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On the road to Jupiter

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees bus left last night. My rental car left this morning.

It’s a long drive to Jupiter, and I’m making my way there right now. This is a rare overnight spring training trip for the Yankees. The Cardinals and Marlins share a spring stadium, and the Yankees will take advantage of that to play the Cardinals today and the Marlins tomorrow.

Here are the basics of who will be coming and going these next two days.

LAST NIGHT
The Yankees team bus left Tampa after yesterday’s game against the Dominican Republic. The bulk of the players for these two games were on the bus and got to Jupiter — or wherever the team is staying — last night. I believe batting practice starts around 11 a.m. Here’s last night’s traveling party (there may very well be some guys coming from minor league camp, but I don’t know):
Pitchers: Preston Claiborne, Tom Kahnle, Brett Marshall, Mark Montgomery, Ivan Nova, Kelvin Perez, Branden Pinder, Francisco Rondon, Josh Spence, Matt Tracy
Catchers: J.R. Murphy, Austin Romine, Chris Stewart
Infielders: Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Luke Murton, Jose Pirela
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Matt Diaz, Ramon Flores, Brett Gardner, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, Juan Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki

TODAY
The Yankees open the road trip with a 1:05 game against the Cardinals. Ivan Nova starts for the Yankees. Right-hander Joe Kelly is supposed to start for the Cardinals. Based on the guys on the trip, it looks like the Yankees will go with a fairly regular outfield with a minor league infield (plus an audition at first base).

TONIGHT
After today’s game, five Yankees will leave Jupiter and head back to Tampa. Meanwhile, eight Yankees will travel from Tampa to Jupiter following a workout at Steinbrenner Field.
Back to Tampa: Ivan Nova, Brett Marshall, Matt Tracy, Ichiro Suzuki, Chris Stewart
Traveling to Jupiter: Adam Warren, Shawn Kelley, Clay Rapada, Chase Whitley, Bobby Wilson, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Youkilis, Jayson Nix.

TOMORROW
The Yankees play a 1:05 game against the Marlins with Adam Warren getting the start and a group of infield reserves scheduled to be in the lineup. Gardner is scheduled to play in both the St. Louis game and the Miami game. Meanwhile, back in Tampa, Andy Pettitte with throw his second simulated game of the spring. It will likely be his final warmup before making his spring debut.

I’ll have more from Jupiter as soon as I get there. Keep an eye on Twitter because the Yankees — or someone — might post the lineup for today. For now, I’ll be playing the new Josh Ritter album and the new Frightened Rabbit album as loud as my rental car will allow.

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142 Responses to “On the road to Jupiter”

  1. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thanks for all your hard work Chad.

    :)

  2. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 8:34 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 !

  3. pat March 7th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    MTU

    Your photos are amazing. They colors and the light and shadows you capture make them look like paintings. Awesome.

  4. Mike Ri March 7th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Nice photos MTU !

  5. blake March 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Trader,

    I’m not sure exactly how Vegas odds are made but I’m sure today they do look at projections from the various resources…..and combine that with some gut intuition.

    Personally I think 89 is a good over/under for them…..I picked that number before the Granderson and Tex injuries…..I’m gonna keep that number as my prediction but honestly if I were betting right now is probably take the under…..Granderson’s injury should be fine once healed…..I really worry that Tex’s could linger

  6. blake March 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Like the photos mTu

  7. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    pat-

    Thank you. I seek honest feedback. Good or bad.

    I am actually thinking of selling them. The beauty is in the places. I just try to capture a little of it.

    I have never done anything like that before (selling).

    This is a little bit of free “test marketing” for me.

    :)

  8. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 8:39 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?

  9. pat March 7th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    This made me sad to read. Not the stuff 22 year olds should have to face.

    Ryan Westmoreland, a highly-rated former Red Sox prospect, forced into retirement following 2nd brain surgery

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2MrOu4Zjz

  10. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    MTU,

    Some of those photos really look like paintings. Like Dali. No need for psychedelics there. Amazing stuff.

  11. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Jeers-

    Thanks. Very kind. You should see the places in person. Even more mind blowing.

    Even more amazing. I always said I should go to work for the Utah tourism board.

    :)

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

    Mike:

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

  13. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Pat-

    That is sad. Really bad break for that kid. What a shame.

