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Pinch hitting: Fred Gaudios

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 08, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today’s Pinch Hitter is Fred Gaudios, a 30-year-old market researcher living in Somerset County, N.J. with his wife and a Cairn Terrier named Suzy (who’s named after Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman). Here’s Fred with the story: “To be clear, we did not ourselves name this dog after Suzyn Waldman. Her previous owners, breeders on Long Island, named her and her male littermate, Johnny, after the Yankees radio announcers.”

Fred explains that his career and interests have led him to an intersection of social psychology and marketing. From there, I’ll let him handle the rest of the introduction.

“I’ve always been very interested in the interplay between players and the fans,” Fred wrote. “Baseball is a business predicated by winning games, but as fans, we sometimes don’t see it that way – we see it in terms of the players we like and the players we don’t like. When the team you love signs players you don’t care for, it can get ugly pretty quickly (as we saw with the unfortunate Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, Carl Pavano, et al., experiment in the mid-aughts). This is the story of my favorite baseball player, and what it means to be accessible and relatable to fans.”

coneThere’s a minor cold war lurking beneath the surface of the Yankees Universe. Both factions agree on most things — they both want to see the Yankees succeed, and they’re equally devoted to the team — but it’s a civil war, too. Where they disagree is on the importance of their players being approachable and accessible. Let’s call one faction Team David Cone, and the other Team Derek Jeter.

Team Cone respects the hell out of Derek Jeter, and Team Jeter respects David Cone, as well. But the Team Cone people will always prefer the Yankees to be more accessible, and they agree with the notion that having an enjoyable group of characters around is as important as winning. Team Jeter represents the ethos of Jeter himself: winning is literally everything (and if you could drop your iPhone in the basket when entering his mansion, it’d be much appreciated). Team Cone would rather cheer on a hometown hero, while Team Jeter wants to worship unapproachable Gods.

I am very much on Team Cone: Cone was my favorite player while growing up, and oddly enough he became my favorite player during his worst year as a professional athlete (2000, when he went 4-14 with a 6.91 ERA). I can only speculate as to why this was the case — perhaps as an awkward high school student, I felt a kinship to someone who was failing consistently on such a big stage (Cone was about as good at getting hitters out that year as I was at getting girls to go out with me, so I suppose there’s that). But in retrospect, it was really about how accessible he was; how open he was about his struggles.

If you’ve never read the intensely personal book written about Cone’s 2000 season, Roger Angell’s A Pitcher’s Story, it’s worth a read. Originally intended to be a story about the art and technique of pitching, it turned into part biography, part blow-by-blow account of Cone’s disintegration. Through the access Angell receives from Cone, it becomes clear what a devastating physical and emotional toll the season took on the guy. Without spoiling much, there are plenty of references to painkillers, cigarettes and whiskey; the book succeeded in humanizing Cone.

Most of this audience remembers the 2000 Yankees quite well, so I won’t belabor how terrible that season was for Cone. I’ll simply write this – I’m convinced we will never see a scenario again where a starting pitcher on a playoff-contending team would be allowed to earn 20 starts, let alone Cone’s 29 starts in 2000, with those numbers. As good as CC Sabathia’s been for the Yankees over the years, would Joe Girardi send him out there, turn after turn in the rotation, if he had a 6.91 ERA (since we’re using Cone as a literary device, let’s also throw in a -0.9 WAR as a sabermetric nod) in late August? And if this somehow did happen, would we ever get to read a book about it?

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Derek JeterIt’s been a tough decade for Team Cone. Even though we have all this supposed access to athletes, it seems we only get to see the “real” versions of them when they somehow mess up. I suppose you can’t blame professional athletes for being more guarded these days. One false move on Twitter or at a hotel bar, and anyone who knows how to access the sports underworld of the Internet (pick your favorite website; you know you have it) will know about it in virtually no time flat.

So the athletes you see on Twitter are generally posting canned stuff, likely approved — if not written — by their PR people. Perhaps it sounds good from a distance, but somehow it lacks substance. Of course there are exceptions. Who knew, for instance, that of all people, Chipper Jones actually has some personality? But in general, you could argue the Internet’s done little for making athletes more visible besides turning each of them into a brand.

Branding is an important part of being a professional athlete, but any form of branding needs to be genuine in order to be maximally effective. That genuine part is where Cone succeeded (likely without trying), it’s probably the reason why Cone remains so popular among Yankees fans a decade after his retirement, and it is a place where most of the Yankees teams since 2000 frequently fall very, very short (certainly compared to the late 1990’s teams, which — in addition to Cone — had David Wells and plenty of other guys it’d be interesting to have a beer with).

If you agree, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The Internet’s a good place to start, but you could blame baseball as a business if you want. You could blame the exponential increase in player salaries over time (after all, didn’t many of the Yankees sell suits during the offseason in the 1950’s? Now that was approachability). Blame the organizational approach toward signing high-priced, often mercurial free agents over developing talent in-house. Or even blame the new Yankee Stadium, with its stone walls that seem to keep all but the highest-paying fans far away from the players.

Or just blame each of us getting older and recognizing each of the items in the preceding paragraph as facts of life. No matter where you fall on the Team Cone/Team Jeter spectrum, you should agree that at least some part of what makes us fans is the personal attachment to the players themselves. Here’s wishing the Yankees can, while continuing to win, hopefully recreate some of that late-90’s magic with respect to player accessibility as well.

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172 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Fred Gaudios”

  1. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    yanks61, you got it! And I agree with your 4:22 a.m. post.

    :)

    Thanks, Trisha.

  2. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    In case this hasn’t already been posted by anyone, I thought folks might find this write-up of Cito Culver being a possible breakout candidate of the year worth reading

    http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....to-culver/

    I completely agree with all the critics that the Yanks policy at the time they drafted Culver was a flawed one (and they obviously have seen the light in that regard), but I don’t think that we should give up on him just yet. He’s only 22 this year, showed a second half of the year improvement in hitting in 2013 by switching away from SH and going all RH, and his River Dogs manager claims he’s already a ML ready SS defensively, with speed to boot.

