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Hughes: “I’ve made positive steps forward”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 24, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes has now made four starts since his abrupt return from the disabled list. There was that shaky debut against the Tigers, the brutal start against the Orioles, and now back-to-back starts of seven innings and two earned runs. Is he starting to feel like he’s finally ready after his shortened spring?

“I wouldn’t have come up in Detroit if they didn’t feel like I was ready,” Hughes said. “I certainly feel like I’ve made positive steps forward since then. I was ready then, I just didn’t execute that well against Detroit and obviously terribly against Baltimore. I had enough innings — even though they weren’t big league innings — in spring training to be ready. … I’ve been out of (spring training) for four starts. These games count whether you got a full spring training or not. The first two were tough. The next two were better. Hopefully that trend continues.”

Hughes is always something of a lightning rod. Some of it is deserved (he’s lacked consistency through his career), and some of it is not (he’s still held to enormous expectations that very, very few players actually fulfill). I’m sure plenty of folks were done with him after last night’s rocky first inning, but he turned it into a strong start that gave the Yankees a chance to come back.

“I thought he really made some good pitches in the first inning, I really did,” Joe Girardi said. “You think about it, he’s got second and third, nobody out, and he gives up one run and he’s in the heart of the order. So I thought he threw the ball extremely well. They became a little bit more aggressive which kept his pitch count down in the later innings. I thought his stuff was pretty good.”

The chances of Hughes winning over all of his detractors are slim to none, but everyone once in a while he has a game like last night that serves as a reminder of what he can be. Much of the fan base is still waiting for him to become the ace they were promised six years ago, but if he can pitch like he did last night, the Yankees will be more than happy.

“We pushed him pretty good (last night),” Girardi said. “What’d he throw, (32) pitches in the first inning? That can take something out of you. For him to give us 110 pitches in seven strong innings, that was impressive to me. But physically, he’s pretty good.”

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114 Responses to “Hughes: “I’ve made positive steps forward””

  1. Niblick April 24th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    It’s clear that he wasn’t ready to start the season. Blame the “brain trust” for going into a total panic and rushing Hughes after Kuroda’s short start.

  2. ac1 April 24th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    It was only a matter of time before Ichiro remembered how to hit a baseball.
    Phil looked good last night. Tampa isnt exactly Murders Row, but still….
    If he can make his walk year count, we will have 4 above average-very good starters that match with anyone…..

    Side notes: Overbay did NOT look good this series. When Youk comes back they really need to consider him at 1B and bringing in a 3B until/if Tex returns. Overbay can be a bencher and .050 Francisco can go away….

  3. Hassey April 24th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The Yanks have already had more satisfying wins this year than they did all of last year combined

  4. NYYROC April 24th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Huuuughes!

  5. astrocityfan April 24th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    i def agree re:francisco. they are getting nothing from him. The only purpose he is serving is making the decision about who to send down when grandy comes back very easy.
    If for arguements sake, they do dump Francisco and bring up adams to play third, who gets sent down when grandy comes back? can adams be sent down after they essentially signed him a MiLB free agent? I’d like to see what he (or musty) could do against LH pitching but not if it means we could have to cut him again.

  6. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Hike day today.

    Got to start getting ready.

  7. ac1 April 24th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    i def agree re:francisco. they are getting nothing from him. The only purpose he is serving is making the decision about who to send down when grandy comes back very easy.
    If for arguements sake, they do dump Francisco and bring up adams to play third, who gets sent down when grandy comes back? can adams be sent down after they essentially signed him a MiLB free agent? I’d like to see what he (or musty) could do against LH pitching but not if it means we could have to cut him again.
    ____

    Boesch. When Grandy comes back, Boesch would be sent down. They would still have 4 OFs plus Nix can play OF too. It’s pretty simple here.

    Adams – Francisco (DFA for the roster spot)
    Grandy – Boesch
    Tex – Overbay

    Nothing on Jeter and ARod because that is ways away if at all.

    Also… keep Nunez in the 2 spot. He will benefit from hitting in front of Cano. I think as his hand fully heals he will start hitting again.

  8. Tackelberry April 24th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Ichiro shot an arrow through Rodney!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Bad Scooter April 24th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Well, to be fair Overbay wasn’t brought in to face lefthanders. He was brought in to play first base against righthanders. Youkikis being hurt forced then to play him against Moore and Price, two pretty good leftys.

