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Postgame notes: “The time has arrived”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Zoilo Almonte

The Yankees used 40 different players before they promoted Zoilo Almonte on Tuesday. They tried eight different outfielders before they put Almonte in left field tonight. This has been a season of experimentation — of trades and waiver claims; call-ups and minor league signings — and it’s now time for Almonte to take his turn.

“You don’t ever think a kid’s going to run out there and get three hits, but we knew he has a good swing,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s been a prospect, and he’s been on our radar for a while. … A couple of years ago in spring training was the first time we saw him. We liked his swing. We said, ‘This kid has a pretty swing, and we expect him to be a big league player at some point.’ And the time has arrived.”

Whether Almonte has truly arrived remains to be seen. One night certainly doesn’t make a career, but for at least one night, the 24-year-old switch hitter was a bright spot. His solo home run and ensuing curtain call brought some glimmer of hope for an offense that badly needed a boost.

“I felt good because it was a sign that things are starting to be where they should be,” Almonte said. “… I’ve always thought (getting to the big leagues) was going to happen, God willing. I really never thought about time. As long as I kept working hard, I knew it was going to happen.”

Almonte came into the Yankees system way back in 2005. He was never a huge prospect, but always an interesting one. He’d hit somewhere in the high .270s, pop a dozen or so home runs, and always give just enough reason to think he might make it. Coming off a good Double-A season, this spring might have been a prime opportunity to earn a spot, but Almonte struggled.

“He was one of those kids that pressed a little bit in spring training,” Girardi said. “But he went down, and he’s been hot in Triple-A, and he had a great day today.”

Almonte acknowledged pressing in big league camp — “Because the opportunity is there,” he said — but doors keep opening the season, and the Yankees keep looking for the pieces that might fit. Injuries and underwhelming numbers have left an opening in the outfield, and tonight Almonte took advantage of it. Until proven otherwise, he seems like the Yankees clear best bet against righties (he’s always been a better left-handed hitter), which could lead to more opportunities against lefties.

“I felt a little nervous,” Almonte said. “It’s not easy for me, but thankfully everything up to this point feels good.”

Ichiro Suzuki• Girardi acknowledged postgame that the Yankees plan to bring up Ivan Nova to start on Sunday. “That is our plan as of right now,” Girardi said. As for who goes down, that could depend on who pitches tomorrow.

• On a day full of minor league moves, the Yankees added one more when they made a minor trade for utility man Brent Lillibridge. Although he has quite a bit of big league time — he’s basically another Alberto Gonzalez — Lillibridge is heading to Triple-A to help out that overwhelmingly thin roster. In the past week or so the Yankees have added Fernando Martinez, Corey Paterson, Randy Ruiz and Lillibridge to help out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Triple-A roster is basically as banged up as the big league roster.

• The Yankees had 11 hits tonight, their most since May 29. All but two of those hits were singles. Almonte and Lyle Overbay were the only Yankees with more than one hit. Jayson Nix was the only Yankees starter without a hit.

• Why bring in Mariano Rivera after it became a four-run game? “Our bullpen has been used a lot the past few days, and Mo’s been one of the guys that has not been used a lot,” Girardi said. “To make sure you have everyone tomorrow, and you don’t want him to get stale, I used him.”

• Eight hits off David Phelps, but he did a fine job limiting the damage to two runs through 5.2 innings. “I thought the important inning was when he had the bases loaded with one out and didn’t give up any runs after that,” Girardi said. “I thought that was a real important inning for him. Kept the score 2-2, and I thought that was the inning for us that changed the game.”

David Phelps• Phelps pointed to a different inning. He thought the fifth inning was his big inning. He struck out Wil Myers to end it, stranding a runner at first. It came immediately after the Yankees had scored two runs to immediately regain the lead. “Had a shutdown inning,” Phelps said. “That’s what’s hurt me the last couple of starts.”

• Phelps liked the run support, but he also liked seeing Almonte make a nice running catch and a good throw in left field. “I’ve played with him enough,” Phelps said. “He showed it off a couple of times in spring training for me too. He’s got incredible tools.”

• Phelps has won three of his past four starts at home. This was only the third time in 10 starts that he failed to pitch at least six inning.

• Shawn Kelley has 28 strikeouts in his past 17 appearances. He has 43 strikeouts in 27.2 innings this year.

