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Cashman: “Our job is to find a way”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman’s broken right fibula has become symbolic of the state of the Yankees.

It’s a team is so bruised and battered, even its general manager is wearing a cast.

The Yankees’ center fielder, shortstop, third baseman, first baseman, No. 4 starter and lefty specialist are each on the disabled list. Their No. 2 and 3 starters, corner outfielders, replacement corner infielders, closer and designated hitter are each 34 or older. It seems that expectations — at least from those outside of the Yankees clubhouse — have not been lower since before the late 90s dynasty.

But Cashman has not only been symbolic of the Yankees holes, he’s also been a vocal leader in their defiant reaction to those who doubt them. Opening Day is one day away, and the Yankees will either crumble or prove some folks wrong.

“We’re down, but don’t count us out,” Cashman said yesterday. “Our job is to make sure we find a way. I’ve been using the words — I’ve repeated it a few times now already because it seems to fit — we need to find a way to survive and thrive despite what’s occurred. That’s what good baseball teams do. The injuries occur to teams on a yearly basis whether they occur in March or July or August. They come. You have to find a way to survive and thrive, regardless. Our job is to do that.

“We have a lot of talent, so we’ll focus on what we have and continue to try to find a way to reinforce that roster and wait for the guys that are down to come back. The schedule is not going to wait for us, so we’re not going to cry. We’re just going to go forward and fight and find a way. That’s what we intend to do. We have a lot of players here that believe in themselves and that believe in each other. We know our competition is fierce and tough and hungry. We made a lot of enemies for the last 20 years, 18 years, whatever it’s been. People want to take advantage if we’re down. Our job is to say, we’re not down. Our job is to prove we’re not down. Our job is to find a way.

“And we expect to do that.”

 
 

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112 Responses to “Cashman: “Our job is to find a way””

  1. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 9:02 am

    That’s right – no one is going to feel sorry for the Yankees so there’s only one thing they can do – go out and shove these predictions down people’s throats.

    I stand behind a prediction I made earlier this winter; after being in losing situations the last few years and now coming to the Yankees I think we’re going to see revitalized seasons from Ichiro, Pronk and Youk.

  2. Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Happy Easter everyone

  3. pkyankfan69 March 31st, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Ichiro and Youk seem primed to solid to strong seasons… Hafner scares me, he was brutal this spring.

  4. blake March 31st, 2013 at 9:24 am

    @Joelsherman1: Column http://t.co/VZA31LOUOp Will Cano see even fewer strikes this yr and, if so, what will he do about that? #Yankees

    Big key to the season is how he handles this

  5. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Good morning everyone-

    Watching the West Point-Yankee game and listening to the commentary was a real treat yesterday, as well as seeing the video of the interaction between the Yankees and the cadets, while the team was touring the grounds.

    Chad-Thanks again for your excellent reporting and writing and have a wonderful Easter Sunday.

  6. Cujo March 31st, 2013 at 9:40 am

    yanks61

    Thanks for the info.

    ‘Bullet Bob Turley’ ……………. RIP

  7. Tar March 31st, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I agree with Cashman :shock:

    I won’t mention that its not only injuries that have put the Yankees in this predicament. :mad:

    But the season is about to start, and now is the time to start rallying behind the troops. I’ve said it before I kind of like a veteran team like the Yankees being the underdog.

  8. Crawdaddy March 31st, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Yankees 92-70 in 2013.

  9. austinmac March 31st, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Good morning all and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.

    All the worries must be put aside and the hopes put in the forefront. Old guys unite!

    Wells has looked good at the plate. He is a key, IMO, along with Hafner.

  10. Cujo March 31st, 2013 at 9:48 am

    pkyankfan69 March 31st, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Hafner scares u …………………. with good reason

  11. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Bob Turley was intrumental in the Yankees coming back from a 3-1 games deficit to the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 WS. At the time only the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates had won a WS after being down 3-1.

    Turley pitched a complete game shutout in Game 5, relieved and got the save in Game 6, and relieved Don Larson, pitching 6.2 innings for the win in Game 7.

    For complete info and box scores:

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/yr1958ws.shtml

  12. blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:08 am

    @jnorris427: Holy cows. Jose Fernandez made the Marlins. Best pitcher I saw last year, hands down.

  13. jmv March 31st, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Good morning and Happy Easter, everyone!

