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Sabathia: “This year it’s all been strength building”

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

CC Sabathia

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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100 Responses to “Sabathia: “This year it’s all been strength building””

  1. Can of Corn January 30th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Repost:

    bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Tex is above average at 1B, Roberts is average, Jeter is below average range-wise but good at everything else, Johnson can probably be average at 3B, and when Ryan plays he is very good. They can win with that. Jeter and Roberts are injury concerns, yes.

    —————

    Do you believe that the influx of new offensive talent including the returns of Tex and Jeet will significantly improve the offense (run production) and OF defense to offset the defensive weakness of the INF ?

  2. cheddar January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    At the end of the day…

    There’s this guy who supplied PEDs to more than a dozen MLBers. He went on national TV and bragged about how easy it is to beat the system. He is also alleged to have supplied high school kids with PEDs.

    MLB will be supporting him against any criminal charges he might face.

    But apparently, it was all worth it in order to suspend a washed-up 38-year-old for a year.

  3. bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Can of Corn January 30th, 2014 at 10:02 pm
    bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Do you believe that the influx of new offensive talent including the returns of Tex and Jeet will significantly improve the offense (run production) and OF defense to offset the defensive weakness of the INF ?

    I think the offense should definitely be better than last year as long as we don’t lose 2/3 of the lineup again.

  4. comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Many of us would forfeit a few years of life to have had a career like Michael Young. I know I would have.

  5. comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Got hope for a healthy CC this year. Without him returning to form the Yankees will be long shots to make the play-offs!

  6. Can of Corn January 30th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Agree, the injury factor is just impossible to predict and Roberts especially does not have a good track record the last couple of years (scary actually)

    I really hope Jeet can come back and be productive at the plate and manageable in the field.

    The man has been too good for to long to go out with a fizzle.

  7. MTU January 30th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Time to turn things over to the night crew.

    See you again for the Breakfast Club.

  8. comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Hey MTU! Good night!

  9. pete2 January 30th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    chicken_stanley January 30th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    “Pete2 – very cool post. I’ll have to admit I’m surprised… 1/2 were 1st rounders. I would have thought the percentage of later round picks would have been much higher! I guess my perception in this case did not mirror reality.”

    It is a SSS though. Its also interesting that almost 1/2 of the 1st rounders were top 10 picks (7 of 16). I will try to expand on it since I am curious myself, especially pitchers.

    It also points to how important international amateur free agents, since they are almost as prevalent as 1st rounders

  10. chicken_stanley January 30th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I just saw that “Appalachian Outlaws” is on the history channel… I’m gonna tune in and reminisce about the environment I grew up in :) … good night all

  11. chicken_stanley January 30th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Pete2 – please post any findings you come up with… It’s a “statistic” I don’t think is well documented

  12. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I don’t think it’s as bad as you are saying. You probably are influenced by your desire for Drew. ”

    No it’s bad overall when you consider all the injury risk…..the left side in particular is bad defensively unless Ryan plays…..and then it becomes so bad offensively that it negates the defense. Roberts, Tex , and Jeter are all huge injury risks and we have no idea who will even play 3b.

    I don’t want Drew just because….I want him because the infield is so bad

  13. Blojaldo January 30th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Blake, respectfully, how can it be bad when it’s January and they haven’t even played a spring training game yet?

  14. comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Pete2 from our conversation last night. I agree that some players likely slack off as regards their off season prep when not in contract years. Sure make sense to me. I think Cano might be a victim of this , although I hope he keeps working hard and enjoys success in Seattle.

  15. Howler January 30th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    The one thing that worries me about losing weight and adding strength is the possibility of causing an arm injury. Ligaments and tendons aren’t used to that type of change in a short period of time.

  16. pete2 January 30th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    “I think the offense should definitely be better than last year as long as we don’t lose 2/3 of the lineup again.”

    One of the things the Yankees will miss most about Cano is his durability, I think he missed a dozen games in his career due to injury.

    Its a lineup that on paper looks very susceptible to injury. Tex with a lingering wrist issue, a 36 yo 2B man who has not played 1/2 a season in 4 yrs and the 40 yo SS who missed all of last year. Beltran is 37 with an injury history, and Ellsbury has had his share although they were flukes for the most part, and McCann has had issues. Soriano is 38 and Ichiro the backup OF’er is 40.

