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Tuesday morning notes: Johnson fine tuning at third base

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kelly Johnson

This is not the day Kelly Johnson will be thrown into the fire at third base. That day came last June when Evan Longoria needed a break, and the Rays decided Johnson was their best alternative.

“They just said, ‘Hey, let’s go out and get some early stuff and we’ll see how you look over there,’” Johnson said. “I played that day, and I played like a week straight. Just whenever (Longoria) needed something — a week to DH or a day off or something — I would go over there.”

Today Johnson makes his Yankees debut at third base, the position he’s expected to primarily play this season. Could get some time at second and first and maybe even the outfield, but he’s here to be a third baseman. He’s been taking ground balls at third ever since workouts started, and Johnson said he’s refining the way the plays the position, not necessarily learning it.

“When you’re an infielder, when you play baseball, you’ve got an eye on other positions,” he said. “You kind of know. I think we’ve all got an idea before we can go somewhere what we’ve got to do. It’s not like you’re just completely fresh and new. … I think the one thing that’s kind of stood out that I’ve had to concentrate on is catching the ball and being in the best position to get the throw to first as strong and accurate as possible. Trying to cut out any little things. There’s always something. You kind of catch and at second you kind of have a little more time, so it’s not as important that your fielding mechanics, your throwing mechanics are as perfect. Now, I’ve got to make sure my shoulder is pointed to the bag. Don’t get too turned. Don’t (do) anything extra that could give the runner an advantage. Just stuff like that. Be a little more aware of having a little less time.”

Asked who’s been helping him at third base, Johnson mentioned three people: Infield coach Mick Kelleher (who was primarily a shortstop), guest instructor Willie Randolph (primarily a second baseman), and minor league coach Jody Reed (who played all of nine major-league games at third). Truthfully, this is a camp extremely light on true third basemen. In that way, I suppose, Johnson fits right in.

“I did have one of the best teammates you could possibly ask for last year when I first came over (to third base) with Longoria,” Johnson said. “I was all in his ear constantly. There’s not a lot that can play the position better than him, so there were certainly some things that I can remember him talking about. You take what you can from guys that have experience. All the coaches, they’re coaching here for reason. … This is more just building the repetition. Preparing. That’s the way I look at it. This is nothing compared to when I had to move to second, to me, in the beginning of my career. This, to me, is more about getting the information, getting my legs under me, and getting the repetition and the muscle memory.”

Francisco Cervelli· Today’s USA Today story about the new home plate collision rules was highlighted and taped to the wall next to Francisco Cervelli’s locker. I assumed Cervelli put it there himself. Turns out it was someone else — he doesn’t know who — who apparently thought it made sense to let a guy who’s had his share of catching injuries read up on the new rules. Cervelli said the Yankees have only talked about the new rules “a little bit” but they haven’t done much work to adjust to them.

· On trying to adjust to the new rules: “After a collision and another one, I always say I’ve got to take care of myself a little more,” Cervelli said. “But the way I learn in the Dominican was, this is my house and I’ve got to take care of my house. But obviously you’ve got to adapt to the new rules, and if it happened to me, it can happen to anybody.”

· Alfonso Soriano was able to hit and workout this morning. Indications are that he might go through the full pre-game team workout as well. He said he’s feeling much better.

· I was looking at the posted travel roster for tomorrow when Eduardo Nunez came up to check it. Someone mentioned that he’s making the first road trip tomorrow. “That’s weird,” Nunez said, with his usual laugh. Not weird at all. That guy’s gotten plenty used to being on the road in spring training.

· And guess who’s catching onto the travel protocol pretty quickly: Mason Williams stopped to talk briefly in the clubhouse this morning, and when I asked how camp was going, he said it had been good. “I’m expecting to make every road trip,” he said. “Every one.” That’s probably a good expectation, Mason.

· The Yankees will go through a normal workout before today’s game. In fact, the Florida State team is currently lined up at the top of the visiting dugout watching the Yankees stretched in right field. A few guys threw batting practice this morning, and there will be full team batting practice later today. Didn’t notice any fielding drill assignments. Could be that they’re just going to take ground balls while BP is going on. That’s not unusual.

