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Teixeira gets some at-bats

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the first time since injuring his wrist, Mark Teixeira got some at-bats today. I assume they happened in extended spring training. Teixeira tweeted that he went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk.

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88 Responses to “Teixeira gets some at-bats”

  1. Jesus Bustero May 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Get well not-so-soon Tex.

  2. Chip May 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    tomingeorgia May 20th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Chip,
    Does Keens still have the clay pipes on the ceiling? I’ve got one there.
    ————–

    Yup, everything’s still the same.

  3. The Genius Maker May 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Randy, I read it. He was objective. Was it routine, no, but was it hard, no as well. While you don;t practice the throw as a first baseman as much as other situations, you do practice the home to first play and it is the same way. The blogger talks about the lack of athleticism of montero. I am not so sure about that, but fundamentally, he went about that wrong and it cost his team. Stewart did it right the other day and it allowed him to reach a high throw from Overbay fairly easily.

    Bigger picture, I think you have been trying to make him out to be something that he isn’t. He is NOT a major league defensive catcher at this point in his career. if he were hitting like you think he can, one may be overlook this shortcoming…and I would agree that Mike Piazza was a very valuable player even if he was a weak defensive player. The problem is that he is not hitting like Piazza but he is fielding like him. For him to justify playing time, his OPS must be around .800. His lifetime is .700 right now.

  4. Chip May 20th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hassey -

    Who was this “Montero” you speak of?

  5. Hassey May 20th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m gonna re-name my dog Montero just so I can hear myself speak his name 35 times a day

  6. tomingeorgia May 20th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Chip,
    Nice to know some things don’t change. Nice to know that my pipe, from 45 or so years ago is still there, even if Bloomberg won’t let me smoke it.

  7. astrocityfan May 20th, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    so the inexorable march begins. Tex may actually be back when he says he will, but i will believe it when i see it. I still think he will reinjure himself with regular baseball activity. I just hope they’re able to hang onto Overbay even if tex does come back. Speaking of coming back, what are the updates on Youk and nunez? I assume Nunez is out for a while since they got Brigniac

  8. G. Love May 20th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I wonder if they employed the shift against him when he got that two bagger…

    The dark cloud is upon us. Overbay will be gone soon and our below average against 2/3rds of the leagues pitching 1b will be back to kill rallies, make excuses and crush lefties enough to pad his stats so he can crow about his good games.

    I wish I could be optimistic about Tex, but I’m not. I’m tired of him and his act as a Yankee. He’s the epitome of a guy who took the money and then coasted and didn’t live up to his contract and is okay with it by everything he says to the press about his rapid decline.

    It is what it is. He’s got guaranteed money up the whazoo and they have to play him.

    I just hope this glimpse that Overbay has given us what a decent hitter against RHP can do for this team makes the Yankees be agressive if Tex hits .230 or lower against RHP again this season.

    No trade clauses can be waived. It’d be worth more to me to eat money and get a productive hitter at 1b than what Tex has morphed into the past 3 seasons.

    I’m terrified what putting him and Grandy back to back in the lineup is going to do this offense some nights.

    And yes, my delicate sensibility posters who get so upset when someone vents on here, I know I’m overreacting a bit…but that’s what talking baseball is about. It’s not just about blowing kisses. I hope you fragile lambs can withstand a real fan’s reaction to something they are not happy about.

  9. Cashmoney May 20th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I definitely thought Overbay be a goner when Tex is back; But now, I am not sure.

  10. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Cash-I only saw the play this morning, so give me some slack here. I had to add my 2 cents.
    The overwhelming majority of baseball scouts would run out of pen and paper
    when describing all of Montero’s faults.

    I know the M’s took 2 of 3. But Montero was not the difference maker in the series.
    I saw Yankee base runners steal bases on Montero. I saw Montero attempt to throw a runner out at 2nd, while on his knees. The ball went in the direction of the SS

  11. Chip May 20th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    The more interesting question than what to do with Overbay when Tex comes back is what do you do in the bullpen when Joba and Cabral come back.

    Cabral has to be on the 25 and they’re not cutting Joba, but Preston Claiborne hasn’t done anything but pitch well.

    So what does your pen look like:

    RHP: Warren, Rivera, Robertson, Joba, Kelley, Claiborne
    LHP: Logan, Cabral

    That’s 13 pitchers, Yankees aren’t gong to do that – so who is the odd man out? Warren? Kelley? Claiborne simply because he has options?