    Chad, thanks for all the good work. It’s the best Yankees blog by far

    About charity, Yankees always give away the largest amount of money in MLB. And that’s only the part we hear of

    I’m at 92, too (95 if Nova hits his spots, LOL)

  14. Madrugador March 31st, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Pinning our hopes on Ichiro, Youk and Pronk? Tough to wrap my mind around that.

  15. Cujo March 31st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Opening Day ! !

    Fresh cut grass, cold beer, hot dogs, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd.

    Nothing better !

  16. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Health, Pitching, Scoring. If this team has all 3 I actually believe they can have a very successful season.

    That would mean a healthy Gardner for a full season instead of out the middle of April.
    Mo closing. While he might not get the chance to save 42 games like Soriano, at least I won’t have to hold my breath waiting for him to get the last out, just after he has come into the ninth with the bases empty, and proceeded to make it interesting after putting winning runs in scoring position, like Soriano often did.

    That would mean having Pettitte available the entire year and getting 200 innings again.

    I believe Granderson will be back on time, and actually think ARod and Pineda will be able to contribute at some point this season. I don’t think Tex will be back.

    Wells can’t be much worse, can he? Same with Youkilis. If Hafner goes down after a few months, his DH spot is covered with the return of Granderson and even Jeter.

    So there are some things to smile about. :)

  17. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am

    BTW, why didn’t Warren pitch yesterday? Is Cashman have a trade in the works to trade him and maybe others on the 40 man roster?

  18. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I believe Curtis will come back and do what Curtis does – I don’t think we’re going to see Tex or Alex this season.

    My prediction is that once the Yankees determine Tex is done for the year we’ll see a move for a more full time 1b – that doesn’t necessarily mean a trade though. It could mean Mustelier or Adams up at 3b and Youk at 1b; it could mean Tyler Austin.

    I also think we’ll see Austin Romine or JR Murphy replace one of the catchers currently on the roster.

  19. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Trader –

    Adam Warren and Melky Mesa to the Astros for Chris Carter?

  20. blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Today is a great day! I

  21. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Blake -

    I think today’s the hardest day of the year…tomorrow…now that’s a great day.

  22. blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Chip,

    Tomorrow is really opening day for most teams…..I love opening day though and I love Easter so when it’s the same day that’s kinda cool

  23. jacksquat March 31st, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:17 am

    While he might not get the chance to save 42 games like Soriano, at least I won’t have to hold my breath waiting for him to get the last out, just after he has come into the ninth with the bases empty, and proceeded to make it interesting after putting winning runs in scoring position, like Soriano often did.

    I didn’t notice until now that Soriano’s exact save total was 42. That’s quite a coincidence. :shock:

  24. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Chip

    I wouldn’t do that trade for Carter. He averaged a strikeout for every 3 at bats and I believe he’s a defensive liability at first.

  25. jmv March 31st, 2013 at 10:35 am

    The way this roster is built, I see a lot of save opportunities…

  26. blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?

  27. Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 10:44 am

    blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?

    —————-

    Wasn’t it a favor to the Stros for switching leagues?

  28. DONNYBROOK March 31st, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Some of us remember when Cinncy was Game 1 on Opening Day. This Rangers vs Astros Thing is merely a MLB contrivance intended to supply programming to ESPN onna Sunday Night. I refuse to watch this charade. It’s “Game of Thrones” tonight, and then a legitimate Opening Day Monday for me.

  29. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 10:54 am

    blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?
    ——————–

    Smart move – season can only get better from there.

  30. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Trader –

    Carter is all of those things – he’s also a significant source of right handed power with upside.

  31. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Have to go.

    Until later.

    Chip-

    If they are going to trade for a first baseman think older like Todd Helton. Priority #1 is that if the Yankees trade for a 1st baseman or a 3rd baseman after moving Youkilis to first is that they must be a FA after this season! :)

    List of 2014 Free Agents:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....gents.html

  32. West Coast Yankee March 31st, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Cashman is an arrogant putz who doesn’t know the game, doesn’t understand how teams are built, doesn’t get talent. He lucked into the job, and somehow he has people hanging off his every word. The fact that he couldn’t and didn’t build something sustainable given the amount they have spent is simply incompetent.

    It pains me to say it, but as a Yankee fan for 40 years, I hope they have a miserable season. Only that way will Hal wise up and realize that he and Cashman are destroying the value of the premier franchise in American sports. Maybe then Hal will change his tune, and start by showing Cash the door.

