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Phelps: “Do my job, let it fall where it may”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Fair or unfair depends on your point of view. Here in Yankees camp, David Phelps is pitching like a big league starter, but there’s little guarantee he’ll actually be one. If Phil Hughes gets healthy, there will be only one rotation job up for grabs, and Ivan Nova still seems to be the favorite. The fact Phelps has proven he can pitch out of the bullpen might actually work against him.

“I don’t want it to be like that,” Joe Girardi said. “But we always talk about taking the 12 best guys, and you’ve got to put it together.”

Is it fair that Phelps seems to be fighting an uphill battle, needing someone else to stumble for him to take on a bigger role? Would it be fair for Nova’s previous success to be forgotten; a bad second half overshadowing the positive results of the previous year?

“It is what it is,” Phelps said. “Just go out there and do my job, hopefully things take care of themselves. Whether it’s starting or the bullpen, you still have to go out, get quick outs and eat up as many innings as possible. I’m trying to do that out there. … I don’t want to be selfish and say I want to be a starter no matter what, because if that’s not the role they need me in, that’s not what’s beneficial for the team. I’ll just go out there and do my job, let it fall where it may.”

Today was Phelps’ fourth spring start. He went five scoreless with three hits, one walk and three strikeouts. The top six hitters in the Blue Jays lineup — six guys likely to be regulars in the regular season — combined to go 2-for-13, including 0-for-2 from Jose Bautista.

Through 14 innings this spring, Phelps has allowed one run.

“He’s picked up right where he left off last year,” Girardi said. “We saw such huge strides in him from 2011 to 2012, (and it’s) just continued it over.”

“We’re not taking it like a competition,” Phelps said. “Everyone is out there just trying to make an impression. Just going out there and having fun, trying to get better whether it be a bullpen day or a game day. If we’re pushing each other, that’s a good thing.”

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145 Responses to “Phelps: “Do my job, let it fall where it may””

  1. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Chad, why didn’t Betances pitch; you had said he was scheduled for 1-2 innings?

  2. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Love Phelps. I just get the feeling that once he settles into the rotation he’s going to be our bulldog going shot for shot against some very good pitchers and people not knowing how/why.

  3. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Trade Hughes to Padres, get Chase Headley, put Phelps in the rotation. Yes, I know it’ll take much more than just Hughes.

    Cashman needs to add an impact bat, and Headley will not only give you the bat, he plays 3B, RF, and 1B. That fits several needs the Yankees have, and he’ll be in NY long term. If A-Rod comes back, I see him more as a PT 3b, and more of a DH. JMHO.

  4. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Wouldn’t it be crazy if the US team gets beat buy a kid that was born in America lol?

  5. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    GLove, the Kid is a pitcher and not just a thrower.

    Good posts in the last couple of threads on Po, et al.

  6. Jerkface March 10th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Headley last 2 seasons: .287 .376 .460 .835

    Love the OBP.

    More importantly, he plays in the worst hitters park in the game, and his AWAY splits for his career: .302 .372 .464 .836

    Hits for average, has power, switch hitter, gets on base, good defender at third. He is in his prime.

    Though I agree with an earlier poster that the OF prospects are close enough that they should let them play it out this year because soon they’ll each be able to headline their own package. If you can end up only giving 1 for Headley, I’d do it, as long as Headley signs an extension.

  7. pkyankfan69 March 10th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Any word on how Betances looked today?

  8. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I’m rooting for Cano and the DR. :mrgreen:

  9. pkyankfan69 March 10th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Scratch my above post… lol.

    I see he did not pitch… Weak.

  10. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    JF -

    Hughes plus 1 AAA player. That GM owes Cashman a favor, afterall he gave the Red Sox a good deal, why not the Yankees.

  11. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Shame, life is indeed stranger than fiction. Big al, nice to see you, I trust all is copacetic at the coppabanana ( sorry for the atrocious spelling, I hope nobody was eating )

  12. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    pkyankfan69 says:
    March 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    Any word on how Betances looked today?
    —-
    He didn’t pitch for some reason. Nuno who I believe wasn’t scheduled pitched instead.

  13. Tabbert March 10th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I think that I would end up rooting for team DR if they played the USA. I just cant root against any team Robbie is on. Plus its pretty cool to see Pena managing. I might feel differently if the USA was actually putting out better players. Stanton on the bench? Holland starting? Not very exciting.