  12. Chip May 20th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hassey May 20th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m gonna re-name my dog Montero just so I can hear myself speak his name 35 times a day
    —————

    Last time so many words were dedicated to so irrelevant a player his name was Joba.

  13. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    “I wonder if they employed the shift against him when he got that two bagger…”

    Nice.

  14. Bo knows May 20th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I know the M’s took 2 of 3. But Montero was not the difference maker in the series.
    I saw Yankee base runners steal bases on Montero. I saw Montero attempt to throw a runner out at 2nd, while on his knees. The ball went in the direction of the SS
    ———-
    Hey. Get with the program. We don’t talk about the 1/24 thing

  15. Cashmoney May 20th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Claiborne

  16. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Chip May 20th, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    The more interesting question than what to do with Overbay when Tex comes back is what do you do in the bullpen when Joba and Cabral come back.

    Cabral has to be on the 25 and they’re not cutting Joba, but Preston Claiborne hasn’t done anything but pitch well.

    So what does your pen look like:

    RHP: Warren, Rivera, Robertson, Joba, Kelley, Claiborne
    LHP: Logan, Cabral

    That’s 13 pitchers, Yankees aren’t gong to do that – so who is the odd man out? Warren? Kelley? Claiborne simply because he has options?
    ——————————————————————————-
    Chip-I have been thinking about the very same thing since last week.
    I would say that any player with options remaining is a prime candidate to be sent down.
    That includes Warren or Nuno or Claiborne. Sometimes a player that does not deserve
    to be sent down is, in order to make room for someone else on the roster.
    IMO, Overbay has to remain on the team as an insurance policy against Tex re-injuring his wrist soon after his return.
    If Tex can show he is healthy about 1 month or so after his return, then it might make sense
    to release Overbay.

  17. Cashmoney May 20th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I know the M’s took 2 of 3. But Montero was not the difference maker in the series.
    ———-
    of course he is not the difference. Montero needs to hit to be difference maker. I am saying he is not a Yankee, i don’t care that much. move on.

  18. Russell Munson May 20th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I think you’d have to option Claiborne when Joba comes back just to let him continue to get regular work. If he’s going to be in the mix for mop-up innings with Shawn Kelley then he’s probably better off getting regular work for Scranton and he’ll always be just a phone call away.

  19. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Cash-Take it easy. I find it very amusing the #1 prospect failed to stretch with the correct foot and cost his team a win, while our very own Catcher, Stewart, successfully stretched with the correct foot get secure a putout for the Yankees last week.
    Do you see the similarity there? Perhaps the irony?

  20. G. Love May 20th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Chip,

    I think a trade in bullpen is coming and I think it may be Joba if he can show scouts his stuff is sharp.

    Unless someone gets injured, they’re going to have to thin out the herd out there.

  21. Russell Munson May 20th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Kelley has an option year left too. So it could be him.

  22. astrocityfan May 20th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I would assume Claibourbe cause of the options. He has impressed though. It certainly makes it easier to let the Joba circus walk away after the season. (or trade him for that matter)

  23. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    “of course he is not the difference. Montero needs to hit to be difference maker. I am saying he is not a Yankee, i don’t care that much. move on.”

    Yeah, most of the post about Montero are not only about Montero.

    *yawn*

  24. Bo knows May 20th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Realistically looking at the starting pitching next year
    CC
    Hirok
    Phelps
    Warren

    Nuno in the Phelps/Warren spot.

    Ramirez in AAA

    Key will be, is Pineda going to be a factor?

  25. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Russell-Great knowledge. It’s not easy to find out which player does/does not have options.
    Kelley has done more than enough to stick around some more. Has to be a young kid
    like Claiborne or Nuno that would be sent down. Add Warraen to that mix as well.

    Joba could very well be traded. But before he can be, Joba needs to show the scouts that he can get outs for more than 1 game at a time. Joba needs to string together about 3 weeks worth of terrific performances to be traded.

  26. comnsnse May 20th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    If the comments on this blog could be put to music I’d recommend the “Wanderers”but change the title to the “Ponderers”

    Is there no bit of minutiae you guys will not ponder into submission? ;)

    But since you asked, Claiborne and Nuno go back to the future unless there is a trade.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  27. Bo knows May 20th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Joba needs to string together about 3 weeks worth of terrific performances to be traded.
    ——–
    Just in time for the All Star break.

