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A-Rod and life for those on the marquee

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 10, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez has been living in a different world than your average player for a long time. Joe Girardi has trouble relating:

“I often wonder how guys like Michael Jordan and some of the greatest football players and some of the greatest hockey players — their life has to be so much different, because what I might consider being able to go out and do every day and just trying to be normal, I don’t necessarily think it’s that way for them.

“I lived close to Michael Jordan when we were in Chicago. His yard was fenced. He had his own movie theater in his house because it was easier for him to watch it there. The time he handed out candy on Halloween through the fence, the line was a mile long. It’s never happened to me. I don’t get that many people in five years.

“I think their lives are different because of who they are and what they’ve done in their careers. So for me to try to imagine what a superstar would go through, I can’t.”

A-Rod is still a marquee name, but he’s no longer a superstar. He didn’t look good in the Yankees’ 10-inning, 4-3 win over the Tigers last night at Yankee Stadium, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, leaving him at 3 for 15 in four games.

He’s going to have to tune out some of the sounds like he heard during this game, the loud boos from the home crowd that were competing with the cheers, the boos that came as a result of the PED allegations for which MLB suspended him 211 games, pending his appeal.

“Alex has had to deal with stuff before,” Girardi said. “He’s been booed before. He knows what he has to do, and I expect him to do it.”

This morning, ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Yankees informed Rodriguez in writing before the game that they intend to discipline him for getting a second opinion on his quad issue last month without their authorization. A-Rod stood up the media after the game. Here’s a link to my story about what went on last night. Also, Curtis Granderson has literally had a couple of unlucky breaks this season, but he did contribute to the winning rally. Here’s a link to my story on his year and the struggles in his latest comeback.

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195 Responses to “A-Rod and life for those on the marquee”

  1. blake August 10th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Alex’s line would be even longer for performance enhancing candy

  2. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    AROD sure looked like he still can’t hit an inner half fastball. Next up, Sanchez and Verlander.

  3. blake August 10th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Yea you think Alex is gonna get pitched inside tonight?

  4. Doreen August 10th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    ARod knew the discipline was coming, the Yankees said they would do so at the time.

    Guess they could have waited until before his second game at home, but, really what’s the difference? I don think on the plane on the way home really would have been better, since there’d have been no privacy for him.

    Now, if they handed him the letter right before he took the field, that would be cruel; “prior to the game” is a long stretch of time. Was it as soon as he arrived in the clubhouse or shortly thereafter, or closer to game time.

    None of this situation is pretty, and no one looks particularly good.

  5. bruceb August 10th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    The New York Yankees are simply following the disciplinary code of conduct any company follows when they are unhappy with the performance of an employee and have the long-term goal of terminating their contract.

    Would they have done the same thing to Derek Jeter? I don’t think so.

  6. pulchritudinous August 10th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    The fact that Cashman waited until a game was about to start, when the team’s primary objective is supposedly to win games, is absurd.

    Get in the guy’s head right before a game. Do not deliver it to him during Thursday’s off day, do it right before a game.

  7. RadioKev August 10th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Yeah, the Yankees were totally out of line about notifying A-Rod that he will be disciplined for breaking the CBA. They should have called A-Rod’s assistant first and found time to schedule it in his busy calendar.

  8. blake August 10th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good win last night.

  9. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Good morning

    I’m not a bashing person, but the letter is a joke. The guy asked for a second opinion a bizillion days ago. Why should they wait until now? Honestly, I don’t blame A-Rod for bashing the Yankees front office. It’s obvious they’ll do anything to cancel his contract. Why don’t you bash the guy who gave him that contract in the first place?

    From a baseball perspective, A-Rod, they’re pitching you inside. Adjust or die. Though when you’ve been away for so long

    As I said last night, as long as he’s on the field on a Yankees’ uniform, I’ll root for him

  10. Benny Blanco August 10th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Blake, why do you think nova has been so effective now?

  11. RadioKev August 10th, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I think the Yankees are rightfully frustrated with A-Rod, the way he handled himself in the playoffs last year, his return to PEDs after a public apology, and his constant “me-first” attitude.

    What do they owe him? His contract, I guess. He’s a problem employee.

