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The year ahead

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 01, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Happy New Year everyone! The Yankees have traded in their 2013 calendar — one full of bad times — for a 2014 calendar that brings hope of something better. Fewer off-the-field problems. More on-the-field success. And, fingers crossed, not a single lawsuit! Here’s a look ahead to what we might expect in the next 12 months. What are we going to be focused on as we make our way through 2014?

Alex RodriguezJANUARY
Clarity at last
For two reasons, the new year should start with significant news that sets a clearer picture of the road ahead. First, we could know the fate of Alex Rodriguez within a couple of weeks (or even a few days). Not that his soap opera will be finished – not by a long shot – but at least we’ll know the status of his bat and his salary in 2014. Also, by the end of January we’ll know which team has signed Masahiro Tanaka. Getting him on the market was a big step. Now he has to actually sign.

FEBRUARY
No more Mariano
There are always familiar faces missing when pitchers and catchers report to Tampa, and this spring, the absence of Mariano Rivera is sure to be the most noticeable. Andy Pettitte retired once before – and spent a few years playing in Houston – so it’s not going to be completely unfamiliar opening camp without him. Rivera, though, has been a source of stability year after year. All eyes will be on Dave Robertson, and whoever else is brought in to provide some options in the late innings.

MARCH
Derek Jeter at shortstop
Not sure how long it will take to find out just how well Derek Jeter has recovered and just how much he can do, but at some point during the spring training schedule we should learn a thing or two about what to expect from the Yankees captain. Can he physically play shortstop? Is there reason to believe he’ll produce at the top of the order? How much does he have left?

APRIL
The new-look Yankees
Whatever happens with Tanaka and Rodriguez, the Yankees are already a significantly different team than last year. Jacoby Ellsbury at the top of the order, Brian McCann behind the plate, someone new at second base, and Mariano Rivera enjoying retirement. The Yankees are going to break camp with a bunch of new faces, and the first month of the season will be a process of figuring out what exactly those new guys are capable of doing.

Mark TeixeiraMAY
How’s the first baseman?
Give Mark Teixeira a month – he’s usually a slow starter anyway – but at some point in May, the Yankees are going to want to see some real production from their first baseman. The fact he’s coming back from wrist surgery is reason for at least mild concern about his ability to drive the ball, but the Yankees need power from Teixeira. If he’s not going to hit for a high average like the MVP candidate he was a few years ago, that’s not a complete loss as long as he’s still hitting homers and driving in runs. The second month of the season could be enough time to know whether he’s still able to do that.

JUNE
Good young arms
The Yankees have already said that they fully expect Manny Banuelos to open the season in the minor leagues. But that doesn’t mean he has to finish the season in Triple-A. By June, he’ll be more than a year and a half removed from Tommy John surgery. How will he look at that point? The Tommy John success rate is pretty high, and it wasn’t that long ago that Banuelos was considered one of baseball’s best left-handed pitching prospects. If he pitches well, Banuelos could be a big league option sometime during the summer. Speaking of which, how’s Michael Pineda going to look in June?

JULY
Trade deadline
Last year, the Yankees made their big splash well before the deadline, and the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano really did help the Yankees stay afloat and in the playoff hunt until late September. Given all of the uncertainty in the infield and on the pitching staff, there’s a solid chance the Yankees will need help again in 2014. Maybe the deadline is an opportunity to add some stability. Of course, if this offseason hasn’t done its job, the trade deadline could be a chance to trade away Brett Gardner, Dave Robertson or Hiroki Kuroda to get some sort of value before they become free agents.

AUGUST
Is this working?
Not much to do about it at this point, but unless there’s another scandal about to break – and let’s not rule that out – August is probably going to be all about winning and losing. Maybe this is when a guy like Banuelos can make an impact, or maybe there will be an unexpected injury waiting to resolve itself, or maybe some sort of waiver trade to solidify the roster. Move or not, August will be – as it almost always is – a month to fully define the team heading into the final month of the year. Whether the Yankees are good, bad or in between, we should know in August.

Manuel BanuelosSEPTEMBER
Expanded roster
Best-case scenario is that September call-ups are a relatively small part of the season’s final month. If the Yankees are in the hunt, surely a minor leaguer won’t show up and instantly play a key role. But September call-ups also provide an interesting opportunity to see who might be on the verge of a bigger role the following season. J.R. Murphy made a solid impression as a September addition in 2013. So did Cesar Cabral. It seems possible that a guy like Slade Heathcott could be a September call-up who’s playing for a spot on the 2015 radar.

