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Pinch hitting: Geoffrey Woehlk

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our next Pinch Hitter is a Missouri guy like myself. Geoffrey Woehlk was born and raised in Kirksville, Mo., and he’s stayed local to study communications at Truman State University (my best friend and one of my cousins went to school there, and I’ve spent quite a few weekends on that campus). Geoffrey runs Truman’s student radio station, KTRM, and was named the top station manager in the country by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System last year.

So why the Yankees? Geoffrey’s dad grew up in Connecticut following Mickey, Whitey and Yogi. As Geoffrey explains it, his father “passed along the Yankee fandom to me, which is always kind of fun in a hotbed of Cardinals fans. My favorite player when I was younger was David Cone, and I remember crying at breakfast when I saw on SportsCenter he went to the Red Sox in 2001. I was only 10 though, so that’s not embarrassing, really.”

For his post, Geoffrey takes a look at steroid situation, and he’s come up with an interesting public relations strategy for the next player who’s busted.

Alex RodriguezPlayers who’ve been caught taking PEDs have — litigation options aside — worked from a fairly limited playbook. For the most part, they either opt for a good old-fashioned vehement denial, or they fess up, apologize, and hope we let the whole thing go.

However, it won’t stay that way forever. In fact, very soon, it’s likely that we’ll see a third, very different defense: Reasoned truth.

What does that mean? Well, first let’s set the stage by taking a look at a couple of players who tried to make us “let the whole thing go” after they got caught cheating. First stop: old friend Melky Cabrera.

In 2011, Cabrera was quite possibly down to his last chance in baseball after being released by the Braves despite having another year of team control. He signed a one-year, $1.25-million contract with the Royals and — now suspiciously — had his best season to date, hitting .305/.339/.470 for an .809 OPS, which he parlayed into a $6-million contract with the Giants in 2012.

After testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone, Cabrera signed a two-year, $16-million contract with the Blue Jays last offseason, getting a raise in the hopes that his abilities while clean would still rival his juiced-up version. Unsurprisingly, the Melkman turned in a season almost identical to his year in Atlanta (.279/.322/.360, .682 OPS) while battling injuries.

Meanwhile, Exhibit B: Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended 50 games last season for his ties to Biogenesis after rebounding from the worst year of his career in 2012 to one of his best in his contract year of 2013. Peralta’s stock nonetheless remained high in the offseason, picking up a $53-million contract from the shortstop-starved Cardinals.

Lesson? Well it appears to be that crime does indeed pay, to the tune of future financial security that may not have been available to either player without their prescription predilection. In fact, if you were a player like Cabrera or Peralta, could you draw up a better contract year than one in which you perform very well then get 50 games shaved off before you get injured or your numbers slip? And as long as teams will respond by giving you a bigger payday than you’ve ever had — as both Cabrera and Peralta received — where exactly is the downside?

To me, this says that the days of wag-the-finger, blame-the-FedEx-guy defenses are in their twilight; there just isn’t much of an advantage to lying about PED use. Instead, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the next offender — and if Anthony Bosch is to be believed, there certainly will be one — issues a statement more like this:

“The reports alleging that I took PEDs are true. Now that the truth is out in the open, I want to be completely honest about what I did and why I did it. I took PEDs for two reasons, and two reasons only:

1.) I, like all professional athletes, am wired to be competitive, and I want to be the absolute best at what I do no matter what it takes.
2.) I saw the opportunity to secure my family’s financial future for the rest of my life and decided the pros outweighed the cons.

I hope that everyone can understand my reasoning, and I intend to fully cooperate with Major League Baseball and the provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement. I look forward to getting back on the field as soon as possible.”

Could a statement like that play in Peoria? I say yes. How could we reject a reasoned, truthful argument without thinking about it this way: If someone offered us the chance to perform better at our jobs and receive a lifetime of financial security even if we get caught, wouldn’t we have to at least think about it? Would the “integrity” of our professions be enough to stop us?

Most importantly, could we really blame someone who decided to take that deal even if we wouldn’t?

I know I, like many of you, would certainly try. I would. But I would find it difficult to look at another man who has made a reasoned, advantageous decision about his life and say that he shouldn’t have because I find the game he plays for a living less enjoyable when he does it that way.

But coming soon, there will be an athlete who will force us to hesitate a moment by putting up a mirror, and asking us the ultimate uncomfortable question about using PEDs:

Wouldn’t you?