  12. pkyankfan69 August 10th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I was sort of 1/2 watching Sportcenter just now and during the 10 ten plays they were showing a minor league highlight, could have sworn they said it was Cito Culver, I looked up only at the end and it was definitely a SS making the play… Anyone else see that?

  13. Bobby Murcer August 10th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I don’t have any sympathy for the Yankees with regards to the burden posed by
    Arod’s contract. They made a mistake in signing it and it’s clear they want to
    get out of it by any means necessary. How about firing the guys that insisted
    on signing him …oh yeah, you can’t do that because they’re in charge…
    Arod certainly has his faults but the lack of support he is getting now from the
    organization is disgusting. He is not the only juicer in baseball or even on the
    Yankees (how many guys on the Yankees right now are on HGH or have been
    on HGH and we don’t know about it because they haven’t been caught yet?).
    Treat him like everybody else or just admit that you don’t like him and
    want to punish him beyond normalcy because…and then just make up some
    excuse.

    And let’s remember one thing that has stuck in my craw for many years now.
    When Arod came to the Yankees, there was NO question who was the better
    defensive shortstop. Yet Captain Jeter chose not to do the right thing and
    move to another position and let the better fielder play shortstop. That’s
    really putting the team ahead of your own agenda. Arod hasn’t gotten any help
    from the Yankees since day 1. As I said, he’s got lots of issues and doesn’t
    know how to come off smoothly in interviews. If he was as glib and confident
    as that jackass Schilling do you honestly think he would be hated as much
    as he is today?

  14. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Maybe it’s old news, but great article on the appeal:

    http://www.grantland.com/blog/.....uez-appeal

    Credit to RAB

  15. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    (how many guys on the Yankees right now are on HGH or have been
    on HGH and we don’t know about it because they haven’t been caught yet?).
    ——————————————————————————————————–

    And how many does your imagination suspect were introduced to the stuff by Arod?

  16. Bobby Murcer August 10th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    And how many does your imagination suspect were introduced to the stuff by Arod?

    ———————————————————————————–

    My imagination tells me Arod couldn’t talk any of his teammates into having a
    hamburger with him, let alone taking PEDs.

  17. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I don’t know if Melky, Cervelli or Montero ever had a hamburger with Alex.

  18. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Hi, Benny!

    Sorry to jump in, but IMHO, Nova’s been terrific because of a great combo: keeping his fastball down (it has a really good sinking action) and adding the CB to the mix. And once in a while throws high FB’s to keep the batters honest

    His attitude has always been warrior-like. Last night he didn’t have FB location, but never gave up, and was able to keep batters on their knees with the CB

  19. pulchritudinous August 10th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    the whole organization is in shambles. they have no plan, except to get under 189. when they decided that is anyone’s guess, but knowing the incompetence of this franchise, it was likely something that was decided less than a couple years ago… a half-ass idea with an eighth ass plan. they have no clue how to construct a baseball roster.

  20. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Funny comment on the article I cited before:

    “Finally, someone is looking at this objectively. I truly think baseball figured no one would care because of the widespread hatred for A-Rod!! I actually hate baseball for making me sympathetic to him…he’s getting scrw**d, only because of who he is. If they would have done the 50 like everybody else, we could happily go on our way hating A-Rod…”

  21. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Marchand reported the letter hand delivered the letter prior to their game. That means no more than a few hours before a big home game.

    That also means Cashman is more interested in continuing to be a classless jerk, than he is having an important member of his team ready to play in a big home game.

    But that’s the way Cashman rolls now.

    I miss Jorge

  22. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    If they really hand delivered the letter before the game that would be really classless and totally unnecessary.

    Between Cashman and Selig Alex is almost a sympathetic figure —- almost.

  23. RadioKev August 10th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I wonder if it was a charming handwritten letter. Anything less would have come off cold.

    The letter must have been why Alex went 0-4. It was probably all he was thinking of when fans were booing him off the field.

  24. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    “The letter must have been why Alex went 0-4. It was probably all he was thinking of when fans were booing him off the field.”

    RadioKev

    Everybody knows how important being mentally prepared is to this game. So why add to all thats already on his plate.

    I will answer for you, because Cashman is more interested in revenge than winning games.

    You can hate Alex all you want ( i could care less), but at least open your eyes to what a classless GM Cashman is.

