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Video: Michael Pineda throws an early bullpen

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The video above is from Michael Pineda’s morning bullpen. Same sun issues that I had with Masahiro Tanaka’s bullpen a couple of days ago, but the video at least gives some idea of what the ball looks like coming out of Pineda’s hand. Of course, the best view belonged to young catcher Peter O’Brien, who was behind the plate this morning.

“He looks great,” O’Brien said. “I was actually fortunate enough to catch him right when he was rehabbing (in 2012), right when I first signed. It’s a huge difference. I see what everyone talks about with him. He was throwing the ball really well. His changeup and his slider were working really well too. Really, really good bullpen for him today.”

It seems that the Yankees are moving slowly with Pineda this spring. Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno each threw to hitters this morning — and both Warren and David Phelps have been facing hitters for more than a week now — but as far as I can tell, Pineda is still limited to bullpens without a hitter in the box. The Yankees, though, seem encouraged with the physical progress he’s made in the nearly two years since shoulder surgery.

“He just looks good,” O’Brien said. “He looks comfortable up there. He looks healthy. He’s throwing the ball. He’s driving with a lot of power. He just looks really good. He looks like a pitcher up there. He’s definitely a big power arm, very good breaking stuff, good command of his pitches. … Not that it wasn’t necessarily there, it’s just that first time I caught him he was coming off (surgery), so he was probably 50 percent last time I caught him.”

Scott Sizemore· Talked to utility infield candidate Scott Sizemore this morning. Back-to-back ACL injuries have basically cost him the past two seasons, so he’s in camp trying to both win a roster spot and also build strength in his knee. “I’m definitely thinking competition mode,” Sizemore said. “But at the same time, it’s still toward the end of my rehab. I’m a little more than 10 months out (of surgery), and the normal range for an ACL is 10 to 12 months. I’m definitely able to go out there and do stuff on the field, it’s just I haven’t done it a lot. Confidence is going to come with going out there and doing more activity.”

· Sizemore has opt-out dates in his contract for May 1 and August 1. He will go to Triple-A if he doesn’t make the team, but he can leave after a month if he sees better opportunity elsewhere.

· For now, Sizemore is probably most notable for the uniform number he’s wearing. “At first I saw 24 and I was like, oh they gave me a good number,” he said. “Then I started thinking for a second, I was like, wait, that’s Cano’s number. That’s some pretty serious shoes to fill, but I’m glad they at least gave me a really good number.”

· Also talked a little bit with Corban Joseph, who’s in camp after undergoing shoulder surgery last season. He said he’s been in Tampa since January to finish off his rehab, and he’s been doing regular baseball work for a few weeks now. He feels ready for a full spring training, and he took live batting practice this morning. He said the shoulder issue had been there for a while but he was able to play through it for years before finally deciding it was time to get it fixed. Seems optimistic. Said it feels significantly better than he’s used to.

· Derek Jeter seemed to be in a good mood this morning, and he was actually talking to CC Sabathia about the straps he uses to keep his uniform socks up. This is the kind of thing that happens in the clubhouse. Velcro sock straps are a big topic of discussion.

· For spring training infield drills, it seems like the Yankees usually assign all of their utility guys one specific position to work on each day. Today, all of the utility guys were given a couple of positions to work on. That includes Joseph, who’s been assigned to get some ground balls at first base. Last year was the first time he played some first base, and even then he did it only a handful of games. I’m guessing the Yankees are preparing him to get some more time there this season.

· Hideki Matsui is here to serve as a guest instructor. Apparently Willie Randolph is here as well, though I didn’t actually see him.

· Random note on O’Brien: He said he has no preference whether he’s called Pete or Peter. He said a lot of his teammates called him O.B. and most of the Latin guys call him Pedro. His name plate says Pete, but he introduced himself as Peter. So, I guess just call him whatever you want.

· Not sure if they’re throwing bullpens or live batting practice, but CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova are each listed as pitchers who are throwing tomorrow.

Adam Warren· Early live batting practice
Vidal Nuno (to Francisco Arcia)
Adam Warren (to Jose Gil)
Facing hitters Scott Sizemore, Corban Joseph and Tyler Austin

· Later live batting practice (begins at 12:05 p.m.):
Field 1
Preston Claiborne (to Brian McCann)
Jim Miller (to Francisco Cervelli)
Jose Ramirez (to Francisco Cervelli)
Dellin Betances (to John Ryan Murphy)
Dan Burawa (to John Ryan Murphy)
Nik Turley (to Austin Romine)

Field 2
Robert Coello (to Pete O’Brien)
Francisco Rondon (to Pete O’Brien)
Chase Whitley (to Gary Sanchez)
Fred Lewis (to Gary Sanchez)
Bryan Mitchell (to Jose Gil)
Shane Greene (to Jose Gil)