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121 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Geoffrey Woehlk”

  1. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I am trying to understand the reaction to the Sox v. Yanks farm system as of now. I am guessing it has more to do with the natural hatred for the Red Sox. Does the same reaction happen when it is said the Astros have a better farm system than the Yanks? Probably not – which they do. I was hoping last year would have popped the prospect hype (housing type) bubble that had been building for a while (a recent stat showed only 30% of all drafted players even make it to the majors), but I do worry it is still alive a little. It only leads to disappointment and frustration – as most prospects are just destined to disappoint.

  2. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Stones-

    Simple to sum up, “All prospects are suspects.”

    ;)

  3. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Stones-

    Simple to sum up, “All prospects are suspects.”

    ;)

    ****

    takes a bunch of eggs to make an omelette

  4. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    PED’s represent a health risk too.

    Are they worth gambling w your health over ?

    ;)

  5. Tackelberry January 29th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Red Sox have taken more highly publicized players than Yanks, especially in later rounds, willing to take chances on hugher ceiling players Yanks may have felt were tougher signs. Guys like Anthony Ranaudo, Garin Cecchinni (whom I wanted Yanks to take). Now the Sox are being rewarded for those chances cause these guys have produced in the minors and are heralded as top prospects. Yanks erred by going cheap in round 1 a couple of years (Dante Bichette, Cito Culver) electing to take guys who would be easy signs rather than higher rated kids. So we shouldn’t hold ot against the Red Sox cause they drafted smarter than Yanks have.

  6. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Putting aside the question of whether PEDs actually help performance or not, it says a lot about the individual who uses that they lack confidence in their own ability that they feel the need to take something else such as PEDs.

  7. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Stones-

    Simple to sum up, “All prospects are suspects.”

    You made me think of all the DUI’s our prospects have been ringing up in Tampa.

  8. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Stones-

    I don’t believe the Yankees see their Farm anywhere near as significantly as say a team like the Rays
    or Braves do.

    They are much more reliant on them.

    We also have a “win now” mandate which lessens it’s effectiveness.

    As it stands I don’t think the Yankees will/do invest as heavily in them as other Teams might.

    I can’t think of a single guy they consider untouchable.

  9. Tackelberry January 29th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Yanks finally changted their strategy the last couple of years going with higher ceiling guys early. Ty Hensely in round 1 2 years ago and the 3 first rounders they took last year. This year, they don’t pick til the 2nd round but there is no reason they can’t get a good coup of players if Damon Oppenheimer and his scouts do their jobs and take the right players

  10. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Exiled-

    That has been an embarrassment.

    These guys are young though. They are bound to make mistakes.

  11. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    What I absolutely do not understand is the Yankees passing on a whole slew of talented IFA’s in recent years.

    Chapman, Puig, Darvish, Soler, etc.

  12. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:17 am
    Exiled-

    That has been an embarrassment.

    These guys are young though. They are bound to make mistakes.

    I guess if the Stenhouse kid doesn’t drive in Australia there’s less chance he’ll get one.

    YES it’s embarrassing.

  13. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 9:14 am
    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am
    Stones-

    Simple to sum up, “All prospects are suspects.”

    You made me think of all the DUI’s our prospects have been ringing up in Tampa.

    ******

    Seriously – what kind of message is sent to the prospects when the own guy who is in charge of overseeing them – Mark Newman – himself is busted for a DUI:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....e-1.174095

  14. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Stones-

    Newman should have hit the bricks long ago.

  15. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Exiled-

    Don’t they drive on the wrong side of the road anyway ?

    :)

  16. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:23 am
    Stones-

    Newman should have hit the bricks long ago.

    ******

    Yeah – agree – anytime he is interviewed now – I just glance over whatever he has to say. Same w/ Oppenheimer

  17. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Here we are.

    About 2 weeks from P and C’s.

    Is our Team complete ?

    Will there be any more additions ?

  18. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    They really need an ongoing education program for the kids. Especially for the kids coming in from Latin America. Some of these kids have never been anywhere near the night life found in a typical US city.

  19. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Stones-

    Especially after last year’s failure of the MiLB many of us expected change.

    It seemed appropriate.

    Instead we just fired a minnow. A weak token of what was sorely needed.

    Something seriously wrong w that picture IMO.