OCTOBER
Postseason or bust
What would happen if the Yankees missed the playoffs two years in a row? Could Joe Girardi – even after signing a new four-year deal – survive another season that ends without a meaningful game in October? Would the front office prepare the most overwhelming offseason of all time? Would the fan base revolt? Playoff baseball is the key – and a deep playoff run in the goal – and making those things happen is the only way October will be measured.

NOVEMBER
The future of Brian Cashman
If the Yankees fail to make the playoffs, then this major offseason event might happen a month earlier. Bottom line is this: Brian Cashman’s contract expires at the end of the year. Do the Yankees want him back? Does he want to come back? Do the answers to each of those questions depend entirely on what happens during the season? Whatever the outcome, the Yankees offseason – and future offseasons – will be significantly impacted by the person put in charge.

DECEMBER
Goal not a mandate
We saw this year that the Yankees were able to spend lavishly in November, but still enter December with a series of questions about the luxury tax and the goal to cut payroll beneath $189 million. It could very easily be the same way next winter. At this point, I don’t think anyone truly expects the Yankees to get below $189 million this winter, but they could do it next winter. The incentives are still in place, and quite a bit of money will be coming off the books. If the Yankees can’t reach their financial goal this winter, can they reach it next winter?

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145 Responses to “The year ahead”

  1. Ys Guy January 1st, 2014 at 9:14 am

    HNY everyone!

    i dont suppose horowitz is working on New Year’s Day, but im hoping he might hand down his ruling this week. i know arod’s lawywers will go crazy with more lawsuits once it’s announced, but my belief is that whatever horowitz rules is going to stand.

  2. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Y’s-

    Would be nice.

  3. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 9:35 am

    MLB.com. has the Yankees having the worst off season of any team listing the loss of Cano, three starters, Mo etc.

    I disagree, but agree we need help still. Further help will bring wins and crowds.

  4. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Mac-

    They are done yet.

    ;)

  5. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:38 am

    ed: aren’t. duh.

    Too much NY celebrating.

    :(

  6. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Tiger Tanaka would be a huge draw.

  7. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Tanaka, Balfour and Baker. Then, let the young guys compete for the fifth spot. Wouldn’t that be fun and provide hope for a good year?

  8. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Mac-

    I’m thinking what you suggested is likely.

    And yes. It would.

    Pitchers and Catchers report in about a month and half.

    The blink of an eye.

    :)

  9. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Based on last year’s contributions really all the Yanks have lost is Cano, Pettitte, Rivera and Hughes. they got virtually nothing from Granderson, Joba and A-Rod.

    They have added Teixeira, Jeter, Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann, Johnson, Thornton and Roberts.

    The 2014 Yanks are better than the team that performed last season.

  10. pat January 1st, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Happy New Year!

    “Give Mark Teixeira a month – he’s usually a slow starter anyway – but at some point in May, the Yankees are going to want to see some real production from their first baseman”

    The latitude that is given to Tex annoys me.

  11. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I think Austinmac posted on prior article that jimenez is looking for 4 years at $17-$20M. He commented that that is too high (I think that was his take).

    In comparing a pitcher who has been dominant, who wants less years, and less money to Tanaka–who us unproven, will command more years and money, and has questions about both his durability/overuse and how his stuff really will translate to AL East, I can understand why Yankees may opt to sign Jimenez over Tanaka.

    I hope they get both, but I can understand.

  12. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:53 am

    austinmac —-

    I like that trio…. if finding someone to pay Ichiro happens so much the better.

    I’m guessing that the A-Rod verdict comes down on Friday.

  13. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Bojo-

    I doubt very much they are considering U-Jim over Tanaka.

    He may be in addition to, or plan B but not the primary target.

  14. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Bojo —-

    I think the pitch count concerns about Tanaka are way overblown. Japanese pitchers routinely throw more pitches than their USA counterparts and get more rest between outings.

    that’s one of the main adjustments they have to make in MLB, pitching on four days rest.

    That said, of course he is a risk, as is Jimenez, Garza, Santana and every other pitcher. There are no guarantees, but I really like the idea of investing in a 25-year-old.

  15. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:59 am

    It’s amazing how time flies. How quickly a life goes by.

    2014.

    Wow.

    I can remember being a little kid listening to Captain Kangaroo and the Lone Ranger.