    :(

  14. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 8:47 am

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

    ————————————————

    He’s done it 31 times in nearly 4,000 opportunities since becoming a MLB player.

  15. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    VY-

    Some was National Park. They have restrictions.

    Others. No problem at all.

    They are BLM wilderness or rec areas where pets are allowed.

    The one with the waterfall is a popular family spot. Especially in Summer.

  16. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    And now if you’ll please excuse me. It’s time for the most important meal of the Day.

  17. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Saw that stuff about Westmoreland yesterday.. just awful.

    On a lighter note, great pics MTU, as always. I sometimes make them the background on my computer.. they work better for my boss than pictures of Britney Spears, Sally Struthers, or Daria.

  18. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    MTU, those pictures are incredible.

  19. Doreen March 7th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    pat -

    Very sad about Westmoreland.

    MTU – That is your best photography work ever! They are absolutely incredible. You really should sell them.

  20. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Thanks to all of you for the feedback and the kind words.

    All I seek is an honest response. That is worth it’s weight in gold.

    :)

  21. astrocityfan March 7th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    MTU,
    You may already know this, but there are websites that allow you to upload photos for use as stock images. That way you get paid everytime someone buys them for their use. If you’re interested my wife has a couple of websites she was looking at. Her sister is into photography and she was trying to help find ways to monetize it. Seems like a cool way to go.

  22. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Last year every team, except Detroit, had 93-95 wins to make the playoffs.

    Detroit had 88 wins, from the Central, and advanced to the WS.

    Could 89 wins, win the AL East, this year?

    Toronto had 73 wins last year.
    Baltimore had 93, a 20 game win difference from 2011, but had to go 20-9 in one run games to accomplish that.
    Tampa had 90, but traded it’s #2 and lost power in Lofton and Pena.
    Boston had 69.

    Can 89 wins get the Yankees into the playoffs as the sole representative from the AL East?

  23. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    How Hugo Chavez stood up to the MLB “mafia”

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/.....go-chavez#

  24. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Shame-

    I’m glad to help.

    ;)

  25. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I believe Baltimore was 29-9, not 20-9 in one run games.

  26. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I think it’s too late for tex to stop switch hitting personally…..I think he is what he is and that can still be productive if he’d stop getting hurt

  27. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Astrocity-

    Thanks for the info. If you wouldn’t mind passing your e-mail onto Chad I’d like to hear more.

    :)

  28. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    “He’s done it 31 times in nearly 4,000 opportunities since becoming a MLB player.”

    How many of those were against knuckle ballers or guys with extreme splits ?

  29. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I guess the line ups over the next week will tell us a bit about how they plan to approach Tex’s absence. I still believe Youk is best served playing 1B where he can maximize both his glove and bat.

  30. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Mike :

    Thanks, yes it is that time…………for the ‘Troop’

    Trisha:

    Can you put me down for 86 please……..TIA

    Later

  31. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Which #Yankees will we see Opening Day? Column: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....rks-030613

  32. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Just realized that’s the same Rosenthal column from last night… drat.

  33. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I think my guess was 92. I don’t want to mess with it… but I also don’t wanna be wrong :)

  34. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    @KenDavidoff: This has now become the most vulnerable #Yankees team in the Derek Jeter era. http://t.co/gPZmxReFLT

  35. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Time to walk the Mops.

    Again. Thanks to those who provided feedback. And for the kind words.

    I really appreciate that.

    That link will remain open until further notice if anyone else cares to have a look.

    Have a good day.

    :)

  36. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Is there a fine line between not panicking and having a sense of urgency..?

  37. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    MTU-

    Post those fantastic photos from the last post, again.

    Bronx-

    Thanks for the good article on Chavez.

  38. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I suspect that Levine would be willing to convince Hal to spend on a player like Mourneau. He is probably fearful that the Yankees could tank. The unknown is how much he would be willing to pay in prospects.

    I would be patient and give in-house young players a shot.

  39. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Hal said in his interview that they’d never sacrifice their goal of fielding a championship team…..is this a championship caliber team?

  40. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Don’t know if Mourneu is available now….if I’m the Twins I probably hope he has a good first half and then deal him at the deadline……they could save more money by trading him now…..but they might get better prospects in the summer

  41. bardos March 7th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Who knows if all these injuries are a blessing in disguise? How else could the Yankee brass be persuaded to play rookies? This is exactly how many rookies make their mark.

