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Pinch hitting: Bill Groskopf

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Closing out our Pinch Hitters series is Bill Groskopf. “I am a bit older than most of the other guests,” he wrote, “having just retired from a career of 40+ years engineering in the oil & gas business. I grew up in western Nebraska where baseball was Dizzy Dean or Curt Gowdy on the televised Game of the Week. I didn’t actually see live baseball game until I was 22, a doubleheader in Kansas City with the out of town Yankees. Bobby Murcer took one deep.”

Bill lives in Denver with his wife of 40 years and their four children (and four grandchildren). He spends some time writing (www.AbsolomBracer.com) and some time in his wood shop.

Several month ago, Bill actually sent his entire blog post when he submitted his Pinch Hitter proposal, and I immediately tagged it for the finale. Pitchers and catcher report tomorrow. Enjoy.

Joe GirardiAnd so it begins, another baseball season. Most of my family groans at the mention of baseball and shakes their collective heads at my fascination. I have heard it all from them; boring, slow, uninteresting, too long, etc. All of those criticisms ring true, but baseball is not a game of emotion and raw physical talent. Baseball is a game of contrasts and subtlety. Much of the game is beneath the surface, rising into view only occasionally and at unpredictable times.

Baseball is a game of character and of characters. The ability to pitch a baseball and to hit a baseball is capriciously given to random human beings. God shows us that he has a sense of humor when he hands out baseball talent. Where else can you see a star player, a man well into middle age, possessed of a pronounced belly, honestly earned from the brewer’s craft. This man who appears to find the walk to and from the mound as serious physical exercise, throws pitches that are unhittable.

Baseball has players so short that they can walk between the legs of the giants that play professional basketball, but they earn eight figure salaries because they can hit the baseball. Other players, so out of shape that they can barely manage to run around the bases, are stars because they can hit home runs. The talent in baseball comes in all shapes and sizes. For myself, as someone who missed out on size and athletic ability, I find this state of affairs in baseball to be comforting.

It is a game of character because the length of the season and the slow pace of play allow us to see into the personalities of the people who play the game. Modern cameras allow us to look into the eyes of a pitcher who is in a jam. In one pitcher’s eyes, we can see undisguised panic and know that a public meltdown is near. At another time and in another man we see only eyes of grey steel with gritted teeth. We see this is a man who is at his best when the chips are down.

In fact, it was revealed character; back in the mists of my early teens, that brought me to my life long fascination with baseball, with the New York Yankees. I am a Yankee fan. I have always been a Yankee fan. I find it more than a little strange to be a Yankee fan, as I am otherwise partial to lost causes and hopeless rebellions. To have a life long allegiance to a team from New York, a team that many call the “evil empire” goes against my biases on so many levels. It needs some explanation.

My affair with baseball and the Yankees began long ago. In that dim past, I saw an old news clip of Lou Gehrig making his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Shortly after that I saw the movie, Pride of the Yankees, with Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig. That picture of a man, knowing he is dying of an incurable disease that will rob him of every last shred of dignity, that man humbly saying that he is “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” It affected me. I never forgot it. As a teenager and young man, Lou Gehrig was a model to me of what a man should be.

Time has passed since then. Life and the compromises it brings have worn the shine from my teenage ideals. But the Yankees have remained, like an old friend whose reminisces evoke echoes of a past forever gone. Spending time with that friend sometimes allows me to remember the way it was. Sometimes when I watch a game, I can remember being away from home, lonely and nervous, on a jobsite deep inside Mexico when Reggie Jackson hit three home runs and rallied the Yankees from behind to win a World Series with the Dodgers. I can remember watching a baby, my daughter Suzanne, while listening on the radio to Louisiana Lightning, otherwise known as Ron Guidry, my favorite pitcher of all time, strike out 18 batters on a hot June evening. I can remember a warm August afternoon at a game in Kansas City with my family and some friends, watching a skinny young shortstop named Derek Jeter warm up in front of us. I can remember watching a game in Anaheim, sitting between my mother and my wife, joking about the old fat man, Bartolo Colon, who was unhittable that afternoon.