  33. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 11:00 am

    If I had to guess – I think the Yankees top three trade targets for corners this season would be:

    Pena
    Morneau
    Reynolds

  34. DONNYBROOK March 31st, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Youk issa Butcher at 3B. The Yanks need to move him to 1B and get a legit 3B. Reynolds need Not apply, as his Defense is why they ran him outta Arizona.
    I’m hoping Jeet does Not run into the same ankle problems that the Angels Morales encountered. Morales and his ankle problems spanned 2 seasons.

  35. David in Cal March 31st, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Question: Excluding the pitchers, who will be the second most valuable player on the yanks in 2013?

    The answer seems to be: Brett Gardner.

    I like Gardner a lot, but for him to be the second best player on the team is not a good sign.

  36. Bronx Jeers March 31st, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Feliz (Dan) Pasqua todos.

  37. bardos March 31st, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Actually, Cashman has been quite creative given the imposed financial limitations. He has proven, over the years, to be quite the professional dumpster-diver. The whole season rests on how all those “cast-offs” do. If the Yankees do finish 1st or 2nd, he will be lauded as The Genius GM. Will be an interesting season.

  38. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:32 am

    bardos March 31st, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Actually, Cashman has been quite creative given the imposed financial limitations. He has proven, over the years, to be quite the professional dumpster-diver. The whole season rests on how all those “cast-offs” do. If the Yankees do finish 1st or 2nd, he will be lauded as The Genius GM. Will be an interesting season.
    ===============

    I was just about to say the same thing. And if Cashman is predicting rejuvenations of Ichiro, Youk, Haffner, and Wells, then I wouldn’t bet against them.

  39. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:37 am

    If the pitching holds up, I think that this Yankee club will prove to be surprisingly resilient. I would say that the Yanks are likely to hit at least 180 HRs in 2013, and score at least 775 runs. These totals are down from 2012, but they should be enough to be competitive. If their pitching is as good as it was last year, they should win about 93, or so, games.

  40. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I was at the Nats game last Friday. It seemed like a lot of the folks were there just to see Mo. He was warmly received by the Washington crowd, and the Nats had a brief ceremony before the game, during which Rafael Soriano presented Mo with a Nationals number-42 jersey. It was very classy. Mo should expect alot of that this year. He’s earned it.

  41. roxy1 March 31st, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Some of you are getting a bit too giddy because of Opening Day. This offense remains old, injury-prone and way past their primes.

    Look at it this way…if you were a fan of any other contender, would you worry at all about the Yankees? Probably not one bit.

  42. blake March 31st, 2013 at 11:46 am

    “It pains me to say it, but as a Yankee fan for 40 years, I hope they have a miserable season.”

    That’s the Easter spirit

  43. jmv March 31st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    “It’s “Game of Thrones” tonight, and then a legitimate Opening Day Monday for me”

    Now we’re talking, Donny!

  44. yanks61 March 31st, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Cujo and YT, Bullet Bob’s performance in those three games is still one of my all-time Yankee highlights – and I’ve been a fan 61 years. All the baseball world thought they were down and out. Not me! I said they’d come back and before my young eyes the miracle occured. I believe the DN headline after the 7th game was something like, “They Said it Couldn’t Be Done!” (which, if you were old enough to remember, was taken from a popular ad at the time.)

    bardos, I agree with you. Cashman has had his failures (like every GM) and blind spots, but he has been pretty successful at improvising
    (IMO.) It could be an interesting and successful year in that respect or of course the whole year could rapidly fall apart. If the latter happens, I hope, as do many others here, that they start trading their prime assests – Grandy and Cano – and start adding to the promising youngsters in the system. In either case, unlike our West Coast Yankee friend earlier, I will never root for the Yankees to have a bad season.

    Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.

  45. jmv March 31st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    “blake says: March 31, 2013 at 11:46 am “It pains me to say it, but as a Yankee fan for 40 years, I hope they have a miserable season.”

    That’s the Easter spirit”

    +1, Blake

    Unrelated though: Mo’s chances of playing CF died with his ACL?

  46. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:51 am

    roxy1 March 31st, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Some of you are getting a bit too giddy because of Opening Day. This offense remains old, injury-prone and way past their primes.

    Look at it this way…if you were a fan of any other contender, would you worry at all about the Yankees? Probably not one bit.
    ================

    Some fans might look past the Yanks this year, but I’ll bet that their rivals won’t look past them. It be very foolish to underestimate this team with the pitching they have.

  47. Jackson March 31st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The Yankees don’t have to win by 5 runs. At least there should be less cries of “stat padding time” this year.