    Depth is going to be huge since lets face it, injuries happen. Every team usually has a couple of them and the Yankees may have more than that. Some injuries you simply can’t replace (Ellsbury, McCann) so all you can do is hope. IF depth is a different story and I don’t believe this is the IF we are going to see opening day. You don’t spend almost 500 million on players just to risk having the ship sink because you don’t want to spend 30-50 to improve the IF.

  17. comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    “You don’t spend almost 500 million on players just to risk having the ship sink because you don’t want to spend 30-50 to improve the IF.”

    that would be a stupid strategy wouldn’t it?

  18. bbb51 January 30th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Roberts played all of the last 3 months last season so keep your fingers crossed.

  19. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Blojaldo says:
    January 30, 2014 at 10:42 pm
    Blake, respectfully, how can it be bad when it’s January and they haven’t even played a spring training game yet?

    Because I’m talking about right now….I hope it changes before they start playing games

  20. blake January 30th, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Has there ever been a more depressing TV show than Parenthood? I mean the angst…..I don see how anyone can watch that mess

  21. pete2 January 30th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    ” comet January 30th, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    “Pete2 from our conversation last night. I agree that some players likely slack off as regards their off season prep when not in contract years. Sure make sense to me. I think Cano might be a victim of this , although I hope he keeps working hard and enjoys success in Seattle.”

    I agree Cano might be susceptible to this, especially since this offseason he was distracted with the FA process. In fact, his worst year ever came in 2008 after he signed an extension. He eventually figured out he had a bigger pay day coming
    so picked it up, but that contract with Seattle is his last one, and its all guaranteed. I also hope it does not happen.

    There is also another side of the coin with players who have signed huge deals, some simply try to do much when they are on the field even as they slacked off in their offseason conditioning. So they compound it by trying too hard, which is probably the main reason some players have trouble in the post season. Then the fans get on them and they press even more. That sort of happened to Carl Crawford in Boston, although he had injury issues as well.

  22. Howler January 30th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Injuries can happen to young players as well (Manny Machado) and sometimes a player can go through a rash of injuries and not be affected again, depending on the type of injury. Roberts the longer he gets away from his concussion issues the better it becomes for him, other injuries who knows what can happen.
    Last year you couldn’t have predicted some of the injuries that would’ve happened. With Jeter the first month is going to be very telling. I think if he gets through that, he should be okay. Tex I’m really not to worried about the wrist, might miss a day or two to rest it, but overall doesn’t worry me.
    Ellsbury and McCann I’m not really concerned with either…as long as Gardner doesn’t run into him…

  23. Tar January 30th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    The injury concerns with the infield are valid. With that in mind I wish we had a real back up 1b.

    But the whole “left side of the infield defense is going to doom the season” is blown completely way out of proportion.

    Jeter is still going to make plays, Johnson or whoever at 3b is still going to make plays. Hopefully Girardi gets better and utilizes the shift even more to help out the range issues. It is not deal breaker on the season by any measure at least IMO.

    And with concerns about injuries the thought of adding Drew is kind of strange isn’t it? He is basically made of glass platoon guy. He hits abysmally vs LH pitching. Opposing managers will make sure he a steady diet of LH specialists, and for us that will get old real quick. He is also expensive, going to command a multi year deal and cost a draft pick.

    Here is a bet for Blake or whoever ( no money or sending anything) we can come up with the details later. If Nunez gets 300 or more AB’s he will have a better offensive year than Drew. :D

    Good night all.

  24. pat January 30th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    “NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said a deal to begin HGH testing is being delayed. Citing the situation involving MLB and Alex Rodriguez, Smith said he would not allow an independent arbiter to decide on suspensions based on allegations instead of positive drug tests.”

  25. Jerkface January 31st, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Jeter is still going to make plays, Johnson or whoever at 3b is still going to make plays. Hopefully Girardi gets better and utilizes the shift even more to help out the range issues. It is not deal breaker on the season by any measure at least IMO.

    They may make ‘plays’ but baseball is of course a long game and the current infield will make way less plays than most other infields in baseball. You may not notice the 300 lost outs when they are spread across 162 games but the pitchers will feel it.

  26. Jerkface January 31st, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Ryan is very good though, defensively. But you don’t want him to play a lot because his bat is non existent.