There is a lot about the Yankees that I find to be obnoxious. Big contracts and high-priced, aging stars aren’t attractive. The owners of the team seem to have all of the unattractive attributes of rich New Yorkers. But somehow, through it all, they have my loyalty. Where else can I close my eyes and see that humble man, the Iron Horse, with eyes downcast standing before a microphone, his words of gratitude echoing through that stadium?

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103 Responses to “Pinch hitting: Bill Groskopf”

  1. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Nice post.

    @PeteAbe Next time you’re wondering what side to take in a contract negotiation, remember this story about baseball owners: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....on-players

  2. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Answer:

    Nowhere else.

    Thanks for the great post.

    :)

  3. Cashmoney February 13th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    This day should have been planned for a long time.
    —-
    I think they took a shot Hecheverria and drafted Culver then just kind of gave up… I figure they figure they could just buy one which is kind of true. No luck on Profar or Xander type in international scouting. So it is what it is.

  4. Locke February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Bill – I’ve read this blog for 3+ years now and I think this is the best pinch hitter post I’ve seen. Thank you for writing it.

  5. pat February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Owners always treat it as a business. It’s why I don’t care if they have to overpay players.

  6. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    pgammo: Derek Jeter Lived a Dream, and Never Disappointed http://t.co/pra9EQxswW

    Pete can still delivery a good one every now and then

    ——

    This is a nice story, but it’s by Tyler Kepner of NYT. Got it wrong about hit 3000 though. It wasn’t a middle high fastball. It was a hanging curveball that Price put on a tee.

  7. Howe Farr February 13th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Re: Luis…i hope he can keep us updated on what is happening on the ground. But i realize why he is doing what he is doing. Best of luck to him and his country

  8. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    14. Chris Owings, SS | Arizona Diamondbacks

    One of Arizona’s best moves this offseason was a non-move, keeping both Owings and shortstop Didi Gregorius and allowing the surplus to play itself out before rushing to trade one of the two players. Gregorius is the incumbent but was a non-factor at the plate after his first 10 games in the majors. Owings is almost as good a defender, but has far better bat speed and gap power. He should be the starter coming out of spring training, with Gregorius heading to Triple-A to try to shorten up his swing and improve his approach against southpaws.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful post Bill. I think you gave real definition to something that truly resonates for most, if not all, Yankee fans. When we root for our Yankees, we are really rooting for more than the 9 guys on the field and the others in the dugout and in the bullpen. We’re rooting for the glorious and cumulative past that goes into the what is known as the most storied franchise in the history of organized sports. Though we may not have seen so many of those amazing talents on the mound or on the base paths, we’ve seen clips or films of them, and we’ve certainly heard their names time and time again. The torches have been passed by legions of Yankee legends, and so we root for the most luminescent uniforms in the history of sports. When you root for the New York Yankees, be definition you are rooting for the best there is.

  10. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    pat February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Owners always treat it as a business. It’s why I don’t care if they have to overpay players.

    ————

    It’s sad that they’ve opened the door to cut the benefits of other employees.. I absolutely hate Manfred, and his comments in the article are laughable. You don’t take a vote like that with no intentions of scaling back at some point. It’s pretty disgraceful.

  11. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    “So it is what it is.”

    Yeah. And what it is is not good IMO.

    A complete makeover of the IF now needed.

    Filled with a stream of band-aids, overpriced subs, and visionless management until we finally buy our way out of it or just get lucky.

    Letting Cano walk now looks incredibly dumb.

    Fixed the OF and now the IF is in shambles.

  12. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Guys….. Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick are all signed on for Sharknado 2 (with Tara Reid and Ian Zering returning).

  13. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    @AndrewMarchand

    Media throng just cut in half after Tanaka arrived #Jeter

  14. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    In a way, Jeter has made it a bit easier on Cashman and crew. Now it will be much easier to talk about and plan for his successor. They’ll be no whispers about changing positions. And as it’s been pointed out by some, if Jeter spends a good part of the year on the DL, which he might, or just can’t play SS, he won’t be being asked about whether this is his last year.