    It would seem that this year is a very big one for Culver to continue improving or fall by the wayside. It may still be a long shot, but I think it’s going to be interesting to watch. It may be that all they have on their hands is another B. Ryan, but if he gets even that far he could be a valuable utility man in the future.

  3. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    As usual, I was dumb behind on the other thread…

  4. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 9:46 am

    jmills February 8th, 2014 at 9:37 am
    As usual, I was dumb behind on the other thread…

    Not to worry jmills, I’m dumb most all the time, regardless of the thread – at least that’s what a lot of people here think!

    Alors, est-ce que tu va biens, ces jours ci? J’imagine il fait tres froid au canada, n’est-ce pas?

  5. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Good morning.

    French is such a beautiful language.

  6. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    61-

    Thanks for the Culver piece.

    Hope you are taking the world by storm w your X-E1.

    :)

  7. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
    No matter what I’ve done, you’ve always criticized me
    Where did I go wrong? Who was I supposed to be?
    When it’s said and done, will you remember me

  8. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Nice pinch hitting, Cliff Johnson would be proud. David Lynch’s ” Mulholland Drive ” speaks volumes about the celebrity world. On a personal basis, I think the film is a sensitive portrayal of an individual’s breakdown. I think the movie warns us about the trappings of pining for recognition and fame in a ” fake ” industry.

  9. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yanks61, your French is better than mine. Oui, its been damn cold here. I imagine your latin is better than mine as well.

  10. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    joeman, you could hit me repeatedly in the head with a plank, and I couldn’t forget you.

  11. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Mike, I’m perfectly delighted with it! I’ve just bought a half case, a thumbs up and a Black Rapid Metro strap for this new baby. I’m spoiling it (and myself) with attention. And I think I’m going to take you up on adding that 14mm lens when I’m back in the States this May/June. :)

    I’m gald you enjoyed the Culver piece.

    Patrick

    P.S. I’m also very happy to hear that Lucky is doing so well. Boy, these little guys really get you by the heart, don’t they?

  12. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    C&P

    The Yankees were the two-time defending World Series champions, but this fight was the first sign that their season was doomed. Both men agree the fight started almost as a joke, but quickly escalated after Gossage made a comment that Johnson couldn’t hit him when the two were opponents in the National League. The two went at it in the bathroom, and at one point Gossage fell against a shower wall and injured his thumb, sidelining him for two months.

  13. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Joeman-

    Bet you’ve been super busy lately ?

    What are you going to do w all that extra money ?

    :)

  14. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    61-

    Good to hear. Just announced the new X-T1.

    My dream camera is an A7r w top of the line glass.

    Just need to hit lotto.

    Yes. They definitely get under your skin and into your heart.

  15. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 9:58 am
    Joeman-

    Bet you’ve been super busy lately ?

    What are you going to do w all that extra money ?
    —————————————————————–
    was planning a trip to Vegas in April, now I just have more money to bring… Kobe Beef will be on the menu

  16. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    jumills, it’s been just as crazy here as it has been in North America. Only for us it’s been just the reverse of the weather back there. It’s been announced recently that France has had its warmest winter ever (breaking a record that’s over a hundred years old.) And not by a little bit either. We’ve also been living under a deluge of rain for better than three months now. I know I shouldn’t be saying this to you folks, but I sometimes yearn for a good old winter snow storm!

  17. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Joeman-

    Is you knee 100% ?

  18. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    we just sent guys down to the Philadelphia area….I didn’t make that cut

  19. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    61-

    How will such unusual weather affect the wine crop ?

  20. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Joeman-

    Is you knee 100%
    ———————————–
    had a little issue the other day moving snow around on my sloped driveway ..knee twisted a little and had some pain for a day now it’s back to normal ..not yet 100% but getting there

  21. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Joeman-

    Well you make my cut.

    ;)

  22. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    On the picture thing, I bought an old thirties projector. I then went on line and bought a 35mm slide of F1 gilles villenuve sliding around a corner on opposite wheel lock. Its the only slide I own. The photographer’s slide cost more than the projector!

  23. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:05 am
    61-

    How will such unusual weather affect the wine crop ?
    ———————————————
    make the prices go up..lol

  24. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I don’t know squat about wine.

    Even less than I know about baseball.

    :(

  25. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Mills-

    Now that is cool.

    Can you get a photo done from that ?

    ;)

  26. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:08 am
    I don’t know squat about wine.

    Even less than I know about baseball
    ————————————————–
    I think your sandbagging

  27. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I have one of the least educated palettes known to mankind.

    :)

  28. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    61, I love shovelling snow; I had a ball digging the 91 Prelude out the other night. Joe, that hurt knee makes you closer to being, Bobby Orr!

  29. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    sp: palet. duh.

  30. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Joeman-

    At least we got our prize.

    :)

  31. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    MTU, yes, I’ll shoot it with my blackberry when its up against the wall.

  32. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Joeman-

    Is you knee 100% ?
    —————————————–
    yes the TKR is doing very well…read carefully

  33. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Wow, just looked up the A7/A7R now. That’s some beauty alright!

    Mike, it’s just mindboggling when you see the prices of some this equipment. I don’t consider myself a gearhead at all, but it’s so easy to fall in love with some of this stuff. I’m on one of the Fuji blogs fairly often and the guys and gals there (especially the guys) have closets full of kit. Heck, one guy claimed, unashamedly, to have 30 cameras and I can’t remember how many lens! I’m perfectly happy with my X-E1, 18-55 lens and, as travel camera, my X20. The 14 mm I hope to pick up this year will be the limit to my kit.

  34. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:05 am
    61-

    How will such unusual weather affect the wine crop ?

