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Rivera excited about return to Kansas City

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 09, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano RiveraBefore last night’s game, Mariano Rivera met with long-time Rockies employees as part of his effort to say thank you in every road city of his final season. When the meet-and-greet was over, last night’s Rockies starter, Juan Nicasio, emerged from the back of the room to ask Rivera for a picture. Sure, Nicasio was going to try to beat Rivera in a few hours, but first he wanted photographic proof that he’d met the game’s greatest closer.

The Yankees will wrap up their Rockies series this afternoon, then the Rivera farewell tour will make one of its most interesting stops: Kansas City, the site of last year’s season-ending ACL injury.

“I will enjoy it, definitely,” Rivera said. “Because that moment, and seeing where I am right now, that’s why it’s gratifying. … Being there, and appreciate what you’re going through. It could have happened in New York. It could have happened anywhere else. It happened in Kansas City. We’re going to play Kansas City. I’m just going to have the same fun that I’ve been having, the same fun that I always have. That ain’t going to put me down or have me say I don’t want to be here. No. I want to be there. I want to be there. I want to enjoy it. I want to see the doctor who took me to the hospital and say thank you. I want that.

“It’s not to feel sorry. It’s to have joy, because I’m still doing what I love to do.”

Rivera said he will shag fly balls tomorrow, just like he did a little more than a year ago.

“Nothing’s going to change,” he said. “I’m going to do what I love to do. And yes, I will. I got hurt like this, (but) I might go to the same spot where I landed, where I was. But I’m going to enjoy it. It’s nothing to regret. Nothing to regret.”

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134 Responses to “Rivera excited about return to Kansas City”

  1. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Let’s talk about Tex and SportsYapper again… that was the most interesting conversation from last night!

    How much is Tex getting paid for that stuff? I mean, I know that ALL SportsYapper endorses get paid a lot but I wanna make sure he’s putting up a worthy effort..

  2. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I didnt see it what was tex talking about?

  3. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I didnt see it what was tex talking about?

    —————–

    The Heat game!!!!

    #UghBasketball

  4. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    blake – From the last thread, I think it’s still okay to be against the Wells move and be pleasantly surprised by the fact that he’s a gamer. I said last night, in a vacuum it was never an awful decision, but it’s a matter of context.

    That said, he’s always been a professional, especially in LA where things have been ugly for him. I expected that much from him. I am surprised by the team effort and ‘up for anything’ attitude he brings to the table. Which as G.Love pointed out, is Youk-like as well.

  5. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I may break the rule with this one..

    Last night G.Love mentioned a time when Tex was asked if he could play third and brushed it off like it was crazy. I think that may have happened in last year’s playoffs.

    If Tex could actually be passable at 3B that’d be so, so much better lol. The fact that Arod plays 3B is more than half the reason I want him back so badly.

  6. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Tex is kinda annoying

  7. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Blake/YT-

    Question for you both at the end of the last thread.

    I’d appreciate a response.

    Thanks.

    ;)

  8. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I liked the Wells move much better when I saw how the money was structured

  9. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Last start Phelps was a bum in many people’s eyes.

    Last night a star.

    Truth is he was not as bad as he looked the 1st time nor as good as he looked last night.

    He’s an evolving young pitcher with good command and decent stuff.

    More than enough to get ML hitters out.

    At least a # 4 type guy IMO.

    Right now. Even though Nova has better pure stuff I think Phelps should be the guy to start.

    Ivan should go back down to AAA to work on his mechanics and FB command.

    He shouldn’t come up until he’s got it down solid again.

    And he shouldn’t just be handed a spot when he returns.

    He should be forced to reearn it.

    Phelps should be given an extended look.

    That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

    ;)

    P.S. And Romine should be allowed to catch a lot more often.

  10. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Do you really belive the Yankees aere going to let him displace Nova if Ivan is healthy ?”

    I honestly don’t know ….I think they could and that they absolutely should though

  11. pat May 9th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    craigcalcaterra
    Dan Shaughnessy can’t dunk anymore, so of course that means David Ortiz is on steroids. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......king-peds/ … via @HardballTalk

    Being tested 5 times already this season seems like a lot.

  12. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    You know… we play to enough egos on this team. I like Nova a lot, but Phelps is showing why he’s a better pitcher by making adjustments every start thus far. He didn’t have his greatest stuff last night (and doesn’t have great stuff to begin with) and made it work against a really tough line up in a park where they mash.

    Keep Nova waiting in AAA or put him in the pen. At least with Nova, innings build up isn’t an issue like it is with Phelps.

  13. pat May 9th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    “How much is Tex getting paid for that stuff? ”

    Less than Jeter did for having “an Edge”.

