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Video: Romine’s production will determine his playing time

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For Austin Romine, opportunity has presented itself. He got a taste of the big leagues in 2011 — four starts – but Francisco Cervelli’s broken hand opens significant playing time for next six weeks or so. How much of that playing time goes to Romine depends on how well he plays.

“Anytime you get any type of time, you have to show them what you can do,” Romine said. “I’m going to take whatever time I do have here, and I’m going to show them that I can do it. I can handle it back there, I can handle pitching staff and I can swing it at the plate.”

The video above is manager Joe Girardi talking about the way he’ll handle Romine’s playing time. Spoiler alert: It’s all about his production. As you can imagine, there’s some curiosity. Romine has been on the radar for a few years now, but this will be the team’s first extended look at its most advanced catching prospect.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The Yankees have always liked Romine’s glove, but it struck me this winter that they seemed extremely excited about his defensive work in the Arizona Fall League. The organization believes Romine can catch, but it’s telling that, when he showed up on Saturday, Romine was sent immediately to the bullpen to catch Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda’s sides.

“I don’t want to throw too much at him too quickly,” Girardi said. “I want him to get familiar with the guys that are here. He has a sense of who they are. He’s had a chance to catch all of them at some point in spring training, whether it was a side or a game in the minor leagues, but you want him to be familiar with the guys.”

Romine doesn’t have a ton of experience catching any of these guys. But they aren’t total strangers either.

“In spring training, you’ve got to take that seriously because of situations like this,” Romine said. “What pitcher throws what, where they miss, what they like to throw, where they do well. So, if a guy’s coming out of the pen in the sixth or seventh, it’s not a new experience. It just makes the relationship flow better. … I’m looking forward to getting with the pitchers, getting that relationship going again, and catching some of the guys I haven’t caught before.”

AT THE PLATE
When Romine and Jesus Montero were both in the Yankees minor league system, Montero was the guy who could hit and Romine was the guy who could catch. The question was whether either one could do a little of both. Actually, that’s still the question.

“I thought (Romine) could catch in the big leagues in 2011,” Girardi said, “which would tell me that, just because he had almost a year off, I don’t think he’s going to lose that skill. But offensively, we have to see where he’s at.”

He was in a pretty good place down in Triple-A. Romine was hitting .333/.391/.405. A home run was his only extra-base hit, but obviously Romine was getting on base at a pretty good clip.

“I’ve been working with (hitting coach) Butch Wynegar in Triple-A,” Romine said. “We got rid of the leg kick — getting the foot down early, seeing the ball — and that’s really what I’ve been working on lately. Seeing the ball, and now it’s a matter of doing it. … It was just the leg kick was way too inconsistent, and now with just the toe tap, I’m able to see the ball and allowing my hands to move a little more freely. I’m barreling up a lot more balls than I’m used to.”

STAYING HEALTHY
For Romine, a lot of this begins with his health. He has to play in order to play well, but back injuries are tricky. When Romine was sidelined last spring, it seemed like a short-term thing. Then it cost him the rest of spring training. Then he wasn’t ready to open the season. Then was on the DL most of the year.

“It’s unfortunate that he went through what he went through last year,” Girardi said. “But hopefully that’s something that he can manage and he doesn’t have to deal with that on a daily basis.”

Romine says he’s found a way to manage the back and stay healthy. This spring, he was healthy the whole time, and he’s stayed that way through the first few weeks of the season. He seems to think the back injury is behind him.

“It’s fixed now,” Romine said. “It’s completely healthy, and that’s because of a routine I developed with physical therapists and the Yankees medical staff. It’s really working for me and keeping me strong. It takes me about 35, 40 minutes to do every day, and it’s just become part of my routine. I really don’t even notice it anymore.”

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156 Responses to “Video: Romine’s production will determine his playing time”

  1. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    blake April 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The only way Price ends up a Yankee is if he is traded to a team that can’t afford to extend him or to a place he doesn’t want to sign

    —————-

    Not impossible, IMO. I think of it this way: If Hughes doesn’t hit the FA market that makes Price not only the best but the youngest pitcher on the market. I don’t understand why anyone would accept an extension under those circumstances.

  2. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    blake April 29th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    @JonHeymanCBS: russell martin ops is up from .699 to .892 … in 2 games. #bucs

    —————-

    A month of the season can give you some wacky numbers lol..

  3. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Let’s hope Romine gets a shot tonight. I just hope they give him enough time to feel comfortable.

  4. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    …I’ve taken over the blog.

    I’m not sorry about it.

  5. RadioKev April 29th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Yeah, let’s be honest, Russell’s bad start was just that, a bad start. He’ll pick it up a little. Same goes for Cervelli’s start. He’s not that good, the numbers were bound to drop.

