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Wednesday notes: All the other stuff…

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After the call from New York, not much here in Tampa carried much weight. Today was all about Mark Teixeira and the latest blow to the Yankees dwindling offense.

But, of course, there was a game today. And it featured the Yankees going against a few of their own. A few leftover notes from another stunning day in Yankees camp.

• The Yankees are still leaving open the possibility of Derek Jeter playing soon, but it won’t be March 10 — the day Brian Cashman predicted — because that’s a road game and Jeter will debut at home. “I’ll talk to him the next couple of days,” Joe Girardi said. “He seems to be progressing pretty well. I like what I saw when I was watching him take ground balls today.”

• Jeter is always good for some curiosity, but given everything else that’s going on… “I’m not worried about Derek Jeter at all,” Cashman said. “Whenever he gets out there, he’ll be ready when it counts. I’m not worried about Derek. He’s the least of our concerns.”

• Mariano Rivera is back in New York. The Yankees are calling it personal reasons. I wouldn’t be shocked if Rivera simply didn’t see the point in sticking around while the team is down in Jupiter. He’ll make his spring debut on Saturday.

• Speaking of Jupiter, Dave Robertson has been scratched from that trip. He said he feels fine, but Girardi saw no reason to bring him in the wake of yesterday’s sluggish shoulder. Still no tests planned. “I don’t think there’s any rush to get him back on the mound,” Girardi said. “He’ll just go day by day. He was still a little stiff today. But I don’t see us taking him to Jupiter. I don’t think it makes a lot of sense, because we’ve got time.”

• Cashman said Teixeira will stay in up north. Not much reason for him to come back to Tampa.

• Juan Rivera played first base for the Dodgers last year. “I look at him more as an outfielder,” Cashman said. “I don’t look at him as a first baseman. I know he played first with the Dodgers, but in fairness, we have to evaluate everything. If I have our people tell me it’s a logical, legitimate one to look at, then I’ll be comfortable looking at it. I haven’t heard that yet and I haven’t asked anybody.”

• The Yankees came to camp curious to see how Dan Johnson could handle third base. Now the priority has shifted. “He’s more of a first baseman,” Girardi said. “So I might start taking a look at him more at first base now.” Johnson made two errors at third base today (though he did make one pretty good play).

• As for today’s actual game — there was one of those, you know — Robinson Cano had one of the RBIs in an 8-2 win for Team Dominican Republic. “That was fun,” Cano said. “To get to play against your guys, play with the team you’re going to be with for the next two weeks – hopefully – to see your manager and hitting coach on the other side, guys you’ve known for a long time, that was fun. It was exciting. It’s good to see the way you can go out there and have fun, laugh, be able to play against your team.”

• Hiroki Kuroda got Cano to fly out in their only head-to-head matchup. “I wish I could get a better result,” Kuroda said. “But he’s a good hitter so I will take that out. I wish I could strike him out.”

• Kuroda actually looked good. He pitched three scoreless with four strikeouts against an awfully good lineup. He said his split was working, which was the key. He still needs to improve his two-seamer. “Physically I’m where I want to be,” he said. “And stuff-wise, it’s getting there.”

• Best starter of the day: Vidal Nuno. The little known lefty is putting himself on the map this spring. He pitched four hitless innings against the Yankees (helping out the Dominican pitching staff which didn’t have a starter for the game). He struck out four and walked one. He faced Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis two times apiece. Those four went 0-for-8 with two strikeouts against him.

• The only real highlight for the Yankees came on Zoilo Almonte’s two-run homer, which broke up a no-hitter in the seventh inning. Bobby Wilson doubled one batter later. Those were the Yankees only hits in 28 at-bats.

• Jim Miller took the bulk of the beating for the Yankees bullpen. He got out of one jam but ultimately allowed three runs in 1.1 innings. Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada and Chase Whitley were charged with an earned run apiece. … Lefties Juan Cedeno and Josh Spence each pitched a hitless inning for the Dominican. Cedeno is actually on Team DR, but Spence was just helping them fill innings. Whitley was also potentially going to do that but pitched for the Yankees instead. … Rough day for Travis Hafner who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

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149 Responses to “Wednesday notes: All the other stuff…”

  1. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    ‘Today was all about Mark Teixeira and the latest blow to the Yankees dwindling offense.’