David Robertson· Early morning live batting practice:
Facing Jose Pirela, Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez and Jacoby Ellsbury
Shawn Kelley (to John Ryan Murphy)
Yoshinori Tateyama (to Francisco Arcia)
Matt Thornton (to Austin Romine)
Dave Robertson (to Brian McCann)

· Today’s second string: C Gary Sanchez, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Corban Joseph, SS Dean Anna, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Antoan Richardson, CF Mason Williams, RF Ramon Flores, DH Pete O’Brien

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Brian Gordon, Shane Greene, Bryan Mitchell, Francisco Rondon (with just-in-case backups listed as Chase Whitley, Fred Lewis and Dan Burawa)

· Tomorrow’s travel squad:
Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Bruce Billings, Cesar Cabral, Preston Claiborne, Matt Daley, Chris Leroux, Ivan Nova, Jose Ramirez, Chase Whitley
Catchers: Francisco Arcia, Jose Gil, Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy, Pete O’Brien, Austin Romine
Infielders: Dean Anna, Russ Canzler, Corban Joseph, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Outfielders: Zoilo Almonte, Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ramon Flores, Adonis Garcia, Antoan Richardson, Mason Williams

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

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102 Responses to “Tuesday morning notes: Johnson fine tuning at third base”

  1. Chip February 25th, 2014 at 10:07 am

    My guess is that either Romine or Cervelli will be moved before the end of Spring Training.

    I keep looking at the Royals who have no one really backing up for Sal Perez and have a lot of of position players who are out of options fighting for roster spots.

    Cervelli for Danny Valencia just makes a ton of sense for both teams. Yankees get a guy with tremendous pop against LHP to back up at 1st and 3rd and the Royals get a legitimate BUC.

  2. Chip February 25th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    3 Moves:

    1. Sign Stephen Drew
    2. Ichiro to the D’Backs for JJ Putz
    3. Cervelli to the Royals for Danny Valencia

    Where does that leave the roster:

    Ellsbury – CF
    Jeter – SS
    Beltran – RF
    Tex – 1b
    McCann – C
    Soriano – DH
    Drew – 3b
    Roberts – 2b
    Gardner – LF

    Bench: Valencia, Ryan, Romine, Johnson

    Rotation: CC, Kuroda, Nova, Tanaka, Pineda

    RHRP: Robertson, Putz, Kelley, Phelps, Betances, Claiborne
    LHRP: Thornton

    No true back-up OF but Johnson and Soriano can play the corners and Gardner would be Ellsbury’s back up in CF. Having Johnson and Valencia gives you power from both sides on the bench as well.

  3. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Kelly Johnson looks like a figure skater

    Not to the extent of Johnny Weir

    But more figure skater than battle-hardened NY Yankee

  4. MTU February 25th, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Chip-

    That’s a good one except I think the Yankees have Cervelli penciled in to BU over Romine.

    And I don’t think I’d part w Romine for Valencia.

  5. blake February 25th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Chip
    Like it

  6. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Way to edge a homophobic remark in there, Hassey. You are a champ and could easily run for office in russia. And Don’t blame Johnson. He is not the issue.

  7. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    it is not homophobic to say that someone’s skin looks soft and like porcelain

  8. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Idiot

  9. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:30 am

    No Lohud commenters stepping up to the plate?

  10. blake February 25th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I don’t know who Johnny Weir is so I don’t get the analogy

  11. pkyankfan69 February 25th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Blake,

    This is Johnny Weir

    http://www.theluxuryspot.com/w.....r-pose.png

  12. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    As blake googling Weir… Chip, Valencia trade make sense to me.

  13. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Silence. How brave all of you are. I thought we were NYY fans, not Oklahoma Thunder fans.

  14. pkyankfan69 February 25th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I’m all for equal rights for gays/lesbians/etc but I don’t have a problem with anything Hassey said really.

  15. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 10:44 am

    j9d, relax dude, not everyone come to the same conclusion as you do. Get some sleep in Shanghai.

  16. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 10:14 am
    Kelly Johnson looks like a figure skater

    Not to the extent of Johnny Weir

    But more figure skater than battle-hardened NY Yankee

    ——————————————————————————–
    Reposting just in case you want to rethink that and act like a grown up.

  17. j9d February 25th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Cash..comment not aimed at you. Let’s all think about how we can not be Russia.

  18. Baby Ruth February 25th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Civility is a good plan on a blog

  19. Against All Odds February 25th, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I can see how it could be taken as a remark.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 25th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    “I can agree with the point that the Yankees didn’t set out to keep Cano at any and all costs.”

    Nor should they have. They haven’t done that for anyone lately, including Jeter.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 25th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    That said, I personally have said the name “Cano” for the last time here – or at least for a very long time.

    I’ve also decided to do a search in every thread and skip any post that has the name in it.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  22. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I be all over Franklin, but coming off a season where nyy minor league pretty much bombed, lamentation is the word that pops in my head every time a good player/prospect is made available elsewhere.