  25. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Good morning.

    I remember one season, forget which already, when Nova went around 10 games or so w/o a loss.

    He was terrific.

    With all of his inconsistency over the years we might forget that.

    Never has been any doubt, in my mind at least, that he had frontline stuff.

    Problem was his ability to command it. Particularly his FB.

    These days he seems to be doing just that. Commanding his stuff.

    And hence we see the usual result. A great pitcher.

    The real question is, has he really figured it out for good, or will he lose that control again ?

    The combination of a 95 + mph heavy sinking FB w an absolutely ++ curve is deadly.

    My hope is that Nova will remain in control of his FB and be able to keep it down in the zone
    on a consistent basis from here on out.

    If he can the sky is the limit.

    Will the “real” Ivan Nova please stand up ?

    :)

  26. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    And by the way, after this season Nova has no options left so if he loses it again next year he will not be able to sent down to the minors for therapy.

    ;)

  27. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I fell asleep just after D-rob finished the 8th.

    I was thinking well that’s that. A definite win.

    Mo coming in for the 9th with a 2 run lead is money in the bank.

    Anyway, I’m glad they still managed to win.

    Mo seems to be going thru one of his little funks.

    Seems to happen every season so I’m not really concerned.

  28. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I know it was only one game, but AROD sure didn’t look like he had a chance last night. Of course, our star TD pickup didn’t either. It does make me wonder, and I’m sure many of you do too, whether he can be a productive hitter again or do his hips prevent it. We’ll see.

  29. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I’m looking forward to next season because it has to be better than this one.

    Maybe quite a bit better if they get some good luck for a change.

    ;)

  30. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Soriano must have gotten a hand delivered letter too.

  31. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Mac-

    I’m not going even begin to draw any conclusions until he has at least 50-100 AB’s under his belt.

  32. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    “Soriano must have gotten a hand delivered letter too.”

    Weak rebuttal, your Alex hate is affecting your batting average RIB.

  33. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Oopss I should have added a :D RIB .

  34. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    50-100 AB is a pretty big range.

    Both Alex and Soriano looked awful at the plate.

    Sori, I believe is a quick fix… make him use a lighter bat!! He can’t keep swinging that telephone pole at his advanced age.

    Alex looks exactly like he did late last year.

  35. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    To say that the letter had an effect on his performance last evening considering the media and fan reaction and the baggage he is hauling around is comical.

  36. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Just a suggestion but why not try and focus on something productive ?

    Focusing on A-Rod leads nowhere and only engenders discontent.

    He will be punished according to the rules and then he will either be back as a productive player or not.

    We have a whole Team to think about. In the end he may not even be a part of it beyond the here and now.

    And if he is it will likely be because he can still produce.

    So let’s get cracking on what we can control like how we will have a better Team going forward.

    Any ideas on how to improve the Team for next year ?

    :)

  37. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Morning, MTU!

    Had your hike today?

    I’m glad they picked up Mo. That was his annual back-to-back. On a roll now

    Nova is keeping the ball down, sinking at 95. That makes him Wang-type. Add the curve, you have a number 2. Not kidding. Let’s hope he can keep it that way. I think it’s all from AAA. Larry didn’t help. But maybe he can help to keep it

  38. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I’m not going to get personal with you tar, defend him if you like.

  39. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    How to improve the team:

    Number 1: Never use the combo Stewart and a bat

  40. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I can’t believe the Rangers got Rios for virtually nothing. It is amazing what willingness to take on a contract for next year will do.

    I haven’t heard anyone making fun of the Dodgers’ spending lately. Is it possible spending money can make a team better? Maybe we should suggest that to Hal.

  41. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    86-

    I’m still gonna wait for the requisite number of AB’s before beginning to form a more definite conclusion.

    He should have close to 200 w the games remaining.

    If he still looks like he does now after 100 or so then I might agree with you.

    I’m willing to wait and see since their is little else one can do.

  42. Mr. Roth August 10th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    If I were A-Rod, I would stand up the media practically every day. The media, for the most part, hasn’t exactly treated him in the most professional manner? Why treat them professionally?

  43. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    In all seriousness, what to do about the C?

