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Video: Girardi, Cone and Kay participate in this morning’s USO event

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The only reason there were Joe Girardi quotes floating around today was the fact Girardi served as a kind of host for this morning’s USO event at Yankee Stadium. Girardi, David Cone and Michael Kay were all on hand as a large group of volunteers helped load care packages being shipped to soldiers. Girardi, Cone and Kay have participated in this event before, and Girardi seems to genuinely enjoy it.

Above is video of Girardi, Cone and Kay basically kicking off the event by thanking everyone for showing up. If you feel like watching some prospects, there’s an Arizona Fall League game on MLB Network right now. As luck would have it, one of the teams involved is the one with Yankees prospects on the roster. Unfortunately, Peter O’Brien is the only Yankees position player in the Scottsdale lineup.

But, if you want to watch one of the best bats in the Yankees farm system, he’s right there on television.

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48 Responses to “Video: Girardi, Cone and Kay participate in this morning’s USO event”

  1. wanzies222 November 7th, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    MTU -

    I think Newman, like many NYY exec’s can attribute his career to George Steinbrenner. Specifically, had George not been suspended in 1990, Stick Michael would not have had the free reign that he did to draft and develop the farm system. Mark Newman began his NYY career about the same time, and as a result of Michael’s development program, has ridden same for the past 20 some years. Beyond the drafting success of the early 90s (which ended when Stick was fired after the 94 strike), the farm system has been lousy.

    Cashman inherited a pretty sweet situation and while he has had some success in trading prospects for MLB contributors, in fairness, he has not had any top 10 picks to work with. However, overall, the development side has not had the results one would expect. Many factors contributed, but if they should have been more successful, given the enormous resources available to them.

    Roll all that forward, and you can understand how I get to where I do vis-a-vis the path that I (and others) believe they should follow: abandon the Plan 189, load up on IFA and retain as many prospects as possible (again, 2013?s draft was encouraging).

    It’ll cost a lot of money, but I could care less about that….the fans deserve the best product in the world, since we pay the highest prices in the world.

  2. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I try to contribute to the USO each yr. now.

    I do it as a kind of tribute to GB.

    He often talked about how much it meant for Soldiers to receive some attention during the Holidays.

    ;)

  3. chicken_stanley November 7th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    MTU – I caught the new thread before your “chicken alert”! There may be hope for me after all :D

  4. Pat M. November 7th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    blake. I still like Castro and I do respect the reservation that some have attached to him, but my what a player he’ll be . MTU, I too make donations on Vet’s Day and Christmas in honor of The Greenberet7

  5. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Steve-

    I didn’t really see a clear cut answer in there.

    But reading between the lines I’m thinking you don’t think Newman has done a very good job overseeing MiLB development.

    That is my take. Poor job actually.

    The buck has to stop somewhere.

    I was hoping he would be one of the first to go.

    Doesn’t look like I’m gonna get my wish though.

    :(

  6. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Chicken-

    There was always hope for you.

    ;)

  7. chicken_stanley November 7th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Pat M – if the Yanks get Castro I hope you’re right… Heck, even if they don’t, I hope you’re right… I hate to be negative about anyone

  8. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I’m surprised the Tin Cup has not chimed in on some of these discussions.

    I would have thought they would have been right up his alley.

    ;)

  9. wanzies222 November 7th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    MTU –

    Fair….. Let me elaborate…. Newman has done nothing to distinguish himself. He came to the Yankees from a college coaching gig and inherited a tremendous situation. He hasn’t done much since. He hasn’t had much to work with, but at the same time, the organizational philosophy has not been to develop its own. The old saying “you can’t shine sh*t” is somewhat applicable, but he has culpability to be sure. Were it me, there have been plenty of opportunities to trade up in his chair.

  10. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks for Clarifying your position Steve.

  11. tomingeorgia November 7th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Mister MTU,
    The Wounded Warriors would be, and was, GB7′s favorite. It’s mine.

  12. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for that Mister Tom.

