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Tuesday notes: Yankees planning to use Jeter regularly (Ryan preparing for boos)

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Derek Jeter

Before he left his home in California and flew to Yankees camp in Florida, Brendan Ryan went to one last Los Angeles Clippers game. That’s Ryan’s favorite team, and he wanted to see his team’s best player.

“The other three (games) I went to, Chris Paul was hurt,” Ryan said. “And I wanted to see Chris Paul play one more time in person. It’s still your team, but the heart and soul is not out there (if Paul’s not playing).”

In other words, Ryan gets it.

He understands that this is Derek Jeter’s last season and fans are going fill Yankee Stadium and catch long flights for road games just to see Jeter one last time. And Ryan understands that, when Jeter’s not in the field — basically, any time Ryan’s at shortstop — the Yankees heart and soul won’t be there. Fans aren’t coming to see the backup.

Derek Jeter“When I heard the news that this was his last year I was like, oh man, I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news,” Ryan said. “I’m still trying to process that just from a selfish standpoint. … (Friends have) been encouraging, but they’ve also been prepared — reminding me it’s not going to be a standing ovation every time.”

Exactly how often that will happen is still pretty hard to say. Clearly the Yankees are planning to have Jeter at shortstop regularly. They’ve shown no indication that Stephen Drew is anywhere close to the radar, and today Brian Cashman said he’s not really anxious about what Jeter’s able to do in spring training. Basically, the Yankees have made their decision for better and for worse.

“He’s our man, so it kind of removes everything around it,” Cashman said. “Tex is going to be at first, D.J. is going to be at short, and what we’re going to get is what we’re going to get. I’m hopeful. I’m more curious or anxious about the other positions.”

That said, both Cashman and Joe Girardi said the team will be willing to sit Jeter from time to time. The team hasn’t so much as discussed the idea of using Ryan for late-inning defense — at least, that’s what Cashman said — but the team is well aware that Jeter is 39 years old and coming off multiple lower-body injuries.

“I’m going to manage him the same way as I have every other year,” Girardi said. “That’s not going to change. And as I said, my job is to put us in the best situation to win everyday, and that’s what I have to do. And if it means he needs a day off, I can’t worry that people came. I have to do what’s best for this team.”

Which means, no matter what, there are going to be some games when Jeter’s not at shortstop.

“You identify certain guys with certain teams,” Ryan said. “It can be disappointing, but it’s hard to play 162. … I apologize to those fans who come when he’s not playing.”

Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman· Robinson Cano’s new manager had his back today. Lloyd McClendon took exception to Kevin Long’s comments about Cano’s lack of hustle out of the box. “I’m a little surprised that Kevin Long is the spokesman for the New York Yankees,” McClendon said. “I wonder if he had any problems with Robbie when he wrote that book ["Cage Rat"] proclaiming himself as the guru of hitting.” Long reponded to McClendon’s remarks by saying there was “no malicious meaning behind any of it.”

· Cashman on the Long comments: “I know for anybody that has addressed it with me, the answer is the same today as it was then: (Cano’s hustle) is not an issue. I was surprised by what Kevin said. … I would expect Lloyd McClendon to step up for his player. That doesn’t surprise me.”

· What’s that, you want news about players who are still with the Yankees? Well, Jacoby Ellsbury showed up today. It was the first I’d seen him in big league camp. He might have been hiding out at the minor league complex, his locker had been totally empty at Steinbrenner Field. He said his postseason foot injury has completely healed and he’s expecting a full spring training. “It feels good,” Ellsbury said. “I went into the offseason workouts and once I stepped into that weight room it was 100 percent ready to go. Strength and everything is where it needs to be. … I’ll talk to those guys about it, but as far as me being ready to go, I’m ready to go.”

· Not that we were expecting anything else, but Ellsbury said he’s been told to prepare for playing center field and batting leadoff. Didn’t seem much chance of Brett Gardner returning to either of those roles, but Ellsbury said he’s been told it’s basically a done deal.

· Here’s the full comment from Cashman about the idea of pulling Jeter for defense in the late innings: “It has not been discussed. Obviously (Ryan)’s here as the backup. That’s it. He’ll be utilized in any way that our manager feels will help, whether it’s spelling a day or coming off the bench. Whatever is necessary. But it’s not something we’ve discussed in any way.”

