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Two quick notes: A-Rod speaks and a WBC update

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Two things…

1. Alex Rodriguez issued a statement through his public relations spokesman tonight. He’s currently rehabbing with Dr. Brian Kelly and trainer Pete Draovitch.

“Right now I’m dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation,” Rodriguez said. “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.”

2. The Yankees updated the number of players heading to the World Baseball Classic. It’s now seven guys.

Mark Teixeira (USA)
Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic)
Juan Cedeno (Dominican Republic)
Melky Mesa (Dominican Republic)
Gil Velazquez (Mexico)
Walter Ibarra (Mexico)
Pat Venditte (Italy)

With Derek Jeter hurt and both Velazquez and Ibarra gone, the Yankees will be down to Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, Addison Maruszak and Cito Culver as the only shortstops in camp. Both Nix and Maruszak have been getting most of their time at second and third so far this spring. Also, Venditte had right shoulder surgery last year and wasn’t expected back until the middle of the year. I suppose there’s a chance he’s going to the WBC strictly as a left-hander.





15 Responses to “Two quick notes: A-Rod speaks and a WBC update”

  1. Nilsson February 21st, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    blake February 21st, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    “Grandy’s BABIP last season was the lowest of his career. ”

    K’s don’t correct though and the shift was at least part of it as well…..problem is that his 2012 was actually a lot closer to what he’s been in his career than his 2011 was…..Id expect maybe a marginal improvement in BA….but I think what we saw last year is pretty much what he is now most likely


    I think the league norm, in terms of BABIP, is .290-300. Grandy’s .260 deviated quite a bit from it. In other words, he was also unlucky. These things happen to players all the time. But as we’ve seen, players can and often bounce back. He’s 32, he’s not done yet.

    I think the shift gets way more attention than it really deserves. Its gross affect and influence is overstated. I still remember the opening series last season against Tampa. Yanks lineup hit several into the shift. They lose the series and everyone on this forum hails Maddon. Girardi and the team were ripped and Maddon was revolutionizing baseball. Remember? Yet the Yanks win the division after 162.

    Look at Grandy’ career slash line. And when the season ends, his 2013 numbers will look more like it.

  2. blake February 21st, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    “Right now I’m dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation,” Rodriguez said. “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates. I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it.”

    If you come back could you please go ahead and try to hit
    13 homers this year

  3. blake February 21st, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “Look at Grandy’ career slash line. And when the season ends, his 2013 numbers will look more like it.”

    I agree…,but my point was that his 2012 slash line was a lot closer to his career one than his 2011 was…..I think he may bounce back a bit but that 2011 was an outlier year for him

    Of the last 4 seasons he’s had a sub .330 OBP in 3 of them…..he will hit for power but it’s unlikely he will get on base a lot or hit for a high average because he just hasn’t been that guy

  4. yankee21 February 21st, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Granderson is practically a 1-dimensional player at this point. If he is really going to cash in as a FA he needs to get on base, steal more bases and hit at least .250.

    With that said I predict he will end up with numbers at the mid-point between 2011 and 2012.

    Girardi will likely agonize over the obvious decision to have Gardner play CF over Grandy, but ultimately will do it. Grandy would be an attractive LF candidate to his next team because he can slide over to CF if/when needed. So IMO I actually think the LF role will help his market value.

  5. Nilsson February 21st, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I hope he has another .900 OPS season and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did it in his walk year of 2013. But yes, it’s more likely he’ll approach his career numbers: .262/.341/.492. Those numbers aren’t too shabby.

    But the main point is, 2012 was an off-year for him. Whatever people want to call it — bounce back, regression, more heart and determination, less suckage, whatever — I expect a better season from him, health permitting.

  6. blake February 21st, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    “But the main point is, 2012 was an off-year for him. ”

    He had a better OPS and OPS+ in 2012 than in 2009 and 2010… I don’t know if he really did.

    I’m hoping for the same power but a little better BA and OBP….if he can do that then that’ll be great

  7. Bronx Jeers February 21st, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Heya looka! He pitcha with a botha handsa!

  8. Ys Guy February 21st, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    i have no doubt that arod is rehabbing his a$$ off.

    rehabbing he does well, staying healthy….eh, not so much…

  9. Giuseppe Franco February 21st, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    People certainly have their opinions of A-Rod the man and his many peculiar quirks, his behavior, his personality traits, etc, etc…but the guy’s work ethic has been legendary since he was a kid and never took his once in a generation kind of talent for granted.

    We Yankee fans may not love every decision the guy makes but that kind of drive he’s had his whole life to do whatever it takes to improve his game certainly has my respect.

    Of course I have no doubt A-Rod will sleep better tonight knowing that. :)

  10. cs in la February 21st, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    So, what do you think Sterling’s home run call will be for Youkilis?

    Important stuff here….

  11. tomingeorgia February 21st, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Please, Lord, don’t let the Yanks be rained out on Sunday.

  12. Chip February 21st, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    a couple of things:

    1. If you look at Granderson’s career numbers, it becomes painfully obvious that the really strong 2011 season is the outlier and not the norm for what fans should expect.

    2. I get the pull to play for your country – but I hope that the WBC doesn’t cost Melky Mesa a shot the fourth OF spot for the Yankees. Girardi said he wants to get an early look at him (which is why he’s starting on Saturday) but with a strong spring this kid could really help himself and the club. I’ve said it before, he’s got a little Wily Mo Pena in him…all the tools are there, just needs to learn how to use them. Juan Cedeno is in a similar situation but a little less so as I don’t think Cedeno really has a chance to crack the 25.

    3. On the flip side, I hope guys like Luke Murton, Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, David Adams, Zoilo Almonte, Rob Segedin, Reegie Corona, Ronnier Mustellier, Thomas Neal, Jose Pirela and the other non-elite minor leaguers, seize this opportunity to open some eyes in the organization.

    If Mustellier and Johnson show that they can hit and play all over the field they both might crack the opening 25 as valuable bench players. Someone like Murton could show that last year wasn’t a fluke and that he’s a legit power option as a RH DH in the future; or Maruszak could make the Yankees look at him as a Ben Zobrist type in a year or two.

  13. Chip February 21st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Donnie Collins predicting the AAA outfield:


    I agree with him that if Juan Rivera doesn’t make the 25 I doubt he accepts a minor league assignment. Some team will have an opening by the end of spring for a RH hitter on their bench.

    Collins has predicted that Mesa, Mustellier and Dan Johnson will all open with the RailRiders, I could see any of those three on the Yankee bench.

  14. 4 NYY February 22nd, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Aroid looked bigger than ever the last few yrs. See ya’ !!!

    ( he didn’t shrink like Bonds )

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