    But one thing is absolutely true, if Jeter’s body were right, he wouldn’t be talking about retirement now. He’d be playing another 3 or 4 years.

    For Yanks, it means they will stick to their plan short term, and watch Jeter very carefully in Spring Training. I always expected Ryan to play a lot of SS this year. Hopes he’s up to it. If it turns out Jeter can’t play SS, they will likely make an adjustment. I don’t expect 2015 to be addressed until next off season but there may be opportunities at the deadline the Yanks won’t be able to pass up.

  15. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Jeter is 40 years old.

    And as great as he is only a fool would think he could play forever.

    The Yankees have now been caught w their pants down once again.

    Back into reactive mode rather than proactive.

    No good young SS or 3b on the horizon.

    It gets tiring.

  16. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Andy Dick are all signed

    ****

    see the Yanks finally have their answers to the IF problems

  17. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Get Jiminez.

    Trade Nova + for Castro, etc.

    Get yourself a 20 something instead of another 30 something.

    ;)

  18. Cashmoney February 13th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    In 1453, Constantine XI secured with the knowledge of it’s impregnable fortress took lightly of Mehmed II and his mighty Ottoman host; That is .. until Orban and his canons breach the unthinkable…

    Well, in some small way, this reminds me of the Yanks. I think they got a taste of new CBA and realize the old ways might not work anymore… good thing is in baseball, if you are ‘conquered’ for a season, you get your castle back next spring for new fortification and plan.

  19. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:31 am
    Jeter is 40 years old.

    And as great as he is only a fool would think he could play forever.

    The Yankees have now been caught w their pants down once again.

    Back into reactive mode rather than proactive.

    No good young SS or 3b on the horizon.

    It gets tiring.

    *****

    I am missing something – what exactly changed from Jeter yesterday – that he will not be playing past 2014??

  20. pat February 13th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Shame

    As I’ve said before, I know Manfred and he’s a pompous ass.

  21. longtime February 13th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Locke February 13th, 2014 at 9:16 am
    Bill – I’ve read this blog for 3+ years now and I think this is the best pinch hitter post I’ve seen. Thank you for writing it.

    Well said , Bill I can relate you brought a tear to my eye, thanks for the post.

  22. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I think I’m going to throw up thinking of AR, Johnson, Ryan, Nunez, and Roberts as a future Yankee IF.

  23. blake February 13th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    My apologies on the story above….I thought Gammons wrote it since he tweeted it

  24. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    “We can put on the uniform, and we can play in the Stadium, but we’re not the New York Yankees unless Derek Jeter is playing shortstop.”—Mike Mussina, May 2003.

    Great quote from Moose. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/20.....eat-jeter/

  25. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Stones-

    Whatever it is it is.

    He won’t be here anymore after this season.

    Cano gone, Jeter retiring, AR a shell of his former self. Tex a question mark.

    How do you find yourself in this position w/o a single viable young replacement ?

  26. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Band-aide brigade version 2.

    :)

  27. Cashmoney February 13th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    MTU it is not as dire when you have money, they could have singed infante and drew and call it a day for the next 3 years. Or you can start stockpiling potentials thru draft and IFA, sign a diaz, and go after what’s out there in 14. The question is here execution.

  28. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:44 am
    Stones-

    Whatever it is it is.

    He won’t be here anymore after this season.

    Cano gone, Jeter retiring, AR a shell of his former self. Tex a question mark.

    How do you find yourself in this position w/o a single viable young replacement ?

    *****

    i understand – but this is really no different than it was a week ago – at least imo – so idk if this is now sinking in for you

  29. Cashmoney February 13th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    signed.

  30. blake February 13th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Get Jiminez.

    Trade Nova + for Castro, etc.

    Get yourself a 20 something instead of another 30 something.”

    I down with that….not sure it’s realistic though but you keep pushing it anyway

  31. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    pat February 13th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Shame

    As I’ve said before, I know Manfred and he’s a pompous ass.

