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Welcome to spring training!

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We made it! I know there’s still snow and cold up north, but here in Tampa, pitchers and catchers report to Yankees camp this morning. No workout today — strictly physicals and moving into lockers — but still, it’s spring training! Joe Girardi is going to address the media around 11 am, and the first workout is tomorrow.

Here we go…

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108 Responses to “Welcome to spring training!”

  1. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Finally!

  2. blake February 12th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Hooray….I can almost smell the fresh cut grass

  3. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    the dark months are over!

  4. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    The way I see it, we have until 11 am for unbridled optimism. ;)

  5. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    …aftter that, we’ll just have bridaled optimism…

    …through october!

  6. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    hey dor!

    are we playing again this year?

  7. upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    woo hoo…it may be cold and snowy here, but somewhere it is sunny and warm!!!

  8. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Yes, definitely. The info should be out sometime this week.

    Bridaled optimism? Someone getting married??? LOL Jeter?? OMG!!!

    I do actually think this year has the potential to be very interesting and even fun. There may be a lot of obstacles (depending on your POV), but isn’t great when obstacles are knocked aside???

  9. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi Kate. :)

  10. Duh Innings II February 12th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    If Chris Stewart tripled his 2012 peformance in 2013, he’d have 3 HR and 39 RBI in 471 PA, 18 HR shy of Russell Martin’s 2012 HR total but only 14 RBI shy of Martin’s 2012 RBI total.

    If Stewart is the starting catcher all year my prediction for him is 6 HR and 42 RBI – an average of a homerun and 7 RBI a month – and his backup (my guess Cervelli and maybe Wilson or some other catcher but not Romine) will post 4 HR and 18 RBI for a total of 10 HR and 60 RBI from the 2013 Yankees catcher – a dozen less homeruns than 2012 Martin/Stewart but only 6 less RBI from 2012 Martin/Stewart.

  11. JCPD February 12th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/Yankees?authkey=Gv1sRgCNTGrZOVgaSOSA

    Just for old times sake

  12. upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    ah Cooperstown…one of my fav places to visit…the HOF, the Beverage Trail…apple cider donuts…

  13. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    The way I see it, we have until 11 am for unbridled optimism. ;)

    ——————

    :lol:

    You overestimate us!

  14. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I need to get back to Cooperstown. I went with the fam as a kid. My mom threw up about 3 times on the way there. To this day, when people ask her how to get there, she says ‘you follow the same road, throw up, and you’re only about a half hour away.’

  15. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    JCPD February 12th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/Yankees?authkey=Gv1sRgCNTGrZOVgaSOSA

    Just for old times sake

    —————-

    Great pictures!

  16. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    ok im in!

    its the last round-up for mo (we think!) and probably pettitte.

    gotta send em out on a float down the canyon!

  17. upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I like your enthusiasm Ys!

  18. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Thanks, JCPD – that was a great mood-setter!

  19. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Mo is supposed to make an announcement this spring training regarding his status going forward, isn’t he?

  20. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Shame –

    Come on – you guys can be unbridled for 2 hours, can’t you???? LOL

    Last time we were in Cooperstown was right after the 2000 Subway Series. Far too long ago.

  21. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Guys…. guys…. I cannot wait to have baseball to watch every night. I’m practically giddy right now. Who cares that we have to wait a month and a half for real games to start?? BASEBALL IS HERE!!!

  22. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Shame -

    That’s what he said, but I’ll believe it when I hear it. He has a way of stringing the reporters along…

  23. Doreen February 12th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Ys if there is indeed a date with the Canyon in November, I think I will have to consider making the trip into the City (something I’ve sworn I’d never do because I hate crushing crowds).

  24. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Sterling is gonna be on hot stove this morning.

  25. JCPD February 12th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Doreen… you’re quite welcome. Last time I was there was this time in 2011, hopefully I can take a day and get down there next week. It’s my substitute for not being able to get to spring training……. hi Kate!!

  26. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I wish I was in FLA.

  27. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    @PeteAbe: #RedSox SS Jose Iglesias, who resides in Miami, said had no involvement in the controversial Biogenesis Clinic there

    Lol…boy if he took something they didnt work

  28. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    With Michael Bourn on board, reports are that either Michael Brantley or Drew Stubbs could be the odd man out in Cleveland. Stubbs could be a good solution for us as the righty OF platoon. I like Brantley better, but he’s lefty.