  14. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Just in case nobody mentioned it – Romine caught a very good game last night. I was really impressed both with his game calling and receiving. Very quiet back there – oh, and the throw was excellent.

  15. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    pat May 9th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    “How much is Tex getting paid for that stuff? ”

    Less than Jeter did for having “an Edge”.

    ——————-

    God I hope so…

  16. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Shame-

    He doesn’t have great stuff ?

    Really ?

    How did he make a fool of one the best hitter in baseball. Cargo ?

    Guess it was luck that helped throw that beautiful fading CU to him.

    ;)

  17. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    But I agree with you on one thing Shame.

    He didn’t have his BEST stuff last night.

    How good is he when he has that ?

    Yup. That’s right. Pretty good.

    ;)

  18. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    MTU – Stuff wise, Nova has a better arsenal.. but he can’t harness it, so it’s not worth nearly as much.

    (Actually it was Romine that won that game for Phelps, obv!! ;) )

  19. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Blake-

    thanks for the response.

    I’m not a betting Man but if I were to wager I’d place a bet on the side that says that the Yankees send Phelps right back to the pen when Nova gets healthy.

    Let ‘em prove me wrong.

    Phelps gets treated like the Uncle you just want to keep locked up in the basement. Or a swiss Army knife.

    He should be getting an extended look IMO. And Nova, who I love, should work on locating home plate again in the Minors.

    ;)

  20. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I’m not a betting Man but if I were to wager I’d place a bet on the side that says that the Yankees send Phelps right back to the pen when Nova gets healthy.

    ——————–

    I really hope not.. :(

    Where’s Nuno been lately, btw?

  21. MG May 9th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m on record as saying that Phelps should be in the rotation and Nova should be in AAA working on his new delivery.

    I think Phelps is a back of the rotation kind of guy, 5-6+ innings, 2-4 runs.

    He was very good last night, the Helton HR was off one of his typical mistakes pitching from the stretch.

    I don’t know if that is fixable as it’s been a consistent problem for him during his time with the Yankees. If he can, however, his ceiling goes up…

  22. RadioKev May 9th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Said it a week ago, but if Pineda comes back strong, I think Nova gets traded. I think some team would be interested in his upside. I don’t really expect a big trade, that’s not typically the Yanks’ MO, but I can see it for a useful piece.

  23. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Isn’t it great? There are four starting pitchers that are vying for one spot. Joba might have just been Wally Pipped for the seventh inning. On a team that can’t develop pitchers.

  24. MG May 9th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Nova’s outing yesterday, as reported, doesn’t sound like a guy ready to make a start at the big league level.

    I’d much prefer to see Nuno get it on Monday…

  25. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Shame-

    You should know by now that there is a lot more to being a successful ML pitcher than just pure stuff.

    The road is littered with guys who had “stuff” but never learned how to command it.

    I hope Ivan is not one of them but I know Phelps isn’t.

    His combination of stuff is better than what Nova is throwing up there right now.

    And again, in my opinion, Phelps is very under rated for what he can do on a mound.

    Frankly, I wonder if Ivan will ever be able to truly harness his FB, or rather whether he is destined to be forever inconsistent with it.

    I hope he can. Baring that he cannot be successful IMO. He needs to command that FB a lot better.

    He’s had a lot of chances to learn. Time is running out.

    There are others who have earned their shot.

    ;)

  26. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    “Just in case nobody mentioned it – Romine caught a very good game last night. I was really impressed both with his game calling and receiving. Very quiet back there – oh, and the throw was excellent.”

    Agreed….

  27. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Bo knows says:
    May 9, 2013 at 9:45 am
    Isn’t it great? There are four starting pitchers that are vying for one spot. Joba might have just been Wally Pipped for the seventh inning. On a team that can’t develop pitchers.

    Whatever the pecking order behind Mo and Drob…..adding another reliable guy that can miss bats is nice…..if Claiborne is for real then they could have a super deep pen by the 2nd half when Montgomery is up

  28. MG May 9th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    the Yankees have 8 games in the next 7 days, Romine will catch either 2 or 3 of them for sure…

  29. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    “I think Phelps is a back of the rotation kind of guy, 5-6+ innings, 2-4 runs.”

    Yea I agree but that’s a good 5….and I think he may just flat be better than Nova

  30. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    MG-

    He gave up 2 runs and a handful of hits to oneof the better hitting teams in the AL.

    That “problem” you speak of is minimal IMO.

    And I am confident that he can fix if he needs to.

    You and I are just not going to agree I guess on just what Phelps cieling can be.

    I see him as having way more potential than you.

    Anyway, thanks for the perspective on the issue with Picthing from the stretch.