    Seems like eons ago now.

  16. GregD January 1st, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Happy New Year to everyone!

    I hope the Yanks give us a New Year’s gift in Tanaka………..I think we would be in good shape to compete then…..might need to add a few pieces but nothing significant…… and I do hope we get word on A-Rod……

  17. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:00 am

    MTU January 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am
    Bojo-

    I doubt very much they are considering U-Jim over Tanaka.

    He may be in addition to, or plan B but not the primary target.
    ———
    I’m not so sure. They have disappointed me in past with conservative approach.

  18. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am

    86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 9:58 am
    =======
    Yep…every pitcher is a risk, which is why I can see Yankees walking away from Tabaka is the market goes into a feeding frenzy. Less years and less money on MLV established pitcher might be their thought.

  19. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am

    MTU.

    And a big hello from Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Greenjeans, Mr. Moose and Tom Terrific and his mighty Manfred, the wonder dog.

    I believe I have now put to rest any question I am old. :)

  20. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Bojo-

    Can they get him ?

    No idea. Lot’s of competition.

    Do they want him ?

    Without a doubt.

    I think Ubaldo might be the fallback plan.

  21. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Mac-

    Where did it all go ?

    Seems like I blinked and here I am a seasoned citizen.

    :)

  22. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:05 am

    If history teaches us anything about the FO mindset, I could easily compile a list of IFAs the team has passed in the not too recent past. Not sure where their mindset will be if offers for Tanaka go over 7 years and $120M.

  23. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 10:05 am

    There is no doubt that at some level Tanaka may be less cost efficient than one of the three MLB guys. I hope not, but some team will go high, and it will be decision time. I expect they have a hold your nose number over which they will not go.

  24. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:07 am

    In the end it might be a question of where Mr. T wants to work.

    ;)

  25. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 10:08 am

    MTU,

    The one thing I have learned from life and seeing death is to try to enjoy each special day we have in this park we call earth. An unlikely chain of events brought us into existence. Lucky us.

    Hal could still help with the joy concept.

  26. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Mac-

    Sure thing partner.

    ;)

  27. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Personally, I don;t believe that signing Tabaka alone will put team in WS. However, sign Tanaka AND Jimenez, and I would feel more confident.

    This is because I have zero faith in CC pitching on cold weather, so I think team needs 3 power pitchers to make it thru play-offs. I also don’t know what Kuroda would have left in tank for play-offs…so I think they need Junenez, Tanaka, and either Pineda or Nova.

  28. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:12 am

    austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 10:05 am
    There is no doubt that at some level Tanaka may be less cost efficient than one of the three MLB guys. I hope not, but some team will go high, and it will be decision time. I expect they have a hold your nose number over which they will not go.
    ============\
    Agreed.

  29. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Bojo-

    I think 189 is a goner but I still the Yankees have some sort of a budget # in mind.

  30. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Knowing AR’s status will provide clarity on a # of fronts.

    The sooner the better.

    ;)

  31. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:16 am

    MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Bojo-

    I think 189 is a goner but I still the Yankees have some sort of a budget # in mind.
    ===
    Perhaps, but I think this issue is more about their opinion about what a player is worth in years and dollars versus the risk of the player failing. Age has a consideration in there, so does track record, and several other factors. Once they get by $189M, I think they are more concerned with the risk/reward trade-off.

  32. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:18 am

    For example, it Trout and harper were suddenly declared FAs by commissioner, I think that they would not hesitate to offer each $200M to sign both…budget be damned.

  33. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Bojo-

    We are about to find out.

    I hope Hal decides to finish the job.

    ;)

  34. DONNYBROOK January 1st, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Just positioned our 2014 Yankee Calendar on the wall, and see we are stuck with 3 months represented by players that are No longer with the team. Also have Cervelli and Wells representing months. Plus, A-Rod leads off with Jan. I’m hoping to shortly apply a Red X across the photo of that Jackass representing Jan. Can’t wait.

  35. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:23 am

    CC
    Kuroda
    Jiminez
    Nova
    Tanaka

    Pineda/Phelps/Warren/Nuno/Banuleos in reserve.

    My goodness. Talk about covering things seven way to Sunday.

    :shock:

  36. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Hey MTU and Bojo, happy new year, and to everyone else for that matter.

  37. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:24 am

    sp: Banuelos

  38. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:25 am

    U2 Donnybrook :)

  39. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:25 am

    See you crossed over safely Mills.