  14. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Why would the Pads give us a sweet deal for Headley? It’ll be an overpay, and we will trade prime position players for him.

  15. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    *premium position, that is…

  16. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    jmills -

    Hi there, can’t wait for the season to start. Are you close enough to see your team in person?

  17. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    yf -

    They gave the Red Sox a sweet deal on a higher profile player. The GM is a Cashman fan, lol.

  18. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Big Al, yup, and I’ve got friends in the city which means I can take a cab, drink, and get thrown out when I want to. One thing for sure, I’m going down to give that ferret Farrell the gears.

  19. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    jmills -

    Be kind, he’s left to go back to Boston, that’s enough punishment :)

    Besides, he leaves, and your team makes a ton of big moves to get better. It’ll be nice to watch the Jays pound the Sux.

  20. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Phelps makes me think of Mussina, is it just me?

  21. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Okay, someone name me a star player from San Diego who was traded/left there and went on to be a star player in another environment.

    SD players scare me.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    “You are the person here who tries to control, to a neurotic degree, what is said about the Yankee front office, so please spare me your hypocrisy.”

    Wow, that’s quite a tangent you went off on J Al. Since I don’t particularly care what is said about the front office, I think you let your emotions get the best of you here, which is not an unusual happening when you have a strong belief about anything. Why you have to get nasty and personal is beyond me but oh well. I think you are confusing “control” with someone disagreeing with you with the same resolve that you show in speaking your opinion. And why you are convinced that your opinion is the one that always has to take the day is beyond me.

    And I trolled you about Montero? You were positively hateful toward anyone who wasn’t ready to take an uzzi to to the front office. I understood the trade. I still do. I don’t particularly care how you feel about it. I think you’re dead out wrong by the way. So here we have it. People feeling differently about the same thing. Here’s the difference. I didn’t feel the need to regale the forum on a daily basis about how right it was to trade for Pineda and accuse those who disagreed of being stupid or not knowing baseball.

    I’ve always been content to have my own thoughts and feelings on this forum, well before you showed up (I still don’t know who you were in your “former” forum life). I’ve never needed everyone agreeing with me to voice my opinion. And I don’t remember ever going off on people and calling them names because I may have felt a certain way about a player with which they may have disagreed. But yes, I have had it done to me, thank you.

    Now I’m sure my speaking up to you will have caused me to be written off your “friends” list and I’m in for a major dressing down, the way you do it when someone has the temerity to call you on anything about which you have strong feeling.

    By the way, I don’t believe for a minute that all of the Yankee players “understood” Posada pulling himself out of the lineup. I wasn’t suprised that Jeter, his best friend on the team and someone who wasn’t thrilled with what he felt he had just gone through at the hands of the administration, would have taken up for him.

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

    “And no, I’m not going to listen to FO zombies take swipes at him and question his character, of all people’s. I question yours”

    That’s heavy.

  23. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Torre doing a great job with the small ball here today.

    In regards to the Yankee game today, I thought Nuno was playing on the DR team. Did he decide not to play once the real games started?

  24. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I’m back after having to password back in which is a great check for all of us once in a while. I wanted to tell you how I ranted about the international thing at the end of the last post and how Bobby Orr was like a beautiful Sandy Koufax on two days rest, giving his last great hockey for Canada vs the Russians in ’76. Bobby Clarke said he never saw someone play through so much pain.

  25. jacksquat March 10th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    Okay, someone name me a star player from San Diego who was traded/left there and went on to be a star player in another environment.

    SD players scare me.

    Dave Winfield

  26. YankeesFanMan March 10th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Good thing is it’ll only take Nova a few starts to show his true colors of being not very good and then we can see Phelps. I only hope it doesn’t take the front office too long to make the change, but we all know how they are.

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I have no problem with randy saying he wants to see the team fail, only because he believes that by that happening, it will propel others things to happen, things that will be good for the team. While I don’t agree with it, he certainly isn’t coming from a bad place with it. He thinks it will ultimately help to right the team.

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

    I hope nobody has difficulty with my believing the team will right itself this season and that Hal won’t stick to the $189 million goal if it means allowing the team to go down the tubes. That is my belief. Since it’s one of the thing on the decision tree and Hal himself has said the $189 million will not come ahead of fielding a winning team, I do believe it will play out that way.

