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Getting started on Day 2

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Players are starting to show up for their first workout. Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are among those scheduled to throw bullpens today.

 
 

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64 Responses to “Getting started on Day 2”

  1. blake February 13th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Andrew Marchand ?@AndrewMarchand
    After TJ surgery, Banuelos is already throwing. ETA for return is still ’14.

  2. austinmac February 13th, 2013 at 8:08 am

    MTU,

    I’m heading to Big Bend National Park for some hiking this weekend. I’ve never been there so it will be fun.

  3. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Mac-

    It definitely will. I haven’t been but I have friends who have and they really liked it.

    The photos they shared were impressive.

    Have fun. Please share your experiences.

    :)

  4. austinmac February 13th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    MTU,

    Will do. It is about a 7-8 hour drive. No Internet so you folks will somehow have to survive without my wisdom.

  5. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Mac-

    Here you go. Here are a few photos sent by a friend. This should whet your appetite :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/BigBendNP?authkey=Gv1sRgCIiT1fvUicmAEQ#

    Enjoy.

    :)

  6. austinmac February 13th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    MTU,

    Good photos. I am whetted. I will add to the photo collection.

  7. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Muy bueno Mac.

    Looking forward to it.

  8. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    “I have been under the operating hypohesis that Hal wants to sell.

    Actions become a little more understandable if you take that POV.”

    mtu-

    you’d think the team would be worth more to a buyer if it were trending upward rather than downward. your hunch might be right though.

    even hal can’t take all the fun out of baseball though, and it’s very nice to have the 6 week countdown beginning to opening day. the thought of green grass in the northeast is something to look forward too.

  9. blake February 13th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    So there will be yet another addition to the blake crew this summer…..another boy…..hopefully one of them can fill that catching void by 2025 or so!

  10. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Randy-

    “you’d think the team would be worth more to a buyer if it were trending upward rather than downward.”

    For me it’s analogous to getting a Steer to market.

    You do just enough to make it look good but not so much that it costs you more than is required to get a good price.

    Cost/Benefit ratio.

    ;)

  11. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Blake-

    Congratulations !!!

    :)

  12. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    blake,
    Great news!

  13. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Mister Tom-

    Looks like Blake found something to keep him busy this OS.

    ;)

  14. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Mister MTU,
    It does seem to happen this time of year, doesn’t it?

  15. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Mister Tom-

    Imagine all the late night’s after WWII ended.

    What’s one OS.

    It is a good way to spend cold Winters IMO.

    :)

  16. Mike Ri February 13th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Congrats blake !

  17. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “You do just enough to make it look good but not so much that it costs you more than is required to get a good price.”

    mtu-

    hal clearly knows something he’s not letting us know. i actually wonder if he has a plan at all. i wonder if he’ll change direction like the red sox did when their plans imploded.

    this year the yankees probably have to win the division because their likely reduced win total will probably fall below the other wild card teams.

    can they do this? most people think baltimore was a fluke thing, but i wonder with showalter and co. rick perterson really turned around the pitching on that team.
    the rays will be right there as always.

    the yankees seem to be depending on what other teams do more than usual.

  18. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Goooooood morning, breakfast club!

    I’m trying to decide how many vacation days I should use so I can watch the Yankee afternoon games :)

  19. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    (Also – A Backstreet Boy spoke to me yesterday on Twitter, so I’d liked to apologize in advance for the carry over of giddiness I’m feeling as well as apologize to any of you that follow me on Twitter and had to endure my fangirling behavior.)

  20. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    a quick look shows the orioles went from 13th and 14th place in 2011 and 2012 in ERA to 6th last year, right behind the yankees.

    that’s an impressive jump. if they build on that improvement, the orioles are going to be tough.

  21. blake February 13th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1
    Cervelli just answered about 40 questions on PED ties or roughly 35 more than Roger Goodell’s hug buddy Ray Lewis

  22. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Randy-

    “hal clearly knows something he’s not letting us know. i actually wonder if he has a plan at all. i wonder if he’ll change direction like the red sox did when their plans imploded.”

    Possible. He needs to keep the Yankees in the road in order to maximize the sale price.

    So if the crap happens to hit the fan he will need to pump it up a bit before the sale or risk loosing $$$.

    I think the division is plenty strong enough. no truly weak Sisters there.

    Yankees will need to be fortunate. Lot’s of age-related risk.

  23. blake February 13th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    If I had to bet where the Orioles will finish this year I’d say either 4th or 5th place…..it’s very unlikely their pitching will perform that far over their heads again…..

