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HOPE Week: Stand for the Silent

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today’s HOPE Week details from the Yankees…

The New York Yankees are proud to hold the final day of HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) on Friday, July 12, by hosting a presentation of “Stand for the Silent” (SFTS) and its anti-bullying initiative in the Great Hall at Yankee Stadium. Kirk Smalley [in the photo], will lead the presentation, which he has given to almost 700,000 children and adults around the world. Supporting him will be Yankees General Partner/Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, Senior Vice President/General Manager Brian Cashman, Yankees players Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, Travis Hafner, Boone Logan, Lyle Overbay and Austin Romine, along with WWE Superstar “The Big Show.” Approximately 500 students, parents and teachers from local schools and community groups will be in the audience to hear his message.

image002THE STORY OF “STAND FOR THE SILENT”
(KIRK AND LAURA SMALLEY)

Ty Smalley was raised in the town of Perkins, just 15 minutes from the campus of Oklahoma State University, in the heart of Payne County. He was smaller than the other children his age and was the subject of unmerciful bullying for years. Deflecting insults, coping with intimidation and suffering violence were part of his daily curriculum. On May 13, 2010, 11-year-old Ty was provoked into a fight at school and suspended. Home early from school and left alone because his parents had to work, he took his own life.

That summer, Ty’s story was taken up by local high school students participating in the Oklahoma State University Upward Bound program. Together, they set a goal to end bullying in their respective high schools and began an initiative called “Stand for the Silent.”

Word of the movement spread quickly and just over three months later, a silent vigil was held on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Related ceremonies took place simultaneously in 20 other states and six other countries, including Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Needing an outlet for their grief, Ty’s father, Kirk, and mother, Laura, threw themselves into the movement. When the summer ended, they assumed leadership of the program and took Ty’s story on the road to any school, community group or religious gathering that wanted to have them. In just three years, Stand for the Silent has spoken to almost 700,000 students, parents and teachers in the U.S. and abroad.

“Bullying is the same in the city as it is in country towns, and it’s the same among big kids as it is with little kids,” Kirk said. “The message resonates no matter where I go.”

Kirk urges children to cultivate a culture of kindness toward each other based on recognizing and celebrating the worth of every individual. At each presentation, he asks everyone in attendance to take a pledge entitled “I Am Somebody.“

Photo from the Yankees

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80 Responses to “HOPE Week: Stand for the Silent”

  1. blake July 12th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    “Doesn’t McAnn have shoulder problems? Long term, he looks like DH. Not exactly the kind of guy to invest big dollars and a long term cotract on.”

    he has….he’s healthy again though and hitting this year. he’s been around an .850 OPS bat (in somewhat of a pitchers park) for his whole career though….and he can catch. He’d be basically like adding Jorge Posada at age 29. You’d have to see the money he’s after of course but I’d give him 4 years with very little hesitation because he’d also be a great DH guy at YS down the road if you have to trim down his catching……he can hit and they need guys that can hit.

  2. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 11:37 am

    McCann for 4 to 5 years for sure.

  3. Doreen July 12th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The Yankees continue to do a wonderful,job during HOPE week of spotlighting these organizations that are trying to make a difference in our world.

    Just this morning I read an article in a local weekly paper about bullying among senior citizens lining in assisted living facilities.

  4. GregD July 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    McCann is a great left handed bat…….wish he played right field too……. because I think catcher is the one position that we might get a good starter from our farm system

  5. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Doreen,

    The Yankees doing Hope Week and the Damon Runyon 5k in the Stadium are pretty special things.

    With all the other pro-sport teams in our area, I can’t think of another that does anything similar in scope and effect.

    Outside of my baseball/management complaints, the team shows tremendous class with their charitable efforts.

  6. GregD July 12th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    It looks like this year at this time, we could have JRam and ManBan ready to pitch in the wings…….

  7. GregD July 12th, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Outside of my baseball/management complaints, the team shows tremendous class with their charitable efforts.

    —————————
    The Yankees have always been generous in their charitable efforts……….proud to be a fan

  8. Tackelberry July 12th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Wonder if ManBam will be ready to pitch in the AFL this year. Not sure on JRam. He has command issues right now and his slider still needs work. Very inconsistent.

