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Postgame notes: “Don’t tell me they’re going to cut me today”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 12, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli hit two home runs this afternoon. Said he couldn’t remember ever doing that before. He’s hitting .500 for the spring, he’s thrown out three base runners, and none of his teammates has a better slugging percentage.

But let’s not forget that Cervelli once broke his wrist in a spring training game. Or that he was once stunned by a late spring trade that forced him back to the minors. Or that just when he was playing like an everyday guy last season he wound up with a broken hand on a fluke foul tip. Or that he watched the Yankees sign Brian McCann to a five-year deal this offseason.

Francisco Cervelli“Oh no, don’t tell me they’re going to cut me today,” Cervelli said as he stood as his locker postgame. “… I’m going to hide today. I’m going to go home right now, because if they call me in the office, that’s scary.”

Getting wrapped up in the Biogenesis clinic might have been stupid, but Cervelli’s not a dumb guy. He can look down his row of lockers and see McCann, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine and Gary Sanchez. He can do the math and realize he’s potentially expendable. One source has already told me that some scouts have been at Yankees game specifically watching Cervelli, and simple logic suggests Cervelli has to be available at the right price. McCann is signed for five years, Romine has played well this spring, Murphy’s made huge strides behind the plate, and Sanchez is the top prospect in the system.

“I’ve been here forever,” Cervelli said. “This is, I feel like, my house. But if somebody wants me to go over there, I’ve got to make the adjustment. I told you guys many times that my dream is to be a starting catcher. Right now, my role is a backup. That’s what I’m playing for. But I’m never going to stop because an opportunity is going to come again.”

Cervelli was hitting .269/.377/.500, and he’d thrown out two of four base stealers, when he broke his hand last season. A setback and suspension caused him to miss the rest of the season, but he still came to camp as a favorite to win a roster spot. The Yankees believe he’s significantly better than in 2012 when they chose to trade for Chris Stewart rather than give Cervelli a backup job.

“Oh, I definitely think so,” Joe Girardi said. “I think he’s a much better player. Defensively. Offensively. He’s matured. He’s played a lot more baseball.”

Where will he play the rest of his baseball? A little too early to tell. Cervelli’s been great this spring, but that certainly doesn’t mean he’ll be on that plane to Houston when camp breaks.

“Honestly, (last year) was a year that you want to forget right now,” he said. “But you take the positive side and you see, if I was playing like that I can do it again, and I’ve got to keep working because I’m not going to stop. … This is my house right now, today. I don’t know what happens tomorrow.”

Hiroki Kuroda, Luis Sojo· Hiroki Kuroda finally got some attention! All it took was pitching one of the worst games of the spring. Having previously allowed just two hits this spring, Kuroda today allowed 10 hits and six runs through 3.2 innings. He allowed more runs in one afternoon than any other Yankees starter has allowed all spring. “Mechanically I was inconsistent and I was rushing a little bit, and the hitters took advantage,” he said. “When the stuff is good, I tend to get a lot of ground outs, but today it didn’t work. The location wasn’t there.”

· Not exactly typical of Kuroda, but he was missing particularly with his offspeed stuff. And he was missing up in the zone. He said his slider in particular was pretty bad. Both he and Girardi dismissed the idea that today’s start could be seen as a continuation of last year’s down-the-stretch struggles. “The arm speed is there and everything is there,” Girardi said. “Here’s a guy that has been around a long time. I don’t make too much of spring training games. They say not to make too much of September for young kids that get called up and don’t make too much of spring training games.”

· Brendan Ryan did some throwing, some running, and he swung a broomstick again today. He hopes to swing an actual bat tomorrow, either dry swings or off a tee. Girardi said he doesn’t expect Ryan to play until next week. Ryan still says his lower back is a non-issue and the Yankees are simply being extremely cautious.

· Another minor injury: Dean Anna had a stiff neck today. It’s believed to be because of yesterday’s collision with McCann. Girardi said he still expects Anna to make the trip and play this weekend in Panama.

· Girardi said he was pretty sure Brian Roberts was out at first base in the seventh inning, but he challenged call just in case. He did not ask Roberts whether he was safe. “I would have told him, no,” Roberts said. “Appreciate the effort, though.”