    I would pass on McCann. Bad contract waiting to happen

    Romine + Cervelli? Looks sub-par to me

    Is Murphy the answer? Can Romine + Cervy be a bridge to him?

  44. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I don’t understand using Stewart, Romine seems to have a better glove is hitting more recently and he is the future, either here or somewhere else.

    Where would Stewart be riding the pine if not playing in NY?

  45. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    jmv-

    Going out for my hike soon.

    just wanted to drop by for a little while beforehand.

    Nova must find consistency.

    He does seem like a Wang type right now.

    Only with even more of an arsenal.

    That might just be the key to his future success.

    To simplify things somewhat.

    Use your 2 main weapons and a 3rd just to keep the hitters hones or when one of the other 2 is off.

    We’ll know next Season.

    Right now he’s on a roll.

  46. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Stewart is hitting less than last year at this point. Repeat after me. We didn’t need a catcher this year and we don’t for next year. We have Stewie.

    They went into the season knowing who their catchers were and knowing Cervelli was on the Biogenisis documents. Brilliant.

    Yesterday, on MLB radio, they were talking Yankees. Their take is no youth, no farm and big trouble. But, they actually think the team may spend. That depends on AROD’s contract, and we won’t know about that until after Choo, McCann and the rest are signed, in my estimation. Don’t worry, we can fill with near retirees.

  47. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    jmv-

    I think Cervelli might not be back with the Yankees.

    I think they might want to make a clean sweep with regards to the PED thing.

    Clean house.

  48. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    ‘Now, if they handed him the letter right before he took the field, that would be cruel; “prior to the game’

    =========

    So what, him being a liar, cheat and a narcissist are a poor cruel example to kids everywhere who love the game of Baseball

  49. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    We talk with far too much optimism on Murphy. He is an okay prospect, but far from a sure MLB starter. I tend to wait until someone not a fan or paid by the team thinks a player can really play.

  50. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    MTU —

    I didn’t make it a definite conclusion. Just an observation that he has looked just like he did last year. A much slower bat and unable to handle even average fastballs inside.

    the early returns (3-for-15, all singles and 0 RBI) are not good, but just cuz you lose New Hampshire doesn’t mean you can’t win the election.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock August 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Tar,

    I second
    That
    Emotion. :)

    ///
    Gotta run but loving me some VAto & support Alex received frOm crowd and teammates. Great job by top of order last night.
    ///

    Was nervous when Miggy was down and then limping around was yelling “remember Bucky” .
    ///

    Heading out but pkyanks – did you do the Hammer last night??

    Will check I later but good win all

  52. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    sniff sniff – so moving the way Girardi spelled out the trials and tribulations that a megastar like Alex must endure….

    Seriously though folks, he’s the manager and has to defend his guys, but even he can’t believe this line of BS he’s spreading.

    Though I’m betting Hal’s glad Alex is back – most of the house left after his first couple of at bats – but they bought the tickets.

  53. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    The Yankees actually some really good Farm potential just that most of it is a little lower down the chain.

    That could change dramatically next season.

    Just because a youngster disappoints one year doesn’t mean he do it the next.

    development is not a linear process.

    Sometimes guys disappoint and then bust out the next year.

    That’s the nature of the beast.

    We have lot’s of pitching talent and a potentially good young catcher in Murphy.

    It’s not as dismal as some of our critics would like it to be.

  54. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Time to start getting ready.

    Hike day today.

    :)

  55. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    “To say that the letter had an effect on his performance last evening considering the media and fan reaction and the baggage he is hauling around is comical.”

    Really my point is not that it had an effect on Alex, but it’s just another example of what a classless jerk Cashman can be.

    As to the effect it had, I’m sure the media and fan reaction had a negative effect on his mental state.

    I will say being handed a letter from the Yankees, (hours before game time) stating discipline for getting a second opinion, also added to his already negative mental state. It makes me question why? And the answer IMO is not a good one.

    So to say it had no effect is wrong, and probably a case of being blinded by hate.

  56. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    RIB

    My apologies for getting personal.

  57. Mr. Roth August 10th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    “So what, him being a liar, cheat and a narcissist are a poor cruel example to kids everywhere who love the game of Baseball”

    Sometimes showing someone the wrong way of doing something is the best way to encourage them to do it the right way.