  27. pete2 January 31st, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Tar January 30th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    “And with concerns about injuries the thought of adding Drew is kind of strange isn’t it? He is basically made of glass platoon guy. He hits abysmally vs LH pitching. Opposing managers will make sure he a steady diet of LH specialists, and for us that will get old real quick. He is also expensive, going to command a multi year deal and cost a draft pick.”

    Don’t know where this made of glass comes from. He is not his brother. He had 1 serious ankle injury that crossed 2 years. His other 5 seasons he has 500+ PA.

    Batting in the lower 3rd of the order he is unlikely to see the other teams top LH specialist, they reserve them for top/middle of the order guys. Much rather have a guy who crushes RHP’ers since they make up 70% of the pitchers.

    The draft pick he costs will be a 2nd rounder. Why wait until next year when the guy they land at SS will cost a 1st round pick (if he is any good). And they will need someone next year if they don’t sign Drew

  28. Hankflorida January 31st, 2014 at 1:39 am

    The Yankee always had ground ball pitchers and high end defensive players at 2nd and short during those championship years especially in the 1950′s. The question is can Jeter at 3rd with Ryan at short which makes the Yankees a National League team produce enough runs with what Ryan takes away from the opponents to put victories on the board? Losing Cano really makes Ryan less likely to play as Roberts and Johnson does put a strain on the offense. Positioning the players in the right positions seems the only remedy for a defensively challenged infield, and that is a tough road to travel over the long haul.

  29. yankinvegas January 31st, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Drew is Ok. But I think the guy the Yankees are angling for is Jose Reyes. His contract is backloaded, he doesn’t have a no-trade clause and if the Jays are bad again this year they will definitely be looking to move him. He also desperately needs to get off of that ridiculous artificial turf in Toronto – and he can’t wait until 2018 to do it.
    I think that we have the prospects to get it done. It will also tweak the Mets, which is an extra benefit to the deal.

  30. joeman January 31st, 2014 at 6:05 am

    right now with all the ifs in the infield this isn’t a 90 win team

  31. jmills January 31st, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I agree that players can’t wait to get off the artificial Jay turf, and that waiting for grass until 2018 is a long go of it it. Mind you, I think today’s players are rather soft ( and many too large and weight bearing ). Toronto did just fine between ’83 and ’93 on stuff that was more akin to concrete. Yes, Moseby was done by 32 or so, but then, there wasn’t the ingestion of all those great things. With the money these guys make, worrying about longevity is not my concern, I’d run through any ivy covered brick wall for those amounts.

  32. blake January 31st, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Reyes is interesting S he’s one of those guys who’s deal was backloaded so the AAV of the contract is less than what he will actually make in the final years .

    He’s 30 and has 4 years left at a 17.6 AAV. Not terrible….but he’s an injury risk too and you have to trade for him…..and the yanks and jays having been willing to deal with each other in the past

  33. fuji January 31st, 2014 at 7:50 am

    ” Some of my colleagues at The Journal News did a really nice acoustic session as a tribute to the late Pete Seeger.”

    from my experience social activists, artists, and musicians often have little interest in sports and sometimes expressing sports to be an “opiate of the masses” kind of thing.

    so i googled “pete seeger and baseball” and i found some really good video of seeger at a minor league game talking about jackie robinson and a sports writer,lester rodney who pushed for baseball integration way before it happened. seeger said rodney described baseball as a “drama” rather than an “opiate”

    the five minute one is especially good.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......all-stuff/

    i like that .
    baseball as drama.

  34. Poetkiosk January 31st, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Want no part of Drew or Reyes. Let’s see what the young guys can do. This is how players get their shot.

    We reloaded plenty, now we are going into battle with a few holes but so is every team.

    As for the injury risk, I think many fans are just phobic about it right now, since last year was a nightmare of injuries. It won’t be so bad. We will love a couple of guys, but a couple of guys will surprise us.

    Tex will be fine. He’s strong as an ox. Jeter should be fully recovered. If he’s not, he won’t play. Then someone else gets a shot. Roberts is looking for redemption.

    If you think about it, we have a ton of guys that have chips on their shoulders and are looking to prove everyone wrong – CC, Jeter, Tex, Roberts, Elsbury, Roberts etc. Watching players with something to prove is always fun.

  35. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Fuji-

    Viva Le Blog !