    I’ll take a performance like he gave last night every time.

    ;)

  31. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Blake-

    I hope Phelps gets a chance to prove both you and MG wrong about his cieling.

    ;)

  32. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If the playoffs started today…..the AL teams would be Rangers, Tigers, Sox, Orioles, and Yanks

    NL: braves, cards, giants, Rockies, Dbacks

    The offseason champs once again not doin so good…..

  33. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Even in just a couple of games, Romine has shown that he’s at least BU material. His offense will dictate how far he rises above that level. Despite all the kye eying the Yankees are handling him well, easing him into the fold.

  34. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    MG-

    sorry. Better hitting teams in the NL.

    Senility returns.

    :(

  35. pat May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Another season, another injury for Brian Roberts. It’s insane.

    “……Roberts will undergo surgery to repair a damaged part of his hamstring and be lost another six weeks,…..”

  36. MG May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    MTU, I said weeks ago, before Nova was hurt, that Phelps should be in the rotation instead of Nova.

    The stretch issue isn’t minimal as he’s had games that have gotten away from him because of it, like his last start before last night.

    I think I’ve given a fair appraisal of his ability and also said if he fixes the stretch issue he could get a lot better.

    Except for the bad pitch to Helton, he pitched very well last night.

    Why do you take that as criticism?

  37. longtimefan May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Time for Cano to watch some video, I would recommend the one of Boesch hustling down to first base in the 9th last night, good things happen when you play hard!

  38. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    MTU says:
    May 9, 2013 at 9:51 am
    Blake-

    I hope Phelps gets a chance to prove both you and MG wrong about his cieling.”

    Me too….there is nothing wrong with being a solid back end starter in the big leagues…..Id take that life and pay check ;)

    He might could be a tick better in a different division and park

  39. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    David Phelps.

    The new Rodney Dangerfield of the Yankees.

    Too funny.

    :)

  40. Tackelberry May 9th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Gotta figure ROmine will catch tne Sunday game in KC (day game after a night game), and then 1 of the games of the doubleheader on Monday.

  41. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    longtimefan says:
    May 9, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Time for Cano to watch some video, I would recommend the one of Boesch hustling down to first base in the 9th last night, good things happen when you play hard.

    Good things also happen when you oPS .950 like Cano is…..

  42. Carly May 9th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Luv Mo’s attitude about things. It is what makes him Mo :)

    Nice gritty win last night. Good to hear about Granderson’s possible return next week. Would be great to add Grandy, You’ll, and Adams in the next 10 days-or-so!

  43. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Even in just a couple of games, Romine has shown that he’s at least BU materia”

    He can defend …..I don’t know how much he will hit . The yanks have a lot of options at catcher for the future….hopefully one of them will take the reigns and run. Murphy could be ready to throw his name in the hat by next year

  44. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    MG-

    I don’t take it as criticism as much as not enough praise.

    I believe you still view his cieling incorrectly but time will tell who has the right view of him.

    Just hope he gets the chance he has earned to demonstrate what he is one way or the other.

    And even if he turns out to be what you see him as he still has value to the Yankees in that role.

    He’s a lot more than just some guy you shuttle back and forth between starting and the pen because you have no one else.

    IMO Phleps has succeeded in spite of the Yankees not because of them.

    :)

  45. blake May 9th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Hey stone….why did you start a new franchise rather than make a Stoneburner 5?

  46. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    BTW, taking a look at the HR review process….. realizing how dumb it is…

  47. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Phelps has done whatever the yanks have asked and he’s pitched well in whatever role they have put him in…..all he can do is pitch as best he can. He’s earned the right to stay in the rotation and I hope the yanks reward him…..it’s nothing against Nova…..but hes not pitching well and needs to do some work at AAA. He needs to go down with the same attitude as before and use it as motivation to get better

  48. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Blake-

    Question is, Will he get the opportunity he has earned ?

    That’s what I’d like to know.

    Guess we’re gonna find out.

    Mustelier earned a shot too.

    I want to see him when the time is right.

    Guys need to know that when they perform they’ll get the opportunity.

    I was happy to see what Caliborne did last night.

    I want to see more of him and a little less of Kelley right now.

    See where I’m goin’ ?

    ;)

  49. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I don’t understand why the conflicting viewpoints on the pitching. It’s a competition. Nova had a head start because of previous success. It’s now even or even slanted to Phelps due to recent success. Personally, I think Warren has a higher ceiling than both of them.

    These are good times. Both Pettitte and CC are struggling, if they’re nursing an injury, the replacement would be seamless. Totally amazing.

  50. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Instant replay isn’t worth much if they still screw it up

  51. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Blake-

    agree 100% w. the 10:02 post.