  9. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The Yankees have always been generous in their charitable efforts……….proud to be a fan

    For how rich they are, I actually think they have been stingy in their donations, but hope week is one of the things you cant get on the Yankees about. They do a good job. I think the one where they have those vampire kids that cant go out in the sun come to the stadium for an all night carnival is the best one. AJ Burnett looked stoked to just walk around and have fun with the kids playing his guitar. Joba also managed to get a wrist band some how and seemed to be enjoying himself as a guest.

  10. yankeefeminista July 12th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    RE: The bullying theme above:

    Yankees PR Dept. ?@YankeesPR 13m
    You will not want to miss Kirk’s presentation. Please be sure to catch it on a live stream on http://Yankees.com at noon. #HOPEWeek2013
    ____
    Good stuff. It’s also UN Youth Takeover day at the United Nations. Some inspiring speeches by the youth there.

    Chad, when are we expected to get an update on Jeet?

    Hey MTU, thinking of you and your little one and sending healing thoughts your way, my friend.

  11. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    GregD,

    Have you ever done the 5k in the stadium? It’s a great experience and the staff there runs it perfectly. My wife and I do it with our friends every year and the stadium staff and the folks running the event really make it special.

    We also had my nephews birthday party at the stadium years ago and did the tour as part of it. They let him go on the field to take pictures which they normally prohibit. The tour guide was awesome.

    That’s what irks me about them trying to reap profits through lux tax games. They’re a first class organization. Act like it on the field and in the off season. Fans will pay within reason to support a team they know will break down walls for them to win. Hal needs to recognize that in the coming weeks when trading heats up.

  12. Warning Track Power July 12th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Which reporter is going to break the news about
    the MRI results on Jeter’s quad???

  13. GregD July 12th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    G. Love —–no I haven’t done the 5K though I have sponsored others……my back won’t let me run very much….I swim and bike for exercise

  14. comnsnse July 12th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Jerkface, two dumb posts in such a short time, you will soon set a new No.American record for most dopey posts in record time.

    Blake, on a serious baseball note, I responded to your repost on McCann on the previous thread.

    Please provide an answer, thank you.

  15. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Ok adding commsnse to my mental filter. Really wish this blog would let me block certain users so that their posts don’t appear…

  16. Tackelberry July 12th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Buster Olney tweeted that Yanks have repeatedly asked the Indians about the availabilty of Asdrubal Cabrera. He’d be a great pickup, but probably pretty costly

  17. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Greg D,

    That’s too bad. Although they do have a group of walkers towards the end of the event. They let the fastest runners get the early slots and around about noon they let the walkers through to do the course.

    That said, you go up and down a lot of stairs in the course. I almost lost my lunch sprinting up them last year.

  18. blake July 12th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    “Buster Olney tweeted that Yanks have repeatedly asked the Indians about the availabilty of Asdrubal Cabrera. He’d be a great pickup, but probably pretty costly”

    yea he would…..are the Indians sellers though? They are only 2.5 games back in their division…..

  19. blake July 12th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    “Let’s say 12-15mm. per, you still want him?”

    McCann for 4/60? where do I sign?

  20. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I don’t see why the Indians would be sellers unless they decide they need Hughes to win the wild card/division.

    Could be an interesting swap.

  21. Hankflorida July 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Nick in SF July 12th, 2013 at 2:00 am
    Brush up on your Albee?

    You may be right as I was being a little facetious by suggesting Albee’s “Zoo Story” especially the story about the dog as more appropriate in describing this blog.

  22. comnsnse July 12th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    blake let’s see what develops with what the Yankees feel are their needs and even kick the tires on a catcher.

    I’m assuming you would also then be including Murphy and Sanchez in deals with Stewie as the back up?

  23. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The Yanks need inexpensive good young players, not marked-to-market free agents. I can’t see how a McCann deal promotes that.

  24. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    The Yankees have always been generous in their charitable efforts……….proud to be a fan

    For how rich they are, I actually think they have been stingy in their donations, but hope week is one of the things you cant get on the Yankees about. They do a good job. I think the one where they have those vampire kids that cant go out in the sun come to the stadium for an all night carnival is the best one. AJ Burnett looked stoked to just walk around and have fun with the kids playing his guitar. Joba also managed to get a wrist band some how and seemed to be enjoying himself as a guest.
    —————–

    I agree – the Yankees are great when it doesn’t cost them anything but when it comes to making donations to disaster relief the Mets have far and away been the more charitable New York team.

