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Pinch hitting: Nick Kirby

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 30, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today’s Pinch Hitter has been here before. Nick Kirby is a 21-year-old junior at the University of Delaware (as an aside, that’s where my brother-in-law got his undergraduate degree). Nick’s studying health sciences and advertising, and I assume that’s because he’s involved some sort of contest to determine who can pick the set of majors that have the least in common. Nick’s the vice president of his fraternity, and he’s involved with the student radio station as a sports talk show host and occasional play-by-play man for the Blue Hens.

For his post, Nick focused on his generation of Yankees fans, who are truly entering a new era of fandom. Nicks’ favorite player is Derek Jeter, and Jeter might not be around much longer.

Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek JeterFor the past few years, we’ve heard commentators discuss the impact of the Core Four: Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettite. We’ve heard about how much those four have meant to the Yankees franchise, the championships they brought to the city, and how difficult it’s going to be for Brian Cashman to replace some of these icons.

Pro sports affect every fan differently, but over time, the Core Four developed an unparalleled connection with Yankees fans born between the late eighties and early nineties.

As Millennial Yankees fans, we got to witness an unbelievable run that, due to free agency and the collective bargaining agreement, probably won’t be seen for a while. In a remarkable 18-year period from 1995 to 2012, the Yankees made the playoffs 17 times, won 13 AL East Crowns, seven pennants and five world championships. It’s easy to measure the success that this group of Yankees had on the baseball field. They were flat out dominant.

But more than the tangible success, this group formed an emotional connection with fans growing up in the 90’s that cannot be measured with statistics.

Growing up, we saw glimpses of dynasties that couldn’t sustain because egos or money got in the way. We saw the Shaq/Kobe Lakers disintegrate because they couldn’t get along. We saw A-Rod and Ken Griffey Jr. bolt from Seattle because of money and power problems. We even saw LeBron James organize a national TV special to tell everyone that he was leaving his hometown team. Players just seemed to jump around constantly, and as free agency allowed athletes to put money and ego above all, the Core Four represented everything that pro sports were not.

They didn’t hold out for new contracts. They didn’t complain to the press about playing time. They didn’t bolt for more money, or fight over the spotlight. They didn’t sexually assault any women, rip their teammates to the press, or go on rants and blame people. In the process, they were able to accomplish what nobody else could: continued, sustainable success as a group.

Despite public perception, the latest Yankees dynasty was built on homegrown talent and selflessness. These guys simply showed up every day, played hard, and went home. Were they perfect people? No. Did they make mistakes? Absolutely. But they made sure to stay out of the public eye and not let any differences come in the way of the ultimate goal: competing for championships.

I used to think that these guys would play forever, that they were timeless. Throughout our childhood, they played every day and competed. No matter what was going in our lives, we always believed that Rivera was going to nail down the save or that Jeter was going to come through with a walk-off hit. As we grew up, changed schools, and hit puberty, these players represented stability and comfort. They were our role models, and they always seemed to be there for us. But Father Time catches up with all of us. These players aged and neared retirement at an almost identical rate that we aged out of childhood. Every time I’d hear a commentator talking about Jeter’s decreased range or how many years Rivera had left, I would realize just how little childhood I had left. Their departure from the game was a dark reminder that we were growing up, as these players were the last form of childhood activity that I still enjoyed.

With three of the four players gone — and Jeter hanging onto his career by a thread — it is written on the wall that the end is here. In my opinion, this will be Jeter’s last year, and it is only fitting that he will retire sometime around when I graduate college in May of 2015. I will always look back at my childhood and associate it with these players, as they represented a time in my life when everything was so simple, before technology and maturity.

This past September, when Pettitte and Jeter went to get Rivera from the mound in his last game ever, we saw them break down in tears because they knew this wonderful run was over. Looking on, I couldn’t help but to cry with them. As they walked back to the dugout, they took my childhood with them.

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132 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Nick Kirby”

  1. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    January 30, 2014 at 9:03 am
    Isn’t that one of the last things you do and not the first?”