Ivan Nova· Although Cashman was around the batting cage to watch Ivan Nova and Bruce Billings throw batting practice this morning, Cashman said he wasn’t really trying to evaluate. Same for the late-morning bullpen sessions. “It’s so early,” Cashman said. “As long as everybody is free and easy, there’s really not much to tell from the bullpen sessions or batting practice. … I’ve seen Tanaka throw once. It applies to everybody, to be honest. As long as they’re free and easy, right now that’s all you can hope for.”

· Girardi said he has some early spring pitching assignments in mind, but he’s not ready to announce them. That includes Tanaka’s first spring appearance. “I have an idea,” Girardi said. “I’m not ready to give anything out yet. That’s something we closely watch what they’re doing in their batting practices before we commit to an exact schedule.”

· Speaking of the spring rotation, Girardi said he won’t necessarily force Tanaka to skip A.L. East opponents this spring. That said, I’ll still be surprised if it actually happens. “I think it’s important that he pitches in Major League games, I do,” Girardi said. “You’ll see all of our starters pitch in simulated games because we think it’s an easier way sometimes to build them up. I don’t have a schedule drawn up, but (skipping the A.L. East) is not something we’ve talked about.”

· Tomorrow is Jeter’s first press conference since his retirement announcement. Would the Yankees have done anything different this offseason had they known Jeter was planning to walk away after the season? “No,” Cashman said. “We got the players we wanted.”

· Final word goes to Girardi, talking big picture: “I’m encouraged what I’ve seen in camp so far. It’s a camp that, our staff does a very good job of making sure they see everyone in all the different situations, and that’s why you see BPs spread out throughout the whole day so Larry has a close eye on everyone. But I’m encouraged by what we’ve got so far. Tex hitting the third day in a row, he feels good, and the position players all get here tomorrow, and we’ll get on the field whatever day that is, Thursday.”

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90 Responses to “Tuesday notes: Yankees planning to use Jeter regularly (Ryan preparing for boos)”

  1. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Drew plays bagpipes ?
    I gotta believe that – after awhile – on a long plane trip… it wears a bit thin…
    May also be a contributing factor on why he’s not signed yet.
    Not the #1 reason- but in the top 10.

  2. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Patrick February 18th, 2014 at 4:36 pm
    And the broken Cano record goes on and on….It amazes me how so many piss and moan about bad contracts such as Alex and even Texeria, yet they endorse signing a 31 year old 2nd baseman to a 250 million dollar 10 year contract. This guy is not an elite player who ever led the AL in any category. He is a very good ballplayer who wanted Elite type player dough. And he got it from The Mariners. Be tankful that NY passed on that albatross contract.

    I think it’s fair to agree that yes his contract with the Mariners is a bad one but that we still wish he were a Yankee. These aren’t mutually exclusive …

    Also it’s impossible to speculate, perhaps Cano takes less money if the Yankees were more aggressive in trying to sign him.
    ===================================

    Would Cano have taken $10,000,000.00 for 24 years ?

  3. bigdan22 February 18th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Jeter is like a sacred relic.

  4. blake February 18th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I think Cashman definitely has interest in signing “Drew, if I recall he wanted to get him last year as well. I suspect that ownership has told Cashman that he can’t spend anymore. The loss of another pick would definitely stink but I don’t think that is a deal breaker if Cashman had the funds to sign Drew.”

    Agreed…..as I’ve said I think Hal is worried about the 2015 payroll ballooning up when Arod comes back. Which is why I’ve said they should sign Drew and go ahead and give him the opt out…..it would most likely effectively make it a 1 year deal and you’d have your cake and eat it too

  5. blake February 18th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: rangers statement from darvish apologizes if anyone didnt understand he was joking when he said yanks paid 2 much for tanaka

  6. Patrick February 18th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Would Cano have taken $10,000,000.00 for 24 years ?

    No. Would he have taken 8 years 200 million? Maybe …..

  7. Shame Spencer February 18th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    “Tex is going to be at first, D.J. is going to be at short, and what we’re going to get is what we’re going to get. I’m hopeful. I’m more curious or anxious about the other positions.”

    ———————

    Actually laughing out loud right now….