  24. austinmac February 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Congrats Blake. Nothing better. A switch hitting catcher is all we ask for. Play a hitting lesson audio over and over during the pregnancy. Your wife will like it too, I’m sure. :)

  25. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Good morning-

    Blake- Congratulations. I see where you are not wasting anytime on fielding a number of sons to play baseball for the NYY in the not so distant future-like Dale Murphy who I believe now has ? nine sons.

  26. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    The O’s should continue to be good IMO but their luck in extra inning and close games is unlikely to be repeated.

    That should slow them down a little.

  27. austinmac February 13th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The biggest, obvious concern this year is age. As Sherman said, this may be the oldest team in history. Consider that.

  28. blake February 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    thanks for the congrats….I’m not sure how I’m gonna manage 3 but thats life in the fast line right

  29. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Dale Murphy has 8 children, seven which are sons.

    Just a correction that I was “forced” to look up.

  30. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    “it’s very unlikely their pitching will perform that far over their heads again…..”

    stats are stats.

    how was what they did over their heads?

    i just looked at their pitching stats and i don’t even recognize half the pitchers.

    their starters threw about 75 less innings than the yankees and their relief pitching was about half a run better than the yankees.

    maybe they are for real.

  31. MTU February 13th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    On paper the Jays are the Team to be reckoned with.

    But we all know how that sometimes goes.

    Time to walk the Mopheads.

    later.

  32. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Congratulations, blake!

    In the few years when the Red Sox were a strong competitor to the Yankees, we didn’t know if the Yankees would prevail. I suppose most of us took comfort that the finish in the east would be either NY/Bos or Bos/NY and that the 2nd place team would get the WC spot.

    But the landscape has really changed. It’s murkier, and I attribute a lot of that to the parity that has become the reality in MLB.

    In some ways it’s more exciting – or should be – with multi-team pennant races in September instead of just the same ol’ Boston/New York. I think it was good that the Orioles/Yankees rivalry was revived last year, even though as a Yankees fan it was an uncomfortable position.

    I have no idea what the ownership/administrators of this team have in mind anymore and I really don’t have the mental energy to to give to it. All I can do as a fan is root for the guys on the field to win.

    There are definitely some head-scratching things going on, and there are things I like and things I don’t like. But at the end of the day, I figure we’ll find out soon enough what it all means. And maybe we’ll be happy about it, and maybe we won’t. As long as the wind up isn’t that there is no longer a NY Yankees team, in the end, it’ll be okay. Every team has its darker days; the Yankees have been no exception. The exception is when the Yankees re-emerge to the light of day – they stay there and they dominate for a long time.

  33. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/st.....re-orioles

    2012 orioles pitching stats

  34. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    The Orioles had major help in the bullpen from saves leader Jim Johnson and Yankee castoff Luis Ayala, who, if I remember correctly, helped secure the wild card for the Rays from his shoddy Yankee work out of the bullpen, while the Orioles were beating the Red Sox, in 2011.

  35. Tackelberry February 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Problems already. Girardi said David Adams will not be in camp as he battles a back injury. Anyone know what happened to him or how serious it is? Was hopinh he could help at some point this year, especially at 3rd base.

  36. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Is another little blake on the way? Does that make 3 boys? Can I suggest some names?

    Maris, O’neill, Jackson

    That’s some funny stuff about Cervelli… I really hope he doesn’t end up kicked off the club. I’d rather have Romine/Cervelli than any platoon involving Stewie.

    The O’s… I dunno what to think of them. I agree their pitching might not be as good this year but they have a chance to have a much better offense this season (or at least marginally better, which might be enough in this division). The Rays and Jays have better starting pitching than the O’s.. but the Rays have no offense.. the Jays offense is an enigma lol. This is going to be the closest we’ve seen it in years.

  37. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised this year if the two wild cards come from the AL West division, having their chance to make waste of the worst team in baseball-the Houston Astros.

  38. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    One thing I do believe: The Sox will not compete this year. There is nothing I’m more sure of in this division right now. They aren’t our biggest competition.

    The O’s have had their number lately, too, haven’t they?

  39. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Tackelberry February 13th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Problems already. Girardi said David Adams will not be in camp as he battles a back injury. Anyone know what happened to him or how serious it is? Was hopinh he could help at some point this year, especially at 3rd base.

    —————-

    Ugh.. for reals? How’d I miss that?