  29. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Phil Rodgers reporting that Granderson has done a lot of community things in his home town this winter and that both Chicago teams would love to have him

  30. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    WHo is everyone’s pick for the ‘surprise player’ this spring? My pick is Adonis Garcia.

  31. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Stubbs is a great fit if the price is reasonable….I don’t think they’ll just give him away though because he’s controllable and the Indians could just platoon him themselves.

    He’d give the yanks another guy that can play CF though and a guy that can steal bases and hit LHP

  32. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Phil Rodgers reporting that Granderson has done a lot of community things in his home town this winter and that both Chicago teams would love to have him
    -

    Get on the phone, Cashman (assuming he still has the power to make trades).

  33. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    @BrianCostaWSJ: Among the nuggets in that column: Henry told me he kept 1% stake in Yanks even after buying Sox; still has four Yankees championship rings.

  34. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I don’t think you can trade Grandy now…..not gonna get enough to make it worthwhile considering the hit it would be to the lineup…..they can’t lose more offense for 2013 IMO.

  35. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:24 am
    I don’t think you can trade Grandy now…..not gonna get enough to make it worthwhile considering the hit it would be to the lineup…..they can’t lose more offense for 2013 IMO.

    ______________________________________

    Agree. Looks like they are just gonna ride it out with Granderson and get the pick next year

  36. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Ii think it’s possible that what they would get for Granderson is more valuable than a pick, given their needs and the time you would wait for the pick to develop; at least you have to find out.

  37. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    If they are all about 2013, 2014 and beyond could be even more painful. Their approach should be more balanced.

  38. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    February 12, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Ii think it’s possible that what they would get for Granderson is more valuable than a pick, given their needs and the time you would wait for the pick to develop; at least you have to find out

    Yes I think they could get more value than a draft pick…..but when you factor in the lost offense he’d provide for this year I’m not sure the return woukd be worth it…..they need to try to win in 2013.

    Now had they replaced Granderson first….then they could have dealt him….but as it is they can’t lose 30+ homers from this offense.

  39. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I think you could argue you might get a return big enough for Cano to consider trading him if they don’t plan to sign him….don’t think they could with Grandy

  40. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I just realized a part of my dream last night revolved around the Mariners trading Felix to the Red Sox….

    But I think this morning’s news that Henry has Yankees WS rings is more painful.

  41. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    @nickcafardo: Sox shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts seems to be growing into a third baseman’s body

  42. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Doreen – I don’t buy this is his last season.. I just don’t. I hope his announcement is that the Yankees will have to deal with him for a few more years.

  43. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    blake

    I agree it is a tough call, because I don’t think they have enough offense to win now. That is why I think they have to be realistic and guage the market, especially with the potential of two reams in the same city bidding against each other.

  44. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    The Indians broadcaster this morning said the Indians intend to play Stubbs in right, Bourn in center, Brantley in left and Swisher at first. He doesn’t believe they will move anyone.

    I did find it interesting that MLBTR had Granderson outside the top ten free agents next year. His trade value likely took a big hit with many thinking his home run total was NYS driven.

  45. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Yea that’s the issue with Stubbs….he may not have more trade value than he’d be worth to Cleveland just to keep him

  46. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Rich,

    I think at this point if they decided to trade Granderson then they should just blow it all up and trade everybody…..and they clearly won’t do that at this point.

    Maybe they will get Giancarlo at the deadline and can then trade Grandy to recoup…..lol yea right

  47. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I did find it interesting that MLBTR had Granderson outside the top ten free agents next year. His trade value likely took a big hit with many thinking his home run total was NYS driven
    -

    Teams may also be viewing him as a LF.

  48. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    blake

    There is no harm in getting a read on his value, right? I do think blowing up the team would lead to a much better team over the next five years.

  49. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    February 12, 2013 at 9:43 am
    blake

    There is no harm in getting a read on his value, right? I do think blowing up the team would lead to a much better team over the next five years.

    It could….but all the prospects you trade for could bust also and then you’ve wasted maybe your last chance to contend for a title with Jeter and Mo etc…..

    But yea….I’m sure they have already discussed things with interested teams with Granderson….it’s just that Cashman can’t really trade him now….had they got Upton then maybe ….

  50. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    If they really want another title for Jeter and Mo, then they are going about it in a very counterproductive way.

    Either be all in or all out. They are neither.

  51. upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Hey JCPD
    We were there last summer. Cooperstown had a 5K/10K we participated in, and you got free admission to the hall as part of the entry fee…I did skip right past the Fenway exhibit!