    It’s a their golden chance. Sub for an injured regular, leave the nerves behind and get a hot streak going. maybe the only way to break into the majors fro the Yankee farm system.

  42. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Can the Yankees win the AL East outright, with 89 wins. The Tigers had 88 wins and won the central and advanced to the WS.

  43. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    It doesn’t have to be Mourneau, but I think they are willing to spend. I just hope they don’t trade a top prospect.

  44. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I’m trying to think of teams with 3B talent/depth… Mets, Tigers, Rangers, Colorado, Padres….anyone else?

  45. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    March 7, 2013 at 9:21 am
    It doesn’t have to be Mourneau, but I think they are willing to spend. I just hope they don’t trade a top prospect.

    I wouldn’t mind a bold trade if it was for the right player….but given that those players aren’t generally available now they need to duct tape the holes and try to stay in the game until the deadline

  46. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    It doesn’t have to be at 3B. It would be nice, but they need a bat, somewhere, anywhere.

  47. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    March 7, 2013 at 9:23 am
    I’m trying to think of teams with 3B talent/depth… Mets, Tigers, Rangers, Colorado, Padres….anyone else?

    I think Texas would probably trade Olt….but my guess they’d ask for Nova or phelps plus probably more

  48. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    We have to hope that enough players over perform early so they don’t panic and overpay.

  49. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Can the Yankees win the AL East outright, with 89 wins. The Tigers had 88 wins and won the central and advanced to the WS.

    ——————

    I don’t think so. I do think this is one of the first years in a while where it’s possible, because I don’t see anyone running away with the division this year…. but I still think it takes more than that. The Rays and O’s both won more than 89 games last year, didn’t they?

  50. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    It doesn’t have to be at 3B. It would be nice, but they need a bat, somewhere, anywhere.

    —————-

    I agree it doesn’t need to be a 3B but they shouldn’t just be thinking short term, they should consider the long term… Tex, regardless of what happens this year, will be back next year. Alex isn’t going to be a 100+ game player again.

    I mean, if this was the off season and Tex was hurt I think Napoli would have been a no-brainer, so I do think they could be creative with how they approach this…. I just dunno that they will be lol. It’s more likely they find a temporary plug at either 1B or 3B.

  51. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    How about Aubrey Huff? Better hitter than Dan Johnson and can hold his own at 1B

  52. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I think Texas would probably trade Olt….but my guess they’d ask for Nova or phelps plus probably more

    ——————

    I like Nova a lot.. but I’d trade him for Olt. Phelps has looked ready and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from some of the other AAA starters in ST.

  53. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I wonder if Tex and A-Rod’s injuries are influencing their views on long-term contracts. Although even if they are, Cano may be the exception.

  54. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    We have to hope that enough players over perform early so they don’t panic and overpay.

    —————-

    Yeah, I’m real worried about this.

  55. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Blake-

    If Hughes pitches soon and shows he’s healthy and has his velocity and command, would he and a prospect be enough to land Mike Olt from the Rangers. Texas is looking for another starter, and might easily be interested in extending FA Hughes.

    Long man/6th starter who have impressed me in camp so far, are Nuno, Marshall, Warren, and especially 20 yo Jose Ramirez.

  56. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    pat March 7th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    ———————

    Very sad story

  57. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    The bigger question is can the Yankees compete this year. With health, they will have good pitching. Scoring is going to be a big problem. We can safely count on Granderson returning, but Tex is a question. Eight to ten weeks is if all goes well, and we know wrists injuries can recur easily.

    On a separate subject, I would have liked to see more of Austin. Heathcott said he will be able to play on Saturday. In a major league game, I hope.

  58. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    One thing I know for sure… Cano is just licking his chops thinking about that contract. The Yankees, with all these injuries, need him more than ever. He’s going to rake them over the coals in these negotiations.

  59. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Replacement Level, always a good blog, looks at the potential replacements:

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....uggestions

    The interesting thing is that CAIRO projects Dan Johnson to be better vs RHP than Mark Teixeira.

  60. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    “If Hughes pitches soon and shows he’s healthy and has his velocity and command, would he and a prospect be enough to land Mike Olt from the Rangers. Texas is looking for another starter, and might easily be interested in extending FA Hughes.”