· Infield drill assignments
Group 1
Russ Canzlez (1B), Brian Roberts (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Yangervis Solarte (2B/SS), Scott Sizemore (3B/2B), Dean Anna (3B/SS), Zealous Wheeler (3B/2B)
Group 2
Mark Teixeira (1B), Corban Joseph (2B/1B), Jose Pirela (2B/3B), Brendan Ryan (SS), Eduardo Nunez (3B/SS), Kelly Johnson (3B/2B)

· Batting practice groups
Group 1: Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Brian Roberts, Austin Romine
Group 2: Kelly Johnson, Brendan Ryan, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann
Group 3: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Francisco Cervelli
Group 4: Corban Joseph, Jose Pirela, Yangervis Solarte, Zealous Wheeler, John Ryan Murphy
Group 5: Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Gil
Group 6: Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Francisco Arcia
Group 7: Tyler Austin, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams, Pete O’Brien
Group 8: Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Gary Sanchez

Associated Press photo

 
 

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179 Responses to “Video: Michael Pineda throws an early bullpen”

  1. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    February 20, 2014 at 10:21 am
    MTU,
    Yea that’s the thing….they have been stocking up via trade lately instead of the draft. Myers, Archer etc and they have a pretty good core locked up for several years in Longo, Moore, Myers, Archer ……but it’s gonna be harder for them to keep the cycle going drafting lower IMO……

  2. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m really trying to not get my hopes up with Pineda…..truth is though that he could be the difference in the yanks staff being solid or lights out. If he gets back anywhere close to his 2011 form then look out

  3. Tackelberry February 20th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    who is that pictured?

  4. Against All Odds February 20th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Against All Odds February 20th, 2014 at 10:27 am
    Drew does not hit on the road and does not hit lefties so why this LOVE for a flawed player?

    —————-

    He’s better than what they have. If they had a Cano type prospect who was ML ready then…

  5. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Warren I think in the bottom pic….Sizemore in top

  6. Blojaldo February 20th, 2014 at 10:31 am

    TODAY: (MLBTR) “Other teams participating in talks with Diaz include the Giants, Blue Jays, Yankees, Braves, Phillies, and Mariners.”

  7. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Torres indicated that his client would focus his decision on maximizing dollars and opportunity. “We know he’s going to be in the major leagues,” said Torres. “It’s only a matter of time. His preference is shortstop, but he’s played second and third and I’m sure would be comfortable playing whatever position is necessary.”

  8. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    blake – I agree about Hanley.. could you see the Yanks spending $150 for him? I think if Headley bounces back even a little he’ll still end up being paid a premium.. at that point you’re probably better of spending on the greater talent in Hanely. But it doesn’t sound like signing him would fit the ‘lessons learned’ narrative so many are pushing.

  9. MTU February 20th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Hike day today.

    Got to go soon.

  10. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Drew doesn’t hit lefties but there isn’t much significant evidence that he can’t hit on the road

  11. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    “Diaz is considered a more advanced hitter than Erisbel Arruebarruena, a more gifted defender who last week agreed to a deal believed worth about $25 million with the Dodgers. Diaz’s bat, however, allows him to project at any of three infield positions.”

  12. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Things would have been Much easier if the Yanks had signed Drew, and used Johnson as an all around Utility player. Nunez and Sizemore currently do Not fit based on the roster. Ryan gets a free pass due to being under contract, and Ichiro is hanging by a thread with the 4th OF’er spot. Injuries may sort this all out, but currently this is a hodge-podge roster. Obviously, No plan was used.

  13. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Shame,
    I really don’t know if they’d spend that or not on Hanley….part of me feels like Hal is about to put the lid on the spending again. They went over 189 but he’s not taking the payroll up past 210-220 IMO and when Arod comes back it’s gonna make it pretty tight if that’s true.

    A lot depends on if their prospects actually develop….if Banuelos and Pineda step up and can fill rotation spots and if they get an outfielder to replace Gardner cheaply then maybe

  14. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Really, really hope they sign Diaz. Just having a young bat in the system that can play in a few different INF spots would be a great boost. Who knows, maybe they end up with a really good player.

  15. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    “Really, really hope they sign Diaz. Just having a young bat in the system that can play in a few different INF spots would be a great boost. Who knows, maybe they end up with a really good player.”

    Wonder where he’d rank in the Yanks prospects if they signed him

  16. Barry February 20th, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Re O’Brien’s name. If he introduces himself as one thing, Peter, then that has to be interpreted as his preference. Yes?

