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Video: Girardi discusses the DH heading into interleague

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees begin interleague play tonight against Arizona. It’s a home game for the Yankees, so it’s the Diamondbacks who must adjust their game plan (the Yankees play their first game in a National League park on May 7 in Colorado). With interleague games now spread throughout the schedule, Joe Girardi discussed the role of the designated hitter, his preference for keeping it in the National League, and how the new scheduling might affect teams down the stretch.

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56 Responses to “Video: Girardi discusses the DH heading into interleague”

  1. astrocityfan April 16th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Scheduling interleague play throughout the year will eventually cause the rules to change. You cant have teams build a roster one way and then play 1/3 of their games another. I expect the dh to become part of the NL withing the next 5 years.

  2. blake April 16th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I think an NL DH is coming…..but currently they really aren’t playing any more Interleague games than they were before…..they are just spread out instead of all at once

  3. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I always go back and forth on the DH… I prefer not watching pitchers bat…. unless the pitcher is CC…

    CC can bat 9th on our team every day for all I care.

  4. 86w183 April 16th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I agree it’s foolish to have different rules in the two leagues.

    I would prefer EVERYONE get rid of the DH, but that’s not likely. Getting enough NL owners to agree to it really shouldn’t be all that hard. I think it would take 21 votes to standardize the DH rule… if the AL was unanimous, then it would take six NL votes if I’m not mistaken.

  5. pat April 16th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    This doesn’t make Derek sound anywhere close.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....attin.html

  6. blake April 16th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I think they’ll unify the rules in the next few years ….the NL “purists” will complain that they don’t get to see pitchers bunt or look terrible hitting anymore for awhile then it’ll pass…..

  7. blake April 16th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    They are MUCH more likely to make everybody have a DH rather than do away with it in both leagues…..the union would never go along with putting a bunch of players out of work by banning the DH

  8. randy l. April 16th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    i prefer DH, but i don’t see the logic of watching the diamondbacks for the next few games.
    an interleague match up like this just doesn’t seem that interesting. it’s more just a random thing like a spring training game that counts in the standings.

  9. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I have to admit I love to hear about pitchers hitting homeruns, though. :)

  10. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I always thought it was weird that in the NL minor leagues they don’t let pitchers bat..

    pat – I dunno if I could imagine Derek returning before June 1 at this point.

    Any updates on Tex and Grandy? I remember Grandy was throwing.. has Tex been able to pick up a bat yet?

  11. ac1 April 16th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    this isnt an issue yet for us because these next two games are at the stadium no?

  12. blake April 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I think Tex picked up a bat then was told to rehab more because his swing was still ugly

  13. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Bombs, earthquakes.. my goodness..maybe this wasn’t the best week to start marathoning homeland. I’m so thankful for baseball tonight.

    Chad will probably hook us up with the projected starters, but does anyone know off hand how the D’Backs rotation will shuffle out for this series?

  14. austinmac April 16th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    That is not good news on Jeter. The team will downplay it, but it sounds like more activity has led to increased discomfort.

    No one knows when, or really if, he can play shortstop again.

  15. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I am not a big fan of interleague play. The novelty has worn off. Plus, with the way TV coverage is these days, you get to see all the teams play that you want to see. No player is a stranger, no one is deprived of seeing the other league’s stars play because they’re not in that market, or they’re not good enough to be on NBC’s game of the week.

  16. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    blake April 16th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I think Tex picked up a bat then was told to rehab more because his swing was still ugly

    —————

    Yeah, the bat was probably like, ‘put me down bro.. just put me down!’

  17. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    austinmac April 16th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    That is not good news on Jeter. The team will downplay it, but it sounds like more activity has led to increased discomfort.

    No one knows when, or really if, he can play shortstop again.

    ——————

    I can’t see Jeter going out this way…. I know not everyone gets the choice, but man, I’d have such a hard time watching this be his last go-round.

  18. 86w183 April 16th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Nova/McCarthy tonight, then Sabathia/Miley and Hughes/Corbin

  19. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You guys are too funny on Tex. ;)

    I just think everyone involved in the Jeter rehab should have been more conservative in their stated estimates of when he could return. Even though it is Derek Jeter. He is not gonna be able to “Derek Jeter” his way through this one. Sadly. I’m resigned to, “he’ll be back when he’s back,” and I’m with you Shame, but I’m thinking post-All-Star break. Alex may return before Jeter does.

