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Mason Williams charged with DUI

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

According to the Tampa Police Department, Yankees center field prospect Mason Williams was arrested early this morning and charged with DUI. I just got home and saw the report on the Tampa police website. Erik Boland reports that Williams had a blood-alcohol level of .067/.062, which is under the Florida threshold of .08.

UPDATE: Obviously no reason to doubt Erik — or the others reporting the same thing — but I just saw the full arrest report, and it was in fact a .067/.062 BAC. Williams was released on a cash bond. He was arrested at 3:08 a.m. and booked at 4:30 a.m.

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105 Responses to “Mason Williams charged with DUI”

  1. Mike in Harrisburg April 25th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’m torn. I think this is a completely different situation than Joba riding around with an open bottle of Crown Royal in the passenger seat. I strongly disapprove of DUI but I’m surprised at only .062 he was weaving and showing signs of impairment. That’s frankly probably not more than 2 beers in an hour.

  2. Patrick April 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    CHARGED with a DUI. I doubt the charges stick considering his BAC was at a legal level.

  3. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Wait, how do you get charged with a DUI without breaking the BAC limit? Alcohol is not by substance of choice, so I’m not familiar with the laws.

  4. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Yu: http://deadspin.com/coolest-gi.....socialflow

  5. Mike in Harrisburg April 25th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    @Shame if a cop thinks you are impaired they can arrest you no matter what you blow.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Then it’s a personal preference and not about not having homegrown players to root for. This team is almost 50% homegrown right now.
    ///

    I don’t think this is my favorite flavor; all three of those guys have their uses (Cervelli/Gardner/Nunez) – Nunez has the most talent combined with playing SS, so that’s worth watching – but this isn’t the same as having AJax in CF, Montero behind the plate/DH, or Melky Cabrera in right.

    Two of those guys are already very good players, the other has an elite hit tool and power…. the sole criteria isn’t being “homegrown,” it’s being homegrown and having the kind of upside to be part of an enduring core of players.

    Speaking of homegrowns with genuine upside: Mason, I hope this discourages you from repeating such an incident.

  7. bruceb April 25th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    @Shame if a cop thinks you are impaired they can arrest you no matter what you blow.

    An unfortunate choice of words!

  8. Mike in Harrisburg April 25th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    @bruceb which I realized that the second I hit submit. For the love of an edit feature!

  9. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    As per Shame’s question… So, was Mason technically considered “drunk” by law or not?

  10. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Mike, lol.

    As per my last post, do you get to any AA games in Harrisburg?

  11. Bronx Jeers April 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    So I guess he’s a lightweight. That’s the problem with these players that don’t go to college. They don’t learn how to hold their liquor. :smile:

  12. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    No, i’m using “freeze” in the same way you were using it regarding Granderson, who has been mostly very good going back to the wall. I think Gardner’s improved some on that, but I also think he has real reading deficiencies and other problems, like not running through the ball once he gets back there, turning the wrong way. He kind of pulls up, the way Henderson did, rather than run through. Elite speed just doesn’t guarantee other things, or he wouldn’t have those issues.
    ————
    Okay, it’s a lot different watching on a screen vs being there in person and seeing the play develop so I’m handicapped in my observations. Agreed on running through the ball, good point.

  13. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    bruceb April 25th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    @Shame if a cop thinks you are impaired they can arrest you no matter what you blow.

    An unfortunate choice of words!

    ———————-

    :lol: @ the both of you!

  14. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Mason needs to put on 20 pounds stat. That skinny bod can’t handle a couple of beer?

  15. Mike in Harrisburg April 25th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    @yankeefeminista Yeah I have a ticket plan so I go every week they are home. The last few years have been awesome seeing Strasburg and Harper. I expect Rendon will get sent back down this season once Zimmerman gets back.

    The best was the AA all-star game in 2010 which was in Hbg. Got to meet Kyle Gisbon, Kyle Drabek, Lonnie Chisenhall, Austin Romine and a few other prospects.

    Rehab starts are fun too. Got to see Francisco Liriano blown up last week.