    —————-

    He seems like it. Really can’t stand companies that don’t take care of their own..but I know that’s a vaguely political statement so I’ll leave it at that lol.

  32. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Stones-

    Before yesterday Jeter was still available as potential anchor for a while longer.

    Now the time frame to fix is even shorter.

    I guess losing Cano and now Jeter on top of it is a bit much to take.

    So if you call that sinking in. It did. It changed the calculus for me. Significantly.

    Building a whole IF is a daunting task.

  33. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Really can’t stand companies that don’t take care of their own

    ****

    do you own any stocks or have money in a mutual fund?

  34. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Blake-

    I don’t want to see another series of 30 something’s populating the IF.

    So yes I’ll keep pushing for youth and the future.

  35. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:52 am
    Stones-

    Before yesterday Jeter was still available as potential anchor for a while longer.

    Now the time frame to fix is even shorter.

    I guess losing Cano and now Jeter on top of it is a bit much to take.

    So if you call that sinking in. It did. It changed the calculus for me. Significantly.

    Building a whole IF is a daunting task.

    *****

    ok that at least clarifies the reaction – as for the realization now just taking it in – yeah – sorry you were counting on Jeter beyond this year (leaving aside whether how much you can even count on him this season)

  36. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Can you Sandoval, Hardy, and Diaz it for 2015?

  37. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    do you own any stocks or have money in a mutual fund?

    ————-

    Nope.

  38. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I feel like Drew is more likely than signing Santana/Ubaldo and making a trade… but the trade is probably the better option if they can get it done. I don’t wanna give up Nova at all. But they’ve put themselves in a real bind and just spent a ton of money on front end pitching.

  39. Revenge of Stoneburner February 13th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 9:57 am
    do you own any stocks or have money in a mutual fund?

    ————-

    Nope.

    *****

    then you should have clean hands to criticize companies – so long as you are also not part of any pension plan or plan to invest in the stock market or join a pension plan in the future.

  40. sevrox February 13th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Great post – like Jeter, the intangibles of baseball make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, er…uh…something like that.

    MTU – get off the ledge. Spring is kind of in the air/off in the distance and the grass is green as soon as the 2 feet of snow melt off and I can see it.

    Hiya Trish! Long time, no see/read!

  41. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I want to see at least one good, solid young IF on our Team next year.

    That’s the minimum for me.

    More Tanaka’s. Less Brian Roberts and AR’s.

  42. j9d February 13th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Great finale! Thanks Bill!!

  43. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Guys I actually can’t get out of my apartment right now and I’m starting to feel like this one frozen pizza won’t carry me through tomorrow..

  44. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 8:36 am
    And I realize that some posters have said that this year represents a new way of doing business for the Yanks.. something about learning from past mistakes, etc.. but I don’t see it. You can’t make a statement like that based on them not signing Cano when their next steps were to overpay in years and dollars for everyone else.

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

    Just like the NYY FO apparently knew more than we did about Montero’s make-up …. maybe there was more to Cano than we here were aware of (regardless of stats) … ?

    NOT an unreasonable part of their overall decision
    (outside of an obnoxious 10 year request at whatever dollars)

  45. bigdan22 February 13th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    RAB Top 30 Prospects today. Check out yesterday’s post on the 5 who didn’t make it too. Good stuff.

    I’ve always been a sucker for this prospect stuff.

  46. massjake February 13th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Got home from work at the firehouse this morning to be met by my 17 year old daughter who reminded me that Jeter was the only Yankees shortstop she had ever known. That kind of perspective reminds you of just how fast time passes and then again just how young it is to be seventeen .

  47. pat February 13th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    TBTimes_Rays
    BREAKING: #Rays have traded Lobaton, and 2 others (likely minor leaguers), to #Nats for RHP Nate Karns.

  48. spoiledyankfan February 13th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Great post, Bill.

    I can’t imagine how it must have been to witness all that baseball history you have so eloquently described. Hopefully, the Yankees’ future will bring many more characters to add to the legacy, now that one of the most admired is set to retire.