  10. ac1 April 24th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Well, to be fair Overbay wasn’t brought in to face lefthanders. He was brought in to play first base against righthanders. Youkikis being hurt forced then to play him against Moore and Price, two pretty good leftys.
    ___

    Agreed. But he is also not an everyday starter so why not be a veteran bench player and let Youk play 1B everyday? Will help his back too to not make all those long throws to first.

  11. ac1 April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    And also my argument for Adams is not whether he is the savior but rather how much less can we get from him than from Francisco? I would make a pretty substantial bet that Adams would hit at least .100 if he played on the Yankees today.

  12. DominicanYank April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I wasn’t able to watch the game but did Hughes strictly rely on his fastball or was he effective with his secondary pitches as well?

  13. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    “There was a walk and a double to Jennings and Roberts, and (those were) two at-bats where I felt like on earlier pitches I had them struck out and didn’t get the call.”

    —————

    Ball 3 to Jennings was absolutely a strike. The pitch to Roberts could have gone either way. But great job, Phil.

  14. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I wasn’t able to watch the game but did Hughes strictly rely on his fastball or was he effective with his secondary pitches as well?

    —————-

    Secondary pitches were really good last night. He averaged 93 with the FB but they swung and missed 5 times at his slider (per RAB/PitchFX). Curve was good too.

  15. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Lol, I see Bret was active last night.

    Great game, glad we took that one and Hughes was able to hold it down. Another win tonight and we keep this series win streak rolling. (Am I the only one counting that Cleveland series as a win even though it’s not over yet??) I trust Andy to keep us in it.

  16. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Pineda:

    “The Yankees have been encouraged by a setback-free recovery. The reports from the simulation were that he topped out in the low 90-mph range and threw well.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....uyV8Wgv4zL

    Sounds good so far.

  17. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Go Phil! I hate that he’s going to be pitching for a west coast team next year…..Anyway I’m looking forward to seeing him have a good season

  18. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    blake says:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:34 am
    “umm, shouldn’t the yankees be different. with their resources? where are the young players ready each year to step in?”

    Simple answer is yes….but the problem is that MLB is taking drastic steps to limit them from using thatbadvantage in the draft and now internationally …and also the Yanks are sorta getting a late start on it compared to a lot of other teams

  19. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    More from that Sherman article:

    Without regression, the Yankees hope Pineda will begin a 30-day rehab in early May and let his performance dictate whether he should go to the minors for more seasoning/strengthening or to join the Yankees in early June (beware, Ivan Nova).

  20. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Given that pre surgery Pineda could barely break 90 it’s certainly a positive if he’s already in the low 90s…..however until he gets on a mound for real we have no idea…..good news is that his shoulder is still attached and there have been no reported set backs

  21. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    They have to send Pineda to the minors to pick up that extra year of control…..have to

  22. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Blake-

    How long does he have be down for to gain that extra year ?

  23. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    They have to send Pineda to the minors to pick up that extra year of control…..have to

    —————–

    I don’t see why they wouldnt send him down. The only way they bring him up in June is if they have a rash of injuries on the big club.

    As far as what they get out of him this yr, I think anything is gravy. I don’t even care if he pitches to a 5 ERA (whether in minors or majors). I just want to see him get 70-100 innings under his belt and come through this yr healthy. Next yr will be a better indication of his future success.

  24. Tackelberry April 24th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Charleston has an 11:05 am start this morning. Campos is on the mound. Also Scranton plays at 10:35 with Ryan Pope going.

  25. randy l. April 24th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    if i were the yankees, i’d let pineda get healthy and then send him to the minors so the mlb meter stops ticking.

    if he has a set back in the minors, no mlb service time is ticking away. if he’s in the majors and has a setback that service time keeps ticking.

    they can’t stop the clock until he’s healthy. they’ve already lost a year.

  26. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    It would be nice if Campos proves the exception and avoids the TJS.

  27. Grant April 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Phil had really great stuff last night. I have never seen his off-speed stuff move so well. I have always thought he could be solid, but he never stays consistent enough throughout the year.