  16. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    @awfulannouncing

    Five Yu Darvish pitches at once. This is amazing and even a little trippy. http://bit.ly/11np4zJ

    This is the same gif I posted before.. when I first saw it I thought I mistakenly took LSD.

  17. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Mason needs to put on 20 pounds stat. That skinny bod can’t handle a couple of beer?

    —————-

    You know, it is possible he didn’t drink that much but was up to some other stuff that made his driving worse.

    Maybe like me Mason takes the ‘don’t carry more than you can eat’ approach….

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Bo,
    Devon White, now that’s elite. Wasn’t one of their farm teams in Edmonton? That where you saw him on the way up?

  19. Duh Innings II April 25th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Oof.

    Mason Williams doesn’t have to have the BAC minimum to be arrested for DUI. If he was swerving around, that’s DUI enough. Like a local radio commercial says “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

    If cops pulled him over and he was just buzzed they’d be criminally negligent if they said “Oh your BAC is below the legal minimum for drunkenness, you can get back in your car and on the road, sorry for the inconvenience.”

  20. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Bo, I was thinking the same about Williams’ light weight and the beer affecting him. However, the word is that Mason has added 20 more pounds of muscle.

    Mike, that is cool. I love seeing our prospects play especially our pitchers and even those from opposing clubs. Plus, I have seen a bunch of Yankees rehab in Trenton including Andy twice, Jeet, and Joba, which is such a different perspective than at the Stadium. It must have been great to get to watch Strasburg and Harper. This Trenton team is a lot of fun this year. And I can’t wait until we get JRam and then De Paula.

  21. Mike in Harrisburg April 25th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Minor league baseball really is excellent in terms of value, especially when compared to Yankee stadium in particular. You can’t beat $7.50 for a 24oz Yuengling, a $6 burger and fries and being 50 feet from the stars of tomorrow. AA is better than AAA in that regard too.

  22. jacksquat April 25th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    You can still be convicted of DUI under the specified BAC limit. If the officer has dash video of erratic driving and failing the roadside test you can still be considered “driving under the influence”, and some states have lesser charges like “operating under the influence”. Blowing .08+ just means you definitely will be guilty even without other evidence.

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg: Yep. Trenton is 20 minutes from my doorstep, $3. to park, and $12. to sit behind the plate.

    I get to see JR Murphy, Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin and hopefully, soon, I’ll be watching Jose Ramirez – and possibly Gary Sanchez after the AS Break :D.

    Can’t beat that.

  24. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Devon White, now that’s elite. Wasn’t one of their farm teams in Edmonton? That where you saw him on the way up?
    ——
    Yep
    It was like a religious experience.

    I was playing some senior ball at the time in a small town league around Edmonton. Pretty good farm boy baseball with an influx of Ontario boys. So of course a whole mess of us went to a lot of baseball games. Good times.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    DePaula’s going to have to go through Tampa before he gets to Trenton, but looks like he’ll motor through to AA before we know it.

    Feliz at 3B is killin’ me. I want him here in Trenton playing 2B.

  26. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Mike, yep, much better deal cost wise. I prefer AA to AAA in terms of getting to view the elite prospects who I get to watch develop right before my eyes. As for AAA, Yanks actually have better players at AAA in 2013 than the typically AAAA types that they have had there in the past. Therefore, SWB interests me more so this year than it usually does.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Bo,

    That’s pretty cool. I enjoyed my brief time in Edmonton, watching vintage Oiler teams in the playoffs (although in ’89, they lost to Gretzky’s Kings, blowing a 3-1 series lead). Got to see the ’88 team though, but sorry I missed the Coffey squad the year before on that sleek ice. (I did see them in Philadelphia, however, in the Cup finals).

    The Angels have had some great CFs: White, Edmonds, Pettis come to mind.

  28. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Pruf, interesting to see if Feliz continues to play 3rd; not sure if it is as a fill in with Zach Wilson out or by design because he has a better shot of advancing at 3B because of being blocked at 2B.

    Wish I knew what they were doing with the off day with regard to Charleston’s pitching rotation and which game De Paula will start next week in Lakewood.

  29. austinmac April 25th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    My experience is folks always fail field sobriety testing if the cops smell alcohol. It is pretty subjective. Usually, they do have police video.