  23. Blojaldo February 25th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Kudos j9d.

  24. Jarak February 25th, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Chip- nice plan.

    As per the other stuff if he said Ed Whitson or Carl Pavano we’d have gotten the point without the distraction.

  25. Blojaldo February 25th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    You’ll have to forgive Johnny Weir for just being a highly skilled Olympic athlete and not a blogger.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 25th, 2014 at 11:01 am

    latest update

    2014 YANKEE PREDICTION CHART

    1/23 Cashmoney 163
    1/24 RayVT 108
    1/23 Trisha 101
    1/24 Hunger Games 101
    2/4 Mottsx 99
    1/22 Kelvin 98
    1/24 Blojaldo 97
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    1/23 bbb1 96
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    1/29 Mike-Boston 96
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    1/23 Chicken_Stanley 95
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    1/25 Melkman is in hotlanta 95
    1/29 rm 95
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    2/20 Charleston Chew 94
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    1/22 Rhapsody in Blue 93
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    1/25 Y’s Guy 90
    1/29 Deal With It 90
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    1/23 JimK 88
    1/29 Baby Ruth 88
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    1/24 PKyankfan69 69

  27. MTU February 25th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I’m off.

    Have a good day all.

    :)

  28. Jarak February 25th, 2014 at 11:03 am

    As per Cano I just would’ve liked the Yanks to go one step further and offer him 8yrs/200. Chances are in year 6&7 he’ll be better than Ellsbury

  29. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    lots of noise that the mets are going after nick franklin because tejada is still tubby and drew rejected $9.5M

  30. austinmac February 25th, 2014 at 11:10 am

    jarak,

    That number was an expectation of an offer, but I don’t think Cano would have turned down the additional $40M the Mariners offered him. If that is correct, what does it ultimately matter.

  31. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    still talking about the mariners?

  32. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Would Phelps and like Slade Heathcott or Mason Williams get you Franklin? If so if do it

  33. CompassRosy February 25th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    :::: Ys Guy says:
    February 25, 2014 at 11:13 am
    still talking about the mariners? :::::

    Back from my “grid iron giddiness” I was just about to ask the same thing ;-)

    Happy Spring Training, Yankee fans!

  34. Wave Your Hat February 25th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I wish Cano had been replaced with someone better than Roberts.

  35. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    i think roberts is kind of a ‘hope and a prayer’ guy, i think johnson is really the 2b.

  36. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    hi rosy, we’ve been talking about the M’s more than the yankees so far this month!

  37. Tyler February 25th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    95 wins

  38. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Wave Your Hat says:
    February 25, 2014 at 11:20 am
    I wish Cano had been replaced with someone better than Roberts.

    When they were signed I thought KJ and BR were nice back up plans … Didn’t realize they’d just make them the starters

  39. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Ys Guy says:
    February 25, 2014 at 11:24 am
    i think roberts is kind of a ‘hope and a prayer’ guy, i think johnson is really the 2b.

    Then who is the 3B?

  40. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:29 am

    nunez. the preference is roberts and johnson at 2b/3b but i dont buy roberts.

    nunez will be ok. then they’ll get aramis.

  41. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Ys Guy says:
    February 25, 2014 at 11:29 am
    nunez. the preference is roberts and johnson at 2b/3b but i dont buy roberts.

    nunez will be ok. then they’ll get aramis.

    Lol! That’s a good one Ys….

  42. Wave Your Hat February 25th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don’t think the Yanks will go with Nunez. I think that ship sailed when they got Ryan. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nunez traded before the end of ST.

    It’s just that the Yanks didn’t seem to have a plan for dealing with the loss of Cano, starting with not trading him during the season and ending with the Roberts/Johnson signing.

  43. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I wish Cano had been replaced with someone better than Roberts.
    ——-
    Do you think an infante, Cruz/Hart and Balfour would have made this team better than either Cano or Ellsbury not only in now but beyond?

  44. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I think Roberts was a good guy to take a chance on as your starter…could provide tremendous upside at low cost, in some cases you just have to take a risk

  45. Against All Odds February 25th, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Hey Rosy :D

  46. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Grid Iron giddiness…must be from Washington…oh well, there goes the neighborhood.

  47. Wave Your Hat February 25th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    “Do you think an infante, Cruz/Hart and Balfour would have made this team better than either Cano or Ellsbury not only in now but beyond?”

    Cash-

    I’m not going to buy in to the implicit salary tradeoff in the question. Once they lost Cano, they needed to spend more money.