  20. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:29 am
    Stones-

    Especially after last year’s failure of the MiLB many of us expected change.

    It seemed appropriate.

    Instead we just fired a minnow. A weak token of what was sorely needed.

    Something seriously wrong w that picture IMO.

    *****

    Yeah, like most bureaucracies, the Yanks had a meeting, and then another meeting, and probably the only thing that came out of it is a decision to hold additional meetings on the topic

  21. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Stones-

    The outcome was disappointing to say the least.

    :(

  22. Revenge of Stoneburner January 29th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I will say this, i found it interesting that the Rays have run-a-ground with their farm system recently – from yesterday’s top 30:

    “Years of good trades helped keep the Rays near the top of the list since I started compiling these rankings, but they’ve been crushed by the graduations of Wil Myers and Chris Archer last year plus several unproductive drafts — when Kevin Kiermaier and Tim Beckham reached the majors in September, they were the first players drafted and developed by the Rays to suit up for the team since David Price and Matt Moore from the 2007 draft.

    The Rays have been hurt by on-field success that gives them lower picks and limits their draft and international bonus pools, but they haven’t fared well even within those limits.”

  23. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    RAB wants to bring back A.J. Burnett. Isn’t A.J. Burnett spelled Javier Vasquez in spanish?

    Please, no to A.J. I don’t wanna live through that again.

  24. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Stones-

    One thing the Rays do extremely well is develop young Pitching.

    They have been like a Ford assembly line in that regard.

  25. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Exiled-

    I’m w you.

    ;)

  26. Tackelberry January 29th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    One thing the Rays coaches stress to their young pitchers down on the farm is to learn the change up. I wish the Yankee farm system coaches and managers would take that from the Rays organization. The change up is much less stressful on pitchers’s arms than all these breaking pitches and splitters. Looke at how good Alex Cobb and Chris Archer are already because they both have excellent change ups. Thats also what made James Sheilds so good when he was there.

  27. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Tackel-

    I have seen a few studies which show that the split is no more hard on the arm than most pitches.

    Personally I prefer it to the CC.

    We also have several young guys who have killer CU’s.

    i.e., Banuelos and J-Ram.

    Both are + to ++

  28. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What I love about the Rays strategy is that they not only develop good young pitchers they parlay them into other things they need when they are done w them.

  29. austinmac January 29th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Good post. It would be very difficult for most people to resist steroids when they may dramatically help you in your hopes to make millions and are rarely detected. In my life, I see people do much worse for much less to gain.

  30. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    The Cardinals really seem to have their act together when it comes to scouting and development.

  31. j9d January 29th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Very provacative post, Geoffrey. Interesting take on the subject.

  32. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    If the Yankees were smart they would be targeting GB type pitchers especially ones who can neutralize left-handed hitting batters for future development.

    Teaching the sinker should be standard fare for NYS.

    Right now they have 3 to 4 of them in the rotation which is great.

    It’s also why Blake is correct to emphasize the importance of the IF D.

  33. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I try, and try, and try. But I can’t stomach Mlb tv for two primary reasons.

    Kevin Mallar

    Mitch Williams

  34. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The real question is how do you go from the one of worst starter in recent memory to a respectable 2 by the simple transition of AL to NL?

  35. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    @Rotoworld_BB: Alderson: Mets ‘unlikely’ to sign SS Drew – Stephen Drew | BOS http://t.co/g61o6Qh2Tt

    This is basically the market telling Boras to get real on an asking price…..all 3 teams linked to Drew have come out and said they were unlikely to sign him. Translation….the price is still too high

  36. DONNYBROOK January 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    - EXILED -

    You’re right. Millar is annoying. On top of that, he was a Replacement Player which Never is mentioned. I do like Bob Costas and Kitty Katt when they team to do a game. The most realistic and enthusiastic guy they have is Harold Reynolds. His ending reliance on the baby blues and baseball acumen wins the day with me. Ripken is OK, but a little on the Bland side. Leiter is a bunch of nonsensical Noise much like Mitch Williams. Darling, more of the same.

  37. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    blake, time to take out that Amex card and be a hero!

  38. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:13 am
    The real question is how do you go from the one of worst starter in recent memory to a respectable 2 by the simple transition of AL to NL?

    AJ always had stuff. He’s a big head case. We all knew how inconsistant he was. Moreso than most who are inconsistant, AJ’s problems were primarily in his head.