    Congrats.

    :)

  40. BoJo January 1st, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Happy New Years to you too JM! (Do they celebrate NYD in January in Canada? :-) )

  41. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I had a lovely time on the blog last evening and then brought in the new year with Dolores Claiborne – it always feels good to watch that ba$tard fall down the well. I also like the hang in there smarts of Jennifer Jason Leigh.

  42. DONNYBROOK January 1st, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Mills -

    Thanks. Enjoy the remainder of your Holiday. This Yankee mess will be Over shortly.

  43. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 10:32 am

    DB-

    One can only hope !

  44. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Yes boJo, many Canadians are painfully scaling the interiors of their skulls as we speak, and I’m sure a few are lying on outdoor ponds at the moment.

  45. DONNYBROOK January 1st, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Hope Hal was watching some of the Times Square stuff last night. Joe Six Pack was Not wearing nearly the Yankee gear I’m used to seeing. Enjoyed Hearing Frank, (as usual), followed by Billy Joel. You know you Suck when the Highlight occurs at the Conclusion of the show.

  46. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Happy 2014 to all !

  47. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:48 am

    One new years day I was driving in the country over something or other. Clear as a bell, up ahead in the distance, was a guy sprawled in the ditch with a woman busy hovering near him. So, I did the obligatory thing and stopped, got out, and walked over to the scenario. ” Can I help you? ” I says. Big mistake, the guy is one angry drunk who starts trying to get up on his knees and after me. Fortunately the alcohol was still so strong in his veins that he rolled backwards while my equilibrium allowed me to backstep and get the hell out of there.

  48. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 10:49 am

    A-Rod leads off with Jan. I’m hoping to shortly apply a Red X across the photo of that Jackass representing Jan. Can’t wait.

    ——

    +1

    Ringling Bros heading South ?

  49. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Jmills,

    As the Kinks would say “Oh demon alcohol, sad memories I can’t recall”.

  50. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Happy and most importantly…. healthy New year to everyone.

    “The 2014 Yanks are better than the team that performed last season.”

    Unfortunately that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

  51. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 10:56 am

    ” I’m hoping to shortly apply a Red X across the photo of that Jackass representing Jan. Can’t wait.”

    I have good news for you…even if he is suspended 211 games ( unless he is released) he will be at Spring Training.

    So next month……get ready for Alex playing some 3rd base Donny.

    Just thought I would brighten up your New year. :twisted:

  52. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:56 am

    austin, somewhere, Oliver Reed and Keith Moon are busy renovating another hotel.

  53. pat January 1st, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Ringling Bros heading South ?

    “Imagine if arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds A-Rod’s suspension and yet Rodriguez is still in the Yankees’ spring training camp every day.

    It is not an impossible scenario. In fact, officials from the Players Association said they believe it is within Rodriguez’s rights to attend spring training as a still-signed player even if he is suspended. The Commissioner’s Office said it is an issue that must be discussed with the union, but agreed no language currently bars him.”

  54. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Hey Tar, I hope my team has more fight for you guys this year. Last year never got started.

  55. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Tar —-

    You are right about it not being a ringing endorsement and I would not be very confident about this group returning to post-season play.

    However give Me Tanaka, Balfour and an A-Rod replacement with pop and I would feel quite a bit more comfortable.

    There’s still time!

  56. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Morning Jmills

    I liked the Torontonians right where you were. It’s perfectly ok to stay down and out of the way. :evil:

  57. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:07 am

    86

    I agree they have a decent shot as long as they don’t stop now.

    Last year can’t say I ever thought they had any chance at any time. So it is a definite improvement over last year.

  58. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 11:14 am

    pat January 1st, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Interesting scenario, but what is the point of his showing up ?

    To bring attention to himself (again) ? Make sure his ‘circus’ is at the forefront and continuing to be a distraction ?

    So he comes to ST and does whatever, then the team heads North and then what ? He heads home to watch TV ? Go fishing ? I imagine the length of the actual imposed suspension will have some bearing on what he actually does

  59. jmills January 1st, 2014 at 11:15 am

    rtsp://r4—sn-jc47eu7l.googlevideo.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQldpzOF_1oWoRMYJCAkFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYOWmtbK2zNzaUAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

    The return of, Dave Stieb.

  60. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “Interesting scenario, but what is the point of his showing up ?”