    No always no…..Cashman may have liked the value of that deal and was fine moving on it early just on case they couldn’t do anything else. With Jeters status unclear they almost had to lock some sort of back up plan early just in case

  2. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    “They’re not getting in on Santana. They’ll run with Bailey this year, trade him at deadline if things aren’t going well, or let him go t FA, take the pick and slot Robert Stephenson into the rotation in 2015.”

    Probably not but I wouldn’t be that absolute about it

  3. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    New Icons will emerge as they have always done.

    Great post.

    You hit your own personal HR.

    :)

  4. Doreen January 30th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Darn! Did not want to cry to start my day!

    Nice post.

    And you hit on something very important. It wasn’t just the way they played the game, it was about the way they went about their business. This group was incredibly special. I don’t think, even if there is another homegrown group in the future sometime, that they will ever be duplicated.

  5. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Nice post.

    I dont think we will know when Jeter is retiring until it’s basically already happened. I could be wrong but I think he just walks to a podium one day and says I’m done

  6. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Doreen-

    Not in exactly the same fashion but I am optimistic that at some point there will be another star(s)
    who will lead the way.

    It’s inevitable.

    It’s the Yankee way and their destiny.

    :)

  7. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Core 4 buy the Team.

    Now that’s dreaming.

    :)

  8. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    “They’re not getting in on Santana. They’ll run with Bailey this year, trade him at deadline if things aren’t going well, or let him go t FA, take the pick and slot Robert Stephenson into the rotation in 2015.”

    Probably not but I wouldn’t be that absolute about it

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

    More absolute about the Santana thing (he’d die in that park, not the Reds style $$$-wise), but pretty absolute about Bailey too. They see themselves as contenders for a postseason spot again. Unless somebody wows them with some deal centered around a high end prospect or two, I think he stays until/if the Reds see themselves as non-contenders. I see a deadline trade involving Bailey as a very real possibility. Don’t really see one happening before the season at all.

  9. Hearn January 30th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Future Yankee Icon: Craig Kimbrel

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....-ryan.html

  10. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:17 am

    So the RS are threatening in the 7th and our starter is shot.
    We go to Kelley and Thornton to mix and match.
    Who is our EIG?

    Spend some money Hal, we don’t have a setup man….

  11. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Ruth, Gehrig-> DiMaggio-> Berra, Ford, Mantle-> Jeter, Mo, etc. -> ?

    Like a tapestry of greatness.

    Who’s next ?

    Please step forward.

    :)

  12. Tackelberry January 30th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The Royals are saying that they probably won’t be able to afford James Shields, who is a FA after this season. Wonder what they would want for him if they decide to deal him

  13. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    The interview I heard Jockety do didn’t sound like he was high on losing Bailey for a draft pick and he didn’t sound very optimistic about signing him either…..so yea they could see how things go and see where they are in July…..but they need a CFer too…..

  14. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Tackelberry says:
    January 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
    The Royals are saying that they probably won’t be able to afford James Shields, who is a FA after this season. Wonder what they would want for him if they decide to deal him

    Pitching prospects most likely

  15. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Jocketty is bluffing on Hamilton.

    Like Bubba Crosby is our CF.

    He tried for Sizemore and whiffed.

    ;)

  16. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Does it surprise anyone else that Cashman has not yet called in his marker from Towers ?

  17. fuji January 30th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “As Millennial Yankees fans, we got to witness an unbelievable run that, due to free agency and the collective bargaining agreement, probably won’t be seen for a while. In a remarkable 18-year period from 1995 to 2012, the Yankees made the playoffs 17 times, won 13 AL East Crowns, seven pennants and five world championships.”

    nice post nick

    1949-1964 9 world championships

    dimaggio, berra, mantle, howard, maris, and ford defined my childhood as this latest run defined yours.

    this second run by jeter,rivera, williams, petite, and posada was just what the fans who grew up with the 1949-1964 dynasty were looking for.

    …may you keep up the high standards that this second run has instilled in you.
    after they reload,accept nothing less than another long run of championships.

  18. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    MTU says:
    January 30, 2014 at 9:28 am
    Does it surprise anyone else that Cashman has not yet called in his marker from Towers ?

    I bet they have talked

  19. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    There are lot’s of Teams out there who have basically done little to improve themselves this OS.