  28. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    blake – Did you create a new Twitter account by any chance…? I was thinking this guy might be you: @DidUptonHomer

  29. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    @DidUptonHomer 22 Apr

    No. Blizzard.

    @DidUptonHomer 18h

    Yes.

    @DidUptonHomer 11h

    Yes. In both games, actually.

    Hehehehehehehehe……………

  30. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    MTU says:
    April 24, 2013 at 9:42 am
    Blake-

    How long does he have be down for to gain that extra year ?

    I think just a month

    Shame, nah just the one….I should though to drown my Upton sorrows

  31. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    randy l. April 24th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    if i were the yankees, i’d let pineda get healthy and then send him to the minors so the mlb meter stops ticking.

    —————–

    If Phil is okay, I don’t see why they wouldn’t do this. With Nova and Phelps as your #5s, there’s absolutely no reason to rush Pineda. I’d love to see what he has against big leaguers this year, don’t get me wrong… but it might not be worth it in the long run.

  32. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    It’s early, for sure.. but all that talk about Upton being a loafer and all that was just nonsense. Towers did the best he could, but there’s no doubt in my mind the moves the D’backs made this off season set them back.

  33. CountryClub April 24th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    If Wang stays healthy (big if based on past few years), I think he would get called up before Pineda. IMO, if Wang has a couple more good games and Nova continues to struggle, they should call him up. Wang probably has limited bullets; might as well use them in the majors if he’s throwing well.

  34. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Shame-

    Just as I hoped, JU is making that owner look more and more foolish each and every day.

    ;)

  35. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    When Ivan was having trouble in the past they sent him down to work on things and he benefited from it.

    No reason he couldn’t again. Not sure if he has any options remaining ?

  36. blake April 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Disney world is a magical place for sure…..it’s magical how much money they can extract from your bank account in just a few days

  37. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    C’mon Blake.

    You were a kid once.

    How much fun did those little Yankees have ?

    ;)

  38. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    They shouldn’t rush Pineda. Why bring him up until he has sufficiently rehabbed? The kid doesn’t need the pressure or a repeat of last ST when he was trying to force velocity. Let him stay in the minors until he is ready to start at mlb. And FTR, we will be very happy to have him rehab in Trenton.

    As for Hughes, I love that he kept fighting after getting squeezed in the first, going deep into game and resting the pen. After a 32 pitch first, Hughes averaged @13 pitches per inning the rest of the way.

    Other big positives:

    2. Pitched inside
    3. 46 of 62 fb were strikes, and Hughes sat 93 and was still touching 94 late in the game.
    4.Curveball: 15 of 18 were thrown for strikes. CB velo was > than 77 and touched 82.
    5. Threw 6 changeups
    6. Huge plus: Got 5 whiffs on the slider, and 37% of his pitches were breaking balls.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    In case anyone missed it, Joseph is now playing 1B (had a ball go off his glove, but Valasquez was backing him up and Betances ran over to get the out) – didn’t see it, so I can’t make any judgment about it.

    He’s also leading off (his double was one of only 3 RR hits last night vs. Dice-K).

    Adams 0-for-3 but according to radio guys, a great diving stop and quickly to his feet to throw the runner out.

    Best news: Betances 7IP, painting the corners, sitting 93, no BBs until the 7th (2) and 7 Ks. (1 HBP), only 3 hits, 1 ER. He retired nine straight before giving up back-to-back doubles in the fourth, first time he’s allowed a hit after the first according to radio guys, which has been a nightmare inning for him and has largely contributed to these short stints.

    I’m considering driving out there Sunday to see him. Very encouraged.

    Betances? Bullpen? Bah Humbug!

  40. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Nova can be sent down, but right now I’d like to see him stay with the big club and see if he can keep improving.

  41. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Going to Disney this weekend. It’s not a budget vacation but we have never been disappointed.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Hughes’ start was the reason I decided not to go to Scranton last night to see Betances.

    Slider looked great for most part.

  43. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    YF-

    I agree. Hughes was being squeezed in the 1st.

    Best I’ve seen him look in a long time.

    Looked like a Pitcher out there.

  44. bigdan22 April 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    As I pointed out last week, Pineda starting out this year in the low 90s instead of the high 80s would be a key indicator that he may still become a useful pitcher for Yanks. So far so good. Keep expectations low for this year. Let’s hope his slider comes back and then maybe we’ll have something for next year.

