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Video: Kuroda faces Gardner, Ichiro in batting practice

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

In his first live batting practice of the spring, Hiroki Kuroda faced the Yankees major league outfield today. It’s far, far too early for this to mean much, but Kuroda was hit pretty hard at times.

“I heard he threw strikes,” Girardi said, kind of laughing. “They knew what was coming, I heard.”

Here’s some video of Kuroda facing Brett Gardner and then Ichiro Suzuki, his first two hitters.

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12 Responses to “Video: Kuroda faces Gardner, Ichiro in batting practice”

  1. blake February 21st, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    @wspaxton: Breaking news: Bobby Valentine will be named the new AD at Sacred Heart University next week


  2. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    From the ridiculous to the sort of sublime.

    I hope is enjoys himself that quasi-retirement job. I don’t dislike the guy.

  3. Jerkface February 21st, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Bud Selig, scumbag that he is, has given mysterious guidelines the A’s must follow before they are allowed to even have a vote on a move to San Jose:;c_id=mlb

    Basically this ensures the A’s won’t get a new stadium before a new CBA, so the potential revenue sharing for the Yankees to recoup is definitely going to be 15% or less.

  4. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2013 at 12:01 am

    “I hope is enjoys himself that quasi-retirement job”

    English translation: I hope he enjoys himself in that …

  5. Nick in SF February 22nd, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Would it be against the rules for the Yankees to offer a $100,000 bonus to every opposing pitcher who gives up a homer to Arod this season? :neutral:

  6. Pat M. February 22nd, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Cal Berkeley Bears are hot and on a roll……

  7. Nick in SF February 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Yes, but I fear it’s destined to end badly during the opening weekend when they match up against an athletic team with a good point guard and bigs…

  8. PacoDooley February 22nd, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Seeing Gardner in the cage reminds me of how great it will hopefully be to see him play a entire season (in center field!).

    Seeing Ichiro reminds me that it is going to be a low production season from RF. Ichiro has been my favorite player in MLB for pretty much the last 10 years, but I wanted to see the earlier version of Ichiro in NY, not this fading one…

  9. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2013 at 6:58 am

    From a Madden column:

    There are plenty of scouts and baseball people inside and outside of the organization who love Nunez’s bat and speed and believe he has the tools to be a star.

    Apparently Lawrence Peter Berra is one of them, even if Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman are apparently not nearly so sure. Conceivably, Yogi looks at Nunez and sees a lot of himself when he first came up to the Yankees in 1946 — a player with a good bat but no position, one who started out playing the outfield and didn’t begin to become a Hall of Famer until the Yankees permanently installed him at catcher in 1950 when he hit .322 with 28 homers and 124 RBI in 597 at-bats.


    Nevertheless, the same scout thinks the Yankees have been making a big mistake with their handling of Nunez.

    “I know he’s been shaky in the field,” he said, “but is anyone in the organization really working with him? What they need to do with him is put him at a position and leave him there. There’ll be early growing pains, but you have to live with his errors and hope that once he gets comfortable in the position, defense will no longer be an issue.

  10. Ys Guy February 22nd, 2013 at 7:04 am

    yeah, but the yankees haven’t had a position to give nunez. i advocated making him the 3b but then they signed youkilis.

    ss against lefties and util the rest of the time might not be the best for his defense but if he hits, and im confident he will, they will need to get him into games however they can.

  11. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2013 at 7:45 am

  12. Ys Guy February 22nd, 2013 at 8:08 am

    boy, there is just no love for the orioles out there. everyone has them pegged for a sub .500 season.

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