    :)

  36. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:02 am

    “Want no part of Drew or Reyes. Let’s see what the young guys can do. This is how players get their shot.”

    who are you talking about though? they don’t have any young infielders

  37. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Late Night ?@LateNightJimmy 20h
    The guys from Full House reunited to help Jimmy get over his Tonight Show nerves. http://youtu.be/tW0SacO27Uk #HaveMercy pic.twitter.com/6XrJptXQy4

    how is it that John Stamos looks almost exactly the same as he did 20 years ago?

  38. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Will the real Ivan Nova please stand up ?

    Who are you son ?

    Stud ?

    Inconsistent ?

    Guess we’ll find out once and for all.

    ;)

  39. fuji January 31st, 2014 at 8:10 am

    mtu-

    gb7 loved pete seeger. both had opposites within them. i like that.

    Viva LE Blog !

  40. Tar January 31st, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Now that 189 is toast how about re-visiting Andrus?

    And IF the Yankees were to get Drew, I agree with Wave he should play SS. Don’t think it’s happening though.

  41. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    MTU,

    the truth on Nova is probably somewhere between stud and inconsistent…..maybe a little of both.

  42. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:11 am

    F/M = a

    Force divided by mass equals acceleration.

    Acceleration is inversely proportional to mass.

    In other words the less the mass the less the acceleration.

    Force on the other hand is directly proportional.

    So my conclusion is that for CC to produce the same amount of velo this year he is going to have to produce more force.

    i.e. He is going to have to throw harder. Hope he doesn’t hurt his arm.

    Even Newton knew this.

    :)

  43. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    If that is true we should trade him now.

    ;)

  44. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:13 am

    “Now that 189 is toast how about re-visiting Andrus?”

    would love to but the problem is that I kinda doubt they are going to trade him now this close to the season starting after trading Kinsler…..if they trade Andrus who plays 2B for them? They could play Profar at SS but they’d have no real 2B. Plus when you look at Andrus he’s got a substantial contract….so you’d have to pay that plus the prospects to get him. It’s easier and cheaper to just sign Drew who actually had a better year in 2013.

    Hopefully the Rockies will stink and we can get Tulo in July!

  45. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Will the real Ivan Nova please stand up ?

    Who are you son ?

    Stud ?

    Inconsistent ?

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

    Plenty of guys are part both. I think Nova fits safely in that category. Not close to ace material, but a strong #4, maybe even solid #3 type.

  46. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I remember watching Koufax.

    There were so many things to like.

    But one thing you could surely love was his curve.

    It would hum straight as a string right till the point it would near the plate and then just drop straight down.

    The action was described as like “rolling off a table”.

    True.

    Now when you see Tanaka’s split you are going to see something very, very similar.

    It’s a scary good pitch.

    So good in fact that even when you know it’s coming you would have a hard time making contact.

    And even if you do it will be poor contact.

    Mark my words. People will be in awe of this pitch.

    ;)

  47. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Well Texas gauged the market for Andrus and his contract that runs through 2023 and they realized Kinsler would be much easier to move. Andrus passed waivers and that indicates his contract would hurt his trade value. So they were smart to move Kinsler for Fielder.

  48. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Nova’s stuff when he’s on is top of the rotation. You just hope he pitches those games in big games like Burnett did in the postseason when he was signed to be a #2.

    I think Nova could be a #2 in the NL.

    He might be the most valuable trade asset on the roster, but we’ve heard nothing about Jimenez.

  49. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:19 am

    guys I wouldn’t mind having in no particular order.

    Castro, Franklin, Owings, Andrus.

    :)

  50. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Bret-

    Not might be. Is.

    ;)

  51. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:21 am

    And you what’s even scarier about MT’s split ?

    He can change speeds with it and commands it to perfection.

    ;)

  52. luis January 31st, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Good morning all,

    Just a quick post… Nova will be a stud… No back of the rotation material… Makeup off the charts, complimented by top of the rotation stuff.. More importantly, he generates groundballs which does well in NYS… He is just going through natural growing pains… Ny the end of next season he will be either the number 2 or ace, depending on how Tanaka san performes.

  53. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:23 am

    You are gonna see a lot of guys shaking their heads and looking back at MT w like, “what the eff was that ?”

    :)

  54. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Luis-

    The Eternal optimist.

    I’ve been with you.

    We’ll see.

    If he is not that guy we wasted a terrific opportunity.