  8. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    blake February 18th, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    Ellsburys contract is worse than Cano’s

    ——————–

    No no it doesn’t count because it’s not for the same amount of yrs. lol

  9. Patrick February 18th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Actually laughing out loud right now….

    It’s kind of scary that the two “sure things” are old guys coming off season long injuries. Jeter, broke his ankle how many times? This from a guy who already had terrible range at SS. And Tex shredded his wrist, a player that already had declining bat speed.

    Awesome, just awesome.

  10. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    That was sure a telling statement about Cashman’s feeling toward the infield. It is his reality. They have no more money or valuable players to trade. This is what it will be.

  11. blake February 18th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    austinmac says:
    February 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    That was sure a telling statement about Cashman’s feeling toward the infield. It is his reality. They have no more money or valuable players to trade. This is what it will be.

    Cash knows it’s a major problem….he’s not allowed to do anything about it even though payroll wise they are about 25 million south of last year

  12. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Tom,

    I am assuming you like Drew discussions because you could not possibly be bad mouthing the national instrument of my genealogical mother country.

  13. Shame Spencer February 18th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    This is my last thought about the Cano thing because I just heard Tex’s comments.. he basically said it wasn’t a huge deal but it was something that’s easily correctable.

    I want everyone to remember the words ‘easily correctable’ when Tex refuses to bunt.

  14. easyenough February 18th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I have tickets to the Yankees last game against (and at) the Orioles this season and hope to see Jeter. Anyone want to offer odds on his starting the game?

  15. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Flip side of the Cano broken record is the Ellsbury broken record……And for the record, I’m not the anti Tanaka guy that I’m perceived as by some because I’m not bouncing up and down on the bandwagon……I’ve always said he’ll be a good # 3 guy and I fully understand why the Yanks had to pay so much dough for him….However I still say he’s not as good nor will he be as good as that contract would indicate…..I see him winning 60 games before the opt-out clause kicks in…. 60- 40 record with an era in the 3.75- neighborhood.

  16. bigdan22 February 18th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    That was sure a telling statement about Cashman’s feeling toward the infield. It is his reality. They have no more money or valuable players to trade. This is what it will be.

    —–

    This isn’t news. The Yanks have been saying this for weeks. Even Eppler broke this down in detail in a radio interview on ESPN. I believe that was in mid-Jan. But the Yanks as a whole having been saying this since mid-Dec. But for one pitcher, Tanaka, this is it.

    The thing that’s different here is Jeter. His announcement will result in a huge financial windfall to the Yanks. That apparently was completely unexpected. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jeter’s announcement will result in 10s of millions of dollars in additional unexpected revenue in 2014. The Yanks are not going to mess with that.

  17. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    UpState,
    “Comin thro the rye.

  18. Jerkface February 18th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I see him winning 60 games before the opt-out clause kicks in…. 60- 40 record with an era in the 3.75- neighborhood.

    Why would an age 25-28 Tanaka, in his prime, pitch worse than an age 36-38 Hiroki Kuroda?

  19. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 18th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Cano looks like he’s blown up a bit ala Bonds?

  20. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    austin,
    My grandmother was Mary Young, from Glasgow. Tougher than dirt.

  21. blake February 18th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Pat M,
    Do you think Cano’s or Ellsburys contract carries more risk? I agree that Cano was overpaid big time…..the problem is that IMO the Yanks gave Ellsbury an even worse deal in reaction to losing him.

    They spent a lot of money this winter…..a lot. They overpaid pretty much everyone except their own player this winter……the why there is something we may never know

  22. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    blake,
    Cano’s contract was far worse. Outrageous, in fact. Good for him, not good for the Mariners.

  23. Melkmanisinhotlanta February 18th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Cano has a weird beard. Why doesn’t he keep his face clean?

  24. blake February 18th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Tom,
    I’ve asked this question several times but would you you have a player that averages 160 games a year for 10 years or one that averages 108 games a year for 7? Consider as well that the first player is better than the 2nd……

  25. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Melkmanisinhotlanta February 18th, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    Cano looks like he’s blown up a bit ala Bonds?

    ———————–

    Extra weight is OK.

    If his head starts to take on the shape of a potato, then there’s a problem.

    (SEE: Barry Bond’s mis-shapen & gigantic head)

  26. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    blake,
    I’ll take a player who’ll run into somebody or dive to make a play, who’ll steal bases, and hit lead off over a guy who plays safe all the time, including not running out ground balls.

  27. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Aledmys Diaz might end up getting more money than Drew.