• Robinson Cano’s sacrifice fly was his 759th RBI, moving him past Roy White for sole possession of 18th place on the Yankees all-time RBI list.

• Since 1916, the only other Yankee to have at least three hits and a home run in a single game within his first three major league games was Oscar Azocar in 1990. Almonte is the first Yankee to have at least three hits in one of his first three big league games since D’Angelo Jimenez in 1999. That’s all from YES Network research.

• Almonte has his home run ball. He said he’s going to have the team sign it, then he’s going to give it to his mother.

• Final word goes to Almonte when asked if he’s ever had a better day than this: “Today and when my son was born,” he said.

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138 Responses to “Postgame notes: “The time has arrived””

  1. Nick in SF June 21st, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    “…Nick’s Giants are on the bubble as I need 86 wins out of them……”

    Not to worry, Pat M. Los Gigantes are leading tonight and the Panda is on the way back.

  2. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Zoological has mashed RHP this year….great start….keep playing him

  3. fantasygame101 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Fool me once (girardi about adams), shame on you. Fool me twice( about almonte), shame on me.

  4. Pat M. June 22nd, 2013 at 12:11 am

    blake…Cubbies at 72 wins, should I be worried ??? That blown game to the Mets the other day (5 runs in the bottom of the 9th ) might haunt me come the last week in September…..Nick in SF, I believe in the Los Gigantes of the China Basin….

  5. 4TrainNorth June 22nd, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Just watched the video clip of Z’s home run. Thought for a second I had accidentally clicked on a Cano highlight (though it escapes me why on earth I’d assume Cano had done anything highlight-worthy). But clearly, the kid has modeled his swing after Cano’s. Maybe he’ll model his hustle on someone else, and we’ll really have something here. Also, a big thanks to the majority of the Yankees outfield for sucking bad enough to get the kid a shot.

  6. igotid88 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Why don’t I remember Oscar Azocar? I should

  7. Pat M. June 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Oscar Azocar…He ended up in San Diego but for the love of me I can’t remember the trade

  8. Nick in SF June 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Cespedes homered again.

  9. igotid88 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I feel bad for Mattingly. His team is not hitting and his best starter not getting it done today. Having a bad bullpen doesn’t help either

  10. igotid88 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Pat M. June 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 am
    Oscar Azocar…He ended up in San Diego but for the love of me I can’t remember the trade

    December 3, 1990: Traded by the New York Yankees to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later. The San Diego Padres sent Mike Humphreys (February 7, 1991) to the New York Yankees to complete the trade

  11. igotid88 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I wonder who’s the fastest to 50 hits to start their career and then 100. I wonder if Puig is close.

  12. Nick in SF June 22nd, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Giants cough up the lead. All is lost? Maybe.

  13. igotid88 June 22nd, 2013 at 12:48 am

    And Azocar is dead at 45. 2010

  14. Nick in SF June 22nd, 2013 at 12:51 am

    RIP Oscar Azocar :sad:

  15. Pat M. June 22nd, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Is this square business about Oscar’s passing ???? Has been confirmed ???? man we had some wild golfing events at torre pines back during those days….It snowed often when this group arrived to play ski lifts were everywhere……Wow only 45

  16. Chip June 22nd, 2013 at 6:02 am

    blake June 22nd, 2013 at 12:07 am
    Zoological has mashed RHP this year….great start….keep playing him
    ——————–
    I know his numbers against LHP haven’t been great – but why not play him every day?

  17. jacksquat June 22nd, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Zoilo’s splits are interesting.

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2013

  18. jacksquat June 22nd, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Oops

    http://www.baseball-reference......plits_milb::none

  19. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I know his numbers against LHP haven’t been great – but why not play him every day?”

    At this point it can’t hurt…. Id consider calling on the must man to platoon some.

    Pat m

    Yea that 72 wins might be in jeopardy especially if the fire sale reports are true……if so I apologize for that one…… I really thought they’d be better this year. Moral: never bet on the cubs to do anything good

  20. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Good morning.

    That, folks, was the Mark of Zoilo.

    Hope it can’t be easily erased.

  21. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 7:56 am

    My heels lost last night….always in the mix but the title remains elusive

  22. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Blake-

    That’s an excellent idea.

    An Almonte-Musty platoon.

    Should provide excellent production.

    Ronnier is injured right now. Guy has bad luck it seems.

