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Spring dates to remember

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Let’s a do a chat on Monday. One day before pitchers and catchers report to Yankees camp, we’ll talk all about the roster, who might make the team and what needs to go right for the Yankees to make a World Series run. Noon on Monday. Stop by if you can. As for the rest of the spring, keep these dates in mind.

Pitchers and catchers report

First workout

February 17
Position players report

February 18
First full-squad workout

February 23
First spring training game
Against Atlanta at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista

February 24
First spring training home game
Against Toronto at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa

March 3
First spring game against Red Sox
At Fort Myers, Red Sox come to Tampa on March 20

March 6
Exhibition game against Team Dominican Republic
Yankees vs. Robinson Cano (and several other guys)

March 17
World Baseball Classic championship round begins

March 29
Exhibition game against Nationals
In Washington D.C.

March 30
Exhibition game against Army Black Nights
At West Point

March 31
Off day, 25-man roster set

April 1
Opening Day
At Yankee Stadium vs. Red Sox





57 Responses to “Spring dates to remember”

  1. Tar February 9th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    “Let’s a do a chat on Monday”

    Righto ole chap. I’ll bring the tea, anybody in for the crumpets?

  2. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Tar, I want mint tea and the whole shebang.

  3. Tar February 9th, 2013 at 7:49 pm


    It will be a “mad” tea party! :evil:

  4. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    Two things about the previous thread:

    1) I agree in general terms on what Chad thinks is going to be the final roster that goes north. My only slight disagreement would be that I think Granderson would still be the regular CF. Not because he would be better for the position, but because of seniority. Otherwise, they would have made that switch when he came to the team back in 2010.

    2) I think that roster would have been better with Adams and Mustelier. Still, injuries might push Adams in to service. I hope the Ichiro signing doesn’t prevent the team from signing Hughes once he becomes a free agent.

    About the current thread, it’s good to be so close to ST. About what the Yankees need to do to go all the way? : 1) Some luck, 2) they need to remain healthy, especially the rotation ( I don’t think they have the depth to sustain mayor injuries this time around, except in the OF and 3B ) and 3) the pitching must be nearly flawless in order to make it, the offense has taken too many hits to it’s core to be relied upon. The BP seems to be a strength, at least on paper.

  5. Cashmoney February 9th, 2013 at 8:07 pm


  6. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Hi, Luis, good day to you, sir.

  7. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Good day to you as well mr Jmills….. Hoping that everything is great down your end…. Your Jays certainly have built a very good team for the upcoming season

  8. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve got them down for 94 wins, worry wart! Good to see you.

  9. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:15 pm


    WOW! it looks very close to the real thing

  10. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    tomingeorgia February 9th, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    I’ve got them down for 94 wins, worry wart! Good to see you.


    LOL!!!! Ok point taken…. I guess you have the Yankees for 105 wins right? ;)

    Good to see you as well my friend

  11. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    No, just 94.

  12. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:21 pm


    My bad,i thought you were talking about the Jays…. 94 seems like about right for the Yankees.

  13. luis February 9th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Got to go…Be back in an hour or two

  14. jacksquat February 9th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    My only slight disagreement would be that I think Granderson would still be the regular CF. Not because he would be better for the position, but because of seniority. Otherwise, they would have made that switch when he came to the team back in 2010.

    Not necessarily. Granderson may have lost a step since then. His UZR/150 the past 3 years is 7.9 -> -5.3 -> -18.2. Total zone -1 -> -4 -> -12.

  15. jacksquat February 9th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Saw one flaw with MLB13, Tex hit a ground ball straight up the middle.

  16. tomingeorgia February 9th, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    What to do in a snow emergency:;dur=1493