    Tom-

    Wasn’t the weather today a dramatic change from last week?

  28. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    …anyway….ANY ballplayer is one inside fastball away from being ‘injury prone’

  29. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    YT,
    A blessing from Nature. I;ll take it the rest of the winter!

  30. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Blake

    What’s the latest on Drew? Santana?

  31. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Cano wants to be Big Papi Jr.as he no longer wanted to remain in the shadow of Derek Jeter and A-Rod….I think money wasn’t the only reason he split The Big Apple and in times bits and pieces of information will begin to shed light on this……Blake, yes The Bombers overpaid dearly although The McCann might prove out to be a solid player over the duration of his contract, good stick…..Ellsbury is going to be a 50 steal / 25 dinger guy and I say he’s going to be a much better player for the Yanks than Damon was, much better !!!… Face, I’ve been a fan of Mr. Kuroda ever since watching him in spring training for the Dodgers. And if Tanaka can provide the Yanks a similar performance then I’ll be most happy. Kuoda was polished and ready for the move to The Bigs, let’s see what Tanaka offers. Hey I give you your due on Darvish because so far he’s been better than what I expected. And I did think he’d be good but his stuff is hugely better. And once again, if The Yanks were scouting Tanaka how in God’s name could they pass on the Japanese version of Justin Verlander……Money was an issue , maybe but I just think they never really did their homework like many here think they did…..

  32. Jerkface February 18th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Early in the offseason, the Yankees – with so many holes to fill – used a strategy of making many offers at one time, letting agents know that with each signing, they would re-assess and pull some bids. The Yankees actually made Drew an offer at that time, believed to be for two or three years, when the shortstop was still looking to do considerably better – four or five years.

    And, as it happened, the Yankees spent more than they anticipated on players such as Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka and, at some point, rescinded the offer for Drew. And once Tanaka was signed and the $189 million dream was crushed, Hal Steinbrenner put a clamp on going any further. That means they are not bending for Drew, a decision they believe is made a tad easier because they were worried about the condition of his ankles and hips anyway.


    http://nypost.com/2014/02/18/y.....yre-wrong/

    If they were willing to make an offer earlier in the offseason, just sign him.

  33. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    The Pirates are looking for a LH 1B…

    …one of their options is — Travis Ishikawa

    http://www.baseball-reference......ypepad.com

    “…good times…good times as a Yankee…”

  34. Jerkface February 18th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Kuroda was polished and ready for the move to The Bigs

    Kuroda was indeed a veteran but I think you’re underestimating Tanaka if you don’t think he has a similar level of polish. Kuroda pitched 1700 innings of 3.69 ERA ball in the NPB, he was drafted out of college not HS like Tanaka. 1.2 WHIP, 2.82 K:BB.

    Tanaka has 1300 IP of 2.30 ERA ball, 1.1 WHIP, 4.50 K:BB. I don’t see how he could get more polished pitching 400 more innings in the NPB. Its like leaving a guy in AAA for an extra 3 seasons, what is there to be accomplished?

    One of the answers to my original question is that no 2 pitchers are exactly a like and Tanaka could simply fail or not adjust as well as Kuroda, but when you look at how similar they are as pitchers and then the BETTER tools that Tanaka has I don’t get the luke warm projection there for Tanaka.

  35. braeburn February 18th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    “I’ll take a player who’ll run into somebody or dive to make a play, who’ll steal bases, and hit lead off over a guy who plays safe all the time, including not running out ground balls.”

    i’ll take the player who’s mentally tough enough to relax enough to turn 95 mph fastballs right back at them.

    hyper rah rah guys usually can’t hit. they’re way too tense.

  36. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    PatM

    Kuroda was a great pickup who was undervalued at the time, and could actually pitch well away from Chavez Ravine. In fact I remember that Sciosa was so exasperated watching him shut down the Angels when he was a Dodger, which has continued as a Yankee.

  37. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Would’ve been nice to still have that .222 post-season hitter on our team.

    He’s the type to help you get to the post-season.

  38. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    braeburn,
    Ellsbury can hit. And defend. And run the bases. What’s not to like?

  39. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I never knew Cano was this hated among Yankee fans.

  40. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    hyper rah rah guys usually can’t hit. they’re way too tense.