  48. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Happy Easter

  49. Bad Scooter March 31st, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This season is going to be fun. Nothing is handed to you. Nobody is thinking the Yanks will do anything and predicting a possible last place finish. Most of the fans, too. Yes, we’re old and banged up. It is what it is. When was the last time the Yanks were underdogs heading into a season? Something different. I survived the 80′s Yanks, I can survive this upcoming season of the unknown.

  50. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Thee are a lot of formerly banned posters coming back in recent days. I wonder what’s going on.

  51. Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 11:57 am
    Thee are a lot of formerly banned posters coming back in recent days. I wonder what’s going on.

    ————————

    Who knows hopefully it will get cleared up in the next few days or so

  52. jmv March 31st, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    AOO, Ghost,

    It’ll be cleared, for sure. But I’ve seen a couple of the older posters step by, too. Ain’t too shabby!

  53. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe some of the folks that I thought were banned weren’t… Who knows. There does seem to have been a general increase in traffic, which is bringing new visitors, for good and ill.

  54. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Unrelated though: Mo’s chances of playing CF died with his ACL?

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

    I think that’s probably true, absent the Yanks missing the playoffs, and playing a meaningless 162nd game this year.

  55. Jackson March 31st, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    good article on Jeter’s leadership:

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....-1.4961273

  56. Frankg March 31st, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Agree with observation. I hope his luck does’t run out this year.

    “Actually, Cashman has been quite creative given the imposed financial limitations. He has proven, over the years, to be quite the professional dumpster-diver. The whole season rests on how all those “cast-offs” do. If the Yankees do finish 1st or 2nd, he will be lauded as The Genius GM. Will be an interesting season.”

    That trade of Jackson, Kennedy and Coke for Granderson sure put a major hole in the Yankees future. Cashman will be fine, as long as he doesn’t trade our future away. I think Levine is in charge of trades now.

  57. RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 10:44 am
    blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?

    —————-

    Wasn’t it a favor to the Stros for switching leagues?
    ——–

    Yes, smart token move. Now they can get beat on the big stage :)

    Honestly, they could be the worst team in about 50 years…

  58. blake March 31st, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    That’s a great article about Jeter and that intangible and the culture he’s helped create is one reason I refuse to count this team out…..they have issues but I’ve seen them overcome issues too many times

  59. blake March 31st, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    @RiverAveBlues: Baseball Prospectus’ Organizational Rankings http://t.co/mBl1orLkeV

    Pretty much everyone ranks the Yanks system in the upper half…..that’s pretty darn good considering where they always draft and also given that they traded their best prospect last year…..could be top 5 a year from now

  60. CompassRosy March 31st, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Play Ball!!!

    :)

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/392760_10151540326672451_779677460_n.jpg

  61. astrocityfan March 31st, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe it’s because we’ve finally had two days in a row where the temp was above 70 or maybe it’s jus hope springing eternal, but I’m excited for the start of the season. It will be nice to have the Yankees to cheer for and the red sox to loathe again!
    Hope everyone has a great Easter!

  62. ron March 31st, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Anybody that wishes the yankees to have a bad year is not a real yankee fan.
    The giants won 2 out of the last 3 ws with an anemic offense.
    When jeter,granderson,tex come back,we have a great lineup on paper,with deep pitching.

    Some of you are not in touch with reality.

  63. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Frankg March 31st, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    …That trade of Jackson, Kennedy and Coke for Granderson sure put a major hole in the Yankees future. Cashman will be fine, as long as he doesn’t trade our future away. I think Levine is in charge of trades now.
    =======================

    That’s a fair criticism of Cashman. Still, I think that the trade for Granderson was a calculated risk worth taking. Defending the WS crown in 2010, Cash made the move to shore up the aging outfield with Granderson. For the most part, that gamble paid off in that Granderson has turned out to be a huge offensive contributor. However, they didn’t win the WS in 2010, and the Yanks gave up a lot to get Granderson. This team would look a lot better with AJax in center.

    In my view, Cashman’s mistake following the 2009 WS was not in getting Granderson, but in trading away Melky for Vazquez, because Melky was such a big (if somewhat underrated) contributor to that 2009 club. I would have traded Swisher for Vazquez and Logan, or not made that deal at all. I think with Melky’s clutch instead of Swisher’s disappearing bat in the playoffs, we might have made a run in 2010. C’est la vie.