    I just saw NYT story on Tex. He reported “stiffness” in his wrist and is personally moving his return to mid-may from May 1. Not surprising really. He shouldn’t push it but this development underscores concern that he may not be back as an effective player any time soon. As a poster pointed out yesterday, this may have been a driver for Joseph’s move to 1b. I actually like what Overbay has done against right-handers but what happens if he goes down? And as I pointed out yesterday, I don’t think the Yanks would trust Joseph to fill-in for Cano. Let’s hope he’s a quick learner.

    Should not rush Youk back at all!! We’ve seen last couple days just how thin this lineup is without him. Fingers crossed for no more injuries.

    Would love to see a report from someone who saw Batances last night.

  45. jacksquat April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “umm, shouldn’t the yankees be different. with their resources? where are the young players ready each year to step in?”

    In case you haven’t noticed, Cervelli and Nunez are stepping in right now. Or by “stepping in” do you mean “instant all-star”?

  46. randy l. April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    pitchers coming back from a major injury usually have setbacks.

    why not have them happen while in the minors on a stopped major league clock?

    have the setback in the majors and maybe another year ticks by.

  47. blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “It’s early, for sure.. but all that talk about Upton being a loafer and all that was just nonsense. Towers did the best he could, but there’s no doubt in my mind the moves the D’backs made this off season set them back.”

    If they wanted Prado so bad they should have just signed him after the season

  48. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I really really hope Betances will build on last night. Very encouraging.

    Interesting moves for Joseph and Adams.

  49. jacksquat April 24th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    It seems likely that Pineda is not going to just get the standard minor league rehab.

  50. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    How do you guys feel about going to Disney World sans children…?? I have a friend that is very opposed to this, but I personally find the idea of being there without a bunch of lil’ brats kind of appealing.

    Beer garden…mmmmm…

  51. blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Doreen,

    The kids have had a blast and the weather has been really nice….70s and 80s ….hope you have a good time.

  52. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Pruf, sounded like Dellin had a nice game and was throwing first pitch strikes. When oh when will SWB solve their tv problems so that we can watch them? I was watching Hughes/Yanks on TV, listening to Betances on radio, and watching Trenton on milb-tv last night, and trying to focus on all three.

    I am hoping to get out to SWB, dependent on when De Paula pitches in Lakewood. Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t get to see Campos. Things would work out better live viewing wise if De Paula-Campos were back to back, ditto Betances-Wang. Too bad no one consults me on scheduling. :(

  53. blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Betances has a game once in a blue moon where he can keep his delivery together and pitches well….when he does it for a month then I’ll take notice

  54. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    “It’s early, for sure.. but all that talk about Upton being a loafer and all that was just nonsense. Towers did the best he could, but there’s no doubt in my mind the moves the D’backs made this off season set them back.”

    If they wanted Prado so bad they should have just signed him after the season

    —————-

    You just knew it was a move that Towers never would have made without the owners interference… gives some perspective to what Cash might be dealing with at times.

  55. bigdan22 April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Sorry Pruf. Just saw your report on Betances. Thanks. Good work. Any idea what to attribute this success to? Wind-up? Mechanics? Just Consistency? Boy would he make for Christmas in July :)

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Doreen, the thing about Betances is, when he’s in the zone, he’s virtually unhittable. Last year was some freak year – anyone who has an inkling about him knows that the line drives he gave up last year have nothing to do with who he is. Either he was just so overwhelmed with all the tweaks (he said he was listening to too many voices) and/or the mechanical changes didn’t yet feel natural, or those changes have been further adapted to help him pitch down in the zone again. I don’t know – hope to see him on Sunday and yes, here’s hoping he can take this into Sunday.

    I must say, though, in his first outing, I felt he pitched a lot better than the numbers indicated, because of some bad calls and some dreadful infield defense (and Almonte getting possibly the worst jump ever on what should have been a routine flyball). Difference is, this time he was getting a ton of first-pitch strikes and had command from start to finish.