    Hard to say….the Yanks are gonna have to pitch well to win themselves this year though so trading Hughes is dicey……I just don’t know

  61. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    “The Yankees put themselves in this position, at least to a certain extent. Granderson’s injury was a fluke and Teixeira’s slightly less so, but the club did willfully downgrade in right field and behind home plate this offseason. They knew Derek Jeter was coming off ankle surgery and knew Alex Rodriguez needed hip surgery in early-December, yet their solution(s) was the injury-prone Youkilis and … Dan Johnson? They didn’t bring in any other legitimate depth players for the left side of the infield, possibly because they had a little too much faith in the injury-prone David Adams and error-prone Eduardo Nunez. Now the club is stuck scrambling for a first/third baseman and Jeter has yet to appear in a Spring Training game because of his rehab.”

    Good stuff from RAB. http://riveraveblues.com/2013/.....all-83244/

  62. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I thought of Huff too, but he did hit.190 last year. He was pretty good in 2010. Sounds like a perfect fit.

  63. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Are we worried about defense at 1B, too? :D

  64. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    The fact that Heathcott is still in big league camp despite the injury tells me that they may be seriously considering taking him north…..I’m sure it’s a remote chance…..but otherwise you’d think they’d want him down where he will play all the time

  65. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Because maybe you can just tell Nunez to stand there and not move.

    Isn’t that what Giambi used to do?

  66. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Shame-

    From an earlier post:

    Last year every team, except Detroit, had 93-95 wins to make the playoffs.

    Detroit had 88 wins, from the Central, and advanced to the WS.

    Could 89 wins, win the AL East, this year?

    Toronto had 73 wins last year.
    Baltimore had 93, a 20 game win difference from 2011, but had to go 29-9 in one run games to accomplish that.
    Tampa had 90, but traded it’s #2 and lost power in Lofton and Pena.
    Boston had 69.

    Can 89 wins get the Yankees into the playoffs as the sole representative from the AL East?

    Put me down for an optimistic 91 wins, but that will require the Yankee pitching staff, from top to bottom to be tops in the AL East and stay healthy, with a return of Rivera to excellence.

  67. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    @Rotoworld_BB: Rafael Furcal to undergo Tommy John surgery http://t.co/hNpDJQfMAb

    Somebody needs a SS

  68. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Trader – I think the AL East teams are going to end up with close to .500 records against each other all year. It’s just really close on paper, IMO.

    Maybe we’ll rake against the NL again, that’s really what put us over the top last year. The Rays always seem to find a way to stay in it, the Jays have dramatically improved if everyone stays healthy, and the O’s I’m just not counting out… it might be foolish, but I dunno that it was such a flash in the pan. They’ve got a few rookies that didn’t play all of last year and might be primed for break out seasons.

    The only team I feel 100% confident counting out is Boston. They just don’t look that strong to me, despite the acquisitions.

  69. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    It’s official: #STLCards announce that SS Rafael Furcal will undergo Tommy John surgery. Hello, Pete Kozma.

  70. Yankee Trader March 7th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Have to go, but I’ll check back later.

    Have a great day everyone.

    Too many ? marks now with this Yankee team and the season opener rapidly approaching with no playing time yet for CC, Pettitte, Hughes and Rivera, and Captain Derek Jeter.

  71. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Seeing Heathcott in NY in April would be exciting.

  72. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    How many of those were against knuckle ballers or guys with extreme splits ?

    ——————

    Or against Mariano?

  73. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nunez for Beltran!

  74. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    “The Yankees put themselves in this position, at least to a certain extent”
    -
    Obviously true, but some RAB posters’ heads just exploded.

  75. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I am still excitedly awaiting Johnson’s first spring training hit. He did hit one ball hard foul so I am filled with optimism.

    Injuries happen. They always do. No, the Yankees could not foresee the exact injuries, but the liklihood of injuries must be considered. They did not because real players cost real money.

    These injuries would always be a problem, but this team doesn’t have the depth to deal with them in any way, shape or form. The starting team will probably have Cervelli, Rivera and Johnson with a hope to have Jeter.

    I heard on MLB radio the other day the difference in the AL between having 7 good offensive players and nine good ones is the difference between 95 wins and 85.

  76. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    “Or against Mariano?”

    Yup

  77. Against All Odds March 7th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    The fact that Heathcott is still in big league camp despite the injury tells me that they may be seriously considering taking him north…..I’m sure it’s a remote chance…..but otherwise you’d think they’d want him down where he will play all the time

    ———————–

    If they take him north I think they’re hoping for a Bryce Harper like season.

