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Romine catching on

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Austin RomineAustin Romine got off to a slow start behind the plate after being called up when Francisco Cervelli went down with a broken hand.

There was that forgettable first start April 29 against the Astros at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitte lost his cutter in the first inning and Romine struggled to get on the same page with him. The Yankees ended up losing 9-1.

But the 24-year-0ld rookie catcher has taken some steps forward back there since then. Good thing, too. Because Cervelli’s primary replacement, Chris Stewart, hurt his groin Thursday night and has been only available in a pinch. It sounded like Stewart won’t be starting the first two games in Baltimore. So Romine, who has guided the pitchers to a 2.25 ERA during his 60 innings, will get more time.

“I think he’s gotten in a better rhythm with our pitchers,” Girardi said. “He has a better understanding. He’s been able to watch them a couple of times. He’s gotten back there with I think almost everybody at this point. So I think he’s just getting more comfortable.

“It’s always tough when you come in the middle of the season as a catcher, and especially when you’re a young catcher, to feel like you know exactly what they want to do. That can be difficult. It could be a day when the guy doesn’t have everything, and that even makes it harder. But I think he’s adjusted really, really well.”

Romine is also 3 for 6 at the plate over the last two games after starting out 1 for 16.

Photo by The Associated Press.

 
 

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239 Responses to “Romine catching on”

  1. Jesus Bustero May 19th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’m looking forward to Cervelli’s return. By then maybe Romine will have established a compelling case for himself at the major league level. 2014 will be the beginning of a new catching era for the Yankees with the tandem of Cervelli and Romine.

  2. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    This is Romine’s job to win now.

  3. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    2014 will be the beginning of a new catching era for the Yankees with the tandem of Cervelli and Romine.
    ============
    JR Murphy and Gary Sanchez might have something to say about this.

  4. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Could be a lot of anger if/when Romine gets sent down after Cervelli comes back.

  5. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    ” So Romine, who has guided the pitchers to a 2.25 ERA during his 60 innings, will get more time.”

    Oy! What an unfortunate choice of words! So Romine guided the Yankee pitchers to a 2.25 ERA? Talk about overstating the case! Can’t we just say that Romine has done a nice job filling in? I’m pretty sure that Kuroda would still be lights out, even if I was catching him.

  6. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Romine could play himself into the starting job. This is prolly what they wanted all along.

  7. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    “I have never got the feeling that Randy will avoid any subject, right or wrong.”

    Wow, you have missed a whole lot of randyness over the years. ;)

  8. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Randy is using Montero as a means to get followers at LoHud.
    It seems to be working…
    Why he would do this is the bigger question.

  9. fantasygame101 May 19th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    It was a bad mistake on girardi not protecting romine on andy’s horrible start. It turns out andy was the culprit after all bec. he was also horrible in his next start. Romine deserves the benefit of the doubt until he proves he is not capable bec. we are talking not posey or McCann but stewart here as an alternative

  10. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Could be a lot of anger if/when Romine gets sent down after Cervelli comes back.

    Probably. The truth is that neither Cervelli nor Stewart deserves to get sent down. This will be a delicate issue for the Yanks to manage going forward. It also means that the Yanks will be in no hurry to bring back Cervelli if Romine plays well, because Cervy’s injury will provide them plenty of good excuses.

  11. CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I’d be shocked if Romine is not sent down once Stewart and Cervelli come back…..no matter how well he’s playing.

  12. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Pudge Rodriguez had an amazingly difficult time adjusting to new team mid-year. Glad Romine didn’t have to jump into the deep during a pennant race.

  13. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Stewart can’t be sent down, he has no options. That was the ostensible reason they sent Cervelli down last season after the acquired Stewart.

  14. Giuseppe Franco May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I’d be happy with Romine just getting more playing time over Stewart. The kid can’t improve at this level if he’s not playing.

    I’m not concerned with him winning the starting job.

  15. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Almost every player decision has been based on an injury.
    This has made Girardi’s job easier, not harder, as the moves are based on necessity not choice.
    Fortunately, we have a good farm system to back them up.

  16. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I’d be shocked if Romine is not sent down once Stewart and Cervelli come back…..no matter how well he’s playing.
    ===

    I don’t think that the Yanks necessarily believe in Cervelli. If Romine is going good, I think that they will be inclined to prolong the experiment.

  17. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    If Romine proves himself until Cervelli is ready, then Cervelli should be traded. His value is high right now and he might not be who he appeared to be before his injury.

  18. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    If Romine proves himself until Cervelli is ready, then Cervelli should be traded. His value is high right now and he might not be who he appeared to be before his injury.
    ==

    No, I think that Cervy is too valuable to trade right now, absent some unbelievable offer. We need the depth at the postion. I think that the right move would be to send Romine back down.

  19. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I think that the right move would be to send Romine back down.
    =========================
    Depends what he has done by that time.
    Their attachment to Stewart might preclude them from letting him go for a Romine/Cervelli platoon.

  20. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Does anybody have an opinion why the Moody Blues are not in the Rock Hall of Fame?

    Also thinking Joe C*cker and Richie Havens belong.

  21. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Fantasy – Great post. I have been saying that as well. Others would argue that the follow up start is on Romine as well. But I agree with you.

    Because Stewie is easy competition for Austin, let’s compare Montero and Austin? Who ya got? :wink:

  22. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    For all you guys who thought the Ankees should get Dan Haren, he s killing my fantasy team.

    I cannot carry him anymore. Strasburg is another guy who’s not helping me either, but I’m stuck with him.

    Sheesh!!!

  23. CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Dr. James Andrews told us on the Front Office that in his professional opinion 120 should be the pitch limit for starting pitchers #PHealth

  24. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    ” So Romine, who has guided the pitchers to a 2.25 ERA during his 60 innings, will get more time.”

    Oy! What an unfortunate choice of words! So Romine guided the Yankee pitchers to a 2.25 ERA? Talk about overstating the case! Can’t we just say that Romine has done a nice job filling in? I’m pretty sure that Kuroda would still be lights out, even if I was catching him.

    ==========================================

    If you’re going to blame Romine for Andy’s bad game, you need to give him credit for when the satff pitches well when he catches.

  25. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    When Billy Martin managed the A’s he threw his starters out there for 9 innings.
    That did not fare too well for their arms.

  26. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    ” So Romine, who has guided the pitchers to a 2.25 ERA during his 60 innings, will get more time.”

    Oy! What an unfortunate choice of words! So Romine guided the Yankee pitchers to a 2.25 ERA? Talk about overstating the case! Can’t we just say that Romine has done a nice job filling in? I’m pretty sure that Kuroda would still be lights out, even if I was catching him.

    ==========================================

    If you’re going to blame Romine for Andy’s bad game, you need to give him credit for when the satff pitches well when he catches.
    =====

    No, I don’t need to do any such thing. I never blamed Romine for Andy’s bad start. I’m pretty sure that Girardi didn’t blame him either.

  27. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Cute of Heyman to find a picture of Romine with Chad looking on as he makes the catch. :lol:

  28. joeman May 19th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    all Romine has to do is play and doing this he will get better ……he will be a better all around player than Cervelli ever thought of being

  29. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    For all you guys who thought the Ankees should get Dan Haren, he s killing my fantasy team.

    I cannot carry him anymore. Strasburg is another guy who’s not helping me either, but I’m stuck with him.

    Sheesh!!!

    Does your fantasy league only count wins? Otherwise concerning Strasburg, how could a pitcher with a 2.83 ERA, 55 K’s in 57 innings and a 1.16 whip not be helping you?

  30. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Romine could develop, but 2-3 years from now when Sanchez is ready, what do they do?

  31. joeman May 19th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Strasburg…will turn it around

  32. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    CountryClub says:
    May 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Dr. James Andrews told us on the Front Office that in his professional opinion 120 should be the pitch limit for starting pitchers #PHealth

    Most pitchers rarely throw this many

  33. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Randy is on twitter?

  34. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    blake, he needs followers, go for it.

  35. CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:44 pm
    Romine could develop, but 2-3 years from now when Sanchez is ready, what do they do?