    You disagree? That’s fine. Only time will tell whether or not I was justfied in my belief. But until then, my belief has as much validity as any other belief voiced here.

    Thank you.

    :)

  28. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Trish, I like you and I like Alfred. I don’t like to see you guys in conflict, especially not over a frivolous thing called baseball.

  29. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I still have high hopes for Nova. His stuff is definitely there if he can command it.

  30. Doreen March 10th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Ha. I was gonna say Graig Nettles, and he is FROM San Diego, but he didn’t play for them until after NYY.

    Glad I checked first. ;)

  31. jacksquat March 10th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    “And no, I’m not going to listen to FO zombies take swipes at him and question his character, of all people’s. I question yours”

    What’s funny is, I didn’t see anyone take swipes at Posada’s character.

    What’s funnier is, some people seem to really be into hero worship and idolize these players to the point of divinity, and paint the team as the antichrist. People who live in the real world see that the players want money just as much as the team doesn’t want to part with it, and don’t buy it when the players act innocent and say it isn’t about the money, it’s just “respect”…

  32. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Hero worship? Kind of hyperbolic, I’d say.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    jmills – I have never been one of these “be my friend, not hers/his” people. I expect you to enjoy the people you enjoy. I enjoy and appreciate your friendship very much. I actually enjoy J Al’s also, except when he starts using me (or others) as punching bags because we don’t agree with his positions.

    Please, and I mean this sincerely, don’t worry yourself about it. My stability here isn’t dependent upon what J Al or anyone else thinks about me. Speaking of “SMH”, I smh when people get personal and downright nasty over differences in baseball opinions. Truly.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I absolutely believe that Phelps will be in the bigs in 2013. I hope I haven’t offended anyone by believing that way.

  35. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Jmills, the Jays may be frivolous and just baseball, but the Yankees are not. Just to be clear. :)

  36. yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Phelps will absolutely be in the Bigs. Where else would he be?

  37. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Trish, I have my faults and appreciate friends close to me can forgive me. Here’s hoping for a fine season for all of us. Remember, its the journey Steve Perry and not the WS that counts.

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Oh I should have said starting in the bigs. That’s what I meant.

  39. FiretheUMPIRE March 10th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Fans want a legit hitter who can be useful at critical positions such as third base but they don’t want to give anything for them. It’s Cashman’s mentality too. That’s why we ended up with Pineda instead of Gio Gonzalez and Youkilis instead of Headley. To get a premium player you have to pay an inflated price or you settle for mediocre substitutes and stop your whining. Pick one.

  40. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    jacksqaut – Good one with Winfield.

    I just think it’s hard to come up with guys who thrived in SD who go on to thrive elsewhere.

    Beware of Headley.

  41. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    YF, its taken a bit of time for this dumb Canadian to learn that this Yankees thing is indeed, serious! :) U were lucky to see the Talking Heads BTW.

  42. Tar March 10th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    “Okay, someone name me a star player from San Diego who was traded/left there and went on to be a star player in another environment.”

    Ozzie

  43. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    G. Love – you made me think of the freshly released doc, ” Beware of Mr. Baker, ” all about the notorious drummer, Ginger Baker. I can’t imagine living with that! Makes Keith Moon seem like a walk in the park.

  44. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Doreen,

    Yeah, Nettles went there post Yanks. Gwynn never left. Kevin McReynolds went to the Mets and sort of flopped.

    Adrian Gonzalez did well, sort of, since leaving there for Boston and then LA. Although considering Boston dealt him so quickly, that can be debated.

  45. tomingeorgia March 10th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    repost, sorry.

    Tar,
    Thanks for that link earlier. I was familiar with that story, and, as the author said, there are lots like it I myself have traveled to Vietnam a couple of times, and was able to track down a VC officer who had played cat and mouse with me for several months, with the roles switching from time to time. I knew his name and he knew mine. We caused each other a lot of trouble. Without ever meeting, except once in one brief and inconclusive little fire fight, we knew each other. An afternoon and evening with him over more than a few Bier 33 “ba moi ba”s is one of my dearest memories. He’s been dead for 10 or 12 years now, but we corresponded until he died. So I know these stories are true.

  46. Tar March 10th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Bentio Santiago had an ok career before and after SD.

    GLove I think you are just still showing signs of post traumatic Whitson disorder. :D

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    jmills, we all have our faults. But I don’t tend to ravage people who disagree with my views on particular baseball players, especially those whom I call my friends.