  64. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for posting the article on DJ. Not looking forward to the day when No. 2 is no longer on the team …

  65. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    bardos March 31st, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Actually, Cashman has been quite creative given the imposed financial limitations. He has proven, over the years, to be quite the professional dumpster-diver. The whole season rests on how all those “cast-offs” do. If the Yankees do finish 1st or 2nd, he will be lauded as The Genius GM. Will be an interesting season.
    ———————-

    I agree that he has done well in his reclamation projects. Having said that – given the financial limitations of the team – where he has been lacking is in being willing to give younger players who could enable the team to reach budgetary goals over the long term a legitimate chance.

  66. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    All of these doom-and-gloom predictions are off the mark for this season, IMO. That rotation is still solid. Barring injury to CC or Kuroda or a complete flop by Hughes or Nova, this team will be in the hunt for a playoff spot and should get stronger as the year goes on. Don’t expect 30 starts from Andy, but the team should have the organizational depth to handle a DL sting from him with Phelps, Nono and Wang. Still think they take the division this year, but next year could be the year they miss.

  67. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Nuno …

  68. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I now present you the Miami Marlins Opening Day lineup:
    Pierre LF
    Coghlan CF
    Stanton RF
    Polanco 3b
    Brantly C
    Solano 2b
    Kotchman 1b
    Hechavarria SS
    Nolasco P

    Just so we’re clear here – that’s Placido Polanco batting cleanup.

  69. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Just so we’re clear here – that’s Placido Polanco batting cleanup.

    ========

    LOL! Weren’t supposed to be the world-beaters last year, because they had Johnson, Reyes, and Buerhle?

  70. blake March 31st, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    The Yankees might have the deepest rotation and best pen in the division…..so although they so have some issues offensively I think it’s way off base to predict them as a 4th or last place team right now…..barring injuries to their rotation they should stay in the race…..and they do have the best player in the division also

  71. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Ghostwriter -

    Not to mention Stanton, HanRam, Logan Morrison and Heath Bell.

    I’m just curious – Casey Kotchman couldn’t have batted higher in that lineup? That’s how far he’s fallen?

    When he gets back healthy I would be thrilled if the Yankees could buy low on LoMo.

  72. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Blake,

    90 Minutes until we find out what move Cash has made that we’ll disagree with LOL.

    My guess is that they’re holding off on putting Overbay on the roster because he’s still hoping something better (Pena) can be brought in at the last minute.

  73. Frankg March 31st, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Agree with Ghostwriter, another bad trade:

    ” Traded away Melky for Vazquez, because Melky was such a big (if somewhat underrated) contributor to that 2009 club”

    They got Logan who has helped, but they also gave up two good young pitchers—Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino who has been injured recently. Vazquez was a complete bust.

    Teams were lining up to Cashman’s door to make trades. Dombrowski has first in line.

    Then he decides that Aceves has a bad back, doesn’t offer him a ML contract, so he signs with Boston and has been pretty good the past two years without having any back problems. Giving ML talent away for free to an arch rival. That’s hard to do!

    Levine has him on very short leash.

  74. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I’m fine with them punting Aceves; guy is a head case.

  75. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Speaking of ex-Yankees – Jose Veras is the closer for the Astros – good lord that team’s going to be awful.

  76. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Speaking of ex-Yankees – Jose Veras is the closer for the Astros – good lord that team’s going to be awful.
    ————

    It’ll be pretty important for the Yanks to beat up on that club every chance that they get, because everybody else will.

  77. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Ghostwriter -

    It’s entirely possible that both Wild Cards come out of the West because they’ll get to play the Astros so much.

  78. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Though I honestly think the Orioles will be just as bad.

  79. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Ghostwriter -

    It’s entirely possible that both Wild Cards come out of the West because they’ll get to play the Astros so much.
    ======

    I tend to agree. Moreover, the AL East looks to be a very tough division. winning 94+ games in that division is going to be very, very difficult.

    I wouldn’t sell the O’s short. They have a lot of confidence after last year. They know how to win close games, which helps them over-perform in the win-loss column.

  80. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Chip – Why do you say this is the hardest day of the year?

  81. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Unknown…

    Because Tom Petty was right that waiting is the hardest part.

  82. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Ghostwriter –

    Confidence is great but their starting pitching is atrocious, they lost their only true power source out of last year’s lineup and they’re betting on their pen being just as good as it was last year when bullpen performance is probably the hardest thing in baseball to predict.

  83. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Red Sox DFA’d Mauro Gomez

  84. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Jackie Bradley Jr. going to start in LF for the Red Sox tomorrow – so they’re going with Bradley, Ellsbury, Victorino around the OF – Ortiz on the DL so figure Napoli at 1b, Salty at C, Carp at DH and Ciriaco at SS

  85. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    You can be sure the captain is tuned into the bball game just now starting. Go Big Blue. Cards are winning the whole thing though.