  57. astrocityfan April 24th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i went to Disney for a week for my 40th bday. it was during the Christmas season but wasnt crowded. We really enjoyed the Animal Kingdom much more than we thought we would. Disney Quest is great too. The Osbourne Family light display at Hollywod Studios was amazing. I would recommend going during that time of year to anyone. We went the last week of Nov and there were light crowds no waiting and Christmas stuff all over.

  58. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Betances has a game once in a blue moon where he can keep his delivery together and pitches well….when he does it for a month then I’ll take notice

    —————

    Gotta agree here.. there’s never been doubts about Betances’ potential, just his consistency.

  59. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Speaking of young pitchers, the Orioles must be holding their collective breath on Bundy. I was hoping to see him pitch in two weekends when Bowie comes in to Trenton, but looks like that isn’t going to happen.

  60. jacksquat April 24th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I didn’t watch Upton play in AZ so I can’t judge him, but I do know he didn’t like it there and wanted to be traded. Isn’t it possible he just wasn’t as motivated and wasn’t happy and his performance suffered because of it, whether it was intentional or not?

    As for trading for him, I don’t think we had what AZ was looking for.

  61. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    bigdan, I only listened to the game, I did not see it. SWB is having trouble with their new glitzy scoreboard interfering with broadcasts on milb.tv.

    If I go Sunday (and only a raw, wet day or something unforeseeable will keep me away) I’ll punch in what I see.

  62. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    There’s this Princess Marathon where people run all over the Magic Kingdom for 13 miles. My friends want to do it. No word yet on if they need to dress up as a Disney Princess but I’m crossing my fingers….

  63. 86w183 April 24th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Shame —-

    My wife and I have been there with and without our kids. It’s a very different experience without them but can be excellent.

    I enjoy Epcot and the World Showcase…. if you want a high end meal Albert & Victoria’s tasting menu (Grand Floridian Hotel) is outstanding…. NYC expensive, but outstanding.

    As for baseball… really encouraged by Hughes. If he steps into Pettitte’s salary slot in 2014 they could still get to $ 189 assuming the other three starters are low cost.

  64. Bo knows April 24th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Just a quibble. Chad mentioned that Wells had his second hit to RF this season. I distinctly remember at least three hits to RF before last night. I’ve got him on the minutiae watch. Turned me into a reluctant fan after taking a bow in Toronto. Appealed to my risibilities.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Of course, I don’t know the inside story there, but Towers caving on Upton makes me glad we didn’t make him our GM.

    Of course, by default, I’d take him over The Rappeler right now, but that’s hardly an endorsement.

    Seems to me he should have made up Stick-like lies that “no one wants him.” If the owner is that loose a canon, he might have bought it :D

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    yankeefem – the Bundy news really stinks.

  67. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Bo, you are correct; Wells had 3 hits to RF before last night. You have got to love his approach right now.

  68. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Jacksquat-

    If you think that was all there was to it you don’t know the whole story.

    Of course Upton was unhappy. He was made unhappy by an idiot of an owner calling him out in public.

    Super happy that that schmuck looks like the fool he is.

    As far as not having enough I’m not convinced.

    Prado is a good ballplayer but he’s no youngster.

    He was the centerpiece. The Braves offer wasn’t any great shakes as far as I could see.

    Didn’t Towers owe Cashman a favor ? I think the multi-year contract turned the Yankees off.

    Just a hunch. I might be completely wrong. I frequently am.

    ;)

  69. blake April 24th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I didn’t watch Upton play in AZ so I can’t judge him, but I do know he didn’t like it there and wanted to be traded. Isn’t it possible he just wasn’t as motivated and wasn’t happy and his performance suffered because of it, whether it was intentional or not?”

    Yup….that and he had a bad thumb…..that’s why he was always a great buy low….top 5 in the world type talent and now he’s happy and healthy

  70. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I am hoping to get out to SWB, dependent on when De Paula pitches in Lakewood. Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t get to see Campos. Things would work out better live viewing wise if De Paula-Campos were back to back, ditto Betances-Wang. Too bad no one consults me on scheduling. :(
    //

    I’m mainly concerned with making sure I see DePaula. If Campos pitches, that would be a bonus.

    Yea, I had all 3 games going last night, too. Too much to watch these days. What has been difficult to juggle has been Betances and Hughes always pitching on the game day. Fortunately, (computer is in separate room so I’m dashing up and down stairs: too much of a hassle to take it out of study) listening the SWB and then running up to watch Hughes pitch, then the Trenton kids on computer screen….