    The same point as is Derek Jeter’s point in showing up.

    Unless he is released, all you Alex “detractors” better be ready to expect the inevitable.

  61. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 11:21 am

    For example, it Trout and harper were suddenly declared FAs by commissioner, I think that they would not hesitate to offer each $200M to sign both…budget be damned.

    ———

    The old ruse of money is no object ? Sign everyone regardless of cost ? Perhaps the first team to crack the $ 300 million barrier ?

    Heck, following along these lines the Yanks might as well just release ‘Afraud’ and eat the rest of his contract to be rid of him

    After all its only money ….

  62. Blojaldo January 1st, 2014 at 11:23 am

    DONNYBROOK January 1st, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Hope Hal was watching some of the Times Square stuff last night. Joe Six Pack was Not wearing nearly the Yankee gear I’m used to seeing.

    Wow! What insight and off to an early start for LoHud blogger of the year. Who knew one could determine the demise of a three billion dollar sports and entertainment empire by a few glances at a television screen.

  63. bigdan22 January 1st, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Well thankfully 2013 is behind us. Yesterday I received a bill for an insurance premium for pediatric dental coverage. Since I’m over 18 and have no children, the coverage can’t possibly benefit me but I’m told I still must pay the premium anyway. That’s what I feel about 2013. Hopefully this all get sorted out this coming year.

    For the Yanks this month, and rest of the off season, it comes down to just one word–Tanaka. That’s really all they and we have left. Then it’s on to Spring training in about 6 weeks. We’ll hear the Arod decision in a couple days but that won’t really mean much. Tanaka will determine the result of the budgetary power struggle that’s overtaken this team over the last couple of years. That will all be over in a couple weeks I think. Starting next Monday, Tanaka and his agent will try to whittle down the serious offers to 2-3 and then by the week of the 13th, start doing the serious meetings and due diligence necessary to select the one team. I expect that to be done by the 20th.

    If the Yanks miss on this, it will be very interesting to see what additional moves they make, if any, and how they spin the PR. Levine’s bonus weighs in the balance.

  64. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Apparently you don’t care for us “ROIDBOY’ detractors which is just dandy

    Time will tell, either he will be gone of back on the DL in short order

    Hoping the inner conspiracy in MLB against ‘ROIDBOY’ runs hot, heavy and very deep

  65. pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:26 am

    There hasn’t been a point in much that’s been done by either side since this thing started except in the way of a power play so why look for one now.

    The rules say he can’t be in uniform during the regular season when paying customers are present. The length of the suspension will probably determine where he will be throughout.

  66. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:30 am

    “Heck, following along these lines the Yanks might as well just release ‘Afraud’ and eat the rest of his contract to be rid of him

    After all its only money ”

    Of course anything is possible…….but when I start to think that way I keep coming back to players like Igawa. They had no reason to keep him other than they were paying him.

    And besides the Rays DH right now is Joyce, the O’s Steve Pierce. I could see Alex playing for league minimum with either of those teams. You think Cashman is going to let that happen?

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Happy New Year to all! Chad, I love the picture. :)

    If we’re all drinking from the same cup and some see it as half full, isn’t it a better way to go through the new year than seeing it as half empty?

  68. pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I would think Alex working out at the Tampa complex for the duration of his suspension would benefit the organization more than releasing him.

  69. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 11:34 am

    austin,
    You left out Winky Dink, Mr. Bluster and Captain Video!

  70. CHIN MUSIC January 1st, 2014 at 11:35 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL YOU HUD HUGGERS !

  71. pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:36 am

    6-9 inches of snow forecasted for here tomorrow. Pitchers and catchers is how many days?

  72. Tar January 1st, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Pat

    ST opens February 13th. It’s getting close…..fast :D

  73. pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:39 am

    then 43 and counting it is……..

  74. blake January 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Happy New Year everyone! I can almost smell the fresh cut grass….just a couple more months

  75. tbone1570 January 1st, 2014 at 11:47 am

    pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I would think Alex working out at the Tampa complex for the duration of his suspension would benefit the organization more than releasing him.

    **************************************
    pat,

    Although Arod would be able to attend spring training, once the season starts his suspension would begin and I don’t think he’d be allowed to use team facilities. Even if he is in camp, I can’t see him playing in any of the spring training games.

  76. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Wow…I see some not too hung over to participate…Welcome to 2014

  77. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Let’s not forget Crabby Appleton, Boris Badenov and Natasha, Clutch Cargo, Kukla Fran and Ollie.