    =========

    A perfect summation.

  2. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 6th, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    repost:

    Shame, you’d have to be following that trial live to believe it. Jodi Arias makes OJ Simpson look like a choir boy. But all it takes is one to hang a jury – though I really don’t think it’s going to happen in this case – nor do I think she’s going to get the death penalty, though I think she deserves it. The defense actually not only played edits from one of the sex tapes – the raunchiest one they could find to defame the victim – they put the words up on a large screen for the jury to read while they listened. The prosecution on cross asked her if it was just a fantasy when Travis (the victim) said he wanted to tie her to a tree and (and then he proceeded to quote what was on the sex tape, using the exact words, which were horrifying.) That’s mormon territory, so that jury has to be appalled. And those tapes have been played over and over and over in court. Yikes.

    *******************

    Trader, I didn’t even think of that. Of course you’re right. So that’s my fear. And if the fear turns out to be based in reality, we’re going to have a pretty sorry situation at first. I thank the Lord Tex’s defense is stellar!

    **************

    I’ll put up the Prediction Chart. People are free to change their predictions due to changing circumstances. That’s why you have until the first pitch of the first game to finalize your prediction.

    ***************
    Reading that stuff in the Post about Martin makes me feel bad. I thought he just opted out. But the hew and cry against him on this forum throughout the season makes any protestation at this point sound pretty hypocritical.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 6th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    PREDICTIONS FOR 2013

    Tomingeorgia – 94
    Blake – 89
    Shame Spencer – 92
    Trisha – 97
    Tackleberry – 91
    Munson – 93
    4 NYY – 89
    Austinmac – 88
    RMS -91
    Joeman – 90
    Bruceb – 86
    Nilsson – 94
    Yankee21 – 89
    Ghostwriter – 93

  4. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    How about a soft…………….. ’84′

  5. tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    trisha,
    I’m standing by mine.

  6. Ghostwriter March 6th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I’m sticking with mine as well.

  7. tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Ghost,
    We’re wild-eyed radicals. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  8. Ghostwriter March 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    How about a soft…………….. ’84?
    ————-

    In the AL East this year there is no such thing as a soft 84. There are a lot of really good clubs in that division. It will be tough to manage .500 ball when two-thirds of your games are against such tough competition.

  9. Ghostwriter March 6th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Ghost,
    We’re wild-eyed radicals. So let it be written, so let it be done.
    ======

    :lol:

    Tom, I don’t know about you you, but I just like our pitching. We can overcome some injuries with our pitching depth. And I’m excited/hopeful about seeing some youngster stepping up, and seizing the opportunity created by the injury bug.

  10. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    “Most switch hitters are better pure hitters from their natural side….IMO because that side their dominant hand is the top one…..some guys like Tex and Mantle develop more power maybe from the left side but they remain better pure hitters from the side where their naturally dominant hand is on top…..because that’s the hand that takes the barrel to the ball and I think you’re more accurate with that dominant hand leading the way….JMO….their are probably exceptions”

    blake-

    this is an interesting topic. i always thought right handed players that hit lefty won more batting titles because the bottom hand made contact better. examples are oliva carew, boggs, brett, ichiro, mauer but upon closer looking there’s no real pattern to it. lots of righty righty , lefty lefty , have won batting titles.
    on an interesting note there is no left handed player who hit righty who won a batting title( going back to 1950 anyway).

  11. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    No such thing ? Really……..

    Yes, there are a lot of very good teams in the AL East which I believe play each other 18 times a piece. I believe they will beat up on one another.

    Also the way the Yanks are now, we are very, very dependent on tour pitching especially the SP, any injuries to our SP will be a huge.

    Hence the ‘soft 84′

  12. tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Ghost,
    Our pitching is going to be fine, and one or two kids will shine. Now or never!

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    tom and ghost – proud of you guys! I’m sticking with mine, too.

    Felix, I’ll put you down for a soft 84. You can change it any time ’til first pitch!

    :)

  14. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Typo……………..on tour

    SB………on our

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    “Tom, I don’t know about you you, but I just like our pitching. We can overcome some injuries with our pitching depth. And I’m excited/hopeful about seeing some youngster stepping up, and seizing the opportunity created by the injury bug.”

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the optimism I’m talking about!

