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LoHud Yankees chat begins at noon

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  1. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Benjamin Kabak ?@bkabak 7m
    The last line in Dave Winfield’s scouting report is, to say the least, awkward. http://bit.ly/11bXSIh

    weird write up….

  2. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Benjamin Kabak ?@bkabak 7m
    The last line in Dave Winfield’s scouting report is, to say the least, awkward. http://bit.ly/11bXSIh

    weird write up

    ————————

    Given the date of the report, it’s very likely not that weird. I wonder how many more you’d find like that.

  3. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    LOL, interesting assessment:

    @billplunkettocr

    Money quote from Mattingly on last-place #Dodgers: “”All talent and no grit isn’t going to get you there.”

  4. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Full quote:

    “We gotta find a team with talent that will fight and compete like a club that doesn’t have that talent,” he said, pointing to last year’s team which led the NL West by 5 1/2 games at the end of May despite a far less-talented lineup.

    “I felt we got more out of our ability (last year). I don’t know about being tougher but I felt we got more out of our ability. There has to be a mixture of competitiveness. It’s not ‘Let’s put an All-Star team together and the All-Star team wins.’ It’s finding that balance of a team that has a little bit of grit and will fight you. And also having talent to go with it. All grit and no talent isn’t going to make you successful. But all talent and not grit isn’t going to get you there either.”

  5. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    River Ave. Blues ?@RiverAveBlues 4m
    Cafardo: Yankees among teams interested in Masahiro Tanaka http://rab.me/11c1fyR

  6. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    River Ave. Blues ?@RiverAveBlues 4m
    Cafardo: Yankees among teams interested in Masahiro Tanaka http://rab.me/11c1fyR

  7. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    River Ave. Blues ?@RiverAveBlues 4m
    Cafardo: Yankees among teams interested in Masahiro Tanaka http://rab.me/11c1fyR

  8. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    i really broke Randy’s rule

  9. ron May 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    you destroyed it.

  10. pat May 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Blake

    I hear the Yankees are interested in Masahiro Tanaka?

  11. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    @craigcalcaterra

    A manager giving quotes about the team not playing to its talent level is the manager’s version of suicide by cop.

    ——————–

    Interesting take.. I didn’t think Mattingly would be on the hot seat but maybe he is on his way out after all.

  12. ron May 22nd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    When you have the 2nd highest payroll in baseball history,or something like that,and greinke,kershaw,and that talent,somebody has to take the hit,and it won’t be the owners.

    Sometimes you just have to make a change,and sometimes managers are better in a different setting.
    Mattingly is a teacher of the game,and probably would be better away from a Hollywood like team.
    Very bizarre how a team with that talent isn’t doing better.
    I think any team needs at least 3 great starters,a great pen,and 3 good bats that are producing,not just names.The rest of the players just have to get key hits,alternating at the right times.
    This is exactly what the Yankees have been doing.
    Sometimes just one,or two good bats is enough,as long as the others get hits at the right time.

  13. yankeefeminista May 22nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I’d say the Yanks are thricely interested in Tanaka.

  14. Doreen May 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    What Mattingly is saying is 100% true.

    But it begs this question: I have heard and read that the players like playing for him, would run through a wall for him, etc. If that is true, why is the team missing grit??? Or was that all PR because he’s Don Mattingly and and people like him and want him to do well?

    And if they don’t have grit, or can’t channel the grit, or can’t channel that “I’d do anything for my manager feeling,” is that a shortcoming on Donny’s end of things?

    In any event, his owners went out and spent a ton of money, and they are not performing. Sure, they’ve had injuries, but ahem, so have the Yankees.

    I do think Mattingly is fighting for his job right now. I think he has some slack for a while, until some injured parties get back or reinforcements arrive in some way.

  15. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    JF,

    Have you heard the Yankees are interested in Tanaka? Scouting report?

  16. ron May 22nd, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Mattingly’s quote.