  17. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    blake – I’m not totally sure either. You figure with Kuroda, Ichiro and Jeter off the books next year and Arod back on, that’s close to a wash with maybe the Yankees saving some money there. Beyond that, I don’t think much significant money is coming off – am I forgetting anyone besides Gardner?

  18. Mottsx February 20th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    If the Cardinals are all in on Diaz, then they really need to sign him.

  19. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Petey.

  20. Chad Jennings February 20th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Tackelberry February 20th, 2014 at 10:28 am e

    who is that pictured?

    —-

    Blake’s right, that’s Sizemore in the first one and Warren at the bottom.

  21. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Oh and Soriano comes off the books.. not sure what we’re on the hook for with him this year.

  22. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    “blake – I’m not totally sure either. You figure with Kuroda, Ichiro and Jeter off the books next year and Arod back on, that’s close to a wash with maybe the Yankees saving some money there. Beyond that, I don’t think much significant money is coming off – am I forgetting anyone besides Gardner?”

    It is but consider that they are going to need an whole infield…..an outfielder…..a closer….and probAbaly at least 1 starter. So they will have some money coming off……but they’ll also have a lot of holes unless their farm system can step up and fill some of them cheaply

    They have like 150 million already on the books for 2015 for like 7 players

  23. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Hey Chad, great coverage of ST as usual. Meant to comment on that before but we’re too busy talking about Drew.

  24. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Mottsx says:
    February 20, 2014 at 10:52 am
    If the Cardinals are all in on Diaz, then they really need to sign him.

    Agreed….basically anybody the Cards like they should sign

  25. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Diaz won’t be cheap, that we know, Shame. tangentially, I wonder if Mustelier is still an option at 3b.

    Fernando Martinez is still with the Yanks?

  26. DONNYBROOK February 20th, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Pineda is going to have to show me something during April vs MLB sticks Before I get interested. The guy was going from Seattle to the Yankees, the outhouse to the penthouse, and he shows up looking like Oliver Hardy? Yeah, he’s a kid, but the inner workings have already been developed. Hopefully, somebody like CC grabs him by the collar, and informs him as to how the cow eats the cabbage. Till then, he’s off my radar.

  27. blake February 20th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Have we heard any sourced guesses on what diaz will cost?

  28. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    you know who diaz remind me from afar? Randy Verlarde.

  29. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    blake – Yeah I know I was trying to do the positive thing lol.. I really hope they don’t need a starter. Maybe Diaz can handle 2B, they get a 3B and decide to go with Nunez and Ryan as their SS platoon.

  30. Chad Jennings February 20th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Barry February 20th, 2014 at 10:51 am e

    Re O’Brien’s name. If he introduces himself as one thing, Peter, then that has to be interpreted as his preference. Yes?

    Maybe. I introduced myself, and as he shook my hand he said, “Peter.” So I asked if he goes by Pete or Peter and he just laughed and said it really doesn’t matter and people call him both. I kind of felt like he might have thought it was a kind of formal situation, so he used his real first name. I think Dave Robertson introduces himself as David, but I’ve always known him as Dave and most guys in the clubhouse refer to him as Dave. Basically, it’s not a J.R. Murphy situation with O’Brien. It’s not like he’s never gone by Peter and really prefers Pete. I think he just doesn’t care one way or the other.

  31. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    blake – Arruebarruena got $25 million from LA so that’s probably a baseline cost for Diaz.

  32. blake February 20th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    February 20, 2014 at 11:01 am
    blake – Arruebarruena got $25 million from LA so that’s probably a baseline cost for Diaz.

    How many years was that?

  33. hardwired7 February 20th, 2014 at 11:02 am

    “Oh and Soriano comes off the books.. not sure what we’re on the hook for with him this year.”

    $5M.

    —-

    Chad definitely brought his ‘A’ game to Tampa this year. Keep it up, man, we’re Jonesing here.

  34. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    How did JR Murphy become JR Murphy unwillingly…? Is John Ryan his entire first name or is John his first name and Ryan just his middle name? Does he want to be called John Ryan and not John? Is Johnny acceptable (for Girardi’s sake)? I have so many questions about this…..

  35. AAA February 20th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Cespedes plus inflation?

  36. Hassey February 20th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yanks are winning the AL this year
    book it

  37. tucker February 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    From the video Chad posted, definitely looks like Pineda’s mechanics are quieter from what I recall in 2011. Looks like he’s throwing w/good velocity, too.

  38. blake February 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    AAA says:
    February 20, 2014 at 11:03 am
    Cespedes plus inflation?

    Surely not….he’s not that high profile is he?