    Anyway, I have what I consider to be very nice relationships with a variety of people on this forum. And those relationships are not predicated upon whether or not we always agree. The others are entirely meaningless to me and to my existence. So it’s all good. :)

    Excuse my Italian and a total generalization on my part, but when did Joey VottO become Canadian? Does that mean that Cervelli could have chosen whether to play for Team Italy or Team Venezuela? If VottO is Italian (that was my assumption) does that mean he could have opted to play for Team Italy? I’m obviously uncertain on how those things work!

  48. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Ozzie Smith was traded to St. Louis for that other SS who fizzled out.

  49. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    trisha -

    Hi there. If you read my earlier post, I said I wanted Phelps as a SP this year, and Hughes to be part of a deal to SD, in trade for Headley. I’ve always been a big fan of Phil’s, but, it’s my belief he’ll never be more than a true #4 or #5 SP, JMO. Also, I get a gut feeling Phil is the type of player that will be fighting nagging injuries throughtout his career, and always be the guy with great upside, that just never happens. Trades of players we love is hard on some fans, me, I hated losing A-Jax, after watching him in AAA. I saw what I thought was our long term CF. Some things just don’t go the way we hope. One thing I can’t abide, is the personal attacks folks make against each other, just because one tends to have a strong opinion that differs from another poster. I know how you feel on this point, and these are the things that drive folks away that just want to enjoy talking Yankees baseball. Hope you enjoy the day. Sunny, 74 degrees, and BBQ season is upon us.

    Play ball! :)

  50. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    jmills – What did Ginger Baker do? I once saw Clapton in concert and they brought Ginger Baker out to play a couple of Cream songs with him. I remember he seemed rusty back there at the time but then they later toured as Cream again years after that.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    pkyankfan69 says:
    March 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    Any word on how Betances looked today?
    —-
    He didn’t pitch for some reason. Nuno who I believe wasn’t scheduled pitched instead.
    ///

    It’s his fifth day. Is he hurt? Maybe they didn’t like the situation for him to come into?

    Chad,

    Inquiring minds want to know :)

    Whither Dellin? Tomorrow, perhaps?

  52. Tar March 10th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Tom

    No problem. Sounds like you have an incredible story yourself. I knew you ( and our buddy :sad: ) would like it.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    YF, is Phelps out of options?

  54. G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Tar -

    You hit the nail on the head. Whitson and Jay Witasik scarred me deeply, lol.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Big Al – and you are a perfect example of someone with whom I have a wonderful relationship not necessarily predicated upon our agreement on all things Yankee! Thanks for that. :)

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I’m rooting for Cano and the DR. :mrgreen:
    ///

    :D

    Yo tambien!

  57. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Crunch time for USA here.

  58. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Trish, I am proud to say, Joey was homegrown here. Great to see he took it to heart to play for Canada. Italians helped build this country and they have great cars and clothing too, not to mention a recommended history of architecture and philosophy.:)

  59. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Are we going to do the over/under this year? I see 93 wins being enough to win the AL East, thoughts!

  60. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Shane’s flying days are over. I’m glad the Sux have to put up with him. He is done.

  61. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome hit and run. Torre pushing the right buttons.

  62. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, great game here! Now THIS is baseball!

    :)

  63. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Prediction – Surprise teams of 2013, KC and the Indians, much better than expected.

  64. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    G. Love, for starters, Ginger took his cane and broke the nose of his documentarian, not the best of things under the worst circumstances.

  65. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Big Al – I will post the prediction chart as it is to date, as soon as the game is over.
    :)

    ***********

    But jmills (or anyone else who knows) could Votto have played for Team America if he so chose? Would he have a choice of America, Italy (if he is Italian) or Canada?

  66. randy l. March 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    i said 91-92 wins if they stayed healthier than an average team.

    with granderson and teixeira out for a significant time, it’s got to be down to 89-90 wins now at best.

    one more serious injury, especially to a pitcher, and there will be no playoffs.

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Jacksquat said:

    What’s funny is, I didn’t see anyone take swipes at Posada’s character:

    After Chip said:

    “The fact that he was doing absolutely nothing and refused to take lineup demotion like a man, pulling himself from the lineup instead, shows as much about what kind of person he is as anything.”