    —————-

    I think the yanks would be happy if Cervelli/Romine are the catchers next yr, then Romine/Murphy in 15 and finally Sanchez/Romine or sanchez/Murphy in 16.

  36. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    mick says:
    May 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm
    blake, he needs followers, go for it.

    I can’t find him

  37. CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Most pitchers rarely throw this many

    ——-

    I didn’t hear the interview, but based on that tweet, he agrees with you and feels starters should get a bit more rope.

    Girardi has actually let guys throw around 120 a lot this year. I remember quite a few guys throwing over 110.

  38. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    “Randy is on twitter?”

    blake-

    i see your conversations with joe. i’ll check in with you when i decide how i want to do twitter.

  39. mick May 19th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I can’t find him
    =========
    he will show up here again. he wants out of this LoHud existence. tired of being poked….

  40. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Yea joe has sorta took the training wheels off Hughes and he will let CC and KURODA go too…..pitchers should pitch until they look tired unless they start sucking

  41. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Randy,
    I talk to him a good bit on there and we probably drive everyone on our feeds crazy :)

  42. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I joined twitter initially to needle baseball writers and that’s still fun to do….but it’s also probably the fastest and most efficient way to get information about what’s going on in the world …..and you can customize it so that you follow the information you care about

  43. CountryClub May 19th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Even phelps was over 110 in his last game.

  44. blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    CountryClub says:
    May 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    Even phelps was over 110 in his last game.

    I loved that….showed confidence in the kid. Joe has really done a good job this year and he’s grown as a manager IMO…..he does stuff that’s irritated me at times but every manager does. I think he’s better than most to be honest

  45. joeman May 19th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The radio is blastin’
    Someone’s knocking at the door
    I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend
    She’s passed out on the floor

    I seen so many things
    I ain’t never seen before
    Don’t know what it is
    I don’t wanna see no more

  46. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Uehara with an all out hug with Salty after Mauer K’s with them loaded. Haha. That was funny. He was one relived puppy.

    Great game right now at Target Field going on. About 400 people left in the stands after the long ran delay. Fun atmosphere.

  47. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    blake -

    joe would not want to talk to me now. when he says montero can’t catch ,i’d ask him why tony at age 23 was OPSing .650 at double a :)

    i’m rooting for tony by the way. good kid.

  48. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    it’s also probably the fastest and most efficient way to get information about what’s going on in the world …..

    =======

    I’m not sure that I understand this. It’s also the fastest way to get misinformation, which belies any putative efficiencies.

  49. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    CountryClub says:
    May 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm
    Even phelps was over 110 in his last game.

    I loved that….showed confidence in the kid. Joe has really done a good job this year and he’s grown as a manager IMO…..he does stuff that’s irritated me at times but every manager does. I think he’s better than most to be honest

    Joe doesn’t get enough credit for the job that he’s done.

  50. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    “joe would not want to talk to me now. when he says montero can’t catch ,i’d ask him why tony at age 23 was OPSing .650 at double a

    i’m rooting for tony by the way. good kid.”

    I don’t always agree with him but he’s fun to debate with

  51. mick May 19th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    What the Yankee success so far has indicated is that indeed, you can’t have enough pitching.
    That is just so true that the mere thought of it being questioned here is beyond ludicrous.
    Of course, the TRADE brought this whole issue up, and does anyone question that in a vacuum both players are not the issue, as neither has contributed.
    Any lineup Joe throws out there is good enough to squeeze out enough runs to win.
    Teams have won this way before which makes it even more questionable.

  52. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    “I’m not sure that I understand this. It’s also the fastest way to get misinformation, which belies any putative efficiencies.”

    You gotta follow the right folks

  53. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Twitter can be dangerous though yea if something spreads to the wrong people

  54. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Strasburg will be fine, i know I was hoping for more from him in wins though, since I was counting on the Nats to do better as a team.

    My real problem has been ERA overall. I took Axford as a relief pitcher, he killed me I dropped him. Two went on the DL. I figured Haren would turn it around. Not so sure anymore.

    Lot of no decisions. :( .

    I’m just venting.

  55. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    “I’m not sure that I understand this. It’s also the fastest way to get misinformation, which belies any putative efficiencies.”

    You gotta follow the right folks
    ===

    The AP’s feed got spoofed/hijacked a couple of weeks ago…

  56. mick May 19th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Randy Newman wrote that.

  57. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    For all you guys who thought the Ankees should get Dan Haren, he s killing my fantasy team.

    I follow the nationals closely and I wonder how long Johnson will stick with Haren? He’s been very bad most of the year but today was awful. The padres are 4 or 5th from the bottom in offense and their park is a pitcher’s park and he got hammered.

    I can’t imagine how the balls would be flying into the seats if he were pitching at Yankee stadium.

  58. dayglo May 19th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Romaine will be sent down unless Cervelli is traded (which I don’t see happening this year).

    Next year will be interesting. Will it be Cervmain/Rovelli or Stewmain/Romart? Unless they can get a lot for Cervelli in a trade, I’d rather they keep him and release Stewart.

  59. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    “I don’t always agree with him but he’s fun to debate with”

    he’s honest. he’s direct, and he’s smart. plus he knows the game. of course people disagree. that’s just life.

  60. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    “The AP’s feed got spoofed/hijacked a couple of weeks ago…”

    Yea I mean it can be dangerous and you have to wait for confirmation on big stuff but generally it’s a quick way to stay up to date in things

  61. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Randy,

    I follow people and stuff on twitter, but I rarely post. I’ve had some back and forth with SJ. For me it’s mainly a way to get information from a variety of places, and to see the headlines of the day.

  62. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    joeman May 19th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Strasburg…will turn it around

    He can’t turn around the defense that plays behind him and the NL 3rd from last offense in runs scored.

    If Strasburg isn’t pitching well Phil Hughes may as well slash his wrists.

  63. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    One of these days, I’ll get around to learning how to use twitter. Until then, I’ll remain mystified about why folks believe that it is useful…

  64. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    No, I don’t need to do any such thing. I never blamed Romine for Andy’s bad start. I’m pretty sure that Girardi didn’t blame him either.

    =========================================
    Didn’t mean to imply that you were blaming Romine for that game, but others on here were. As for Girardi, he’s way to passive aggressive to come out and say it, but he did folow that game up with remarks about how Romine needed to “learn” the staff as a reason for why we wasn’t getting much playing time.

  65. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    No, I don’t need to do any such thing. I never blamed Romine for Andy’s bad start. I’m pretty sure that Girardi didn’t blame him either.

    =========================================
    Didn’t mean to imply that you were blaming Romine for that game, but others on here were. As for Girardi, he’s way to passive aggressive to come out and say it, but he did folow that game up with remarks about how Romine needed to “learn” the staff as a reason for why we wasn’t getting much playing time.

    Fair enough, I suppose. However, I still don’t think that Girardi was blaming Romine, although he may have been suggesting that the new catcher was a contributing factor in Pettitte’s poor performance, which may or may not have been true.

  66. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    “he’s honest. he’s direct, and he’s smart. plus he knows the game. of course people disagree. that’s just life.”

    Respectful debate is healthy for both sides of an argument…..

  67. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Ultimately, I don’t believe that a catcher can be blamed for a bad game, especially with a veteran pitcher. Either the pitcher agrees with the pitch selection and doesn’t execute, or he throws a pitch he doesn’t believe in (which can only lead to bad things).

  68. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t see that as passive aggressive.

    The problem in the Pettitte start was that nothing was working and Romine and Pettitte did not really have a relationship with one another. I take it as Joe figuring that it might be best if at first Romine Got the benefit of being able to take his time to get up to speed. It was not an emergency situation, Stewart was able to catch. In an emergency you learn on the job, but of you don’t have to, why not do it this way.

    Hopefully it was one and a half week investment in catcher they hope to have a trek chance here.

    As for the balance of this year, it is now up to Romine to make it very difficult for the Yankees to give that job back to Stewart or Cervelli.

  69. blake May 19th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Profar might be playing tonight….