    You guys aren’t doing a good job of keeping me updated ;)

  40. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Shame -

    I think you just pointed out what is the ultimate truth – every team has it’s weaknesses (and strengths).

    To some extent every team needs things to break their way, and every team has to depend to some extent on the (mis)fortunes of the other teams in their division.

    Do we know what Cervelli said yet, or just that he answered the questions?

  41. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    And I wonder if it is possible the Yankees knew Adams was dealing with a back issue in the off-season, another reason why they went after Youkilis rather than in-house?

  42. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yankee Trader -

    Yeah, the west has a built-in advantage there, much like the days of Bos/NY when the Rays/Orioles were the teams being used to pad the win column.

  43. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    congrats blake!

  44. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    doreen -

    it is kind of crazy how the yankees and red sox have both folded their tents compared to how they were 5-6 years ago.

    neither team seems to have the drive it had back then.

    it’s like they have both agreed if neither one tries that hard the other won’t either.

  45. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Nice article in RAB’s this morning on David Aardsma.

    “Aardsma is a three-pitch reliever, sitting in the 92-96 mph range with his fastball and backing it up with low-to-mid-80s splitters and sliders. He threw all three pitches during his one-appearance cameo in September according to PitchFX, and all three showed up at their pre-injury velocity (or thereabouts).”

    http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....ard-82343/

  46. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    And I wonder if it is possible the Yankees knew Adams was dealing with a back issue in the off-season, another reason why they went after Youkilis rather than in-house?

    —————-

    It’d make a lot more sense, that’s for sure. I would have still preferred they spent that money better but at this point let’s hope Youk gets that same re-energized approach Ichiro had and that Nunez is able to get some time there.

  47. ac1 February 13th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    David Adams has become David Adams worst enemy.

  48. ac1 February 13th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This is Nunez’s chance to really step it up. Room for him to be the RH DH and back up Youk and Jeter who will both no doubt needs half days off…..

  49. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    “One thing I do believe: The Sox will not compete this year. There is nothing I’m more sure of in this division right now. ”

    shame-

    i really like farrel as a pitching coach. he really made lester into an almost ace. a #2 for sure. i think , even as a manager ,he’ll turn lester back around to what he was.

    the red sox are a different looking offensive team. it’s hard to say what they ‘ll do.
    they had a catcher hit 25 home runs last year. they do have some pieces the yankees don’t.

  50. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    randy l -

    It’s kind of mind-boggling, because at the time, it seemed it could go on forever.

    I guess there’s a lesson in that.

    But also keep in mind that the other teams stopped standing still. Especially Baltimore – who for years did very little to make themselves a good team. I’m not entirely sure how the change came about internally, but clearly they decided to stop being a punching bag for NY/Bos. The Rays just have the incredible pitching (I want to know what they’re taking down there!!!) that keeps them in the mix, but hasn’t really put them over the top yet (World Series wise). The Jays have also pushed in recent years to improve (this past off-season seeming to finally put them in the position they’ve been trying to get to).

    I like that the teams are all competitive. It’s just a lot more fun (no, what it is is more stress-free) when you are CERTAIN your team is going to the playoffs.

    I have said that if this austerity thing is to get things to a point where they are no longer giving out crazy contracts willy-nilly, and this is the only way to do it, but more importantly, the situation presented itself (with the CBA) to do it. George hated paying the tax, so I’m not so sure he would not be on board with this if he were still here. He may not have the patience to see it through, though.

    Trite and cliched as it is, “time will tell.”

    BTW, been doing some Cape Cod activities research. Any particular Cape Cod team we should try and see, or just go to whatever’s closest?

  51. ac1 February 13th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    the red sox are a different looking offensive team. it’s hard to say what they ‘ll do.
    they had a catcher hit 25 home runs last year. they do have some pieces the yankees don’t.
    ___

    Just missing healthy starters (Buchholz is hurt already)
    Missing a healthy 1B (Napoli’s hip)
    Missing a third OF?
    Missing a SS and a 3b (no one knows what MIddlebrooks will being this year).
    A 2b who is always hurt
    a DH that can’t jog without breaking a foot.
    a good but not great pen.