  39. Hassey February 20th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Nova starts the ASG and earns MVP of the ALCS with two wins

  40. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    My guess is diaz will cost 7-8 AVV for 4 , pretty much in range what the Dodgers gave to Guerrero and Arruebarruena.

    I think Diaz is a hybrid of the two, Arru is better with the glove and Guerrero with more established power and a polish stick.

    I would like the Yanks to take that gamble.

  41. Hassey February 20th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    At the next WBC, the Cuban national team will all be wearing Dodger unis

  42. Mottsx February 20th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    So he’s basically Infante money… wonder if they will bite.

  43. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    blake – Still not sure on the years because the signing hasn’t been officially announced by the team yet. Just reports coming out that it could be worth up to $25 million. I’d assume it’s at least a 4 year deal, but that’s just my guess.

  44. hardwired7 February 20th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Diaz needs an outlandish Youtube video. Strongman stunts, pig roasts on the beach, etc. to drive up the intrigue value.

  45. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 11:12 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpr3FGbd3LY
    —-
    There is like 2 videos on youtube of Diaz, obviously what you don’t know here is consistency, But like I said before, he looks like a guy who won’t embarrass you at SS.

  46. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    hardwired – Thank you for the Sori info.

  47. Hassey February 20th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The Dodgers just signed the Buena Vista Social Club to play the pregame anthems of the US and Cuba

  48. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    So he’s basically Infante money
    ——
    Infante obviously gives you a level of certainties. Diaz is 10 years younger and has room for growth in terms of his bat. It’s a gamble, no doubt. But I like both him and Guerrero from little i have seen offensively.

  49. Ys Guy February 20th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    godzilla and willie randolph in tha house!

    two of my favorites!

  50. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Kinda don’t understand why the Yankees weren’t signing Arruebarruena too lol…

  51. AAA February 20th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Surely not….he’s not that high profile is he?

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

    I don’t know. What we do know is he’s a guy who can hit and maybe adequately play 2-3 infield positions and that there is pretty wide interest in his services. Wouldn’t shock me if he landed somewhere in the 4/$35 range.

  52. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Kinda don’t understand why the Yankees weren’t signing Arruebarruena too
    —–
    in a perfect world, I want the Yanks to sign them out. Perhaps I am little different in my prospective in how allocate limited resources. I would rather Yanks sign all purported high IFA talents than giving a guy like Ells that AVV.

  53. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    *sign them all.

  54. Barry February 20th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Thanks, Chad.

  55. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m reading more about the Phillies… they are turrible.

  56. JCPD February 20th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Simmons with a seven year extension with the Braves. They’re locking everyone up long term, but only two years for Heyward. Interesting.

  57. AAA February 20th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The beat goes on for the Braves. Andrelton Simmons locked up for 7 years/$58M

  58. blake February 20th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    JCPD says:
    February 20, 2014 at 11:48 am
    Simmons with a seven year extension with the Braves. They’re locking everyone up long term, but only two years for Heyward. Interesting.

    That may be Heywards doing…..if he stays healthy and produces he’s gonna make a fortune as a FA and he’s only 2 years away .

    I’m not as high on the Simmons deal as the others unless the money is really cheap…..he needs to show he can hit before I’m givin him 7 years

  59. blake February 20th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    7/58 not bad though

  60. rynamay February 20th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    On MLB Network this morning, Jeter vs. Bautista in the Face of MLB bracket. If you like, you can copy and tweet: #DerekJeter #FaceofMLB #forthecaptain

    Go Yankees!

  61. blake February 20th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    @NYDNHarper: Jeter taking ground balls 1st day. Looks 10 times more mobile, light on his feet, than any time last year.

  62. RadioKev February 20th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Agreed….basically anybody the Cards like they should sign
    ——————-

    The Cards seem like they can do more with any player though.

  63. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    USA about to battle for the gold in women’s hockey… U-S-A! U-S-A!

    (Also, props to McDonalds for comparing winning a gold medal to eating a chicken mcnugget.)

  64. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    That’s a real good deal for Simmons.. with the way the market is, if it doesn’t work out with the Braves it’s also a very movable contract.

  65. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    (Also, props to McDonalds for comparing winning a gold medal to eating a chicken mcnugget.)

    Really stupid.

    Besides that, McDonald’s as a sponsor for an athletic event?

  66. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    McDonald’s and Coke always sponsor the Olympics.. I have no idea why lol. But Ryan Callahan was asked out the food in Russia was and he said he was eating McDonald’s so maybe it’s really the USA team’s sponsor because Americans have terrible pallets.

  67. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    No checking in women’s hockey?!

  68. Chip February 20th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I would put Diaz closer to the 7/$42 that Puig got or even the 9/$30 that Soler got than the 4/$36 that Cespedes did.