Kevin Long, Derek Jeter· Pretty strong spring debut by Jose Campos. He was a little inconsistent with his curveball — threw one for a called strike, another ended with a leadoff double — but late in the inning, he dialed his fastball up to 93 mph for each of his final four pitches. One was a strikeout pitch, the other three came in his final at-bat, which ended with a fly ball to center.

· Manny Banuelos is going to make his next spring appearance on Friday.

· Girardi is staying in Tampa for tomorrow’s home game. Tony Pena will manage the split-squad game in Clearwater. Michael Pineda is pitching at home, Ivan Nova is pitching on the road.

· Another hit and a walk for Yangervis Solarte, but Girardi pointed out that all of the Yankees backup infield options seem to be playing well. Is the dust beginning to settle in that competition? “I would say the storm is getting dustier,” Girardi said. “The wind is blowing harder. Competition is great. I love it.”

· Cervelli is the first Yankees player to reach three home runs this spring. He said he literally couldn’t remember ever hitting two homers in a professional game. “I think I’m going to sleep well tonight,” he said. “I just see two good pitches and swing the bat. That’s it.”

· Box score notes: The Yankees finished with a 7-run tie because of Zoilo Almonte’s ninth-inning home run. He had two hits and he’s batting .389 this spring. … Jose Gil, Josee Pirela and Adonis Garcia also had hits today. All three are hitting better than .400. … Mason Williams threw out a runner at the plate. Cervelli made a nice diving tag on the play. … Hitless inning for Shawn Kelley. Danny Burawa did the same. Yoshinori Tateyama and Fred Lewis each pitched a one-hit inning.

· Final word goes to Girardi, talking about Kuroda’s rough finish last season: “It was just a guy that went through a tremendous four months and then had a couple tougher months. If you have a tough month in May and a tough month in July, people probably don’t say much. Because of the way he finished, people are going to question what we’re going to have this year. I do feel good about him; I do think maybe he ran out of a little gas, but I can’t tell you that for sure.”

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141 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Don’t tell me they’re going to cut me today””

  1. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Cervelli is great trade bait right now.

    Make your move Towers. You know you want him. Pick up that phone.

    ;)

  2. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Francisco-

    Thanks for doing such a good job of showcasing yourself.

    We appreciate it.

    :)

  3. champ809 March 12th, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    A+ Tampa projected roster

    C- Pete O’Brien/Francisco Arcia
    1B- Greg Bird
    1B/DH- Rey Nunez
    2B- Andersen Feliz
    SS- Cito Culver
    3B- Bichette
    INF- Claudio Custodio
    LF- Ericson Leonora
    CF- Jake Cave
    RF- Yeicok Calderon
    OF- Kelvin De Leon

    SP- DePaula
    SP- Campos
    SP- Gallegos
    SP- Tracy
    SP- Sean Black
    SP- Scottie Allen

  4. pete2 March 12th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Gloomy day where I am so this post is just reflecting that, with the caveat that its only ST and these mean nothing.

    Not a great week for Yankee starting pitching in ST games.

    Looking at the ST stats for Ellsbury, Beltran, Tex, Jeter, Roberts and Soriano reminds me of last years regular season stats at many positions

    Ryan and Anna with minor injuries

    On positive note, Cervelli looks good. Why is it they want to trade him? McCann is not going to play more than 130 games at C, do we really want Romine starting 30 games at C, or more if McCann gets injured?.

    Nice to see Campos in there. I remember some were saying at the time that he was the real prize in the Montero-Pineda trade

    McCann and Gardner have had a nice ST, and Johnson has hit although his 2 errors today remind one he has not played much 3B.

  5. austinmac March 12th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Champ,

    Good work. Thanks for your thoughts.

  6. champ809 March 12th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    No prob, mac.

  7. JimmyT March 12th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I doubt a slider can stand on it’s own any more than a splitter; they both depend on the fastball to play off of. The fact that Tanaka’s fastball is impressive as it is should help both his slider and split play up.

    As great as Mo’s cutter was, it wouldn’t have been the same had his four seam not looked just like it, till about 15 feet from the plate.

  8. JimmyT March 12th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Towers trading anything of significance for Cervelli is as likely as Hal opening his wallet for Drew, or Drew coming to the realization that his price is too high.

  9. JimmyT March 12th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Champ… Kahnle got picked up in the rule 5. Kinda hoping he stinks it up for a bit and they send him back.