  70. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    “I follow people and stuff on twitter, but I rarely post. I’ve had some back and forth with SJ. For me it’s mainly a way to get information from a variety of places, and to see the headlines of the day.”

    doreen-

    i like the fact that people are not anonymous on twitter and somehow they’ve figured out how to do that. i like it that he’s joe casale. this anonymous stuff really doesn’t work.

  71. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Trek term chance??!?!?

    I don’t even remember what it was i meant to type. I type too fast for the iPad. ;)

  72. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    “Respectful debate is healthy for both sides of an argument…..”

    i hink it helps where you and joe both know who each other is. i’ve become very skeptical of the anonymity here.

  73. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Ultimately, I don’t believe that a catcher can be blamed for a bad game, especially with a veteran pitcher. Either the pitcher agrees with the pitch selection and doesn’t execute, or he throws a pitch he doesn’t believe in (which can only lead to bad things).
    ======

    Ph, I agree wholeheartedly. However, if a pitcher is having a hard time finding his rhythm on any given night, having a virtual stranger behind the plate could contribute to the discomfort. Moreover, from catcher’s point of view, he wouldn’t necessarily know what he could do or say to get his pitcher back on track if he wasn’t very well-acquainted with his pitcher. None would be the catcher’s “fault” or even the poitcher’s fault. It would just be a bad day.

  74. comnsnse May 19th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Luis, I saw your post about off topic discussions on a previous as well as the comment,”you might not like what I have to say”.

    Of course you’ve piqued my curiosity given your original comments about your country and the issues faced by the people who are not of wealth or family status.

    So provide the address where we may discuss the pros and cons of the plight of the average campesino in our southern hemisphere.

    Thank you

  75. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Randy

    Twitter isn’t really conducive to conversation, for the most part, in my opinion.

  76. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    People can be plenty anonymous on twitter, just like here.

    Nobody is forced to be open or anonymous here or there.

  77. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Doreen,

    How would a catcher get up to speed by catching bullpens? I think the only way is in a game situation.

    As for the rest of the season, I don’t think Romine has a chance to stick, as Stewart an (I believe) Cervelli are both out of options.

  78. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    “People can be plenty anonymous on twitter, just like here.”

    nick in sf-

    yes , but joe casale can be joe casale on twitter. he wouldn’t do that here.

    there is a difference, a distinction. who on here lets anyone know who they are ?

  79. mick May 19th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    What is going on with rock n roll today?
    All the phony dance moves.
    Is it just a young female audience they are playing to?
    Watching this award show on tv, so many posers.
    where are the good groups without the gimmicks?

  80. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Well, I’d propose he wasn’t “just” catching bullpens. I’d figure he was watching video and talking to the pitchers. Starting to build relationships. Maybe charting pitches, talking with Rothschild.

    Pudge Rodriguez, I repeat, had a tough time just jumping into the fray, and he’s supposed to be one off the best, isn’t he?

    I’m not saying he couldn’t have jumped right in. If it was a must do situation, he’d have had to figure it out as he went along. In this case, there was no urgency for him to catch, and I don’t think doing it this way hurt him or the situation.

    And don’t tell name about his feelings. He’s a big boy. He wants to be a major league catcher. He’ll do whatever he has to do. Plus I would bet they had a conversation with him about what happened.

  81. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    He could have been joe casale here too, just just chose to be SJ44.

    That he wouldn’t and didn’t was just a choice he made, it was dictated by custom, not the medium.

    The difference with twitter is that there’s a slight benefit to using your real name if you want to interact with people you already know personnally and/or professionally, etc.

    “who on here lets anyone know who they are ?”

    Plenty of people have let others know who they are. I’ve met with a few people from here at Yankee games and have interacted with several others. I especially have to let people know who I am so they can pay off their losing bets to me. And vice versa, unfortunately.

  82. Jerkface May 19th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    There is no difference between SJ44 on twitter or on this blog, why would there be? What are you imagining is the difference between Twitter and a comment section?

  83. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’d also observe that using ones real name on twitter has not stopped people from tweeting stupidity. ;)

  84. mick May 19th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    this world has gone mad….

  85. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    jerkface-

    good point about not being anonymous. who the F#$K are you anyway? :)

    my simple point is there must be a way for joe casale to control his twitter account that allows him to post his real name. there are no trolls. i know almost nothing about twitter, but its obvious a user can delete things on his or her twitter page. and block people.

    i block people everyday in real life by who i decide to talk too. how do you block someone on this blog?

  86. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Pudge Rodriguez, I repeat, had a tough time just jumping into the fray, and he’s supposed to be one off the best, isn’t he?

    ======================================
    Pudge had a very good rep as a catcher, mostly based on his ability to to throw out base runners. There have been many reports of his pitch calling being based on preventing stolen bases as opposed to calling a pitch to get the hitter.

    As for “feelings” I never mentioned them and I don’t believe that they have a place in how a manager utilizes his roster. My issue is more with the over exposure of Stewart as a full time catcher (which I don’t believe he is) and with the detrimental effect of having Romine sitting the bench and playing once a week.

  87. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’d also observe that using ones real name on twitter has not stopped people from tweeting stupidity. ;)

    ====================

    As they say on Sportcenter, you can’t stop stupidity, you can only hope to contain it!
    :)

  88. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    jerkface-

    if this blog had a block function i’d block 80% of it’s users.

    it’s like what blake said you let in who you want.

    there is no choice here.

  89. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    “And don’t tell name about his feelings. He’s a big boy.’

    I don’t buy this either but I don’t assume that I would know how exactly Austin felt about the situation. I imagine he is the only one that would truly know. Probably was fine about it.

    I think the biggest thing and the thing that Romine even commented about was how the uncertainty of whether he was going to play or not was tough. I mean again, only Austin himself would know, but their where situations like day games after night games where I am sure he thought he would be playing in only to find out that nope sitting again for whatever number of day in a row again.

    Now that he knows he is going to be in there and such he can relax and just play ball.

  90. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I would pay for a block button. Straight up pay a membership to Lohud to use this site if that was an option. A hefty payment too.

  91. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 8:51

    i block people everyday in real life by who i decide to talk too. how do you block someone on this blog?

    ========================================

    I believe ignoring what they post may work.

  92. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    “if this blog had a block function i’d block 80% of it’s users.”

    I would block that superfluous apostrophe. :neutral:

  93. Jesus Bustero May 19th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Lohud and other chat rooms like this are more dialogue while Twitter is more monologue. You can have conversations on Twitter but you can also ramble on indefinitely without being interrupted on your feed. You can post people’s replies to you but that’s optional. You can sit there and do nothing while people call you out on your bull. So when SJ44 loses his mind over a team being down early in a game or a series he doesn’t have to Tweet all the “I told you so’s” that he likely gets after his catharsis.

    If there’s a poster here that speaks like no one is ever talking to him/her then he/she is perfect for Twitter. But you kind of limit your audience on Twitter when you don’t engage in conversation and post replies on your feed and show more dialogue.

  94. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    You can decline a person’ s request to follow you on twitter. I don’t think there’s anything more to it than that.

    My sister in law is anonymous on twitter, she does not use her real name. Only her friends/family who follow her know who she is.

  95. UnKnown May 19th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    This just in Miggy is still really really good.

  96. Jesus Bustero May 19th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Twitter could be great for someone who likes to hear himself/herself talk but gets flustered easily when surrounded by differing opinions.

  97. Jerkface May 19th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    i know almost nothing about twitter

    This should have stopped you from talking about it then. You only control your account on twitter. You can block people but they can still see your timeline, they just cant interact with you. You can effectively do the same thing here by not responding. In terms of ‘security’ twitter and a blog comment section are the same. Your identity can be ‘stolen’ in either medium, your information can be published in either medium, and you can probably be stalked harder on twitter since it may post locational information or the tweets which you are tweeting can give your position away.

  98. mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Today was an extremely long day without baseball..

  99. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “I would block that superfluous apostrophe.\”

    good for you. while you were getting good english, i was getting good at baseball :)

  100. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Tbone1570,

    No you didn’t mention feelings. That was a general statement by me.