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny February 9th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Yankees compared to last year have a disappointing and under-performing 1B hitting .250 the last 3 years, who also has dropped to below avg offensively except for HR/RBI. The worst part of #25 is that he is emotionally grasping at straws and seems confused, maybe even a bit lost. One minute in the media he plays to the, “I’ll bunt against the shift” the next, “I am a HR hitter who puts up 30/100 every season” blaming others for making him into something else (huh?) needless to say, his slow start stretched to virtually half of last season, with his cough. The cough perhaps was true, however, he seems to make an awful lot of excuses for his decline, not really showing any accountability or ownership. From the disappointment of Tex, we move on to the questionable 2B in Robinson Cano who is said to be the Yankees current best player. Cano has had many opportunities to show off his talents but what stands out the most is that he has yet to step up and carry the team when they need it most. Instead he crumbles to being worthless. It’s hard to judge his effort due to his casual demeanor or perhaps as some believe his lackadaisical approach when running out a grounder and diving for a ball. Is Cano a great Yankee ? No, I don’t believe so. I don’t even think he is a great player as much as he is a very good player, who can be very streaky. It’d be nice to not see him wither away to worthlessness when the team needs him most and step up to do what great players do. From our 2B we move on to our SS. The Captain is a tried and true Yankee and when he retires he will sorely be missed. That time is closing in, but when ? Last season he showed everyone that he can get the job done regardless of his age, well up until a bone break and as a result of that bad break, we are all not sure what he’s got left. One thing we all know is he will give it everything he has each time he takes the field. A true champion.
    Taking the field next to our SS is the new and hopefully improved Kevin Youkilis. Never did I expect that the Yankees would sign him. He was once a dominant, clutch all out effort gutsy player! Let’s hope he’s healthy enough to give us that this year. Or at least until are regular 3B who has not played a full season in what 3 years now ? So to sum up our IF, we have 4 players in which 2 of the 4 are completely uncertain, one of the four busy coughing up stats and drinking juice and one who seems to not be able to show up when needed most.
    The left side of the OF is a bit uncertain as well. The feisty and well intentioned hustler Brett Gardner has a lot to prove this season with being on the DL so much of his career. His defense is fantastic and his plate discipline has been surprisingly better than expected. However his base stealing natural instincts may be cause for concern. I attribute that to a lack of experience, but it is quite clear that he has gotten himself thrown out more times by second-guessing himself when to run then he has by getting picked off or beat by the opposing teams catcher’s arm. In some ways he reminds me of a younger Juan Pierre, but JP has natural instincts when it comes to SB’s, I look forward to seeing what super speedy Gardner can do healthy for a full season.
    That brings us to our CF — who may switch to LF — but for sake of this rant, we’ll keep him at the position he fielded well last season. Curtis is an above avg defensive CF who doesn’t get the credit he deserves. What is more concerning than his defense is his wild bat at the plate. Clearly he is trying to hit a HR each and every AB with his 40+ HR’s but his dreadful .232 batting average is almost more painful than pleasurable *almost*. It seems you either get a guaranteed out or a HR with this guy, and if it wasn’t for the lack of hitting for average by most players already, it wouldn’t be as devastating as it has become watching him be a strikeout machine.
    Next, our RF put up fantastic numbers in pinstripes last season after joining the Yankees. Ichiro seem to have found something to give him that drive and talent we all know of him, albeit younger him. I have a feeling he’ll do the same this season and am not all too concerned with him as I am with other players already mentioned. I expect a solid season out of Ichiro.
    Our DH and our C leave an awful lot to be desired this season. Although Martin barely hit .200 he was good for a HR every now and then and was solid as well as durable behind the plate. I don’t expect much difference with either Cervilli or Stewart aside from less power, but hitting for avg will improve, how can it not ? Our DH isn’t going to be 30/100 like our 1B, but if we somehow can get a .275 20 75 combined I’d be satisfied.
    To recap what I said above, how can you find any certainty as to what the 2013 NYY will be ? We have uncertainty in 3B, C, DH, LF and possibly SS. We know we have a .250 hitting 1B a .300 hitting 2B, a .240 hitting CF all with above avg power. What else is certain ? Our .300 hitting RF ? I wouldn’t say that is certain but likely. There is extreme concern with the ability of this team to perform in the clutch, the RISP last season was not only terrible at times it was embarrassing. As much as I’d like to agree with Yankees brass and say it was a fluke, I see that it’s been getting worse every season since 2009. Hal and co. seem to have forgotten that in 2009 they had Matsui, Damon and Posada as well as a powerhouse in Arod and Tex playing close to what we though we were gonna have when we signed him. If you compare this team with a true WS Champion caliber team such as 2009, you have to slap your forehead when you hear Hal say, “we feel we’ve fielded a championship caliber team”. No comparison. I don’t want to take away from the 95W season they had in 2012 but that was much more a fluke than the suggested all going cold in the PS. The empty seats should’ve been heard loud as a siren as to what the fans see as far as entertainment value of this club in its current state. Saying they were uneventful and tired would be kind.. they played a dull and boring brand of baseball with their uncanny routine of hitting a HR in only either the 1st or 8th innings and next to nothing in between. It wasn’t just about 95W in a semi-broken AL, it was about wanting to cheer and root for the home team because if they didn’t have exceptional pitching, this team would really be a shame. I hope that Hal figures it out and does so soon, as baseball teams are reaping enormous profits and still newly at the helm of the most storied franchise in sports history, perhaps the state of the Yankees is in conflict with the budget he so willingly wants to fix. The Yankees are who they are from being who they were that got them here and it was a passion for the game by the owner, a fearless checkbook, which created excitement both on and off the field. It surely was not a budget conscious owner who rarely shows the desire or enough interest to be present for the games. If George was present 95% of the time, Hal and Hank are the complete opposite showing up 5% of the time. No press quote or smooth talking interview will ever show me more than actions, and as much as I have complaints about the team on field I am becoming equally distracted by the new ownership. I am looking for the New York Yankees, a love I’ve shared since I was 5 years old. What comes next, I really do not know but I can’t say owners seemingly this uninterested in the sport doing it for very long. In my humble opinions, you cannot maintain the passion of the fans and run the NYY as solely a business, at the very least appreciate how much passion and fervor we fans have for the team and the game. Otherwise, you’ll just turn the team in the Bronx into any other team and lose what’s been special for so long.