  25. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The Yanks need inexpensive good young players, not marked-to-market free agents. I can’t see how a McCann deal promotes that.
    ——————-

    The Yankees need good players. Cost and age are not the primary factors here.

    McCann is still in the prime of his career and would be an upgrade over anything they could hope to run out there the next two years.

  26. 86w183 July 12th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    gotta go earn some grocery money —-

    Have a day, all!

  27. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    If not for the 189 this offseason would be a good time for the Yankees to spend some money.

    Let Cano go and sign McCann and Choo for 4-5 year deals. Maybe Utley for 2 years? There are some interesting pitchers available too, Garza, Johnson. I think Lincecum would be interesting if converted to a bullpen arm that goes 2-4 innings at a time.

  28. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    “he Yankees need good players. Cost and age are not the primary factors here. ”

    Respectfully, wrong. In an era of austerity, with the current contract overhangs, the Yanks aren’t going to be major factors anytime soon. They need to quit chasing that will-of-the-wisp and get serious about retooling with young, inexpensive impact players.

    Sanchez is an obvious place to start.

  29. blake July 12th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    “The Yanks need inexpensive good young players, not marked-to-market free agents. I can’t see how a McCann deal promotes that.”

    they need some good young players to offset the other players…..you have a full team of young and inexpensive players then you become the Royals…..we don’t want that. You need a good mixture of prime aged established guys and youngsters…..McCann would be a great get for them at 4 years or so.

  30. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Here is the Free Agent list for 2014:

    http://www.baseballprospectus......-for-2014/

    There are some decent 1B options, and of course Cano & Granderson. Not really much outside of that. So barring a trade, the Yankees can’t rule out McCann because they have some decent catching prospects. As was said, he could play 1B and DH as well as catcher. His strength at hitting counteracts Tex’s weakness. Additionally, Murphy and Sanchez are both righties as well.

  31. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Wave,

    Are you suggesting the Yankees should put a non competitive team out on the field in 2014? I don’t see how signing McCann stops them from being able to use Sanchez or Murphy. And on the plus side it helps them compete in 2014.

  32. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    There are some decent 1B options, and of course Cano & Granderson. Not really much outside of that. So barring a trade, the Yankees can’t rule out McCann because they have some decent catching prospects. As was said, he could play 1B and DH as well as catcher. His strength at hitting counteracts Tex’s weakness. Additionally, Murphy and Sanchez are both righties as well.

    SHIN
    SOO
    CHOO

  33. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    blake-

    McCann is going to cost a fortune, and he will block Sanchez. Blocking Sanchez is completely the wrong thinking.

    The Yanks aren’t going to be a factor next year. No one thinks they will be the Royals in the long run – they have too much money for that – but McCann would be the wrong move.

  34. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    ” I don’t see how signing McCann stops them from being able to use Sanchez or Murphy. ”

    How? Don’t tell me by moving McCann off C. You’d be paying him to catch.

  35. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    McCann is going to cost a fortune, and he will block Sanchez. Blocking Sanchez is completely the wrong thinking.

    It’s way too early to say anyone will block Sanchez. He’s in A ball right now, he won’t be ready for a starting job in the majors until at least 2015.

    What do you propose? Start Chris Stewart for the next two years in the hopes that a guy in A-ball pans out?

  36. blake July 12th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    “McCann is going to cost a fortune, and he will block Sanchez. Blocking Sanchez is completely the wrong thinking.”

    I wouldn’t make decisions based on blocking a guy OPSing .800 in A ball…..I like Sanchez but you start doing that and you end up in a bad place. Having McCann doesn’t mean doom for Sanchez anyway…..he’s at least 2 years away….probably longer.

  37. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    “What do you propose? Start Chris Stewart for the next two years in the hopes that a guy in A-ball pans out?”

    There’s Murphy, or some other short term fix. If they sign McCann, they will pay him a lot and give him a no trade clause, because they give out no trades like candy.

    Don’t go there.

