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Cervelli: “I feel like I’m back to what I used to be”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One throw in the first game of spring training shouldn’t mean much, but we might have seen a small exception this afternoon. In the second inning of an 8-3 Yankees win against the Braves, Francisco Cervelli threw out Todd Cunningham attempting to steal second base. It ended the inning just a couple of pitches after Cervelli had tried to pick off Cunningham with a snap throw to first.

“I’ve been working a lot on my throwing, so I’m not surprised,” Cervelli said. “I threw really good in winter ball. I got a lot of people out, and I feel like I’m back to what I used to be in ’09.”

It’s easy to forget that Cervelli actually had a pretty good defensive reputation back in 2009. He threw out 40 percent of base stealers that year, including 43 percent of the guys who tried to steal against him in the big leagues. But that reputation faded quickly.

In 2010, Cervelli threw out just 14 percent of base stealers. In 2011, it was 14 percent again.

“Rushing,” Cervelli said. “I tried to throw the ball too hard and I tried to get the ball before it was in my glove. Now I work relaxed behind the plate. Same energy, but I just try to be more relaxed and let my body go.”

Cervelli said it took him a couple of months — and a visit from his parents — to get over the initial disappointment of last year’s demotion, but once he moved on, the started thinking about getting better. And getting better started with his throwing. He threw out 30 percent of base stealers in Triple-A last year, then he went to winter ball in Venezuela and threw out 64 percent (nine of 14 runners).

“The past few years in the big leagues, I had bad habits,” Cervelli said. “Maybe frustration, or if you don’t play every day, you want to do things perfect. I was a little young, too. You’re a little desperate sometimes. When you get more mature and have more experience, play every day like last year, you start to get that feeling.”

So what’s the significance of one throw in the first game of spring training? Might be nothing, but if it’s a sign that Cervelli really has improved his technique, it just might mean a lot.

“That’s a beautiful throw,” Joe Girardi said. “You can’t make it any better than that, so that’s a good sign.”

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45 Responses to “Cervelli: “I feel like I’m back to what I used to be””

  1. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    All these computer problems prompt me to again ask, how the hell do I get rid of win8 on my wife’s new computer without reformatting the whole thing, and it won’t even let me do that.
    I have an legal,unused, unregistered win7 pro to install over it.

  2. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    By the way, I’m rooting for Cervelli.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 23rd, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    tom – I don’t think you can remove your OS without wiping out your whole computer. Of course, what do I know!

  4. MTU February 23rd, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Tom-

    I would do a full system backup and then just try installing the win 7 right over the top.

    It should work.

  5. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Tom, don’t ask me about the constipated computer crap, I’m an analog kid. Its like climbing up to clean your eaves, you and I can pay people to go there.

  6. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Trish, my most positivist friend. Hope U, Tom, MTU and everyone else under our fine invisible sun are having an Absolutely Fabulous day.

  7. dayglo February 23rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Hopefully Cerv plays like 2009 the rest of the year.

    If they decide to use his last option, I wonder if he’ll ask for a release and try to catch on with another team.

  8. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Folks,
    This win 8 is incredibly adhesive, it just won’t go away. I can’t even find the the command prompt,, from which I could do everything I want.

  9. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I’d like Romine and Cervelli. I simply don’t like watching Stewart hit. The one thing he does do really well is get the ball out of his hand quickly on steals.

  10. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    ” Rocketship 7 ” was a morning kids’ show out of Buffalo in the seventies. It was nice ( so much better than Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, or a show up here called, ” Uncle Bobby, ” with an English guy in a rocking chair who obviously hated kids ), and the show was headed by a guy named, Major Tom, no kidding. Bowie would be proud.

  11. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    jmills,
    Never made Major.

  12. MTU February 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Tom-

    I do not use Win 8 but I believe there is a way to have Win 8 take on the look of Win 7 so that you can do things in a more familiar way.

    Whatever you do make sure that any important info. you might have is backed up first.

  13. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Austin, I forgot to tell you ( because I forgot ), I have a second smaller Nordmende radio ( tubes ) in immaculate shape. My audio friend is impressed.

  14. MTU February 23rd, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you Mills.

    I hope your day is going well too !

    ;)

  15. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Tom, what’s in a name? :)

  16. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Mister MTU,
    Yeah, there are a bunch of programs to emulate win 7 on win 8. Tried them all. the significant other won’t settle for them, either. Actually, XP Pro would really please her.

  17. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    MTU, my day’s been great. I made $50 and then bought a used Denon CD player for forty. I don’t want to spend much more due to the fact I’m going to blow it up over the next few months.

  18. 4 NYY February 23rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Romine & Cervelli are my picks also. Cervy will prolly have a good spring and then get busted for 50 games. But, who knows ?

  19. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    jmills,
    S/Sgt Tom would be fine. Never met a Major worth a damn, until they made light colonel.