  6. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Morning Shame.

    Have at it. No one can stop you. You’re a house o’ fire.

    :)

  7. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Read for some BBQ’ed Astroburger tonight ?

    Who doesn’t like a feast.

    Well maybe someone on a diet.

    ;)

  8. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    sp: ready

  9. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Is 7 straight a possibility ?

  10. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Let’s start with 5

  11. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Going to my third game in 4 days tomorrow ……I love this practice retirement

  12. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Looks like I have taken over the blog now

  13. ac1 April 29th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    So production will determine playing time? Well sitting day after day is a good way to keep his production up.

  14. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I should start a discussion with myself…..

  15. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Greg-

    Why just practice.

    ;)

  16. blake April 29th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I would think Romine will play tonight…..joe probably didn’t want to throw him in against the knuckler yesterday in his first game up

  17. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    MTU—- I’m close but I want to get it right…. ;)

  18. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I’d like to see Stewart’s playing time be determined by his production.

    Oops. I forgot he’s a Vet.

    :(

  19. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I hope Romine catches a no hitter and goes 5-5 tonight

  20. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Greg-

    It does require practice for some.

    For me it was as natural as a bird taking off in flight.

    But hey my idol growing up was Maynard Krebbs.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    We have no shot at David Price, who isn’t coming here without his beard.

    He’s not “Yankee material” with that “attitude”, any way ;).

    Sternberg said they could keep Price, but that he may have only one other teammate, if they do. Well, you could do a lot worse than having Price and Longoria to build a team around :D.

    I am envious of GLove and Yankeefem having gotten to see Hughes live yesterday. I figured yesterday’s game was also a good bet to get to see Rivera, since Joba closed out Saturday’s game, and they got to see that, as well.

    I had some issues with O’Neill’s commentary; yesterday was not the day to pick on Hughes not “finishing off” hitters; he did go to full counts on some but he did fan nine, and the Jays’ lineup is no walk in the park.

    I agree we need to re-sign Hughes – the slider is really going to put him in another category and if another team reaps the benefit of that, that’ll be another stain on this team’s pitching development record. I think that, for a change, Cashman knows that and will fight to keep Hughes a Yankee. At least, I hope so. I mean, there’s cost and “cost.”

  22. Tar April 29th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    “@JonHeymanCBS: russell martin ops is up from .699 to .892 … in 2 games. #bucs”

    Does this mean Cashman sucks again?

    :D

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Does this mean Cashman sucks again?

    :D
    ///

    He let the new “Thurman Munson” walk, didn’t he?

  24. Bronx Jeers April 29th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’d like to see Stewart’s playing time be determined by his production.

    Oops. I forgot he’s a Vet.

    —————

    Actually he’s kind of like an old rookie. He’s 31 with just 2 years on the clock. He won’t be eligible for free agency until he’s 35.

  25. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:40 am

    MTU——

    I’m sure I will get the hang of it……should be in 18 months or so

  26. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Jeers-

    I wish him luck w his next team. Hope he makes a killing.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Going to my third game in 4 days tomorrow ……I love this practice retirement
    ///

    The weather’s been great until now for baseball, and I think you miss the rain tomorrow.

    I’ll be at Trenton on Wednesday for Jose Ramirez’s first AA start (I saw his 3 innings in relief of Turley last week) and in Lakewood Friday night to see the meteoric arm of Rafael DePaula.

    I’ll chase up to the Bronx eventually and hope they can deliver the ball to Rivera.

  28. BIG AL April 29th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The new “Thurman Munson”, really? Me thinks you insult the memory of Thurman.

    Montero is not even an every day plauer at this point, and if there is a shred of truth to rumors, the Mariners want to make him a DH/1B.

  29. BIG AL April 29th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Morning MTU.

  30. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    JAP-

    Full reports on both much appreciated.

    particularly Depaula. Few have seen him live. I’ve only seen him on video of course.

    He was incredibly impressive.

    By the way, check out his K totals so far this season.

    :)

  31. blake April 29th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Pujols is hitting .244 with a .710 OPS so far…..could just be another slow start but his last couple of years have been pretty interesting given that he’s only reportedly 33 years old.

    Players of his level don’t typically fall off like this without injury…..I mean we are talking about one of the best RH hitters ever for 10 years. Makes you wonder 1) if he’s really 33 or 2) if he has some help in St Louis.

    Totally speculation…..maybe he’s just in early decline…..but his swing is so good and he was such a good hitter that it’s unusual to me that he’d drop off like he has.

  32. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Greeting Al.

    Long time no see. How art thou ?

  33. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Blake-

    DR birth certificate trick ?