    ;)

  55. Poetkiosk January 31st, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Blake they most certainly have infielders at AA and AAA – they aren’t high on anyone’s list, but so what. Sometimes people rise the the equation and talent scouts are not infallible. and sometimes don’t see the true value of a player.

  56. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:26 am

    CC is gonna go to MT and say, “Teach me that pitch please.”

    :)

  57. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Cashman the prospect hugger’s list:

    Hughes*
    Joba*
    Gardner*
    Brackman*

    *caucasian

    Austin Jackson
    Jesus Montero
    Melky Cabrera

    The one exception is Ian Kennedy who ran his mouth publicly about deserving a rotation spot.

  58. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Castro, Franklin, Owings, Andrus.

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

    I think the guy that could be had now is Franklin. Rest of the guys? Probably not. Owings the fave to start at SS in Zona (thus maybe making Gregorius available?), Cubs won’t sell low on Castro, and Kinsler trade probably makes Andrus much less available. Castro and Andrus could become available as soon as next season if things break right with their respective teams’ middle infield prospects.

  59. 86w183 January 31st, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Good morning all —-

    MTU — You cannot reduce pitching to a simple physics equation. There’s much more that goes into it.

    Sabathia being a further year removed from elbow surgery should be stronger at the start of camp. Last year he lost weight and pitched too soon after surgery. Now that he’s had an off-season to work on arm strength I expect him to be very good in 2014.

  60. austinmac January 31st, 2014 at 8:27 am

    And sometimes all the evaluators are correct. I hate the infield to be based on the proposition they are universally wrong.

  61. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:28 am

    “Blake they most certainly have infielders at AA and AAA – they aren’t high on anyone’s list, but so what. Sometimes people rise the the equation and talent scouts are not infallible. and sometimes don’t see the true value of a player.”

    who do they have that can play in the big leagues in 2014? It’s fine to look on the bright side…..but they have to be realistic here.

  62. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Good morning

    Now for some breaking news:

    A sushi restaurant in New York, Hatsuhana, has created the Ma-kun roll. Bassanova Ramen, also in New York, has come up with a dish named after Tanaka as well.

    Source: Sanspo 1/30/2014

  63. Hearn January 31st, 2014 at 8:29 am

    First off: these so called “pundits” who are picking the Red Sox to have a Top 5 Rotation are smoking the crack pipe. Over the Tigers??? That’s borderline insane.

    Secondly: Sabathia is going to have a HUGE year. Wait and see all you naysayers.

    Thirdly: I’ll take my chances ANY day with Nova-Phelps/Pineda over Felix F@cking Doumont and Ryan Take A Big Dumpster.

  64. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:29 am

    86-

    Guess you didn’t get it.

    Just trying to inject a little life back into le Blog.

    But OK. I failed.

    :)

  65. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I think it’s a make or break season for the Rockies….they spent a little money this offseason and they have kinda been waffling on whether they could contend or need to rebuild for a couple of years now. There are at least 3 teams in the NL west better than them…..maybe 4 so if they are out of it in July I could see them start to consider tearing it down and rebuilding.

    The competition for Tulo would probably be fierce…..but his contract may keep some teams away.

  66. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:31 am

    “First off: these so called “pundits” who are picking the Red Sox to have a Top 5 Rotation are smoking the crack pipe. Over the Tigers??? That’s borderline insane.”

    I think they could have a top 5 rotation if Lackey repeats his 2013 and Buttholtz can stay healthy…..those are 2 big ifs for me though. On paper right now I think Boston has the 3rd best rotation in the AL east……

  67. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:31 am

    The Hunt Bros. cornered the market in Silver.

    The Yankees have cornered the Splitter market.

    :)

  68. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS 11m
    NFL reports concussions down to 228 this yr. But expert tells @nytimes 90-95 pct go unreported. So that’s 2,280 concussions

    DOWN to 228! Man this is gonna be a problem for the NFL in the future…..a big problem. It’s a problem I don’t know if they can solve either…….

  69. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 8:33 am

    MTU and Breakfast Club

    Focusing only on starting pitchers you grew up with and watched over the years who were #1 and #2 with each variety pitch?

    For instance
    Curveball- Sandy Koufax, Camilio Pascual

  70. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Has there ever been a left-hander who had a ++ splitter ?

    I can’t think of any ?

    P.S. Let’s bring back the screwball. Oh wait. That’s me.