  18. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Cano, belongs at second for the Jays!

    If Cano can’t ‘cum, Robbie will have to do.


  19. luis February 9th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Hello again,

    JS…. I have a great deal of respect to stats, but I am not fully sold on UZR… In any case, I do believe that Granderson might have lost a step or two out there, but Gardner was the better fielder even then and they didn’t make the move… Who knows?maybe they move him.


    Cano has been the best 2B in Yankee history already. Part of his struggles last season were that he didn’t have any protection on the lineup, so the opposing pitcher would not give him many pitches to hit. At one point they even walked him with the bases loaded. As a result, he got frustratedand started to swing at everything. I am sure that if he gets some protection, he would start to deal massive damage again.

  20. luis February 9th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Another thing Penny…. While no one can deny George’s passion for the game, I would say that he gets credit for a dynasty that he had very little to do with… What I am trying to say is that a crazy spending owner is as bad as one that doesn’t want to spend money…. Smart leadership with money is unbeatable, that’s what we don’t have nowadays

  21. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Luis, give me Cano! Bobby Grich was great as was Damaso Garcia. Robbie Alomar was sure one of the best.I think my favourite 2nd B man of all time is not Rogers Hornsby, its, Paul Molitar.

  22. theREALkevin February 9th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Graphics look impressive on MLB 13, but they whiffed on Jeter’s and Cano’s stances. Also didn’t nail Dickey’s delivery. Disappointing because if they missed on those few guys in that clip I’m sure there’s quite a few others they botched.

  23. Nick in SF February 9th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Can we get a guy who won’t swing at slop when he gets frustrated? Like a Barry Bonds type? :grin:

  24. theREALkevin February 9th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Granderson’s is f’d up also

  25. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Bobby Bonds could hit a ball a long ways.( And, run ).

  26. Nilsson February 9th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    When they asked Grandy to take an eye exam after last season, I bet it wasn’t just because of the high strikeout total. There were also a bunch of very bad reads off of batted balls throughout the season. The team likely has better internal data to quantify his D, but his vision problems could be partly to blame.

    Maybe if he changes prescription lenses and shows improvement, he’ll stay at CF. Who knows. I suppose we’ll find out in ST.

  27. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    One time, I was at Exhition Stadium, and, Nolan Ryan was on the mound. All of a sudden, Bobby Bonds hit this mammoth home run in the left field deck in, ’77. Angels won 3 to 1 or something. I can’t recall who was throwing for the Jays. Another time, the Jays tied it up on a Willie Horton Seattle home run early and then got nothing after that. The Mariners are certainly a team worthy, Randy Johnson and all.

  28. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Sorry, meant to say, ” Exhibition “

  29. luis February 9th, 2013 at 10:49 pm


    No way! ;) But with the current financial situation the club is having, who knows? Maybe they let him walk and you will have him.



  30. 4 NYY February 9th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Yanks will offer, Boras will say na, na, na, na, NO !

  31. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    In my books, Paul Molitar is at second sometimes after Alomar decides to play there for a while. Fernandez is at short, Gruber at third. Pat Borders is my man behind the plate. Devon in centre. Joe in left. Jesse in right. Delgado at first! Olerud can pinch hit.

  32. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    And the penultimate DH for Toronto – George Bell

  33. austinmac February 9th, 2013 at 11:36 pm


    Kelly Gruber, an Austin guy.

  34. jmills February 9th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Hi, Austin. Kelly Gruber was a very talented third baseman.

  35. UnKnown February 9th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    This is one heck of a BBALL game on ESPN. Cards and Irish are locked in an instant classic.

  36. 4 NYY February 9th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Paul Molitor – Shortest swing maybe.

  37. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    4 NYY – Molitar is my #1 hitter.