  48. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    February 25, 2014 at 11:35 am
    I think Roberts was a good guy to take a chance on as your starter…could provide tremendous upside at low cost, in some cases you just have to take a risk

    Tremendous upside? I think his upside is league average and the downside is hurt all season

  49. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 11:43 am

    he’s been above league average in the past, and I think he can do that again…downside is the risk you have to take.

  50. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Balfour, Rodney, no matter
    There is no pitcher in the AL East that will be able to hold down our reinvigorated offense. You can’t stop the Yankees, you can only hope to contain them!

  51. Wave Your Hat February 25th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    “…I think his upside is league average…”

    The chances of Brian Roberts having a league average year at this point seem to me be somewhere between slim and none.

  52. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    so IF roberts is not able to play (injury or rust wise) then what would you guys at 2b & 3b

    if sizemore is healthy, he’s a possibility but not an upgrade over nunez.

    i guess anna is an outside possibility but nunez is more likely, imo.

  53. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Once they lost Cano, they needed to spend more money.
    —-
    Just an alternative to allocation of finite resources, Wave, instead of giving another mega contract, is it not possible to contemplate the idea of spreading it out into some medium length deals with decent to good player which not only in lessen the inherent risks in length of the contract but also addressing the many needs of this team. would it be not possible the aggregate of such to be greater than a Cano or an Ellsbury?

  54. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Roberts .275, 20 doubles, 20 steals, 20 Hrs, 80 runs

  55. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Wow Hassey…someone with some optimism…might need to revive me if that continues.

  56. blake February 25th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The chances of Brian Roberts having a league average year at this point seem to me be somewhere between slim and none.”

    I mean if somehow he stays healthy all year I think that’s his ceiling …..the more likely scenario is he’s hurt and not good

  57. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I am the most optimistic person on this board for this season..we are gonna win the AL

  58. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    or we could get Drew who gets hurt and then lingers with his injuries forever as well.

  59. Hankflorida February 25th, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Trisha, as Yankee fans, we both want the same thing but have different ideas of getting there. Last year, you predicted that the Yankees would put less emphasis on the power driven team as exemplified by the 2012 team that was noted for the three run blast and become more of a keep the line moving and manufacturing runs team which you defined as a hybrid team. The only chink in the armor of your hybrid team which emphasizes pitching, speed and defense this year is the infield defense which is still a work in progress. You have to realized that it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks as I was conditioned to an outfield Heinrich, Keller and DiMaggio followed by the age of Mantle. I still hope Ellsbury becomes a power player, but on a hybrid team, he does not have to for the team to be successful.

  60. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Baseball is being played today.

  61. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    HankFlorida is now the Vin Scully of this board…vintage vintage vintage

  62. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    “Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 11:52 am
    Roberts .275, 20 doubles, 20 steals, 20 Hrs, 80 runs”
    ========================================
    from your keyboard to God’s ears!
    current projections on Roberts:
    steamer: .251, 16 2B’s, 5 SB, 6 HR, 35 R
    zips: .246, 9 2B’s, 3 SB’s, 4 HR, 21R
    oliver: .234, 26 2B’s, 2 SB’s, 10 HR’s, 60 R

  63. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Brian Roberts will be a top 3 Yankee MVP this year.

  64. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I think Vin has a more well rounded view.

  65. Howler February 25th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    And the Yankees are going to win 83 games according to some experts.

  66. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Vegas oddsmakers are whistling past a graveyard.

    Yanks will go tape to tape this year

  67. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    And the Yankees are going to win 83 games according to some experts.
    ———
    That’s about 80 game below my expectation. but the, not an expert by any means.

  68. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    “Howler February 25th, 2014 at 12:06 pm
    And the Yankees are going to win 83 games according to some experts.”
    ===================================
    If you are referring to the over/under at a casino in LV (83.5), this is a misunderstanding of what the over/under line is. The line is designed to balance out the betting on both sides of the bet, they’re not trying to predict the wins total.

  69. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    The line is designed to balance out the betting on both sides of the bet, they’re not trying to predict the wins total.
    ———
    and why do you think ppl bet on either side that win total?

  70. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    i have no idea what makes people bet on any over/under, but the experts are attempting to predict where the line has to be to even out the betting. If the betting public’s perception is that the yankees are approximately an 84 win team, i couldn’t care, it’s their money.

    If I were a betting man I’d put my money on the over even if it was 87.5

  71. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    to win money?

  72. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    people like to mock the idea of nunez starting on this team, but it’s alot more likely than most think. It’s basically roberts vs. nunez with Johnson filling in the open spot.