  58. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    If Cervelli is out, then it’s Romine + washout-could rebound veteran next year

    They will pass on McCann, unless is a 4-year contract. I doubt it’ll happen. With these
    days’ madness, I can see an eight-years contract from other teams

    Murphy could surprise us all. But will he come in september? It’s not the Yankees’ way. And there’s the contradiction. Budget without giving the kids a chance

  59. Madrugador August 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Not so sure about Murphy. Looks like .270 hitter with 15 HR’s per year. Haven’t heard anything about his catching prowess. On a team with other power producers, if he can catch then he is a keeper, otherwise…..

  60. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Oh, and Romine should be the regular C the rest of the year, to see what we got. Stewart has no upside

  61. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The talent far down on the farm is subject to the rule one needs to wait until AA to judge a prospect. The Yankees prospects have typically not succeeded as they advance, particularly the offensive ones. I see no big time offensive prospects even low in the farm.

    Sanchez, maybe? O’Brien, probably too old for his level. Bird? I suspect we are hopeful that things can’t be as bad as they seem.

  62. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    A cheap C with .270 and 15 HR’s a year? sign me in, unless he’s an absolute disaster with the glove

  63. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I believe someone said it was Cashman’s fault about the letter.

    =========

    It had absolutely nothing to do with ‘Roidboy’ doing as he pleases despite his most likely knowing the protocol and rules for seeking outside medical advice and treatment.

    To put himself in the spotlight yet again ? To be defiant to ‘The Evil Empire’ ?

    Anyone who thinks these professional athletes don’t get the best medical care is on some form of hallucinogenic

  64. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Damn straight

  65. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I’m fine with planning on Murphy/Romine for 2014.

    Melky Mesa hit a grand slam last night. I think the Yanks’ slow pace of promotions within the system bores and de-motivates (is that a word?) young players in the organization. I believe Mesa and Almonte will be productive members of next year’s team. Adams too.

    I could see an OF/DH group of those two with Soriano, Gardner, Ichiro and Wells being reasonably productive. AND I would get with Washington and figure out what it would take to put either Zimmerman or Rendon in pinstripes. They’ll need to move one of them.

  66. RhapsodyInBlue August 10th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    To help out the three young ballplayers by introducing them to Tony Bosch in effect jeopardizing their careers.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

  67. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Maybe Grandy takes the qualified offer and stays.

    Grandy, Gardner, Soriano, Ichiro, Wells. That’s a lot of OF people with sub-par power bats (maybe Grandy could have a bounce-back). Someone has to go.

  68. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    86 –

    I don’t think Mesa will ever make enough contact to be a ML regular. The comparison I’ve given in the past is Wily Mo Pena (though more athletic)

  69. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:40 am

    “86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:35 am
    I’m fine with planning on Murphy/Romine for 2014.”

    I am, too. But will Murphy get a chance?

  70. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I hope Murphy gets a chance – the Yankees have been waiting for his glove to come along and now it seems like it’s there. I’m hoping that we get to see him in a couple of weeks and he’s given some legitimate time in September to make an impression on the ML coaches (assuming they’re here next year)

  71. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Chip —- Many said the same thing about Austin Jackson when he was shipped to Detroit.

    I’m not saying Mesa can be as good as Jackson, but I wouldn’t rule it out either.

    I WOULD replace Kevin Long and replace him with someone who is obsessed with cutting down on strikeouts. Maybe Chris Chambliss? Granderson, Mesa and Gardner should be the top targets for those adjustments.

  72. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    So, we don’t need that much from an offense point of view for 2014:

    To define our C state of business

    A 3B with power

    An OF with power

    Will Teix and Jeter be back with reasonable production? That’s a big question

  73. debra1270 August 10th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I was at the game last night, and I was surprised people cheered him. I m not talking about the PED use, there are lots of cheaters in MLB. I booed him, but I booed him for his lack of performance and production over the last three years. When he is healthy, and its not that often, he sits in the fourth spot of the batting order and leaves small villages on base, all the time. He was awful in the playoffs last season and is just not performing. For me it has nothing to do with PEDs, he just cannot play anymore. Why is Stewart still playing? and if Hughes has another bad outing put him on waviers

  74. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    jmv 9:40am

    If he gets the type of ‘chance’ Romine has had (sporadic at best) then we are in trouble

    Of course thats the way with youth and trying to infuse them and or give them a legitimate shot with the ML Club in NY.