    Hmmm…

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    “Prediction – Surprise teams of 2013, KC and the Indians, much better than expected.”

    Wow, I don’t know what is going to happen with KC but it does my heart good to see what kind of ST they’re having! Their poor fans have been beleaguered for many years now. It is good for them to finally feel good about their team’s chances!

  69. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    randy l. -

    I still see the Yankees at 90 – 93 wins. I believe they will patch enough pieces together, along with strong SP, to make it happen.

  70. jacksquat March 10th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 5:28 pm
    Hero worship? Kind of hyperbolic, I’d say.

    Only the statements by some here.

    Bernie was mistreated, Posada was mistreated, Jeter was mistreated…

    Are all the top Yankees mistreated? That seems to be a set position rather than any sort of objectivity.

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    One good thing if USA is eliminated. We get Robby back.

  72. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Trish, Votto is Canadian, you can’t have him Sparkey! :)

  73. jacksquat March 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
    Jacksquat said:

    What’s funny is, I didn’t see anyone take swipes at Posada’s character:

    After Chip said:

    “The fact that he was doing absolutely nothing and refused to take lineup demotion like a man, pulling himself from the lineup instead, shows as much about what kind of person he is as anything.”

    Hmmm…

    Oh, I missed that.

    So Jorge has a hissy fit one day because he was put #9 in the order. Players never do anything wrong? Saying that doesn’t mean I dislike Posada, or make me a “zombie” (another good one).

  74. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Later folks, have a great evening.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    jmills – :)

    But that still doesn’t answer my question. Maybe it’s a dumb one but, for example, could Robby Cano have played for Team America?

  76. jacksquat March 10th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    One good thing if USA is eliminated. We get Robby back.

    Robby is DR.

  77. Tabbert March 10th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    USA is 2 for 32 with RISP. Benching Stanton is pretty laughable.

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

    jacksquat, could he play for Team America? Why did Cervelli play for Team Italy? I’m now guessing it’s totally dependent on where you were born?

  79. Rich in NJ March 10th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Phelps needs to stay stretched out in AAA if he isn’t starting because they are almost certainly going to need a 6th starter and it would be waste both in the present and in the future for it not to be Phelps (the same logic applies to Nova, if he isn’t in the rotation).

    They can’t keep thinking about the now. It’s too costly.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    jacksquat, duh, I got myself totally messed up with all my hypotheticals. :) Of course Robby is DR.

  81. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Cano can play at my house anytime! Is there a way to get him on team Canada?

  82. randy l. March 10th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    “I believe they will patch enough pieces together, along with strong SP, to make it happen.”

    big al-

    i’d say that it’s about a 1in 4 chance right now of them making the playoffs. any other key player player who’s injured would drop it to 1 in 8.

    so yeah there’s a chance.

    there’s no reason for hal to be doing this except as a personal indulgence.
    he can do it because he can afford to.
    he doesn’t deserve to own the yankees.

    he’s an embarrassment.

  83. Tabbert March 10th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    It would be pretty funny if a bunch of big time stars decided to team up and go play for some random country. Russia wins the WBC with trout, harper, hamilton, fielder, kinsler, beltre.

  84. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    “Phelps needs to stay stretched out in AAA if he isn’t starting because they are almost certainly going to need a 6th starter and it would be waste both in the present and in the future for it not to be Phelps (the same logic applies to Nova, if he isn’t in the rotation).

    They can’t keep thinking about the now. It’s too costly.”

    Makes sense to me too but when YF said that Phelps would “absolutely” be in the bigs, I naturally thought she meant he was out of options, because if not, of course going back to AAA would be a possibility.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    • blake March 10th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Posada deserved better than how he was treated IMO

    …..
    • yankeefeminista March 10th, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    blake, yep. Abominable treatment. Disappointing.

    G. Love March 10th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    The Yankees handled the Posada stuff very poorly and now looking back at it, it was a disgrace.

    Tucker March 10th, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    But most Yankees fans are sophisticated enough to know that these players are past their prime ans the front office does not need to employ these tactics. Just transition in a respectful way. These core players deserve at least that.

    Tar March 10th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    All great posts about Po and the core players.
    ///

    Hear, hear, Hip, hip!

  86. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Here’s a thought, I’m a tad short at second, you give me Cano and you can have the last rights to the man, Dave Stieb.