    Let’s see if the Yankees will send a healthy Nova to AAA again ?

  52. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Tackelberry May 9th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Gotta figure ROmine will catch tne Sunday game in KC (day game after a night game), and then 1 of the games of the doubleheader on Monday.

    ——————

    Definitely.

    I’d really love to have Grandy back for that double header….

  53. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Instant replay isn’t worth much if they still screw it up

    ——————–

    The mere fact that someone thought it was necessary to have all 4 umpires exit the field of play to evaluate what could be done from the broadcast booth…..

  54. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Is dumb.

  55. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    IMO Phleps has succeeded in spite of the Yankees not because of them.
    ——–

    Easy, easy

    Whatever the methodology, it’s working.

    Next we’ll have “Girardi’s an idiot” and “Fire Cashman”,

  56. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    “Personally, I think Warren has a higher ceiling than both of them”

    Not sure i agre there…..though I think all 3 of them are back end guys on a team like the Yanks. Warren doesn’t have much fastball movement…..he doesn’t really manipulate the ball like Phelps and he doesn’t have the velo or secondary pitches that Nova does. That said his heater has been playing up a bit more this year and his slider is pretty good too…..they are all different but IMO add up to similar packages…..I just like Phelps’s ability to move the ball around ….cutting it and sinking it etc…..I think it gives him more ways to get outs

  57. bruceb May 9th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    The Bronx is Vernon. Love it!

    Nova may have better “stuff” than Phelpsy, but David is both smarter and gutsier. The kid has balls. Give him his run on Broadway.

  58. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The mere fact that someone thought it was necessary to have all 4 umpires exit the field of play to evaluate what could be done from the broadcast booth…..”

    The on field umpires shouldn’t be reviewing this stuff anyways…..they should let the the central MLB office do it…..it woukd be much faster and probably more accurate

  59. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    And when I speak of giving Phelps an extended look I don’t mean just 1 or 2 starts.

    I’m speaking of a Month’s worth of starts, or more.

    Let him have the security of having earned a spot so we can see what he can do.

    And Nova can try to take it back later on.

    That seems reasonable and fair doesn’t it ?

  60. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Next we’ll have “Girardi’s an idiot” and “Fire Cashman”,

    :roll:

  61. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Girardi wins baseball games…..he drives me crazy sometimes but his teams have tended to overachieve IMO the last couple of seasons. Compare that with somebody like Scoscia who’s teams consistently underachieve

  62. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    The mere fact that someone thought it was necessary to have all 4 umpires exit the field of play to evaluate what could be done from the broadcast booth…..”

    The on field umpires shouldn’t be reviewing this stuff anyways…..they should let the the central MLB office do it…..it woukd be much faster and probably more accurate

    ———————-

    Batters review at-bats when they go back to the dugout!! By the time the umps confer and leave the field, the home audience has seen the replay multiple times from multiple angles.

    DUMB.

  63. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    That seems reasonable and fair doesn’t it ?
    ——–
    What the Yankees are doing with Phelps is exactly what was done for years in developing starters – See Baltimore in the Weaver glory years.

    To quote a phrase – “It’s a process”.

  64. blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “Batters review at-bats when they go back to the dugout!! By the time the umps confer and leave the field, the home audience has seen the replay multiple times from multiple angles.”

    It’s ridiculous …MLB can be so smart on some things…..and so dumb on others

  65. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    It’s how I feel Bo.

    Nothing to take it easy about.

    I meant what I said and I stand by it.

    It’s cool with me if you or others disagree. that’s waht makes the World go round.

    I give Phelps more credit than the Yankees. It’s a credit to his determination and talent.

    Not to their excellent development scheme IMO.

    I think that has to be pointed out. Highlighted.

    He’s been Noesi’ed and he has survived it.

    It’s time he gets an extended look as a SP. He’s earned it.

    I’ve been pulling for him all along.

    I’m glad he opened eyes once again last night. He’s done it before and been left out to pasture.

    I hope this time the result is different.

  66. Bo knows May 9th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I actually went back and re watched those three innings by Warren. Sitting 92-94, 2 FBs – slider and CU were very good.

    I was totally surprised by the package. I wasn’t very impressed by his past appearances. This was kind of a revelation.

  67. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    blake May 9th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    “Batters review at-bats when they go back to the dugout!! By the time the umps confer and leave the field, the home audience has seen the replay multiple times from multiple angles.”

    It’s ridiculous …MLB can be so smart on some things…..and so dumb on others

    —————–

    And it’s weird because this isn’t one of those game altering decisions (like removing/implementing the DH from one league or another). The type of review process you mention has been implemented for goal reviews in hockey for years.