    And I’m proud to sign onto the wild-eyed radical brigade!

  16. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks………Ms. Trisha

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 6th, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Anytime, Mr. Felix!

    :)

  18. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    are there any left handed players who hit only righty?

    there must be some.

  19. blake March 6th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Randy,

    Yea I think maybe right handed people that hit only lefty develop that ability to really make their left hand the dominant one for them when they hit….there is a lot of theory and hypothesis in hitting just like everything else….different thinks can work for different people I guess

  20. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Hope you guys are correct about some of the young guys stepping up.

    Position players or pitchers makes no diff to me

    Way, way over due IMO and I am really looking forward to it ! :)

  21. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    “We’re wild-eyed radicals. So let it be written, so let it be done.”

    don’t you mean wild-eyed conservatives?

    you support the status quo.
    you’re pro management.

    sorry , no radical for you :)

  22. tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Ms trisha and Mister Felix,
    At last, a little civility around here,

  23. blake March 6th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    randy l. says:
    March 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    are there any left handed players who hit only righty?

    Rickey Henderson, Cody Ross, Ryan Ludwick….I can’t think of many

  24. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    blake-

    i don’t pretend to understand hitting or swinging, but i try to be a student of it. it’s pretty complex when you get into it. so much of it is just coordination .

    do you know any left handed major leaguers who hit only righty?
    they’d have to be either first basemen or outfielders of course.

  25. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    blake -
    excellent
    you thought of more than i could.

  26. blake March 6th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    “i don’t pretend to understand hitting or swinging, but i try to be a student of it. it’s pretty complex when you get into it. so much of it is just coordination .”

    It is….talent and strength and coordination can overcome a lot of mechanical flaws…..some guys can just hit and they don’t even know how they hit.

    Rickey Hemderson is probably the best lefty throwing RH hitter I can think of…..

  27. Ghostwriter March 6th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    “We’re wild-eyed radicals. So let it be written, so let it be done.”

    don’t you mean wild-eyed conservatives?

    you support the status quo.
    you’re pro management.

    ======

    Oy. I’m not pro-management. I just not reflexively anti-management.

    Good night.

  28. Ghostwriter March 6th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    EDIT:

    Oy. I’m not pro-management. I’m just not reflexively anti-management.

    Good night.

  29. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    “Rickey Hemderson is probably the best lefty throwing RH hitter I can think of…..”

    when ricky was a yankee, i watched him in spring training field a lot of balls at third base one day, and after the game as he was walking to the clubhouse i asked him about it. he actually stopped and got very animated saying he wanted to play third sometime. he said he could do it.

  30. blake March 6th, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    “when ricky was a yankee, i watched him in spring training field a lot of balls at third base one day, and after the game as he was walking to the clubhouse i asked him about it. he actually stopped and got very animated saying he wanted to play third sometime. he said he could do it.”

    I get the feeling there probably wasn’t a whole lot Rickey didnt think he could do

  31. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    blake -
    i forgot to say ricky was smooth at third. he looked good.

  32. blake March 6th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    randy l. says:
    March 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    blake -
    i forgot to say ricky was smooth at third. he looked good.

    We could use him now then!

    Night all

  33. Barry March 6th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Cleon Jones hit right handed, fielded left.

  34. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    tomingeorgia March 6th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Ms trisha and Mister Felix,
    At last, a little civility around here.

    ==========

    Why shouldn’t there be ? :)

  35. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Just to take a break from the sky is falling stuff for a minute.

    There have been some good things this spring – among them the way little known pitchers have put themselves on the map:

    Vidal Nuno
    Jose Ramirez
    Rondon
    Kahne
    Whitley

    even some of the young veteran guys like Spence, Cedeno and Miller have been really impressive.

    The position players, not so much. Offensively JR Murphy, Mustelier, Pirella, Mesa, Almonte, Austin have been good – but defensively the younger guys have struggled. And really Luke Murton looks completely lost.

  36. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    “Cleon Jones hit right handed, fielded left.”

    another one.
    thank you.

  37. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I am downgrading this team to 87 wins. we all know it’s a long season, but Yanks are dropping like flies… I really don’t have high expectations to begin with in 13. I am gonna guess Cashman will survey landscape at the end of spring training and pick up expandable pieces that don’t make other teams roster.