  52. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    @HaleMark

    Mike Piazza tells me his reaction to not making the Hall of Fame http://bit.ly/YTgKqZ #mets #dodgers

  53. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Rich,

    I agree….but I think they are balancing the payroll goal they have with trying to win.

    There are only so many guys you can get on a one year deal…..I think they decided to keep the opportunity open to get under the tax…..now whether that’s a definite to happen or a will happen only if they are able to and compete I don’t know and that’s what they’ll find out.

    Basically I think organizationally they have decided to see what the prospects do this year and if they can do this budget thing without alienating the fanbase…..at least I hope they will switch gears if it goes sideways

  54. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Bronx Jeers February 12th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Watching a game from 1995 on YES. Paul ONeill had 8 RBIs. It was on Aug 31st so I guess it’s got playoff implications. Anyway Showalter had Mariano up and throwing in the 3rd inning of game they were winning 7-0 because Sterling Hitchcck loaded the bases.

    Compare that to Girardi.
    ————————————————-
    that’s a tough comparison
    mariano started 10 games that year then got moved the the bp so he was the long-man at that point.
    wetteland was the closer and wickman was the main set-up man.
    showalter was using mo in all kinds of places, sometimes in long relief, sometimes to get one batter.
    sterling started calling Mo ‘the secret weapon’ right about then.

  55. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    If the farm blows up this year and either starts knocking on the big league door or facilitates a trade for a Stanton then suddenly the landscape of the future changes…..lets hope that happens and lets hope if it doesn’t then the plan will modify

  56. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Things I’m excited about:

    1 – Phil Hughes
    2 – Robbie’s performance in a walk year
    3 – MO.
    4 – Derek Jeter being Derek Jeter
    5 – Arod (despite the drama, if he can return this year I know I’ll be entertained)
    6 – Gardner being healthy
    7 – Joba being healthy
    8 – CC, Kuroda and Andy in the rotation
    9 – How Romine does in AAA, how does does he make the bigs
    10 – Finding out if the 4th OFer is in our system

  57. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    jcpd makes an appearance!

    welcome!

  58. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    @mikeaxisa: Mike Piazza admitting that he learned karate in case he ever fought Roger Clemens didn’t get enough attention.

    Lol

  59. blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I think a lot of us are excited to see what Hughes can do this year….if he just repeats 2012 and shows that’s what he is then that’s valuable….but if he takes another step forward then he’s gonna get rich next winter

  60. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    blake February 12th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    If the farm blows up this year and either starts knocking on the big league door or facilitates a trade for a Stanton then suddenly the landscape of the future changes…..lets hope that happens and lets hope if it doesn’t then the plan will modify

    ——————

    This is part of what I worry about, blake. Even though I’d love Stanton, to get him you’d essentially be setting the system back another 5 years minimum. But I’m afraid they might panic and spend in prospects…. and still be screwed.

  61. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    blake – If Hughes takes another step forward that could be huge for this team.. just in terms of the playoffs, you never know at what time Andy will end up injured.

  62. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “This is part of what I worry about, blake. Even though I’d love Stanton, to get him you’d essentially be setting the system back another 5 years minimum. But I’m afraid they might panic and spend in prospects…. and still be screwed.”

    Eh….he sets the franchise forward enough to make up for it….he’s like 23

  63. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Whether or not they choose to re-sign Hughes after a good season, will probably reveal more about Hal’s true intentions than even their approach to Cano.

  64. upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I like your list Shame.
    I am also interested to see how Nova and Phelps do this year.

  65. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    blake – He’s still just one player.. and we’d still have at least 3 big money deals locked up. I don’t know where they get the other cheap options to slot into the rotation, OF and INF if they trade a bunch of guys for Stanton.

    I’d love to have Stanton if we were the old Yankee. This bargain bin version needs multiple young cheap options.

    I don’t want to stand in your way from trying to get him though ;) So good luck on your quest! Our failures with Upton, Cespedes, and Hamilton are only making you more resilient!! That much I can appreciate.

  66. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    It’ll suck if Hughes has a good season and they let him walk after all the years of investment …..of course it may not be up to them…..if he hits free agency then Id be headed to the NL west if I’m him where he would probably pitch more like a 2 in those ball parks

  67. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Anyone know if that Cuabn lefty Yanks signed, Omar Luis Rodriguez ever got his visa? Hope it doesn’t turn into another DePaula situation.

  68. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    upstate kate February 12th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I like your list Shame.
    I am also interested to see how Nova and Phelps do this year.