  78. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Howler-

    Some might be like the walking dead.

    You need to see the eyes.

    ;)

  79. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I named two of my dogs after Boris and Natasha :)

  80. pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:54 am

    tbone

    From what I read, the language in the JDA allows players to train at team facilities and even work out with the team as long as the player is not seen on the field when the gates are opened to the public.

  81. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 11:55 am

    So hung over my hair hurts. Welcome 2014.

    6-10 inches projected, bring it on! The more snow the higher the spring run-off in the streams.

  82. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Well, hell, don’t forget Ming of Mars, Chief Thunderthud , The Merry Mailman and Officer Joe Bolton.

  83. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Howler-

    Dogs ? What dogs ?

    Those are elephants.

    :)

  84. mick January 1st, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Pluck your Magic Twanger , Froggy!

  85. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 11:56 am

    And, at the birth of a new year, don’t forget to plunk your magic twanger, Froggie, hiya kids, hiya, hiya!

  86. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Thankfully I don’t drink, so no worries about hangovers…

  87. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Way to go, mick!

  88. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Takes a real man to face a hangover.

  89. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Might be having another elephant being born today…will find out later…

  90. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Smilin’ Ed’s Gang was a favorite.

  91. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Princess Summerfallwinterspring

  92. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 11:59 am

    OMG Howler.

    How can you afford to feed them ?

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I guess “old” is a state of mind because I can remember some of that stuff yet don’t feel old.

    :)

  94. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    easy MTU…lots of neighbors go missing ;)

  95. 86w183 January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    What about Underdog and Sweet Polly Purebred? Dudley Do-right and Snidely Whiplash??

    Unless A-Rod gets 50 games or less they might not allow him to come to spring training. I don’t think they have to…. and I don’t think theyd want him around…. certainly Levine wouldn’t!

  96. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Nothing a few Excedrin’s can’t fix.

    You need to stay in practice.

    It’s the overload that causes the problem.

    ;)

  97. tbone1570 January 1st, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    pat January 1st, 2014 at 11:54 am

    tbone

    From what I read, the language in the JDA allows players to train at team facilities and even work out with the team as long as the player is not seen on the field when the gates are opened to the public.
    ********************************
    thanks pat, guess what I heard was wrong.

    isn’t the 1st time I’m wrong and I’m sure it won’t be the last time either! ;)

  98. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    actually once they grow to being adult they don’t eat a whole lot. Now getting there that’s another story…

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    tomingeorgia – I think you should plan to be around for a long time. My grandmother lived to 97. 100+ is an attainable goal. And you are a positive person, so that definitely bodes well for you!

    :)

  100. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    T-bone-

    I hold the World’s record for wrong.

    You can’t touch me.

    Don’t even try.

    ;)

  101. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    What the Yankees need is Mr Know-It-All…instead they’ve got his Boy Sherman running the team…

  102. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    An example of positive thinking. I don’t have any weaknesses at all. I refer to them as “lesser strengths”.

    :D

  103. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Princess Ticklefeather

  104. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Trisha-

    I call them challenges.

    :)

  105. Michelle B. of Yankee Stadium West January 1st, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Repost from last night, not sure if Mills read it.

    Happy new year to all….

    Jmills-

    You’ll be happy (?) To know that Jeff Baker has been contacted and offered a contract with the blue jays. Not sure where he’s leaning, but he said no decisions till first or 2nd week of January.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    MTU – I like that even better!

  107. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Sonny Fox

    ? 2:35? 2:35
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b02OWc10RBk?
    Jun 15, 2011 – Uploaded by TVLEGENDS

  108. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    trisha,
    Thank you. My dad lived to 95, his father and mother into their 90s, too. Hone your “lesser strengths”!

  109. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Soupy Sales.

  110. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Sandy Becker

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIqoqUwg1fY

  111. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Trisha-

    I am getting more and more chronologically challenged by the day.

    :)

  112. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Mister Tom-

    You are too good of a cook to expire anytime soon.

    The World needs your recipes.

    I, OTOH, am gastronomically challenged.

    :)

  113. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Pinky Lee.

  114. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    The Yankees are rotationally challenged at the moment.