    He’s 23 which puts him (age wise) in line with Puig and Soler and like those two he’s going to need some time in the minors before he’s show ready. If you look at those contracts, they’re backloaded to pay less when the guy is presumably still in AAA. If the Yankees could get him for 8 years $56 mil, I would be giddy.

  69. Chip February 20th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    McDonald’s and Coke always sponsor the Olympics.. I have no idea why lol. But Ryan Callahan was asked out the food in Russia was and he said he was eating McDonald’s so maybe it’s really the USA team’s sponsor because Americans have terrible pallets.
    —————-

    One season when the Yankees opened in Japan Mike Mussina said all he ate were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

  70. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Usain Bolt’s triple Olympic triumph in Beijing was fuelled by 1,000 McDonalds chicken McNuggets, according to his new autobiography.
    The 100m and 200m world record holder, who repeated his sprint treble at London 2012, found Chinese food so “odd” that he stuck with the fast food chain’s wares for the duration of his stay in China.
    Writing in Faster Than Lightning, the Jamaican’s new memoir released next week, Bolt, then 22, admits to finishing off 100 McNuggets per day.
    “At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner. The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it,” he writes.
    The 10-day stint in Beijing saw him eat 1,000 chunks of chicken. “Man, I should have gotten a gold medal for all that chowing down,” he writes.

    Read more at http://www.espn.co.uk/athletic.....3eMbh1q.99

  71. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    One season when the Yankees opened in Japan Mike Mussina said all he ate were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    —————–

    One of my all time favorite Yankee stories. He was still complaining about the time difference in June!!! I really loved Moose.

    My other favorite Yankee stories are Scott Proctor having a ceremonial burning of his uniform on the field and Matsui’s loose leaf paper drawing of his wife.

  72. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I guess when you’re a young athlete you can eat anything.

  73. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Lol, pretty sure Bolt was fueled by more than that. Unless they injected PEDs into those nuggets.

  74. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Checking in women’s hockey has been debated.. most women played in boys leagues when they were young so they’re familiar with it.

  75. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I would imaging most olympic villages are really like an enormous co-ed dorm with bunch of fit people. McD probably smack right in with sex and frivolity.

  76. Patrick February 20th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Chad, thanks for posting the videos of Tanaka and Pineda. Definitely the two guys I’m most excited to see this spring.

  77. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hard to believe that the small populace of Jamaica could come up with so many dominant world class sprinters both male and female without some sort of an edge excluding chicken Mcnuggets.

  78. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Our girls are tough!! Go USA!

  79. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    McD probably smack right in with sex and frivolity.

    ————–

    There have to be a ton of hook ups.. I’d watch that reality tv show. A bunch of crazy good athletes macking it to each other? Please. So there.

  80. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I mean…just imagine the endurance…

  81. yankinvegas February 20th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I love how in all of the early previews of the Yankees the writers all focus on the negatives. Teixeira never said his wrist is sore, he said there is stiffness and the doctors have assured him that it will disappear. Not good enough for the writers. Tex will never again be a productive player. And on and on it goes. No mention at all about a potentially dominant starting staff or a bullpen that I think will be really good with some young power arms in it – Betances and Ramirez.
    But when they write about Boston, everything is roses. Losing Ellsbury – no problem, they have Jackie Bradley Jr. Everytime I saw Bradley last year, he was striking out. He might become a good player, but an Ellsbury, no. But then again, Ells bury will get hurt!! No mention of the fact that Lackey is a stiff who bounced back with a decent year, whereas CC is done!! Or that Uehara pitched out of his mind last year and has never closed for a full season or that many guys on that team played way over their heads last year. Plus, no mention as to why David Ortiz is still allowed to play baseball while MLB used every despicable tactic imaginable to get Alex.
    Totally amazing, but expected.
    Yankees will win the AL East by a couple of games over TB and the holier than thou Boston Red Sox will finish anywhere from 8 to 12 games out, thoroughly beaten but still playing in their jewel of a ballpark – NOT!!!!!

  82. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Our girls are tough!! Go USA!

    ———–

    They ARE!! The reasons they don’t let them check are 1) because they don’t want to alienate parents that might be hesitant to let their daughters play and 2) they aren’t paid very well, so if they’re injured they’re screwed both now and in the future.

  83. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Shame

    I’m sure there a lot of young American girls are there who are watching our team who want a pair of hockey skates not figure skates.

  84. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    @RiverAveBlues King: Soriano considering retirement after 2014 http://rab.me/1glvYgu

    @nickcafardo Source : Capuano to Red Sox likely. Deal could be announced later in day or tomorrow.