    Ah, that’s a great question!

    Joeman – you’re probably going to be right about that.

    Funny, speaking of the wine crop reminded me of this old Kingston Trio song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQh4M_eZ-xs

  35. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    61-

    The A7r represents a revolution.

    It has it all.

    You can’t beat Sigma for value though.

    My current budget-minded loves.

    :)

  36. jmills February 8th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Gotta’ go, its been a blast conversing. Taking my audiophile friend to vege Indian ( I know he won’t let me put my crappy car radio on – he actually leaned over and turned it off one time )

  37. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    And with that I’m off on a fast walk between raindrops (yeah, it’s raining still again!)

  38. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I will never carry around a full sized DSLR again.

    ;)

  39. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    way better song about wine..I think

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i0DMbCKnAg

  40. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 10:19 am
    And with that I’m off on a fast walk between raindrops (yeah, it’s raining still again!)
    ——————————————————
    wish it would rain here for a change

  41. braeburn February 8th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    mtu-

    you ready for the snapping popping sound of ball on mitt ?

    forget pitch framing, a good catcher can make 88mph sound like 98mph.

    pitchers hate when a catcher’s mitt muffles their fastball :)

  42. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    let me tell you about a couple of times I knocked a few down with #7..drink of choice Vodka and OJ

  43. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    since you are talking kit, I use a sinar view camera, a pentax 6×7, lots of Nikon and Leica cameras. 5×7 inch film hard to come by so down to 4×5″.
    On a baseball note, I once did a portrait of the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, Nikro, et al on the mound at Fulton County Stadium in 1982 or 3. nice stuff MTU. 61, an ex-new yorker (soho, tribeca) I now live in sw France, Dordogne. Watch a lot of games on MLB tv, internet.

  44. blake February 8th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Starting the grill and listening to Bob Segar…..what a Saturday

  45. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Braeburn-

    I was ready weeks ago.

    I think this pitching staff has a real shot at being special.

    ;)

  46. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Clarko-

    Welcome.

    Glad to have another photographer on board.

    :)

  47. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I remember the day the David Cone signing was announced on the radio. I said, the Yanks just won the pennant! Jimmy Key was a great signing, too, like Moose.

  48. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    blake February 8th, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Starting the grill and listening to Bob Segar…..what a Saturday
    ————————————————-
    I have nothing to do today

  49. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Blake-

    What time will the brisket be ready ?

    :)

  50. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    braeburn

    hahaha

    Good morning everybody! :D

  51. braeburn February 8th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    mtu-

    i’m really excited to see how tanaka responds to all the hoopla.

    i think he’s so used to being a star it won’t faze him.

    forget number three. i’m thinking ace.

  52. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    “I have nothing to do today”

    My list will accommodate you and me both. Come on down Joe I’ll keep you busy.

  53. blake February 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    MTU,
    Some pork tenderloin today…..brisket sounds good though ;)

  54. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I used to post some obscure baseball opinions when Pete Abe started on this blog but got continually creamed by GB7, whom I appreciated a lot. He didn’t go for outlier thinking but was a hall of fame Lohud poster!

  55. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    clarko,

    I wrote a brief note to you in the previous thread which I will leave there.

    Do you work in other mediums?

  56. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    flights out to vegas from ct are sick in prices..even on SWA

  57. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Braeburn-

    As am I.

    That split is going to have a lot of hitter’s shaking their heads and waking away looking back.

    Muttering, “what the eff was that ?”

    ;)

  58. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:32 am
    “I have nothing to do today”

    My list will accommodate you and me both. Come on down Joe I’ll keep you busy.
    ————————————————————-
    LOL

  59. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Clarko

    We all got creamed from GB at what time or another. Consider it a badge of honor.

    Sure do miss him

  60. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    2′ of snow on and around my grille…but I would like a rack of ribs today with some white

  61. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    braeburn-

    I’m not sure many appreciate yet how good MT is.

    Cone sure does.

    But they will.

    He has the heart of a lion to go with everything else.

    ;)

  62. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    yea GB7 didn’t care for me at all

  63. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    MTU…you have 100% faith in DRob as a closer ?

  64. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    The absolute beauty of sandstone.

    Light could have been better but I was way, way out in the boonies.

    Incredibly cold that day.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/CoyoteButtes?authkey=Gv1sRgCInRuvDXnpfuEw#

    Enjoy.

    :)

  65. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Joeman-

    No.

  66. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    MTU

    Link isn’t working

  67. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    would really like to see video of jeter busting it on the basepaths

  68. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:41 am
    Joeman-

    No.
    ———————————————
    kind of figured that but didn’t know for sure

  69. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Sorry Tar.

    Try this:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/CoyoteButtes?authkey=Gv1sRgCInRuvDXnpfuEw#

  70. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Joeman-

    I think he is likely to succeed. But far from a certainty.

  71. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Sorry MTU that one is not working either. Maybe it’s just my computer.

  72. CCBiggs February 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This past season Phil Hughes was allowed to make 30 appearances (29 starts) despite going 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA. And that was with the Yanks having less margin of error than in 2000 to make the playoffs. And Hughes didn’t have Cone’s track record of success.

  73. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I think they added players where they really didn’t need to add & left out a very important part of team …RPer who can close or pitch the 8th inning

  74. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Tar-

    Google + has some funny quirks.

    :(

  75. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:44 am
    Sorry MTU that one is not working either. Maybe it’s just my computer.
    ———————————-
    I can see them & it’s beautiful

  76. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Joeman-

    I am more concerned about the infield D.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    The eighth inning is no different than the ninth when you are that dominant.

    If he has some “crap, I’m the last line of defense” apprehensions, he’ll get over it.

    The guy showed who he is many times, including that bases loaded wiggle in the 2009 ALDS.