  38. GregD July 12th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Chip

    I agree – the Yankees are great when it doesn’t cost them anything but when it comes to making donations to disaster relief the Mets have far and away been the more charitable New York team.

    _______________________
    The Yankees gave $750000 to the relief fund for Hurricane Sandy while the Mets gave $100000

  39. Nick in SF July 12th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Doom for Sanchez is the name of my favorite speed metal/salsa band.

  40. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    How? Don’t tell me by moving McCann off C. You’d be paying him to catch.

    You have 2 catchers. Sanchez is probably 2 years away atleast. So if you sign McCann for 4 years you have McCann full time catcher for 2 years. Then in year 3 you break in Sanchez as the backup. Then in year 4 you give him more PT. You can even move McCann to 1st by that point since Tex won’t be on the team.

    You’re basically making the same argument that I constantly argue against here regarding playing time. If you have a lot of good players you can get them playing time, even if they share positions.

  41. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Jerkface,

    That’s my issue with all this “we have to go young and play the kids” stuff said in here at times.

    Sanchez is by most accounts 2-3 years away. Are we supposed to just lose because he may turn out to be a player in 2-3 years?

    The logic makes no sense.

    The Yankees will always be able to make room for a young impact player should they develop in the system.

    It’s just in recent years, they’ve traded those guys for Grandy and Pineda to address other needs.

    That said, acting like you know there is impact star talent ready in the system that we should sit and lose for the next few years waiting to arrive is foolhardy at best.

    You can do both. The Yankees could’ve developed Austin Jackson and Montero at this level and worked them in by now but chose not to. In the future, they need to pick which guys they want to integrate with a contending team. It can work. They just have to commit to it and committing to it doesn’t mean letting every minor league player come up and get 500 at bats.

    They built a dynasty off of promoting/keeping the right young talent, signing top free agents and making big trades.

    Acting like the dynasty occurred because every farmhand was given a shot is disingenuous.

  42. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    There’s Murphy, or some other short term fix. If they sign McCann, they will pay him a lot and give him a no trade clause, because they give out no trades like candy.

    Don’t go there.

    And what if Sanchez doesn’t pan out (like the last several significant catching prospects the yankees had)? Keep going with short term fixes until the NEXT catching prospect is ready?

    McCann isn’t that old, he’s a very good hitter and a good defender. And he’s available for 2014! It would be foolish in the extreme to ignore that

  43. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    JF-

    It won’t happen that way. McCann is going to get 5 or 6 years, at a large AAV. That would incentivize the Yanks to hold Sanchez back, “for seasoning”. It isn’t the right move, it plays into Yankee organizational weaknesses.

  44. Shame Spencer July 12th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    There are some decent 1B options, and of course Cano & Granderson. Not really much outside of that. So barring a trade, the Yankees can’t rule out McCann because they have some decent catching prospects. As was said, he could play 1B and DH as well as catcher. His strength at hitting counteracts Tex’s weakness. Additionally, Murphy and Sanchez are both righties as well.

    ————-

    All good points. And don’t forget the Yankees haven’t had a rookie catcher under the age of 25 as their starter in… probably 2 decades, at minimum.

    Even when Murphy or Sanchez do make it, they’re going to start off splitting time for a while.

  45. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    The Yanks aren’t going to “lose” just because they don’t sign the top FA catcher.

    They aren’t going to win anyway for a few years. Sign some other guy. Choo is fine with me. He’s not blocking anybody.

  46. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I’m sorry, but you give me a team next year with Cano, McCann, Gardner, Ichiro, a presumably healthy Tex and some other smart additions in the OF/Corner IF spots (RH hitting OF, solid 3b) and we’ll be a legitimate contender. With CC, Nova, Phelps, Pineda, Nuno already locked in and hopefully Kuroda again and maybe another pitcher signed, we’ll still be one of the best teams in the division without factoring in if Jeter is healthy and can play and if Arod returns and does anything.

    If Arod retires, they will spend money and guys like Choo will be on the table here.

    Losing Mo will be the dagger, but other teams win without hall of fame closers and we’ll have to learn how.

  47. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    They aren’t going to win anyway for a few years. Sign some other guy. Choo is fine with me. He’s not blocking anybody.