  20. 86w183 April 16th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    They are MUCH more likely to make everybody have a DH rather than do away with it in both leagues…..the union would never go along with putting a bunch of players out of work by banning the DH

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

    I agree — sorta. I think the Union would go along with it IF the elimination of the DH was phased in over 4-5 years (eliminating it in A ball year one and so forth) AND expansion of the rosters to 26-man active, 42-man full roster. You’d create a lot of jobs that way.

  21. pat April 16th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    What happens after the DFA……….

    DanBarbarisi
    Yankee reliever David Aardsma @DA53, lost his job. We followed him through the difficult process of finding a new one http://on.wsj.com/15bPh9R

  22. ron April 16th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Jeter is old,and has matal plates,or rods,plus srews,and or blots in his ankle.
    A friend of mine had that,but at a much younger age,and it took a full year because you work out,and run,etc…,then it gets sore,and swells up,then has to heal all over again,with it getting better,and better each time,as it heals,and as your body gets used to the metal.

    Also,when you first start healing from surgery,the lack of conditioning causes surrounding muscles,etc… to get weak,and have to strengthen.
    Botton line is,it takes a lot longer than it has been.
    The yankees need a ss for the very near future.Jeter is pushing 40 yrs old.
    I don’t think nunez is the answer,and wish we traded cano,granderson,hughes,for a 3b,ss,2b,and one top pitching prospect that is just about ml ready.

    Lokk at machado as a 20 year old.There are several top 3b almnost ready 3b prospects.The kid i like at ss is segura for milwaukee.

    Ba – .417
    obp – .462
    slg – .611
    ops – 1.073

    23 yrs old
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/9247

  23. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    pat I read that article. I thought it was a very good look at that part of the baseball player’s life. But I felt bad enough for Aardsma before I read it, and then I felt worse!! ;)

  24. willwill April 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Can aardsma please be removed from the twitter now?

  25. blake April 16th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    It feels like a Kenny Chesney song outside today

  26. Cashmoney April 16th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Aardsma probably will land with the Marlins soon or late, I really don’t find the story compelling at all. There are so many ppl in the world who have it worse.

  27. astrocityfan April 16th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    so my firdt thought when i saw Nova\McCarthy was “at least Adam Warren is available”. My subconscious is not confident in Nova it would appear :)

  28. DONNYBROOK April 16th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’ve yet to hear anyone compare Jeets ankle break, to the one that the Angel’s Kendrys Morales suffered, when jumping on home plate after a HR. Morales took better than a full season after the incident, to get back to 100%, and he was up-and-down during that period. Of course, the Yankees continue lying about injuries and the amount of time a player will be down. Pettitte being the most recent example of this.

  29. ac1 April 16th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Man Jeter is not getting better like I figured he would.
    Nunez needs to stay healthy, because we cannot have Nix as a regular in the lineup.
    I have to assume Jeter’s days as a regular SS are winding down.
    It will be interesting to see how the Yankees handle this with him when he is ready to play again.
    I mean Nunez has to be seen as the SS of the future for them, and apparently the SS of the present.
    Jeter is not a full time DH (A-Rod will likely be).
    Can Jeter play 3rd? He doesn’t have a really strong arm.
    Cano will be resigned and locked at 2nd.
    Tex is at 1B for the next 4 years.
    Will Jeter play the OF?
    Lots of questions…..

  30. jacksquat April 16th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    randy l. April 16th, 2013 at 8:18 am
    as fa as zunino coming up fast for seattle, i’d say that’s a very nice situation for seattle.

    if he has mauer type potential offensively, why would seattle want to catch him all the time and burn him out. i have always thought the ideal catching platoon would be two good hitting catchers who could alternate between the catcher and dh position.

    it might be smart to dh zunino half his at bats if he’s that good offensively.

    Except that Seattle already has like 5 DH’s.

  31. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Of course there are people who have it worse. But it’s another side to baseball and the people who play it. That’s all.

  32. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    86 – Could be wrong but I don’t think any NL minor league teams have their pitchers bat. They don’t in AAA.

  33. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    jacksquat -

    Right about Seattle. Which is why when they don’t catch Montero, he doesn’t even DH right now.

  34. DONNYBROOK April 16th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I’m Not so sure A-Rod is gonna get out from under this full-court press that MLB has going concerning Biogenesis. MLB “bullseyed” Pete Rose and nailed his coffin shut tight. When MLB starts shelling out the coin for the heavy hitters in both the legal and dirt digging areas, the intended target better crawl into a Very deep bomb shelter and turn out the light.

  35. austinmac April 16th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Even the hard work we can know Jeter is putting in, his ankle may never be capable of being a regular shortstop, or perhaps a regular at any position.