    I guess what I’m saying is I am not convinced it was a bad way to do things with Romine. Stewart is more than competent as a catcher, but what was important is he knew the pitchers better. I agree Stewart is a backup in a perfect world. The Yankee’s world this year is not perfect.

    I will say that I’m, well, not “glad” but something, that Stewart is unavailable for a long enough stretch so Romine has to play.

  101. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “This should have stopped you from talking about it then”

    im discussing it asshole. its how you learn things.

  102. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    you can probably be stalked harder on twitter since it may post locational information or the tweets which you are tweeting can give your position away.”

    ——

    What do you mean by this? Example?

  103. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    joeman May 19th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The radio is blastin’
    Someone’s knocking at the door
    I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend
    She’s passed out on the floor

    I seen so many things
    I ain’t never seen before
    Don’t know what it is
    I don’t wanna see no more

    Winwood could really sing. Only 18 when h did this.

  104. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I wouldn’t bring those superfluous apostrophes to twitter, randy; they’ll kill your character limit. ;)

  105. Jerkface May 19th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    What do you mean by this? Example?

    @Celebrity tweeted ‘Eating sushi @ nobu” sent by blackberry from Nobu Restuarant, Hollywood, CA

  106. mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Winwood could really sing. Only 18 when h did this.
    ================
    Don’t you mean 3 Dog Night?

  107. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Jerkface May 19th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    What do you mean by this? Example?

    @Celebrity tweeted ‘Eating sushi @ nobu” sent by blackberry from Nobu Restuarant, Hollywood, CA

    I see. So it wouldn’t be a stamp on the tweet that might inadvertently reveal the location. The person would have to provide it voluntariliy.

  108. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    “I wouldn’t bring those superfluous apostrophes to twitter, randy; they’ll kill your character limit. ”

    good point.

  109. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Wouldn’t that be only if you set your smartphone to disclose location?

  110. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    Here’s a question: there are a couple regulars who in the past have commented about civility and not making things nasty/personal and have directed phrases like “you’re better than that” towards Jesus Bustero, for example. Both gentlemen in ming have commented in this thread after randy’s comments of 3:07 pm and subsequent remarks.

    So why no words of caution or reprimand for randy? Is he not considered “better than that”?

    ========================================

    Nick,

    First and foremost, I have given up on that… Second, I think Randy took a lot of heat this morning, so I think is understandable ( I have made some not so civil responses myself )… Third, I appreciate both posters involved ( MG and Randy ), so I rather stay on the side lines.

    So please save your powder for more worthy endevours

  111. Earwig May 19th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    “I would block that superfluous apostrophe.\”

    good for you. while you were getting good english, i was getting good at baseball :)

    ———————————-

    Nick just loves making jokes, especially when people were dying during Sandy

  112. mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Randy Newman wrote it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1tEQQ8BNSg

    Eric Burdon sang it 1st.

    Then 3 Dog Night.

  113. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    comnsnse May 19th, 2013 at 8:30 pm
    Luis, I saw your post about off topic discussions on a previous as well as the comment,”you might not like what I have to say”.

    Of course you’ve piqued my curiosity given your original comments about your country and the issues faced by the people who are not of wealth or family status.

    So provide the address where we may discuss the pros and cons of the plight of the average campesino in our southern hemisphere.

    Thank you

    ================================

    I was joking ;) No clue if you are going to like what I think or not ;)

    I will write to Chad and ask him to give you my e-mail

  114. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    luis -

    you do twitter?

  115. Jerkface May 19th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Doreen,

    Yes, its a setting you can disable, but the blog has no such setting. And of course being a blog hasnt stopped randy from using his real name as his username, or you. Same with twitter. There is nothing security related to a user preferring lohud or twitter over the other, there is only the choice of how to communicate. In SJ44′s case I reckon he just likes to shoot his mouth off into the void and doesnt care about feedback. Or he wants to be able to tweet directly at an athlete and tell them how dumb they are.

  116. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    ” I think Randy took a lot of heat this morning”

    I love this line of argument, like we’re talking about the Bambi of Lohud trying to navigate his way through a hostile world. I think the person who posted “if you can’t see a photo and use some intelligence , i can’t help you” probably created his own heat, as usual. It might have helped a little if he’d been correct, by the way.

    “Nick just loves making jokes, especially when people were dying during Sandy”

    You wouldn’t dare say that on twitter. ;) By the way, can you repeat one of these jokes?

  117. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    First things first… The only reason Romine is catching with regularity is because Stewart is hurt… Girardi said so repeatedly… As with most of the kids currently playing, it has been cirscumstances that have forced their hand… Not that I am complaining though… I actually mentioned it a while back… That the roster being so old, it might bring opportunities to the rookies

  118. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    luis -

    you do twitter?

    =======================

    No… But my wife does!

  119. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    blake May 19th, 2013 at 7:45 pm
    CountryClub says:
    May 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    @JimBowdenESPNxm: Dr. James Andrews told us on the Front Office that in his professional opinion 120 should be the pitch limit for starting pitchers #PHealth

    Most pitchers rarely throw this many
    ——————–

    Does that number take into account warm-up pitches and throws to bases?

  120. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    No Nick, what I am saying is that you didn’t have to bring me in to this discussion… Also I consider it a cheap shot

  121. blake May 19th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    “Does that number take into account warm-up pitches and throws to bases?”

    Id assume not

  122. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    “I think the person who posted “if you can’t see a photo and use some intelligence , i can’t help you” probably created his own heat, as usual. It might have helped a little if he’d been correct, by the way”

    i was correct that it was a bang bang close play that took multiple closeups to see what happened.

    anyone who thought that play was an easy one for a catcher is full of it. whole lots of stuff going on there. bad throw for one thing.

  123. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Luis, I don’t think I or anyone has said that these guys are playing for any other reason than that there have been injuries.

    But now that they are here, it is really up to them to make the most of their playing time so that the manager is inclined to play them more.

    It is unfortunate for Romine that his start with Pettitte went poorly. It was a short-term bump n his road.

  124. tbone1570 May 19th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Doreen.

    Fair enough, but I disagree with the thought that Steward is more than competent as a catcher (but that’s just my opinion).

  125. randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    thanks luis.

    i think i’m going to check out twitter. i got a lot of info from it this am concerning the montero play at home plate. and there was back and forth much like here, but without the trolls and haters.

    did you see replay of the rocket montero hit today? line drive a few feet from top of wall from going out. some people said hardest single ever. kind of funny.

  126. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Just a couple of random things since I haven’t been around this weekend:

    1. I like the Brigniac pick up. I don’t expect big things from him, but like Cashman said, maybe he can get a few balls in the air and take advantage of the short porch. More importantly, first Chris Nelson, now Brigniac…can Tulo be that far behind :-)

    2. David Phelps. I’m not sure how you take him out of the rotation whether Nova’s ready or not next time through. Nova hadn’t been pitching very well/consistently and Phelps has done nothing to warrant losing his spot. It’s kind of the same scenario with Preston Claiborne when Joba returns.

    3. Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, Slade Heathcott. All three are off to brutal starts this year.

    4. Speaking of Claiborne, is it possible that next year we see Claiborne and Betances setting up for Robertson? Absolutely.

  127. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I may have been being kind to add the “more than.”

    ;)

  128. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    blake May 19th, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    “Does that number take into account warm-up pitches and throws to bases?”

    Id assume not
    ———————

    Fair enough. Just thinking though that a pitcher who throws 100 – 110 pitches likely gets well over 120 throws in between warmups and throw overs.

  129. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:30 pm
    Luis, I don’t think I or anyone has said that these guys are playing for any other reason than that there have been injuries.

    But now that they are here, it is really up to them to make the most of their playing time so that the manager is inclined to play them more.

    It is unfortunate for Romine that his start with Pettitte went poorly. It was a short-term bump n his road.

    ==============================

    We are in agreement on your two basic premises ( injuries and the opportunity it brings to the rooks ) … But bringing Romine just to sit on the bench and play once a week was a waste of talent… In this case they should have brought someone with no upside and leave Romine down to play regularly… In a sense, I am actually happy that Stew is down ( chocolats not withstanding ), because it forced their hand. And he is actually doing very well.