    Don Mattingly pregame seemed to point finger at not only lack of “mental toughness” from his players but also at poor construction of the team. ”We gotta find a team with talent that will fight and compete like a club that doesn’t have that talent,” he said, pointing to last year’s team which led the NL West by 5 1/2 games at the end of May despite a far less-talented lineup. ”I felt we got more out of our ability (last year). I don’t know about being tougher but I felt we got more out of our ability. ”There has to be a mixture of competitiveness. It’s not ‘Let’s put an All-Star team together and the All-Star team wins.’ It’s finding that balance of a team that has a little bit of grit and will fight you. And also having talent to go with it. ”All grit and no talent isn’t going to make you successful. But all talent and not grit isn’t going to get you there either.”

    He won’t last a week.
    Love to have him back with us.

  17. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Maybe the dodgers need Gibby

  18. Jerkface May 22nd, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Have you heard the Yankees are interested in Tanaka? Scouting report?

    Mid-sized RHP with traditional japanese mechanics (very similar to dice-k) with an 89-91 fb and good secondary pitches. I wouldnt bid 50 million on him, but he can probably be a successful MLB pitcher.

  19. Jerkface May 22nd, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Here is the NPB Tracker pitch report on him: http://www.npbtracker.com/data/player.php?p_id=252

  20. ron May 22nd, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds like if he had a fb that was 4 mph faster,he’d be real good.

  21. Jerkface May 22nd, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like if he had a fb that was 4 mph faster,he’d be real good.

    If he was 3 inches taller, and could throw 6 mph faster he’d be Yu Darvish :)

  22. G. Love May 22nd, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Donnie made similar statements when he was a coach here and the lineup would go ice cold. He would say that the players were all waiting for the next All Star to pick them up so they went up to the plate without hunger/drive because of their guaranteed dollars and status in the game. They all figured the next guy would do it so it was okay if they didn’t.

    I thought it was a controversial and extremely honest thing for him to say back then and made me want him to be the manager because he wasn’t afraid to call out millionaires coasting and not playing up to their potential.

    He’s going to get fired though. Putting all those guaranteed contracts Red Sox players in that clubhouse was the killer. Those guys were fat cats in Boston and they’ll stay fat cats in LA. There’s a reason why Boston dumped them all and wanted them out of the locker room.

    I do think he’s right though. I think when our team is packed to the gills with “all stars” who offer the backs of their baseball cards up as proof that them playing poorly shouldn’t matter we struggle.

    Health is definitely an X Factor, but drive and hunger is just as big in my opinion.

  23. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I love Don Mattingly but he is a jix.
    Yankees World Series appearance: 1981
    Don Mattingly’s first game: 1982
    DonMattingly’s last game: 1995
    Yankees next World Series appearance: 1996
    Mattingly returns to Yankees as coach: 2004
    Worst Post season disaster in Yankees history: 2004
    None of this is his fault, buthe is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wish him the best, just not with us.

  24. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    jix— jinx

  25. Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Can we talk about Hughes again please? I had the pleasure of watching the game via
    MLB Network. Bob Costas and Smoltz were in the booth.
    Smoltz did a great job of describing how Hughes was failing with his secondary pitches.
    It was like Smoltz could see Hughes was asking for trouble with Dickerson and then BAM-
    Home Run
    and then another Home Run to Dickerson.

    I find it hard to believe that Hughes does not have the ability to throw a breaking ball on a full count for a strike. Very hard to believe and difficult to accept. Hughes is far enough into his career where the curve, the slider and the change-up should be consistent strikes.
    Especially to get a hitter off the fastball.
    Smoltz commented that Hughes has, “all but abandoned the change-up”. WOW!
    If Hughes has any confidence and ability, he would have thrown Dickerson a change on 2-2 and again on 3-2, instead of going with the fastball that Dickerson was obviously waiting for.

  26. Jerkface May 22nd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    G. Love,

    The problem with Mattingly saying these things is that in both situations it is/was his job to fix that.