  28. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Bo-
    We are on the same page.

  29. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    chip summed it up well – claiborne has done nothing but pitch well, and cabral either goes on the 25 or back to red sox. so, something has to give.

    you can send warren down, i think he still has options, but that leaves you without a long man. you can send claiborne back, and if joba pitches well, then you don’t miss him (claiborne). the thing is, joba is a fa at season’s end.

    i obviously dont’ know, and i’m not into predicting here. but, i wouldn’t be surprised is cash is looking to make a deal, to get something for joba before he skips for free; others, like nova, cabral, heck, even logan, could be involved. the obvious need for of help down the road would be a nice return, if an appropriate match can be found.

    have a good afternoon.

  30. Joe from Long Island May 20th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Joba could very well be traded. But before he can be, Joba needs to show the scouts that he can get outs for more than 1 game at a time. Joba needs to string together about 3 weeks worth of terrific performances to be traded.

    this is absolutely correct. and, at the end of the two-three weeks, claiborne can then be brought back up.

  31. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Joba should be traded to a team that thinks he can start.

  32. Russell Munson May 20th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    “Joba should be traded to a team that thinks he can start.”

    So you’re saying Joba should be traded to Lohud?

  33. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Not enough here at LoHud think Joba is a stahta.

  34. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Why do we care what Joba’s role would be for any future team? It’s only about getting value in return.

  35. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Why do we care what Joba’s role would be for any future team? It’s only about getting value in return.
    ===========================================
    The more perceived worth he has to another team, the more we get for him.

  36. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Well…at least after Randy goes a twitter, the Montero situation should die down…

  37. CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    When trying to figure out what pitchers will stay on the 25 man roster, you have to rememeber that one of Nova/Phelp will probably be in the pen too.

    I guess they could always option Nova to AAA to start, but I would be surprised if that happened.

  38. Russell Munson May 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I forgot Betances is on the 25 man roster. He can go for Joba.

  39. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    “The more perceived worth he has to another team, the more we get for him.”

    True, but he will be priced as a rental without draft pick compensation by any team that trades for him. I’m not sure that his value over four months will by greatly affected by whether he starts or, for example, closes, especially since it would take some time to stretch him out to be able to start again.

    In fact, his ability to immediately take over a closer’s role for a team may be the best selling point in any potential trade.

  40. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Betances is major trade bait.

  41. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Off-topic:

    We are visiting Boston/Cape Cod at the end of July. We have never been to Fenway and want to take in the game. (As luck would have it, ahem, they are playing the Mariners. LOL) I am pricing tickets and there is a site called Viewpoint which I guess is a secondary ticket seller. The prices are a little better than from the Sox website. Anyone know if they are legit or how it might work? Or is there a better venue?

    Thanks in advance.

  42. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    anyone who has ever run a business knows that the bad times don’t usually do you in , it’s the good times.

    why is that you ask?

    (except mick because he knows everything)

    the answer is that sometimes the good times come through no effort of your own. sometimes its a good economic climate or just good luck. but if you get too carried away with your success and base your business on what you did not EARN, it’ll cause you to expand and continue down a wrong path.

    this is exactly what is happening with hal. he’s seeing short term success and is doubling down on his plan. what he should be doing is looking at what’s happening and realize it’s not sustainable.

    of course he inherited his money and didn’t earn it , so he will get his first major business lesson pronto in the next few years.

  43. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    True, but he will be priced as a rental without draft pick compensation by any team that trades for him.
    ================================
    Chances are a team that embraces his starter mentality would be the team he stays with.
    He should stay with the team that gives him this opportunity like Adams did when we DFA’d him.

  44. mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    (except mick because he knows everything)
    ==========================
    cmon man….look in the mirror….stop goofing on the fair people of LoHud.

  45. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    “this is exactly what is happening with hal. he’s seeing short term success and is doubling down on his plan.”

    Would you flesh this out?

  46. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Rich in NJ -

    I was just going to post the same thing, re, Joba and what he does once he’s not here.

  47. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    “Well…at least after Randy goes a twitter, the Montero situation should die down…”

    mick-

    i couldn’t do it without you.

    it takes an opposing force to make an impact

    so that’s for the platform.