  130. Ghostwriter May 19th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I’m not sure that I appreciate Andrews’ 120 pitches, either. I wonder what Andrews might say about a more qualitative approach to the same problem. For example, going to get a pitcher once his control starts to degrade from fatigue. For a starter, this would be about 120 pitches, and for a short reliever, 20-30 pitches.

  131. blake May 19th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    3. Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, Slade Heathcott. All three are off to brutal starts this year.”

    Austin was starting to hit and now has slumped again…..But yea …slow starts hopefully they’ll hear up soon

  132. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Ghostwriter -

    I think that in every medical question there aren’t any absolutes. One player’s arm might be able to handle a heavier workload than another’s just based on their condition, age, etc… I think what Andrews was trying to get across is more of a “best practices” thing such as, even if you’re guy is cruising and is up around 120/130 pitches…that could impact him down the line.

  133. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    “No Nick, what I am saying is that you didn’t have to bring me in to this discussion… Also I consider it a cheap shot”

    But that wasn’t the only thing you were saying, and I think I quoted the part of what you were saying that I was responding to. And no, I didn’t have to bring any of it up at all, but it’s a dynamic that I find interesting Sorry if you think it’s a cheap shot.

    i was correct that…

    Oh yes, I didn’t mean to obscure the fact that aside from being wrong you were completely right and your critics, aside from being right, were completely wrong. Now it’s obvious that you questioned someone else’s intelligence when you were wrong in the spirit of inquiry and open-mindedness and instead of apologizing now you’re talking about how other people are “full of it” and gosh it was such a close play. Gosh.

  134. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Luis,

    I disagree in that I don’t believe it was their intent for Romine to play once a week. He started the Pettitte game almost right after he came up. I believe the original thought was they were going back to their split set up from the start of the season, before Cervelli started getting the bulk of the playing time.

    The Pettitte game made them rethink that and they took a step back.

    I will agree that had Stewart not gotten hurt Romine would not be playing this much, but I believe he was on track to start take playing more, perhaps a little less than half the load.

    Romine the rookie has to take the job away from the veteran.

  135. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Incidentally, I’m still infuriated by Hal using this stretch to tout how well the young kids are performing and that it gives him more faith in hitting the $189 mark next year. Either he’s being intentionally obtuse and hoping that as fans we’re too dumb to realize that the guys playing aren’t the young kids or he’s just that disconnected from the game.

    Romine and Adams are the only young players in the field, and they haven’t played enough to make much of an impact. Phelps has had a good run as has Claiborne but the best pitchers on this team are Sabathia, Rivera and Kuroda.

    If he really wants to get to $189 and sign Cano it means walking away from Kuroda, Hughes, and Granderson not to mention Pettitte and Rivera who are both likely retiring.

  136. luis May 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    thanks luis.

    i think i’m going to check out twitter. i got a lot of info from it this am concerning the montero play at home plate. and there was back and forth much like here, but without the trolls and haters.

    did you see replay of the rocket montero hit today? line drive a few feet from top of wall from going out. some people said hardest single ever. kind of funny.

    ===========================

    Yes I saw it…. Unreal power… But people will say that he is so slow that he only got to first base ;) He needs to go back to his old batting approach ( trying to go oppo with regularity )… It will negate the opposing pitcher the outer half of the plate and it will help him identify those breaking pitches that are hurting him so much

  137. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    “David Phelps. I’m not sure how you take him out of the rotation…”

    You can’t. They won’t.

  138. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Doreen –

    Girardi loves Chris Stewart. I don’t think Romine will be given the chance to wrest the job away from him.

  139. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 9:48 pm
    “David Phelps. I’m not sure how you take him out of the rotation…”

    You can’t. They won’t.
    ——————

    Is he pitching better than Nova was two years ago when they took Nova out of the rotation and sent him to the minors when they got all their projected starters back healthy?

  140. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    “Girardi loves Chris Stewart.”

    That’s kind of creepy in multiple ways, but the only one that counts is in baseball terms, and that’s the creepiest of all.

  141. blake May 19th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    May 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    “Girardi loves Chris Stewart.”

    I like Girardi hearts Stewie sounds better

  142. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Good evening.

    Thought I’d check in.

    What’s goin’ on ?

  143. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Chip

    I think the difference is that Phelps is doing what he has always done in the mLs, while what Nova was doing was out of context to what he had usually done in the mLs.

    I mean, you’re right, anything can happen, but I think there is a sounder basis for thinking that Phelps will remain where he is, especially given that Nova has only had one short stretch of effective ML pitching.

  144. mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Girardi’s not playing favorites.
    He wants to win. He’s in a walk year.

  145. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Well if you’re talking about Romine getting 100% of the playng time, no. But Cervelli was already starting more games than Stewart before he (Cervelli) got hurt.

    So I think if Romine hits, he can get the lion’s share of time.

    Plus I do think Girardi likes Romine.

  146. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 9:51 pm
    “Girardi loves Chris Stewart.”

    That’s kind of creepy in multiple ways, but the only one that counts is in baseball terms, and that’s the creepiest of all.
    ——————–

    I get what Girardi sees with Stewart (which is not the same as saying I agree with him). When Stewart was interviewed during spring training games I thought, “man, this guy will make a great coach or manager some day.”

    That’s what Girardi’s seeing. A guy who can be a manager/pitching coach on the field for him and get his pitchers through jams. As he said (I think a couple of days ago) he doesn’t care about offense behind the plate, he’ll get offense from other spots on the field, he wants the guy behind the plate to be someone who contributes to run prevention.

    Again I want to reiterate, that while I think Stewart is a good future coach, he’s an awful baseball player and shouldn’t be on the field. But I don’t get to make that call. Girardi does, and if what I described about Stewart sounds familiar it should – it’s pretty much the same thing we saw in Girardi as a player.

  147. mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Good evening.

    Thought I’d check in.

    What’s goin’ on ?
    ============
    MTU

    Randy’s gone a twitter.
    Nick is anti-apostrophe.
    I wonder why the Moody Blues aren’t in the Rock Hall of Fame.

  148. Doreen May 19th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Nick is anti superfluous apostrophes. ;)

  149. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    If Phelps gets results like the other night every night out going forward, harder to move him out of the rotation, but he’ll probably have stumbles along the way.

    The important thing is that he’s proving — still more work to do — that he has the stuff to start for the Yankees and could/should be in their plans for 2014.

    Someone else could be appearing on the horizon, someone they also want to learn more about and someone who could also be part of their plans for 2014. They’re going to want to find out.

  150. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Keep in mind, I don’t think Girardi plays Chris Stewart just because he thinks Stew is a nice guy. I think he just sees a lot of himself in Stewart and thinks that the experience and “coach on the field” mentality that Stewart brings gives him the best chance to win.

    I think that having talented players on the field gives you the best chance to win, but what do I know.

  151. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Chip-

    If you are correct in your perception of Girardi’s approach to Catchers then he is ignoring an important successful strategic piece of Yankee history.

    For year’s the Yankee’s vision was to be offensively superior to other Teams at the up-the-middle postions.

    And that Philosophy served them well.

    I don’t see why anyone would wish to abandon it.

    ;)

  152. luis May 19th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    “Romine the rookie has to take the job away from the veteran”.

    ======================================

    Maybe you are right and it wasn’t their intention to give Romine so little playing time at the beginning and Pettitte’s outing might have given them pause. Although I don’t think Romine had any bearing on Pettitte’s poor performance ( I think at the time I said that his cutter was horrible and I don’t recall another time I have seen that pitch being so bad from him ).

    About the phrase I copied… It is absolutely true… Just that in this case well, I don’t consider Stewart a regular, just a BUC with no upside. But I do understand where you are coming from.

  153. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I think it’s nonsense when people say Girardi is biased towards light hitting catchers who can catch.
    Don’t you think he is more biased towards winning?
    He’s just fair, very fair. He’s not anointing anybody until they earn it and he’s not displacing anybody b/c fans think he should.