  10. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Those of you who think Tanaka’s 4-seamer is a great pitch will be a little disappointed IMO.

    When he uses his extra gear. Yes. But he does not use that all the time.

    Only when needed.

    The slider does not look the same coming out as his 4S and split do.

    That is what I meant by it standing more alone.

  11. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Then why is Towers and scout sitting at ST games w Cervelli catching ?

    Must have looked pretty good when he jacked 2 out for his audience.

    Nah. Towers wouldn’t trade much for him. You’re right.

    Forget it.

    ;)

  12. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    MTU, you never know, but I would say it’s unlikely that cervelli will get you an Owing or a Didi. As to the scouts, I am pretty sure Cervelli would be an upgrade over SD buc. Question is whom?

  13. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Cash-

    Maybe not by himself.

    ;)

  14. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Just watched some video of D-Backs pitcher Archie Bradley, oh my !!!! He sports a 12-6 knuckle curveball around 85 mph to support his 95 heater. Man this kid is only 21 and he has Big League stuff right now. Wonder what Towers would want for him ??? Maybe the Yanks draft picks for the next 5 years

  15. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Dan22, that’s interesting question you raised about hitters with certain tendencies value less than say, a hitter who hits to all fields. My guess is that teams do look at that, but the baseline is still traditional or metric measures of offensive productions combine with demand of a particular team.

    so, in summation, I think no. too many other variables at play here.

  16. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    probably not MTU, then i would guess that cervelli is not the main piece for the names that you desired.

  17. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Pat M.

    Lot’s of folks over here like to rag on Starlin.

    What say you ?

    :)

  18. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Cash-

    Who said he was ?

    I didn’t.

    Just that he isn’t just chopped liver if you happen to need a BUC.

    And they are definitely taking an interested look.

    Package him for Owings or Gregorius ? Sure.

  19. pete2 March 12th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I have to admit, I have not seen enough of Tanaka against MLB hitters to predict much. His splitter is definitely seems to be a force but he does not throw it as much as someone like Uehara. In the NPB he threw it 15% of the time, and I suspect he reserves it for late in the count.

    The key will be his fastball. So far, and its early, he has topped out at 94 with the four seamer. That’s also a pitch he does not seem to throw often. Mostly he seems to be sitting in the low 90′s with the FB which is not exceptional by MLB standards.

    What will make the FB pitch exceptional is exceptional command and or movement. Need to see more of that. The plus slider will make the FB even more effective.

    Tanaka had an exceptionally low HR rate in Japan. Some of that may be the dead ball in recent years and the fact his park suppressed HR’s. Maintaining a low HR rate in MLB is a must, and as a GB pitcher he should be able to do this.

    Obviously, as a GB pitcher IF defense will be important to him. Jury is out there although so far I am pleased with Jeter and Roberts thus far. Jeter looks like he could be as mobile as 2012 anyways

  20. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    My bad, I must mis-read it. Cervelli is definitely not “chopped liver”, he is more of a NY skirt steak you get at a decent diner.

  21. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Cash-

    Skirt steak plus scalloped potatoes au gratin and asparagus almondine w a glass of fine wine
    makes for a very nice meal.

    ;)

  22. blake March 12th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Those of you who think Tanaka’s 4-seamer is a great pitch will be a little disappointed IMO.”

    No pitch is thrown in a vacuum….they work off each other. Tanaka’s split and slider wouldn’t be nearly as effective without the fastball and vice versa. He doesn’t throw 95…..but with his stride it probably plays like 95 to the hitters and he commands the pitch well…..it’s a plus fastball everything accounted for. Which pitch is best doesn’t really matter…..his collective arsenal of pitches is going to play very good against MLB hitters IMO …..better than some folks thought

  23. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Is that a date! :D

  24. blake March 12th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    “Wonder what Towers would want for him ??? Maybe the Yanks draft picks for the next 5 years”

    The entire system and 3 WS rings. Dude is a beast

  25. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    No single ball is caught in a vaccum, Blake, I am glad we are finally on the same page with Prime Time, i know deep inside you adore him.