    He’s decreased his BBs, K rates reasonably the same, and has somewhat increased his grounball rates, which means the infield would be more my concern with a narrow lead in the ninth.

  78. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Joeman-

    Have you ever left the tables when you visit Vegas ?

    If so, head out to Red Rock Canyon if you have not been.

    ;)

  79. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:47 am
    Joeman-

    I am more concerned about the infield D
    ——————————————————-
    as of right now they aren’t a 90 win team

  80. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Joeman-

    I was waiting to see the final product before considering a prediction.

  81. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    “I am more concerned about the infield D.”

    The way some make it sound Jeter is in a wheel chair, Roberts on crutches and Johnson never fielded a grounder.

    It’s not ideal…but it’s not that bad either. I will say there is little margin for injury with some big injury question marks.

    Also… I think Girardi is going to be much improved with utilizing the shift which should help negate some of the “range issues”.

  82. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    pruf, painting, sculpture, installations. will go look at your post, thanks!!!

  83. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Tar-

    Optimistic scenario.

    What is the less optimistic one ?

  84. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Good morning J Alfred :D

    “He’s decreased his BBs, K rates reasonably the same, and has somewhat increased his grounball rates, which means the infield would be more my concern with a narrow lead in the ninth.”

    Anybody after Mo is going to be somewhat less than ideal. But I am not concerned about DRob either. I also think with him on the mound you will most likely see Ryan at SS.

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    clarko,

    A real renaissance man :) If you can link some of your work, I’d love to take a look.

  86. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Clarko-

    I would love to see your work sometime.

  87. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    “What is the less optimistic one ?”

    Tex, Jeter and Roberts all spend time on the DL.

    The Yankee SP staff was incredibly healthy last year, that also concerns me at least a little. Mainly because I think those things even out over time. So I would not mess with (trade) our SP depth.

  88. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Tar-

    And truth usually finds it’s way to the middle.

    ;)

  89. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Hey Tar :),

    Probably so.

    No one can be Mo, of course, but DRob is an obvious strength for this team. Just hope he lets someone else carry the boxes up and down the stairs :)

  90. braeburn February 8th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    “We all got creamed from GB at what time or another. Consider it a badge of honor.”

    i didn’t mind being shot at by blunderbuss’s that much, but when gb7 sent nurse rachett to my door that was hard to take.

    luckily i was able to convince her to head for sunny cal and show up as one of pat m’s pool cleaning service. pat m is still taking meds from the visual shock.

  91. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    JAP-

    Definitely shouldn’t take a job with U-Haul.

    :)

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    MTU,

    I think his expenses are fairly well covered by his “day” job.

    But maybe Hal could take a second job to help infuse the ‘ole piggy :)

  93. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    JAP-

    He runs hotel chains in his spare time.

    :)

  94. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:51 am
    Joeman-

    I was waiting to see the final product before considering a prediction.
    ————————————————————-
    point was as of now

  95. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    “”Team Cone would rather cheer on a hometown hero, while Team Jeter wants to worship unapproachable Gods.”

    is this a necessary dichotomy? I am in both groups and don’t see them as diametrically opposed: I want homegrown and to win! Just like Jeet. Get greedy!

  96. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The greatest gift you can give someone is to be remembered.

    Because so few are.

    In that sense GB is a lucky Man.

    ;)

  97. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:00 am
    Hey Tar :) ,

    Probably so.

    No one can be Mo, of course, but DRob is an obvious strength for this team. Just hope he lets someone else carry the boxes up and down the stairs :)
    ————————————————
    can we see a lot of 2 inning saves from DRob

  98. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    jmills February 8th, 2014 at 8:42 am
    The 1980 American hockey team was something. No talent really, but a team it was. Dave Christian had a bit of an NHL career, but Jim Craig never did much in, Boston.
    _______________
    Forwards Mark Pavelich, Mark Johnson, Neal Broten were all highly skilled and very good NHL players. rob McClanahan wasn’t too shabby either. And Morrow and Ramsey as defensive D-men were pretty shutdown. So, I don’t agree with this evaluation of the 1980 team’s talent.

    I still owe you some paintings, etc. But probably won’t get those links off to you until tomorrow. Saturday’s are a work day for me. :(

  99. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Joeman-

    I am not really a gambling Man.

    That is where you come in.

    All I can say for the moment is that I believe they are better than last year.

    By how much I can’t say just yet.

  100. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Betances is also a pretty huge wild card for this team. He has the tools to shock a lot of people, as YF and JAP have posted on. I optimistic that that he is going to an huge piece for the pen this year.

  101. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Braeburns are my second favorite apple after Fujis. Honey Crisps are mucho delicioso too, but too pricey.

    MTU, having backread, I’m glad to read the pup is doing well!

  102. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    thanks for your posts at the end of the last thread, JAP. I responded nicely to RIB. It is a baseball blog. However, the last thread was about cheating and society, and Alex in particular. I suggest RIB read Simon Critchley’s recent opinion at
    439cgi5

    As for my personal activities or beliefs, I kinda thought we are not supposed to get into that on this blog, unless it is about Yankee baseball.
    The personal notes leak through during the offseason, such as chicken’s peregrinations. I like to read about Lohuders meeting at spring training or otherwise. It was always interesting to rendezvous with season ticket holders or others selling tickets to games they couldn’t attend. I saw some good games that way.

  103. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Keith Olbermann ? @KeithOlbermann

    ARod drops suit because he wants to be an announcer some day?
    ===================================
    I was thinking Commish.

  104. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    can we see a lot of 2 inning saves from DRob
    ///

    Sure, but my preference would be when your starter’s gone and the game hangs in the balance, regardless of inning. But that isn’t the way it’s done.