    :)

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    BIG AL April 29th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    The new “Thurman Munson”, really? Me thinks you insult the memory of Thurman
    ///

    Big Al, LOL, there’s a reason I put “Thurman Munson” in quotes…. I’m not the guy who sullied the name of Munson, in case you haven’t been paying attention:

    “Brian Cashman says that he can remember as far back as three years ago talking with his right-hand man, Billy Eppler, and agreeing that they thought Russell Martin was “Thurman Munson-like.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....urman-like

  35. jacksquat April 29th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Price does not want to play for the Yankees because he likes his facial hair too much.

    Of course, if you flash enough money in front of someone, often their ideals are compromised.

  36. blake April 29th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Tex is in early decline too but there is a reason for that….it’s his swing….Pujols has a near perfect RH swing so I just think it’s interesting that he’s struggling this much. He started slow last year then crushed in the 2nd half though soapy be he will turn it on…..but it’s pretty clear he’s not what he used to be and maybe it’s just he’s past his prime and is becoming less consistent…….it’s hard to get used to players getting old at 33 again

  37. mick April 29th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    oh and yeah , hughes is a prime example of why i root for losses and hope for sudden implosion so there is new leadership and no other young pitcher has to go through the gauntlet that hughes has had to go through.
    ====================
    Randy-

    So what you are saying is that an implosion is inevitable and we should have it now rather than later?
    What if the implosion is next year or 2015 then we bounce back, like the Redsox, when we start spending money again?

  38. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    JAP—— I would love to see J Ram and Depaula!!!!!!!!

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    By the way, check out his K totals so far this season.

    :)
    //

    :)

    Yep, been following that and watched him some on milb.tv. Can’t wait to see him live, and I get to see Dante Bichette, O’Brien and Cave, too. Pretty cool.

  40. BIG AL April 29th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Back in a bit.

  41. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    JAP—— I would love to see J Ram and Depaula!!!!!!!!
    ///

    Dude, Jo-Ram is yours for $15. $12 to sit behind the plate, $3. to park. Less, if you want to sit “upstairs” (which is Main level) :)

  42. mick April 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Hughes might never be a #1 or 2 in the Bronx.
    Why would he stay here if he felt this way when he can find a made to order place for more money.
    Makes no sense.
    As for Price, if the Yanks want him, and he realizes the potential in coming here, than they got him.
    Don’t know the guys makeup so can’t speak for him.

  43. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    JAP—– I will have to do that…..is the Trenton ballpark near the train station?

  44. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Blake-

    I think big Albert is having some trouble with his feet again.

    Not sure. You can double check me.

    That PF he had years ago is nasty stuff. Some of our hikers get it.

    His was so bad I believe he needed surgery on it.

    He was/is one of the greatest hitters I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

    I criticisized the Cards for letting their icon go but maybe they knew something.

    Heartbreaking if he is in decline. I hope not.

  45. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Montero is not even an every day plauer at this point, and if there is a shred of truth to rumors, the Mariners want to make him a DH/1B.
    ///

    Seems like the team’s ace has no problem with his catcher, who hit a 2-run shot to help the King win his game two nights ago. If Seattle wants to move him, I’ll take the flawed 23 year old back :D

  46. Niblick April 29th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Girardi is a joke.

    He says it’s all based on performance, and yet he continues to play Ben Francisco even though he’s hitting .103.

    He is concerned with whether Romine can hit; on the other hand,he somehow knows that Nunie can hit, even though Romine has hit much better than Nunie in the minors and Nunie has not hit well at all in the majors.

    It’s performance for some guys; it’s something else for others.

  47. mick April 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Whine, whine, wax, wax, Oh what a relief it is…

  48. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The Cards weren’t willing to make the commitment to Pujols that the Yanks made to ARod………too risky

  49. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    GregD April 29th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    JAP—– I will have to do that…..is the Trenton ballpark near the train station?
    ///

    The train station is within walking distance to the park. You get off the train, descend the stairs and just a short trek.

    Now, I live 20 minutes from Trenton, so I drive. Are you familiar with NJ Transit?

  50. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    JAP—-haven’t taken NJ Transit but Amtrak travels to Trenton……I live in Delaware and NYC so I could come from either direction

  51. blake April 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    “That PF he had years ago is nasty stuff. Some of our hikers get it.”

    I didnt know that….yes I’ve had it and its bad news

  52. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Mick-

    Tampa will never let Price reach FA unfortunately. I wish that would happen.

    He will be traded before his expiration date to fill some of Tampas other needs.

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    GregD, don’t know where you’re coming from, but try this site:

    NJ TRANSIT River LINE
    The River LINE provides service south to Camden and north to the Trenton Rail Station. At the Trenton Rail Station, fans can connect with the NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor Line with stops including Newark and New York.

    Take the River LINE to the Cass Street stop. Cross over Route 129 and continue walking down Cass Street. The ballpark will be straight ahead four blocks down.

    NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor Line
    Take the Northeast Corridor Line to the Trenton stop located on South Clinton Avenue. From Trenton Station take the River LINE one stop south to Cass Street and follow instructions above. Or you can click here for the phone numbers of local cab companies to take you from Trenton station to the ballpark.

    Amtrak
    Take the train to the Trenton station on South Clinton Avenue, available on most Amtrak routes. From Trenton Station take the River LINE one stop south to Cass Street and follow instructions above. Or you can click here for the phone numbers of local cab companies to take you from Trenton station to the ballpark.

    http://www.milb.com/content/pa.....vkey=team1

  54. UnKnown April 29th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Can’t have a let up with the Stros coming in tonight. Have make hay while the sun shines.

  55. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Greg-

    Nobody actually lives in Delaware.

    It’s too small.

    Like R.I.

    :)

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    GregD, OK, there’s AMTRAK info there. Driving is an option, too, if you can do that.

    Helluva nice park, and the team is just loaded. Just don’t rely on the velo postings on the scoreboard :D They’re way off. Scout guns are more reliable.

  57. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Actually the Sun does only part of the work.

    Bailing machines do the majority of it nowadays.

    ;)

  58. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    JAP……. Thanks a bunch, I appreciate you taking the time to do this! I have no excuse but to go now!!!

  59. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    MTU….. You’re right…..my son lives in RI too……. :)

  60. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Greg-

    If you like small move to D.C. It’s even smaller.

    :)

  61. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:13 am

    JAP……. And I just figured out how to save your directions on my IPad!!!! :)

  62. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    MTU…….no attachment to Delaware…… Just work…..will move to NYC totally when I retire

  63. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:15 am

    States like Delaware and R.I. are for lilliputuians.

    Gulliver preferred Western States so he could spread out.

    :)

  64. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Good luck on your retirement Greg. Wherever it is.

  65. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:17 am

    GregD, You bet, have at. Seeing Jo-Ram at this stage of his career is neat, I would say :D Also, you get JR Murphy, Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Slade Heathcott in the package :D.

  66. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    MTU – Speaking of a house of fire… this whole Alicia Keys song thing is confusing to me. The song is called ‘Girl on Fire’.. the chorus is ‘this girl is on fire.’ The song starts out with the line, ‘She’s just a girl and she’s on fire.’ I believe ‘she’s living in a world and it’s on fire.’

    It worries me is what I’m saying.

  67. Carly April 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Fresno State

    Aaron Judge

    OF

    Jr.

    10

    1

    3

    2

    0.344

    SB (7)

    Please let the Yankees draft him, please please please

  68. Bo knows April 29th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Let’s hope Romine gets a shot tonight. I just hope they give him enough time to feel comfortable.
    ———–
    I like the comment

    Don’t rush but let’s get started.

  69. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Damn JAP.

    You sure know how to make a feller jealous.

    That’s better than an overstuffed cornbeef sandwich.

    :(

  70. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    JAP…….. That’s a lot of talent…….I love how Murphy is doing and I think Flores is a real sleeper…..

  71. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    MTU……thanks ……one great thing about DE…….no sales tax!

  72. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Very good outing by Hughes. Slider is giving him that swing and miss pitch. I think once he starts locating the pitch better, watch out. Thought the seeing eye hits were a bit of dumb luck, and that overall Hughes pitched very well.
    _____
    austinmac April 29th, 2013 at 8:13 am
    Doreen,
    The Yankees have always chosen not to do extensions because they perceived it as an unnecessary risk when they could simply wait and outbid others if they wanted the player. I hope they still will do that. That is the question. If that philosophy has changed, so must their ways.
    ___
    Problem is there have become less and less of other team’s young players that we can buy. I think we have to start extending players we develop with FA being what it is these days. Especially our young pitchers. As for Price, it is not the Rays’ way to let a trade chip of such a high caliber as Price get to FA. They will pull in another haul of players like Myers and Odorizzi who they got for Shields if/when the Rays choose to deal Price.
    ****
    Let’s see if JRam actually pitches on Wed. I am kind of hoping that tonight’s Trenton game gets rained out, so that JRam pitches the Thursday morning game, as I have hockey playoff conflict on Wed. night. A Thursday doubleheader of a JRam Trenton day game, RiverDogs night game would be perfect.

  73. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Shame-

    Which worries you ?

    That she’s on fire, or that the World is ? or both ?

    what’s the identification ?

    By the way, I do not know the song.

  74. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Bo – My real worry is that he has a one-off crappy game and Joe won’t let him start consistently. I think with Cervelli hurt they should try to go back to the 50/50 thing with Romine and Stewie until Romine takes the job from him. (Or until Murphy swipes it from them both!!)