  48. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    So Fran-sayso sez he wouldn’t give Mattingly a plaque?
    That’s a credibility loser to me…

  49. champ809 May 20th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    When Joba is deemed ready then Claiborne will be sent down….depth chart thing but the Yanks I’m sure feel very good about him should a need arise again.

    As far as next years staff Hiro i think returns to Nippon and I think the Yanks are counting on something more like;

    C.C.
    Pineda
    Phelpsie
    Nova
    Nuno/Warren/Marshall

    going in with eyes on maybe trading for a lower priced upgrade to slide into that #3 slot and push Phelps down to #4 and Nova in the #5 slot with the trio of Nuno/Warren/Marhsall and JRam in Scranton providing depth and support . Don’t forget Banuelos will be in Scranton as well and depending on his recovery could be a fast comer.

    In fact the Yanks will have quite a few arms for a very few slots in Scranton as Turley, Stoneburner,Cotham and maybe even Bleich could be starting possibles AAA ready next season as well.

    I for 1 would like to see Turley maybe moved up after the asb to Scranton if he continues to pitch this well with Bleich being moved from the ‘pen back to the rotation for the second half of this season in trenton. I think it’s way to soon to make him a loogy or reliever with the upside he has as a starter. He reminds me alot of Mike Minor and it’s been 2yrs now since the TJS.

  50. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    its true randall you used to rile me up but now you are teetering on obsolesense.
    i will try to keep you afloat if you don’t go senile on me.

  51. Shame Spencer May 20th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    mick May 20th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Well…at least after Randy goes a twitter, the Montero situation should die down…

    ——————–

    randy has a Twitter account..?

  52. Shame Spencer May 20th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    So Fran-sayso sez he wouldn’t give Mattingly a plaque?
    That’s a credibility loser to me…

    ———————-

    Mattingly never won anything other than the hearts of middle aged men.

  53. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    he is recruiting followers as we speak.

  54. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Mattingly never won anything other than the hearts of middle aged men.
    ===========
    Cold.

  55. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So Mattingly should be punished for not being on a better team?

  56. CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    C.C.
    Pineda
    Phelpsie
    Nova
    Nuno/Warren/Marshall

    ——————-

    Anything is possible, but I had a better chance of winning the Power Ball on Saturday than that being their rotation next yr.

    If Andy and Kuroda are gone, the Yanks will somehow get another veteran pitcher. I guess it would be different if Nova had bounced back this yr. But there’s no way they can trust him. I’ll be surprised if 2 of Pettitte/Kuroda/Hughes aren’t on the team next yr.

    I think it’ll be more like:

    CC
    Kuroda/Pettitte
    Pineda
    Hughes
    Phelps

  57. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    rich in nj-

    hal came out the other day all confident and went public in a way that he wouldn’t if the team wasn’t doing well. he’s still talking youth when for example the three big outfielders in the system are all underachieving. the killer b’s are killed. hughes gone for all practical purposes. granderson gone for nothing. 230 million is what’s keeping things patched. when 189 happens, it’s all over.

  58. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    “Mattingly never won anything other than the hearts of middle aged men.”

    We weren’t middle-aged at the time of the fall.

  59. CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Do you mean a monument? If so, Donnie doesnt deserve one. He already got his number retired and that was the just thing to do. But monumnets are for the immortals. Jeter and Mo have a chance.

  60. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    “randy has a Twitter account..?”

    shame-

    i’m expanding my repertoire :lol:

  61. Rich in NJ May 20th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    randy

    OK, yes, I said the same thing.

    $230 is the most important reason for this team’s success. It erases both injuries and mistakes.

    But I think Hal would make stuff up no matter what the team was doing, and no matter how much he is spending.

  62. 86w183 May 20th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Bleach will never be a factor. Extremely low ceiling lefty.

    I’d bet on Banuelos, Betances and Pineda ahead of him.

  63. Mike in Harrisburg May 20th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Agree w/CountryClub on all counts.

  64. CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    When you’re a 43-year-old baseball player, you’re supposed to be raking your kids’ Little League field.

    Or working tirelessly to drive those par-5′s in two.

    Or keeping Curt Schilling and Mark Mulder company on the Baseball Tonight set.