  23. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 am

    MTU,
    Yea… Have to wait til he’s healthy

  24. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 am

    MTU,

    Thanks for putting the Disney Zorro song in my head this morning. :)

    Great start for him. We need a lot of that this year and in the next few years ahead.

  25. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Phelps battled last night …..kid really has some moxie. If this team had an offense he could be a 15 game winner e side he almost always gives you a chance if you score…..he’s not the type that’ll shut down teams often…:.but he’s gonna give you quality starts most of the time. A typical Yankee offense would win a lot of his starts

  26. UnKnown June 22nd, 2013 at 8:20 am

    If this team had an offense they could win the whole thing. I really hope Cash and Hal keep trying to add to the lineup and just don’t settle for 2 runs a night as an acceptable way to continue throughout the season. We definitely have the pitching throughout to win #28.

  27. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Mac-

    SoS said when he comes to the plate he should make a “Z” in the dirt w his bat.

    :)

    Blake-

    You know my take on Phelps. I see him as a s 12-15 game winner w an ERA in the 3.5-4.0 range.

    In the AL East that’s pretty good.

    His cieling might even be a little higher.

    If he adds a little more bulk he might even be able to raise his FB velo.

    He is a fierce competitor. You can see it in his face. He doesn’t like losing.

  28. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Didn’t see the strong throw from Almonte to hold Scott[Woverine] at 3rd. Also tell me how he looked in tracking fly balls in LF at YS.

    BTW Good morning.

  29. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I don’t know which of our scouts found Mr. Phelps but whovever they are they have a good eye for talent and should be promoted.

  30. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 8:24 am

    “You know my take on Phelps. I see him as a s 12-15 game winner w an ERA in the 3.5-4.0 range.”

    You can make a lot of money being that

  31. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:24 am

    You know what ?

    The 4 of us should get together for breakfast.

    :)

  32. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Blake-

    And really help a team.

    He has a new child. He’ll need it.

    ;)

  33. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 8:27 am

    MTU says:
    June 22, 2013 at 8:23 am
    I don’t know which of our scouts found Mr. Phelps but whovever they are they have a good eye for talent and should be promoted.

    He’s the ya need haven’t developed a true ace type but they’ll actually done a good job finding and developing guys like Phelps…..a great deal of it was on Phelps though. t the end of the day I’m a firm believer that the player themselves is ultimately responsible for how good they end up being

  34. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 8:29 am

    YT,

    Zoilo had a rocket hit over his head early he the game he tracked down nicely. I initially cringed knowing his rep, but he looked fine last night.

  35. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Blake-

    Phelps suceeded in spite of the way he was handled not because of it IMO.

    He gets lot’s of kudos.

    Even if only winds up as a #4/5 he’s valuable.

    I think as time goes on he’ll only improve.

    But what the heck do I know ?

    :)

  36. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Time for the breakfast of champions.

  37. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Compare Hughes vs Phelps at this point in their careers.

    Hughes, I believe leads all mlb starters in throwing 1st pitch strikes and is among the top 5 in throwing 2nd pitch strikes, but in bottom five in total pitches/batter.
    This was mentioned by David Cone and I hope I got it right.

    Which one has more movement on their fastball?
    Best off speed stuff?
    Best GB/FB rate?
    Best at not turning over a lead after Yankees get the lead the previous inning?
    Best pickoff move?
    Works quickly?
    Makes least excuses after pitching a poor outing?

    Any others you’d like to add?

  38. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Austinmac-

    Good morning and thanks for your response on Almonte.

    MTU-Where do you want to meet us for breakfast?

  39. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I’m a firm believer that the player themselves is ultimately responsible for how good they end up being
    -

    I think it is truer of college draftees than high schoolers.

    Part of the reason for Phelps’ success is that he went to college and learned his craft.

  40. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Check this out:

    Yankees should invoke ‘The Boss’ George Steinbrenner and give old slugger Manny Ramirez a try

    Sure, Manny comes with more baggage than all the conveyor belts at the three major New York area airports combined. But the man is a hitting savant with 555 career homers, and the Yankees need runs.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2WwriFnNh

  41. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am

    YT-

    Because Mac and I are involved it would have to be halfway between where we are and where you and Blake are.

    If it only it were possible. It would be the real breakfast club.

    Would have to be at a diner.

    It would be a hoot.

    :)

  42. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    YT-

    I’d rather sh*t on my own shoes than to ever see MR in pinstripes.

    It was tough enough w Youkilis.

