the pines with the big club.
    ——
    I think it’s more to do with lack of legit upper level prospects. I think we may see Adams, Mustelier, Almontes in play sometimes this year.

  70. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I thought he shrunk Krypton. I seem to recall Suppy’s parents being there. Coulda been time travel involved.
    ==============

    Kandor was shrunken and stolen before Krypton was exploded. His uncle Zor-El and cousin Kara (Supergirl) were there. Again, I can’t believe I remember this stuff :)

  71. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I liked the previous Superman movie, and that was darker in tone. I prefer darker super heroes. I thought the run they did with Christopher Reeves got too campy. The 1st one with Brando was very good. I also thought Hackman was Hambone.

  72. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    - GHOSTY -
    Thanks. I seem to remember Superman getting posssesion of that Sparkletts bottle and parachuting down into that shrunken planet to visit his relatives.

  73. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I’m not sure that I understand the choice of going dark with a character like Superman.
    —–
    I think Nolan has a lot to do with that interpretation… a stark hero in a stark time i suppose.

  74. blake February 8th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    “I’m not sure that I understand the choice of going dark with a character like Superman. I remain hopeful that they’ll do a better job with this reboot of Superman than they did with the last one.”

    I’m not sure the tone is supposed to be so much dark as more serious…..the trailers I’ve seen look awesome.

  75. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I thought that last Superman was a Superjerk. Reeves’ Superman was a bit too campy, but at least he was likable. I rooted for that Superman because he was a good guy, and not necessarily because he was super-powered. In the last movie, I kept asking myself, why should I care about this guy?

  76. blake February 8th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    you can’t make superman like the Dark Knight series where essentially Nolan tried to make the movies as something that could really happen in real life……because Batman is human you can stretch the boundaries of what’s possible and guess and do that…….Superman doesn’t afford that luxury but Nolan still will try to insert a level of realism that makes it more believable…..he’s great at that.

  77. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “The Yankees not throwing money at their problems has me more excited for a season than I have been in a long time.”

    ————————————————————————
    take THAT! Dr. Doom and all your minions!

  78. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I still like the 50′s series, with that 2 parter concerning the mini guys that came outta the center of the Earth. Hilarious

  79. G. Love February 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m definitely excited to see what Ichiro & Gardner bring to this team on a daily basis health permitting.

    Something needed to change here offensively for certain. That said, I’m not sure they changed enough or were creative or dedicated enough in how they chose to change the culture of the offense. One of the guys they are counting on is pushing 40. The other plays hard and gets nicked up a lot. They didn’t replace a free swinging C with a catcher who has a better contact type bat. They picked a DH who some are hoping is healthy for 60 games.

    The optimism wouldn’t be built around the names. It would be built around the steps the team took to renovate itself. Instead of taking steps like that it seems like put a few new shingles on and took a few old one’s out of the garage instead of putting on a new roof.

    Time will tell and they should be good enough to be in the post season conversation with this pitching staff. I’m more than willing to give up HR’s for better at bats and guys who can hit a breaking ball. I’m just not sure we brought in enough of those guys.

  80. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I only saw Gumbs play once in SI. But I can kind of see the Kendrick comp. Gumbs may have more power ultimately though.

    Ghost, we haven’t really integrated/developed position players and have traded any of those cost controlled player that we might have had in our current lineup. So, I don’t agree. Further, we could have had the foresight to deal players to get younger, and so here we are…

  81. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Superman is the most boring super hero so they have to go darker to explore the inner workings of a guy that’s completely isolated from his species. Hopefully it comes off well.

  82. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    How far away is Gumbs?

    Consistency is a product of planning… having a plan and sticking to it. This is something the Yankees have never had to do. They could start off with one plan, have it not work, and buy another one.

    There are teams that do this well and there are teams that don’t.. the Yankees don’t fall on either side as of now because this is the first time we’re seeing them try to do something different. IMO they’re just doing it at the wrong time. If they just waited 2 seasons to let some of their prospects develop in the minors, they’d be in a MUCH better positions to start implementing the plan they’ve come up with.

  83. Ghostwriter February 8th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    blake February 8th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    you can’t make superman like the Dark Knight series where essentially Nolan tried to make the movies as something that could really happen in real life……because Batman is human you can stretch the boundaries of what’s possible and guess and do that…….Superman doesn’t afford that luxury but Nolan still will try to insert a level of realism that makes it more believable…..he’s great at that.
    ==============

    I just don’t think that a character with actual superpowers that is an orphan to a new world needs a backstory explaining how psychologically damaged he must be to don a cape and a new identity to fight criminals. You can certainly make Superman more realistic, but you don’t need a lot of psychological backstory to make the character work. He could just be a guy with immense power that wants to help humanity, because he has made the earth his home.

  84. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I have Never understood how Superman turns that super hearing on-and-off. He would be hearing all kinds of blather from miles around, day and night.

  85. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    G. Love February 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m definitely excited to see what Ichiro & Gardner bring to this team on a daily basis health permitting.

    ——————-

    I am hoping they bring a different dynamic to both the offense and defense. Ichiro did play like a guy re-energized last year. Let’s hope it carries over in his quest to finally earn a title.

  86. David in Cal February 8th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    As someone who analyzed statistics for a living, I don’t like Brendan’s focusing on the bad aspects of Martin’s and Swisher’s hitting. You have to look at their entire season record. E.g., Martin was cold in the first part of the season, but hot in the second part. Don’t just look at the first part.