    Maybe I’ll switch over to that one. Or try to give some to both.

    :)

  13. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Well that about tears it for me for tonight.

    Hike day tomorrow.

    See you all for a short dive by in the AM.

    Excellent discussions. Much appreciated.

  14. chicken_stanley November 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Night MTU

  15. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    oops. “Drive by”.

    Not “dive by”.

    It’s a little cold out here for that.

    :)

  16. MTU November 7th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Take care Chicken.

  17. ron November 7th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I think cashman knows how to do a lot of things,but the missing element is,knowing how to trade popular superstars,at the top of their game,when it is wiser to trade them for prospects,and,or younger players,because of what they are about to command,and demand.
    The Yankees can always spend money,but trading a cano,granderson,swisher,and even hughes,at the right time for some nice young players/prospects,combined with the financial advantage that they still have would be a dangerous combination that puts them back on top.
    When you have a 220 million payroll,it is hard to add anymore,for several reasons.Even now,there are too few players consuming a large part of the 189,or whatever the payroll will be.Forget the 189 for a minute.
    Just think for one minute if the Yankees traded cano,granderson,swisher,and whoever else that either we will lose anyways,or will command big bucks,for a plethora of players/prospects,then had 60,or so million to spend,plus cano’s money,and maybe arods money in free agency.
    Combine a choo,cruz,ellsbury,mccann,navarro,etc… with what we would of gotten in trades by trading cano,granderson,hughes,swisher,then combine them with keeping all of our own prospects.

  18. pat November 7th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    jimbaumbach
    MLB’s Rob Manfred, who has been attacked by A-Rod camp, will be on NYU panel that “will cut to the heart of ethics and justice” in sports.

    And to make it even more surreal, the other panelists are Fred Wilpon and Mike Francesa!

  19. jacksquat November 7th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Most years the Yankees are in contention so are not trading away any good players.

  20. jacksquat November 7th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Teixeira’s swing was like it is long before any wrist injury.

  21. Pat M. November 8th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Goodnight and Good Morning to Doreen and The Breakfast Club

  22. blake November 8th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Oh I’m not ready to get the ice scraper out

  23. austinmac November 8th, 2013 at 8:00 am

    The team cannot wait for the AROD decision to decide they need left side of the IF help. They need help. Get some. Peralta seems a simple answer.

  24. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    “The team cannot wait for the AROD decision to decide they need left side of the IF help. They need help. Get some. Peralta seems a simple answer.”

    they should already be planning that yes…..I’d shop the trade market for a long term answer at SS or 3B first but if nothing is there then Peralta is an easy fit. They don’t need to wait on Arod to address that…..what they have to wait on Arod for though is to see how much money they’ll have to sign.

    Davidoff seems convinced they are going to sign Choo if Alex’s suspension gets upheld……he’ll help the offense….but he alone won’t make the offense good enough IMO so it’s questionable whether they should sign anybody that’ll cost that draft pick.

  25. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Does it me a bad person that I just dont’ care about this Johnny Incognito stuff? I’m so sick of hearing about it….the guy is a jerk…..they should probably kick him off the team…..the end. Much worse things happen every day…..bullying with real violence attached to it. It just marginalizes that to talk about an NFL guy being a dumb jock for a whole week.

  26. wanzies222 November 8th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    blake –

    I think there are several tipping points in the FO/Hal’s process this offseason. Call them . decision points on the flowchart if you prefer. Each one has an “if, then” decision attached to them. And, they are in an unknown order, but for the sake of discussion:

    1) Granderson QO – accept/decline
    2) Kuroda QO – accept/decline
    3) McCann – in/out
    4) Cano – assume in, but could be out

    That’s just the start. Each decision will take them down a different path. And from there, there are more permutations. It will be an interesting offseason, to be sure.

  27. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 12m
    From yesterday. This is not a misprint: E. Santana seeks $100M-plus, Nolasco $80M. Story: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/s.....ock-110713

    lol

  28. austinmac November 8th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I would love a long term SS solution, but I doubt he team has the parts for a good one. Castro will be costly. It would be Nova plus. We don’t have much plus.