  105. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Looks like I’ve missed a lot, so here goes:

    “Look, I called Braun guilty the first time, so I’m not thinking of him as any hero. But he also did not try to quiet the investigation behind the scenes.”

    trish, I am not a fan of judgment generally (I prefer compassion), and I dislike selective morality. You do realize that Braun not only lied to MLB, but to his brethren, teammates, and also most heinously smeared the name of the collector by calling him an Anti-Semite. That is unconscionable. And before you laud the Colon signing, which you did a few days ago, while vilifying other players who used, keep in mind that Colon is likely a serial PEDS user.

    ” ‘its about the children’ argument went south when MLB indemnified the guy”
    pat, it is pretty sad that MLB impeded the Florida investigation into those underage high school students that Bosch was dealing PEDs too. Talk about “saving the children” indeed; MLB has its own morality.

    As for the discussion I missed on Montero and young MLB players. Not sure why there is such indictment of these players who have upside and are still at the beginnings of their careers. Unless it is that we hope they fail because like Cano they are former Yankees. Funny too the way these younger players are so often demonized because of “attitude.” As someone who has inside info that I unfortunately often can’t share here, I don’t assume. Realize that a lot of your own young players too have both on field and attitude/and lifestyle adjustments to make. Seriously, these are kids who are learning what it takes to be pro ballplayers while also having been considered the best, so some of them need to learn humility and what it takes to be MLB-successful both on the field and off. Remember what it was like going to college and suddenly being without parental supervision? These kids too have a learning curve, some not only in terms of gaining maturity, but also culturally. Hopefully, most of them come out of that learning curve on the straight and narrow. Just as hopefully Pineda does after his lack of physical conditioning in his trade year and his DUI. They are kids even sometimes into their mid 20′s. Some of them need to grow up; give them that chance.

    As for Alex, glad to see the lawsuits are done with. I still hold out hope that he can get his life and body together and come back strong in 2015, if not with the Yankees, then with someone else. Though in decline, I still don’t believe his ability to play the game is defunct; I still think he can produce at 3B. Interesting to see if having a year to get his legs under him and train helps or if too much training would result in his breaking down. But if Alex is forced out of the game, while others remain, then that is a crying shame.

  106. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Thanks YF.

    The battle continues.

    But yes. Better.

    :)

  107. braeburn February 8th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    “braeburns are my second favorite apple after Fujis. Honey Crisps are mucho delicioso too,”

    “honey crisp” was an option, but the thought of mick addressing me with that gave me the willies :)

  108. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    clarko,

    There is a great deal of diversity here, and that is the strength of this place, I would say.

    I also understood, as you explained, that your comments were germane to the discussion.

    But it would be false to represent this place as strict when it comes to the TOS, and like I said, the selective policing is a kind of political commentary of its own.

    That is all.

  109. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    DRob just needs to be DRob, which I fully expect. Everything else will take care of itself. And I still think we can build a very nice bullpen with what we already have. See, 2009 team.

  110. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Everything is trending in the right direction with DR.

    :)

  111. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    One of my sons recognized Robinson Cano at a restaurant we used to go to. It was Nov 2005. Cano already had a bodyguard in his rookie season! He signed 2 napkins for us, great guy. It is a different life as a major leaguer.
    Benihana

  112. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Mike, just got back. Yes, Sigma lens are terrific value. I’ve had a few in years past and they were, IMHO, first rate.

    Are you out to take some photos this weekend?

  113. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Efficiency will be the issue.

    I know there is room for “cardiac closers” but efficiency is more highly prized.

    ;)

  114. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I would prefer all three of Dellin, JRam and ManBan in the SP, but I expect two of three and certainly Dellin will be in the pen this year.

    And as per Alex, looks like our players are still supporting him, as per quotes from Teix and Nunie et al, so so much for that narrative.

  115. joeman February 8th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    have a great day all

  116. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    “Hey, honey…”

  117. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    braeburn :)

  118. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    61-

    Alas, I have not been out as much as usual.

    I have several events upcoming though.

    Weather has been a big factor this year.

    Kind of subpar.

    By the way, I was talking about Sigma cameras not just their lenses.

    DP1, DP2, etc.

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Tar February 8th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Betances is also a pretty huge wild card for this team. He has the tools to shock a lot of people, as YF and JAP have posted on. I optimistic that that he is going to an huge piece for the pen this year.
    ////

    Should really be in the comp for fifth starter, but it is what it is.

    He is certainly a guy who can go 3 innings or more, when necessary.

    He is, however, a GB/ring up guy, and the feeble dribblers he induces often mean the infielder has to be able to come in on the ball well.

    We finally have the right kind of GB/K pitchers I’ve wanted for several years; and of course, the great 2B was somehow expendable… the problem with the FO is they think of things in isolation rather than in unison…

  120. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Giving up on Culver would be foolhardy, especially considering his age. Let’s hope that sss is a preview of things to come. Although if he can hit above replacement level that glove will definitely carry him. I’ve seen him play a couple of times, and I would love to see him in my infield. Ditto, Avelino.

  121. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Envisioning a 7-8-9 combo platter of Betances-Pineda-DRob.
    He might be more valuable , like Hughes, as a setup man, if all else fails.

  122. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thinking back now, you guys are completely right. Arod got crappy legal advice. He should have hired me.

    What did I say weeks ago, after the arbitration decision came out? File a TRO. At the time I said because spring training was weeks away, he probably should wait till mid-Feb so he can argue to a judge the need for emergency relief, the injunction. I then I said, if he gets it, great, he gets to play this year and get paid while fighting the case in the courts. But if it gets denied, dismiss your case and serve the suspension. At least you had your time at bat. And I pointed out at the time that all those dummies out there who said this would cost $10MM in legal fees were dead wrong. You can do a TRO for less than 100 grand. You make your case on the papers. It’s over in two or three days. Sure it will cost $10MM if you file a regular lawsuit and go to trial. Arod paid all this money and never got a shot.