    Examples: O, Jays, Halos, Snakes, Twinkies, Royals, etc.

    Good luck w that.

    ;)

  20. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Does it surprise anyone else that Cashman has not yet called in his marker from Towers ?

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

    Since no such marker actually exists, no.

  21. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Blake-

    Talk is cheap.

    Big IOU outstanding.

    ;)

  22. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    AAA-

    So you think giving an out of work buddy a good job carries no obligation to repay ?

    That’s interesting.

  23. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Where I come from when someone does you a huge favor you usually feel a sense of indebtedness
    and gratitude which you want to repay.

    Even if it isn’t asked for.

    ;)

  24. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Still looks like they’re dumpster diving.
    Teams are waiting on what’s left to lower their offers.
    Starting and relief pitching, utility IF’s, etc…might not be signed till the day before ST.
    At that point we get a real bargain.
    Looks like we aren’t the only ones looking for one.

  25. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    The infield is so bad it could very easily jeapordize the season and all the money they have spent IMO…..I hope they address it

  26. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    AAA-

    So you think giving an out of work buddy a good job carries no obligation to repay ?

    That’s interesting.

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

    Not in the manner you’re suggesting, no.

    Should Cashman find himself out of job, and Towers wants to take him on as a consultant in much the same way Cashman asked Towers to, then they’re even. It’s not going to be evened out on a player transaction. The mere notion is ridiculous.

  27. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Mick-

    You surprised they didn’t make a move on Baker yet ?

  28. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    There is no doubt Baker and Drew think their value is sky high and we are not agreeing.
    The longer they wait, the more it decreases.
    Don’t they know that?

  29. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Mick-

    I agree.

    Players signing this late are no longer in the drivers seat.

  30. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    The infield is so bad it could very easily jeapordize the season and all the money they have spent IMO…..I hope they address it
    =====================
    with tex and jete in As Is condition and cano gone we are setting the IF up to fail.
    last year could look like an all star team if we don’t fill a hole or 2.

  31. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Where I come from when someone does you a huge favor you usually feel a sense of indebtedness
    and gratitude which you want to repay.

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

    Describing that as a “huge favor” is a massive stretch of the facts.

  32. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I think Boras is still demanding a 4 year deal for Drew….my guess is he’s still wanting the Peralta deal for his client as they are similar values. Probably why everyone keeps saying they aren’t interested……if the price drops to 2 or 3 years I bet it changes and I would hope Cashman pounces . Boras and Cash have a good workin relationship…..Boras knows the Yankee infield sucks and Cashman is playing hardball……at least I hope that’s what’s going on

  33. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    We are already in 2013 mode with roberts and johnson/nunez ready to go.
    Why are they pinching pennies on their Needs?

  34. fuji January 30th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    “The infield is so bad it could very easily jeapordize the season and all the money they have spent IMO…”

    the yankees spent almost half a billion dollars on three players to get back to the brink of the playoffs.

    wouldn’t another 240 million have made them a lock on the playoffs?

    they are watchable again, but nowhere near the teams that dominated from 1949-1964 and from 1996- 2012

    this just barely “good enough” thing hal seems to like isn’t going to cut it if they are going to get really good again.

  35. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    AAA-

    If you don’t think helping out an out of work baseball executive is a big favor I don’t know what to
    tell you.

    That minor favor as you call it led Towers to his current job.

    Doubt he gets it w/o it.

    But hey, you’re entitled to your view.

    ;)

  36. j9d January 30th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Great post, Nick. Here’s hoping there will be many more icons but I agree that a long lasting core of them is much less likely.

  37. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    What are they going to do when Tex wakes up with a stiff rest in ST?
    At least they found Overbay the day before the Opener.
    He saved their season.
    Expecting these miracles is just crazy.
    Are they crazy?
    Spending 1/2 billion and not completing the team?
    They are living dangerously..
    ..if this fails you will see an empty ballpark.

  38. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    The team is certainly more watchable and interesting now…..but they have majors holes still in the infield and bullpen. If they do nothing else I have to assume it’s because they are worried about the 2015 payroll when Arod comes back

  39. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    If Tex goes down the options are: 1) Johnson 2) McCann at 1B and catch Cervelli or Murphy 3) other ….Soriano? Look for Overbay 2.0.