    Stewart will prob be back as Girardi apparently loves the way the guy calls a game

  75. jmv August 10th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I would say that Girardi and Pena, two good defensive catchers, could make a young C get better with the game-calling and the glove, right? Please start Romine! Please bring up Murphy in september! Please let’s see what we got!

  76. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Chris Stewart has been better than I thought he would be given this many at bats – having said that, if he’s on this team next year, with both Romine and Murphy ready to play then that’s a major problem for me. I’m sure that Cervelli will be a great coach some day, maybe even a manager – but he’s not a major league player. Not for a team that wants to compete. I don’t know if Romine and Murphy are – but I know Stewart is not.

    My guess is that they’ll keep Cervelli.

  77. blake August 10th, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Benny Blanco says:
    August 10, 2013 at 7:58 am
    Blake, why do you think nova has been so effective now?

    He’s sinking the ball and he’s really kinda refined his arsenal to his two best pitches…..a two seam fastball and a power breaking ball. He’s throwing strikes and he’s keeping the ball down a lot better. He’s just a totally different guy than he was before…somebody had to get in his ear at Scranton

  78. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I wouldn’t waive Hughes, but I would put him in the pen if he has another stinker and replace him with Warren for the time being.

    I would tell Girardi that I expect to see Romine and Adams in the lineup 2/3 of the time.

    I would DFA Joba and call up Randy Ruiz to give some RH pop to DH/1B.

  79. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    86 -

    Austin Jackson is a freakish anomaly due to an unusually high batting average of balls put in play.

  80. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    86 – on the heels of biogenesis they’re not calling up Randy Ruiz who was busted for steroid use.

  81. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Chip,

    Stewart’s OPS is now under .600. He started out better than expected but constant exposure has reduced him to who he is. He is a 1-2/wk. catcher. Why the team can’t look beyond today is beyond me.

  82. blake August 10th, 2013 at 9:58 am

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    We really can’t stand you and would love to void your contract but we can’t figure out his….and you won’t leave….so we are going to be as petty as possible in holes you’ll change your mind. So here is a fine hand delivered before your first home game.

    Best,

    Yankees

  83. Madrugador August 10th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Definitely can’t go into the off season without knowing what they have. Will be sorely disappointed if there are not several September call ups who get significant playing time.
    Night shift last night. Have a good one everyone.

  84. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I would see what teams are willing to offer to rent Lyle Overbay for the rest of the season.

    In September (if not sooner) I would like to see the following guys play more regularly:

    Adams
    Almonte
    Murphy
    Romine
    Betances
    Whitley
    Rondon

  85. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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    Stewart’s OPS is now under .600. He started out better than expected but constant exposure has reduced him to who he is. He is a 1-2/wk. catcher. Why the team can’t look beyond today is beyond me.
    —————

    Honestly I think it’s a personal bias for Girardi. Chris Stewart reminds Girardi of the kind of player Girardi was and so that’s why he plays.

  86. umbrelladoc August 10th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Remember that Arod “begged” the Yankees to sign Melky Cabrera after Melky moved to Miami to train with Arod before the 2011 season. Melky then had a breakout season with Royals in 2011, his allstar batting title season in 2012, before getting busted for PEDs.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?mobile=no
    I wonder if Melky flipped in order to avoid further punishment.

  87. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Blake

    That about sums it up.

    We have a GM that resorts to ‘petty” behavior time after time. The NY Yankees deserve better than that.

  88. Frankg August 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am

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  89. blake August 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    As I said last night…..at this point Stewies goal should be to only make one out per at bat

  90. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Tar -

    I would personally like to see Cashman, Alex and Girardi go.

    Girardi’s done a very good job with what he’s had – but playing Chris Stewart at this point is clearly personal over what’s best for the team and I’m tired of the nicknames. Petty? Sure. But what the hell.

  91. blake August 10th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “We have a GM that resorts to ‘petty” behavior time after time. The NY Yankees deserve better than that.”