    Yeah the Sox are right there…

  52. blake February 13th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    “i just looked at their pitching stats and i don’t even recognize half the pitchers.”

    exactly….a bunch of guys pitched better than they ever have or pitched well in their first times around the league…..will the league adjust to Chen? Will Hammel be that good again after being a 4+ era pitcher in the NL his whole career? How about Gonzalez? How about their pen…..will it hold every single lead again? It could happen…..I just doubt the stars align so well in 2013 as they did in 2012

  53. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Oops, that paragraph changed thoughts in the middle – I mean to say if the austerity thing is to get things less crazy contract wise, I think it could end up being a good thing. (And I understand there are a lot of ifs and a lot of other areas that the money could go to rather than fielding a stable of store-bought stars).

  54. blake February 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I also think the Rays will take a step back this year…..they lost Shields and Upton from that team and there is literally no way they’ll get that same level of performance out of their bullpen again IMO.

  55. ac1 February 13th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    what i hope for the yankees in 2013 is to get some of the big prospects sitting in single a through the system (at least to AAA), so they can be relevant in 2014. I hope they are serious about Heathcott being an OF option before the end of 2013. Hopefully get Williams and Austin moving up too, same with Gary Sanchez. I hoped Adams would be a player this year but he is already hurt again so that is less likely. I also want to see Nunez get his playing time and work out his defensive issues because i remember he was not always mr. error.

  56. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    damn, the red sox catcher duo had 34 homers last year. cervelli , romine , and stewart will take about three years to do that.

    it’s just so un yankee-like to punt at the catcher position.

  57. ac1 February 13th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    it’s just so un yankee-like to punt at the catcher position.
    ___

    The Yankees logic is HORRIBLE regarding the catcher position.
    This whole defense over offense thing.
    The Yankees won 5 titles with Posada at catcher. I love Posada but he was hardly a defensive wiz. I do believe Cervelli and Romine can hit for a decent average and produce from the 9 spot but they will not hit for power…….

  58. PacoDooley February 13th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:25 am
    doreen -

    it is kind of crazy how the yankees and red sox have both folded their tents compared to how they were 5-6 years ago.

    neither team seems to have the drive it had back then.
    —————————————

    I disagree in principle – from the NYY perspective, I think it is a bit of a realization that their decade+ of success was drive by the development of their core talent, with the addition of some pieces as FAs (but most major FA deals were not really massive successes). As that talent pool is fading they need to be aggressive in the development of talent, not signing long term deals with ageing players.

    Ok, so perhaps this is only part of their motivation, but I think it is the key to prolonged success. Teams like the Dodgers are in the buying talent mode and I really think it is not going to succeed. The Yankees need to follow the Texas and St Louis approach of developing talent and being smart about spending money.

    So I don’t buy the idea that not signing mediocre FAs to large contracts signals that they are folding their tents. I hope it is a signal that they want to take a smarter long term approach.

  59. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    “Any particular Cape Cod team we should try and see, or just go to whatever’s closest?”

    doreen-

    the orleans cardinals would be excellent . they have a really nice field and draw big crowds which makes the games fun.

    have you narrowed down a town to stay in yet?

  60. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    :arrow:

  61. Doreen February 13th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    PacoDooley –

    That’s what I’m hoping, as well. I want to withhold final judgment on the “austerity” plan, see where it leads.

    But looking back, those Boston/New York years were certainly heady, weren’t they? Intense! I remember going to my cousin’s wedding and it was in the middle of a series with Boston and all everyone wanted to do was check the score. It was August. I think 2006. It ended up being one of those games the Yankees came back to win – there seemed to be a lot of those against Boston.

  62. randy l. February 13th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “So I don’t buy the idea that not signing mediocre FAs to large contracts signals that they are folding their tents. I hope it is a signal that they want to take a smarter long term approach.”

    letting the red sox outbid them on david ross who’s getting 3 million each for the next two years and who is better than any yankee catcher is a smart long term approach ?

    hal likes your thinking though :)

  63. Yankee Trader February 13th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    ac1

    Then there are quite a few Yankee concerns from the starting offense.

    1st-Will he continue trending downward and will he stay healthy?
    2nd-Poor performance vs lefties-a fluke?
    SS-38 and coming off an ankle fx-lateral movement, stolen base threat?
    3B- downtrending or rebound?
    C-Stewart too many passed balls, Cervelli too fidgety behind the plate-will their defensive and offensive numbers improve?
    LF Grandy-will he raise BA and lower the punchouts?
    CF- Will he be able to stay healthy, continuing to slide head first?
    RF-Seattle or NYY offensive numbers?

    And that’s just the starting offense.

    Success will depend on Health and Rebounding years from many.

  64. Against All Odds February 13th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Congrats blake


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