  20. 4 NYY February 23rd, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Is Hafner injured yet ? J/K

  21. randy l. February 23rd, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    In 2010, Cervelli threw out just 14 percent of base stealers. In 2011, it was 14 percent again.

    “Rushing,” Cervelli said. “I tried to throw the ball too hard and I tried to get the ball before it was in my glove. Now I work relaxed behind the plate. Same energy, but I just try to be more relaxed and let my body go.”

    i sais early in the winter that cervelli had thrown well last year at scranto and that the yankees should start him to start the season and let him get some numbers up then trade him when he’s worth something to someone.

    i still don’t think he’s yankee material. but the stuff he says about throwing is just so basic i wonder wtf girardi does with catchers. how could cervelli be under girardi for years and not know how to effing throw ?

    cervelli is right. he was really immature last time he played for them.
    the problem is he is who he is. it’s always too much about francisco.

  22. austinmac February 23rd, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Jmills,

    I have called a couple places for repairs with no luck yet. I’ll find a place. Enjoy yours. I remember a fabulous sound.

  23. blake February 23rd, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Big win today! Thanks for all the first hand updates from Chad and JF

  24. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Tom, I hear you. Austin, there must be a contact down there to assist you. I can’t fix the junk, but am a lucky man to know someone.

  25. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Blake, we won?

  26. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    jmills, austin,
    Anyone own a KLH Model 8? I do!

  27. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Sorry, Tom, you’ve got me there, but I’m going to look it up.

  28. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Tom, that’s a very nice looking radio; I trust it serves you well.

  29. Rich in NJ February 23rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    “I’d like Romine and Cervelli. I simply don’t like watching Stewart hit”

    Stewart can’t hit, and he really shouldn’t be considered a ML catcher, especially for the NYY.

    So yes, Romine and Cervelli are far better options, as long as Romine’s development isn’t hurt by being in the ML.

  30. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I’ve got Mr. Vibraphone Roy Ayers going on the tube amp thing. ” We Live In Brooklyn, Baby “

  31. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    jmills,
    I got it in the 60s. It was the best there was. Henry Kloss was a genius,. I’ve also got some Cambridge SoundWorks radios, from a company he also founded. Brilliant stuff.

  32. blake February 23rd, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    @BNightengale: The #Dodgers will break the franchise record for season ticket sales of 27,000 as new owner Mark Walter makes first visit to spring training

    Spend money to make money

  33. dan l February 23rd, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Tom why not swap in a new hard drive? They are not that much money and you get to keep Windows 8 in a box somewhere just in can you want to use it in the future?

    Also I am not sure it this will work but I did this with Vista and Xp I wanted to put a clean copy of Xp pro on a laptop with Vista and ran into the same issue. A friend suggested installing Linux so I installed Mint and then installed Xp. Maybe this would work for you.

  34. MTU February 23rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Blake-

    “Spend money to make money”

    It would appear for now that the L.A. fans are responding.

    I still think some of the Dodgers spending has been reckless.

    ;)

  35. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    dan l,
    Best suggestion I’ve seen yet! I’ll do it! Solves all the problems, and I’ll be able to upgade win8 when they come to their senses.
    Thanks.

  36. blake February 23rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    MTU,

    I agree with you….I actually think the Dodgers could bust big time this year but still they are going all out and their fans should be happy about that

  37. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Tom, I have a pair of big British early seventies IMF’s that would just overwhelm you. :D

  38. MTU February 23rd, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Blake-

    They are indeed and those ticket sales indicate that their fans are excited.

    I hope the Yankees take a balanced approach going forward.

  39. Stoneburner - The Return of Wax February 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    could bust big time this year but still they are going all out and their fans should be happy about that

    *****

    Turn to the Red Sox fan in the corner about 2011 season and he is shaking his head not agreeing with this statement – - – - -

  40. tomingeorgia February 23rd, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    jmills.
    I used to have a huge pair of Advent (also by Kloss) speakers that took at least 50 watts each to drive them. How times have changed. Watts were hard to come by back then.

  41. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Tom, I also have British B and W speakers. Many consider them collectible, but I think they sound just plain muddy.

  42. Niki February 23rd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Cervelli is a good kid…love him. I really hope he has a good year.

    Nice post Chad…thanks for all the info.

  43. blake February 23rd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    “Turn to the Red Sox fan in the corner about 2011 season and he is shaking his head not agreeing with this statement – – – – -”

    Not exact apples to apples….the Red Sox traded a bunch of prospects and added big money to a finite budget…,,the Dodgers haven’t traded much that was significant and they have yet to show any ceiling to their spending….if these moves bust they could just make more

  44. jmills February 23rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Blake, as always, you’re the voice of reason. I’ve said it here before,” No matter what my Jays do, I’m going to have a good time anyways. ” . :)

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