  43. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 8:50 am

    YT

    They may have already ruled it out:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....t-in-manny

  44. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:52 am

    MTU-

    Look at the pictures of him in the article.

    Once he cuts the dreadlocks, can he still produce? Wonder if they test for testosterone levels in Taiwan?

  45. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:53 am

    YT-

    For now we’ll just have to settle for a “pretend” breakfast meeting.

    ;)

  46. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 am

    YT-

    I know MR can hit but I never liked him or his antics.

    I don’t seek choirboys only on the Yankees but he’s out of bounds for me.

    Not Yankee material by any stretch of my imagination.

  47. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Good morning all —

    Nice win last night, especially for Almonte and Phelps. I guess playing young players isn’t the end of the world. I hope Girardi will keep putting guys out there.

    A big NO vote on Manny for me. Would have loved his bat 8-10 years ago, but now he’s 41 and was pretty lousy three years ago.

  48. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 8:57 am

    MTU

    From that Espn article:”He last played in the major leagues in 2011, as a member of the Rays, before deciding to retire rather than face a 100-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy a second time.”

    Wouldn’t Manny still have to serve the suspension to be reinstated?

  49. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Rich-

    FWIS. Thankfully.

  50. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Can I come to breakfast? I’ll have the Faux Waffles with Facon.

  51. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

    YT-

    I really don’t care what MR would have to do.

    Maybe he’ll just stay in Taiwan. Permanently.

    Then he can be their problem.

    ;)

  52. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’m down for breakfast. Let MTU pick the place as he is our champion of breakfast.

  53. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Now that the rest of the breakfast club is here, MTU, I want to post this again, because I know how you and others feel about Mr. Phelps! Help me out here on the answers.

    Compare Hughes vs Phelps at this point in their careers.

    Hughes, I believe leads all mlb starters in throwing 1st pitch strikes and is among the top 5 in throwing 2nd pitch strikes, but in bottom five in total pitches/batter.
    This was mentioned by David Cone and I hope I got it right.

    Which one has more movement on their fastball?
    Best off speed stuff?
    Best GB/FB rate?
    Best at not turning over a lead after Yankees get the lead the previous inning?
    Best pickoff move?
    Works quickly?
    Makes least excuses after pitching a poor outing?

    Any others you’d like to add?

  54. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    86-

    Of course. Just pull up a pretend chair and have a cup of pretend coffee.

    Our pretend waitresses Erin and Erica will be right back to take your pretend order.

    :)

  55. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    YT-

    Phelps wins all of those.

    Plus he looks more like Mussina and has a higher IQ.

    :)

  56. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Mac-

    Since it’s just a pretend breakfast I pick we meet in Tahiti. The Bora Bora cafe.

    It’s the most beautiful island in the world. And that’s not pretend.

    :)

  57. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:07 am

    And for the record, I’m pretending that I have enough money to get there.

    :)

  58. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 9:08 am

    If you want I can arrange for Manti Te’O’s girlfriend to join us.

  59. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:08 am

    MTU,

    Your choice clearly demonstrates your leadership skills. Let’s go.

  60. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Phelps seems like the type of Pitcher the Rays would have developed.

    I’m glad he’s ours instead.

  61. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

    86-

    Please pretend to do that.

    :)

  62. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Mac-

    I’m already there. In a pretend sort of way.

    ;)

  63. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Back to baseball, with Nova starting on Sunday the Yanks should bump Hughes to the bullpen for a week. With Monday off Kuroda will have six days off before the Tuesday game with Texas. Even skipping Hughes Pettitte would go Wednesday (5 days rest) followed by Phelps on Thursday and CC on Friday ALL on five days.

    Then either Nova (my preference) or Hughes (nine days rest) would start Saturday and Kuroda Sunday would have the rotation back on routine.

    If they don’t skip Hughes that’s an extra day of rest of everyone beyond the extra day they’re already getting.

  64. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:13 am

    86-

    Let’s see if Nova is SuperNova or SubNova 1st.

  65. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:14 am

    MTU,

    Is your website up an running? If so, help us out in finding it.

  66. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 am

    On a more practical note, and maybe less pretend, let’s really meet in Tampa and catch the rehabbing Yankees…………..after, of course, our Tahiti sojourn!

    Beam me down Scotty. :)

  67. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 am

    As soon as they are healthy again I’d like to see Nuno and Ronnier joint the big club.

    I think they both can help.