  38. FiretheUMPIRE February 10th, 2013 at 12:22 am


  39. NYY_Girl_Penny February 10th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I was just venting my concerns and frustrations, as well as what I think will be fun to watch. In writing that I’ve kinda summarized what I think about the Yankees organization in full, from the owners to players and I really don’t like what I am seeing. The direction this team is going the last few years is not one I’ve ever seen before, and it’s not that I am spoiled, I would love to have them under the luxury tax but it’s just NOT the right time for that. It is 100% not that right time with all the uncertainties of the entire team. The budget is being forced down our throats and it wouldn’t be bad at all if they prepared for it many years ago which quite clearly they did not. There’s so much to be frustrated about that I am having a hard time finding the passion and excitement that I once gave the NYY unconditionally. Where is the guy that you can’t wait to see come up to bad, a player pitchers really fear.. that is dangerous in any situation ? There’s nobody really to get me interested enough to go to 20 games and watch at least 120 games like there has been for many years.. I don’t want it to be this way, but it’s what the new ownership, who don’t even like baseball have brought me to. For the love of the game, please get these guys heads out of there bleep !!!

  40. Nick in SF February 10th, 2013 at 7:18 am

    First the snow, then the tsunami.

  41. Shame Spencer February 10th, 2013 at 8:07 am


    Introducing the Yankees Doom Watch http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......oom-watch/ … via @HardballTalk

    Morning all.

    Trisha – I want to go down as predicting 92 wins for this team in 2013. My range was/is 90-93. It was hard to decide which to go with.. I was tempted to live on the wild side and go with 93, but I’m in the business of tempering my own expectations so I’m only going with 92. ;)

    Should still win us the division this year, IMO. Definitely should be enough to get us into the playoffs even if we don’t.

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

    BTW, I meant to share this exchange I had with Ken Singleton on Twitter. He didn’t respond to me publicly but sent me a direct message to answer my question about PED usage:


    LOOKOUT!! Does not surprise me that veteran players go to anti aging clinics. Not to look younger, but, to play younger and extend careers.


    @29alltime Kenny, how many guys if you had to guess are still using PEDs in the league? 50%? Less? More


    Less than 50%. It appears it is easier to get caught. Testing is tougher. Still too many. One is too many. Sometimes I don’t know what2belve

  43. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Singleton was a strong combo with John Lowenstein who was a Jay for a day.

    My man Molitar didn’t need PEDs and lasted longer I think because of it. If you ever required a double to get it going late, Paul was the guy.

  44. pat February 10th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Compliment or dig? How a member of the non NY media views the NY media…

    “Media are no longer permitted on the grounds at the Yanks’ minor-league facility, but an artful clutch of reporters stood watch on the sidewalk near the exit to the parking lot, hoping make eye and ear contact with the Captain.

    They did. You know, I’d follow New York baseball writers anywhere. They always get their man. If New York baseball writers were at The Creation, they would have stopped Adam to ask how the rest of his ribs were doing.” :wink:

  45. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Unfortunately, its become a disease to get older. I’m not a fan of all this cosmetic crap.

  46. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    “Sometimes I don’t know what2belve”

    Yeah, no one knows, but it could be a lot. I don’t think we will ever know. That is why I can’t bother to care, and why I can’t get worked up about media reports of usage.

  47. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Pat, that’s funny.

  48. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Rich, these are young guys with the means to sample whatever. You don’t hear much about coke anymore but it has to be rampant. Back in the eighties, it was estimated half were on the snow,….and the other half were liars. :)

  49. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2013 at 8:46 am


    While I am uncertain whether or not steroid etc. improve performance over time, I am certain that coke doesn’t. And it is easy to detect.

  50. St. Pete Yankee February 10th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Chad, West Point is the Black Knights, with a K. Black nights were back in our misspent youth.

  51. austinmac February 10th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    This mornings discussions again make me think of Gruber. He kicked away his career.

  52. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Rich, I don’t know, Tim Rains certainly did well on the, ” stuff. ” It is a pain killer and a momentary booster. Ballerinas commenly took it to mask ankle problems etc and get up for the next show. I will argue that coke is an enhancer.

  53. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Austin, I really do think Kelly had nagging neck problems. Cito was all over him in 92. Kelly could hardly play for the Angels after that. I have a soft spot for the man.

  54. Rich in NJ February 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I said over time. OK, if someone can dabble in coke for years, like smoking two cigarettes a day, maybe. About .01% of people can do that. Most take increasing amounts as tolerance builds.

  55. pat February 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Introducing the Yankees Doom Watch ………

    When I read Madden, I “hear” it in an Eyeore voice in my head because it seems his uplifting columns are few and far between these days.

  56. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Rich, I agree. For most, it becomes an increasingly dirty drug.

  57. jmills February 10th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I’m reading Keith Richards’ bio at the moment. Seems he had a way of floating on heroin without over doing it. Unbelievable, I can’t imagine it. Exhausting just viewing it from a distance.

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