    That being said, Clint Hurdle is really good at working a guys head. I watched Clint for years in a baseball camp he ran every year in Cocoa, Fl. He is excellent at getting the best outta guys. AJ will fail most anyplace else he goes. And that’s w/o getting into the differances between AL vs NL.

  39. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Exile, good points, I also think in 9 deep lineup and esp if they are cyclical, it takes a tremendous toll on a pitcher more than the current statistical system can account for.

  40. pat January 29th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I want this dog!

    TrentonThunder
    Say hello to our Third Generation Thunder Bat Dog…”ROOKIE” http://atmilb.com/1mXvoI6 via @MiLB pic.twitter.com/JvKn9LAB8x

  41. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Pat-

    Women have a thing about cute and cuddly.

    I guess that’s why I’m so popular.

    :)

  42. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Aww..cute dog :D I had a golden retrieve growing up, one of the best breeds.

  43. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    MTU, you also speak softly and carry a…

  44. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Cashmoney. You’re oh so right. And for AJ that toll was in his head moreso than in his body. Probably why he showed so much promise when under no pressure in Miami. Hurdle took the pressure off him much like having the pitcher come to bat with 2 outs and a runner on third. How many times with that same situation did AJ send one to the backstop under pressure pitching for the yanks?

  45. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Only things I’d like to do w AJ are drink a few brewski’s and watch a movie at his house.

    :)

  46. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hey I wouldn’t mind AJ back for a year….Id rather have him on a 1 year deal than any of the rest for multi years

  47. easyenough January 29th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Great post.

    Some questions:
    If rational honesty played well, wouldn’t you think more of the player interviews would contain something other than pablum? Is honesty too risky?
    Would the league accept a steroids confession that didn’t follow the wholly unrelated recreational drug (sin) script? A confession that blames systematic issues including teams, the league, and the player association for creating incentives to use PEDs might not please future teams.

  48. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Blake-

    Not me. Even on a bet.

    ;)

  49. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Blake it’s not a matter of whether he’s a better or worse option than anyone out there.

    I just don’t have enough years left to live, than to spend even one more game, watching him implode at criticle times while in pinstripes. no thanks

  50. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    critical times. i can’t spell

  51. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I just don’t have enough years left to live, than to spend even one more game, watching him implode at criticle times while in pinstripes. no thanks”

    lol…..I think AJ will have plenty of offers and that he probbaly woukdnt want to return to nY anyway. Atlanta woukd he a good spot for him and he could help them

  52. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    MTU, There is a couple in my building that has two Tibetan Mastiff, those dogs are frightening, with a full coat on. they look more like lions than dogs.

  53. luis January 29th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Good morning still,

    Good post and good read…. Very compelling argument… Life is full of grays…Very seldom we find clear cut white or black issues

  54. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    going off the tangent here, but I think a dog has about 30 mil olfactory sensors at tip of their nose, I often wonder what does ‘fear’ smell like…

  55. JobaTipsHisCap January 29th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    MLB encourages PED.

  56. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Blake I’m just sayin. We had to pay to make him go away. Now that was painful. Why would yany fan want to revisit that.

    Pay to make him go away. Think about that.

  57. pat January 29th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    AJ to O’s or Phillies- close to home- was the talk on MLB Network this morning.

  58. Ys Guy January 29th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    burnett is supposedly considering retirement. i think the idea of coming back to the yankees would push him to make it official.

    no thanks.

  59. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    pat says:
    January 29, 2014 at 10:47 am
    AJ to O’s or Phillies- close to home- was the talk on MLB Network this morning.

    The os make most sense…..

  60. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Maybe the Reds can sign AJ after they trade us Bailey!

  61. Doreen January 29th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    pat -

    That puppy is a cutie!! We voted for “Scooter” as his name.

  62. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    @AndrewMarchand: Yanks have 3 players in Keith Law’s top 100. Yankees: Gary Sanchez (68), Tyler Austin (85), Mason Williams (87)

  63. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    A.J. Burnett is planning to pitch in 2014, a source close to the free-agent pitcher confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday.

  64. pat January 29th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    AndrewMarchand
    Straw on A-Rod & Hall of Fame ‘hypocrites’ http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....hypocrites

  65. pat January 29th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    DanBarbarisi
    Mark Teixeira opens up about his wrist fears, makes a (minor) world series prediction, & mulls how long he’ll play: http://on.wsj.com/1fuLsyr

  66. Doreen January 29th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I like AJ, but don’t have any desire for him to come back to NY, and at this stage of his career, after having already done it, why would he come back????