  27. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    G LOve- you hit it on the nose. all the big contracts and big talent in the world can’t cover up a lack of grit. It goes to prove all we have heard through the years that all the Yankees ever do is spend money and that’s why they win. If it were that easy everyone could do it… (see Dodgers, Los Angeles)

  28. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Forget Yu …. We need to find another Hiro!

  29. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    “Health is definitely an X Factor, but drive and hunger is just as big in my opinion.”

    No team can cry health when the Yanks are in 1st place

  30. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    If Hughes has any confidence and ability, he would have thrown Dickerson a change on 2-2 and again on 3-2, instead of going with the fastball that Dickerson was obviously waiting for.

    I agree, I find it troubling that Hughes still has trouble setting up hitters and putting them away efficiently. He gets strike outs but the are 8-9 pitch at bats, where the batter and the rest of the team get to see everything he throws. I would have thought he would develop a put away pitch by now.

  31. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I think Hughes did throw Dickerson a 2-2 CU for a ball…..didnt want to walk him with the bases empty so he grooved one

  32. G. Love May 22nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Jerkface,

    Absolutely, although more on the Dodgers as he’s the manager. He couldn’t exactly get hands on when Torre was the guy in the clubhouse.

    He’s going to get fired shortly. That being said, thinking guys who were known as clubhouse problems in Boston in Agon and Beckett would come to LA and be different people was silly. Especially Beckett. I think you put him in a locker room and the place sinks 50 feet as he comes off so arrogant and entitled that it rubs off on players. Seeing Lester and Buchholtz pitch better w/o having Beckett around to counsel them how they should act isn’t a surprise.

    I think Donnie is in conflict with what kind of manager he wants to be. I think he emulates Torre, but he wants to be a more hands on in your face guy and that dichotomy comes across in the results.

    Torre doing the whole “I trust my guys” schtick only worked when his guys were healthy and producing and accountable. They also had a track record.

    Donnie doing that with the Dodgers is silly as those guys have won nothing and trusting them like they were core Yankees is a recipe for disaster.

  33. NYYROC May 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    WTP, I think sometimes PH is stubborn which makes him predictable. He needs to trust his stuff and try throwing offspeed in FB counts. Results can’t be any worse tahn the HRs he gives up to guys sitting FB.

  34. Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Joe
    Smoltz was very critical of Hughes last night. Like I said before, it was amazing for me to hear Smoltz talk about Hughes and watch how what Smoltz was saying would be reality a pitch or two later.

    Then I read the post game comments by Hughes and once again he sounds the same, says the same, etc….Last week he talked about losing sleep over his 2/3 inning start. I don’t believe it.
    As a starter he is missing something that can not be taught by a coach or a manager. The “it” factor is missing.

    So frustrating to watch. I myself was calling the pitches and when I see how he was executing poorly, I wanted to see the pitching coach or Girardi run out to the mound and undress him verbally.

  35. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    “Smoltz was very critical of Hughes last night. Like I said before, it was amazing for me to hear Smoltz talk about Hughes and watch how what Smoltz was saying would be reality a pitch or two later.”

    Smoltz is very good…..he almost talks about pitchers sometimes though like…..”why don’t you just throw a better slider”…..not everybody’s slider was like yours Smoltzy…..he’s very good though especially with Costas.

  36. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I asked Chad what Cashman’s screen name was on Lohud and he said C R 9….lol

  37. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Torre doing the whole “I trust my guys” schtick only worked when his guys were healthy and producing and accountable. They also had a track record.

    It also helped when his guys were named Jeter, Tino, Paulie, Broscius- guys who could manage themselves and make the right play. When Torre got to the Mondesis, Sheffields etc. he wasn’t as smart. Mattingly was that kind of player too. Maybe he just expects everyone to play the game the way he did.

  38. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    Smoltz is very good…..he almost talks about pitchers sometimes though like…..”why don’t you just throw a better slider”…..not everybody’s slider was like yours Smoltzy…..he’s very good though especially with Costas.

    Sometime Cone will sya, “I’d throw him a slider low and outside on the black.” Easy to say when you are Coney, not as easy for everyone else.