    No promotion for Murphy yet?

    Any word on Grandy’s progression? Will we see him soon?

  75. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Greg-

    it’s too small for any kind of tax.

    That’s for biggger states.

    :)

  76. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    MTU, I know you may not be able to leave your part of the woods right now, but you have an open invitation and relatives to visit in East Brunswick, so pack up the family and head on out. :)

    GregD, if they stay on schedule, JRam will pitch again on Mon, the 6th, and Saturday, the 11th.

  77. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    MTU – I hear the song mostly because there’s some boring guy that uses Citi Bank and those commercials have the song in the background lol. ALL of the fire worries me. She’s on fire. The world’s on fire. She walks on fire (which might not be that much of an issue for someone ON fire, I suppose..).

  78. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    MTU—–so true…..I ride my bike to Maryland all the time…….. :)

  79. Shame Spencer April 29th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    @fran_cervelli

    Thank you all for your support. I appreciate all the messages and tweets! I’ll be back soon, stronger than EVER!

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

    Wow, so Jason Collins came out…?? Good for him.

  81. GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    YF…….Sat the 11th might work……….I will make plans……

  82. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Murph I am guessing will stay where he is for the time being. There is no real reason to move him right now. He is comfortable in Trenton and his catching is thriving. Plus he has only had 60 games in AA. Yanks like to move their catchers up slowly even if it the bat is ready. So, my prediction is JR stays in Trenton for a while longer.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Damn JAP.

    You sure know how to make a feller jealous.

    That’s better than an overstuffed cornbeef sandwich.

    :(
    ///

    Come one out here! Luis is coming :D.

  84. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    YF-

    I’d love to meet you radar gun in hand.

    I may be back there again in the late Fall. Unfortunately not Baseball time.

    By the way, please re-send your e-mail via Chd if you would be so kind.

    More photos of te GFS for you. I think you’re gonna like them.

    What an incredibly special place. You are lucky to be so near it.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I disagree that it’s all about money with players. It may be that for the majority, but there are players who have given their team a hometown discount to play there. There are also players (Pedro, Beltran to name two) who offered to give the Yankees a hometown discount if the Yankees let them play for them. And there are players who sign extensions rather than hit free agency to stay with their teams.

    If Hughes finishes out this season in a decent fashion, I believe the Yankees will sign him as well as Cano.

    Here’s where I feel bad for Hughes, as well as for other pitchers who are younger and seemingly more impressionable. Someone mentioned that Contreras made Phil leave his slider and concentrate on his curve ball. I also remember other pitching coaches tinkering with Phil’s delivery. You can tell that Phil is the type of kid who is going to try to do what the pitching coach tells him to do. Maybe it’s a wonder that he even remembers the arsenal that made him successful or feel successful. Then add to it his injuries and his whirlwind tours of the majors, the minors, and the bullpen/rotation.

    I give him credit for still being out there, trying to get it right.

    I agree with Doreen that the $189 is no longer etched in stone, as Hal said it wouldn’t be if they needed to go over in order to field a winning team.

    ***********

    You might not be enchanted with the direction the Yanks have taken, and you might not be happy that some players you thought would be good fits were not picked up by the Yanks, but in the words of CSNY – If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with!

    So I rewrote one of the verses to fit the situation.

    Forget your heartache, just make a plan
    He’s a Yankee, and you’re a fan
    Did you get it together and make it nice?
    When you ain’t gonna need anymore advice

    Well there’s a rose in a fisted glove
    And the eagle flies with the dove
    Sometimes you can’t be with the one you love, honey
    Love the one you’re with
    You gotta love the one you’re with
    You gotta love the one you’re with
    You gotta love the one you’re with
    You gotta love the one you’re with

    :)

    They’re our boys.

  86. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    YF…….Sat the 11th might work……….I will make plans……
    ///

    It’d be awesome to have another Lohudder at some of these Trenton games.

  87. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    GregD, sounds good. Also FYI. Trenton has flirted with idea of 6 pitcher rotation, so that is something to watch, which of course would skew when JRam pitches. However, you can wait and get good seats even at the last minute, and very easy park to get in and out of. Nothing like Yankee game traffic. Also great food nearby in Princeton and good pizza if you are into that.

  88. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    JAP-

    Luis is rich. We all know that.

    :)

    See my message to YF above.

    Thank you for the invite.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    GregD – I have to agree with MTU. If RI weren’t my home and the place where I have a lot of roots, I sure wouldn’t have chosen it by choice.

    :(

  90. Bo knows April 29th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Shame

    Sorry, I thought it was funny.

    But now everyone is piling on. Of course he’s gonna struggle some. It’s the nature of rookies.