    —————–

    I forgot about Nova and Phelps! I hope they keep Phelps stretched out as a starter in AAA. I don’t want to see him wasting away in the pen. When/if Nova struggles, use Phelps and keep them competing for a spot all year.

  69. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    If they want to keep a player, they have always been able to sign him. Maybe those days are over for a while, but if Hughes is really good and wants to stay here, but they pass, it’s totally on them and will reveal a lot about what is ahead.

  70. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I wouldn’t actually trade the entire farm for Stanton…..I would trade a lot of it though.

    Honestly Id be just as happy if the prospects hit and performed …just want to see some young talent

  71. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    What is going on with Diaz..? I still want that kid.

  72. FiretheUMPIRE February 12th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Boras found the one dumb GM.

    The Indians just gave Bourne 4 years 48 million.

  73. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    oh, no, here we go.

    its opening day of ST.

    no major trades will take place from now to july.

    upton has been traded.

    so now it’s going to be how many months of proposing trades for stanton?

  74. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    If the kids on the farm thrive, why trade them for Stanton? Keep them and lets see what they do for Yanks.

  75. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I wouldn’t actually trade the entire farm for Stanton…..I would trade a lot of it though.

    Honestly Id be just as happy if the prospects hit and performed …just want to see some young talent

    ——————-

    I just figure to get him you’d have to give up all of your up the middle talent (Mason, Austin, Sanchez and a pitcher). I dunno what our single-A/low-A talent looks like..

  76. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    February 12, 2013 at 10:10 am
    What is going on with Diaz..? I still want that kid.

    Haven’t read anything lately …

  77. JCPD February 12th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Hey Ys G, hope all has been well with you. Time for some live baseball action!!!

  78. Tackelberry February 12th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:12 am
    oh, no, here we go.

    its opening day of ST.

    no major trades will take place from now to july.

    upton has been traded.

    so now it’s going to be how many months of proposing trades for stanton?

    _______________________________________

    Today it’s Stanton, tommorrow will be Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.

  79. FiretheUMPIRE February 12th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Things I’m excited about this year

    1) The return of Pineda
    2) The development of Nova
    3) The development of Phelps
    4) The rise of Heathcott
    5) CC dominance
    6) Ichiro motivated to win
    7) Cano’s extension
    8) Trading Hughes at the deadline for a bat
    9) Youkilis returning to all-star form
    10) Romine winning the catcher job
    11) Radio silence on Montero, Arod

  80. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “If the kids on the farm thrive, why trade them for Stanton? Keep them and lets see what they do for Yanks.”

    That assumes that they will be patient enough to finish off their development, which hasn’t happened much in the last 20 years, and that any of them could be nearly as good as Stanton, which is highly unlikely.

  81. FiretheUMPIRE February 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    12) Jeter’s quest for 3,500

  82. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    @FeinsandNYDN

    David Phelps has changed his number to 35. He reminds me of a young Mussina, so it makes sense.

  83. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    “so now it’s going to be how many months of proposing trades for stanton?”

    Stop telling people what to post.

  84. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    @FeinsandNYDN

    Travis Hafner takes over Nick Swisher’s spring locker as well as his uniform No. 33.

    @FeinsandNYDN

    With Rafael Soriano gone, Francisco Cervelli reclaims his No. 29.

  85. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    @FeinsandNYDN

    Correction: Kevin Youkilis is in Swisher’s corner locker. Hafner is next to him in Eric Chavez’s old spot.

  86. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Tackelberry says:
    February 12, 2013 at 10:12 am
    If the kids on the farm thrive, why trade them for Stanton? Keep them and lets see what they do for Yanks.

    Cause he’s one of the best players in baseball already and isn’t much older than the prospects…..again though Id like just as well to see a homegrown core grow up and perform ….however the odds that all of that group even sticks in the big leagues isn’t very good…..and the odds that any of them are anywhere near as good as Stanton is are like 1% .

    We will just have to see what happens….either way….the prospects performing is going to be very helpful

  87. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    ” Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    “so now it’s going to be how many months of proposing trades for stanton?”

    Stop telling people what to post.”
    =======================================
    i posed a question.
    you told somebody what to post or not post.

  88. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    If there is one major developmental worry this year it’s gotta be what they do with Phelps lol. I hope they keep him stretched out. He and Romine are the two guys they need to tread carefully with.