  39. Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Hughes should get in the habit of throwing 80% change-ups during his BP session in between starts.
    Anything but the fastball. Everybody knows that’s his best pitch. So what?
    Show the opposing hitter you can throw a breaking ball for a strike whenever you want & put away the hitter with that pitch.
    Some of the change-ups he threw last night were not even “in the dirty”. The pitchers were far in front of home plate. Easy for any hitter to lay off that pitch and sit fastball.

  40. UnKnown May 22nd, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    “I call for a pitch, I put my glove down and, I swear, it’s like there’s a homing device inside [the leather],” said rookie catcher Austin Romine. “You can just see the ball coming right where my glove is, all I have to do it wait for it. When people ask me, ‘What’s it like to catch Mariano Rivera?’ I say, ‘It’s the easiest thing in the world.’”

    http://www.northjersey.com/col.....l?page=all
    ———

    I guess it isn’t all that important to plug in Stewie for Romine in any future 9th inning endeavors.

  41. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    blake, I hear the Yankees are interested in Tanaka, what say you?

    :)

  42. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    No problem with Romine behind the plate, just the four at bats he has during the game that really hurt.

  43. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    “blake, I hear the Yankees are interested in Tanaka, what say you?”

    never heard of the guy

  44. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I’d be more interested in finding an SS on the international market… still no word on Diaz, eh?

  45. Giuseppe Franco May 22nd, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I have no doubt that the character issues that the former Red Sox players had in Boston have simply relocated to LA and is hurting that team.

    I’m rather biased because Mattingly was my adolescent hero so I trust that he knows what he’s doing by calling out some of his players (albeit, not by name).

    But I generally don’t think that is best way to get the most out of your players. Managers can very easily lose a clubhouse that way and tends to be a dead man walking once that does happen.

    Drill sergeants or ball busters often mesh well with young teams, but usually not so much with veteran teams.

    That’s why the Bobby Valentine / Red Sox disaster was so easily predictable.

    Fans may love managers calling out his players as a way to punish them for their lack of production (G. Love is certainly big on that) but in the end it’s the manager who is usually the fall guy if expectations fall short.

  46. G. Love May 22nd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    The nlght O-Ren assumed power over the crime council the man who seems bound and determined to break the mood is Boss Tanaka. And what Boss Tanaka thinks is…

  47. NYYROC May 22nd, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    You would think that talent trumps everything, but there is something to be said for guys who are trying to prove themselves. Kind of like this year’s NYY. Older guys proving they can still play. Younger guys proving they belong.

  48. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:24 pm
    “blake, I hear the Yankees are interested in Tanaka, what say you?”

    never heard of the guy
    ————————
    I’ve never heard of Masahiro Tanaka either but Professor Toru Tanaka, that’s another story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAao1EGH4xU

    I think the Yankees could use this guy…

  49. Jerkface May 22nd, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I posted this before but here is a highlight video of Tanaka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acu_tWYNNpA

  50. ron May 22nd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Not easy to motivate an unmotivated team that is filled with a bunch of millionaires.
    It is a character defect.
    Either you are this way,or you are that way.
    Becket,agone,hanley,etc…
    That team is in trouble for the long haul.
    So much for someone here who once said,look out for the dodgers.

    The dodgers might have a ton of money,but when your payroll is very high,it becomes very hard to pile more on top of it,and if your attendance struggles,it is even worse,even though they get 300 million a year guaranteed from their tv deal,for 20 years.

  51. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve never heard of Masahiro Tanaka either but Professor Toru Tanaka, that’s another story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAao1EGH4xU

    I think the Yankees could use this guy…

    yes, but I want no part of Mr. Fuji

  52. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Jean Claude Van Damme was trained by the Tanaka clan in Bloodsport

  53. Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    this tanaka fellow could have power potentials, MG. looks like a natural born masher to me.

  54. Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    btw, the boy is of oriental persuasion.