  68. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Now it’s time to feed the Mops.

    Back in a few.

  69. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Right handed pitcher, so I am guessing the same lineup today except Stewart will be in. We had half our hits last night from rookies, I think. When did that last happen?

  70. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 am

    “Which one has more movement on their fastball?”

    I think Hughes has more life and a better 4 seamer…..the difference is that Phelps really throws 3 fastballs…..he throws and 4 seamer but also cuts and sinks it too. If phelps through 3 mph harder I think he could be a frontline guy.

    Rich,
    That’s probably true to some extent…..I still think players are responsive for their own destinies.

  71. DONNYBROOK June 22nd, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Kubel starting to hit in Arizona. Time to deal Hughes for Kubel straight up. Yea, I know he’s LH, but both contracts are expiring after this season, and Arizona has extra OF’ers. It’s a good match, and we need the offensive help Immediately.

  72. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:22 am

    86w183-

    Skip Hughes next Saturday vs the Orioles in YS, before Chris Davis has a chance to take him deep.

  73. DONNYBROOK June 22nd, 2013 at 9:24 am

    The key to Phelps is that change up of his. He did Not throw it much last night, and they were all over his other pitches, which are roughly the same MPH.

  74. Shame Spencer June 22nd, 2013 at 9:24 am

    MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 8:47 am

    YT-

    I’d rather sh*t on my own shoes than to ever see MR in pinstripes.

    ——————

    :lol:

    LMAO!!!!

  75. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 am

    On that point….I do think perhaps the Yankees should target more college players in the draft….ones that are closer and that don’t need as much development.

    The obvious problem with that though is that the best college guys are always drafted high….. So sometimes you have to gamble on high schoolers where the yanks picking you want premium talent

  76. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Just after the AS break the Yankees go to Boston for 3, next day to Arlington for four, next day home for 3 vs Rays, travel day, off to LA Dodgers for two.

    If Granderson, Arod, Jeter, Pineda, and even Tex are back for the July 19th game vs the Red Sox, the Yankees will need to DFA a number of players, or start trading some off of the 40 man roster?

    Thoughts?

  77. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:35 am

    YT,

    First, I think it would take a miracle for all those players to return. When some start to return trades must be made. Hughes and Joba seems likely to me.

  78. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    When is the last day for Judge any any others to sign? Someone said 30 days after the draft. Is that correct?

  79. Against All Odds June 22nd, 2013 at 9:36 am

    86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 9:08 am
    If you want I can arrange for Manti Te’O’s girlfriend to join us.

    ———————-

    Sounds good.

    I heard she’s really quiet though

  80. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Shame-

    Always glad to provide some morning laughter.

  81. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 9:41 am

    austinmac says:
    June 22, 2013 at 9:36 am
    When is the last day for Judge any any others to sign? Someone said 30 days after the draft. Is that correct?

    I think so….he will sign I think….his agent probably just knows that they have extra pool money since Clarkin and Jag signed for slot so he’s trying to get them to give it to him

  82. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:42 am

    OMG.

    It’s an omen.

    A great blue heron just flew right over the top of my house.

    :)

  83. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Blake-

    Judge’s agent wants him to be paid by the inch.

    The Yankees are are offering to pay by the ft.

    It’s just a matter of how they choose to measure things.

    They’ll get it done.

    :)

  84. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Speaking of pitchers, the draft, Gerrit Cole is really good. He and Harvey may have some close CYA battles in the years ahead.

  85. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Rich-

    You think Kershaw will just sit still for that ?

    ;)

  86. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The Yankees may have better draft positions over the next few years (although not top 10). College players may be more of a viable option in the first round.

  87. G. Love June 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I know I’m a little late to the Z party, but I went last night and all I could think watching him play was how this place must’ve been busting. Then when he HR’d that was it.

    I want to complain that this organization should’ve given a bat like that a chance sooner, but I don’t want to jinx this.

    That said, Cashman made a flurry of moves yesterday to try to get some more incremental offense and that’s a step in the right direction.

    That’s really been the crux of my Overbay over Tex crusade vs RHP is that Overbay provides incrementally more offense than Tex vs. RHP and we can’t settle of below average happily and win.

    I’m gonna stick to my “skip Hughes’ starts” at home pledge. He’ll probably throw a no-hitter then. I really enjoy watching Phelps and Kuroda pitch.