    —————

    Fans love those guys until they can’t hit. You’ll see it with Roberts once he gets injured or doesn’t hit you’ll hear man it’s different not having that lazy player at 2nd.

  41. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    JF

    Tanaka threw 35 pitches off a bullpen mound on Tuesday, his third session since arriving for camp. He worked with catcher John Ryan Murphy after being caught by Francisco Cervelli the first two times.

    After the session, Tanaka and Murphy spoke about the signs that he had used in Japan. Tanaka used all of his pitches on Tuesday — his two-seam and four-seam fastballs, splitter, curveball, slider, changeup and cutter — and said that he’d like to begin his Major League career with the same repertoire that helped him compile a 24-0 record for Rakuten last year.

    ——

    I believe I read that he often started off throwing a fastball. With his control, and apparently a fairly straight fastball, I would think if he maintains the same repertoire, major leaguers are going to be swinging first pitch.

    thoughts?

  42. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    “blake,
    I’ll take a player who’ll run into somebody or dive to make a play, who’ll steal bases, and hit lead off over a guy who plays safe all the time, including not running out ground balls.”

    I’ll take the guy who plays every day….and is the best player in the world at his position

  43. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I am we’ll prepared for Ellsbury to be my new favorite.

  44. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    braeburn,
    Ellsbury can hit. And defend. And run the bases. What’s not to like?

    Yea he can….but Ichiro may have to play the games he can’t play so lets hope that’s not many. His history suggests it could be

  45. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    240 million reasons why we’ll need to follow Seattle to watch him.

    He is gone.

    He will be back only if he fails.

  46. tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    AAO,
    I’ve watched players since the 50s. I don’t hate Cano, because he’s a very fine ballplayer and I hope he does well in Seattle. I don’t know that he will ever be a leader through example, anywhere he goes. Just my opinion.

  47. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I’m gonna cheer for Ellsbury once the games start and I do like him as a player…..I just hope he can stay healthy o

  48. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    @Joelsherman1: Column http://t.co/YyC56MAkgO #Yankees made offer for Drew early in offseason, but r out now. Why I think they should be in.

  49. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    tomingeorgia February 18th, 2014 at 6:17 pm
    AAO,
    I’ve watched players since the 50s. I don’t hate Cano, because he’s a very fine ballplayer and I hope he does well in Seattle. I don’t know that he will ever be a leader through example, anywhere he goes. Just my opinion.
    ===================================

    I don’t think anyone hates Cano.

    There are posts that bring out aspects of his ‘game’ that big Cano fans cannot/won’t believe.

    They’re just bits of info to counter and balance some of the ‘rose-colored glasses’ opinions of him.

  50. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Sherman clearly reads lohud

  51. Jerkface February 18th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I believe I read that he often started off throwing a fastball. With his control, and apparently a fairly straight fastball, I would think if he maintains the same repertoire, major leaguers are going to be swinging first pitch.

    thoughts?

    Sounds like a good thing for Tanaka and the Yankees if opposing batters are so scared of his secondary stuff that they decide to swing first pitch against a guy with a cutter, 2 seamer, and 4seamer and excellent control. If he can get guys to swing first pitch against good pitchers pitches down in the zone he will get a lot of quick outs.

    But I don’t think theres really much to that to be honest. Its nice to say a lot of guys will swing first pitch, but in the end you still have the mind game of pitcher vs hitter and guys with patience vs without etc. Don’t think it will be much more than league average swing rate on first pitch vs Tanaka at the end of the season.

  52. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:23 pm
    Sherman clearly reads lohud

    —————-

    He steals all of your ideas :)

  53. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    So Sherman’s column pretty much confirms that if they don’t sign Drew it’s because Hal won’t let them spend any more money

  54. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Braeburn……I hear what your saying, there’s injury prone guys and then there’s the guys who get banged up because of they bust it. Nobody made the game look easier that the great Ken Griffey Jr. ( the best I ever saw. Mantle and Mays were on the downward cycle ). Now Junior busted it all the time and he had some serious injuries as a result . Now was he injury prone ???? Nick Johnson was injury prone, the dude gets hurt just swinging at a breaking ball…..I now sound like a broken record, but Ellsbury’s 2 injuries were because he was busting it. Jeter’s separated shoulder was a hustle play, in fact his dive into the stands in 04 could have been much worse, but a hustle play…..You understand how the game is played Breaburn. You new to this place ????? Old school vision gets little respect at times , beware

  55. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    A percentage kick back would be nice Joel

  56. chicken_stanley February 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Will Ellsbury end up being a good sign?… I dunno. Will Roberts play regularly or be a spokesman for Ace Bandages?… ??. Will Nunez seriously harm a fan (s) with an errant throw?… beats me.