  85. Chip February 20th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Patrick February 20th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Chad, thanks for posting the videos of Tanaka and Pineda. Definitely the two guys I’m most excited to see this spring.
    ————————

    Patrick,

    In terms of pitchers, I’m right there with you though I would include Banuelos, Herndon, Claiborne, Cabral and Betances.

    For position players, Jose Pirela, Scott Sizemore, Zoilo, Adonis Garcia and CoJo are the guys I’m really interested in

  86. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    RIB – I agree, but they wouldn’t even let women do the ski jump until this year lol. Something about our reproductive organs being more sensitive (http://deadspin.com/why-it-too.....1520520342).. which I find interesting since ours are less exposed. You’d think they’d be safer.

  87. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Last year, I thought JRam looked amazing in ST… I definitely want to get another look at him.

  88. Chip February 20th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I think whether he wants to or not, Soriano will be retiring at the end of the year.

    He’s going to be 40 next season, not a brutal OF but not a very good one either, still can hit for power but lacks OB skills and hits for low average. Unless he’s willing to take a significant pay cut and accept a DH role, I think he’ll be Johnny Damoned.

  89. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Chip – Really depends on what his expectations are.. if they’re like Johnny’s, he’s out of the game. If he’s cool with a DH/4th or 5th OFer role at a couple million I’m sure he’ll find a taker.

  90. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Wasn’t Johnny initially looking for another multi-year deal..? He badly misjudged the market or got terrible advice..

  91. CountryClub February 20th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Not surprisingly, teams are caring less and less about defense at SS:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....-brighter/

  92. charlestonchew February 20th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    It’s odd to look at the projections for next season when it comes to Tanaka.

    Most folks put him in the 31 games, 3.4-3.7 era range with a K/9 around 7.5-8 and a WAR around 4.

    But not Oliver. Oliver seems to think Tanaka will start 39 games, a K/9 around 8.5 and a WAR of 6.5.

    But somehow they all have him doing around the same # of innings… 190-200.

    I think he and Kuroda are going to be absolutely dominant in the rotation this year. Somehow, their energies are going to feed off each other.

  93. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    RIB,
    For not being allowed to check, these ladies do a pretty good job of roughing each other up!

  94. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Tom and skate so fast! They’re all over the ice.

  95. charlestonchew February 20th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    “Yankees will win the AL East by a couple of games over TB and the holier than thou Boston Red Sox will finish anywhere from 8 to 12 games out, thoroughly beaten but still playing in their jewel of a ballpark – NOT!!!!!”

    Fenway is actually kind of an amazing and magical place… probably easily the best park in the game IMO. And I don’t think the Red Sox will be 8-12 games out, but rather 1-2.

    This season will give us even more parity in the AL East between TB, BOS, and NYY. It’s really a tossup, but I like the energy out guys are exhibiting so I’ve changed my prediction from wildcard to 1st place. I think it will take 92 games for the playoffs, 94 for 1st, and I expect all three to win close to or over 92.

  96. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    RIB,
    They fly, don’t they? The big rink makes a difference.

  97. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Not surprisingly, teams are caring less and less about defense at SS:
    ——
    just give me bunch of guys who don’t kill me defensively and are good hitters. that’s my preference at every position.

  98. MG February 20th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    There is a significant difference in the way Pineda finishes his motion in today’s bullpen vs 2010 with the Mariners-more compact and he finishes on balance instead of almost spinning around towards the 1st base side of the mound after throwing the pitch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHyEal6mhyc

    If he can generate the same stuff out of this new delivery he will have better command as well as a much better chance to pitch a full season out of the rotation-maybe not this year but certainly in 2015.

    All in all, if you can believe the catcher, very encouraging…

  99. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I love it when these women talk trash.. talking trash is the best part about playing a sport and it’s undervalued. I need a show that provides the audio of these trash talking sessions.

  100. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    RIB,
    They fly, don’t they? The big rink makes a difference.

    —————–

    Bettman continues to insist that a smaller rink results in more offense but he sits on a throne of lies. Having all that ice is a nightmare for defensemen!

  101. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I really hope the US team wins so we can make Golden Girls references for the rest of the day.

  102. pkyankfan69 February 20th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Anyone watching the girls hockey game?

    I see the shots are even at only 13 midway through the second period so I guess it’s been a pretty defensive heavy affair… Either team getting the better of the scoring chances?

  103. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Starting my T 25 seconds workouts, got to push myself to the edge!

  104. Cashmoney February 20th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Done! 5 push ups later I feel much better. Later gang!

  105. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Go, USA!

  106. pkyankfan69 February 20th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Sweet… Of course as I typed that we take the lead!