    :(

  115. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Soupy Sales w/ Pookie and White Fang

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....316B343514

  116. tbone1570 January 1st, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I hold the World’s record for wrong.
    ************************

    MTU

    you may have me beat in quantity, but I make up for it in quality.

    big, epic failures of knoledge and logic. failures of biblical proportions! :)

  117. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    “Hey…Do the Mouse”

  118. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    MTU – you’re young. Think of the days when living to 50 was the norm.

  119. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Of course anything is possible…….but when I start to think that way I keep coming back to players like Igawa. They had no reason to keep him other than they were paying him.

    And besides the Rays DH right now is Joyce, the O’s Steve Pierce. I could see Alex playing for league minimum with either of those teams. You think Cashman is going to let that happen?

    ——-

    Igawa was just a plain bust, Alex is a big boyle that needs to be cut out. Don’t think Cashman would make the call on cutting ties with him, more like Hal.

    Going to the O’s would be interesting since they are not proactive with obtaining players or retaining the ones they have. Watching Alex and Buck have a love fest with one another would be fun to watch ………………….. from a distance

  120. MTU January 1st, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    T-bone-

    You aren’t even in my league.

    Nice to have company in the mistake dep’t. though.

    It’s the ones who never make any that worry me.

    ;)

  121. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Soupy: Green Pieces of Paper

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....38;index=3

  122. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    “The Yankees are rotationally challenged at the moment.

    :(

    Now turn that thought into a positive. Because the Yankees still need pitchers in their rotation and because pitching is their centerpiece, we can rest assured that the Yankees are going to do what they need to in order to insure a sound rotation. And isn’t it exciting waiting to see what’s going to happen?!

    Signed,

    Polly Sunshine

    :)

  123. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Mister MTU,
    I have a killer batch of hoppin john on the stove right now. Recipe doesn’t matter, you can’t screw it up unless you burn it dry. Happy New Year, friend!

  124. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    “Igawa was just a plain bust, Alex is a big boyle that needs to be cut out.”

    Yes indeed.

  125. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 1st, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Well we are expecting a biggun, so I best get out and get some staples in this house!

    Later y’all.

    :)

  126. mick January 1st, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Pookie does Motown

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....316B343514

  127. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Tom,

    Good memory. Your age has now been verified.

    Favorite TV show from the day? I’d go with Maverick.

  128. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

  129. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I saw the other day they are making a Sherman and Mr. Peabody movie. They are really going in the way back machine.

  130. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Wire Palladin, San Francisco, Have Gun will travel.

  131. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    RIB,

    Palladin as a good one. I’d go with Maverick as I am partial to a cowardly hero.

  132. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Hopalong Cassidy. Mr. Wizard.

    RIB,
    If we’re going radio, try Mr Keen, Tracer of lost Persons, The FBI in Peace and War, Gangbusters, Racket Squad, and my all-time favorite, Inner Sanctum.

  133. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Trisha,

    Not to start the discussion again, but a Cleveland reporter said Jiminez is looking for four years at $17 per. Of course, so am I, and I just may not get it. :)

  134. dan l January 1st, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Igawa was kept for luxury tax purposes…if released and then signed to a MLB deal the Yankees would have to pay tax on all of the money but for the minimum the new team paid so it would have cost the Yankees more money to let him go if he ended up on another teams MLB roster.

  135. austinmac January 1st, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Tom,

    Those were a little before my time. I did love the Jack Benny Show. Now, Rochester.

  136. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I remember Saturday night’s prime time “Have Gun will Travel” followed by “Gunsmoke”.

    And eating dinner Sunday afternoon off of snack trays with my Dad watching Broderick Crawford and “Highway Patrol”.

    Friday night’s “I led three Lives”, the story of Herb Filbrick then followed the twilight zone.

    Or Gillette’s Friday Night at the Fights. Route 66 was in there on Friday’s too, also 77 Sunset Strip.

  137. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    austin,
    They were all on the air in the early fifties, before TV took over.

  138. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Tom,

    I remember listening the radio version of “The Shadow”. And watching the Kate Smith show on about 4 in the afternoon.

  139. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Red Skelton had a radio show, as well as Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.

  140. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Trisha…you need to become an agent.

  141. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”.

  142. RhapsodyInBlue January 1st, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Great memory Tom.

    Was that the theme song?

  143. Howler January 1st, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    That was Kate’s butt wasn’t it? How’d they tell the two apart?

  144. Can of Corn January 1st, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    New One :arrow:

  145. tomingeorgia January 1st, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    And she ended each show with “God Bless America”.

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