    I thought JoeG’s comments were sensible. They don’t know where he is in his development. He’s a kid, he was off for a year. He’s had a handful of bats this spring. It’s the New York microscope. Big time Vets have come here and struggled. He’s been here 24 hrs and the accusations are flying that they’ve got him sitting on the bench.

  91. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am kind of hoping that tonight’s Trenton game gets rained out, so that JRam pitches the Thursday morning game, as I have hockey playoff conflict on Wed. night. A Thursday doubleheader of a JRam Trenton day game, RiverDogs night game would be perfect.
    ///

    I’m not happy about that either, and if it were anyone but Ramirez, I’d just not go. Conflict on Friday, too, and if it were anyone but DePaula…. I’m hoping I can trust them to get it done against the Islanders, although if you’re going to have a wonky series on your way to the holy grail, it’s probably going to be in the first round, against a speedy, young team… but I am confident, especially if they can at least get Sid in on PP unit.

  92. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    MTU, I would love to see pics of GFS. The last ones were magnificent. I may have your email :?: I think you sent me photos once way back when. I will check, and if so I will send you my email (or otherwise enlist Chad) And yes, late fall is a little late for Trenton baseball unfortunately. But let me know.

  93. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    MTU, GFS is right on Route 1 and I pass it on every trip to Trenton :)

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    *right off Route 1, I should say.

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    “I thought JoeG’s comments were sensible. They don’t know where he is in his development. He’s a kid, he was off for a year. He’s had a handful of bats this spring. It’s the New York microscope. Big time Vets have come here and struggled. He’s been here 24 hrs and the accusations are flying that they’ve got him sitting on the bench.”

    +1

  96. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    trish, and here I am missing RI, and hoping to visit soon. (I think SWB is at the PawSox in late June.) But don’t think the Yankees haven’t been a big determinant in where I have chosen to live.

  97. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Trisha-

    As a part of you you are irrespressibly loyal.

    And I admire your simple gratitude to the Team which has given you so much pleasure over the years.

    Everyone has their own way of being a fan. The ones who are more critical are not necessarily less of ones FWIS.

    But I’m sure you knew that.

    I tink what bothers positie posters is that some who tend to be critical are too one-dimensional in their criticism. And perhaps too repetitive.

    A little praise goes a long way. Like good butter.

    :)

  98. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Pruf, De Paula could go 5 or 6. Very interesting article on him in PP about getting acclimated/adjusting to the lights, crowds, etc. Hopefully, Pens are up 1-0 at the point when De Paula pitches. I have the NBCSN app on my phone, so hopefully will be able to pull in the game, and then race to the hotel thereafter to continue watching. And agree only for De Paula would I do this. I have waited to see him live for 4 years. Just hope the weather doesn’t screw up rotation order. Sorry also that Campos and Encinas aren’t starting in Lakewood, but RDP is the man!

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    GregD April 29th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    JAP…….. That’s a lot of talent…….I love how Murphy is doing and I think Flores is a real sleeper…..
    ///

    I agree about Flores, who does not get the hype because he’s kind of a ‘tweener’ in terms of speed and power, but the power is coming. He does have some speed though and I’ve seen that short stroke put the ball over the CF wall. Hit tool guys who don’t make spectacular leaping catches or jack the ball out fly under the radar. Being a lefty should make people take notice of him.. JR is another born hitter.

  100. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    YF, let me know for sure when you’re coming! You know, there are certainly things here that are wonderfully enjoyable, and maybe government corruption is part of every state, I don’t know. But the corruption here is suffocating, and the fact that the thieves get voted back in is beyond depressing. Probably what I’m responding to. Every time something “new” happens I just keep thinking that I’m so happy my dad isn’t around to see it.

    :(

  101. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    “It’d be awesome to have another Lohudder at some of these Trenton games.”
    ___
    QFT. I think as people have become more aware of the prospects, at least the elite ones, that more people will come out to see them.

  102. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Goodness I butchered that last post. I hope you can make sense of it.

    Sorry.

  103. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Pruf, De Paula could go 5 or 6. Very interesting article on him in PP about getting acclimated/adjusting to the lights, crowds, etc.
    ///

    I’ll look at it later, thanks. I would like to see Encinas again, see where he’s got to.

  104. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Trisha-

    I was just funnin’ Greg about delaware. R.I. got thrown in.

    Good things come in small packages sometimes.

    We all know that.

    :)

  105. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    “Everyone has their own way of being a fan. The ones who are more critical are not necessarily less of ones FWIS.”

    Absolutely agree. When I was thinking of that CSNY chorus, it was more along the lines of just being able to enjoy what we have going on right now. Heck, people could have gotten every player they ever wanted and things could be falling apart. You never know how these things are going to pan out!

    I think that most Yankee fans are pretty happy when the team is winning, even if it isn’t the team they hoped for or envisioned.