  107. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    USA…………1
    Canada ….0

    Megan Duggan …..9 remain in 2nd period.

  108. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Nice power play kills there by the US women…

  109. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Meghan Duggan

    2011….she won the “Heisman Tropy” from the NCAA….the top women’s ice hockey player in the USA.

    Duggan was the team’s all-time leading scorer at Wisconsin.

  110. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Man, I’m exhausted from watching these ladies go end to end, full speed, non-stop. Awesome athletes!

  111. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    LOCAL GIRLS :: USA Olympic Hockey Team

    #13 Julie Chu…….Fairfield, Conn………Harvard

    # 24 Josephine Pucci……..Pearl River, N.Y…… Harvard

    Harvard…..also pretty sharp !

  112. blake February 20th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Posada was on the radio a few minutes ago and he said he’d been talking to the Yankees about doing something with them….instructional….scouting …..helping the pitchers….sounds good to me.

  113. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Posada has coach written all over him.. please get that guy back in the org stat.

  114. blake February 20th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    @ESPNNYYankees: Girardi says Jeter looks like “he never got hurt”

  115. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    It’s funny how the backgrounds of these girls are like those of the 1960 men, all college kids. The difference is that they train and play together much of the year, and get paid for it, but still, it’s not like they’re emptying out some major league for a few weeks. I love it!

  116. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Had to come into the office now watching the game on Yahoo. I missed the score but listened in on the radio.

  117. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I have a temporary viewing pass for 28 more minutes hope it ends in regulation.

  118. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    All this positive news on Jeter is encouraging.. I’ve been betting on him over Tex from the start but in fairness to Tex his injury is newer.

  119. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    tom – But that’s only because they don’t have a major league equivalent lol.

  120. Pat M. February 20th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Pool serviced decked out in 1 piece stars and stripes swimwear…….”Oh Say Can You See ” I still say Michael Pineda is going to a beast come Memorial Day

  121. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Our women are on the PP… let’s get another goal here, the Canadian team is too dangerous.

  122. RhapsodyInBlue February 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m good just logged in with my time-warner account. Go USA!!

  123. Patrick February 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    blake,

    I also was listening to the Posada interview, didn’t know that he hurt his shoulder. For those not listening, he was playing softball in puerto rico and ran into a fence – tore a tendon off the bone or something like that.

  124. Jerkface February 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t know what Arruebarruena’s deal is going to end up being years/money wise (its only rumored to be 25), but it probably wont include an opt out. Or it shouldn’t anyways. The only 2 guys who got opt outs were Cespedes and Guerrero and I think both of those guys were more major league ready than Diaz or Arrubarruena. Also Guerrero was represented by Boras so theres that angle too.

    Jose Abreu got a 6 year deal where he can opt IN to arbitration instead of his current salaries but he can’t opt out of team control like Cespedes and Guerrero.

    Thats the thing with these IFA contracts. A major league player is only a true free agent after 6 years of service time. So with these deals, if you sign Diaz to a 4 year deal but do not give him an opt out, you will still control him for 2 years after his deal ends if he spends 100% of it in the majors. If you option him, you just get more years on the back end. And he would not be signing a free agent deal in those years, he’d be in arbitration!

    Thats why the soler and chapman and puig deals were pretty good. You pay them a lot sure, but you still have up to 10 years of control over their development. 4 option years + 6 major league years.

  125. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Little bit of UpState NY flavor playing for Canada :

    5 Lauriane Rougeau… Cornell University

    8 Laura Fortino………..Cornell University

    19 Brianne Jenner………Cornell University

  126. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Neither of these teams will have anything to leave on the ice for these 20 minutes. Do, or die! Great to watch the effort of both teams. Go, USA!

  127. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    YASSSS!!!!!

  128. 86w183 February 20th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Good afternoon all —

    U S A !!! U S A !!!

  129. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    25 Alex Carpenter ……….Boston College

    USA ………2
    Canada….0

  130. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    That goal is huge. The Canadian team isn’t out of this at all, plenty of time left. But having that insurance goal is awesome.

  131. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    So with these deals, if you sign Diaz to a 4 year deal but do not give him an opt out, you will still control him for 2 years after his deal ends if he spends 100% of it in the majors. If you option him, you just get more years on the back end. And he would not be signing a free agent deal in those years, he’d be in arbitration!

    ————–

    Did not realize that at all, great info.

  132. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    That was an impressive goal.