  38. Tar March 6th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    “The hardest working player on the field usually is the catcher, but there is one variation that makes it even harder. Left Handed hitting Right Handed throwing catchers have a very large problem with shoulder injuries because the muscles that are used to decelerate the arm while throwing and hitting are the same. On a typical catcher that throws right handed and hits right handed, opposite shoulders are having to slow either the arm or the bat down.”

    Kind of what you guys are talking about.

    http://www.catchandthrow.com/c.....ow_017.htm

    Good night all

  39. Felix Unger March 6th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Agree and if our ‘SP’ gets the injury bug well……………….you know.

    Hence my ’84′ number.

  40. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Aside from great D from Tex, this is a guy who OPS 770 LY against RH starter, Yanks will undoubtedly miss his D and his RH prowess against LH pitching, but we not losing a great offensive player here.

  41. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Mr. Unger, I don’t think your 84 wins are out of realm of possibility, I do think Trisha’s 97 wins is way over! but we shall see.

  42. Jerkface March 6th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    scouts are raving about #rockies third-base prospect Nolan Arenado, who’s tearing up the cactus league

    Rockies need pitching, we have pitching?

  43. randy l. March 6th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    “Left Handed hitting Right Handed throwing catchers have a very large problem with shoulder injuries because the muscles that are used to decelerate the arm while throwing and hitting are the same.”

    tar-

    now that’s interesting. i never thought about that , but it makes sense though. the bottom hand hitting has to slow down and let the top hand go past it.

  44. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    “I am downgrading this team to 87 wins.”

    I was at 87-91 before. I think giving one number this year is kind of problematic.

    I’m still there, although obviously there is more downside and less upside risk.

  45. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Jerkface March 6th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS

    scouts are raving about #rockies third-base prospect Nolan Arenado, who’s tearing up the cactus league

    Rockies need pitching, we have pitching?
    —————-

    Jordan Pacheco for Warren and Whitley?

  46. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Aside from great D from Tex, this is a guy who OPS 770 LY against RH starter, Yanks will undoubtedly miss his D and his RH prowess against LH pitching, but we not losing a great offensive player here.
    ————

    Well if nothing else maybe Tex’s absence will have people realize just how good he is.

  47. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I think Yanks will sorely miss Texas RH bat against LH pitching, if other teams have a pulse, i would trot out one LH after another against this team.

  48. Jerkface March 6th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Tex atleast put up a .330 OBP vs RHP, which is probably not coming from any of his replacements.

  49. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Tex, not the state.

  50. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    It’s not that Tex isn’t good. It’s that he is nowhere near the player they thought they were getting; the one that showed up in 2009, and not since.

  51. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    It’s not that Tex isn’t good. It’s that he is nowhere near the player they thought they were getting; the one that showed up in 2009, and not since.
    ————–

    Okie dokie.

  52. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Sorry, Tex is worth every cent of his contract. May bad.

  53. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I’m just saying, switch hitting first basemen who give you gold glove defense and 30/100 don’t grow on trees.

  54. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Well, they had Swisher too, so that’s two.

  55. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Well, they had Swisher too, so that’s two.
    —————-

    Minus the defense.

  56. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    chip, i look at this way, 1st baseman who can give u 30 and 100 and play gold d probably don’t grow on tree, but then they probably not getting pay like Tex either. it is what it is. obviously, there other numbers to evaluate a player offensive prowess than those two, i will leave that to jerk.

  57. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    good night kids

  58. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I would gladly give up the defense and have Swisher over Tex, espeically given the contracts.

  59. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Cash and Rich – FWIW; Tex himself says he’s overpaid. Even if he hit 40 points higher he would think he’s overpaid. Not his fault and really not relevant to his level of play. Would it improve his overall value to the team if he was making $8.50 instead of whatever insane amount he is? Of course. And who knows maybe the Yankees would have been better off leaving Swisher at 1b, and then signing Holliday the next year. Then again maybe Holliday doesn’t want to come to New York, Boston signs Tex and then

  60. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    people would be on here dinging Cashman for not signing Tex.

  61. Chip March 6th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Everyone makes the right moves given the benefit of hindsight.

  62. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Night Chip.