    I dunno who the Umpire union has dirt on, but whoever and whatever it is must be epic. (Ironically, our idea would create MORE umpiring jobs, but the guys in the booth wouldn’t get to be on TV and junk so obv these prima donnas aren’t interested..)

  68. longtimefan May 9th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    longtimefan says:
    May 9, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Time for Cano to watch some video, I would recommend the one of Boesch hustling down to first base in the 9th last night, good things happen when you play hard.

    Good things also happen when you oPS .950 like Cano is…..

    Still doesn’t hustle …Jeter always hustled and probably not as good a hitter as Cano but a more complete player

  69. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Bo-

    I don’t agree with the way the Yankees sometimes yo-yo their Pitchers.

    You may think it’s a good way. I do not.

    People have got on me for this before but I like the way Tampa does it.

    They keep a guy in the Minors until they are fully ready inningswise, etc.

    When they do finally bring them up they stay in a assigned role unless or until they fail.

    They have had a lot of succes developing Pitchers so I think there methods are worthy.

    Maybe more worthy than the ones the Yankees may be using.

    That’s my take.

    I understand yours.

    ;)

  70. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    From what was said yesterday, does it seem Nova will get a start in the double header? Because the impression I got was that he may not be ready…

    Do we see Wang? Nuno perhaps?

  71. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I hope they Nuno on a SP routine.

    He’s another guy with potential despite his lack of the sexy stuff.

    Maybe we need to redefine what’s “sexy” a little ?

    ;)

  72. jpb173 May 9th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    If Alex Rodriguez is ARod then shouldn’t we start referring to Vernon Wells as VWells?

  73. joecembrale May 9th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    longtimefan May 9th, 2013 at 10:19 am
    longtimefan says:
    May 9, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Time for Cano to watch some video, I would recommend the one of Boesch hustling down to first base in the 9th last night, good things happen when you play hard.

    Good things also happen when you oPS .950 like Cano is…..

    Still doesn’t hustle …Jeter always hustled and probably not as good a hitter as Cano but a more complete player

    *****

    one of the things that always bugs me with Cano.

  74. MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    OK. It’s that wonderful time to walk the Mops.

    The other little one is fianlly feeling well enough to come along.

    :)

  75. 86w183 May 9th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Good morning all —–

    Who knew that Wells was the best option for 3B??

    I’m only half kidding. Against a team with little if any speed why not give him a start and eliminate the virtually automatic out in the lineup?? It’s not like he’s replacing Brooks Robinson over there.

    Great start for Phelps. Hope Nuno gets one in Cleveland.

  76. MG May 9th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    MTU May 9th, 2013 at 10:09 am
    And when I speak of giving Phelps an extended look I don’t mean just 1 or 2 starts.

    I’m speaking of a Month’s worth of starts, or more.
    —————–
    MTU, this seems to be an emotional subject for you but Phelps was given a shot in the rotation in August-September, 2012.

    He made 8 starts in that time with a few relief performances thrown in.

    I added up his stats for those 8 starts:
    43 innings
    38 hits
    21 Earned runs
    16 BB
    33 K

    That’s pretty consistent with my 5-6+ innings per start, 2-4 runs given up opinion.

    He was given a disproportionate number of innings this year in spring training, I’m assuming to give him some work so he could handle the possibility of moving back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen.

    He is going to get a shot as well this year-Nova hasn’t done anything when healthy, Andy will probably miss a few more starts, and he’s already pitching in the rotation.

    He got 11 starts in total last year, maybe he gets 15-20 this year, maybe more if he stays in the rotation.

    That seems like a pretty good shot to me but everyone has their own opinion and I know I won’t change your mind.

  77. Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Shame -

    On Nancy – OMG!!! She just gets worse and worse. If it’s not written down – forget it! Even when it IS written down she has trouble reading the teleprompter. The only thing she does reasonably well is Yankees Magazine and that’s not live (so how many takes does she get??).

  78. RadioKev May 9th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    And again, in my opinion, Phelps is very under rated for what he can do on a mound.
    ———-

    Yeah MTU, I think his approach is pretty advanced given how many major league starts he’s had.

  79. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Shame -

    On Nancy – OMG!!! She just gets worse and worse. If it’s not written down – forget it! Even when it IS written down she has trouble reading the teleprompter. The only thing she does reasonably well is Yankees Magazine and that’s not live (so how many takes does she get??).

    —————————

    At first I thought maybe she had a retainer in or something because she was slurring her words so badly lol!!!!

    It’s like watching Hoda and Kathy Lee try to do baseball..