    I know this is a fan observation, but I honestly feel like the other guys in rotation just enjoy pitching a lot more than Hughes. He doesn’t give me the sense his heart is really in this and I sometimes wonder if he’s already dreaming of the day when he’s retired with millions in the bank on a beach in SoCal.

    Anyway, Zoilo was a breath of fresh air and I’ll deal with the K’s if he can hit for average and a bit of power. He’s got a Yankee Stadium swing for sure.

    Great night.

    And I still think we take the next 2 games of this series.

  88. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    MTU

    Ooops.

  89. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Currently there are 12 pitchers on the active roster. Who gets moved back to AAA and who gets bumped from the startiing rotation when Nova pitches Sunday?

    Active roster:

    http://yankees.mlb.com/team/ro.....p?c_id=nyy

    If they send back Warren, won’t he soon be running out of options?

  90. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 am

    And speaking of young phenom NL pitchers.

    What has happened to Strasburg this year ?

  91. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:53 am

    YT-

    No matter how many times you send a guy up and down in the same season it still counts as only 1 option burned.

  92. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Strasburg beat the Rockies yesterday. 7 innings, one run, no walks, 9 strikeouts, 95 pitches, 63 for strikes. Cargo struck out 3 times.

  93. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 9:55 am

    YT

    I could be wrong, but I think players have option years rather than options per se.

  94. Madrugador June 22nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    MTU
    Is the blue heron a good omen or a bad omen?

  95. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    YT-

    Sounds like he’s getting back on track.

    He did not look good earlier in the season.

  96. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I see Puig was 2-4. That is an amazing start to a career. Can we hire the guy that told the Dodgers they had to sign him? Evidently, our scouts didn’t see what seems so obvious if you watch the guy for five minutes.

    Cespedes hit two homers. But, Adonis Garcia is rehabbing in the GCL. See, we are in the market.

  97. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Mag-

    I really don’t know.

    But it looks a lot like a Stork.

    You know Storks deliver things.

    That’s all I can say.

    ;)

  98. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mac-

    “See, we are in the market.”

    Just eat your gruel and smile then.

    :)

  99. Rich in NJ June 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    The Yankees have the ability to take risks on players with upside because of their deep pockets. It is maddening that Hal is apparently willfully blind to that.

  100. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Seriously Mac.

    That’s why I think Hal is a seller. He simply did not want to spend more.

    I refuse to believe that our scouts are that poor at evaluating talent.

    Doesn’t seem likely to me.

  101. Madrugador June 22nd, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Puig is definitely off to a great start. He looks like the proverbial 5 tool player but many a player has started looking like this. Has any sports announcer compared him to Willie Mays yet? Let’s see how long this lasts. Pitchers are going to find his weak spots. Bryce Harper came hyped too and while he is good fora 20 yr old, his value is still being determined.

  102. G. Love June 22nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    MTU,

    For what it’s worth, I heard a little while back from SJ that the Yankees are pouring a lot of money into scouting. A lot more than they had been previously.

  103. Madrugador June 22nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Apparently the blue heron is typically a good sign.
    http://www.symbolic-meanings.c.....the-heron/

  104. blake June 22nd, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Rich in NJ says:
    June 22, 2013 at 9:48 am
    The Yankees may have better draft positions over the next few years (although not top 10). College players may be more of a viable option in the first round.

    Sadly

  105. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:09 am

    G.Love-

    Thanks.

    I hope so. If they want to develop more from within they’re gonna need the raw material.

    And the scouts are front and center at ID’ing it.

    The other part of that equation is to develop what you’ve found and turn it into a ML product.

    ;)

  106. Yankee Trader June 22nd, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Time to go.

    Have a great day everyone. Scouts commens on Yasiel Puig:

    “He makes everyone else on the field look like they’re moving in slow motion.”

    “If you ain’t got a breaking ball, you may as well chuck and duck.”

    Until later. :)

  107. Hassey June 22nd, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Are we still pretending in here?

    Because I’d like to pretend that I’m not hungover and that my wife did not go to sleep on me

  108. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Mag-

    w/o knowing I thought so. Because of it’s resemblance to a Stork.

    Thanks for that. Now I can watch out for even more.

    :)

  109. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Hassey-

    According to waht I remember from our dearly departed Erica pretends appear unlimited in quantity.

    But you’d have to check w her to be sure.