    If the Yanks were losing right now, I don’t think I would have gone with the song I did!!!

  106. blake April 29th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    @fantasyfurnace: The #Yankees will sign Hideki Matsui to a one-day contract so that he can retire as a member of the #Yanks. #MLB @MLBRT @MissYankee

    Sweet!

  107. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    trish, I will re: if I come up. I always go up mid August to Newport, but I wanted to come up earlier and catch a couple of PawSox games, check out the new buildings on my campus (I do alum interviews but haven’t seen the campus in eons), and take a trip to Boston. As for RI corruption, although I wasn’t really erudite about the political going-ons up there, I specifically recall among other things when Cianci was voted back into office after his conviction. LOL. But I mostly read the ProJo sports section. ;)

  108. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    <3 Matsui! I hope they have a Matsui day! :)

  109. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Blake-

    Awesome. He deserves the honor.

    One of my favorite Yankees from recent years.

    :)

  110. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Makes me recall with deep fuzzies how we opened in 2010 when we put up our WS banner and got our rings, and Matsui was in with the Angels. It was serendipity that although Mats was no longer a Yank that he got to get his 2009 WS ring with us. I’ll never forget the sea of blue Yankee hats surrounding Matsui’s red one as they all gather around Matsui to hug and celebrate with him. Sigh.

  111. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    *gathered

  112. comnsnse April 29th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    “Performance will determine playing time”.

    Now that’s a revelation and a truly dumb statement and headline too!

    I wonder if that applies to this entire roster?

    Matsui Day…………sushi for all………………a the usual inflated prices! ;)

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    “It’d be awesome to have another Lohudder at some of these Trenton games.”
    ___
    QFT. I think as people have become more aware of the prospects, at least the elite ones, that more people will come out to see them.
    ///

    Well, Trenton is probably about split between Phillies and Yankees caps and jackets. Plenty of Yankee fans go out to see Trenton, just not from this site. At least, no one here talks about attending these games, so I think it’s a safe assumption.

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    No one like Matsui. Miss him.

  115. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Matsui Day…………sushi for all………………a the usual inflated prices! ;)
    //

    I’ll say this, though, the sushi at NYS is quality stuff.

  116. comnsnse April 29th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Minor league news.

    Refsnyder now being tried at first and hammering the pill recently moved up to Tampa.

    Neal hammering will they give him at shot and dump Cisco?

    Segedin banging the apple but has made 9 errors in left this early in the season. Must be the lights!

    Adams and Joseph also hitting well ,Joseph with power

    Pitching mostly lame with Encinas and Nuno both LH posting good numbers.

    Mason Williams slow start and Bichette really needing to find himself , second year at Low A.

    Campos uneventful to date.

  117. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    JAP-

    Did not mean to exclude you.

    If you would like to see some more photos of GFS please send me an e-mail, or give your current e-mail to Chad for me and I will include you along w YF.

  118. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    MTU, I do have your address; I just sent you an email.

    Some sushi sounds so good right about now. :)

  119. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    comn, Neal and Segedin are both injured. Campos pitches tonight; they are limiting his innings, (piggybacking him with Rutskyj); he’s probably still building arm strength.

  120. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks, MTU, I’m sure they are stunning given the beauty of the place and your obvious gift for photography :)

  121. comnsnse April 29th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Pru & Feminista, I return to NJ on Thurs. 5/2.I’m in North Jersey for the summer.

    I’ll post on the blog sometime in May for appropriate dates when you will both be available for possible games in late may early June if you’d like.

    Comn

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    MTU, but it’s true. I recently read an article where a Gallup Poll showed that RIers were the second-most depressed people in the nation. Only W. Virginia was worse.

    We have had the highest unemployment rate in the country, and we’re small enough to be able to see first-hand the unabated corruption in the GA – yet, as I noted, the same people get voted back in. So I have to add to it we’re probably one of the most stupid states in the country. It really is depressing.

    YF – the majority leader in the House and his partner were implicated in behind-the-scenes dealings with the $75 million Schilling loan, where his partner personally benefitted (remember the state is financially destitute at this point) and he was voted back in. The stuff was totally exposed by the Projo, yet he was voted back in. Same with Cicilline. People who worked for him at the polls told stories of how he bribed people to vote for him, and in addition he had basically bankrupted the city of Providence when he was mayor. His brother owed the city of Providence something like $75,000 in back taxes and when that hit the news, Cicilline fired his Tax Collector in an effort to pretend he knew nothing about it. Even his Chief of Staff said Cicilline knew about it! And he got voted back in to federal office.

    I seriously never thought I’d live to see the day where politicians were totally and blatantly out front with their corrupt actions and still got voted back in.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    comnsnse, well we seem to have a trend developing here of people getting out to Trenton! Would be great to get more of a presence on this blog of posters weighing in on their live game take of our youngens.