  80. Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    On Tex – I wonder if he’s even texting that stuff himself, or does he have “people” who do that?

  81. MG May 9th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:36 am
    On Tex – I wonder if he’s even texting that stuff himself, or does he have “people” who do that?
    ———————-
    Teix is one of the founding partners and investors in Sports Yapper, there was an article about it in Forbes last year.

    It’s not my cup of tea but the people who started it have very successful backgrounds in business…

  82. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Phelps being able to deliver quality starts in the #5 spot is nothing to sneeze at, and I don’t think anyone’s doing that.

  83. 86w183 May 9th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    On the umpiring thing MLB should have a replay official, but I do NOT want that guy to be an umpire. Train the replay “official” for that specific job and assign one to each stadium so they are extremely familiar with the facility, its quirks and so forth.

    That was the official is not obligated to his/her fellow umpires or anyone else. Also, you have no travel costs, just a game fee and maybe a meal.

    By the way, only three umpires can go back to review the video, one stays on the field.

    AND I also want Phelps staying in the rotation with Nova building himself back up more gradually… with an emphasis on fastball command.

  84. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Sure, Wells is a good addition to the Yankee Clubhouse, a good guy in general, BLAH\BLAH\BLAH. I just do NOT wanta hear Cashman cry “poor mouth” at the trade deadline. No matter what kinda numbers Wells puts up over the course of the season, at the trade deadline, a team knows Exactly what it needs to get into the Playoffs. Well’s $12 Mill could go a Long way come the trade deadline.

  85. Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    MG -

    Did not know that. Still, he doesn’t have to do the tweeting himself, does he?

    I don’t really much care, they’re easily ignored if you’re not interested. :)

    Not everyone can have an Edge. ;)

    ***

    Shame – at least Kathy Lee and Hoda would be funny….

  86. 86w183 May 9th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Well’s $12 Mill could go a Long way come the trade deadline.

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

    True, but the bottom line is the guy has been the Yankees second best player this season. For a net of $ 12 M that’s a pretty good deal.

  87. MG May 9th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Doreen May 9th, 2013 at 10:45 am
    MG -

    Did not know that. Still, he doesn’t have to do the tweeting himself, does he?
    ———————–
    he’s probably doing it himself, it’s only a couple of times a week, I would think that if someone else was doing it there would be lots more or his name would be David Aardsma :)

  88. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    A scout’s opinion of the kids in Trenton. A lot of good info. Of course, like all scouts, take it with a grain of salt:

    http://minormatterstrenton.blo.....enton.html

  89. DONNYBROOK May 9th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I’m Not saying thus far that Wells has Not been good. I just see Hal turing his pockets inside out come the trade deadline. AND, the Yanks should do Everything they can to ensure MO gets 1 last Playoff Tour. To see MO retire after Game 162 would be a heart breaker.

  90. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    And his opinion on kids in Tampa:

    http://minormatterstrenton.blo.....tampa.html

  91. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I totally disagree with nameless scout on Austin….I actually think he’s got the best cance of the bunch to be a big league regular……that guy woukd have probably said the same thing about David Wrigrs swing too who also can get a bit long…..

  92. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    From that link:

    SANCHEZ: Sanchez is good. He’s getting more mature. He’s catching better. I saw him catch four games – no balls got to the screen. He’s moving good, he’s receiving better. His arm’s great. I saw him hit a bomb home run to left field and he can go to right-center – he’s good.

    I think he’s just as good a hitter as Montero and he’s a better defender. Ask me who I’d rather have, I’d rather have Sanchez. I think he can hang right with his bat – Montero’s got a good bat. He hasn’t done it yet, but I think it (still) will by the way. I’d give Sanchez a little edge and Sanchez is a way better defender.

    I think he’s a solid-average defender. I think he’s a 55 defender. Not now, but when he matures. I see him getting better and better and better each year I see him. He was a 40 going to a 50 originally. I thought he would be athletic enough to do it. Now he’s probably a 45 going to a 55.

  93. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    totally disagree with nameless scout on Austin….I actually think he’s got the best cance of the bunch to be a big league regular……that guy woukd have probably said the same thing about David Wrigrs swing too who also can get a bit long…..

    ————-

    I tend to agree with you. But there does seem to be a 50/50 split on him when it comes to scouts. You hear a lot of 4th OFer stuff.

  94. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    It’s ok to have a little length to a swing if you have a good approach and bat speed …..back in the old days you needed a little length to generate power …..

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “i think as long as girardi is there, the catching situation is going to be impacted by girardi’s high standards.”

    randy, I can respect this view. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing, but I understand overall when you say it may not always be a good thing. I personally don’t think last night was one of those situations.