  154. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Mick-

    Like you said. It can be rough around here when there is no baseball.

    ;)

  155. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Chip

    The main thing is not to bury Romine. He has to catch at least 2 of the 5 starters.

  156. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    “I think it’s nonsense when people say Girardi is biased towards light hitting catchers who can catch.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....nder-day-9

    He said it:

    NO ONE CATCHING ON YET: Joe said it was too early to designate anyone the front-runner in the what is expected to be a three-man competition for the starting catcher’s job among Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine. Girardi also said that once the games start, offensive production will have very little to do with his decision. He’s looking for a defensive catcher, period.

  157. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Mick -

    I’m not saying he’s biased towards Stewart because he can’t hit. I just don’t think he considers getting offense out of his catchers a priority.

  158. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Like you said. It can be rough around here when there is no baseball.
    =================
    Feels like the off-season…

  159. luis May 19th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Hey MTU,

    I will have Chad send you my e-mail tomorrow… Thanks for sharing those picks… Beautiful country

  160. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Girardi is looking for the best catcher possible and that includes hitting.
    While there aren’t many viable alternatives in the hitting area, all things being equal, he will take the better hitter.

  161. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:05 pm
    Chip

    The main thing is not to bury Romine. He has to catch at least 2 of the 5 starters.

    ——————–

    I would say that Romine should catch 4 out of 5 games.

    I don’t think though that there’s any chance of it happening. Girardi is not going to let someone wonder if the team would be better off with Romine and Cervelli than they are with Stewart and Cervelli.

  162. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    “Girardi is looking for the best catcher possible and that includes hitting.
    While there aren’t many viable alternatives in the hitting area, all things being equal, he will take the better hitter.”

    That contradicts what he said.

  163. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    Keep in mind, I don’t think Girardi plays Chris Stewart just because he thinks Stew is a nice guy. I think he just sees a lot of himself in Stewart and thinks that the experience and “coach on the field” mentality that Stewart brings gives him the best chance to win.

    I think that having talented players on the field gives you the best chance to win, but what do I know.
    ——–

    Chip, I dislike this argument because it’s not as if Romine gives us the better chance to win over Stewart. Stewart isn’t great at all, but he’s doing OK as the fill-in starter. Romine is doing OK too.

    But there’s no argument based on major league results to suggest Romine should be the starter. It’s just wishing at this point.

  164. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:09 pm
    Girardi is looking for the best catcher possible and that includes hitting.
    While there aren’t many viable alternatives in the hitting area, all things being equal, he will take the better hitter.
    ——————————

    No he’s not. He’s looking for the best defensive catchers and doesn’t care about their offensive production.

    That’s why Posada was moved in his last year, that’s why he favored Romine over Montero.

  165. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    “The main thing is not to bury Romine.”

    Unlike Brutus, I come here to praise Romine not to bury him.

    Catch he must.

    :)

  166. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    “I would say that Romine should catch 4 out of 5 games.”

    Me too.

    Stewart has caught about 170 games at the ML level at age 31 for a reason. That shouldn’t change now.

  167. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    He wants a catcher that can hit and can field.
    He just doesn’t have one.
    Therefore he will play the better defensive catcher.
    Makes sense to me.

  168. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Luis-

    Glad you liked the view. It’s even better in person.

    I look out for your address.

    Sorry I misplaced it.

    :(

  169. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Posada was concussed in his last year.

  170. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:10 pm
    Chip May 19th, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    Keep in mind, I don’t think Girardi plays Chris Stewart just because he thinks Stew is a nice guy. I think he just sees a lot of himself in Stewart and thinks that the experience and “coach on the field” mentality that Stewart brings gives him the best chance to win.

    I think that having talented players on the field gives you the best chance to win, but what do I know.
    ——–

    Chip, I dislike this argument because it’s not as if Romine gives us the better chance to win over Stewart. Stewart isn’t great at all, but he’s doing OK as the fill-in starter. Romine is doing OK too.

    But there’s no argument based on major league results to suggest Romine should be the starter. It’s just wishing at this point.
    ————————

    The issue is this:

    Romine’s upside is much higher than Chris Stewart’s; but the only way for Romine to show that he’s a better major leaguer than Stewart is if he gets regular playing time. Something that didn’t happen until Stewart got hurt.

  171. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Romine is prolly their best defensive catcher and he might even hit.
    We shall see…

  172. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    “I would say that Romine should catch 4 out of 5 games.”

    Me too.

    Stewart has caught about 170 games at the ML level at age 31 for a reason. That shouldn’t change now.
    —————–

    When the Yankees brought in Stewart last year and sent Cervelli down they said that if Martin had gotten hurt then Cervelli would come up and be the starter because Stewart is strictly a back up catcher. Same rule should apply with Romine catching over Stewart with Cervelli down.

  173. luis May 19th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 9:45 pm
    “No Nick, what I am saying is that you didn’t have to bring me in to this discussion… Also I consider it a cheap shot”

    But that wasn’t the only thing you were saying, and I think I quoted the part of what you were saying that I was responding to. And no, I didn’t have to bring any of it up at all, but it’s a dynamic that I find interesting Sorry if you think it’s a cheap shot.

    ============================

    But it was… Your comment was basically infering that those “two regulars” have double standards…. You were calling us out for not reprimending Randy for his harsh comment… Again, I’ve decided not to meddle in to civility anymore… As I said to Barry, is a losing proposition

  174. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    “But there’s no argument based on major league results to suggest Romine should be the starter. It’s just wishing at this point.”

    That’s like saying that even an elite prospect shouldn’t play over a journeyman who has played at the ML level because the journeyman has produced more at the ML level.

    Development requires the opposite.

    Neither Stew nor Romine is likely to be the reason they win or lose in the short-term, so it makes sense to give experience to the player with far more upside.

  175. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Romine’s upside is much higher than Chris Stewart’s; but the only way for Romine to show that he’s a better major leaguer than Stewart is if he gets regular playing time. Something that didn’t happen until Stewart got hurt.
    ——-

    I’ve read this here before, that Romine’s upside is much higher than Stewart’s. And I believe that long term, yes, Romine could be a starting catcher. But long term isn’t this season. And we’re trying to win this season.

    And I think it is worth asking: how much higher is “much higher” relative to Stewart? Romine isn’t a bat first catcher.

    What’s being argued is this hypothetical, unprovable, argument to justify Romine over Stewart as the starter until Cervelli comes back. I’m just not buying. And I do think Romine’s got far more long term value than Stewart…

  176. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    “I would like to apply for this job.”

    “Do you have any experience ?”

    “Not at this level.”

    ” Then you need to come back and see me when you get some.”

    “How can I gain the experience if you will not give me the opportunity to get it ?”

    ” I really don’t know. But come back and see me when you get it.”

    :)

  177. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Development requires the opposite.

    Neither Stew nor Romine is likely to be the reason they win or lose in the short-term, so it makes sense to give experience to the player with far more upside.
    ——

    What upside?

    And why do we care about the long term, right now? Let’s win the games we can now. He can break in as a back up and be fine. It’s not going to hurt his long term development.

    This is just not a big deal.

  178. luis May 19th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:19 pm
    “I would like to apply for this job.”

    “Do you have any experience ?”

    “Not at this level.”

    ” Then you need to come back and see me when you get some.”

    “How can I gain the experience if you will not give me the opportunity to get it ?”

    ” I really don’t know. But come back and see me when you get it.”

    ============================

    Ouch! This!!!

  179. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Given the current roster, I would like to see the Yankees play Brigniac, Adams, Romine, Wells, Granderson, Gardner every day with Ichiro, Stewart and Nix on the bench.

    Again, I don’t expect big things out of Brigniac and, quite frankly, Nix has done exactly what the Yankees have asked of him, but he’s not an everyday player, Brigniac isn’t either, but he’s left handed and can possibly tap into some of the talent that made him a good prospect once.

  180. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Why does a player have to play 80% of the games to prove himself?
    Romine accidentally got the job for now.
    Lets see what he does with it.
    The other way could be too much pressure for the kid.
    He seems relaxed now knowing the job is his , if only for a week.
    Either way, he is getting experience and like RadiKev says, they are here to win games.