    Or … you could be Mariano Rivera.
    And be well on your way to going down in history as the greatest 43-year-old athlete in pretty much any sport.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/blog/_/.....ano-rivera

  65. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    why piss off just a hundred people when you can piss off 10,000 :)

    a seattle sports writer retweeted my screen shot to him yesterday to his 10,000 followers before the seattle paper later came out with a higher resolution shot.

    it didn’t take me long to do the math of the effectiveness of twitter.

  66. 86w183 May 20th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Monuments are for the departed.

    Doesn’t every retired number get a plaque? I think Yogi, Whitey, Derek and Mo are monument candidates when the time comes.

  67. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    “OK, yes, I said the same thing.”
    rich in nj-

    a lot of us are coming to the same conclusion from different starting points.
    this is going to take awhile to play out. as doreen as pointed out hal can shift gears anytime he wants and forego the 189 plan.

    whether he will or will do it in time is a big question. we are going to see the results soon though. this year and next.

  68. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Fran- say- so was talking plaques saying Reggie and Billy doesn’t deserve one either.

  69. ron May 20th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Stop trying to predict baseball randy.
    It can’t be done.
    Just look at the nationals,toronto,angels,and the rs who some claimed put together the best team in history,and look at the dodgers.
    All you need is great pitching,and 3 decent bats,with a nice balance,wether you have a 300 million payroll,or a 100 million dollar one makes no difference.
    The Yankees have banuelos,ramirez,depaula,campos,and several other pitching prospects,that could make a big impact,and a few very good to great catching prospects,3 or 4 very good o.f. prospects,and 3 decent picks coming in this years draft.

    All is not lost,and no team in history is going to be great every year.
    It is like you are angry when you are wrong,and the Yankees do well.
    What kind of fan is that?

    You simply can’t be a yankee fan.

  70. Warning Track Power May 20th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    When you’re a 43-year-old baseball player, you’re supposed to be raking your kids’ Little League field.

    Or working tirelessly to drive those par-5?s in two.

    Or keeping Curt Schilling and Mark Mulder company on the Baseball Tonight set.

    Or … you could be Mariano Rivera.
    And be well on your way to going down in history as the greatest 43-year-old athlete in pretty much any sport.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/blog/_/…..ano-rivera
    ————————————————————————————–
    Tell me something I don’t already know

  71. CountryClub May 20th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    That article on Rivera is very good. Check it out if you haven’t already.

  72. jmills May 20th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Cripes, its hot up here, what happened to the , ” Idea of North “, Glenn Gould?

    All of my ba$tard tropicals, are almost outside.

  73. mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    You simply can’t be a yankee fan.
    =====================
    Randy is a Red Sox fan trolling a Yankee board in disguise.
    He won’t survive twitter as his stories will exceed the 140 character limit.

  74. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    “Stop trying to predict baseball randy.”

    ron-

    sure no problem, i always do what i’m told to do. :)

  75. jmills May 20th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Listening to Genesis, ” Selling England by the Pound ” – hope the neighbours like it.

  76. 86w183 May 20th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Doesn’t Francessa know the difference between a plaque and a monument?

    Frankly I think the Yanks have too many retired numbers. But the right number of monuments.

  77. Shame Spencer May 20th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Lol, I’m just bustin’ on Mattingly. He gets enough accolades for a guy that doesn’t have a ring, no?

    randy – Have you found blake on the Twitter already?

  78. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    “The Yankees have banuelos,ramirez,depaula,campos,and several other pitching prospects,that could make a big impact,and a few very good to great catching prospects,3 or 4 very good o.f. prospects,and 3 decent picks coming in this years draft.”

    why do i get an image of all those north korean soldiers marching in lockstep?

    http://www.netnewsledger.com/2.....s-weapons/

  79. Shame Spencer May 20th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    86w183 May 20th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Doesn’t Francessa know the difference between a plaque and a monument?
    ————————-

    I think Francesa only knows the difference between Diet Coke and regular. Everything else is sort of a gray area…

  80. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    shame -
    reading blake’s and sj44′s back and forth on twitter was part of the inspiration.