  63. Pat M. March 6th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    It’s just another case ( Texeria injury ) of not knowing what you had until it’s gone. A very standard observation form this generation Yankee fan. Especially noticable here at the LoHud. If the Yanks play to a .500 record this place will dry up like a ghost town. There are Yankee fans and there are Yankee Fans……

  64. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Pat

    Most people know exactly what they have in Tex. It’s good, just not nearly what he once was.

    A big part of the reason he will be missed is that they have let much of the offense decline and depart while doing nothing to replace or supplement it.

  65. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    “people would be on here dinging Cashman for not signing Tex.”

    It depends who got the money instead.

  66. Cashmoney March 6th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Agree Rich, I do think most ppl know what they going to get out of Tex going forward… his injury just further complicate an offense that was thin on depth and not as long as it use to be.

  67. Rich in NJ March 6th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Cash

    If they had been adding offense since last year instead of subtracting it, Tex would be missed, but far more easily compensated for.

    They have dug a big hole and it keeps getting bigger.

    This season will really test the pitching holds the keys to the kingdom thing.

  68. G. Love March 6th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Pat M.,

    No one questions Tex’s defense. The effect of removing that from the lineup will cost runs without a doubt.

    That being said, his production from the left side of the plate vs. RHP has not been elite. It hasn’t even been all star. It’s been getting worse and worse faster than anyone here could’ve predicted.

    That’s not to say the Yankees can snap their fingers and find better. But they needed depth at the position. 2 seasons ago they tried to get Carlos Pena who while he couldn’t hit lefties at all was better than Tex vs. RHP at the time.

    I wish the team can admit that maybe what’s been trending with a player is actually happening and maybe, just maybe, we should try to bring in some competition in case the player goes down with injury or struggles to the point that they become a net minus in the position.

    Losing Tex with no depth is a killer. Same thing with Grandy.

    But to say we’re all gonna rue the day we talked candidly and openly about Tex’s flaws isn’t fair. Yankee fans did that about Tino when Torre replaced him with Fielder to win a title at times. We spoke that way about Giambi when he fell apart with PED related health issues. Yankee fans even lamented loudly how difficult it was to watch Donnie Ballgame struggle at the plate with back issues sapping his brilliance.

    You’re better than that to toe that company line that speaking of Yankee player flaws and criticizing them is an affront to fandom. At least I believe you’re better than that.

    As for this place being empty if the team stinks, it could have the opposite effect.

    Not many Yankee fans on here were at the stadium during the Henry Cotto, Bam Bam Meulens, Dale Berra days.

    If it approaches anything like that time again I think there will be outrage before the flicker of the candle goes out for a portion of the fanbase who want this team to win and be run like the Yankees instead of the Mets.

  69. LGY March 6th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I was against the Tex signing so is it ok if I say his contract is proving to be a disaster?

  70. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    LGY,

    Sing it in the streets.

  71. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Tex is treated with deference compared to Giambi, and based on production, that’s kind of weird.

  72. G. Love March 7th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Rich,

    I also find it weird but Tex has the benefit of winning a ring here in a season he was a beast. I also think some fans love his image/personality. It’s safe/non-threatening in big boy scout kind of way.

  73. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    G. Love

    True, the ring helps, and he may be better teammate. IDK.

    For some reason, on this blog, merely stating the obvious about Tex, as demonstrated by his stats is considered bashing.

    That’s weirder.

  74. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Rich, I am looking at the ilks of Lyle Overbay and our internal options in the absence of Tex, somebody ought to call Jorge Vazquez or Miranda and give them a trial.

  75. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Cash

    They just need to add a bat. As long as it’s not 2B, they can find a place for him to paly.

  76. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Night all.

  77. Crawdaddy March 7th, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Our managing owner has spoken:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1281593

  78. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Nice article by Feinsand.

  79. Triple Short of a Cycle March 7th, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Our managing owner has spoken:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..-1.1281593

    ——————————————————

    The Montero-Pineda deal is a trade I would do again tomorrow

    This epitomizes the definition of insanity

  80. blake March 7th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Interesting interview with Hal…..he comes off as borderline delusional with some of those comments though.