    And you know what, he really had a decent shot at an injunction if he got the right judge. Because as I argued so compellingly weeks ago, the odd nature of these facts put the balance of hardships strongly in Arod’s favor in seeking a TRO. A sympathetic judge could easily conclude that MLB doesn’t really lose much by granting an injunction pending a trial since if Arod loses the trial he could be suspended just as easily next year.

    Bad bad bad. A real waste of time and money.

  123. comet February 8th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:40 am
    The absolute beauty of sandstone.

    Light could have been better but I was way, way out in the boonies.

    Incredibly cold that day.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/CoyoteButtes?authkey=Gv1sRgCInRuvDXnpfuEw#

    Enjoy.

    **************************************************************************

    MTU you just convinced my wife that we need to go to UTAH sometime! Great pictures. That is art.

    Thanks,

    Comet

  124. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Mick-

    The issue for me is not talent but experience.

    ;)

  125. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hoping not to see Pineda in the pen, but it seems like Cash is already lowering expectations, so… anything we get from him will be a bonus. But I want to see him in the 5-spot in the rotation. I wonder if Phelps, who really wants it, will even get a shot at that spot.

  126. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:22 am
    Thanks YF.

    The battle continues.

    But yes. Better.
    _____
    Crossing fingers and sending prayers.

  127. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Comet-

    Thanks.

    My pleasure.

    I’m surprised it took you so long.

    :)

  128. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Good luck, Jimmy…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otRr23Brir8

  129. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thank you YF.

    You are a human extraordinaire.

    All blessings to you.

    :)

  130. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    . Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:30 am
    Tar February 8th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Betances is also a pretty huge wild card for this team. He has the tools to shock a lot of people, as YF and JAP have posted on. I optimistic that that he is going to an huge piece for the pen this year.
    ////

    Should really be in the comp for fifth starter, but it is what it is.

    He is certainly a guy who can go 3 innings or more, when necessary.

    ———-

    I was thinking about this the other day. Girardi gets a lot of props for his bullpen management and I think deservedly so. But one thing I’d like to see changed is his predilection to use 4 pitchers for three innings. If the game is winnable and the starter doesn’t go more than five or six innings, why can’t you have a relief pitcher pitch more than one inning? That used to be acceptable.

    It would be nice if somebody like Betances could fill that role.

  131. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    YF,

    Thoughtful post.

    At least, we’re not hearing about Gary Sanchez’s “attittude problems” any more.

    Rather than bleat on about these kids and ignite a reputation that precedes them, the team needs to spend its energies on giving guidance to young players who are leaving their countries and familes behind at a young age. Basically, it’s on the development people to point them in the right direction, so that the “right attitude” has the range to develop, not just the skills.

  132. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Braeburn-

    I was ready weeks ago.

    I think this pitching staff has a real shot at being special.
    ___
    Last few years, since Kuroda actually, I always expect our pitching staff to be good. Now with Tanaka in the fold, it should be even better. This should be a fun year, pitching-wise. (although still concerned about the IF and GB’s) I can’t wait to see live baseball including the kiddies pitching at Trenton in less than 8 weeks. :)

  133. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Dan-

    Because under that mask is Tony La Russa.

    :)

  134. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:37 am
    Hoping not to see Pineda in the pen, but it seems like Cash is already lowering expectations, so… anything we get from him will be a bonus. But I want to see him in the 5-spot in the rotation. I wonder if Phelps, who really wants it, will even get a shot at that spot

    ——

    I really don’t see that happening. Too much reputational capital tied up with Pineda. He’s going to be the new Phli Hughes. He’ll get tons of chances to succeed which is fine for now.

    I’m hoping we don’t see Manny in the pen as has been suggested by some unnamed Yankee official.

  135. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    The issue for me is not talent but experience.
    ============================
    You know MTU, the season is about evolution.
    If Betances elevates and does not start, he is being groomed for the pen.
    Why not the 7th or 8th, in due time?
    Same goes for Pineda.
    At the onset, it looks like a Kelley/Thornton project, subject to change, of course.

  136. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Lucky, lucky you YF.

    I await your reports.

    :)

  137. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    “But one thing I’d like to see changed is his predilection to use 4 pitchers for three innings. If the game is winnable and the starter doesn’t go more than five or six innings, why can’t you have a relief pitcher pitch more than one inning? That used to be acceptable.”

    Agree, but good luck with that. It cost us multiple times last season: pulling pitchers who are pitching well to have the next pitcher implode or running out of arms when we go into extras b/c we used a pitcher for new batters, but it is the new way. Of course except for Boonie who, you know, just had to face those righties b/c he wasn’t just a LOOGY. Ugh.
    But Dellin before they started messing with him, could always get lefties out, so let’s see what they do with him. Now that he still has an option though, will they send him back down? Stay tuned.

  138. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Mick-

    Yup. That sounds like a plan.

    I hope Pineda stays healthy though.

    I can also see J-Ram opening eyes once again this Spring.

  139. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    “Thoughtful post.

    At least, we’re not hearing about Gary Sanchez’s “attittude problems” any more.

    Rather than bleat on about these kids and ignite a reputation that precedes them, the team needs to spend its energies on giving guidance to young players who are leaving their countries and familes behind at a young age. Basically, it’s on the development people to point them in the right direction, so that the “right attitude” has the range to develop, not just the skills.”

    Yeah good post to both of you.

    It’s almost as if each young( especially foreign) player needs a handler ( and possibly a mentor). That person should be responsible for making sure the player is going down the right path both on and off the field. It can’t be easy for these kids as YF pointed out, so why not help in everyday possible.

    As for Alex….. he should coach this year in the minor leagues.

  140. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    “I really don’t see that happening. Too much reputational capital tied up with Pineda. He’s going to be the new Phli Hughes. He’ll get tons of chances to succeed which is fine for now.”

    Yes, didn’t mention the faux Joba-Hughes SP battle, but that was foremost in my thoughts. And agree about Manny in the pen. Let him build SP innings at SWB and bring him up later in the year out of the pen if you must.