  81. UnKnown May 20th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Before the game, I was talking to a friendly guard in the bleachers (yes, they do exist), who told me something interesting: last season, his shifts started at 4:30pm for night games, but this year, his clock-in time has been pushed back to 4:45pm. He said it’s because ticket sales are down and the Yankees are losing money — and he’s going to quit as a result. Every four days, he loses an hour of pay, which he can’t really afford, but it’s not even about the money. He said the Steinbrenners have added a bunch of rules that he now has to enforce, so his job has become more annoying and difficult. I asked him to give an example, so he pointed out a white stripe on the pavement behind the last row of bleacher benches. He said it wasn’t there last season, but now he’s being instructed not to allow fans to stand in front of it. As you might expect, fans get pissed off when they’re told to move (when they’re already standing 500-plus feet from home plate), so he’s constantly forced to be the bad guy. Many guards enjoy wielding their power, but for the decent folks who work at The Stadium, the rules are a real burden.
    —-

    Interesting take from Ball Hawker guy about attendance at Yankee Stadium and how strict the rules are pertaining to fans.

  82. jmills May 20th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Randy, ” we do what we’re told, ” is a song by, Peter Gabriel constructed around an experiment in the sixties whereby they took contestants ( pedestrians ) to shock some guy in a chair who was an actor and not really hooked up. The contestants didn’t know that and proceeded to shock the hell out of the actor, all the way up to what I believe was level, 30. ” People do some strange things, when they’re all together ” – Red Rider, ” Neruda “.

  83. Noreaster May 20th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Doreen,

    Watch out when you buy tickets for fenway. Some down the right field line near the foul pole point towards the wall, not home plate. Most of the seat under the ‘main’ overhang sink and are obstructed view. Get close to the field, go up top, out to the monster (never been there, looks cool), or head to the bleachers…

    Most seats currently on sale will be $$$’s or those blasted obstructed view seats!

  84. champ809 May 20th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I guess it’s okay to put your head in the sand and ignore the guy who signs the checks statements about his vision for the team in the immediate future but I’m more inclined to take him at his word as as such believe that the Yanks will be operating at a payroll below the $189MM threshold. Given that fact I don’t think that Hughes will be resigned and I think Andy and Hiro both retire, Pettite back to his ranch and Hiro to Japan.

    As I said I think the Yanks will look for a veteran upgrade in a trade to slot in the #3 slot ( maybe Garza if he stays with the Cubbies til next year ), but I do believe that the base of the rotation will be CC, Pineda, Phelps and maybe Nova in the #5 hole.

    And btw Rich, Nova has had more than just a small run of success as you suggest. In 2011, his first full season, he was the Yanks second best pitcher for most all of that season and in the second half he was 1 of the top 10 or so pitchers in the MLB. He also had a 2-21/2 month run last year where again he was 1 of the top 5-6 pitchers in the AL before he just fell apart.

  85. Doreen May 20th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks Noreaster – very good to know!

  86. The Genius Maker May 20th, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    mick May 20th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    So Mattingly should be punished for not being on a better team?
    *********

    and the ONE year they made it to the postseason he was great but the team failed him. He hit .417 with an OPS of 1.148

  87. The Genius Maker May 20th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    from the ESPN article…”This is the launch pad for maybe the single most devastating pitch in baseball history — Mariano Rivera’s cutter — and has been for just about ever.”
    **********

    MAYBE? Sure I have a blog called the Genius Maker and it is a tribute to Rivera who makes his managers look like a genius,but maybe? The man has thrown ONE speed and the best hitters in the world fail against him more than against any other closer in the history of the game…throwing that one speed. It is clearly the best pitch ever because no pitcher, ever anywhere at any time in the major leagues has ever been good throwing one speed pitch every time.

  88. randy l. May 20th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    genius maker-

    here’s a story you might like because it involves catching and mariano .

    carl taylor was the yankee game BP pitcher and also a bullpen catcher from 1990 -1996. we were good friends and we threw each year in sarasota getting his arm ready for the season. he was teaching me how to throw good BP in the process.
    one day he was getting pissed because i was dropping my elbow down a bit when i threw harder. so he got fairly close and gave instruction and told me to air it out to him. i hesitated because i was like 35 feet from him. he looked at me in disgust and said,”i catch rivera , and you think you’re going to throw something i can’t catch.”.

    carl was an interesting guy. boog powell’s half brother, and he hit about .348 one year with the pirates.

    he also was a barber, and cut mattingly’s hair that time george and mattingly got into it over mattingy’s long hair.

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