  87. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Bernie was mistreated, Posada was mistreated, Jeter was mistreated…
    ///

    Well, they were but by all means, blame the folks who point it out, rather than the ones who mistreated them.

  88. blake March 10th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    If the US loses this game they will have to win a qualifier to make the next tournament …..lol.

    Zobrist small ball fail

  89. RadioKev March 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    It would be hard to cry over a trade for Headley, but I think we should stay with our prospect depth and see how it plays out. We need younger, cheaper talent to develop into cornerstones.

  90. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Always loved Adam Jones. Always wished there could have been a spot for him on the Yanks. Talk about someone who plays his heart out!

  91. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Alfred, nice to see you as always even if u do cheer for the ‘guins for some reason :) Crosby really buried your team in the last Olympcis ( yes, I take my hockey semi seriously Darryl Sittler ).

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    OH…MY…GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ADAM JONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :)

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    And people say I don’t know my baseball!

    ;)

  94. blake March 10th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Adam Jones!

  95. blake March 10th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Jones is one of those players Id really like if he didnt play for the Orioles…. He’s really good and seems like a cool dude

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Wish we had Bowa back.

    :(

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

    I wish the Yanks would get bowa back

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Alfred, nice to see you as always even if u do cheer for the ‘guins for some reason :) Crosby really buried your team in the last Olympcis ( yes, I take my hockey semi seriously Darryl Sittler ).
    ///

    jmills, I was rooting for Sid :)

  99. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Is Canada losing it? No TV here.

  100. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I <3 Larry Bowa.

    Someone get this guy back on our team. Please.

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

    j.al.pru-

    under hal, will there be any more core players?

    from his point of view, they are kind of a nuisance when they near the end of their careers.

    the nerve of bernie , posada, and jeter to want to keep playing and be paid for the people they put the seats.

  102. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Larry Bowa was a nice SS even if he did play for Philly and had a last name that made you think about snakes.

  103. blake March 10th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I always loved bowa…..

    Who sets up for Kimbrel in this thing ?

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    “Jones is one of those players Id really like if he didnt play for the Orioles…. He’s really good and seems like a cool dude”

    From all things I’ve read he’s a genuinely nice person and also a great teammate. Pretty understated guy who works real hard. And quite a good player!

    I’ve even been known to like a few players on the Sux! Solid citizens always trump team allegiance to me. :) I just love to love.

  105. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    “Their poor fans have been beleaguered for many years now.”

    Those same fans mercilessly booed Cano last year in the HR Derby. Bunch of classless clowns is what I say. Whatever struggles KC has is good for their fans.

    Bowa is awesome, BTW.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    jmills, sorry to have to report that USA is now leading 5-3, top of the 8th.

  107. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    So if the US goes on to win this, they would play the winner of the DR/PR game tonight. Should be some good games.

    (The loser of the DR/PR game plays Italy and I highly doubt they advance but I’ll be rooting for my paesans.)

  108. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    “Those same fans mercilessly booed Cano last year in the HR Derby. Bunch of classless clowns is what I say.”

    Forgot about that. Well let me revise that to say I’m happy for the team, then, because they couldn’t have been feeling great about themselves over the past several years.

  109. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Beware the O’s…

  110. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Shame – Actually I think USA wins their pool if they win this game because of tiebreaker. So they would play the loser of the DR/PR game. Hopefully Robbie and Co. win that game.

    Much rather play PR.

  111. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Trish, at least I’m not embarrassing myself thus far. I can live with 5-3.

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Shame, I’m with you. My nationalism certainly will take the day over rooting for Team DR. It would be a great upset though, wouldn’t it? And we’d have Robby back sooner! (or wouldn’t we? I really haven’t paid attention to what team is seeded where and who needs to win what to advance.)

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

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

    j.al.pru-

    under hal, will there be any more core players?

    from his point of view, they are kind of a nuisance when they near the end of their careers.

    the nerve of bernie , posada, and jeter to want to keep playing and be paid for the people they put the seats.
    ///

    What did Bill Madden say in that article? That Hal “hates the players”?

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    jmills, there’s certainly nothing embarassing about 5-3!

  115. UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Huge last run for USA in the top half. A little more breathing room up 2.

  116. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    UnKnown March 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Shame – Actually I think USA wins their pool if they win this game because of tiebreaker.

    —————–

    I forget what the tiebreaker is. tbh lol. run differential or the head to head game?