  49. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    then you should have clean hands to criticize companies – so long as you are also not part of any pension plan or plan to invest in the stock market or join a pension plan in the future.

    —————-

    Yeah, I do.. but I don’t think if I did have a pension plan or something of the like I’d have less of a gripe in terms of companies backing their employees.

  50. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Sorry Mills.

    Considering the Jays were a last place Team last season it’s amazing how quiet they have been.

    The O’s look to be on the verge of signing Moon. The Korean pitcher.

  51. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

    massjake February 13th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Got home from work at the firehouse this morning to be met by my 17 year old daughter who reminded me that Jeter was the only Yankees shortstop she had ever known.

    ————–

    I have almost ten years on your daughter and it’s the same for me!

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    TS, please email Chad and ask him to pass along your email to me so we can catch up!

  53. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    @eboland11

    Tanaka, after long tossing, threw a 23-pitch bullpen to Cervelli this morning.

  54. MTU February 13th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Shame-

    And Cervelli went :shock:

    :)

  55. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Did you guys hear about this woman that changed her name to Sexy?

    I’m waiting to hear about a baby born in the northeast today named Wintery Mix.

  56. pat February 13th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    HardballTalk
    Chad Gaudin failed physical exam, released by Phillies http://wp.me/p14QSL-290P

  57. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    MTU February 13th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Shame-

    And Cervelli went :shock:

    ————

    Tanaka and McCann are huge bright spots for me. I’m very excited to watch both this season. I hope Ells stays on the field and is a beast on the bases.

    CC looks like an alien but I really think he’ll end up being much better than last season. If he and Tanaka can hold things down, Kuroda shouldn’t be walking a wire the entire season and should have a better second half.

    Robertson taking over for Mo is also going to be a great storyline. I’ve grown to really love Robertson.. I hope he does well and they retain him when he hits FA.

  58. massjake February 13th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:13am

    I have almost ten years on your daughter and it’s the same for me!

    ———-

    You’re an old guy now! You must remember Tony Fernandez!

  59. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    You’re an old guy now! You must remember Tony Fernandez!

    —————-

    I don’t!! I vaguely remember the ’95 season… vaguely. I only remember seeing Mattingly.

  60. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    @HardballTalk: Mariners starter Taijuan Walker suffering shoulder soreness http://t.co/phTncGuVxl

    This is exactly why you trade pitching prospects for David Price if you can…..it may be nothing but the chances Walker is ever half as good as Price are very remote. 2 years of sure ace > 6 years of might be ace

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    update:

    2104 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
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    1/28 blake 93/147
    2/4 Doc Todd 93
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    2/5 Your Name Here 90
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    1/24 Comet 86
    1/29 Can of Corn 86
    1/24 PKyankfan69 69</b

  62. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think Tony Fernandez is still the most recent Yankee to hit for the cycle. Did it in a loss against the A’s at the stadium.

  63. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    1995 was a really distracting year for an 8 year old… Toy Story just came out… Pink and the Brain was on tv… the Backstreet Boys were just beginning their long and illustrious career…

  64. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Chip February 13th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think Tony Fernandez is still the most recent Yankee to hit for the cycle. Did it in a loss against the A’s at the stadium.

    ————-

    I thought Melky did it..?

  65. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Pinky* and the Brain.

    Eff.

  66. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m not sure if it was mentioned, but the NY Post took a look at possible Jeter successors:

    Discounting the insane (Rodriguez) there were some good names bandied about.

    FA’s include:
    Hanley Ramirez
    J-Roll
    Asdrubal
    JJ Hardy
    Jed Lowrie

    For trade targets they mentioned Tulo, but the name that stuck out was Jose Reyes. He doesn’t want to be in Toronto, they’re still not going anywhere and are not as adverse to making deals within the division as some of the other teams. He wouldn’t be a bad get, especially if Gardner leaves as a FA.

    Of course, I believe they should still sign Diaz and see if he can play SS in the upper minors and if he can’t – move him to 2b, sign Lowrie and Chase Headley.

  67. Bret The Hitman February 13th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Lowrie and Chase Headley seem like sound investments.