    Not sure MLB encourages PED usage, but they sure as heck don’t discourage it. Not when it’s possible for admitted and previously suspended players to make a financial killing after they serve their punishment.

  67. pkyankfan69 January 29th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    @AndrewMarchand: Yanks have 3 players in Keith Law’s top 100. Yankees: Gary Sanchez (68), Tyler Austin (85), Mason Williams (87)
    —————-

    Sanchez:

    Sanchez shows flashes of star potential but has yet to put any of it together for an extended stretch of time — although in his defense, he played all of 2013 at age 20 and has already reached Double-A, where he’ll probably spend most or all of this season.

    He has huge upside as a hitter, with plus-plus raw power and very hard contact, even with a slightly noisy approach, thanks to huge hip rotation and great strength in his wrists and forearms. His recognition of secondary stuff needs work, but his hand-eye coordination is so good that he’s always had good contact rates, even striking out less often in the Florida State League than fellow young’uns Miguel Sano, Javier Baez and Byron Buxton.

    Sanchez is often compared, unfairly, to former Yankees prospect Jesus Montero, but Sanchez has always been a better catcher across the board — catching, throwing, agility — and just needed to show the commitment and a better work ethic, which he did in 2013. He has a cannon, at least a 70-grade arm, and has improved his release over the past few years, but the finer points of catching like game-calling are still a ways off, and he may never be a good framer.

    Even a grade-45 defender back there with Sanchez’s potential offensive upside will be an MVP candidate, and if he continues to work at receiving and on his plate discipline he’ll be ready to take over and make a real impact for the Yankees by 2016.
    ————————

    Austin:

    Austin’s all about the bat — he can play right field but is nothing special there, and two seasons removed from any time at third base means he has no real chance to return to the dirt.

    Unfortunately, he suffered a bone bruise in his wrist in late April, which he tried to play through it into July, that wrecked his first season in Double-A. He returned briefly in August and went to the Arizona Fall League but left there after two weeks with further discomfort in the joint. When healthy, Austin has a very sound swing that is geared both toward contact and power and is short to contact with good extension. He rotates his hips well to generate power, all with enough patience to keep his OBP in the .350 range. The wrist injury left his bat speed slower — you see he was late on fastballs he’d have squared up a season before — and it sapped most of his power as well.

    He’ll be only about average in right field — making the necessary plays but not much more — so he needs to hit and hit for power to be a regular. Like Hak-Ju Lee, he’s still on this list as I wait to see if he’s back to full strength in 2014, because I do believe in his potential with the bat.
    ———————

    Williams:

    Williams was one of several top Yankee prospects to get hurt and have a disappointing 2013 season; the biggest knock of all on Williams was that he was out of shape to start the season and seemed to be playing and moving without energy. He did look more like his old self in the Arizona Fall League, having dropped some weight and running sub-4.2 seconds down the line again while playing better in center field.

    He is a potential Gold Glove defender in center, a future 70 on the 20-80 scale with good reads off the bat and bursting speed to chase down balls in the gaps. He’s not a hacker at the plate, but he’s not as selective as he should be; he can make contact so easily that he often chases pitches he should let go by and needs to be willing to work the count more to his advantage. Williams also had some mechanical issues at the plate in 2013, finishing too closed after stridin and sometimes getting his front hip out too early, all of which need to be reined in to maximize his production.

    His ultimate outcome should be a high-average, doubles-power guy who might hit 15 homers in his best season, but even .290-plus with 50-60 walks and 10 homers with great defense is an above-average regular.

  68. Ys Guy January 29th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Doreen January 29th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Y’s Guy -

    the game will be fine, but this week leading up to it has put a damper on some of the pre-game events, hasn’t it?

    Reading the Star Ledger this week leads me to confirm my belief that no one in the USA outside of New Jersey realizes that the Met Life Stadium is actually IN New Jersey, and not NY.
    ===========================================
    Im not sure what new jerseyites were expecting, but the people who signed off on the SB being here had to know this was going to be the case.

  69. blake January 29th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    @DanBarbarisi: Mark Teixeira opens up about his wrist fears, makes a (minor) world series prediction, & mulls how long he’ll play: http://t.co/vxft2uQEgu

  70. pat January 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Doreen

    Our daughter is our official puppy namer and “Homer” or “Scout” were her name pick but we didn’t vote.