  29. Bret The Hitman November 8th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Davidoff seems convinced they are going to sign Choo

    ____________________

    Rock on. Was talking with my best friend last night and we both decided 189 is baloney and that the team has to compete with Boston and really make a statement. Boras hinted already he’s aware of the possibility of 189 being a bluff. He basically said the Yankees have to convince these free agents that they’re committed to winning (read: spending). He has Choo and Beltran. He knows. 189 is a hedge against agents and their clients.

    Cano will be signed. No question.

    Choo will be signed. No doubt.

    Tanaka.

    Peralta.

    Balfour.

    Jimenez.

    The only one I have my doubts about is McCann due to our catching depth and the Red Sox’ interest.

    Don’t forget with OF other big market teams are set – Dodgers, Red Sox (will re-sign Ellsbury). Texas wants McCann.

  30. AAA November 8th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Does it me a bad person that I just dont’ care about this Johnny Incognito stuff?

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

    No more mind numbing than the whole A. Rodriguez thing. BTW, I believe it’s Richie Incognito.

    With the NFL being the most popular sport in the land these days, and sports talk being everywhere, it’s no wonder it has occupied so much time. I’m thinking the next shoe to drop is that cases like these are germane to more than only the Dolphins. Based on some responses I’ve read from front office types and former players suggests that maybe it’s an NFL issue moreso than merely a Miami Dolphins issue.

  31. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    wanzies,

    yea I agree….we often discuss what’s going to happen or what should happen but all moves are tied together in some way.

    I think Granderson will decline the QO and is probably gone….maybe the yanks will make him a small multi-year offer but he’s probably leaving I would thihk.

    I have no idea what Kuroda will do.

    I think they will pass on McCann and think they’ll sign Cano for the number I’ve been saying for months 8/200.

    From there it really just depends on how much money they have and whether or not they intend to stay under budget. I think they will stay under 189 and how much they’ll be able to fit under will depend on what happens with Arod.

    If Alex gets suspended all year then they’ll have around 80 million to spend……if he gets suspended none then it’s 50.

  32. austinmac November 8th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Every team has $20+M more to work with while the Yankees have $50M less. I don’t see them outbidding teams for top players. They will go secondary players to fill out the roster in my best guess. Too many holes with too little money to add the 8-10 players they must have to field unless they are low contracts.

  33. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “No more mind numbing than the whole A. Rodriguez thing. BTW, I believe it’s Richie Incognito.”

    see I don’t even care enough to get his first name right

  34. Doreen November 8th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Is that the guy’s real name, “Johnny Incognito?” It sounds like a bad character on the Sopranos or something!

    Would love to see the Yankees’ off-season flow-chart. I can imagine the white boards filling a room.

  35. Bret The Hitman November 8th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    The Yankees are going to spend without respect to Arod. They’re not waiting for “help”. They have a plan. It likely assumes Alex is on the books.

    We’ve all been brainwashed.

    This is the Yankees.

  36. Doreen November 8th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Ah, didn’t see AAA’s response. Somehow Richie Incognito doesn’t sound nearly as fictional.

  37. Bret The Hitman November 8th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    They’re not going to let the Arod contract hold this team hostage any longer.

  38. austinmac November 8th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    The team has said they will act as if he is on the team. Foolish but true. The next arbitration hearing are set soon, but there is no reason to think that will be the end of it. I can easily foresee this not being determined until the new year. It all depends on Horowitz’ calendar.

    Last year they waited until January and February to complete the team. We know what’s left then. I foresee it again as they dither over the already accounted for $30M in AROD’s salary.

  39. austinmac November 8th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Bret,

    We have all been brainwashed that getting under the cap is a good thing. Not going over it does absolutely nothing helpful. It makes the team awful, and adds nothing for the future. 2015 will have fewer quality free agents.