    Wrong, by your logic he would be blocking Heathcott, Williams and Austin.

  48. tomingeorgia July 12th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    McCann is an all-star quality catcher and hitter who would look great in pinstripes. A 4 or 5 year deal for him would be fine with me.

  49. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    And the brilliance in the move for McCann is we’d have a DH option who could field a position.

    He won’t be blocking anyone in 3 years. He’ll be DH’ing by then most of the time.

    Thinking Joe Girardi is going to bring up a rookie stud catcher (if they are ready) and will play them liberally tells me you’re not watching how this team is run.

    Young catchers get hazed by Girardi. He prefers catch & throw journeyman. Romine’s been buried on the roster for one.

  50. comnsnse July 12th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Yankee charitable works? Check George’s “unofficial ” charity in anecdotal stories from those who knew him and how many people he helped without public fanfare.

    Aside from the official donations which have been numerous over the years any time there is a documented need somewhere, especially in the NY area.

    Trades, FA’s etc. I am amazed at the cavalier comments about trading Cano, who is the only star on the current roster, is in the prime of his career, is the best 2B in MLB and on pace for the first ballot HOF.

    This is what passes for baseball savvy on this site?

  51. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    john smith,

    Great retort.

    How Choo is find in this logic when we have all these supposed stuff OF prospects makes no sense.

    Here’s what Sanchez has to do. Get to the upper levels, hit, stay healthy and show he can handle duties behind the plate enough to Girardi’s liking.

    That’s a lot. If he made it up here, Girardi isn’t going to turn the team over to him. Especially, if he hits better than he catches.

  52. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    It won’t happen that way. McCann is going to get 5 or 6 years, at a large AAV. That would incentivize the Yanks to hold Sanchez back, “for seasoning”. It isn’t the right move, it plays into Yankee organizational weaknesses.

    You can play him at 1st after 3 years. And Wave, come on, the Yankees will hold back Sanchez for seasoning regardless of if they had McCann or not.

    Cano, McCann, Choo, and Granderson are about the only FAs worth a damn next offseason that aren’t 1st basemen. The Yankees have nobody really who is going to be any good next year except Gardner under contract.

  53. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    They aren’t going to win anyway for a few years. Sign some other guy. Choo is fine with me. He’s not blocking anybody.

    UH Wave, we have Heathcott, Austin, Flores, and Williams!!! Thats 4 OFs and only 3 OF spots, we can’t sign anyone to the OF or else they will be blocked.

  54. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    “he Yankees need good players. Cost and age are not the primary factors here. ”

    Respectfully, wrong. In an era of austerity, with the current contract overhangs, the Yanks aren’t going to be major factors anytime soon. They need to quit chasing that will-of-the-wisp and get serious about retooling with young, inexpensive impact players.

    Sanchez is an obvious place to start.
    ——————–

    I think what they need to do is be realistic about how they spend their money. With all the flaws on this team it is silly to give one player – any one player – $26 mil/year. What they should do instead is sign multiple players who cost less yet upgrade more positions.

    That’s how you rebuild on the fly.

    Gary Sanchez might be a fantastic ball player some day – but currently he is in A ball at least three years away.

    My plan is to skip Cano and instead bring back Granderson on a 2 year deal and look to bring in Ben Zobrist to play 2b and Brian McCann to catch. I don’t think either of those players will cost more than 3 years at 12 – 13/year.

  55. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    We just signed Aaron Judge. We don’t want to block him either although he’d be tough to block since he’s ninety feet tall.

  56. blake July 12th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    “Sanchez is by most accounts 2-3 years away. Are we supposed to just lose because he may turn out to be a player in 2-3 years?

    The logic makes no sense.”

    None……I’m willing to be patient and let some kids develop….but I don’t want to lose for 3 years in hopes bat Gary Sanchez fixes everything. That’s a bad plan and a plan for small markets

  57. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    and frankly – if I could work out a deal this summer for Alex Rios – I would skip Granderson and instead sign Matt Garza to give me a solid #2 behind CC.

  58. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    We just signed Aaron Judge. We don’t want to block him either although he’d be tough to block since he’s ninety feet tall.

    I think they only signed him to straddle the entrance to NYS like the Colossus.