  71. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Teixeira is the AJ Burnett of ‘Big hairy monsters”. He needs to get his head right. His stubburn, egotistical, Stupidity is what hurts him.

    Mark, ” You misunderstood when they said you needed to juice!”

  72. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:04 am

    RAB also wrote this about Burnett

    “Before anyone gets anxious, let’s acknowledge that this will never happen.”

    slow day.

  73. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Sounds like law likes those 3 guys pretty good

  74. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Exile, one thing that bugs me about Tex is his reason for not being able to execute a bunt…

  75. exiledintampa January 29th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Cashmoney – exactly. He refuses to adjust to what his aging body will allow him to do to contribute. He wants to be Mteix circa 2007. Ain’t gonna happen. Won’t even try.

  76. sjb23 January 29th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    easyenough:

    “Some questions:
    If rational honesty played well, wouldn’t you think more of the player interviews would contain something other than pablum? Is honesty too risky?
    Would the league accept a steroids confession that didn’t follow the wholly unrelated recreational drug (sin) script? A confession that blames systematic issues including teams, the league, and the player association for creating incentives to use PEDs might not please future teams.”

    Some very good counterpoints to this morning’s pinch-hitter post. You make reference to “systematic issues including teams, the league, and the PA for creating incentives…” Isn’t this what the real problem is? It’s being argued that most players would at least consider taking PEDs just to level the playing field.

    I remember Archie Bunker’s solution to the airplane hijacking problems in the 70′s: “Just give everyone boarding the plane a gun.” :-)

    IMO if everyone really wants to eliminate the problem altogether, stiffer penalties must be in place that affect the guilty player’s potential earnings.

  77. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    “I can be as positive as I can, but until I hit a 95 mph fastball that’s inside, into the second deck, then I’ll go, ‘All right, I’m back,’” he said. “But you can’t do that in a batting cage. Only time will tell.”

    I don’t think tex is concerned with beating the shift

  78. Patrick January 29th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I’m a little surprised 3 Yankees made his top 100 list, I thought for sure Austin and Williams would drop off.

    The bad news is all the top prospects had bad seasons in 2013. The good news is, there is a TON of upside still there and the Yankees had a great draft last year. Crossing my fingers that these guys can stay healthy

  79. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Tex, how about that 90 mph fb on the outside quadrant, back still?

  80. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Exile, one thing that bugs me about Tex is his reason for not being able to execute a bunt…

    sort of like Gardner…

  81. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    My money is on Austin and Flores.

  82. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Law doesn’t seem quite as reactionary as some…..unwilling to right guys off because of a bad year. Austin really wasn’t himself last year because of the wrist….that doesn’t mean he’s a worse player….just means he was hurt.

  83. pat January 29th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    What’s always bugged me about Tex is he embraces lower expectations for himself.

  84. RhapsodyInBlue January 29th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Anyone hear from Tom today?

  85. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    That dog is cute, but Scooter is a name you give a dog in need of worming meds :)

  86. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    What’s always bugged me about Tex is he embraces lower expectations for himself.
    —-
    I know I am going to get hammered for saying this, but i don’t think he has the drive anymore.

  87. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    in short, I question Tex’s heart.

  88. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I know I am going to get hammered for saying this, but i don’t think he has the drive anymore.”

    Nobody knows.. From the outside it seems like he’s content to just swing for the fences and cash the pay checks

  89. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    you mean the guy who re-injured himself legging out an infield hit so the Yankees could beat the orioles, or the one who injured himself working to hard taking practice swings with a weighted bat…yep…engine in neutral…

  90. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    @JeffPassan: After a dry decade of SS, prospect lists this week confirm the revolution is coming. Bogaerts, Baez, Russell, Lindor, Correa, Mondesi oh my.

    He forgot Cito Culver

  91. blake January 29th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Could be that Tex is just honest with himself

  92. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    blake, I know a few successful people in my life, the common denominator is that they never quit, they never accept defeat when face failures. They have insatiable drive to be best in what they do in a craft they love. I am not saying that’s way of life, it is what you make it out to be.
    They also adapt and find ways to do better.

  93. Mike Ri January 29th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Could be that Tex is just honest with himself


    I don’t know blake …… He just seems like an overpriced B–ch to me.

