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The reality of the first week of spring training

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Every wonder why pitchers never seem excited about PFP? It’s because this is what it looks like in action.

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In reality, this is the bulk of what happens in the first week or so of spring training. Even big leaguers have to get back to basics, and for pitchers, that means pitchers’ fielding practice. They’ll practice covering first base, looking runners back to second and — when things get really exciting — fielding bunts! Today, some of the Yankees big leaguers practiced fielding routine grounders and throwing to first base. They pretended to throw a pitch to home plate, where a coach — actually, I believe it was bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez — then hit a soft grounder back to the mound. The pitcher scooped and threw to first (or, in the case of Boone Logan one time, missed the grounder altogether).

If I’ve ever made PFP sound dull and boring, well, I’ve hit the nail on the head. This is the reality of early spring training.

 
 

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35 Responses to “The reality of the first week of spring training”

  1. yankeefeminista February 14th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Yanks ST TV schedule is finally up: http://web.yesnetwork.com/news.....;oid=36019

  2. Doreen February 14th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Chad -

    Thanks for this little bit of heaven – dull doesn’t even begin to describe it, but it means baseball is right around the corner.

  3. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Jerkface February 14th, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    Someone already did do it, then it was reversed. Probably because they heard you marching down the street arm in arm with jacksquat to correct the injustice done to Pineda.

    YOU are the one that bought it up, saying that Phelps had been wronged because of an “injured guy”.

    And apparently you don’t know how major league numbers work (and lots of other stuff in the clubhouse like lockers). Pineda had seniority last year, since he had already pitched in the majors for a year and Phelps hadn’t done JACK. What you did in the minors or what number you wore usually don’t mean anything, maybe if you are a phenom, which Phelps definitely is not. Then, you don’t lose your number because you get injured.

  4. jacksquat February 14th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    FeinsandNYDN Youkilis isn’t concerned about the loss of 100 or so home runs from the Yankees’ lineup:

    I’m going to start a list of people who say this.

    I got Feinsand down for -100 homeruns.

    Any other similar predictions?

  5. Jerkface February 14th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I said, “I feel bad for Phelps that an injured guy took his number”. You’re the one that took offense that THAT, which explains more about you than me! The yankees have no compunction to give Pineda 35. Now that Phelps pitched in the majors last season they had even less.

  6. Jerkface February 14th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Its obnoxious that any of you dumbos took such offense to an innocuous comment.

  7. Duh Innings II February 14th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    The Yankees hit 245 homeruns last season.

    245 – 24 Swisher hit =
    221 – 21 Martin hit =
    200 – 19 Ibanez hit =
    181 – 18 Rodriguez hit =
    163 – 16 Chavez hit =
    147 – 13 Jones hit =
    134 homeruns hit by everyone else + 10 Ichiro should hit =
    144 + 10 the catchers should hit =
    154 + 17 Hafner should hit =
    171 + 17 Youkilis should hit =
    188 + 10 Diaz should hit =
    198 + 2 Gardner should hit

    I figure they hit 200 HR or around that – still pretty damn good.

    2012 Yanks:

    Lowest OBP, second-lowest BA, third lowest runs scored, and third lowest runs per game since 1992.

    Had as many hits as and one less double than the ’92 team.

    Struck out over 200 times more than the ’92 team and a record number of times.

  8. blake February 14th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    @Joba_62: @JustinVerlander what about me? #nolove

    @JustinVerlander: @Joba_62 you too I guess

  9. luis February 14th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    Not getting on the number thing, but I think Phelps earned some “Autoritas” last season… Aside from that, I hope they don’t jerk him again this season… He is a keeper.

    Good news on Pineda… Let’s hope we get his first 2011 season self.

  10. luis February 14th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    JS

    By the way… I wasn’t hedging the other day… I think this team to make the PS needs a lot of luck, health and superb pitching, they may stay healthy ( unlikely ) but if the pitching doesn’t hold the fort we may not make the PS.

    Put me for 90-92 wins and a WC spot if everything goes right…Hardly an inspiring team with the resources the Yankees have

  11. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, luis!
    You’re still hedging. 90, 91, or 92?

  12. theREALkevin February 14th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Not a whole lot to get excited about for the Yanks this season. Same team from last year only minus Swisher and plus ugly Youk. I expect attendance to suffer even more.

  13. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 14th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    By the way… I wasn’t hedging the other day… I think this team to make the PS needs a lot of luck, health and superb pitching, they may stay healthy ( unlikely ) but if the pitching doesn’t hold the fort we may not make the PS.

    Put me for 90-92 wins and a WC spot if everything goes right…

    *****

    Bull&^%$^

    Hedge:
    a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement

    Either you think the Yanks are going to make it to the postseason or not? Very simple. Yes or No. No IFs, ANDs or BUTs, Not well if this happens, and if Saturn aligns with Jupiter and Phelps blows his nose a certain way then I think the Yanks will make the postseason- – - – -

  14. blake February 14th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Girardi’s valentines day tribute to Stewie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujnH4yNqL8E

  15. blake February 14th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    “Either you think the Yanks are going to make it to the postseason or not? Very simple.”

    Most years it’s easy to say yay or nay….a bit tougher this year though. I think they will make it but it wouldn’t shock me at all if they didnt …..hedging on this team is probably a smart thing and it’s not really a safe bet to make any sort of concrete prediction on them ….feel free to if you like but honestly I have no idea what they will do this year

  16. RadioKev February 14th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    blake February 14th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    “Either you think the Yanks are going to make it to the postseason or not? Very simple.”