  73. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    is losing Jim Leyland = 2-3 less wins for the Tigers?They still look strong, and I don’t like that they got Rajai, but they’ll miss the Leyland factor and his pitcher handling

  74. Hankflorida February 25th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Howler and Hassey, putting your names together would sound like a good Vaudeville team. Vince Scully is a bit more modern then I am or as I call it the folly of youth. When Bobby Jones saw Jack Niklaus play, he said, ” this is a game that I am not familar with.” He was talking about the power game in golf. I am going the opposite way when I say the same thing about the manufacturing of runs game in the Stadium. I was born in the age of Ruth and the Stadium was built for him and not the likes of Ty Cobb.

  75. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    castellanos taking essentially fielder’s place is dicey, too.

  76. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I like the cut of Hank’s jib. He can fill out my line-up card any day

  77. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    it’s reallly more like kinsler + castellanos replacing fielder + infante. still a downgrade to me.

  78. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Kinsler better adjust that upper cut HR stroke…his chances of setting a new leadoff HR record are Up in Smoke

  79. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Brian Roberts will be a top 3 Yankee MVP this year.

    —-

    Please, Hassey. Say no to drugs.

  80. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    don’t me mad at me, Giuseppe
    I’m not the one who will hit .275 with 20 HRs, 20 SB, 20 doubles and 80 runs

  81. Hankflorida February 25th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    I like the cut of Hank’s jib. He can fill out my line-up card any day

    I am indeed an old fossil who lives in the past as my lineup card for the Yankees would have Cano batting third.

  82. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    DH’ing with Richardson at 2b?

  83. Tackelberry February 25th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Its about time someone showed Roberts some love

  84. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    to rub it in Buck’s face, Roberts will take Jimenez deep 3x this year

  85. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    The number one news article in the economy section of my news feed is about Taco Bell introducing breakfast.

  86. Giuseppe Franco February 25th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    don’t me mad at me, Giuseppe
    I’m not the one who will hit .275 with 20 HRs, 20 SB, 20 doubles and 80 runs

    —-

    Not mad at all. I just don’t see how that’s possible even among the most optimistic projectionists.

    That kind of production is what he was delivering in his prime before the onslaught of injuries and concussions the last 4 years.

    I think the Yanks should be beside themselves to get replacement level production out of him for 100 games.

  87. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Roberts is the little engine that could, the toughest 5’8″ guy in professional sports, I expect big big things out of him this year in our bandbox

  88. Tackelberry February 25th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Wish today’s game was teleivised only cause I’m curious to see Jameis Winston on the mound.

  89. Shame Spencer February 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Taco Bell breakfast: waffle layered with sausage and egg and folded to look like a taco.

  90. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    cue the Homer Simpson head lean and drool

  91. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Roberts is the little engine that could, the toughest 5’8? guy in professional sports, I expect big big things out of him this year in our bandbox

    Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts has missed 445 games the past four seasons due to abdominal, hip, concussion and hamstring issues. However, he’s excited…

  92. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

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  93. Hassey February 25th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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  94. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    never really thought of camden yards as NOT a bandbox, but I too am hoping for good things from Roberts.

    Hoping but not really expecting.

  95. AAA February 25th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    never really thought of camden yards as NOT a bandbox

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

    You never should.

  96. Cashmoney February 25th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    must be some good drugs… synaptic seizures everywhere…

  97. pkyankfan69 February 25th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    The way work is going today I could use some Hassey… Can you send me some through the computer?

  98. Blojaldo February 25th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Tar February 25th, 2014 at 7:30 am

    His point is that after signing the contract that Cano was going to mail it in or “”would not have played his heart out”. What he wanted to say is he’s just another lazy latino player who once he gets his money would have quit trying. Why even post that? Would he have have posted that about a white player?
    ___________________________

    Do you enjoy trolling blogs and race baiting? The quote above referenced my questioning Cano’s character due to his lack of hustle and associations and friendships with known steroid users Melky and A-Rod. There was no reference to anyone’s ethnicity, you completely made that up out of whole cloth which reveals who you really are. By the way my wife is Latina. I think the only racist here is you.

  99. Hankflorida February 25th, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Hassey, to continue on your humorous promenade, do you remember the play and movie, “Mr Roberts,” where he was the one who kept the crew on the ship together and their morale up. Our Roberts can be that old reliable who hits when it counts and sets a standard for the team to follow.

  100. TheStraw February 25th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Trisha-

    Put me down for 94.

  101. Ys Guy February 25th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Henry Fonda, great movie!

    Not that I see any connection to Brian Roberts or the NY Yankees.

  102. blake February 25th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I’m sure there is some chance that Nunez will play in this team…..but I’m an optimist so I’m saying it’s close to zero

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