    Hope tex can play…..if not it makes a very bad infield even worse

  40. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    It’s supposed to be in the 50s this weekend! I forgot what it felt like above 32. I may have to smoke a brisket to celebrate

  41. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Boras knows the Yankee infield sucks and Cashman is playing hardball……at least I hope that’s what’s going on
    ===============
    Thing is: Yanks are in the market for utility or BUIF’s as they are back to pinching mode.
    Drew does not fit that job description.
    Even Baker is playing hardball and he fits the description perfectly, which is why he is holding out.
    This model is wrong.
    Yanks will lose out if they wait too long.

  42. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    If they do nothing else I have to assume it’s because they are worried about the 2015 payroll when Arod comes back
    ================
    I thought 189 was dead.

  43. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I think what’s frustrating for me is that they are so close to being good now…..they really are a piece be two away from having a team I could see winning it all……to stop short of that would be disappointing

  44. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    An infield of infante, drew and Abreu probably will out produce the current NYY alignment for the same dollars. That’s the issue with the Yankees in general, they have overpriced players because of legacy or in commitment that does warrant the money paid in terms assurance of productions.

    aint getting their money worth or even approximate to it, simply an opinion.

    The remedy is spend more in 14 as farm is barren and your singular goal is playoff and WS every year.

  45. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    That minor favor as you call it led Towers to his current job.

    Doubt he gets it w/o it.

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

    Yeah, no doubt Towers got his current job based on an 8 month stint as a Yankees scout. His 17 years as scouting director and GM for the Padres quite clearly had nothing to do with it.

    By your logic, Towers must owe John Moores his first born and a kidney.

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

    Blake-

    A few more weeks to go.

    Let’s see what happens.

    They have to see what we see.

  47. mick January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Not spending the extra million and year(s) is crazier and makes less sense than not spending the extra 40-50m on Cano.

    It makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE!!!

  48. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    like I said before, it’s like not calling the river for 250 when you got 5k in the middle.

  49. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    AAA-

    Let’s just agree to disagree.

    Moving on.

  50. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    If they do nothing else I have to assume it’s because they are worried about the 2015 payroll when Arod comes back
    ================
    I thought 189 was dead.”

    189 is dead …..but that doesn’t mean there is no budget. As it stands now they have over 150 million on the books for 2015 for like 7 players. Hal isn’t gonna let them go to 250 with the payroll IMO……so they have to consider that the 205 they are at now is really more like 230 if Arod was playing……and Arod will be back next year

  51. blake January 30th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    The dodgers are concerned about that Cuban guy they signeds defense…..they’d probbaly sign drew to play 2b

  52. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    The dodgers are concerned about that Cuban guy they signeds defense
    ——
    Gurrero? this is the first time I read LAD are concern about his D at 2b.

  53. AAA January 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Has anyone signed Casey Kotchman yet?

  54. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hal isn’t gonna let them go to 250 with the payroll IMO……
    ==============================
    So if Scherzer or Lester or HanRam is out there we don’t even look?
    C’mon…

    189 might be dead but the process is ongoing.

  55. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    It seems they have made Drew a #1 priority.
    If not, they would have grabbed up Baker by now.

  56. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    189 was a bad idea before inception.

    ;)

  57. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    out of those 3, i realistically see Scherzer getting to FA, it would be very interesting if he has an okay year and what kind dollar amt he will command. If he repeats LY, you know he is getting massive dollars.

  58. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Gurrero? this is the first time I read LAD are concern about his D at 2b.”

    Yup report yesterday.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......cond-base/

  59. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Boras likes to deal.

    He’s damn good at it though.

    :(

  60. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Mark Feinsand

    CeeLo Green is singing Don’t Stop Believing… At least I think he is. He’s only singing every third words. Everybody here hates him.
    ===========================
    Dubious choice of words.

  61. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I’ll bet you Bailey is either traded or makes it to FA.

  62. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    interesting blake, you figure a SS would not have a issue in transition to 2b, maybe he is bad defensively, period. I saw some vids of him he has some legit pop and a quick bat.