  181. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Only in Jorge Posada’s third season playing in the bigs did he get into 60 games.

  182. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Romine is not as good as Jorge Posada.

  183. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:18 pm
    Romine’s upside is much higher than Chris Stewart’s; but the only way for Romine to show that he’s a better major leaguer than Stewart is if he gets regular playing time. Something that didn’t happen until Stewart got hurt.
    ——-

    I’ve read this here before, that Romine’s upside is much higher than Stewart’s. And I believe that long term, yes, Romine could be a starting catcher. But long term isn’t this season. And we’re trying to win this season.

    And I think it is worth asking: how much higher is “much higher” relative to Stewart? Romine isn’t a bat first catcher.

    What’s being argued is this hypothetical, unprovable, argument to justify Romine over Stewart as the starter until Cervelli comes back. I’m just not buying. And I do think Romine’s got far more long term value than Stewart…
    ————————-

    If you don’t play Romine then how do you know that his short term value can’t be higher than Stewart?

  184. luis May 19th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I am turning in, so I bid you all a very good night

    For whatever reason the youngsters are getting their shot… I am happy for that… There is a lot of talent there..Let’s rejoice on that

    Good night

  185. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    If you don’t play Romine then how do you know that his short term value can’t be higher than Stewart?
    ==================
    Where is Romine not playing other than the minor league?

  186. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Luis-

    That is the problem for any inexperienced person seeking their first job.

    I know I ran into it in my early career. A classic paradox.

    Fortunately, I eventually got someone to give me a chance.

    The rest is History.

    Romine needs his. All the youngins do.

    It shouldn’t take someone falling over, or an act of Congress.

    :)

  187. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:23 pm
    Only in Jorge Posada’s third season playing in the bigs did he get into 60 games.
    ——————–

    that’s not true.

    You’re counting 1995 and 1996 as Posada’s first two seasons – but he wasn’t anything more than a September call-up those years.

    Posada’s rookie season was 1997 after the Yankees dumped Jim Leyritz, an established major leaguer and post season hero, to make room for him.

  188. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    It shouldn’t take someone falling over,
    ===============
    Maybe in a small market.

  189. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Dulce suenos Don Luis.

    :)

  190. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    that’s not true.

    You’re counting 1995 and 1996 as Posada’s first two seasons – but he wasn’t anything more than a September call-up those years.
    ——

    OK, so never mind the fact what I said was true,

    Romine is coming off of a lost season, and he’s a year younger than Posada.

    Better?

  191. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    It shouldn’t take someone falling over,
    ===============
    Maybe in a small market.
    ———————

    If the Yankees are serious about $189 then they have to find out if their young players can play. The only way to find that out is to play them.

  192. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Mick-

    Question for you.

    Do you think the Yankees are serious about developing players from within ?

  193. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    The only way to find that out is to play them.
    ==================
    aren’t they?

  194. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I just don’t see the world in which this is a big deal. It’s totally fine that a rookie catcher is not the starting catcher. Especially when he isn’t a top prospect.

    To me, it’s not worth being frustrated over. The argument for the organization’s position is quite easily made.

  195. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    “What upside?”

    You don’t think Romine has upside as a ML starter rather than as a journeyman like Stew? Everything I have read states the opposite.

    “And why do we care about the long term, right now? Let’s win the games we can now. He can break in as a back up and be fine. It’s not going to hurt his long term development.”

    Because if you only care about the now, then you will almost never develop young players. Long-term in this instance may be a month or two, since Stew is not that good so it’s not that hard for a talented kid to be better than him with a little experience.

    “This is just not a big deal.”

    It’s a huge deal because it’s symptomatic of what is wrong with the Yankees’ development plan: they are reluctant to give kids extended opportunities except when it is an absolute necessity.

    As a result, they are too often scrambling to overpay veterans with obvious flaws, which makes them real risks.

    That in turn, limits their roster and payroll flexibility.

  196. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Do you think the Yankees are serious about developing players from within ?
    ========================
    of course they are.

  197. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I believe you made my point Chip.

    Much appreciated.

    And with that I bid you all a good night.

    :)

  198. Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    GN too, at least for a while. I have to do some paperwork.

  199. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    You guys want it both ways.
    You want to win now but you want to play the youth.
    Think about that…

  200. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    They are playing them Mick but IMO it should be by design. Not by accident.

    There is a qualitative difference between the two. A clear distinction to be made.

    It should be part of a conscious development strategy not an accident of Fate.

    That’s my 2 cents.

    See ya’ manana.

  201. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Rich in NJ May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    “What upside?”

    You don’t think Romine has upside as a ML starter rather than as a journeyman like Stew? Everything I have read states the opposite.
    ———

    I think Romine does have starter upside, but that doesn’t say a whole lot. We’re not in the golden age of catchers, here. I’m certainly not a Romine hater, but organizationally we have two guys that rank ahead of him. Let’s be real here.

    Maybe he’ll be above average in the future, which is nothing to sniff at, but I don’t suspect Stewart is that below average this season.

    (Not that I know what the league average OPS is for catchers. Anyone?)

    What about having Romine backup would prevent him from being the starter next season? He’s not a pitcher. He doesn’t need to throw innings here.

  202. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    In a perfect world….

  203. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    They are in transition.
    And fans want to win NOW.
    Get a grip….

  204. MTU May 19th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Mick-

    I think they can still win now and make a conscious decision to integrate youth.

    Perhaps you differ. If so, we will have to agree to disagree on that point.

    Now I am really hitting the sack.

    Climbing 8,000 ft Mtns. tires out an old Man.

    :)

  205. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    RadioKev,

    I don’t think you can consider two years of being a September call-up as Posada’s “first two years in the majors” but I don’t want to get bogged down in semantics.

    Romine is coming off a lost season, and because of that, and because Stewart and Cervelli are out of options, Romine had to open the year in AAA. But the fact is that he’s here now. Chris Stewart has had 7 years to show what he is as a major leaguer – what he’s shown is that he’s at very best, an average back-up catcher. Romine was a top prospect for this team, had he not hurt his back, Chris Stewart likely never is acquired by the Yankees in the first place. The only way you’re going to find out whether or not Romine can be a starting catcher for the team going forward is to let him do it. Whether that’s this season or next season it needs to happen in the regular season.

  206. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    They rode a terrific wave for 15-20 years and nobody complained.
    Now they are older and change is necessary and on the way.
    What is the problem with that?

  207. Tar May 19th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I’m ok with Stewart starting and Romine playing almost half the time :wink .

    Catching is the one position on the field that I agree that you want integrate on a slower pace.

    But that doesn’t mean you PULL Romine FROM CATCHING MO. :mad:

    “Again, I’ve decided not to meddle in to civility anymore”

    I will meddle when the urge strikes and not when it doesn’t. Of course I will always try ( its berry berry difficult sometimes) to conduct myself in a civil manner. I know there has been many occasions where I haven’t.

    But at the least I now know that Nick will find interest in that “dynamic”.

  208. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I think they can still win now and make a conscious decision to integrate youth.
    ====================
    Which is what they appear to be doing…

  209. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    The only way to find that out is to play them.
    ==================
    aren’t they?
    ——————–

    Until Stewart got hurt, no they weren’t. They are now, but will they keep playing him when Stewart is feeling better? I don’t know. I hope that if Girardi does decide to give Stewart the lion’s share of time once he’s healthy that Romine’s production makes that a very difficult press conference for him.

  210. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    But at the least I now know that Nick will find interest in that “dynamic”.
    =================
    Nick will find interest in the fact that you placed your quote sign inside of the period.

  211. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Until Stewart got hurt, no they weren’t. They are now, but will they keep playing him when Stewart is feeling better? I don’t know. I hope that if Girardi does decide to give Stewart the lion’s share of time once he’s healthy that Romine’s production makes that a very difficult press conference for him.
    ============
    I think you answered your own question.

  212. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t think being a starting catcher is trial by fire.