  86. Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 10:44 am
    blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?

    —————-

    Wasn’t it a favor to the Stros for switching leagues?
    ——–

    Yes, smart token move. Now they can get beat on the big stage

    Honestly, they could be the worst team in about 50 years…
    ————-

    Yea they are terrible…100 losses easy

  87. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Chip March 31st, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Ghostwriter –

    Confidence is great but their starting pitching is atrocious, they lost their only true power source out of last year’s lineup and they’re betting on their pen being just as good as it was last year when bullpen performance is probably the hardest thing in baseball to predict.
    ===========

    Atrocious isn’t the word that I would use to describe their starting pitching. Unsettled perhaps, but with significant upside. And the O’s have plenty of power sources. I think that your take sounds like wishful thinking to me. Will they win 90 games again? I don’t know, but they are going to be plenty tough.

  88. Ghostwriter March 31st, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    RadioKev March 31st, 2013 at 12:25 pm
    Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 10:44 am
    blake March 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Is Rangers vs Astros really the game mlb wants kicking off the season?

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    Wasn’t it a favor to the Stros for switching leagues?
    ——–

    Yes, smart token move. Now they can get beat on the big stage

    Honestly, they could be the worst team in about 50 years…
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    Yea they are terrible…100 losses easy

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

    The Stros might be terrible this year. However, trying to build an intra-state rivalry in Texas is a good move.

  89. Against All Odds March 31st, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Oh yea it’s a good move to build another rivalry because that’s good for all sports but boy they are going to be putrid.

  90. tucker March 31st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Hechavarria is going to be a nice player for the Marlins…

  91. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    tucker March 31st, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Hechavarria is going to be a nice player for the Marlins…
    =============

    He’ll be a good player for someone – not necessarily the Marlins.

  92. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    And the final decision on how to open up the spot for Overbay is……

  93. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Congrats to Shelley Duncan on making the Rays 25…guy’s got a lot going on at home and being in the majors doesn’t change that, but it is better than Durham.

  94. mick March 31st, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Why are aardsmas tweets still here?
    He sure seems broken up about his release…

  95. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Mick -

    It’s like being fired from any other job. Life goes on.

  96. mick March 31st, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    The next tweeter to be gone will be Joba.

  97. Felix Unger March 31st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Poor Joba ……………..

  98. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I feel bad for David. I think he was blindsided by being let go and he really was looking at being a Yankee this year. Im sure it sucks.

  99. Chip March 31st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    There are enough teams that need relievers that my guess is Aardsma won’t be out of work for very long.

  100. UnKnown March 31st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    True but he won’t be a Yankee.

  101. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Somebody will take a chance on Aardsma. He didn’t look good this spring but middle relievers are so variable from year to year that you never really know. If the ‘Stros have Veras as their closer they could definitely use Aardsma, lol.

  102. Sir Harden Thick March 31st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    with opening day just hours away Jose Velverde is wondering if his phone is working.

  103. ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Cody eppley made the team? Best 25 players?

  104. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    @mikeaxisa: Looks like Rapada was DFA’d. Not sure though.

    Why release your best LOOGY?

  105. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Eppley over Rapada? At least Rapada is good at getting out lefties. Eppley is useless…

  106. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    @LoHudYankees: Clay Rapada designated for assignment to open roster spot for Lyle Overbay. #yankees

    Weird….

  107. blake March 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Yea I don’t get this attachment to Eppley….Rapada is a good LOOGY

  108. ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Rapada was injured but still. Eppley had a worse spring than aardsma…

  109. Tyler March 31st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Eppley was good when he was first called up last year but faded pretty badly as the season went on. He seems like the new Cory Wade to me… can’t keep relying on journeymen middle relievers being consistent from year to year.

  110. austinmac March 31st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    We’ll see if anyone jumps on Rapada. I would have let Eppley go, but I’d rather Rapada than Mesa, Betances etc.

  111. ac1 March 31st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    So one lefty in pen and logan is not all the way right yet

  112. Doreen March 31st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Happy Easter to this who celebrate.

    Tha last thin I worry abou on th Yankee is middle middle relief. Eppley Rapada, Wade, whoever, the Yankees Are really not shy and out moving them in a moving them out. They do not “rely on joutnetmen relievers. The rely on Mo, DRob and Joba. The middle relief corp is very changeable.


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