  68. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I think Reyes is much more likely than Tulo…..although Cashman should call Colorado and say take 4 of any prospects and we will take Tulos whole contract

  69. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Don’t we need to see what Chase Headley does this year? I like him but he’s been a really good player like half a season and merely a solid one the rest of his career and even kinda bad some of it too.

    I’m not giving him 100 million dollars at this point or anything like that

  70. pat February 13th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    AnthonyMcCarron
    Yanks PR man says Jeter not addressing retiring after this season until next week.

  71. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I thought a bit about Reyes last night, too, Chip. I think most might shut it down right away because of his injury history, but he’s got a lot of tools and I’ve always had a soft spot for Jose lol. Just really liked watching him when he played for the Mets. If Hanley hits the market they’d make a nice pair… and I agree they still need to sign Diaz and any other Cuban INF they can find.

  72. Tar February 13th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Outstanding post Bill, thank you.

    Just a quick perusal of your blog, and I found it quite interesting as well. I definitely will go back and read some more later.

  73. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Hanley should be moving to 3B soon….he’s bounced back with the bat but long term from this point forward he’s probably a 3b more than a SS

  74. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Don’t we need to see what Chase Headley does this year? I like him but he’s been a really good player like half a season and merely a solid one the rest of his career and even kinda bad some of it too.

    —————–

    I’ve cooled on Headley as well.. I don’t think they’re going to trade for him at any point this season as some have speculated. He’s gonna get a nice deal when he hits the market, so I agree let’s watch him play for another year first.

  75. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Reyes is good when he can play….he’s a .750-.800 OPS SS who can steal bags and play good defense…..there aren’t many better than him WHEN he can play.

  76. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Reyes is good when he can play….he’s a .750-.800 OPS SS who can steal bags and play good defense…..there aren’t many better than him WHEN he can play.

    ———–

    That’s why we signed Ryan for 3 years lol.

  77. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I still think Headley is good….and would probably be better out of Petco…..good on base skills, good defender….switch hitter….I mean he’s good but the question is how good and what’s he worth in dollars? Not sure at this point

  78. DONNYBROOK February 13th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    - BILL -
    Thanks for that piece. It’s unfortunate that you missed actually “seeing” real Yankee players prior to Murcer, but that’s Not uncommon for that time period. I’d like to hear your take on the type of player/person Gehrig impressed you as being, vs what we have recently witnessed from A-Rod. Maybe you can do a 2015 Pinch Hitter piece on that. I’ll have my “eye” out for that.

  79. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    “That’s why we signed Ryan for 3 years lol.”

    Yea I mean he’s a cheapo great defense back up plan…..I like having him around for insurance but he’s shouldn’t be planned as a starter

  80. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    blake,

    I agree with your takes on Headley and Hanley. Though even if Chase is what he was last year – that’s still better than anyone else on the market and unless Jagielo flies through the system, it’s better than anyone the Yankees could put in there next year.

    I also agree that Hanley’s future is at 3b, though I don’t know if you’re going to convince him to sign with a team and change positions.

  81. Shame Spencer February 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Jose’s really only had a couple seasons recently where he hasn’t played much.. I think people might even be surprised by how many games he has played over the last 5-6 years.

  82. blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think they need to worry about up the middle more than 3B right now…..maybe Jageilo can progress and take care of 3B but they need to fix SS and 2B and I think signing Drew does one of those for at least the near future

  83. Benny Blanco February 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Why are we trading Nova again?

  84. Tar February 13th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Really can’t stand companies that don’t take care of their own

    ****
    do you own any stocks or have money in a mutual fund?
    ————-
    Nope.
    *****
    then you should have clean hands to criticize companies – so long as you are also not part of any pension plan or plan to invest in the stock market or join a pension plan in the future.”

    This is ridiculous Stone. One can own stock of a company, or stock in a mutual fund that owns stock in a company, and still be critical of their operations.

    BTW to change the methods of a company one should look to change the leadership of that company. And the last time I checked it was shareholders who had the right to change the leadership by voting.