    :)

  71. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I think sign Drew now for 2 or 3 years…..and then you keep trying to trade for Castro or Tulo or Andrus. They need 3 infielders going forward and it’s not like they couldn’t move Drew to 2B or 3B or even trade him in the future if need be.

  72. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:37 am

    YT-

    You need to drill that down a little further.

    For instance, Best sweeping curve by a rt. hander, left-hander.

    Best Fb by velo. Best FB by movement. best FB w movement and velo.

    best knuckle ball

    etc.

    ;)

  73. Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Blake you keep wanting to skip ahead and oust Jeter but you just know the #1 priority is to block Arod. So they will add a 3B first and only when it’s clear Jeter can’t play SS will they move him to DH and bring in a SS long term.

    That could still be Nunez.

  74. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 8:37 am

    The competition for Tulo would probably be fierce…..but his contract may keep some teams away
    ================================

    Disagree. By the standards of contracts signed in this free agency period, Tulowitski’s deal is quite reasonable. Pays him only thru his age 35 season and the AAV on it is a little less than $16M. He’s at $20M for the next 5 seasons, but in a world where guys like Ellsbury gets $22M, $20M for a high end shortstop is nothing.

    Don’t know what the Rockies will do with him. They never moved Helton when the opportunity presented itself, so maybe they repeat the “won’t trade the face of the franchise no matter what” policy. If they decided to move him though, they’re going to be able to command a monster package.

  75. Poetkiosk January 31st, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Whats wrong with Corban Joseph and Scott Sizemore? If they aren’t MLB ready – why are they at AAA? I thought the whole purpose of AAA was to feed the MLB team if someone gets hurt? If they are so far away shouldn’t they be in A or AA?

  76. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Best rt-handed sweeping curve- Bob Gibson

    Best left handed- Steve Carlton

    Best over the top curve-Koufax

    Best FB w/o movement- Ryan, Score, Chapman

    best FB w movement- Maddux, doc halladay

    Best with both- Verlander

    Best sweeping slider- Randy Johnson

    Best scroogie- hubbel, Spahn

    Best knuckler- Niekro or Wilhelm

    etc.

    :)

  77. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 8:43 am

    MTU

    Here’s an article on fastest pitches ever recorded. You have seen this.

    So velocity goes to Nolan Ryan then Bob Feller. I didn’t see Feller pitch.

    http://www.efastball.com/baseb.....r-leagues/

  78. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Whats wrong with Corban Joseph and Scott Sizemore? If they aren’t MLB ready – why are they at AAA? I thought the whole purpose of AAA was to feed the MLB team if someone gets hurt? If they are so far away shouldn’t they be in A or AA?

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

    AAA has become a lot less developmental and o lot more of a taxi squad for most organizations. Fringe MLB guys like Sizemore aren’t going to get any better, but can probably adequately serve as an injury replacement at the MLB level for short periods of time. So AAA is the spot for them. Putting guys like that in A or AA only serves to hinder some younger, upcoming player’s development process.

  79. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:45 am

    YT-

    Chapman has to be right up there.

    And the SOB is a lefty.

    Meant to include Feller earlier.

    Sorry bout that.

  80. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Best Scroogie by record- Elroy Face 18-1 for Pirates.

    Blake- best change up Pedro Martinez?

  81. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’ll throw out Jim Palmer’s curve and Pedro Martinez’s change up as two of the outstanding pitches I’ve witnessed as a fan. Rivera’s cutter of course merits mention as well.

  82. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:46 am

    “Blake you keep wanting to skip ahead and oust Jeter but you just know the #1 priority is to block Arod. So they will add a 3B first and only when it’s clear Jeter can’t play SS will they move him to DH and bring in a SS long term.

    That could still be Nunez.”

    Nunez won’t be on the team…..and I think you can work all that out later. The point is that they need infielders….they have no long term 2B, no long term 3B, and no long term SS. They need players that can play those positions.

  83. Oscar Madison January 31st, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Bret The Hitman January 31st, 2014 at 8:26 am
    Cashman the prospect hugger’s list:

    Hughes*
    Joba*
    Gardner*
    Brackman*

    *caucasian

    Austin Jackson
    Jesus Montero
    Melky Cabrera

    The one exception is Ian Kennedy who ran his mouth publicly about deserving a rotation spot.

    =======

    Just wondering why your post has the * caucasian label ? Meaning ? Those guys are preferred over the others ?