  141. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    MTU, nice images, must have been fun being there. I once spent some time photographing in Sedona Canyon, and on the pinnacles with my red couch. It was in the 80′s, very beautiful. I also visited a couple who had dug out a chunk of a canyon wall, covered the front in glass, and installed their collection of Native American art. Stunning. But in AZ, not Utah.
    I hope to get to NY in time to catch some games and see Tanaka san pitch! JAP has inspired me to catch a game in Trenton. Philly is close with those great Duchamps.

  142. mick February 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    MTU

    The pen, as well as the roster, seems pretty set.
    If J-Ram joins the club, either Claiborne or Warren could go down.
    No need to worry as its a long season.

    It will be interesting to see where Phelps fits in.

  143. Tar February 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    *help out in every way possible*

    Have to get busy, have a good everybody.

  144. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    “As for Alex….. he should coach this year in the minor leagues.”

    Hi Tar, I hope you are doing well! Alex would be great at it. The players in Trenton raved about his input.

  145. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    They really should not mess with JRam in the Yank pen. Again, let him start at SWB until later in the year once the MiLB season is over.

  146. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Mick-

    Phelps is a victim of his own success.

    Versatile to beat the band.

    Of course the Yankees can use a new version of Ramiro. Who couldn’t.

    I have always liked Phelps. Always been in his corner.

  147. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    It would be nice if somebody like Betances could fill that role.
    ///

    But one thing I’d like to see changed is his predilection to use 4 pitchers for three innings. If the game is winnable and the starter doesn’t go more than five or six innings, why can’t you have a relief pitcher pitch more than one inning? That used to be acceptable.

    Tar,

    He is kind of enslaved to “match-ups” rather than riding a guy who is getting it done.

    He also likes to conserve arms for the next day, which I do not favor, generally. I will never understand that whole Game 2, ALDS thing with Soriano and DRob – both rested – getting yet another day’s rest so Ayala could come in and make a winnable game at home a daunting uphill battle.

    The four relievers thing you are wary of, I am, too. It doesn’t always work out, and as we know, the law of averages can work against you if a guy doesn’t have it that day, and the guy you just took out was getting it done.

    All that said, the Yankees are loaded – loaded – with capable arms and I see no reason to chase “veteran” relief pitchers.

    Burawa could be in the mix, as well. Throws 98 mph.

  148. blake February 8th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    @HardballTalk: It looks like the Dodgers and Paul Maholm have a deal http://t.co/Cq3cxmvryH

  149. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:46 am
    Lucky, lucky you YF.

    I await your reports.
    ___
    Thanks, MTU. I can’t wait. And I hope to shoot some video, as well.

    J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 11:43 am
    YF,

    Thoughtful post.

    At least, we’re not hearing about Gary Sanchez’s “attittude problems” any more.
    ___
    Pruf, thanks and agree with you and Tar. These kids need better mentoring, especially those with a language barrier who are attempting to become culturally acclimated. It is nice that we have ex-players like Luis Sojo in the mix, and we do a good job at the DR complex, but need to do the same stateside.

  150. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’m heading to work. Have a good one, Yankee people!

  151. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I wrote about this a few days ago, but since multiple power arms are now becoming the norm for bullpen management, I can really see Ramirez and Betances being a interesting 1-2 punch perhaps sometime this season. It would be nice if there were a hard throwing lefty to match with them. Wasn’t that Lewis guy throwing 97 in the AFL?

    Hard throwing strike out pitchers are very valuable in the middle innings since they often come in with men on base. Teams seems to have several of these guys in their bullpens now.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    “trish, I am not a fan of judgment generally (I prefer compassion), and I dislike selective morality. You do realize that Braun not only lied to MLB, but to his brethren, teammates, and also most heinously smeared the name of the collector by calling him an Anti-Semite. That is unconscionable.”

    Yes, I realize all of that about Braun. And I was probably the only one here condemning Braun and believing he was guilty when he was exonerated the first time. So yes, I realize that stuff full well. You may have also seen me coming down extremely hard on Clemens and Bonds? I’m not a fan of selective morality either, nor of being told how to look at things.

    I don’t believe in powdering the asses of millionaires, so while you may feel the need to apply compassion to a serial cheater and liar like Arod, I do not.

    However, I will never tell you not to do it if you are so inclined.

  153. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Clarko-

    Your wish is my command :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/OakCreekEtc?authkey=Gv1sRgCOC0gtzsgpaUYw#

    :)

  154. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I think JAP you can comment on this. That Trenton championship team. Their starting pitching was good enough. They got some timely offense. But their bullpen was lights out.

    That’s always been a good recipe for championships on any level :)

  155. blake February 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    That was the last straw for the union; the executive committee voted unanimously to banish A-Rod forever, even if the bylaws wouldn’t permit it. That should’ve been the wake-up call for the slugger who pimped himself as a “brother” to fellow major leaguers. But A-Rod never got it: He was pumped full of macho helium by his sycophants and lawyers, specifically Joe Tacopina, who had the audacity to stand in front of the TV cameras and say A-Rod didn’t deserve “one inning” of punishment.

    It was a con right from the start, although it hardly mattered to A-Rod’s legal team. They got their money — tens of millions — and now move on. Rodriguez, however, will have to live with his bad decisions and the irreparable damage to his career.

    There’s no way he’ll ever play for the Yankees again. The team’s hierarchy would just as soon buy out the remainder of Rodriguez’s contract than allow him back in the clubhouse. Rodriguez’s teammates are long past the fatigue factor with his controversies. Don’t think for a minute they wanted him to show up in Tampa this month.

    http://bit.ly/1bGybnb

  156. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    But Dellin before they started messing with him, could always get lefties out, so let’s see what they do with him. Now that he still has an option though, will they send him back down? Stay tuned.
    ///

    That he could. Set them up great for that dying curve on the outside corner after up and in.