    “But go back and read the end of the game thread where you mock other posters multiple times. That is NOT being positive”

    I read it and actually saw only one thing – where I addressed you, referring to you being upset. Before that jerkface accused me of trolling the comment section, something I considered pretty funny since I hadn’t said anything other than I thought Girardi managed the game really well.

    Because some people feel Romine has been treated poorly doesn’t necessarily make it so. I’ll leave it at that.

    **********

    This is NOT a thread for political comment, but only because I just caught something on the news do I want to say I find it chilling every time I hear that warnings about specific terrorists or planned acts of terrorism were sent to the US and somehow overlooked. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, either, in terms of acts of terrorism that have been carried out. Not sure who, but someone is asleep at the switch.

    :(

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The second part of the comment was for Tar, not randy.

    :)

  97. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I tend to agree with you. But there does seem to be a 50/50 split on him when it comes to scouts. You hear a lot of 4th OFer stuff.”

    Somebody is wrong…,I like his approach and think he has enough bat speed . I don’t know if he will be an all star player or anything but I do think he will be a every day player.

    I also don’t get this bullpen stuff with Ramirez…..that’s worst case scenario IMO. The slider is good enough…..if he can stay healthy and refine his command he’s a starter…..only way Id put him in the pen is if he just can’t stay healthy starting

  98. luis May 9th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Good morning still,

    About Romine… He did a fine job… He should be out there more and given more responsability… Stew has no upside, he does.

    About Austin, He is good and probably the best of the bunch… But Flores is no slouch either… Williams and heatcott are good too… i ampretty sure that we will have a very good homegrown OF in the not so distant future.

    I said it the moment I saw Claiborne pitch… He is a keeper… He’s got nasty stuff with lots of movement… The reason Montgomery wasn’t called is that he was sitting 89-91 with the FB… And from the only time I saw him pitch in ST, he has a good slider, but his FB is pedestrian ( to straight and sitting 91-92)… But if Newman is right, if manages to sit 94, then the story is different.

    Phelps has earned his spot. Nova should stay down to iron out his mechanics. But Blake, Nova will be much better than Phelps and Hughes if he manages to find a consistent delivery. It is too early to throw him down the bus.

    Randy,

    As usual, on point.

  99. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    @jnorris427: Scout’s notes – Tampa: (C. Black, Greene, Sanchez, Refsnyder, Williams) http://t.co/LDSa14qU26 @TampaYankees #Yankees

    Not the best report on Mason…..but honestly I really could care less what nameless scouts think…..

  100. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    David Phelps looked so good. I think a starting pitcher needs to be doing just that, though I realize it isn’t always possible. I believe he will just continue to get better. Not sure when Nova is due back, but Joe is going to have a potentially tough situation on his hands. Phelps and Romine worked so well together.

  101. luis May 9th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Blake,

    What a coincidence… After the DUI he’s got character issues…

  102. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    “Phelps has earned his spot. Nova should stay down to iron out his mechanics. But Blake, Nova will be much better than Phelps and Hughes if he manages to find a consistent delivery. It is too early to throw him down the bus.”

    I just don’t agree….particulary with Hughes. Hughes is a tier above both of those guys IMO both in current performance and upside. JMO and I’ve said this since last year…..I wish Nova the best and I would love for him to figure things out…..but I fear this is more just who he is than a rough patch…..Hughes is roughly the same age as both of those guys

  103. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Not the best report on Mason…..but honestly I really could care less what nameless scouts think…..

    ——————

    At least when Law tells us what he thinks we can assume the opposite is true!! :twisted:

    It’s a shame about Mason’s DUI… no one is happy with that.. but he isn’t the first, unfortunately. Hopefully it will be his last and a learning/growing experience.

  104. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “What a coincidence… After the DUI he’s got character issues…”

    May be some truth and some narrative…..I get the idea that the Yanks are higher on Heathcott though…..Mason is just a kid …..he will grow up

  105. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    …Does anyone know what Wang’s schedule looks like? Could he possibly make an appearance for the double header?

  106. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Not the best report on Mason…..but honestly I really could care less what nameless scouts think…..

    ————–

    Unfortunately, it’s not a new opinion. It’s been out there for close to 2 seasons.

    Also, it was the only truly negative opinion that scout gave of all the players he mentioned. I don’t know, I think it’s worrisome.

  107. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    “Also, it was the only truly negative opinion that scout gave of all the players he mentioned. I don’t know, I think it’s worrisome.”

    It’s hard to say….sounds like he’s basing it off just 4 games. He’s just a kid…..sure youd love to hear better stuff but without seeing him myself or the context I don’t put much stock in it. When I have seen him play he doesn’t look close physically and it doesn’t sound like he’s close emotionally or mentally either

  108. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Regarding Williams:

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 17m It’s an attitude thing, and it’s not the first (or second) time I’ve heard it.