  71. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Anyway. have a great day everyone.

    Time to hit the trail.

    :)

  72. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    MTU, Cash preferred the dumpster dive, and the not losing any prospects, to getting a young, dynamic player in Upton. Guess he has Austin penciled in to RF. However, I thought we would be all over trying to get Upton. Mais qui sait?

  73. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Have a good hike, MTU!

  74. Bo knows April 24th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    YF

    Yep. One thing that really gruntles me is an athlete that continues to develop after he’s made it. The next would be someone like Wells that could take his mils and go home but his pride won’t let him. Then he’s respectful of the Yankee mystique. A sense of humor on top of that is the cherry.

    Normally jocks are like pilots – a motel strip during the off season. Whole bunch of blinking vacancy signs.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Cashman probably doesn’t think Upton’s any good :D

  76. bigdan22 April 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    The great thing about Wells is that he proves the point that approach really does matter. And old dogs can learn new tricks, or at least remember old ones. Do you think anyone out there is watching and listening?

  77. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    The other big issue with Upton was did he have an injury that was making him less palatable? But apparently not…

  78. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    We went to Victoria & Albert several years ago. Used one of the Disney kid watching services that night. The food was amazing but I should have worn an elastic waist!!

    My parents go to Disney all the time W/o kids. They love Epcot and being able to take things at a slower pace. Don’t know if we will ever have that opportunity but there is plenty to do outside the parks.

  79. MTU April 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    YF-

    We don’t for sure. I would have been just fine with it I knew we went all out. I’m just not feeling like we did.

    Again, I could be completely off base on that.

    Have a great day.

    Later.

    :)

  80. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    yankeefem – the Bundy news really stinks.
    _______
    There’s been no update. But QFT. I wish him the best.

  81. jacksquat April 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Wasn’t AZ looking primarily for a 3B and/or SS? We don’t have that.

  82. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Yankeefeminista

    You should be getting paid!!!!!

  83. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Doreen, the pay is too low. Or I would have considered it. ;)

  84. Bo knows April 24th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Do you think anyone out there is watching and listening?
    ———–
    Only if his wife wants it that way.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Yankeefem – wouldn’t mind seeing Encinas, who’s pitching really well.

    Come a long way since pitching the home opener at SI last year.

  86. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Essentially same lineup/order for SWB today with Romine getting a blow after a night game. Sure wish it were on milb-tv.

  87. bigdan22 April 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    What I’m saying is why can’t Tex do what Wells said he did in the off season. Look at video of what he used to do. Tex has a lot of time on his hands. He shouldn’t rush his return. He should take at least 6 weeks. Watch video and while’s he’s rehabbing and strengthening his wrist, work on his left-handed swing mechanics. Then go to the minors and test it out. Make some lemonade out of lemons. This is his opportunity. Wells is showing it can be done.

  88. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Pruf, Encinas is putting up very good numbers. Guess he is commanding FB and his secondary stuff is now in play. He was pretty bad in SI early, but then he was/is a work in progress. I think we will miss him too in Lakewood because he pitched yesterday. Depends on what they do with the off days and whether they still roll with all five pitchers.

  89. champ809 April 24th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The most encouraging thing I took away from last nights game, and I hope Phil did also is how much better of a pitcher he is when he incorporates his SLIDER into his arsenal. The reason is it’s a natural put away pitch for him and it was his out pitch as a kid and the reason we signed him. Then of course the yanks made him scrap to learn the curve and he’s never really recommited to it….he should because with it he can finish off at bats with K’s.

    ———————————————————————-

    JUpton hitting behind Robbie woulda looked nice for the next 6-7 years. I think Justin infairly got labeled as a lazy player because that is the perception about his brother. I think the bottom line there is that Kirk Gibson has scored major influence in the org over the last 2yrs with how well he’s managed that team and he didn’t like J Up and decided he wasn’t “his” type of player so they moved him. While I think J Up will win the NL MVP this season I think when it’s all said and done I think the D’Backs will be able to live with that trade because Prado is a very underrated, winning type player and Gregorious I think will be a 3-5 war player for them at SS.