  78. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I rather trade Jeter for Beltran, not that it’s a even remote possibility, at some point we need to learn to say goodbye to 40 year old legends and embrace their lesser replacements. I would also trade Mo before Robertson.

  79. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I heard on MLB radio the other day the difference in the AL between having 7 good offensive players and nine good ones is the difference between 95 wins and 85.

    ——————

    Hmm.. that’s interesting. I wonder how they defined ‘good’ and what they used to come up with that estimate.

  80. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    The YYankees have talked up Heathcott so maybe there is a remote hope. He would give me a big reason to be excited to watch. Even more than my Johnson and Rivera enthusiasm.

  81. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    “I rather trade Jeter for Beltran”

    What would that help?

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Loved the interview with Hal.

    Despite those here who believe they know better, three things ring out loud and clear, and perhaps the unbelievers can back off for a while:

    About the $189 million:

    1. “Let me say what I’ve been saying: 189 (million) is the goal. It’s absolutely the goal. How many teams the last 10 years have won the World Series with a $200 million payroll? One. One! I don’t believe it’s necessary if you’ve got a good mix of veterans and young talent. I just don’t believe it’s necessary, and other teams prove that most years. That is the goal, but in no way, shape or form will we sacrifice our commitment to field a championship-caliber team. That’s not going to happen.

    About selling the team:

    2. “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?”

    About the Stadium debt:

    3. “I want our fans to be happy. I don’t want our fans to think that we’re trying to gouge them in any way, shape or form. But with a new stadium comes a lot of costs; we pay for the stadium, we pay for the debt service every year, not the taxpayers. It’s a big check. Fielding a championship-caliber team is not an inexpensive thing to do, but we’re going to continue to do it every year. Along with all the revenues that people focus on are significant expenses.

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

    I just hope that Yankee fans can feel more positive about the ownership and the direction of the team. The Steinbrenners are not selling the Yankees (as I’ve been saying all along). They don’t want to let their dad’s legacy disintegrate. George wasn’t tagged with the expense of the new Stadium, nor with the new CBA. We don’t know what he would have done.

    I understand anyone who isn’t feeling like dancing in the street right now, especially with the latest about Tex. We all know my personality is to find the positive, and as long as there’s a positive to find, I will always run with it! :) But it doesn’t mean I don’t thoroughly understand the feelings of anyone who is worried with Tex and Granderson out of the lineup. I just believe the rest of the team will rally and the pitching will carry us. I’m more than willing to go with that unless/until I’m foced to do otherwise.

    To once again quote Michael J. Fox – If you imagine the worst-case scenario and it comes to pass, you will have lived it twice.

    :)

    No thanks!

  83. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hmm.. that’s interesting. I wonder how they defined ‘good’ and what they used to come up with that estimate.

    If its MLB Radio, I think its probably one of the hosts or one of the baseball guys coming up with it off the top of their head.

  84. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I think there is like a 1% chance Heathcott makes the team….but the fact that he’s still around probably suggests there is a chance

  85. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I rather trade Jeter for Beltran

    —————-

    Insanity. We’re trying to add offense, not subtract it.. he was one of our top three hitters last year!

  86. blake March 7th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    If the Cards think Taveras is ready they might would consider trading Beltran for a SS….I would think they’d want him to season a but more though

  87. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    If its MLB Radio, I think its probably one of the hosts or one of the baseball guys coming up with it off the top of their head.
    —————-

    That’s kinda what I figured. I’m sure if they looked at the WAR and some other stats they could come up with a more accurate estimate.

  88. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So is the new Teixeira injury a case to sign Cano long term, or to let him go? Or does it not change anything?

  89. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    insanity is thinking Nunez will get you Beltran Shame, i know it’s tongue and cheek, but anywho, i like to see Nunez get a chance to play full time,I really don’t care about 13. as i don’t think they have a championship team to begin with. More of finally starting the clock on Nunez than anything else. like I said, either wont happen,

  90. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    The Yanks once won 97 games with Bobby Meacham at SS.

    Blake,

    Whoever those 31 ABs were against he did OPS 891.

  91. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Amazing article..