  59. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    “Wrong, by your logic he would be blocking Heathcott, Williams and Austin.”

    I don’t particularly mind those guys being blocked.

    And I assume the scenario here is replacing Cano with McCann? I can’t see how they afford both.

  60. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    and frankly – if I could work out a deal this summer for Alex Rios – I would skip Granderson and instead sign Matt Garza to give me a solid #2 behind CC.

    No Chip, thats exactly what Cashman wants!

  61. Shame Spencer July 12th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    tomingeorgia July 12th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    McCann is an all-star quality catcher and hitter who would look great in pinstripes. A 4 or 5 year deal for him would be fine with me.

    ————-

    See!! tom agrees. Let’s do it.

  62. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    “None……I’m willing to be patient and let some kids develop….but I don’t want to lose for 3 years in hopes bat Gary Sanchez fixes everything. That’s a bad plan and a plan for small markets”

    Murphy or some other short term fix. If it were up to me Martin would still be here.

  63. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    and frankly – if I could work out a deal this summer for Alex Rios – I would skip Granderson and instead sign Matt Garza to give me a solid #2 behind CC.

    No Chip, thats exactly what Cashman wants!
    ——————

    In this case I have a hard time arguing with him.

    Assuming Andy, Hughes and Kuroda all leave that means the rotation heading into next year is CC, Pineda, Nova, Nuno, Phelps. Now…I’m a big fan of the potential of all those kids – but I don’t see that rotation getting the Yankees into the playoffs any more than I see this lineup getting them there.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 12th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    “Yankee charitable works? Check George’s “unofficial ” charity in anecdotal stories from those who knew him and how many people he helped without public fanfare.

    Aside from the official donations which have been numerous over the years any time there is a documented need somewhere, especially in the NY area.

    Trades, FA’s etc. I am amazed at the cavalier comments about trading Cano, who is the only star on the current roster, is in the prime of his career, is the best 2B in MLB and on pace for the first ballot HOF.

    This is what passes for baseball savvy on this site?”

    That would be a full-card bingo, Mr. Comnsnse!

    :)

  65. Shame Spencer July 12th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Assuming Andy, Hughes and Kuroda all leave that means the rotation heading into next year is CC, Pineda, Nova, Nuno, Phelps. Now…I’m a big fan of the potential of all those kids – but I don’t see that rotation getting the Yankees into the playoffs any more than I see this lineup getting them there.

    ———————

    Gotta agree with Chip here that if Kuroda doesn’t return it puts you in a tough spot. I dunno what the hell Andy plans on doing but you can’t just pencil him in as a #3 even if he does comes back (which I kinda doubt).

    If I’m in charge I’m probably sending Kuroda love letters weekly.

  66. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 12th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I could be wrong but I don’t see the Yanks letting Robby go anywhere, and I don’t see Robby wanting to go anywhere.

    And both work fine with me.

  67. tomingeorgia July 12th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Shame,
    You know how highly regarded I am around here, but even a blind pig finds a truffle once in a while. McCann’s the real thing, a hitting, catching catcher, what people have been pining for since Posada’s exit. If they can get him, they should.

  68. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    And I assume the scenario here is replacing Cano with McCann? I can’t see how they afford both.

    Yes, as I said in an earlier post I would prefer to spend money on other guys on shorter deals rather than give Cano an 8-10 year contract.

    McCann, Choo, maybe Utley to replace Cano in the short term, maybe Garza.

    The unfortunate reality is, the Yankees will sign Cano to a mega deal and nobody else. Then they will go 80-82 in 2014 and in 4 years we will be whining about how Cano has fallen off and is no longer worth 20 million a year.

  69. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Shame,

    Getting Kuroda back is essential. As long as the man wants to play in the US, the Yankees have to do what it takes to keep him here. I wish they’d be proactive and offer him a 2 year deal now but it seems he likes the freedom of going year to year so let’s hope he enjoys the rest of this season.

    Still, if the Yankees are going to spend in the off season I think Garza could happen as he’s considered battle tested in the AL East.

    If the Yankees are just slashing payroll, we’ll have neither of those 2 or Andy or Hughes and we’ll be hearing love letters about how Pineda is ready.