    If it meant going back to starting, I would be in favor of the demotion; see if what he gained in consistency can now translate back to starting.

    He did say “I felt I was figuring something out (as a starter when they pulled the plug.”

    If that conversion works, why you have a potentially devastating option as a SP again.

    They have enough heat for one inning stints. If it doesn’t work out, or they need a reliever, they can always go back to it.

    But the payoff is way bigger the other way, obviously.

  157. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    bigdan,

    I would like to see Burawa especially get a shot; he really seemed to have rebounded from the oblique problem and he does have a live arm.

    Kahnle is gone, unfortunately, but Burawa could really be a great option for us. The least risk is putting a power arm in a game for short inning stints.

    The “inexperienced” BP, to go along with Mo and Marte, was one thing they really got right in 2009, and it made all the difference.

  158. mick February 8th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    MTU

    If you have a pen, for now, of Phelps, Claibourne, Kelley, Thornton , Betances, Warren and DRob,
    it would seem Betances gets his experience, if he makes the team (he could be used as a setup or closer in AAA) in the 6th, maybe some 7th.

    If Phelps does not emerge as the 7th or occasional EIG, where would he fit?
    I doubt Girardi goes to him too often as a 2 inng guy , say 5-6th or 6-7th, maybe for 4-5 outs.

  159. bigdan22 February 8th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Klapisch. Just another guy with no skin in the game. Needs to be sent to accounting night school (like I went to) to learn the meaning of “asset.”

  160. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    thanks, MTU, you really know how to use a specific moment of color to give life to the surrounding environment, to make what others would focus on pop. many thanks. I especially liked photos you posted several months ago, connected, perhaps, to an exhibition.
    k

  161. yanks61 February 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    By the way, I was talking about Sigma cameras not just their lenses.

    DP1, DP2, etc.

    MTU, ah, I see. I know nothing about their cams, but I’m sure you’re right.

    Too bad about the weather in your neck of the woods.

    As I said on the last thread, it’s been a different kind of misery here in most of France this year. We were set to go off for two weeks in Provence this week, but knocked the idea on the head after having a look at the weather forecast. There’s a myraid of photo possibilities in the region outside of Aix, where my brother-in-law lives. Not too far to the north there are beautiful little hillside villages like Gordes. We were also going to stop in Orange for a couple of days. There are some marvelous Roman ruins there. We’ve re-scheduled the trip for mid-March. Here’s hoping the weather is better!

  162. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Pruf, thanks and agree with you and Tar. These kids need better mentoring, especially those with a language barrier who are attempting to become culturally acclimated. It is nice that we have ex-players like Luis Sojo in the mix, and we do a good job at the DR complex, but need to do the same stateside.
    ///

    Interesting that the new Yankee writer for the Ledger has a latinate last name.

    Anyone know if he speaks Spanish? It seems a small thing, but fans don’t usually get to know players as well whose english is their second language.

    This shouldn’t factor into, of all things, FO decisions, but I think, to some extent, the Yankees’ losing Cano has been received with far more palate than the baseball reality reasonably warrants.

    It is only natural that speaking in one’s native tongue, especially in the heat of a game having just ended, provides greater possibilities for self expression and in misunderstandings or vagueness being less likely, or, at worst, notions of “Other” that become memes about the player that refuse to be re-imagined or adjusted.

  163. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    mick-

    Swingman. Spot starter.

  164. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    61-

    Ruins ? Now that sounds like fun. I would have a ball w that.

    Clarko-

    You mean these I think :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/WindWaterAndTimePhotographyGallery1#

    ;)

  165. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    61, I’m near Sarlat, the Dordogne is worth a visit. Rivers are very high!!!

  166. mick February 8th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I hate to see Phelps wasting away in the pen.
    I don’t see Pineda as being ready so Phelps could emerge the 5th starter.
    If not, I can even see him as the setup guy.

  167. mick February 8th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    mTU

    I love the color on the 2nd from right bottom row shot.
    Frame it and send my way or just send as is ;)

  168. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Mick-

    Thanks. Really appreciate the feedback.

    One of my personal favorites too.

    I think Phelps has a lot of talent.

    Always pulling for the guy. He deserves whatever comes his way.

  169. J. Alfred Prufrock February 8th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    It’s almost as if each young( especially foreign) player needs a handler ( and possibly a mentor). That person should be responsible for making sure the player is going down the right path both on and off the field. It can’t be easy for these kids as YF pointed out, so why not help in everyday possible.

    As for Alex….. he should coach this year in the minor leagues.
    ///

    You should have seen Alex with those kids in Trenton.

    He is such a great teammate. I do think he was more excited for Pirela on his HR than Pirela.

    He was completely engaged with all the kids, took them all to dinner twice (and to a very good restaurant in a town called Ewing), and yeah he has major baseball erudition to share with young players.

    I think that’s a great idea about mentors; we know the Yankees can afford it. Alienating your own players and allowing open season on them through the internet by people who never see them play and who are just eager to condemn prospects as a kind of sport in itself; how does that help the Yankees?

    Keep the tales in school as best you can and help these kids focus.

  170. mick February 8th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    MTU

    A Mendoza role seems about right.
    Funny, I don’t even remember what he did…he was seamless.

  171. MTU February 8th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    New one ——–>

    :)

  172. clarko February 8th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    MTU
    yeah, loved The Wave. Wind Water Time a great title!
    People underestimate the surprise one feels when changing continents. China feels so different than the islands I was always used to, like Manhattan, Long Island, Martha’s V, Barbados. Perhaps Tanaka san should spend some time in Utah to get his feet on the ground, before he gets his feet on the mound. Connection to terroir is important to old cultures. Its not so crazy- guys like Gator, Catfish, Burnett went fishing to relax and get connected.

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