  89. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Hopefully Chavys old locker has a built in protection bubble for Hafner

  90. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    For anyone interested, this is a great piece from Esquire about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden and how he’s kinda screwed now: http://www.esquire.com/print-t.....3?page=all

  91. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    ” blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Hopefully Chavys old locker has a built in protection bubble for Hafner”
    ===========================================
    yes, chavez only hit the dl for the concussion last year. something of a record for him.

    if hafner could do that…..

    ….nah, on second though, it’ll never happen…
    :)

  92. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Has Marshand or Wally held a radar gun on Pineda yet?

  93. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    @JackCurryYES: In a “perfect world,” CC said every pitcher would want to throw to Pudge Rodriguez or Sandy Alomar in every start. Absent that, you adjust.

  94. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    “i posed a question.
    you told somebody what to post or not post.”

    Yeah right.

  95. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    @JackCurryYES: Following surgery, CC said he feels “a relief.” Has better range of motion and doesn’t have “ache” when he extends to finish pitches.

  96. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    my personal feeling is that pineda injured himself last year trying to get a big # on the gun when he just didnt have it at that point.

    you may remember there was alot of talk about him being out of shape and him lacking velocity early in camp.

    i remember pineda saying maybe before his 4th start or so, that the velocity ‘will be there’ his next ST start.

    i could be wrong but i think he threw his (probaby already injured) shoulder out trying to find the missing velocity.

    it may well have happened anyway sometime later.

    but the point for me is it’s way way to early for pineda or the yankees to be worrying about his velocity and i think any time you put the gun on a young pitcher, most are going to try to throw up a good #.

    so to me, lay off the gun for a month or more and just get the motion back.

  97. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    @JackCurryYES

    Following surgery, CC said he feels “a relief.” Has better range of motion and doesn’t have “ache” when he extends to finish pitches.

    ——————–

    CC is a champ. Guy is going to have a monster season.. I can feel it.

  98. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    @JackCurryYES

    CC looks very fit. Said he weighs 290 and called it his ideal weight. “No Cap’n Crunch,” he said.

  99. Shame Spencer February 12th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    The Yankees did Pineda no favors last spring. They were the ones saying his velo would be there and basically dared him to get it up. (That’s what she said.)

  100. Rich in NJ February 12th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I did see that the sales Cap’n Crunch have gone down dramatically.

  101. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    The most interesting part of spring training for me will be to see how the young players look such as Heathcott, Montgomery, Sanchez and the like. They are the reason to watch a 9-1 spring training game in the eighth inning.

    I think Nova has a big leg up for the fifth starters job. If he pitches reasonably well I think he will start with Phelps as the long or middle relief guy.

  102. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    CC is another reason for me to watch….he gets overlooked often because he’s almost boringly consistent. He’s probably their most important player though and the one they could least afford to lose for any extended period of time…..I know they managed without him a good deal last year but they were very very fortunate IMO to have survived that …..

  103. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    “The most interesting part of spring training for me will be to see how the young players look such as Heathcott, Montgomery, Sanchez and the like. They are the reason to watch a 9-1 spring training game in the eighth inning.”

    Absolutely….by far the best thing about ST is getting a peak at young players

  104. austinmac February 12th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Ys,

    I think you are likely right about the history of Pineda’s injury. He came in a bit out of shape, read and heard about decreased velocity and overthrew. What 22 year old wouldn’t in trying to impress the new team?

    And for the record, I would love Stanton, but he is not going to be traded in the near future. The Marlins want someone to bring the fans out. They have no one else.

  105. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    i agree shame. there was pressure on pineda from all over. the papers were all talking about his conditioning and his velocity, it was being talked about here and on the radio and the club was not being shy about wondering where the velocity was.

    its hard for a young guy trying to make an impression to keep within what he can do and not try to do more because of the pressure.

    im sure there was an underlying problem that was keeping his velo down, and trying to throw 97 when he couldn’t probably really accelerated whatever was going on in his shoulder.

    i just want then to take it slow with pineda and let it all come back in time.

    if he comes back healthy, he becomes a key piece moving forward.

    but they shouldnt need him early this season so there is plenty of time for him to get it back together.

  106. Ys Guy February 12th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    im also excited about the wbc. there are always some good games to watch there.

    and then because some of the top players are elsewhere, the yankees farm hands will be taking the field alot more than normal early in camp.

    we’ll get a great chance to see some of the future on display in ST this year.

  107. blake February 12th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    @BryanHoch: Austin Romine says his back feels “absolutely fantastic,” wants to win catching job and avoid going back to Triple-A.

    We want you to as well

  108. Against All Odds February 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    lol at Sourshoes calling into Hot stove while John was on the line


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