  63. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I think Scherzer gets to free agency……there is too much risk for the tigers to give him a huge deal now and Scherzer would be walkig about from too much potential money to sign for less.

    I guess it depends on if Max wants to gamble on himself or not because he’s got a lot of dollars riding on his 2014. If he repeats his 2013 and shows that this is who he is now then he could get Tanaka money or more…..if he regresses back to his career then he will get much less

  64. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    out of those 3, i realistically see Scherzer getting to FA,
    ===========================
    He might even want to pitch in NY, if he thinks they can contend.
    I don’t see Hal being frugal and this plan working.

  65. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Cashmoney says:
    January 30, 2014 at 10:06 am
    interesting blake, you figure a SS would not have a issue in transition to 2b, maybe he is bad defensively, period. I saw some vids of him he has some legit pop and a quick bat.

    Yea in sure it’s more about his defense in general than about changing positions ….2b is different than SS but it’s much easier to play

  66. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    By spending the money they have the Yankees have bought some more time for the Farm.

    It had better produce within the next 3 years.

  67. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I don’t see Hal being frugal and this plan working.
    —–
    it’s simple, til rod and tex contracts comes off the book, they literally can’t afford to stay under 200 mil while matching their goals of playoff contenders on a yearly basis without legit replacement from minors or via trades. And the minor aint looking so hot on inf in the next 2 years imo.

    so they need to spend.

  68. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Finish it Hal.

    Keep flipping ‘em the bird.

    :)

  69. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    By spending the money they have the Yankees have bought some more time for the Farm.

    It had better produce within the next 3 years.
    ================================
    It very well might.
    You have some pitchers that could emerge this year.
    Banuelos, Betances..

  70. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    mick-

    It could and it really needs to.

    I’m optimistic.

    Lot’s of potential down there.

    Especially w another 3yr. window in place.

  71. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The x factor in NYY’s pen is betance. in general, I prefer guys with big fb in late innings. But does betance have the control and command to eventually morph into role? possible, but does he have it in 14?

  72. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    I just don’t get the setup man situation MTU.
    What do they do against a team that brings up the middle of their order in the 7th in a close game.
    We exhaust the pen and go into the 8th with who?

  73. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Pineda, Man-Ban, J-ram, Heathcott, Flores, Williams, Austin, Sanchez, DePaula, Hensley,
    Mongomery, Burawa, Katoh, Gumbs, Refsynder, Bird, Calrkin, Mitchell.

    I’ll eat my baseball cap if at least a few of them do not contribute to the ML club in the next 3 years.

    :)

  74. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Oops.

    Campos.

  75. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Mick-

    I think they are thinking they might have what they need in house.

    Either that or they are waiting for a bargain on what remains.

  76. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    cash-

    I have very little confidence in Betances.

    Still think he has control issues.

    Hope he proves me dead wrong.

  77. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Betance has control issues thru out his career. I thought about this, I guess the most realistic internal candidates for EIG are M.Montgomery and Pineda. One needs to rebound, the other, you are hoping his arm doesn’t fall off. Guys like Kelly and Thornton can’t do it on a consistent basis imo.

  78. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Betances as a middle reliever with the opportunity to grow into more is ok…..Betances as the set up guy is a bad idea

  79. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I think they are thinking they might have what they need in house.
    =======================================
    OK. So the pen is DRob, Kelley, Thornton (who sucked for boston), Claiborne, Betances, Phelps and Warren.

    It’s Phelps, Claiborne/Betances, maybe Thornton if necc in the 7th and Kelley to set up?

    Kelley is your setup man as of today.

  80. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    they should have gotten balfour to close and drob to set up again. I am not so worry about feelings being hurt.

  81. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    they should have gotten balfour to close and drob to set up again.
    =============
    back to the frugality of Hal.
    He wants a closer to be paid setup money.
    He wants Drew at BUIF money.

  82. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    They must think Joe G is the Genius of the Bullpen.
    He will figure out a way to make it work.

  83. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Mick-

    I’m as puzzled by it as you are.

    W 2 weeks or so remaining I’m hoping they grab someone.

    Cash-

    Another guy who might be designated for the pen is J-Ram.

    He might be absolutely devasting as a reliever.