  55. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Chris Mad Dog Russo ?@MadDogUnleashed 3m
    Now Tiger doesn’t like Sergio, has a chance to bury him, so he’ll say he’s hurt by it and its inappropriate, despite Sergio’s apology.

    this guy…..so it’s Tiger’s fault? Poor Sergio…..good grief.

  56. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm
    I’ve never heard of Masahiro Tanaka either but Professor Toru Tanaka, that’s another story:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAao1EGH4xU

    I think the Yankees could use this guy…

    yes, but I want no part of Mr. Fuji
    ————-
    according to Wiki, Tanaka was the real bad a**, Fuji was just a little psycho…

  57. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 2:40 pm
    this tanaka fellow could have power potentials, MG. looks like a natural born masher to me.
    —————–
    I agree, money, but since he died in 2000 he might be a little stiff at the plate :)

  58. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    a team that needs major bullpen help is the Braves……everybody in their pen is hurt except Kimbrel…..

  59. Giuseppe Franco May 22nd, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Jean Claude Van Damme was trained by the Tanaka clan in Bloodsport

    ———-

    Coincidentally, I just watched that movie in the last couple of weeks.

    Still a good movie 25 years later but was way awesome back in the day (and long before MMA became huge).

    Bolo Yeung (Chong Li) is like 66 yrs old now and is undoubtedly still a bad ass.

  60. MG May 22nd, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    blake May 22nd, 2013 at 2:47 pm
    a team that needs major bullpen help is the Braves……everybody in their pen is hurt except Kimbrel…..
    —————–
    blake, here is your shot, call the Braves GM and offer Chamberlain, Eppley, Logan, Nova, Nunez, Heathcott, and an injured player to be named later for Upton…

  61. NYYROC May 22nd, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Don’t the Braves have 1 or 2 ss prospcts blocked by Simmons? Maybe the NYY could work a trade for one with their excess RP.

  62. Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I like Donnie as a player, though i identify more with Bernie, Oneil, and jeter We talk about the idea of grit and been there as sometimes the missing ingredient to a winning team, the interesting thing is Donnie has never won much as a player or manager either, but I think that’s just one aspect of putting together a winning team. fwiw, i was ecstatic when Yanks choose joe over donnie.

  63. Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    all the elite Japanese pitchers who came over or are thinking of such seem to be equipped with nasty offspeed arsenal. split or fork seem to be the put away pitch in J.

  64. Cashmoney May 22nd, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hughes just always struck me as okay… good stuff not overwhelming with okay command, that normally translate into a 3-5 starter in ML.

  65. Giuseppe Franco May 22nd, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I think every manager has to more or less tailor his managerial style to the players he has. There are 25 players but only 1 manager.

    After so many years of Torre, many Yankee fans wanted Girardi to be the guy simply because he was generally perceived to be more of a disciplinarian and drill sergeant (which they viewed as something this team had been lacking) because that’s how he managed a young Marlins team and always stood up to Loria.

    But he really hasn’t managed that way with the Yanks because the personnel is so much different.

    I believed Girardi was more of a drill sergeant as well, which is why I didn’t think he’d mesh as well with a veteran team like the Yanks.

    To his credit, he couldn’t be the same hard ass with the Yanks because it is simply a much different kind of atmosphere and I don’t think he’d still be the manager if he had taken that same approach that he had with the Marlins.

  66. Tyler May 22nd, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Rafael Soriano calling out Bryce Harper’s defensive positioning on the game tying play last night…. uh oh.

  67. Shame Spencer May 22nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Girardi definitely changed his approach after 2008. I wonder if he still disallows ice cream bars in the clubhouse… I know Mussina wasn’t happy about that. :lol:

    But in Mattingly’s case… I dunno… Beckett is a jackoff but the guy shouldn’t have ever been considered a vital cog in the rotation. I figured LA made that deal specifically for Agon, who btw, is having a great start to the season thus far. Even Crawford is showing up for them. Boston would have killed for him to put up that slash line while playing for them. I don’t think those guys are really the problem, though it does makes a good narrative on a Yankees blog. :twisted:

    Kemp has been struggling. Eithier has been meh. Uribe has been terrible. Is Hanley back yet? I know their SS was crap.