    IF Kennedy was vocal then good for him, maybe more Yankee prospects should be more vocal too so they actually get a shot if they perform instead of languishing in the minors although in Kennedy’s case he got traded and has been able to perform elsewhere

  84. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:50 am

    “Disagree. By the standards of contracts signed in this free agency period, Tulowitski’s deal is quite reasonable. Pays him only thru his age 35 season and the AAV on it is a little less than $16M. He’s at $20M for the next 5 seasons, but in a world where guys like Ellsbury gets $22M, $20M for a high end shortstop is nothing.”

    it is….but there is a lot of injury risk you have to factor in there too and I’m assuming the Rockies would also ask for a lot prospect wise for him.

    When you combine the actual money, the injury risk, and the prospect price I think really there are only a few teams that would be willing to meet it.

  85. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 8:50 am

    AAA

    Why do you think Rivera’s deadly saw off the barrel of the bat, cutter, has not been duplicated by anyone else, or has it? I remember him trying to teach Joaquin Soria at the All Star Game, how to grip and throw it.

    Where is Soria these days?

  86. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:51 am

    “Blake- best change up Pedro Martinez?”

    Best Ive seen yes…..Pedro at his prime has the best FB, best CU, and best breaking ball in baseball.

  87. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Best Eeephus- Satchel Paige

    Best palmball- Koufax

    Best spitter- ?

  88. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Blake-

    You needed to see more.

    ;)

  89. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:54 am

    “Why do you think Rivera’s deadly saw off the barrel of the bat, cutter, has not been duplicated by anyone else, or has it? I remember him trying to teach Joaquin Soria at the All Star Game, how to grip and throw it.”

    there are a few reasons…..1) Mariano didn’t really have to throw a cutter……it just cut so it was a natural movement he developed. 2) he threw it a lot harder than most guys can when he was younger and even last year he was throwing 90+ mph cutters 3) his delivery was so smooth that the ball jumped on the hitters 4) his command was probably the best of any pitcher ever (maybe Maddux could compete but hardly anyone else) 5) he developed the ability to throw different speeds and breaks on the cutter.

    Mariano threw only fastballs but it was hardly one pitch…..some cutters were almost sliders by the end and he really used his 2 seamer a lot more in his later years to keep hitters honest.

  90. blake January 31st, 2014 at 8:56 am

    “Whats wrong with Corban Joseph and Scott Sizemore? If they aren’t MLB ready – why are they at AAA? I thought the whole purpose of AAA was to feed the MLB team if someone gets hurt? If they are so far away shouldn’t they be in A or AA?”

    well Joseph isn’t any good and Sizemore hasn’t played in 2 years…..other than that Mrs Lincoln….how was the play?

  91. Oscar Madison January 31st, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Another ‘Suxer’ bites the dust …………. Ha !

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

  92. AAA January 31st, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Why do you think Rivera’s deadly saw off the barrel of the bat, cutter, has not been duplicated by anyone else, or has it?

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

    For whatever reason he had the ability to get tremendous movement without having to sacrifice velocity and he could usually put it anywhere he wanted. You can’t teach that.

  93. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 9:02 am

    “Yangervis Solarte as a utility infield candidate. 23 HR in Triple-A over the last 2 years, good contact rates, can play multiple positions. He could be better than Eduardo Nunez.”

    Of course that’s not saying much.

    Handicapping the non roster invitees-

    http://itsaboutthemoney.net/ar.....-invitees/

  94. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I believe Mo’s cutter came to him after his TJS.

  95. fuji January 31st, 2014 at 9:04 am

    “Acceleration is inversely proportional to mass.

    In other words the less the mass the less the acceleration.”

    mtu-

    i think velocity in a pitcher is more of a snap the whip thing and it’s timing of all the parts in the kinetic chain that create the velocity.

    i think sabathia may have thrown off his timing with his weight being different, but i think if he gets back the timing no problem with thin of less mass.

  96. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Thanks AAA and Blake.

    MTU- you saw Satchel Paige pitch?? :)

    How about Steve Hamilton for the best eephus pitch? A GB7 favorite.

  97. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Randy-

    It was more a tongue-in-cheek thing.

    My bad.

    :(

  98. Yankee Trader January 31st, 2014 at 9:06 am

    New Post——–>

  99. MTU January 31st, 2014 at 9:07 am

    New one ———->

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