    They will give him another long look in ST.

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

    see G’s genius come at not overworking his bp, he had the horses at back end in Mo and Drob. the difference was he did not go to em everyday as Joe Torre burnt out so many …

  85. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    There could be a trade in the works.
    Putz for Nunez would mean they need a RH platoon at 3rd.
    Don’t think he is the answer.

  86. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    The bullpen is a concern but Girardi has a knack for figuring that out and you can find relievers during the season…..fixing the infield mid season will be much more difficult if it busts.

  87. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Storen is another potential option.

  88. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Boras might be waiting for the IF to bust in April.
    Imagine Drew sitting on the sidelines if Jeter goes down.

  89. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    MTU, I dislike Storen’s repertoire, I think he will get hammer in AL East.

    On JRam, I like to see him healthy. he is intriguing, needs more polish at AAA. But yeah, I could see it down the road.

  90. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    The only guy out there who might pull a R. Soriano is Rodney and I doubt they want him.
    Besides, they won’t issue another Soriano contract, altho it worked.

  91. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Can we have Tyler Clippard back?

  92. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Cash-

    With high 90′s heat, a killer CU, and decent control he may just be the ticket.

  93. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    mick says:
    January 30, 2014 at 10:32 am
    Boras might be waiting for the IF to bust in April.
    Imagine Drew sitting on the sidelines if Jeter goes down.

    It’s possible….can’t imagine Drew would want to wait that long to sign but you never know. I think Cashman is waiting for the price to drop to a level he’s comfortable with…..2 years or maybe 3. If it does I think the yanks may sign him…..

  94. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I don’t think Clippard is available.

  95. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    also little AAA experience with 21 walks in 31 innings, MTU.

  96. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    For some reason they must feel they have enough to not want a Jason Frasor.
    He could fill a few roles.

  97. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    @mikeaxisa: Heh, @keithlaw quotes a scout on Slade Heathcott: “He’s legitimately a crazy person.” http://t.co/wzgkl771Zy

    Lol

  98. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Cash-

    I’ll bet you they take another real long, hard look at him in ST.

    He almost made the club last year.

  99. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    @AndrewMarchand: Law says J.R. Murphy will be an every day catcher in the bigs.

  100. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    @AndrewMarchand: Keith Law has Severino 9 and Bird 10 in his top 10 Yankee prospects http://t.co/cWWBv5wFpN via @bbtn

  101. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I’m out.
    This is getting excruciating…

  102. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    No doubt MTU, there have been a few arms that made jump to ML with little xp in AAA, the question I have about Jram is health and command.

  103. austinmac January 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Mick,

    Baker signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Not sure why we weren’t in on him.

  104. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Mac that was Scott.

  105. bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    MTU January 30th, 2014 at 7:56 am
    Jeter/Ryan SS
    Roberts/Johnson 2b
    Johnson/Nunez 3b
    Tex/ ? 1b

    Confidence inspiring, huh ?

    Get used to it, I believe they are mostly done, like Cashman said. They might sign Baker and/or a reliever.

  106. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    “They might sign Baker and/or a reliever.”

    Fine.

    Do it.

    :)

  107. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Roberts/Johnson 2b
    =============
    They need a RH 2B , Baker.

  108. bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    austinmac January 30th, 2014 at 10:41 am
    Mick,

    Baker signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Not sure why we weren’t in on him.

    That was Scott Baker, a pitcher, not Jeff Baker.

  109. mick January 30th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Playing Roberts every day will be suicide.

  110. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    mick says:
    January 30, 2014 at 10:44 am
    Playing Roberts every day will be suicide.

    He may not survive ST….

  111. Kelvin January 30th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Greg Bird sounds like a great ballplayer name. ;)

    I strongly believe they are going for more safer draft picks now. As in the past they mostly chose pitchers with an insane risk but very high upside.

  112. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Blake-

    He’d better not go down to his basement.

    :)

  113. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Mark Melancon has great years with Pit and Astros yet tanked in Boston? so what it is, can’t be just DH? It is the general patience of an AL east lineup that lends to failures to guys like Burnett and Melancon whose success depends batters chasing their offerings? Is it stronger lineup in general? Just a few things that stats in itself doesn’t tell the whole story.