    Young men in high school are not the most thoughtful group. I raised two and was one. This will be a lesson learned.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Fem, I prefer AA too, but I’m hoping Joseph is playing 1B on Sunday, as, weather permitting, I’m planning on finally getting out to Scranton (to see Betances pitch).

  31. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    “The projected Super Two cutoff is two years and 119 days of Major League service time, according to Ryan Galla of CAA Baseball.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Yankeefem – I haven’t seen the other kid, Refsnyder, but we have to find a way to hang onto Feliz and Gumbs AND re-sign Robinson DontchaKnow!

  33. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Mark Feinsand ?@FeinsandNYDN 36m
    Tampa Police said Williams showed “clues of impairment” after being stopped for weaving his 2012 Range Rover, driving 50-53 in a 40mph zone.

  34. blake April 25th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    At that Blood Alcohol he probably had like 2 beers…..the problem is that he has to know better.

    I can drink 2 drinks and feel nothing and drive no problem…..but I don’t do that. . If I’m driving I refuse to drink anything because its not worth therisk to me….it’s not worth the risk for my family and it’s not worth the risk that a DUI would potentially have on my career…..mason is just a kid but pro athletes need to grow up quickly in these regards and the teams need to do a better job of stressing the consequences and that they don’t need to drive when they drink.

    Anyways….hope he learns from this and moves on quickly

  35. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    We’ll resign Robi, and it is nice to begin to have future IF options. Refsnyder has been hitting the cover off the ball, last time I looked but in sss.

  36. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Scott Miller ?@ScottMCBS 59m
    Great new exhibit opening in Cooperstown, #DiamondMines, focusing on scouts. Long overdue. Congrats to @BaseballHall for getting this done
    _____
    Interesting!

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t drink and drive either, but I did once in a while at his age.

  38. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Pruf, Trenton is listing Barnes-Turley tomorrow night!!!! I am all over that one.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Fem, didn’t know Barnes was on the ticket, but was planning to take in the Friday night game. Very interested in seeing him; I think he had a rough outing or two, already.

  40. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Mike Axisa ?@mikeaxisa 11m
    Eduardo Nunez is going to miss the projected Super Two cutoff by two days. Sucks for him.

  41. champ809 April 25th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    JAP and Yankeefem

    Isn’t it exciting the sheer number of high ceiling potential impact type players the Yanks have in minors right now?

    Between Feliz, Gumbs, Refsnyder, Miguel Andujar and Claudio Custodio…I’ll even include Cito Culver now that he’s a RH only hitter that’s tremendous coverage with guys that profile as 5 tool middle infielders with legit hit tools and elite speed/ baserunning potential.

    If in 3 years the Yanks feel the need to move Robbie to 3rd I’m sure 1 of Gumbs, Feliz or maybe Refsnyder will be ready for promotion.

  42. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Yep, it was baseball in the summer and hockey in the winter. I never enjoyed watching sports until that time. Some pretty raucous events, harassing umps, players, smart alex comments. We were part of the entertainment.

    For example with the Oilers, Hunter if he got in trouble would skate to the boards and freeze the puck. So the chant would go up “Freeze the puck Hunter” and half the time he would do exactly that.

    Hughes – one game he would be the best player on the ice, next game he’d stand at center ice and whacknslash all incoming. So again the chant would go up – Hackem Hughes, hackem”

  43. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    How about Nunie last night. So one was Montero, still looked good on him.

  44. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Without excusing DUI (and admitting some hypocrisy), that reading isn’t particularly troubling if he was driving ok.

  45. hardwired7 April 25th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “Clues of Impairment”

    Coming this Fall to CBS.

  46. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    champ, yes, it is nice to finally have some IF prospects. It has been a long time coming. I would love to see Andujar in SI. Now that we have the two GCL teams though, I am not sure what they will do with him. But I would hope he will be manning 3B in Charleston by year’s end. I’m interested to see Bichette in person; I have heard varying things about his swing and the adjustments he had made and then discarded. I listened to yesterday’s Charleston game, and it sounded like Culver had some pretty lengthy AB’s. I think batting solely righty will prove to be a good thing for him, and I hope to see him start hitting more consistently. I am pumped to see hopefully two Charleston games out of the three next week in NJ.