  109. Ys Guy May 9th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    idiot GM and moron manager must be the luckiest guys in the world to have this team on a pace for 96 wins….
    the genius gm’s on here would have hamilton batting 4th and montero batting 5th.

    combined i think those two may have breached the mendoza line so far…

  110. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    sure youd love to hear better stuff but without seeing him myself or the context I don’t put much stock in it.

    ———————-

    Fair enough. Like what I read on Murphy and Sanchez though. Exciting stuff at the C position.

  111. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    @jnorris427: Scout’s notes: Charleston – http://t.co/und4op7sog @ChasRiverDogs #Yankees

  112. luis May 9th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Blake,

    It’s just my opinion too… Time will tell

  113. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Good report on Campos….pretty awful on both Dante and Culver .

    Having first round picks not become big leaguers is one thing…..having them struggle this much in the Sally league in back to back seasons is bad when they are your #1 guys in consecutive years

  114. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 5m Last two days, Melky Mesa: 0 for 7, 7 Ks, 52 Ks in 113 ABs this year.

  115. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    @jnorris427: Note on Charleston: He said he liked DePaula but was blanking on the specifics, so I didn’t include him.

  116. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    “idiot GM and moron manager must be the luckiest guys in the world to have this team on a pace for 96 wins….”

    If they can get just a tad luckier, I could win my own candy!

    :)

  117. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Regarding Williams:

    Josh Norris ?@jnorris427 17m It’s an attitude thing, and it’s not the first (or second) time I’ve heard it.

    ——————–

    It’s sort of a shame that it’s so hard to believe this stuff… you want to take guys at their word, but we’re told a lot of guys have attitude issues and it’s a mixed bag as to the accuracy.

  118. ac1 May 9th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....um=twitter

    ____

    Oh man this is rich!
    Twice now he has been accused..

  119. luis May 9th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Ugh! Later guys

  120. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I haven’t read much of the stuff but how can you not go outside once for ten years? Did that fiend deliver the babies too? Am

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Amazing truth stranger than fiction.

  122. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Ortiz should begin another internal investigation…. and dress like Carmen Sandiego while he performs it.

  123. CountryClub May 9th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Between Cervelli, Romine, Murphy and Sanchez, the Yanks may actually have a ML position locked up for the next decade. I would love to see it (especially if one of Murphy/Sanchez hits like they project).

  124. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    @ProfessorParks: I love that fact that a Google image search of my name brings up pictures of Verducci, Martin Kove, Tom Selleck, and a miniature donkey.

    Strange dude

  125. Against All Odds May 9th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:35 am
    Good report on Campos….pretty awful on both Dante and Culver .

    Having first round picks not become big leaguers is one thing…..having them struggle this much in the Sally league in back to back seasons is bad when they are your #1 guys in consecutive years

    —————

    That’s what happens when you reach

  126. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    @McCulloughSL: Exit Halo Lineup: Gardner 8, Nix 6, Cano 4, Wells 7, Francisco 9, Nelson 5, Overbay 3, Stewart 2, Sabathia 1. #yankees

  127. joecembrale May 9th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:41 am
    Ortiz should begin another internal investigation…. and dress like Carmen Sandiego while he performs it.

    All you have to do is look at his David Arias Twins card and check how he looked two years later- like he swallowed a pontiac.

  128. Against All Odds May 9th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue May 9th, 2013 at 11:38 am
    I haven’t read much of the stuff but how can you not go outside once for ten years? Did that fiend deliver the babies too?

    ——————–

    I think he did or at least had help.

  129. blake May 9th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    @WheresKernan: Michael Pineda’s busted window:

    http://t.co/euGtHNHLfh

  130. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    as a Group Leader with the study abroad program The Experiment in International Living.

  131. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    as a Group Leader with the study abroad program The Experiment in International Living.

    ——————

    Ugh, wrong copy and paste lol!

  132. pat May 9th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    “Wells had never played third base at any level, including little league, he said. He did play a little shortstop. He was an outfielder by trade at Bowie High School in Arlington, Tex., but in his senior year, he was forced to move in to short when the entire infield — all four members — failed to meet academic requirements.

    “Report cards came out, and they all failed,” he said. “It’s a true story.”

  133. Shame Spencer May 9th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    :arrow:

  134. Niblick May 9th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Girardi has fashioned a lineup in his own image. If anyone remembers, Girardi’s lifetime slash line was .267/.315/.350.

    He has finally succeeded in bringing the Yankees down to his level of mediocrity.


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