  133. Jerkface February 20th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    That info is primarily why the Yankees were stupid for not signing Chapman. His deal has no opt out and so the Yankees were guaranteed to get 6 years of major league service time out of him regardless of how much he spent in the minors. His ceiling was 100 mph left handed starter and his floor was probably ‘decent left handed reliever’ and his mid case was ‘elite left handed reliever’. Instead of spending the money on that investment they spent a similar amount of money on Damaso Marte and Feliciano, both of whom basically didnt even pitch for the Yankees and whose ceilings anyways were ‘decent left handed relievers’ and floors were ‘really bad players’.

  134. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    JF, I posted something for you in the last thread. I watched this documentary about Lance Armstrong last night and was fascinated. I think my takeaway was ‘look what science can do!’ more than anything else lol. Not sure that was the intention but I couldn’t help it.

  135. Jerkface February 20th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Yea I saw it! I like that guy, whoever he was. THE HUMAN MACHINE.

  136. 86w183 February 20th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Damn! fluke goal off the leg… makes the next 3:24 very stressful

  137. blake February 20th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    @Joelsherman1: Watching Jeter today there was fluidity to movements that just was not present last yr #Yankees

  138. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Shame,
    If every game was as hard-fought and fast-paced as this one, hockey would be my second favorite sport! Hang in there, USA!

  139. blake February 20th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    @Joelsherman1: By design Jeter dropped from 199 to 193-194 to take strain off legs, more streamline look is obvious #Yankees

  140. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Damn !

    Canadian goal by:

    #19 Brianne Jenner………who played at Cornell

    She was the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year

  141. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    He’s this Italian scientist that put cyclists on programs.. I wanted to post it because there are people that think of PEDs in a similar manner to you and they’re not crackpots.

    Throughout this documentary people kept talking about wanting to believe The Lie about a guy beating c@ncer and going on to win the Tour de France. But it wasn’t a lie! He actually did go from having a 50/50 shot of dying to winning the most difficult race in sports – and he did it because of science!!!

  142. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Holy schnikes this is exciting…

  143. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    tom – It’s an awesome sport.. it’s why Bettman is so irritating when he threatens to pull NHLers. For some people this is literally the only time they’ll care about hockey. Give them the best.

  144. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo

  145. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Mother facker…

  146. AAA February 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    WOW!

  147. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    NOOOOOO !

    54 seconds left !

  148. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Can the USA women keep their emotions in check…??

  149. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Rays!
    Come on Ladies. This game is yours for the taking!

  150. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    That was “Rats!”

  151. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Man, that shot on the open net off the post…

  152. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This is a Yankee blog so ‘Rays!’ as sort of a curse actually makes sense.

  153. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Gonna be gut check time in that locker room.

    Next goal takes the gold.

  154. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Canadian goal scored by:

    # 29….Marie-Philip Poulin….Boston University

    In 2013:
    She was the co-captain of Boston University.
    She led BU to the NCAA Division 1 Championship game.

  155. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    When do they do that shoot out thing? After an overtime without a score?

  156. blake February 20th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Mark (MO)
    What do you think of the Cuban SS/2B Diaz? Odd that the Cardinals are after him?
    Klaw 1:16 PM ET
    I don’t know much, other than hearing from a few people that he might be a utility guy not a starter.

  157. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 20th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Never mind I googled it. What would we do without google!

  158. UpState February 20th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue February 20th, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    When do they do that shoot out thing? After an overtime without a score?
    ===============

    Yes.
    Is TJ Oshie’s girlfriend available ?

  159. tomingeorgia February 20th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That off the post on an empty netter was tragic.

  160. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    U.S. Women were sitting on that lead too much: backing up and dumping out. They need to go after it in OT.

    So far so good on the Jeet front.

  161. bbb51 February 20th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah, I don’t watch much hockey but it seems they need to get back on their toes instead of heels.

  162. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 20th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Upstate – thanks.

    :)

  163. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    YF – I concur… attack attack attack. They’ll have a better shot of scoring early in the period.

  164. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Dominating US start but nothing to show for it.

  165. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Where’s the puck support?!

  166. J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Well, I see clutch and grab transcends gender, as the Canadians are pulling us down all over the place,

  167. J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Finally :)

  168. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    BIG moment.. there’s gonna be a lot of ice out there with a 4 on 3.

  169. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    They finally called it.

  170. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    You know what I love about our team..? Women coaches.

  171. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    OH C’MON!!!

  172. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Bogus call

  173. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    What a bulls**t call that was…

  174. J. Alfred Prufrock February 20th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Even-sie up-sie, I see.

  175. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Total skills competition here.. man on man (heh..)… watch for breakaways…

  176. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Shame, almost too much ice.

  177. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Pruf, yep ole Canadian clutch and grab…

  178. Shame Spencer February 20th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    :arrow:

  179. yankeefeminista February 20th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Too bad the breakaway was a result of a Canuck hook.

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