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Between Feliz, Gumbs, Refsnyder, Miguel Andujar and Claudio Custodio…I’ll even include Cito Culver now that he’s a RH only hitter that’s tremendous coverage with guys that profile as 5 tool middle infielders with legit hit tools and elite speed/ baserunning potential.
    ///

    Champ, I saw Custodio in SI home opener last year and he was just…awful at short. Of course, the whole infield, other than Duran, was awful that day. Kids at that level are often toolsy and athletic but the head isn’t game-savvy yet. That day, Saxon Butler’s effortless power was on display and his mature approach….

    Can’t wait to see Andujar in short season…. yes, very amped about all the young toolsy guys we have coming up, and that arms like Jo-Ram and DePaula will go through Trenton on the way up.

    POS players: Feliz and Sanchez are the ones I want to see get to Trenton in a hurry so I can see them almost every day… I like Gumbs too and hoping Cito can really sustain the progress he’s apparently made just focusing on RHB.

  48. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Bo, Nunie flashing his range. I always have been a big fan of his, going back to his Trenton days. Kid hasn’t gotten the reps over recent years. He just needs to play.

  49. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Nunez can field. The open question is his htting.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    or example with the Oilers, Hunter if he got in trouble would skate to the boards and freeze the puck. So the chant would go up “Freeze the puck Hunter” and half the time he would do exactly that.
    ///

    Hah! Hunter and McT were some great PK guys back in the day.

  51. GregD April 25th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    going to see the Yanks play on Sat, Sun and Tues!!!! Woohooo!

  52. ac1 April 25th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Bo, Nunie flashing his range. I always have been a big fan of his, going back to his Trenton days. Kid hasn’t gotten the reps over recent years. He just needs to play.
    __

    And what we have seen offensively is not him. I believe two hand injuries already this year have messed with his approach and power. I believe in a month or so, with regular ab’s and fielding, he will be where we believe he should be.

  53. tucker April 25th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Joba, Pineda and now Mason Williams. Really makes you appreciate how smart and focused a guy like Derek Jeter was in his early 20s.

  54. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Rich, YF, GB7 and I tried to tell people he could field, but now he’s showing it at the ML level, probably consistent playing time has healed some hiccups and restored confidence.

    We’ll see if he can develop some patience up there. He’s got a fast bat and can steal some bags, too.

  55. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Bo, Nunie flashing his range. I always have been a big fan of his, going back to his Trenton days. Kid hasn’t gotten the reps over recent years. He just needs to play.
    —-
    That Escobar stop was a thing of beauty. That paid for my time, right there. Then watching in slo mo this morning. It’s on the hi lights. Savory.

  56. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Well said blake.. For kids their age, they’re making a fair amount of money in the minor leagues. Like I said before, in some places a taxi ride is less than it would cost you to buy another round of drinks. These kids really need to be coached in this sort of stuff. If I was the owner of the org, I’d make sure this never happens.

    I’d say, listen if you’re out and drinking and have your car, call X number and we’ll find a car service in the area to get you stat and we’ll cover the cost. Which means there’s no excuse for it, ever. And if you break the rule, you’re suspended. Period.

    MLB and all of the major sports leagues need to crack down on this stuff. It’s an easy thing to create suspensions around and, more importantly, worth it.

  57. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    tucker, Jeter used to call his parents and cry into the phone every day when he first got into the system. :D A lot safer. Nah, they broke the mold, there.

  58. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Rich, I think he can hit above average for SS. He just needs to get into a groove.

  59. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Pruf

    I always thought it was anxiety, adjustment, etc. He’s filling in for a legend.

  60. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    yf

    I’m hoping that Yogi was even close to being right. :D

  61. Shame Spencer April 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I’m sure Jeter’s done his fair share of unsavory nonsense… Jeter was just smart enough to not get caught. He also became a media darling pretty quickly, so I’m sure a lot of common knowledge things amongst the writers were swept under the rug.

  62. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Nunie is polar opposite of “Pasta diving”.