  90. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the feedback guys… I’ve only gone to Disney once without kids/without being a kid and it was pretty stellar. Fireworks every night??? That’s a party waiting to happen.

  91. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Prado is a good player, no doubt, but Towers definitely could have fleeced another team for a talent like Upton’s. He almost did with the M’s but Upton’s agent was a smarty pants.

  92. blake April 24th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    “What I’m saying is why can’t Tex do what Wells said he did in the off season. Look at video of what he used to do”

    Because this is what he used to do…..he’s just in decline and he can’t compensate for his LH swing anymore….that and the shift kills him.

  93. Bo knows April 24th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Because this is what he used to do…..he’s just in decline and he can’t compensate for his LH swing anymore….that and the shift kills him.
    ——–
    In other words he’s a jock. Ayuh, ayuh.

    Years of don’t think. (I can still hear “Stop thinking out there”). And now he needs to think – chances slim and none.

  94. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    At this point we don’t even need to worry about Tex since it sounds like he’s not close to returning.. if he can’t swing a bat until that wrist is 100% and he’s still feeling tight I don’t see how he plays before July 1.

    Did they shift Tex to the 60-day DL yet? Jeter?

  95. bigdan22 April 24th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I don’t think that’s totally true Blake. I think Tex has even admitted that he’s changed his swing somewhat to take advantage of the right field porch. I also remember seeing an analysis of his batted ball distribution I believe last year showing he is much more of a pull hitter now than he was years ago. I think the problem in part is that Tex believes that his pull tendency is actually beneficial to him and the team. He’s pretty much implied that several times with his references to 30 home runs and 100 rbis. He couples that with some age-related fatalism to convince himself he can’t change back to what he was.

  96. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Jeter and Teix are both on 15 day DL right now.

  97. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I wonder if they’ll change that..

  98. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It’s just weird to me they don’t try to open up roster space when they can.

  99. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Maybe for Jeet; doubt it for Teix.

  100. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I don’t see what the benefit is of not pushing at least Jeter out..? Am I missing something? Don’t they back-date the DL starting point?

  101. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    they really could be Jeter on the 60 day if they’re saying after the all star break.

    In my next life I want to come back as the fly on the wall…

    ;)

  102. Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    **put Jeter, not be Jeter…

  103. yankeefeminista April 24th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Jeter is supposed to discuss his ankle injury tomorrow in NY, so maybe they will make a move based on what the (still waiting to be confirmed) prognosis is.

  104. Rich in NJ April 24th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Best wishes to Jeter.

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Doreen April 24th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    they really could be Jeter on the 60 day if they’re saying after the all star break.

    In my next life I want to come back as the fly on the wall…

    ;)
    ///

    Not as a Yankee short stop? :D

  106. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Rich in NJ April 24th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Best wishes to Jeter.
    ///

    Amen. Send some light to his ankle.

  107. Russell Munson April 24th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Send some cod liver oil to the ankle as well.

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Cod liver oil is brilliant for preventing tooth decay, apparently. You won’t likely hear it from your dentist, though ;)

  109. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    By the way Russell Munson, I first coined that name on here, I believe. Nice to see it stuck. As much as it rankles me that the so-called GM abused that name in a most dubious comparison (for which I don’t blame the unfortunate player in the least), now that Martin is gone, I can chuckle when I see it. :D

  110. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I knew it was bad the other day when my mother, the most sports inept human being on the planet, said ‘You know.. I really feel bad for Derek Jeter. He shouldn’t go out like that.’

    I almost choked on my chocolate milk (I never drink adult drinks when I’m with my parents. In fact, I still blow bubbles in that sh*t on the regular).

  111. Shame Spencer April 24th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Ugh.. Chad waits for me.. :arrow:

  112. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Nice story on Cojo in PPP. Said although he didn’t hit well in ST that time prepared him for AAA and that he sat between DJ and Cano and got to bounce ideas off them, and added in some of their routine into his and how much it’s helped him.

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock April 24th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    “Russell Munson” advocating cod liver oil… dead give-away *multiple handles alert

  114. Russell Munson April 24th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    ““Russell Munson” advocating cod liver oil… dead give-away *multiple handles alert”

    Nah, I was poking fun at the cod liver oil guy.


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