  68. Russell Munson May 22nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t miss Soriano at all.

  69. Tyler May 22nd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Russell Munson May 22nd, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    I don’t miss Soriano at all.
    ——————————————————————

    He came up huge last year when they needed him but yeah they definitely haven’t needed him this year.

    Something tells me Bryce might just not let that slide.. and if they can’t get along, it’s sure not going to be Harper in the doghouse.

  70. Nick in SF May 22nd, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    “Rafael Soriano calling out Bryce Harper’s defensive positioning on the game tying play last night…. uh oh.”

    He has his preferred defensive alignments diagrammed on the inside of his cap. True story.

  71. Tyler May 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    He has his preferred defensive alignments diagrammed on the inside of his cap. True story.
    —————————————————————————-

    I think Bryce would have been marginally faster if his shirt was untucked. The freedom of motion would offset the wind resistance of the shirt tail.

  72. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    yes, but I want no part of Mr. Fuji
    ————-
    according to Wiki, Tanaka was the real bad a**, Fuji was just a little psycho…

    LOLOL

  73. joecembrale May 22nd, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Tyler May 22nd, 2013 at 3:13 pm
    Rafael Soriano calling out Bryce Harper’s defensive positioning on the game tying play last night…. uh oh.

    Talk about managerial styles… Davey Johnson likes a clubhouse full of colorful characters.

  74. Warning Track Power May 22nd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    “With two outs and the tying run at first, you have to play the outfield so the ball doesn’t go over your head,” Soriano told the newspaper in Spanish. “It may not have been a catchable ball. But if we’re positioned the right way, there might have been a different outcome.

    “With two outs, I could tell my 4-year-old son, ‘You know where you need to play,’ and he would have positioned himself better. It’s not an excuse, and I’m not speaking badly about anybody, but I think that’s how you play the game.”

    Soriano, who has blown three saves in his first season with the Nationals, backtracked off those comments Wednesday, saying that he thought his conversation with USA Today Sports was off the record.

    “I tried to do my job, and I didn’t do it,” Soriano told the Washington Post. “[The play] wasn’t an error. He was in the position and I threw the pitch I shouldn’t have, and that’s what happened.

    “And after we finished talking [to the media], I made the mistake of saying that to [USA Today]. And he put it in there with what I said.”

  75. Tyler May 22nd, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I like the Nats and I’m not sure it becomes an issue but it just makes you appreciate Rivera answering all questions after his rare blown saves even more, if that’s possible. Nats are probably feeling a little bit of pressure even though it’s only May. Only .500 so far.

  76. ac1 May 22nd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Soriano isn’t the best with the media.
    Never has been!

  77. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    “Bolo Yeung (Chong Li) is like 66 yrs old now and is undoubtedly still a bad ass.”

    oh I bet

    “blake, here is your shot, call the Braves GM and offer Chamberlain, Eppley, Logan, Nova, Nunez, Heathcott, and an injured player to be named later for Upton…”

    :) I do wonder if maybe they’d want Joba…..

  78. Doreen May 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Oh, so if it’s off the record it means it wasn’t said? SMH

  79. Ys Guy May 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    i was big on girardi instead of donnie. Circumstances differ but mattingly has been less than impressive in game strategy and there doesnt seem to be any fire in his dodgers team. of course he got the cast-offs from beantown to work with but he didnt show much ability to motivate before they got to LA either.

    rumors are swirling that today may be donnie’s last game managing, so this looks like donnie getting in his parting shot before he gets chopped.

    idk if he’ll ever manage again i guess it depends on how long he’s willing to be a bench coach, but i just don’t see him doing that for very long.

    at least we might see him at OTD

  80. blake May 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    “Don’t the Braves have 1 or 2 ss prospcts blocked by Simmons? Maybe the NYY could work a trade for one with their excess RP.”

    well they traded Ahmed in the Upton deal…..however they have Peraza who some think has a higher upside than even Simmons…..I doubt they’d trade him though.

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