    It looks to me like Nunez is the only answer to who plays short in the immediate future. They have no SS prospects either close or even well thought of. Nunez better be the answer becasue they have no other.

  36. Doreen April 16th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    It’s possible, austinmac, that the possibility of losing Jeter may cause them to rethink everything they’ve been doing lately.

  37. RadioKev April 16th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 10:40 am
    86 – Could be wrong but I don’t think any NL minor league teams have their pitchers bat. They don’t in AAA.
    ———–

    My guess is that they could if they wanted to, but they’d rather give the lineup spot to a bat they can actually develop.

  38. blake April 16th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: #brewers rhp Yovani Gallardo arrested for dui early this morn. w/ blood alcohol level of 0.22, reports @DrewOlsonMKE

    Wow

  39. ac1 April 16th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: #brewers rhp Yovani Gallardo arrested for dui early this morn. w/ blood alcohol level of 0.22, reports @DrewOlsonMKE
    ___

    Still baffoling that these millionaires cannot hire a car or a friend to drive their drunk butts home.

  40. NYYROC April 16th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Doreen, I was thinking the opposite. The “old guys” that Cashman has brought in have been doing pretty well. Perhaps that convinces Cashman that dumpster diving works and is the way to go. Could this make it even more difficult for Yankee minor leaguers to get a chance. Why live through growing pains when cashman can find Wells, Overbay, etc. I don’t advocate that, I want to see some mLers get a shot.

  41. RadioKev April 16th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    The Brew Crew

  42. Cashmoney April 16th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    i wonder if they have the snowmobiles ready for the Mets outfielders today. time to play two!

  43. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    blake April 16th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: #brewers rhp Yovani Gallardo arrested for dui early this morn. w/ blood alcohol level of 0.22, reports @DrewOlsonMKE

    Wow

    ————

    .22?? Can we start suspending these guys, please? MLB doesn’t even need to buy any facts in this case!

  44. blake April 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    .22 is like crazy drunk….

  45. RadioKev April 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Danger to society or danger to The Game?

  46. blake April 16th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Gallardo is listed at 215 so to blow a .22 he would have had to have probably drank somewhere between 10-12 drinks in the last hour

  47. blake April 16th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    @YahooNews: BREAKING: New York’s LaGuardia airport partially evacuated due to report of suspicious package http://t.co/rkHekFuhsc

  48. bigdan22 April 16th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    As I’ve been pointing out for several weeks now, this Jeter scenario was quite predictable. I knew back in Nov that his future as a ft ss was very much in doubt. And this is not at all difficult for the Yanks. This is an opportunity to resolve what would have been an almost intractable problem this year and next as Jeter the icon continues his slow and probably uneven decline. The moves for the Yanks are simple now. Play Nunez and trade for a utility upgrade.

    The hard part is Jeter’s. He still needs to come to grip with his future. For reasons I outlined weeks ago, a move to 3b makes the most sense. He’s always had an excellent arm and good hands. He won’t need to move much laterally and I think he may just hit enough but that can determined year to year. That’s a much more respectable way to go out.

  49. RadioKev April 16th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I think moving Jeter to 3B should be based on need or ability, and not health. Right now he can’t play without discomfort anywhere on the field, it seems. When he’s healthy, if he shows that he’s worse on the field, then yeah, think about moving him.

  50. DocTodd April 16th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Lots of crazy contracts out there for 2013….Arod 29 million, Johan Santana 26.4 million, Mauer 23 million , and Lackey 16 million…..yikes!

  51. Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hope all our Venezuelan friends are doing okay.. hearing some reports of post-election violence down there that have resulted in some deaths. Be careful guys!!

    Thanks for the pitching breakdown, btw.

    Please implement standard punishment for DUIs. These guys are as dumb as rocks.

  52. pat April 16th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    craigcalcaterra
    You just know A-Rod’s name is gonna come up here. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news.....73061.html

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock April 16th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Shame Spencer April 16th, 2013 at 11:56 am
    Hope all our Venezuelan friends are doing okay.. hearing some reports of post-election violence down there that have resulted in some deaths. Be careful guys!!
    ///

    Amen Amen Amen.

    If you can, check in, guys. /prayingforyouall

  54. comnsnse April 16th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Why does one league get to dictate to MLB?

    This is akin to the states dictating to the feds and…..

    There’s no Federalism in Baseball!

  55. comnsnse April 16th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Suspicious packages have been arriving at Arod’s domiciles for years.

    maybe it’s those Girl Scout cookies he ordered! ;)

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