    One last thing you have been doing a great job of keeping it on baseball and have had some nice posts, just don’t start the morality crap.

  85. DONNYBROOK February 13th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    If I’m pickin’ sides down at the school yard, I pick Drew ahead of Headley. I can do a Lot more things on Both sides of the ball with Drew.

  86. Chip February 13th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    blake February 13th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think they need to worry about up the middle more than 3B right now…..maybe Jageilo can progress and take care of 3B but they need to fix SS and 2B and I think signing Drew does one of those for at least the near future
    ——————-

    Frankly, the crop of SS available next year make me want to pass on Drew.

  87. 86w183 February 13th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This blog continues to be overly obsessed with NEXT year. Live in the present people!

    I don’t give a rat’s read end about 2015 when spring training 2014 has yet to get underway.

    I’m far more interested in what happens with Pineda, Banuelos, Almonte and Banuelos than I am Han-Ram, JJ Hardy, Asdrubal Cabrera or Stephen Drew.

    The total team is not what matters. Not whether the IF is shaky or the bullpen is iffy. Is the TEAM capable of reaching the post-season? I think this Yankee team is.

  88. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Nunez & Cervelli ,and 1 more…or take on one of their uglier contracts, for Reyes.

  89. Tar February 13th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I would rather go for Andrus and his contract.

    His contract this year is actually really cheap…its next year when Jeter will be gone that he gets expensive. Hanley would be good as well but not sure we will have the chance to bid on him.

  90. tomingeorgia February 13th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Latest news from Venezuela. Hang in, luis.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/.....t/5449425/

  91. Tar February 13th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for posting that Tom. Concerned about our buddies down there.

  92. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Lobaton:

    29yo … 500 AB’s….9-52 — .228 (.311 obp)

    Cervelli:

    28YO … 540 AB’s…8-79 — .271 (.343 obp)

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

    …and Tampa Bay got 26 YO SP Nate Karns for him ???

    http://www.baseball-reference......rns-001nat

    Nice MiLB numbers !!!

    Can we get someone like this ?

    …or do teams NOT want to trade with us unless we’re getting the shorter end of the deal ?

  93. blake February 13th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Frankly, the crop of SS available next year make me want to pass on Drew”

    Who? It’s Hanley and Asdrubal. Drew is better than Asdrubal and Hanley might not even reach free agency. Again….Drew can play 2B if they find a Bette SS cause they need that too

  94. pat February 13th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    AnthonyMcCarron ·
    “I do, I’ll address it (in camp). It’s easier that way.” That’s what Jeter said when asked if he felt good about his decision

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 13th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    “This blog continues to be overly obsessed with NEXT year. Live in the present people!”

    Hear hear!

    Since life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, probably better to realize that your greatest “control” is over the present.

    :)

  96. braeburn February 13th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    “Where else can I close my eyes and see that humble man, the Iron Horse, with eyes downcast standing before a microphone, his words of gratitude echoing through that stadium?”

    when i think of gehrig, i think of the gehrig catching eels as a small boy with his mom in nyc. the scene was out of a book i read as a kid in the fifties. the image that stuck in me was gehrig as a good kid who cared about doing things the right way.

    i think gehrig had that intangible that characterizes what the yankees at their best have always been about. i’ve always thought of the yankees as strong silent types. gehrig, dimaggio, mantle, mariano jeter,etc

    these players always played quietly through pain and never used injuries as an excuse. they figured out a way to play at the highest level when others would not even attempt to play.

    there was always a humility to these players mixed in with greatness.

    as hal rebuilds the yankees, and they are in rebuilding mode, he really should go back and read everything he can about historical yankees as he decides how to rekindle the yankee spirit.

    focusing on gehrig would not be a bad place to start.

  97. Abe Peterham February 13th, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Trisha , put me in for 93.

    Bill, great post! Thoughtful and well done .

    Do the pinch hitters have blog names??

    We are over a foot of snow in York pa. Ughhh..

  98. UpState February 13th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    >>>>>>>>>>>> NEXT

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