  124. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    cmnsense, Refsnyder has actually been playing 2B. Feliz has been moved to 3B with Zach Wilson out. I don’t know if it is a long term thing or not or just filling in for Zach while he is out. Saxon Butler has mostly been playing first. Encinas hasn’t just been good; he’s been lights out. He had shaky command of fb, and fringy secondary pitches when I saw him in SI, but looks like he has come a long way. Sorry he is not pitching when Dogs are in Lakewood.

  125. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    cmsense, sure, let me know but I tend to wait until last minute with attending of games based on the pitching rotation of the various clubs–Yanks, Trenton, SI once they are in the mix, and the hockey playoffs, which will affect my May, June attendance.

  126. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Trisha-

    All I was saying was that I did not mean to insult anyone, and was not trying to make a political statement.

    I’ve been to R.I. when I lived back East. I liked the coastline, the Mansions, and the seafood.

    Honestly, I think almost every place has something to recommend it.

    YF-

    You’ve got mail.

  127. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    MTU, the RI coastline is spectacular, especially driving along scenic route 1A from Newport down to Ct. border. I do that every summer. #heavenly

    I will check my mail. :)

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    MTU – of course I knew that! But in reality I wouldn’t wish this place on my worst enemy at this point in history.

    :)

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue April 29th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Anyway, have a great day all. I’m going to do denial on the state of my state and have a very nice day myself!

    :)

  130. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    cmnsense, Refsnyder has actually been playing 2B. Feliz has been moved to 3B with Zach Wilson out. I don’t know if it is a long term thing or not or just filling in for Zach while he is out.
    ///

    I think it would be fairly fickle of them to move Refsnyder to 1B so soon after having him convert from OF.

    I only like Feliz at 3B is we’re certain to re-sign Cano, and even then I am wary, since he would make a great Cano protege, given somewhat similar raw skillset defensively. Gumbs is still out, I trust?

    Somebody’s got to be on the move in there sometime soon.

  131. MTU April 29th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I’m out too. Time to get some exercise.

    Catch you all later.

    Have a good day.

  132. yankeefeminista April 29th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Have a good one, Yankee people.

  133. blake April 29th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Dan Uggla is killing the Braves…..I’ll trade them CoJo or Adams for McCann :)

  134. igotid88 April 29th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hughes would be cheaper than Price and is younger than him. Also he hasn’t pitched bad in NYS as some here would like you to believe. So unless he wants to leave and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big ballpark. We should try to re-sign him.

  135. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    So would I, but they wouldn’t :)

  136. blake April 29th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Gattis has fallen back to earth….so I’m wondering what they’ll do with him

  137. blake April 29th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    “Hughes would be cheaper than Price and is younger than him. Also he hasn’t pitched bad in NYS as some here would like you to believe. So unless he wants to leave and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big ballpark. We should try to re-sign him.”

    Hughes and Price are two totally different animals…..however they should extend Hughes iMO if he’s willing to discuss something in the 4 year range

  138. Ys Guy April 29th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    hey kids! another fine week in yankeeland!

    espn kept the yankees at #12 in their power rankings despite the fact that only 2 teams ahead of them have better records.

    don’t let the facts get in the way of the ‘yankees are done’ narrative.

    so how’s dr. doom (randy) doing with that same narrative so far?

  139. J. Alfred Prufrock April 29th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    igotid, the slider is back and so is Hughes. They had better re-up with him.

    Later folks.

  140. Ys Guy April 29th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    looks like the weather is going to clear up in both trenton and the bronx in time for tonight’s games.
    trenton tickets are like $10, but yankee tix are going for $6.

    …decisions, decisions….

  141. comnsnse April 29th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Trisha,R.I. founded by pirates and religionists.

    A symbiotic relationship for the ages! ;)

  142. comnsnse April 29th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Pru, you might not make a very good GM with that itchy trigger finger! ;)

  143. David in Cal April 29th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    If Romine can provide excellent fielding and an OBA of over .310, I’ll feel relieved.

    GregD, it took me a while to fully get into retirement. I suggest you try a bunch of different things. You may find a hobby you love that you didn’t expect to. I did.

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    blake April 29th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    “Hughes would be cheaper than Price and is younger than him. Also he hasn’t pitched bad in NYS as some here would like you to believe. So unless he wants to leave and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a big ballpark. We should try to re-sign him.”

    Hughes and Price are two totally different animals…..however they should extend Hughes iMO if he’s willing to discuss something in the 4 year range
    ——————

    Yea one is a southpaw and the other is a righty

  145. blake April 29th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    “Yea one is a southpaw and the other is a righty”

    Well that and one is a lot better than the other

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