  63. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Rich, the kid has bat speed and was developing an improved OBP/better patience at the plate when they yanked him out of AAA to warm the bench in the Bronx. His bat will be fine. Just needs reps.

  64. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I always thought it was anxiety, adjustment, etc. He’s filling in for a legend.
    ///

    Yeah. The Legend has been very supportive of his progress, too. That’s had to help make him relax some. Regular PT is key.

    Shame, I don’t think Jeter leaves much up to the discretion of the media.

  65. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Who does the media out besides their favorite whipping boy, Alex?

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    yf

    I’m hoping that Yogi was even close to being right. :D
    ///

    WTF does Yogi know? ;) /Cashmanned

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Is Alex ever coming back?

  68. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I like Alex, and don’t care what others think of him :D

  69. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I’m sure Jeter’s done his fair share of unsavory nonsense… Jeter was just smart enough to not get caught. He also became a media darling pretty quickly, so I’m sure a lot of common knowledge things amongst the writers were swept under the rug.
    ———
    Hey, I think I appreciate the “Gift basket” approach. Doubling up, not so much. That’s a clubhouse joke.

    There’s a whole unkown, foreign world out there.

  70. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    Is Alex ever coming back?
    __
    In 2012, he hit LHP better than most.

  71. kd April 25th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    my two cents: arod didn’t do anything that tons of other mlb players did. he just had more talent than them so he got the biggest contract. no idea of what he’s like personally, and frankly don’t care. i’d like to see him get a chance to come back and play.

  72. tucker April 25th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Pruf, true. It’s unfair to compare anyone to Jeter and his equally-focused comrades of that era (Jorge, Andy, Mo and Bernie).

    Here’s hoping Mason takes the lesson and runs with it. He can stand a few more rounds in the batting cage and fewer rounds at the bar.

  73. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Who ultimately becomes a better hitter, Nunez or Cervelli?

  74. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Speaking of finding pitchers in the late rounds, Turley was quite a find for us in the 50th, that’s right 5-0, round.

  75. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    ” so I’m sure a lot of common knowledge things amongst the writers were swept under the rug.”

    That made me think of what I have read about JFK. :P

  76. ac1 April 25th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Who ultimately becomes a better hitter, Nunez or Cervelli?
    __

    Nunez

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    no idea of what he’s like personally, and frankly don’t care. i’d like to see him get a chance to come back and play.
    ///

    Hear, hear.

    And no Alex, no 2009 WS.

  78. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Here’s hoping Mason takes the lesson and runs with it. He can stand a few more rounds in the batting cage and fewer rounds at the bar.
    ///
    touche, tucker. Good hitter, though.

  79. champ809 April 25th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Nuney will hit , he always has…..even in this slump he has very few bad ABs and quite a few where he makes hard contact only to see a potential extra base hit line drive settle nicely in somebody’s glove.

    Interestingly Culver is sort of taking the same route as Nunez in that Nuney was a switch hitter when he signed and switch hit his 1st 3yrs or so in the organization before giving it up to hit only from his natural side righthanded. He then took off and consistently was 1 of the best hitting SS in the minors for the level he was playing at.

    If given 500 abs this year I think he’ll put up a .280-.290/ .330-.345/10-12 HR/25 steal season.

    The most encouraging thing is how well he seems to be settling in defensively and letting his natural athleticism take over.

  80. Tar April 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    ” I like Alex, and don’t care what others think of him ”

    Me too. He also brings the added benefit of pissing off Y’s . :D

    Traveling right now so catch everybody later. Be good.

  81. blake April 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    “I’d say, listen if you’re out and drinking and have your car, call X number and we’ll find a car service in the area to get you stat and we’ll cover the cost. Which means there’s no excuse for it, ever. And if you break the rule, you’re suspended. Period.”

    +1. These are kids…..younger than college age in some cases

  82. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Who ultimately becomes a better hitter, Nunez or Cervelli?
    ///

    Nunes has more raw ability, I would say.

  83. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Tar, good point. Have a good one. :)

  84. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Champ, that’s right! I almost forgot Nuney was once a SH.