    Feinsand is like the ultimate apologist for the front office so no surprise he got the interview

  81. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:08 am

    “It’s never been talked about, never been considered, no offer even remotely entertained — and I’m sure there are people out there that would jump all over it. It’s not in the cards. It’s just not something we’re looking at. We know how important this was to my dad and we know how important this is to us. We enjoy it. This is a family business, which has its pros and cons as any family business does, and everybody is involved — Jenny, Hank, Felix. It’s what we do. What would I do ?”

    =======

    Nice to hear and to the point.

  82. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Some names off the top my head

    Scott Rolen…..Carlos Lee ,,,, Thome….

    Sucks to hear this about Tex.

  83. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:21 am

    If you believe what Hal said, or give him the benefit of the doubt, then his positions are clear.

    FWIS color me skeptical.

    One of the main reasons I do not buy it is the lack of spending on certain international FA’s.

    They were only about money having no impact whatsoever on 189.

    They were quality players. We should have had a least one of them IMO.

    I cite Chapman, Cespedes, Soler, and Darvish as examples.

    I still believe that the Steins are very much entertaining the idea of selling.

    If I’m wrong I’ll apologize.

    ;)

  84. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Scott Rolen…..Carlos Lee ,,,, Thome….

    ———-

    Please just say NO ! Give some of the kids a shot, these scrap heap reclamation projects of guys at the end of their careers are injuries waiting to happen.

  85. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 7:24 am

    From The Mind of Hal:

    Beards? Never.

    Re-do the Montero- Pineda trade? Yes!

    And this guy owns the Yankees.

  86. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hey Mike:

    How was your winter ? Still hiking all around like ‘Grizzly Adams’ ?

  87. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:31 am

    VY-

    It was colder than the norm around here. Glad we got that out of the way.

    Yup. Still roaming. Lot’s of beautiful things still left to see and photograph. Thankfully.

    How bout you ?

    How’s the pups ?

  88. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Please just say NO ! Give some of the kids a shot, these scrap heap reclamation projects of guys at the end of their careers are injuries waiting to happen.

    —–
    I agree ,,i was just throwing out some names…… just not familiar with what we have down on the farm.

  89. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hey Bronx:

    I guess you would like to see Hal sell ? :)

  90. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Nothing in Hal’s interview gave me any hope for action now or in the future. It is the same drivel we have heard. They have no responsibility for the current situation. It’s just bad luck.

    I said all winter Swisher’s absence would be a major loss. The Yankees used to keep their better players. Now, they throw up their hands, let them walk and add Johnson, Diaz and Rivera.

    We have enough guys on a sharp decline. Either add someone who could actually help or go all young. I cannot stand the thought of watching a team of players aging before my eyes. I saw it in 1965.

  91. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    MTU,

    Your thought they might sell is one of the optimistic thoughts at this point.

    The ownership is going to be shocked, in my opinion, at the state of the team come opening day and even more shocked by the attendance in June.

    We both remember when the Yankees were one of the poorer drawing teams around. The name doesn’t sell tickets as they believe. Like everything else, the product must sell itself.

  92. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Mac-

    I am aging before my eyes.

    What do I do about that ?

    The heck w the players.

    :)

  93. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 7:45 am

    MTU,

    That’s an easy one. I don’t put on my reading glasses when I look in the mirror. Wrinkle free.

  94. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Mac-

    But when the mirror shatters.

    How do you ignore that.

    Earplugs ?

    :)

  95. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Mac-

    I have a longer view than just 1 or 2 seasons.

    From that perspective I have no real concerns.

    But you are right. Attendance is directly related to the quality of the product.

    One way or another Hal will figure that out. If he hasn’t already.

    And if he grows bored he can sell.

  96. Chip March 7th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Jeter has the right attitude: “Injuries stink but good tea ms overcome them.”

    Get through April and then they’ll get (at least) Granderson back and hopefully Tex too by Memorial Day.

  97. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Mike:

    Glad to hear it, yes, there are so many wonderful things to see and do, question is always about making / taking time to do them.

    Pups in good shape 3 generations of them now. Alex and Angie from the June litter, Jade is their Mom, Ike is Jade’s Brother (Uncle Ike) and Bella is their older sister (Queen Bee, rules the roost) same Mom, 1st litter. Luke is my rescue. What a mouthful huh…………LOL ! (Names on the photo caption)

    Here is the 2012 Christmas Pix and NO ! I am not Santa……….I an helping in the back to get their attention. :)

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/55Y2JQ0cDBmI3eJhZm–cDlFhv5oQkequJAyqjfRyEc?feat=directlink

  98. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    ‘That’s an easy one. I don’t put on my reading glasses when I look in the mirror. Wrinkle free.’