  114. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    has had great

  115. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    While guys like Cepedes and Puig comes with tag of toolsy players that can pretty much do everything well on a baseball field. Jose Abreu is simply regarded as a top rh masher. It will be interesting to see if he is just that.

  116. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Two weeks to go.

    Let’s get ‘er done.

    :)

  117. bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Scott Sizemore may be their Jeff Baker.

  118. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I think a lot of us felt this way, when I saw manbam in mid ST with Betance, I saw a polished near MLB ready product in Bam and a nowhere near ready product in Betance.

  119. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Time to walk the Mops.

    Later.

  120. blake January 30th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    bbb51 says:
    January 30, 2014 at 11:01 am
    Scott Sizemore may be their Jeff Baker.

    He hasn’t played in like 2 years and didn’t hit lefties like Baker did when he could play.

    I see them for different roles…to me Sizemore is just a flyer to give them another option at 2B…..Baker would be a role player that would play vs LHP

  121. blake January 30th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    @pgammo: Orioles “all in” on AJ Burnett, Rays in, early in process

  122. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    @pgammo: Orioles “all in” on AJ Burnett, Rays in, early in process
    ——-
    Mr. GammoOOOOO, what’s Os stack size?

  123. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0yxa1bvU4A

    this video makes me want to go out and run 10 miles… sorry for redundancy, but so goddam inspirational.

  124. Ys Guy January 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    sick of the core four, time to move on…

  125. DONNYBROOK January 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Nice piece in “The Post” today where CC admits that his weight loss effected his pitching last season. A Scant few of US had the cajones to come out and tell you what we were SEEING and our Conclusion based on that Observation, at the beginning of last season. As Usual, we were Immediately the subject of Ridicule. The most common reasons sighted around here were, “post surgery elbow”, “age”, “general decline”, and other assorted clap-trap that is the stuff of sports talk radio from here to Kalamazoo. CC admits to losing “about” 30 Lbs in The Post story, but to my Eye, it’s at Least 50 Lbs and probably more. CC’s performance last season was NOT “general decline”. Last season for CC was, “crash and burn”, or “drop off a cliff” when compared to what he looked like previously. He did get banged around at the tail end of the 2012 season, but the elbow was indeed a factor at that point in time. My guess would be the Dramatic weight loss was Mandated for health reasons. Maybe diabetes and or heart related issues, or something medically along those lines. Athletes sometimes Suddenly and Dramatically change their body makeup, but they do Not Elect to do this when they are at the Top of their game. CC says this offseason he has concentrated on adding muscle to compensate for the weight loss. I guess we will have to wait and actually SEE what we have. No matter how you slice it, we are looking at a different pitcher in Many Different ways. For me, CC’s bar has been lowered going into the 2014 season. What I SEE coming out of Spring Training will tell me just how Low it goes.

  126. RadioKev January 30th, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Anyone have the Klaw list? He seems high on Judge, mentioned him in an ESPN video, and agreed that he could play CF for a few years.

  127. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Kev, haven’t seen much of Judge, I think he is a swing and miss guy with light tower power and decent athleticism. It’s his bat that will make or break him. I don’t really have a feel about his strike zone judgement nor his contact skills. I think his upside is high and that of equal is his downsize. I am intrigue though.

  128. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    down side.

  129. Cashmoney January 30th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I did read somewhere Newman plan to be aggressive with Judge and Jagielo, maybe Tampa this year. I think you will find out a lot more on a guy like judge once they compile some data on high A and AA.

  130. Yankee Trader January 30th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Good morning

    Wasn’t AJ thinking of retiring, and if not, why not return to the Pirates?

    Maddon looks to set up his rays bullpen with pitchers with different repertoires and angles.

    What do the Yankees have?Kelley-slider, Thornton ? DRob-curve, anyone with 98 mph fastball.
    A sidearmer?

  131. Howler January 30th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    morning/aft/evening depending where your at physically/mentally…I guess AJ figures he’s got one more year and wants to see how much cash he can grab and hopefully stay close to home. I’m guessing he wants to work something out with Baltimore.

  132. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    El Nuevo——->

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