    When you look at the entire season, it’s clear that we’re considerably weaker than last year in RF and C.

  87. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Shame, Gumbs = ETA 2015

  88. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I also prefer Lana Lang to Lois Lane. I’ll take a red head everytime.

  89. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 8th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The Prado to Adams comparisons are fair – the only difference being that Adams was derailed with an ankle injury – Adams to 3b/DH caddy in 2014 – - – -

    This is Stoneburner, reporting from Ceti Alpha V, with the wax poetic minute – - – -

  90. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Shame, Gumbs = ETA 2015

    ——————

    Gotcha.

  91. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    - STONEY -
    Stay away from the “nuclear wessels”.

  92. blake February 8th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    “I just don’t think that a character with actual superpowers that is an orphan to a new world needs a backstory explaining how psychologically damaged he must be to don a cape and a new identity to fight criminals. You can certainly make Superman more realistic, but you don’t need a lot of psychological backstory to make the character work.”

    see I think you do need that and it’s why the Hulk movies have never worked…..the Hulk has no personality…..for a Hulk movie to work you have to have a Bruce Banner to work and I think Rufalo will be that guy as he was in the Avengers.

    Superman is really Clark Kent…..so you need to know who Clark Kent is and why he does what he does to care about Superman

  93. Tackelberry February 8th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Yeah, unfortunately, Gumbs won’t be ready should Cano leave next year, and now with Aaron Hill off the market, that makes it more imperative that David Adams and Corban Joseph continue to progress and stay healthy. Incidentally, does anyone know if Howie Kendrick is a a FA after this season?

  94. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    My concerns about Gardner and Ichiro are injury and age over the course of a long season. I would love to see Gardner stay healthy for once, and I hope that Ichiro continues to be durable… I just think we have a ton of risk in this lineup.

  95. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Kendrick is a FA in 2016.

  96. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Corban is ready now. He just isn’t very athletic, so you have to hope that his D is average. If we are not going to play him, we need to trade him. He is wasting away.

  97. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    - STONEY -
    Stay away from the “nuclear wessels”.

    *****

    Everyday I log onto my computer, and I say, “Hello computer,” and nothing happens, and then I realize they want me to use the keyboard – the keyboard! So 21st century – - – -

  98. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I think it’s more to do with lack of legit upper level prospects. I think we may see Adams, Mustelier, Almontes in play sometimes this year.
    -

    And their reticence to trust what they do have.

  99. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    My concerns about Gardner and Ichiro are injury and age over the course of a long season. I would love to see Gardner stay healthy for once, and I hope that Ichiro continues to be durable… I just think we have a ton of risk in this lineup.

    ———————-

    There’s definitely a risk this year.. I think the bigger problem is they’ll be carrying more risk next year. If Garnder gets injured this year, for example, what do they do for 2014? Do they just hope he’ll be healthy? Will they need to get more than one OFer?

    As JF showed yesterday, they can keep Cano and stay under the cap, but they’ll be carrying a TON of risk. In 2008, all it took was an injury to Jorgie to keep us out of the playoffs (I’m being simplistic here, but if he was fully healthy I think we would have made it). 2014 could rest on the health of one or two guys.

  100. DONNYBROOK February 8th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    - STONEY -
    Yea, I see a resemblence between you and Scotty.

  101. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    just a side note, am I the only one who thinks Amy Adams is beautiful as a 40 year old?

  102. Rich in NJ February 8th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    2014 could rest on the health of one or two guys.
    -

    Yes, Pineda and Banuelos. ;) (mostly)

  103. CompassRosy February 8th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    “A thought on King Felix’ contract. He was really bad in September last year and it looked like his velocity was down quite a bit. It wouldn’t be a shocker to me if he had an arm issue or two very soon.”
    ~ ~ ~ ~
    Sure, injury is always a possibility, especially with pitchers. But his Sept numbers from last season don’t really worry me… for whatever reason, the months of Sept and May have rarely been kind to Felix.

    Time will tell but, seems like a win- win to me…

    *The M’s get to keep their ace, who also happens to be the face of the franchise (which certainly won’t hurt in those up coming TV deal negotiations) and the perfect mentor for a those up and coming young arms.

    *Felix gets to continue to pitch where he’s always maintained he wants to be… along with a ginormous contract.

    He loves us, he really loves us ;)

  104. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Rich, I think reticence, trust has something to do with. They also don’t think out of the box much.

  105. Cashmoney February 8th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I hope the Ms sucks forever….

  106. randy l. February 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    brendan-

    well written piece, but the yankees are like mitt romney in the presidential election. they could win, but it isn’t likely.

    winning for the yankees is defined as being a world series caliber team. i still say barring serious injuries more than league norm that they are a 90-91 win team. yes they could make the playoffs, but they have to overachieve to do it.

    so yeah, what you say could happen, but more likely the yankees in october will be , like mitt, working on their golf game.

    optimism when things are actually bad is really just being delusional.

  107. Shame Spencer February 8th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    This way :arrow:

  108. CompassRosy February 8th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    “I hope the Ms sucks forever….”

    ~ ~ ~ ~

    The last decade hasn’t been enough?
    Thankfully, ‘t is a rare thing that is forever, including futility ;)

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