    They are all good questions but I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to actually see the answers unfold! B’gone winter… time for some baseball!

  57. Poetkiosk February 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    It sounds like many are writing off the season because of the infield and not a single pitch has been thrown.

    And you know what before WAR, people just used their eyes to judge players. They still work.

  58. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t think anyone hates Cano.

    ——————-

    So the fan that directly tweeted him saying I hope you get Lou Gehrig’s disease doesn’t hate him? Are the fans calling him a bum, loser or stating he doesn’t speak English properly don’t hate him??

    You might not hate him but there are fans that do.

  59. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    So Sherman’s column pretty much confirms that if they don’t sign Drew it’s because Hal won’t let them spend any more money
    ===============================

    …and there’s the draft pick…

    ….and we all know that these picks are soooo critical to avoid the collapse of the franchise.

  60. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Jeter did miss most of a season with a “hustle injury”……of course he’s got about 15 more seasons where he’s played 145+ games (most of those over 155) to his credit too……Ellsbury has played 145+ games in 3 of his 7 seasons

  61. blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    A second rd pick shouldn’t matter….they have lost all their good picks already.

  62. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hal’s response to Sherman seems to end thoughts of Diaz. They are done for now.

  63. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    I don’t think anyone hates Cano.

    ——————-

    So the fan that directly tweeted him saying I hope you get Lou Gehrig’s disease doesn’t hate him? Are the fans calling him a bum, loser or stating he doesn’t speak English properly don’t hate him??

    You might not hate him but there are fans that do.

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

    I dont recall anyone here wanting him to get Lou Gehrig’s Disease; but I certainly may have missed it…

    ..and then Chris Stewart was the target of some pretty harsh things here.

    Being a MLB ballplayer (or TV celebrity or a politician) does lend you to be an undeserving target….

    (doesn’t make it right; but it’s a reality)

  64. Bret The Hitman February 18th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Despite a recent flurry of long-term extensions, Chase Headley is unlikely to discuss a possible contract with the San Diego Padres until after the season.

    “It’s not fair to the guys in this clubhouse to have anybody’s attention focused on anything but trying to win and trying to do your best for the team,” Headley said. “I don’t want to put my foot down and say nothing’s gonna happen, but at this point it certainly seems that we’ll table these until the end of the season.”

    Headley, who turns 30 in May, admitted that his own struggles have made it difficult to find a common ground in extension talks.

  65. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    If my job was to write about the Yankees, I would certainly read this blog for fan thoughts and ideas. But, Blake????? :)

  66. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    blake February 18th, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    A second rd pick shouldn’t matter….they have lost all their good picks already.

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

    I agree, 100%

    …but so many here seemingly would rather crush their own head in a vice instead of giving up a draft pick….

  67. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    ——————–

    I’m talking about comments in general whether it’s Lohud, RAB, NYY Fans, MLB Board, Yahoo, etc.

  68. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    (doesn’t make it right; but it’s a reality)

    —————-

    True it’s just confusing. I understand not wanting to sign Cano for the yrs and money. I have no issue with those fans.

  69. Yankee Trader February 18th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Austinmac

    Diaz might get a better contract than Drew!

    Time to go.,

    Luis if you are in that huge crowd in Caracas, Godspeed and stay safe.

  70. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:40 pm
    UpState February 18th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    ——————–

    I’m talking about comments in general whether it’s Lohud, RAB, NYY Fans, MLB Board, Yahoo, etc.
    ===============

    Fair enough.
    Do not follow those other boards/blogs.
    Here, IMHO, he’s been treated fairly – with ‘fans till the death’ of Cano being counter-balanced with fair ‘observations, opinions, and statistics’

  71. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    …but so many here seemingly would rather crush their own head in a vice instead of giving up a draft pick….

    ——————

    If they produced better players ppl wouldn’t be so hung up on losing a pick. The lack of talent forces fans to want to horde the picks

  72. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Here, IMHO, he’s been treated fairly – with ‘fans till the death’ of Cano being counter-balanced with fair ‘observations, opinions, and statistics’

    —————-

    True it’s not as harsh on here as it is on other boards.