    ——–

    Good one Mac

  99. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    VY-

    Thanks. They’re Springer’s, right ?

    Great dogs. Wonderful temperament.

  100. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    MTU,

    Who knows what the long term holds. Will the prospects succeed or fail? Will they compete for the best players? Time will tell. I am in a wait and hope mode but admit to little faith in the organization having a cogent plan going forward.

    They didn’t plan for an aging and free agency departing team. Heck, if we could see it, it is pretty apparent.

  101. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Off topic:

    Opinions welcome. Please be honest.

    Here are some photos I recently set up in a little Gallery :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394

    I hope you enjoy them. The feedback is welcome.

    Thanks.

    :)

  102. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Mike:

    Yes, ‘English Springer Spaniels’. You are right on the temperament, very even and mild mannered until I take them near the water which they love. They always look at me like I’m nuts when I get up at 3am, as if they are saying ‘we are going back to bed, you’re nuts !’ Then they do go back to bed…….mine. LOL !

  103. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Nice pix, the two with the streams in them are actual spots you hike to ?

  104. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    MTU,

    Amazing photos, as always. Many of them don’t look real.

  105. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Good morning-

    I see where Trisha has gathered LoHud 2013 predictions at the top of this post for 2013 Yankee wins.

    Blake-

    You are at 89. How do the oddsmakers go about calculating how many wins a team will have, such as the Yankees, who have so many question marks with injured players and those coming off injuries? Do they, in part, use WAR to help calculate the wins and take a % WAR for each and every player based on what might be the % of games they might be able to play in?

    The Yankees won 95 last year, which was outstanding, considering the time many of their regulars spent on the DL.

    IMHO, their pitching, from top to bottom, will have to be healthy and stellar, all year long, to carry this team to a playoff berth come October.

  106. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Wow MTU, great photos. The definition makes them seem almost hyper real, or unreal.

  107. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    VY-

    Absolutely. It’s why I always say I live in paradise and am fortunate. It is a gift and a privledge.

    I am very, very humbled by it all.

    My responsibility is to try to share some of it.

    :)

  108. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Thanks to all of you for the feedback.

    Most of them are as they appear.

    And yes, they are unreal looking because they are such beautiful places.

  109. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    MTU-

    Fantastic photos. #19 looks like something impressionist and pointillism artist, George Seurat would paint.

    “The basic idea behind pointillism is the placement of small dots of pure color that, when viewed from a distance, form an image and new colors.”

  110. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Mike:

    You should do guided tours (paid of course :lol:), paradise ! Awesome sites, can you camp overnite there ? How many miles in ?

    :)

  111. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    YT-

    Thanks.

    That is a classic shot from one of the bridges at Zion NP.

    That is “The Watchman” in the background w. the Virgin river in the foreground.

    Obviously it was Fall. It is one of the only photos I altered a bit. But it pretty much looks like that.

  112. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    VY-

    Most are places where you can camp. The two you mentioned are easily accessible.

    :)

  113. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    New thread —–>

  114. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    VY-

    Most are places where you can camp. The two you mentioned are easily accessible.

    ===============

    Damn sweet, makes me want to load up the ‘Kids’ and head to Utah !

  115. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    VY-

    You should do that. What I have shown is just scratching the surface.

    I intend on wandering till I drop. I’ll drop well before I run out of places.

    Those were just some of my favorites. I revisit them every year if I can.

  116. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I learned last night that Tex’s dominant hand when battiing lefty is his bottom, right hand, the one with the tendon injury, the one they are giving 8-10 weeks of rest and rehab to.

    If he does make it back without the need for surgery, MIGHT, it make sense for the Yankees to have him hit from the right side the remainder of the season, to not only preserve possible further injury to that tendon, but to maximize his chances of being more productive in the heart of the batting order, considering how bad, especially in terms of BA, he has been from the left side ?

    Blake brought up the good point that he might not be used to facing righties from the right side.

    Thoughts?

  117. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Mike:

    Safe to bring the dogs in there ? (Water spots)

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