    “In Search of Self-Deprecation, Boston Is Confronted With the Reality that Boston Sucks”: http://gawker.com/5989131/in-s.....socialflow

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Shame, not sure you saw my post on Arias. Truth stranger than fiction.

  93. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Shame,

    I do think it was an off the top of his head comment by Bowden. The point is simple, as you know. When the Yankees ahd a circular lineup the pitcher never had easy innings as everyone could hurt you. Now, Cano is the only power threat.

    If you were facing the Yankees, would Cano ever get a pitch to hit or would you rather face our .228 hitting slugger, Hafner?

  94. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    trisha – Just went back and saw your post. I’ve been following the trial online and by all accounts it’s been completely absurd. She’s obviously a sociopath or something.. I still can’t get over how she can remember what drink she ordered from Starbucks over a year ago on specific dates.

  95. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Cash – I don’t think they’d do a straight swap, you’d have to sweeten the deal but Beltran only has one year of control while Nunez is contracted for 4 more years. The Cards also have some OF depth in their system.

    Nunez has no long term future with the Yankees.

  96. blake March 7th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    “If you were facing the Yankees, would Cano ever get a pitch to hit or would you rather face our .228 hitting slugger, Hafner?”

    Vs RHP virtually never…..I would make it a point to not let him beat me if I was throwing a righty

  97. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Nunez has no long term future with the Yankees.
    ——-
    I think Nunez can be an adequate MLB ss with above average offense. you welcome to disagree. but I guess Yanks rather play jeter at SS til he has zero range left.

  98. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    And while this is the weakest lineup we’ve had in a long time, this could also be the strongest pitching staff we’ve had in a long time. Maybe we’ll finally have the answer to what wins baseball games? ;)

  99. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I think he can be an MLB SS as well, Cash.. but he won’t be for the Yankees. Not at 28 or 29 when Jeter finally retires. And, again, let’s not make it seem like Jeter is chopped liver. The guy was our second best bat last year behind Cano. He’s never had great range and with Cano at 2B, it doesn’t hurt us a ton.. especially if you’re talking about replacing him with a guy that has trouble with routine ground balls.

    blake – Totally agree.. Cano is going to be pitched around a lot this year which is why you gotta hope Ichiro, Jeter and Gardner continue to contribute. We’re going to have to manufacture a lot of runs. If I’m an opposing manager the one guy I’m not letting beat me is Cano.

  100. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Shame, two days ago she was pretend crying when she had to discuss how she killed Travis. Yesterday she started to answer jury questions, including about the death, and she chirped and was perky the entire time. (Pisses me off that she got to see the jury questions ahead of time. She’s an expert liar on the spot. Can you imagine when she knows the questions ahead of time!)

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    “And while this is the weakest lineup we’ve had in a long time, this could also be the strongest pitching staff we’ve had in a long time. Maybe we’ll finally have the answer to what wins baseball games? ;)

    I’ll run with that!

    :D

    Have a great day y’all. And always remember that the darkest hour is just before dawn. (That’s what Cass Elliot said, anyway!)

  102. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I’m interested to see this WBC game Friday… can anyone explain why they implemented such dumb rules? Was there always a pitch count limit? Is that to protect MLB pitchers? Or was it just implemented when they found out Torre would be coaching the US team?

  103. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    We all like to imagine scenarios where the Yankees add a good player. It is a waste of brain cells. Cashman said two things yersterday to utterly quash that hope. He said they don’t want anyone who doesn’t fill a role when Teixiera and Granderson return, and they would look for discarded players later in the spring.

    We are talking old and unproductive. Evidently there is no rule prohibiting a team from signing only players released by others. Whew.

  104. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    let’s not make it seem like Jeter is chopped liver. The guy was our second best bat last year behind Cano. He’s never had great range and with Cano at 2B, it doesn’t hurt us a ton.. especially if you’re talking about replacing him with a guy that has trouble with routine ground balls.
    ——–
    I think part of Nunez problem is mental, I think an assurance some level job security and regular reps would largely cure his woe defensively.I do think Jeter’s range to left are virtually none existent at point, as for his bat, they can install him at DH for all i care. no one is making Jeter “chop liver” if you read my statements above.

  105. RadioKev March 7th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    So what’s the best case internal solution here? See if Mustelier can fake 3B and move Youk to 1B? Adams staying healthy?

  106. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    trisha – Hearing her get schooled by the prosecution was funny as hell.