    It seems completely reasonable to be worked into the mix over time. He doesn’t need to prove it now. He doesn’t need to prove it by the end of the season. Heck, he might not even need to prove it by the end of next year’s spring training. There’s no rush here, and his bat thus far hasn’t demanded rushing him.

    But hey, he’s got an opportunity, and if he makes the most of it, then we’ve got a different conversation going. And Stewie has looked good defensively. And he’s outhitting Ichiro.

  213. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    You guys want it both ways.
    You want to win now but you want to play the youth.
    Think about that…
    —————–

    Mick, that’s because in this case I think the youth gives them the best chance to win now and in the future.

    I think David Adams is better than Jayson Nix. I think Reid Brigniac is better than Jayson Nix and I think Austin Romine is better than Chris Stewart.

  214. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    So you are getting what you want, what’s wrong?

  215. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Kev,

    Stewart and Nix have done everything the Yankees have needed them to do. There’s no question about that. But both of these guys are career back-ups for a reason. They aren’t guys that you want to play on a regular basis.

  216. Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    So you are getting what you want, what’s wrong?
    ———————
    It shouldn’t take an injury to Stewart to get Romine regular playing time.

    But you’re right – they have the shot, now it is their job to force Girardi to keep playing them.

  217. mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    I’m tired of the platitudes and complaining.
    We are winning and that’s what we want.
    One day at a time.
    We play today , we win today, dassit. Mariano Duncan

    I’m just plain tired, good night….too long a day without Yankee baseball.

  218. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Chip May 19th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    Kev,

    Stewart and Nix have done everything the Yankees have needed them to do. There’s no question about that. But both of these guys are career back-ups for a reason. They aren’t guys that you want to play on a regular basis.
    ———–

    I’m definitely not about to make the argument that we need to extend Stewart.

    I’m definitely not about to say Romine doesn’t have a future as a starting catcher.

    But we’re in a middle ground right now. If Romine outplays Stewart then great, let him have the job. As of now Stewart is having a career year, so I’m not complaining ;)

  219. RadioKev May 19th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    You know what I will say? The Yankees catching situation is far less dire than I expected. I didn’t like letting Martin walk and going with Cervelli/Stewart/Romine, but so far so good.

  220. willkamm May 19th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    You’re counting 1995 and 1996 as Posada’s first two seasons – but he wasn’t anything more than a September call-up those years.

    Posada’s rookie season was 1997 after the Yankees dumped Jim Leyritz, an established major leaguer and post season hero, to make room for him.

    Yes and even after he got on the team, Girardi’s predecessor, Joe Torre, let Jorge set on the bench even though he should have been starting. History repeats itself no? :)

  221. Niblick May 19th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Stewart’s “career year” has gotten him all the way to an OPS of .704 in 2013 (raising his career OPS to .602). That may be great in comparison to Joe Girardi’s offensive production, but it just won’t cut it for a championship team. Stewie is sn ok backup, but he will never be more than that. The sooner Joe realizes that, and gives Romine a real opportunity and truly shows support for him, the better for the team. Romine may not be the answer, but Stewie has proved beyond a doubt that he isn’t.

  222. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    luis, I was unaware of your retirement, my apologies!

    Tar, the use of scare quotes in a sarcastic or derisive manner is another interesting dynamic. This place is chock full of them!

  223. Ys Guy May 19th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    miggy goes yard third time tonight!

  224. Tar May 19th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    “Tar, the use of scare quotes in a sarcastic or derisive manner is another interesting dynamic. This place is chock full of them!”

    Well now we know why you are always so interest….ed…..hey you don’t make commercials do you?

    G/N

  225. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Only as a hobby.

  226. igotid88 May 19th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Phelps has what should be easy outings in his next 2 starts. Rays and the Mets.

  227. igotid88 May 19th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    actually 4. Indians and Mariners

  228. Nick in SF May 19th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    The Indians have a pretty potent offense lately, don’t they?

    And the Mariners… well, that’s a contentious subject.

  229. Jesus Bustero May 20th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Please Randy, please don’t join Twitter because Lohud will be boring without any offensive catcher to bash and hate on, and that includes not only fans but also Joe Girardi. We all know the real reason why Joe secretly reads this board is because he wants to monitor the extent to which you have exposed him for the fraud he truly is. We need you!

    #lameattemptatreversepsychology

  230. Nick in SF May 20th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    On Twitter, no one can hear you scream.

  231. Jesus Bustero May 20th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    However, they can hear you squeal so give it a chance.

  232. Jesus Bustero May 20th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I mean, just look at SJ44, he can dodge all the “trolls” here and troll Twitter all day long and there’s nothing anybody can do about it! When you have a following your audience is captive and beholden to your squealing. They can unfollow you but then you can simply refuse to ever forgive them for it. So much control!

  233. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    You guys want it both ways.
    You want to win now but you want to play the youth.
    Think about that…
    _

    False. I have repeatedly said that I am willing to watch a team struggle if they put in place a smart plan and have the discipline and patience to execute it.

    The struggles of the early ’90s helped lay the foundation for the 5 WS.

    Hal, otoh, has said that he wants to win the WS every year and “play the youth.”

    And, btw, he makes the rules.

  234. sammiejohnson May 20th, 2013 at 1:56 am

    randy l. May 19th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    did you see replay of the rocket montero hit today? line drive a few feet from top of wall from going out. some people said hardest single ever. kind of funny.

    ___________________________________________

    Why yes, I did see that. Wow. A whole single! All by himself! And raised his BA to a whopping .210! Just WOW!

    But BA is old school. Now days, OBP rules. So let’s look at Jesus’ OBP. Oh…. .266? But Jesus is a “power hitter”! Surely his slugging is making up for these low numbers. Hmm…. .330? Slugging?? Well, that is not too bad…. On second thought, yes it is. Actually, it is terrible. So that means Jesus has a OPS of .596?? .596! That is not even ugly. That is not sent back to AAA bad. That is sent back to AA bad! But he has raised his BA .08 points in the last three weeks. So I expect his OPS will surely break .600 by the ASB. (Actually I don’t. He will be sent down long before that.)

    But there must be some reason the Mariners’ have this guy in the lineup? If not for his hitting, it surely must be his defense. He must be one of those “Defensive Specialist’s” that Joe Girardi loves so much on the Yankees’. Let’s take a look. SB:23 CS:1. What? You mean he has thrown out 1 of 24?? Well, that’s not too …. Actually, yes it is. It is beyond horrible. If he was in Little League, it would be beyond horrible. An MLB catcher who can barely throw out 5% of base runners? If this keeps up, the kid is a couple of months away from working for Sears.

    “some people said hardest single ever.”

    Who are these ‘some people’ who said this?

    “kind of funny.”

    Yes it is. Very.

    Oh, and Montero absolutely kept his foot on the plate in Cleveland yesterday. You proved it conclusively with your video evidence. You should be congratulated for sticking to your guns and proving all those “haters” wrong. If only they would see the light and just quit “hating”.

  235. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 5:52 am

    sammiejohnson-

    i’m glad i woke you up from your slumber. ok go back to sleep now

  236. MaineYankee May 20th, 2013 at 6:49 am

    randy

    Was you up all night reading twitter? :lol:

  237. pkyankfan69 May 20th, 2013 at 7:05 am

    If Romine continues to play well it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens when Cervelli returns. Cervelli and Stewart don’t have any options, correct? The way the Yanks operate you would think that unless Romine is absolutely lights out behind and at the plate from now until Cervelli’s return, it would be him headed to AAA. Of course this also assumes all 3 catchers are actually healthy at the same time, based on what we have seen injury wise this year I’m not sure just how likely that scenario is.

  238. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    “Was you up all night reading twitter? ”

    maine yankee-

    is it just me or does tweeting sound a little unmanly in maine backwoods terms ?

  239. willkamm May 20th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    mick May 19th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Winwood could really sing. Only 18 when h did this.
    ================
    Don’t you mean 3 Dog Night?

    I’m sorry. Thought these were the words to Gimme Some Lovin by Spencer Davis group. Winwood was their singer/organist back then.

    Now I realize it’s Mama Told Me Not to Come. Read the words too quickly.


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