  40. AAA November 8th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Was talking with my best friend last night and we both decided 189 is baloney and that the team has to compete with Boston and really make a statement

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

    Disagree. Too much they’ve done already to abandon it and the fact is they probably don’t have to go as crazy as some are suggesting to be a 90+ win team again. They’re already adding Teixeira and Jeter to two of the offensive black holes from 2013 at 1B and SS. They’ll have a full season of Soriano in the OF. Were they to bring back Cano and pursue to non QO types like Peralta and Saltalamacchia/Ruiz and Kubel, they’d be a considerably better offensive team than last season without losing a pick or blowing the budget.

    Pitching? Well obviously the pursuit of Tanaka is going to be a big deal and they’ll have to be prepared to throw considerable resources at it (read: $75M-ish post). Beyond that, Kuroda is the key. If he comes back, you potentially have Sabathia, Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova and any number of options as a #5 starter either in house or out. Couple of relatively inexpensive bullpen arms and they’d be in good shape.

    As I’ve said a few times. If you blow the budget this year, it’s the same as blowing it for 3 years. I don’t think they do it, and they probably don’t have to in order to compete.

  41. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    “Based on some responses I’ve read from front office types and former players suggests that maybe it’s an NFL issue moreso than merely a Miami Dolphins issue.”

    I’m sure it’s an NFL issue but the NFL has lots of issues nobody cares about so long as they play on Sunday and make money

  42. Yankee Trader November 8th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Good morning everyone.

    Bret- here’s the Davidoff article on Choo

    http://nypost.com/2013/11/07/i.....-get-choo/

    My read on that was Choo is a Boras client and Boras clients usually sign late, therefore ARod decision might already be settled, and Choo could be had.

    Boras doesn’t agree, and either do I. Looking at the rumored $$$$$’s being floated out there, if the better players wait until > late January to sign monies might be dried up.

  43. AAA November 8th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’m sure it’s an NFL issue but the NFL has lots of issues nobody cares about so long as they play on Sunday and make money

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

    Yeah, but that’s true of every sport. This is a the age we live in. 30 years ago, we probably never hear about this Incognito issue. Today, with so many outlets for information, we see/hear everything and it gets talked about more.

  44. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I think 189 is real as well…..the good news is that this Arod stuff may bail them out and allow them to have an actual payroll of 189 when it would have been like 220 had Arod not been suspended.

    I think that’s what they are counting on now……that Alex will miss enough of the season to allow them to both get under the cap and add enough players to allow them to compete in 2014.

    My hope is that they spend wisely and if they can’t put a title contender on the field then just lay back and keep the draft choice and try to compete again in 2015 and beyond.

    the worst thing they could do is bog down more bad money and forfeit the best pick they have had in years to do it……

  45. blake November 8th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “Yeah, but that’s true of every sport. This is a the age we live in. 30 years ago, we probably never hear about this Incognito issue.”

    I think it’s more true in the NFL because of the money it generates and the general attitude the fans have towards the sport….. anything goes in the NFL as long as you can play on Sunday…..it may be like that to some degree in all sports…..but not like in football.

  46. Against All Odds November 8th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I’m sure it’s an NFL issue but the NFL has lots of issues nobody cares about so long as they play on Sunday and make money

    —————

    Yep that’s the truth.

    NFL: Concussions, PEDs, bounty gate, Aaron Hernandez, hazing/bullying, guns, DUIs, etc
    Fans/Media: It’s a story but in the grand scheme of things no big deal

    MLB: PEDs
    Fans/Media: This is the darkest moment in the history of sports

  47. Yankee Trader November 8th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Blake
    Good morning. I’m not sure it matters how many draft choices they accumulate, especially pitchers, those groomed to be starters. By the time they even get to the majors, under the current minor league management they often have been sidelined by either shoulder or TJ surgery.

    What are the Cardinals and other teams doing right? When you see the success of some of these 22 and 23 yo starters on other teams, many who have also drafted late, one has to question the Yankees minor league management.

  48. crorkz matz August 5th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    uZ3AbC Thanks again for the blog.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

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