    Most years it’s easy to say yay or nay….a bit tougher this year though. I think they will make it but it wouldn’t shock me at all if they didnt …..hedging on this team is probably a smart thing and it’s not really a safe bet to make any sort of concrete prediction on them ….feel free to if you like but honestly I have no idea what they will do this year
    ————

    The competition in the AL East is also on unsure ground. Heading into the season, the division is by far the least stable… in a long time.

  17. kd February 14th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    for the first time in ~20 years this division is tough top to bottom. or full or flawed teams, depends on if you’re a glass half full/empty kinda person.

    health and situational hitting will win the division

    also, the one thing that few are talking about is a walk-year grandy. he may be extremely motivated for a large payday. if he hits 275 with 45 home runs this team will greatly benefit

  18. Tar February 14th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    “Most years it’s easy to say yay or nay….a bit tougher this year though. I think they will make it but it wouldn’t shock me at all if they didnt …..hedging on this team is probably a smart thing and it’s not really a safe bet to make any sort of concrete prediction on them ….feel free to if you like but honestly I have no idea what they will do this year”

    But that screws up Mr. Righteous indignation’s narrative. Stop being so level headed Blake!

  19. Nilsson February 14th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    If Trisha is around, she can put me down for 94 wins. They will make the postseason.

    I can predict with far more certainty that the team will go through various losing streaks and more than a few posters will go ballistics and declare the season over at that point. Also the inevitable comparisons with the 2009 and 1992 teams will happen. Even though it’s 2013.

    I expect injuries to occur, hopefully not long-term, and young players will be thrown into the big league mix. In some way, it’ll be all hands on the deck this season, as it could be the final one for the core 4 members as a group.

  20. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ferchrissakes,
    They play the games to find out who wins at the end. It’s anybody’s guess how it turns out, and that’s true every year. You don’t have to defend your guess if, indeed, that meteor is in fact a breaking pitch, or the Yankees win it all, or don’t make the playoffs at all. Way too much angst. We’ve got a good team. Make your best guess, and see how it turns out. I’ll be watching on 2/24 to see how it starts out, and I’ll be watching in October to see how it ends up. Go Yankees!

  21. Tar February 14th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    “I can predict with far more certainty that the team will go through various losing streaks and more than a few posters will go ballistics and declare the season over at that point.”

    This happens every year. But the kind of cool thing is, those posters are not usually here from Nov. through April. So we at least get a reprieve from the “game is over in the 2nd inning” crowd.

    But you’re right, once the season starts they will be back spouting their non-sense.

  22. Tar February 14th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    “Ferchrissakes,”

    “Way too much angst.”

    From who?

  23. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    World English Dictionary
    angst (æ?st, German a?st)

    — n
    1. an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse
    2. (in Existentialist philosophy) the dread caused by man’s awareness that his future is not determined but must be freely chosen

    Tar, you haven’t noticed any?

  24. FiretheUMPIRE February 14th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Jerkface February 14th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    “Its obnoxious that any of you dumbos”

    Um. Speaking of obnoxious.

    Anyways…

    I think we can all agree it’s great to see Michael Pineda in Yankees pinstripes. Great Uni. He looks great in it.

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    “I’ll always be a Red Sock”

    Really?

    You’ll always be a douche bag too. Just get the job done, gross out.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 14th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Pineda!

    See this once again reminds me of the Michael J. Fox quote – paraphrase – if you imagine the worst and it ends up happening, you live through it twice!

    Not imagining it at all, and then not having it happen – well hell, those are the keys to paradise!

    :)

    Still feeling lousy but when I saw Pukey’s quote, I had to say something.

  27. Tar February 14th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    “Tar, you haven’t noticed any?”

    I’m not sure I would call what you are referring to as “angst”. Mainly disappointment, definitely disagreement with direction and maybe some anger as well.

    But You definitely have angst towards those who are not as rah rah as you. Not sure why it gets under your skin, but it’s obvious it does.

    For me, its different strokes for different folks. I like diversity.

  28. Tar February 14th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    ‘Still feeling lousy but when I saw Pukey’s quote, I had to say something.”

    Sorry you’re feeling lousy Trish. :sad: Happy Valentines day, and hope you feel better soon!! :D

  29. smartchoices February 14th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Anyone see Hal Steinbrenner’s interview tonight on Yes? Three things I noticed:

    1. He seemed nervous – maybe he’s just a fast-talker.

    2. Seems like he’s resting on their 95-wins laurels.

    3. His whole thing with the $189 million is other teams win with less. Ok, but preparedess, farm systems ready, albatross contracts etc.

    I don’t think his plan is bad or the team is doomed, but there’s not much margin for error.

  30. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Tar,
    But what if they win? The dread expressed so often about the future of our team wears me down. I have malice toward none, and I realize that things can, and sometimes do, go horribly wrong. But quite often, things turn out pretty well, too. Not sharing the dread, the anxiety, the anger, the angst, if you will, makes me “rah rah”? OK, I’ll accept the label. It isn’t life and death to me, having see more Yankee losing seasons than World Series winners, but a lot of both. Let’s play baseball, and see how it comes out. Go Yankees!

  31. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Tom,

    I think people’s concerns have been anything but non-specific. Right or wrong, they have been specific.

  32. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    austin,
    You’re right, I guess. But, do you agree, should we play some games?

  33. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Tom, I am so ready for the games. One thing I know for sure is things will happen we never expected. That’s why we watch, I think.

  34. austinmac February 14th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    What I would love is Austin or Heathott hit about .350 the first half of the season and force the Yankees to give him a shot. Wouldn’t that be fun?

  35. tomingeorgia February 14th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    There’s going to be lots of surprises. That would be fun!


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