    Culver’s got a really good arm.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Me too. He also brings the added benefit of pissing off Y’s . :D
    ///

    LOL.

  86. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I think Nunie has more potential as a hitter, but is streakier, more aggressive, both to his credit and detriment. Cervy has a better approach.

    I really really like Culver. Hope he hits, think he will enough for SS. I love his D and his personality. That said… I can’t wait to get a glimpse at Avelino’s game in person.

    We not only get a Barnes-Turley pitching matchup tomorrow in Trenton, we get 20th Season Trenton Thunder T-Shirts. Win-win.

  87. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Well, if they suspended them for DUI, bet they would pay attention. Wagers that Mason is in the Tampa lineup tonight? (ha ha, off day, so let’s say Friday night…)

  88. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Coming back to Gardner, anyone notice that he’s not hitting flat footed anymore?

    Probably never happen but I would really like an explanation. One, why they flatfooted him and now at age 30 changed. (I’ve always been partial to the slight, slide step).

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I’d say neither Nuney nor Cervy is the most patient hitter that ever lived.

    Cervy though will drive guys in because he’s aggressive in those situations and sometimes the defense shifting around helps him get one through. If he could actually sustain hitting for a higher average and learn how to get on base more he could be a kind of poor man’s Carlos Ruiz, which I would sign up for.

  90. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Didn’t notice that with Gardy, but I have liked a lot of his ABs so far this year. Less of that helicopter crap, more hitting down on the ball and also driving it. Still needs to swing at balls down the middle and stride while bunting…. “it’s a…” nope, not going there….

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock April 25th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    So I can’t see Betances on Sunday unless I want to go to Charlotte….

    Time to get back to work. Good one, guys and gals.

  92. Russell Munson April 25th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “Who ultimately becomes a better hitter, Nunez or Cervelli?”

    Are we talking about relative to position? If not probably Nunez, but Cervelli might outhit Nunez if you are comparing him to other catchers vs. comparing Nunez to other shortstops.

  93. Tackelberry April 25th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Between Feliz, Gumbs, Refsnyder, Miguel Andujar and Claudio Custodio…I’ll even include Cito Culver now that he’s a RH only hitter that’s tremendous coverage with guys that profile as 5 tool middle infielders with legit hit tools and elite speed/ baserunning potential.
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    Would have included Ravel Santana in that group if not for that gruesome ankle injury he suffered. Its too bad cause he was considered one of the best young players in the system. NOw he is having issues with that ankle again which set him back this Spring. Really pulling for him to get back to at least 90% of the prospect he was before the injury

  94. astrocityfan April 25th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Going back to the minor league discussion, my wife and i went to a game last night. Great time and great value. The best part of the night was when one of the visting hitters hit a ball over the fence high enough to knock out a light. The only drawback is the team we went to see is A in the Carolina league so we wont get to see any yankee youngsters. Hopefully we can make it to Durham to see the Bulls play the SWB team this year though.

  95. luis April 25th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Good afternoon everyone,

    Read the last couple of threads. I don’t have time to post, but what a pleasure to read such an intelligent discourse.

    Props to everyone, regardless if I agree or not on your takes. This what this blog should be about.

    Later

  96. yankeehotelfoxtrot April 25th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Speaking of Nunie, he leads the team in stolen bases, with two. I’m pretty surprised that there hasn’t been more discussion here about the lack of steals. I understand that this team is hitting for more power than was expected. Does that trump the need to manufacture runs/play small ball? When Hafner has as many stolen bases on April 25th as does Gardy, that’s a problem!!

  97. austinmac April 25th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I don’t know about Mason, but minor leaguers get paid terribly. They probably don’t have cab fare. No excuse, but it is a different set of circumstances from a major leaguer who can pay for a cab out of pocket change.

    No question one shouldn’t drink and drive, but I would bet a few of we board members did so at that age. The team needs to let the system do it’s job, chew him out and move on.

  98. saucY April 25th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    what a bogus DUI. if an officer thinking you’re impaired is enough to convict someone, Florida is more messed up than I though.

    i hope he fights it and wins.

  99. saucY April 25th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    champ809 April 25th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    Nuney will hit , he always has….

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    Really? When?

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