    I defend Cash a lot but it is annoying the tactics he uses at times…..he doesn’t always act appropriately IMO

  92. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    As I said last night…..at this point Stewies goal should be to only make one out per at bat

    ***********************************************************************

    That would be progress. He killed the Yanks last night… like most nights.

    It’s time for the front office to demand Romine starts 2/3 of the time.

  93. DONNYBROOK August 10th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Yanks need to have a sit-down with their advance scouts, and find out what the hell is going on with the positioning of their defense. Routine ground ball to SS? Oh wait, Nunez was playing that hitter in the hole. This harmless ground ball, ends up rolling into Left CF for a hit. Routine ground ball to 2B? Oh wait, Cano was playing that hitter up-the-middle. This Routine ground ball ends up rolling into RF for a hit. Last night in the 9th inning, that double preceeding the HR, was nothing more than a routine fly ball to Left CF. Unfortunately, Gardner was swung all the way over to Right CF and couldn’t get over to catch the can-of-corn. This has been going on for a while and needs to be addressed Immediately.

  94. Tackelberry August 10th, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Meanwhile, Austin Jackson continues make us think what could have been. Maybe Melky Mesa can follow a similar path, given some patience and coaching

  95. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Ruiz served a disputed suspension EIGHT years ago… who cares at this stage?

    AND if the $$$ was right I’d have no problem signing Cruz or Peralta for one year.

    This is competitive sports, not make believe moralizing

  96. jacksquat August 10th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Do we know that Cashman is behind the letter thing, ot is that just assumed?

  97. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Blake -

    I agree with you. The tactics Cashman has taken (especially in the last couple of years) of airing closed door items in the press (disagreements with the FO over trades, attacks on players) is really getting to me – this is a team that (the last few years) had prided itself on keeping the drama low.

  98. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Donnybrook —-

    Nunez was at double play depth. Nothing wrong with that. Cano was too, I believe.

    I completely agree on the mis-positioning of Gardner, especially with the LF shading a bit towards the line. Jackson is pretty much a pull hitter and Mariano pitches RH hitters inside most of the time.

  99. Chip August 10th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    86 -

    I’m not making a moral judgement – I’m thinking about whether the Yankees would do it from a publicity stand point.

    I’m with you on Peralta and Cruz – my argument being that the team keeps signing Andy Pettitte so what’s the difference?

  100. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:14 am

    “I would personally like to see Cashman, Alex and Girardi go.”

    I can understand why.

    “he doesn’t always act appropriately IMO”

    As the GM he is supposed to be the one setting the example, putting the team first. I get more angry at him because of his behavior (its always all about Cashman), than his moves as a GM.

  101. DONNYBROOK August 10th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Cashman boned it when he allowed Martin to walk, and then compounded it when he allowed Texas to sign Pierzynski for P-Nuts. On top of that, he bones it again by failing to claim Rios, and once again, Texas has a Gift dropped right into their lap. I’m sure when Cashman is allowed to walk, the 1st door he knocks on will be in Arlington.

  102. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    “Do we know that Cashman is behind the letter thing, ot is that just assumed?”

    Who else would do it?

  103. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I would not have claimed Rios. Not with so many OF already signed for next year.

  104. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Blake:

    Just curious, in your opinion when would have been appropiate to give him the letter ?

  105. blake August 10th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    “Just curious, in your opinion when would have been appropiate to give him the letter ?”

    I dunno maybe in the mail where he can read it at home?

  106. blake August 10th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Unless of course Hal has banned to use of stamps to cut costs

  107. randy l. August 10th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    “Any ideas on how to improve the Team for next year ?”

    mtu-

    it’s really not that complicated.

    when performance is way below expectations something is wrong.

    that’s a given.

    so what’s the problem? or maybe who’s the problem ?

    my belief is that there are way too many in management who simply are fake working. they look like they are doing the job but they aren’t

    it happens in every business. people work for their own self interest. they want the paycheck. the yankees are full of dead wood who look like they are working but they are just going through the motions.

    hal himself may be one of these.
    if hal really wants to change the yankees to a more efficient organization he should look at himself first and then everyone down the chain until he weeds out the slackers.

    the red sox got rid of theo and when they did they had a new gm who looked at everyone fresh. people suddenly have to work like their hair is on fire.

    the yankees organization is full of stale people hired by a stale management.

    shake it up.
    start over .
    start fresh.

    and yeah, that message is to hal.