    Jose Ramirez, if he takes the next step, could make the need for more starting depth moot.

  70. Warning Track Power July 12th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue July 12th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    I could be wrong but I don’t see the Yanks letting Robby go anywhere, and I don’t see Robby wanting to go anywhere.

    And both work fine with me.
    ————————————————————————————————
    Wish I felt that way. I don’t see Robbie or his agents giving the Yankees a
    home team discount. Robbie is going to want a max contract. The kind of deal he knows his
    peers have signed with the Yankees.
    Personally, I don’t think Robbie is worth that type of deal(money and years is too much)
    If he was 25 or 27, then maybe. But even at that young age, he is asking for too much.

  71. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I’m a little more optimistic about the Yankee spending next year as I am not confident Arod will be in baseball much longer. If insurance is paying the Yankees for a medical retirement on Arod, they will have that money to put towards new players and pay the luxury tax hit they’ll take.

    I honestly see a scenario where we keep Robbie and sign McCann/Choo and others but it depends on Arod’s career being kaput and insurance covering a portion of what he’s owed.

    There’s also the matter of all the money they’ve gotten back on Tex this season from insurance. If they don’t spend it at the deadline, they better darn well spend some of it next year.

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 12th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Warning, hmmm. I hear what you’re saying. Maybe I’m underestimating Robby AND the Yankees, but I think both will fervently work with each other to hang tight.

  73. john smith July 12th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    G. Love

    If the Yankees got insurance payout for A-rod they would pocket the money AND try to get under 189 as well.

  74. Chip July 12th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Trade Hughes, Ichiro and Angelo Gumbs to the White Sox for Rios (Chicago saves money, gets a prospect, Yankees get a RH bat that they desperately need)

    Sign Zobrist and McCann and Garza

    My 2014 NYY

    Gardner – CF
    Jeter – SS
    Tex – 1b
    Rios – RF
    McCann – C
    Alex – DH
    Zobrist – 2b
    Almonte – LF
    Adams – 3b

    Bench: Cervelli, Nunez, Wells, Corban Joseph

    Rotation:
    CC
    Garza
    Phelps
    Nova
    Pineda

    Pen:
    RHP – Robertson, Kelley, Betances, Claiborne, Warren, X Veteran because the Yankees will want a veteran
    LHP – Rondon

  75. G. Love July 12th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    john smith,

    If the Yankees got the insurance payout on Arod and pocketed it and went under 189, they will lose most of their fanbase and their ability to print money.

    They have a lot of the media in their pockets right now protecting them from that kind of criticism, but someone big will call them on it and it will become the narrative that destroys the franchise until they reverse course or someone else buys it.

    The vitriol seen in this blog at times will be nothing compared to what will happen if they go down that rabbit hole. I could even see fans picketing outside the stadium wishing for the Stein’s to just sell and move on.

  76. mick July 12th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    what vitriol, we’re just discussing things and sometimes it gets personal…

  77. Wave Your Hat July 12th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Back from a quick lunch and see that I have succeeded in converting no one.

    Oh well. Off to the gym to work on the sound body part. I guess the sound mind part needs a little more work.

  78. Hankflorida July 12th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Granderson and Boesch will be back from the DL. Against right handed pitching, would you play them both in the outfield to see how many home runs and RBI’s they can produce in order to add some punch to the lineup? In all my years of following the Yankees, I cannot recall an outfield of table setters like we have now without the long ball.

  79. comnsnse July 12th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Call 911 and get the medics in asap!

    Move Cano and bring in McCann.

    Sanchez is 2-3 years away according to our blog seer but what about Murphy?

    What happened to all the clamoring for a youth movement?

    Blog seer, I’don’t want to wait 2-3 years to be a winner”!

    Have you guys been exposed to liquid nitrogen recently, maybe too much time in the dermatologist’s chair?

    Here’s a tip, pretend you’re in a lamaze class and take some deep breaths.

    Then actually think about dumping Cano and bringing in a catcher! lmao!

  80. comnsnse July 12th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Hank, what’s with the obsession and lacking in fact or logic of the Boesch boosting?

    You do remember he was dumped by the Tigers and that the Yankees have picked up more castoffs this year than the Miami Harbor Patrol?

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