  107. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    This season will be a challenge for Cano. He obviously wants to put up big numbers. He will have to make them throw him pitches to hit and not chase. He has had protection for many years. This year, at least for a couple months, not so much.

  108. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    kev, I leave Youk at 3b and see whatever can bring you some offense and not kill you defensively at 1b, internally.

  109. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    whomever.

  110. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Cash – Based on what you’re saying, it sounds like you’re just ready to move on from Jeter. Fine. But if we’re going to move on from Jeter let’s do it with someone younger and better on both sides of the ball. Nunez just isn’t the future at that spot. If our GM is any indicator, the Yanks feel the same.

    When Jeter moves on I want someone young there, not a player approaching his 30′s that still can’t get his footwork together.

  111. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Maybe they can teach Musty or Nunez to just stand at 1B and not move. Keep Youk at 3B?

  112. DONNYBROOK March 7th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    My preference to fill the current 1B Hole, would be Davidson’s suggestion of trading for Tyler Colvin. Colorado currently has no available position for this player. Again, the current lack of depth and the mess it has created, lies at the feet of Hal. When you have a $200 Mill team payroll, you got too much in the pot to fold. And THAT, is exactly what Hal has done. He has folded. He likes to blame the current CBA and the penalty tax contained therein, but again, HE voted in favor of the damn thing.

  113. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    “And while this is the weakest lineup we’ve had in a long time, this could also be the strongest pitching staff we’ve had in a long time. Maybe we’ll finally have the answer to what wins baseball games? ”

    ————–

    The 2012 ALCS would like to chime in on that one.

  114. blake March 7th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    @jonmorosi: Baseball is America’s pastime. It has become a global game. And WBC results should be accepted as legitimate. No excuses.

    How did this guy become a professional writer ?

  115. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    blake March 7th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    @jonmorosi: Baseball is America’s pastime. It has become a global game. And WBC results should be accepted as legitimate. No excuses.

    How did this guy become a professional writer ?

    ——————-

    They can keep saying the WBC is legitimate… it doesn’t make it true. Not for American fans anyway.

  116. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    It appears Mustelier is playing third today. He really can’t do much worse defensively than Johnson or Joseph. Come on Ronnier. Show them what you can do.

    Donnybrook, it is all the fault of the CBA and of course injuries. It is not Hal’s fault. Who could anticipate professional athletes getting hurt. Unheard of.

  117. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    HS: (The Montero-Pineda deal) is a trade I would do again tomorrow, by the way. It’s going to be a good one.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2Mrrbt5Dx

    hahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahaahahhahahhahhahahahahahhaahhahahahhaha

    hal talks about being rational and logical. a logical rational person would look at all the pitchers who had the kind of surgery that pineda had and not count on him for a few years.
    the fact that hal is counting on pineda this summer almost guarantees that pineda will be rushed in his rehab.

    i still think it’s funny how hal’s plan has already blown up in his face.

    like i said before, the sooner the yankees suck , the sooner they get fixed.

  118. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    interesting lineup for today’s game. Yanks have Musteilier at 3rd, Rivera at 1st, and Diaz in LF

  119. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hopefully only the first part of that alignment makes it to opening day

  120. Tackelberry March 7th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 10:41 am
    HS: (The Montero-Pineda deal) is a trade I would do again tomorrow, by the way. It’s going to be a good one.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..z2Mrrbt5Dx

    hahahhahahahhahahhahahahhahaahahhahahhahhahahahahahhaahhahahahhaha

    hal talks about being rational and logical. a logical rational person would look at all the pitchers who had the kind of surgery that pineda had and not count on him for a few years.
    the fact that hal is counting on pineda this summer almost guarantees that pineda will be rushed in his rehab.

    i still think it’s funny how hal’s plan has already blown up in his face.

    like i said before, the sooner the yankees suck , the sooner they get fixed.

    _________________________________________________

    I’m sure he meant that without knowing Pineda was gonna need surgery. And he said “Pineda for 3 months”, meaning he’s going by the projected timetable about him being ready my mid June or so. Don’t see that as being rushed

  121. mick March 7th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    interesting lineup for today’s game. Yanks have Musteilier at 3rd, Rivera at 1st, and Diaz in LF
    ==================================
    if musty fields, we should get acquainted with it.
    aside from mesa , musty has a shot, if he hits and fields adequately at 3rd.