  117. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Beware the O’s…
    ///

    With Machado, Bundy, Jones, Wieters? You better believe it!

  118. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Ruh roh..

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

    OMG!

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

    The shadows sure don’t help. But a nice DP would!

  121. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Just me or have we seen a lot of so-so defense in the WBC?

  122. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Trish, thanks, I’ll disgrace meself upon another night, Longfellow :D

  123. Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    JAP – I understand the skepticism but I can’t help but feel like they’re gonna hold their on within the division.

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

    “Just me or have we seen a lot of so-so defense in the WBC?”

    Not just you.

  125. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    “Trish, thanks, I’ll disgrace meself upon another night, Longfellow :D

    :)

  126. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Again, this is baseball at its best, IMO. Look at what’s happening! Anybody’s game at any minute!

  127. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    jmills, you have bases loaded, 1 out. Score still 5-3.

  128. blake March 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Put freakin Kimbrel in

  129. Tabbert March 10th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Adam Jones is one cool dude. Sucks he plays for the orioles.. but he is one of my favorite players in the game. He is great to follow on twitter for those who have it.

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 10th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Tab, I agree on Jones. :)

    jmills, score now 5-4, runners on 2nd and 3rd, 2 out. New pitcher for Team USA.

  131. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Trish, ok, thanks, put Guy LaFleure in or something :)

  132. Tabbert March 10th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    This Hernandez kid REALLY screwed the pooch for us.

  133. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Let’s face it, sans Verlander, Halliday et all ( don’t forget about, Trout ), this thing isn’t effing real.

  134. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Shame Spencer March 10th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    JAP – I understand the skepticism but I can’t help but feel like they’re gonna hold their on within the division.
    ///

    Who? Us? O’s? If you mean the Yanks, the pitching will have to be pretty faultless. It’s good, but we do play our games in a hitter’s park, unless you’re a LHP.

    Toronto is awfully deep and if Josh Johnson doesn’t get hurt, that’s a tough team. The Red Sox effectively blow, since they have no pitching, so we’re better than them.

    Toronto is the problem, I would say. The Rays, as we know, can pitch. If Myers can be a factor this year, and Longo stays healthy, they’re in the mix, too.

    OTOH, if the Yankees go to war with the likes of Juan Rivera/Dan Johnson/Diaz, I shudder to think where we’ll end up. The Cuban needs to make the team, for starters. The ro and BP are our feast, the lineup our famine. We’ll see how she goes. That’s why they play the games, right?

  135. BIG AL March 10th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    randy l. -

    I agree with you concerning Hal. Too bad The Boss’s apple fell that far from the tree.

    This season could wind up being a blessing, if we get to see some of the top farm talent, and they do well. Who knows, the Yankees were close to moving Jeter, they didn’t think he could step in and play SS at the ML level. And, as they say, the rest is history.

  136. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Alfred, how dare you say Toronto is the problem! :) but,….I like u anyways.

  137. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    jmills, you should take offense were I to say Toronto is no problem ;)

  138. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Besides, with Bautista Encarnacion, Reyes, Lawrie and the real Melky….plus JJ, Toronto is most definitely could be a big problem…

  139. J. Alfred Prufrock March 10th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Who knows, the Yankees were close to moving Jeter, they didn’t think he could step in and play SS at the ML level.
    ///

    Did they think he didn’t have a position? :mad:

  140. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Alfred, I’ll take offense. I’ve got Eddie the Eagle in goal, Orr on D and Stevie Y up front, take that in you lemieux or Gretzky pipe and smoke it too! :D

  141. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry, ” your Lemieux ” or however else one conspires to spell that name. Notice how Patick Roy is not on my team? Dick wouldn’t play for Canada. Erase his head by the guy who made, ” Mulholland Dr. ” – David Lynch

  142. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Sorry, ” Patrick. ” Sometimes in my hasty moments, I just have to get out what I have to say. Me, ” bad. “

  143. jmills March 10th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Everyone should stand up and play for their country especially since it could be so much worse upon so many other places. As far as I’m concerned, Bautista and Encarnacion should have been front and centre.

  144. RadioKev March 10th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I think the Astros will be the biggest problem for the Yankees. Free wins for the Rangers, Angels and A’s.

  145. chatalex March 15th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Musty got lost, Musty got lost, Musty got lost
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