  73. pete2 February 18th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    My confusion on the Yankees not signing Drew is like it was when they did not sign Jack Morris way back. Am wondering if the same factors are at play, at least for non-elite free agents.

  74. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    There’s no doubt about Robinson Cano’s talents. However he subscribed to the David Ortiz approach to the game rather than Derek Jeter’s or even A-Rod’s. Bottom line Cano’s choice of mustard has beard like sideburns on the jar…..

  75. Doreen February 18th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Kevin Long talked glowingly about Cano. Praised his talents and his work ethic and his willingness to work on aspects of his game. But he also wondered why he wouldn’t do the one thing that should have been the easiest thing of all – run out a ground ball. It’s little league baseball 101. And there is no valid excuse for a healthy professional athlete to not run out a ground ball. Even 70% would have been better. I never understood it, but overlooked it because of everything else Robbie brought to the table.

    However, that being said, I find it hypocritical of the media to put Kevin long or anyone else in this position at this point in time, when the writers that cover the Yankees mentioned almost daily in their columns last season that Robbie Cano wasn’t running out ground balls, and asked Girardi almost every game whether anyone had spoken to Cano about running hard to first.

    I also think it is ridiculous for the media to pursue this story on a player who is no longer here, and it is silly for anyone associated with the Yankees to answer questions about a player who is no longer here. I suspect the media wants to pat itself on the back that they were on top,of this situation and maybe make the case that it’s why cano wasnt signed (it was the 10 years). As to those falling into the media trap – sheesh. Has Jeter’s leadership,by example gone for naught??

  76. chicken_stanley February 18th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Doreen – excellent post

  77. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Doreen,

    Well said.

  78. UpState February 18th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Who’s going to be our BU1B ?

    Russ Canzler
    Casey Kotchman
    Daric Barton
    Ichiro

    …..other ideas ?

  79. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Time to make some dough…..Georgia Tech + 11.5 vs Duke and Ole Miss plus 5 vs Kentucky….Home dogs rule, I hope…. I think The Yanks are looking to get young at Short via a trade…..

  80. Revenge of Stoneburner February 18th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Wow – go Doreen!!

  81. blake February 18th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    austinmac says:
    February 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    If my job was to write about the Yankees, I would certainly read this blog for fan thoughts and ideas. But, Blake?????

    What you don’t like reading about BBQ and Steven drew? ;)

  82. austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Blake

    You make me feel bad about myself for never going to Franklin’s.

  83. Pat M. February 18th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Doreen hits a homerun !! And she won’t be Cadillac-ing it around the bases……

  84. Against All Odds February 18th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    austinmac February 18th, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    If my job was to write about the Yankees, I would certainly read this blog for fan thoughts and ideas. But, Blake????? :)

    —————–

    Sherman should at leas give Blake a shout out or something. He literally takes the ideas from here word for word. :)

  85. chicken_stanley February 18th, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Pat M. – good luck…. GT worries me as far as covering

  86. Revenge of Stoneburner February 18th, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Comment From Prich
    Any industry theory why the Yanks aren’t going after SDrew? Their MI situation is abysmal, will continue to be the next couple of years,have extra money b/c of ARod… Is it mostly due to not wanting to give up their 5th rounder, or something deeper?

    Jeff Sullivan: Presumably they don’t trust Drew at another position and they don’t want to bump Jeter off shortstop

  87. MTU February 18th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Mac-

    Don’t feel bad.

    There are people who’ve lived their whole lives in NYC and never have been to the
    Statue of Liberty.

    ;)

  88. Revenge of Stoneburner February 18th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Comment From Hank
    Is it just me or is Kelly Johnson at 3rd (avg 1.1 WAR over the last 3 years at 2nd) and Brian Roberts at 2nd (average 1.1 games played the last 3 years!) a completely crazy plan after spending 3/45 on Beltran?

    Jeff Sullivan: The season hasn’t started yet, the trade deadline hasn’t passed yet, and the Yankees have given themselves some extra options beyond just those two. It’s not like they’re not allowed to upgrade between now and the postseason

  89. MTU February 18th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    chicken Stanley alert ——–>

  90. mortl February 18th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    MTU ANDRUS > CASTRO. WAKE UP !!!

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