  122. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    YT-

    Here you go :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394

    It stays open until further notice.

    :)

  123. DONNYBROOK March 7th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    As long as the WBC contains Mgrs like Sleepy Joe Torre, it ain’t legit. Torre said he was surprised at the seriousness of the TEX injury. Of course he was surprised. He was catching 20 winks when the whole thing went down.

  124. blake March 7th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I’m glad they are at least seeing what Musty looks like at 3B

  125. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Randy,

    I think the results will be blamed on those unforseeable injuries. Who knew Granderson would get hit or Teixiera would hurt his wrist?

    Teams typically go through entire seasons with no injuries, and depth is unimportant. Just wait until AROD limps back on the field in August. What a boost!

    Get with the proper line of thinking or else someone could think you are a rabblerouser.

  126. mick March 7th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    MTU
    #19 is sublime.
    how was it doctored?

  127. Shame Spencer March 7th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Of course he was surprised. He was catching 20 winks when the whole thing went down.

    ——————

    :lol:

  128. blake March 7th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I do wish the US would send their A team to the WBC just one time…..I mean a Verlander, Kershaw , Strasburg, Price, Cain rotation with Cliff Lee and CC as Loogies……

  129. mick March 7th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Interested in Luis’ take on Chavez.
    Seems to have been loved in Venezuela.

  130. mick March 7th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Defense should not be underrated at 1B and Youk will be more adequate down there than at 3B.
    Musty must get an everyday looksee at 3B over the next 3 weeks.

  131. astrocityfan March 7th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    MTU,
    i will get Chad a message and try to get the info to you soon.

    i would personally love to see them bring Mesa up to take cf and musty at third. But i also understand the need to get someone. I just hope whatever cashman does he doesnt overpay. I would definately see if Nunez can be a fit for the cards and see what you can get for him. I cant decide if all this drama is helping me look forward to the season or dread it lol. At least they are being forced to give some kids a shot. That part i do find exciting.

  132. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    “Don’t see that as being rushed”

    you don’t see how counting on a guy who’s had a shoulder operation( that others have had and no one has come back for a few years to their previous level) is illogical and not rational.

    hal is expecting pineda to have a recovery better than any other pitcher with the same surgery.
    why would any rational and logical person think that?

    hal appears to be in denial to me.
    he seems like he’s doubling down on his failed 189 plan and counting on pineda as a savior.

  133. mick March 7th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    randy- don’t you get tired of being so smart?

  134. astrocityfan March 7th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    i think chavez was hated and loved. He did a good job of appealing to the masses but he also ruled through intimidation. Anyone who disagreed with him was marginalized. He promoted himself as a champion of the poor and yet he hoarded wealth. He had a 2 billion dollar fortune when he died. He presided over a country with huge oil reserves and yet more people live in poverty there now than when he took office. The country is plauged by kidnappings and murders. I dont think there is much of anything to celebrate about him. Just another dictator who clothed himself in populism.

  135. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    “Get with the proper line of thinking or else someone could think you are a rabblerouser.”

    austin mac-

    i am a rabblerouser and proud of it :)

    from the time when my “america , love it or leave it” american legion coach benched me for my long hair( even though i was captain of the high school team) and i slid my motorcycle into home plate before a practice as a protest to piss him off, i kind of figured i was a rabblerouser.

  136. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Chicks dig rabblerouser…I would imaging you got some love for doing that stunt!

  137. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    “randy- don’t you get tired of being so smart?”

    mick-

    no more than you get tired of being the critic :)

    hey, so you’re all enthusiastic about hal’s plan?

    maybe you’d like to share your feelings on the blog what you yourself think about his plan and what it’s doing to the yankees.

    of course, that would mean going out on a limb with your own opinion rather than being a critic.

    don’t be afraid. tell us what you think.

  138. mick March 7th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    randy-
    my ideas are subject to change and i see nothing wrong with that.
    aren’t you a critic?
    or just a contrarian?
    hal has a plan?

  139. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Mick-

    A little post-processing magic using a program called Photomatix.

    Glad you enjoyed it.

    :)

  140. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Astro-

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  141. mick March 7th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    MTU
    \
    That would be akin to steroids which I am not in favor of.
    Did you also doctor #1?

  142. MTU March 7th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Mick-

    No. That’s how it looks. Amazing place.

    Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

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