  94. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Cash-

    Many years ago I had a Bullmastiff.

    It’s crazy to have dogs like you mentioned in an apt. setting IMO.

    They need lot’s of space.

  95. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I was thinking about the same thing about space and being fair to the doggie. I think they have a decent size apt.

  96. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    MTU…I’m going to move to a Studio…right after I get my other dog in June ;)

  97. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Howler, I don’t think he is a bum, I think he doesn’t have the drive of a champion, to constantly morph and adapt, the refusal to be less than the best even though it may be delusional. Do you think a guy like Jeter will ever make the admission of that he is no longer able? It’s a drive that a very few people have i will admit. And I think it’s a difference between a champion and the other guy.

  98. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Howler-

    But you get your dogs out on hikes in the wilderness on a regular basis.

    Big difference.

    ;)

  99. MTU January 29th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    And speaking of hikes.

    Hike day today.

    Leaving soon.

    ;)

  100. Giuseppe Franco January 29th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    For good reason, most people are really tired of talking about PEDs.

    Nonetheless, Geoffrey proposes an interesting take on the issue that I hadn’t heard anywhere else.

    Kudos.

  101. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Don’t worry…we’re not leaving our place…she’d just bite me for suggesting it…

  102. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Is it the same as CC saying he doesn’t think he has the same fastball anymore then? Is that an issue of drive?

  103. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Is it the same as CC saying he doesn’t think he has the same fastball anymore then? Is that an issue of drive?
    —-
    It would be the equivalent of CC saying, I accept being the player of 2013.

  104. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Believe me I’m not the biggest fan of Tex, his ability to pop up in crucial moments drives me nuts, and I think his HRs often come late in games. I just don’t think it’s because a lack of trying or drive. I think at that level if you take your foot of the gas even a bit, you’re just about finished.
    I wish he’d adapt more and be able to overcome some deficiencies…but we’ve all seen the people who have the ability to be more creative and work around problems better than others. I think it’s more about that then lack of trying.

  105. Howler January 29th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    With CC I think he’s got the ability to work around his problems if his fastball doesn’t come back, with Tex I don’t think he’s at the point where the skills have diminished, we’ve just seen some unfortunate injuries…could it be age or overuse…possibly, but we’ve also seen injuries like that with younger players.

  106. pat January 29th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I don’t question a players heart. Only they could know that. I don’t begrudge him the money either. Get what you can, when you can. Hearing him talk about why he can’t do things is what annoys me about Tex.

  107. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    howler, those are legit points, let me ask you this, how do you as Tex truly find that out if you quit so easily.

  108. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    my father would have say to me, ‘try harder’.

  109. Ys Guy January 29th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    one guy shows some amount of introspection and humanity, and people want to write him off.

    meanwhile people wonder if cc can learn to pitch with diminished stuff.

    wouldnt cc trying to change his pitching style to make up for what he’s lost be defeatest too?

    why dont people comment that cc doesnt have the drive any more?

    its ridiculous to me.

  110. Cashmoney January 29th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Tex’s reason for not being able to execute a bunt is that he hasn’t done it since high school.

  111. Ys Guy January 29th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    More PED’s over here ++++++>

  112. blake January 29th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Cashmoney says:
    January 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm
    Tex’s reason for not being able to execute a bunt is that he hasn’t done it since high school.

    I could get down a bunt right now…..

  113. J. Alfred Prufrock January 29th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Even a grade-45 defender back there with Sanchez’s potential offensive upside will be an MVP candidate, and if he continues to work at receiving and on his plate discipline he’ll be ready to take over and make a real impact for the Yankees by 2016.
    ///

    pk69, thanks for posting those reports from Law.

    Like I said yesterday [in response to a post suggesting we trade The Sanchize now that we have McCann], I would imagine Sanchez, after a full year of Trenton in 2014, and then AAA in 2015, could be ready to assume catching chores in the Bronx in 2016.

    If McCann’s shoulder hasn’t fallen off and he can still catch some, he could mentor Sanchez as the latter is eased into the starting job.

    Trading him is not an option from my POV; yeah he can look bad offspeed, like a ton of youngsters, but the power, the wicked line drive ability and general hard contact, the bat speed – and the ability to battle that some of us have noted in seeing him live (me, Yankeefem, Doreen) denotes special.

    stay warm, folks

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