  108. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    “Yanks need to have a sit-down with their advance scouts, and find out what the hell is going on with the positioning of their defense”

    I actually think this year is better than the previous years.

    I asked Chad to write a post on defensive positioning a while back. Positioning, the shift, who is in charge of it… etc. But I know Chads been really busy so hopefully one day he gets around to it.

    Kind of related…. as a dedicated baseball fan who is not able to go to many live games anymore, I really wish YES would show the defensive alignment for every batter. It would take all of 2 seconds to pan back and show the whole field. YES caters to sophisticated fans, and i’m sure we would all appreciate something like that.

  109. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I dunno maybe in the mail where he can read it at home?

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

    Not a bad idea other than short of a certified letter he could claim the old, ‘I never received it’ line

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  111. DONNYBROOK August 10th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The Yankees self proclamation is that, “Anything short of a Championship is a Failure”. Rios as an all-around player, is better than Anyone currently in their OF. The Yankees should be doing whatever they can to improve this team Now, and going forward. Looking at the free agent class of 2014, claiming Rios should have been the way to go. If the Yanks are unable to work out a deal for Rios, so what? Bottom line, Texas does Not get him. This Non-Move was all about the $189 Mill. Winning is No longer the Prime Directive with the Yankees. Basically, once again, this team is owned by CBS.

  112. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    “Just curious, in your opinion when would have been appropiate to give him the letter ?”

    Off day, after the game, notify his agent etc.

    If you think that the timing of when he got the letter is coincidental, I bet you also believe that Posada getting moved to 9th spot just before a televised ESPN game against the Sox, was also just a coincidence.

    He’s classless and more interested in himself and revenge than the team that he is the GM for.

  113. DONNYBROOK August 10th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Another nail biting game, decided by a team’s last AB, and A-Rod is an MIA. And he has the gaul to call this “My TEAM”? If Craig Nettles was around he would call the man Houdini.

  114. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I totally disagree with the idea we have our outfielders for next year. We have them, if we intend to again be a second division team. The OF must produce some offense and power. Soriano is the only one with power and he can’t hit.

  115. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Donny,

    Totally agree on Rios and the CBS comparison. Short sighted and cheap is no way to go through life.

  116. Tar August 10th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    “Great honor for a great man”

    Yes it is. Really glad for him, he certainly deserves it.

  117. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    My point is when you have six OF signed for next year claiming another OF who is signed for 2014 doesn’t make a great deal of sense. Any addition should be 3B or C.

    Obviously the financial master plan is a factor here, but even if it wasn’t I’m not certain I want Rios for $ 12 M next year.

  118. austinmac August 10th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    86,

    He could have been had for mostly money and is better than what we will have. Any offensive improvement or any view to next year at all will thrill me. As far as I can tell, the team believes the Mayan calendar end was for this year.

  119. 86w183 August 10th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    austinmac —-

    You seem like you think the payroll is completely irrelevant.

    That’s fine, but it’s not reality. Rios is not a $ 12 M upgrade in RF this year or next. He’s an upgrade, but not worth the coin.

  120. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    No ‘Roidboy’ in the lineup today

    Is he at home sulking after receiving his letter and getting booed ?

  121. Captain Clutch August 10th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Girardi couldn’t wait to get his boy Nixie in the lineup.

  122. Against All Odds August 10th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    At least Romine is in there

  123. Bronx Zoo August 10th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    CF– Brett Gardner
    RF– Ichiro Suzuki
    2B– Robinson Cano
    DH– Alfonso Soriano
    LF– Curtis Granderson
    SS– Eduardo Nunez
    1B– Lyle Overbay
    3B– Jayson Nix
    C –Austin Romine

  124. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Randy-

    Thanks for your response.

    I’d like it to go even further.

    As long as the rotten head of the fish is still around any new fish will be contaminated.

    Levine is not someone he should listening to for any baseball decisions.

    Yet he obviously did.

    The whole of this management is dysfunctional.

    I would love for Hal to sell and get a huge price so he can buy some more hotels.

  125. MTU August 10th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    New one —–>

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