Pretty quiet day today, which means just a few notes and links for you tonight.
· Speaking at a Roc Nation Super Bowl event last night, CC Sabathia acknowledged — for the first time that I can remember — that last year’s weight loss might have affected his strength on the mound. That theory’s been floated quite a bit, but it seems like Sabathia’s generally dismissed it in the past. “Last year, I lost a lot of weight, so I kind of lost a little bit of power,” Sabathia said. “This year it’s all been strength building and worrying about getting better and stronger, so I feel pretty good.” Can’t overstate the importance of Sabathia for 2014.
· Michael Young was looking like a Yankees long shot anyway, but now it seems he’s officially off the market. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Young had three “good offers” but has instead decided to retire. He’s not a Hall of Famer or anything, but that guy had a really nice career.
· The Yankees have announced the hiring of five new pro scouts: Kendall Carter, Brandon Duckworth, Joe Espada, Dan Giese and Dennis Twombley. All five have significant experience either as a player, coach or scout. The name you might most remember is Giese, who’s 36 now and had a really nice — and largely unexpected run — with the Yankees in 2008. Honestly, Dan might be at the very top of my list of good guys I’ve met in the game of baseball. Congrats to him.
· Turns out, I should have brought my mandolin into the office this week. Some of my colleagues at The Journal News did a really nice acoustic session as a tribute to the late Pete Seeger. When I heard about it, I was skeptical, but the whole thing is really well done. Legitimately impressive performance, and perfectly in the Seeger spirit. Nicely done, fellas. Call me next time!
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