    ;)

  110. Madrugador June 22nd, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Sorry I missed breakfast this morning. Maybe tomorrow.
    Such a nice second day of summer. Need some vitamin D.
    Back in time for the game.

  111. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Later YT.

    Have a good one.

  112. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 10:14 am

    People used to complain the Yankees had an advantage because they could afford to take risks and lose. Hal have up that advantage. Now the A’s, Cubs, Nats, Dodgers and the rest are more willing. Meanwhile, we go for the sure things like Wells and Youkilis.

    Please explain how this suggests a well run business.

  113. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Dang it. Who told Magruder about breakfast? Okay, he can come if he brings the fictitious milk. :)

  114. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Mac-

    I’m guessing Hal believes he is putting the Yankees on a sounder financial footing by reducing costs.

    And also that it is not necessary to have a 200 million $ payroll to insure success.

    Only time will tell if he is correct on both accounts.

  115. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Dickey better not want more humidity than this in order to knuckle down. My shirt was soppy by the time I got home yesterday, and I’m a pretty cool guy. Sorry R.A., but a large part of me prefers the hibernating qualities of winter.

  116. Hassey June 22nd, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Anyone else watch that Texas St. Louis game last night and get the feeling that Texas is on cruise control until things count later on?

    I’d say we can count Detroit Texas and the As in…kc, Cleve and our five teams can fight it out for the last two spots

  117. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Puig is 6’4″ and weighs 245. He runs like a deer, has a great arm and actually has a hit tool. He may not be Mays, but he is one of the best looking prospects you will ever see. He reminds me of Bo Jackson with strike zone knowledge.

    And I would give up my about my entire farm for Harper.

  118. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Earlier someone asked about the signing deadline.

    It’s Friday, July 12th @ 5:00pm I believe.

    Yanks still need to get Aaron Judge and their # 7 and # 12 picks signed.

    After that hopefully they can add one, two or three guys who they drafted late but have the talent to have been chosen MUCH earlier:

    RHP Cal Quantrill
    LHP Jordan Floyd
    OF Cody Thomas

  119. 86w183 June 22nd, 2013 at 10:21 am

    c’mon austimac…. you know I’m fake lactose intolerant

  120. Hassey June 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Just sprinkle your fake Bean-o on it before you eat or drink it

  121. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    A team gets on good financial footing by investing in young players not by blowing your bank account on the 1962 Ford Fairlane on blocks in the back yard.

    I say it over and over. They have lacked foresight. We could all see the position players age. Why didn’t they and address it?

  122. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Mac-

    Sounds like he’d make a good NFL backer.

    How many acres is your Farm ?

    Because out your way 1000 acres would be considered small.

    :)

  123. MTU June 22nd, 2013 at 10:23 am

    El otro posto —–>

  124. austinmac June 22nd, 2013 at 10:23 am

    86,

    Thanks for the draft info. I will ask Magruder to being fake soy milk.

  125. Hassey June 22nd, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I wonder if anyone has ever done an analysis of all past Yankee old timers days to see what year had the greatest difference between the average age of the OTD invitees and the average age of the Yankee starters that day in the real game

  126. Bo knows June 22nd, 2013 at 10:33 am

    It’s not a well run business, it’s a bean counter’s business. The irony is that they are trying to run a multi billion dollar pretend business in accounting, bottom line fashion.

    The whole thing is driven by successful star power and quarterly reports, fueled by marketing. The whole idea of spending large millions for potentially star players must drive them insane. That’s why they put the draft on a budget, they were checking the quarterly bottom line.

    And let’s not talk about Goldman Sachs, the dream spinners being dream spun. Selling mortgages on mansions to people without money. Then selling the package to pension funds as the most reliable investments.

    We whip Hank and Hal for the A Rod contract. Anyone notice that they were whipsawed by G/S, the major minority partner. Yes, you can have major minorities in today’s business. Success is determined by this year’s bottom line.

    You want futures? They’re being sold by our other department along with higher profit taking.

    It’s all about selling the glitz, not the glamor. The sizzle without the oink.

  127. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Some poor guy thought he was doing his body a favour by relying on soy product. Due to all the extra estrogen production,…he developed breasts. I’d be mad at every heath food store I’d ever gone to. And then there’s the guy who’s eaten a Big Mac every day since 1973 ( I don’t know what he looks like ).

  128. jmills June 22nd, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Bo, I think the Oilers got a good coach in Dallas from the Marlies; he always seemed to have his players situation ready.

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