  26. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Blake….Not certain what it is you’re putting on your ribs, but the only way Tanaka’s fastball plays like 95 is if they move the mound up 5 feet. And please save me all the mumbo jumbo nonsense about his stride. His fastball is average at best, and he better keep it down because it lacks the giddy up to be effective up in the zone…. MTU, Starlin Castro would be immediately the best player on the Yankees if they could acquire him. Again, Starlin Castro would be the best player on the NY Yankees

  27. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve never been much of a Cervelli fan, so I am surprised to be saying this, but… I think his value to us is quite a bit greater than what he probably would fetch in a trade.

  28. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Blake-

    I agree. The essence of Tanaka is the combination of things he can do.

    First and foremost this kid is a pitcher. A very polished one too.

    In case you have forgotten I prefer them to “throwers”.

    I was just trying to point out that in and of itself his FB is not nearly his best or even most effective pitch.

    If you are talking about it setting up his split, etc. for sure it is important.

    He just can’t expect to blow FB after FB by hitters IMO.

    I saw him throw 3 straight practically unhittable splits to K a guy in a critical situation though.

    Doubt you’d ever see anything like that with FB.

    ;)

  29. Jerkface March 12th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    How is stride mumbo jumbo? Its one of the reasons David Robertson is so effective. Again this is science. The closer you release the ball to the plate, the less time a hitter has to react to it. And the more spin it has, the less it drops, which makes reacting to it even harder.

  30. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Cervelli is completely fungible as a BUC.

    I wouldn’t shed a single tear if he were traded.

    I might even applaud it.

    ;)

  31. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Pat M.-

    IMO Tanaka will be very effective w his FB when he uses it up and in and is changing eye levels trying to get hitters to chase after he has made good use of his 2ndary stuff down low.

  32. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Or that just when he was playing like an everyday guy last season he wound up with a broken hand on a fluke foul tip.”

    Chad…great job today but that was no “fluke foul tip”. That was an everyday garden variety foul tip. The kind that catchers are taught from LL to keep their hand behind them so, as not to get hit. Totally Cervelli’s fault. Also he only played in 17 games last year so any kind of stats has to be qualified with SSS.

    I will say Cervelli has been clutch with the bat (amazingly) and at times he has really looked like he’s improved behind the plate (Pena’s influence). but I really think all of that is just a mirage….. at the most inopportune moment he will resort to his hyper active ways…and will screw up at the wrong time. His stock is high…… sell now while you can.

  33. pkyankfan69 March 12th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Revis Island is on its way to NE… Jets fans have to be furious.

  34. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    “Cervelli is completely fungible as a BUC.

    I wouldn’t shed a single tear if he were traded.

    I might even applaud it.”

    Have I told you how smart ( and talented) I think you are… :D

  35. bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Cervelli for Castro straight up!

    Just though I’d balance things out here. ;)

  36. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    “His stock is high…… sell now while you can.”

    This.

    +1

    :)

  37. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Tar-

    Flattery will get you everywhere.

    :)

  38. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I understand what hitting a baseball is about, but spare me of all your unimpressive razzle dazzle nonsense because I see right through it. Big guys with big fastballs yes, shorter guys with average fastballs, no …One inning of Dave Robertson yes, 6 innings of Dave Roberston, batting pratcice

  39. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Is Cervelli’s stock really high? I don’t know if a good week in Florida offsets a lost season and a PED suspension.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Tar – I have to say that I’ve come to the conclusion that you are correct about some people being multiples. And you are right that it is wrong for any poster to sign up for the prediction chart as a multiple, especially since I’m the one forking out the reward! It’s not fair for that person to have multiple chances, when everyone else gets only one.

    The problem I am having is that I am not really sure which screen names are multiples, and so I can’t in good faith summarily knock them off. I wish there were a way to know for sure.

    :(

  41. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Amateurs like us have no idea how professional evaluators might see a given player.

    So let’s just start there.

    We might as well be blindfolded when it comes to judging such things.

    All in all I think we might be quite surprised if we knew what they really thought.

    ;)

  42. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Trisha-

    Use fingerprinting or retinal scans.

    Give the NSA a call. I’m sure they’d be glad to help.

    :)

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    MTU, I’ve tried all those things, plus calling the NSA. We’re dealing with some slick posters!

    :shock:

  44. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Since weed is now legal in Colorado what does this mean for Rox players ?

    Do we have to give a new meaning to the Rocky Mountain high ?

    :)

  45. Hans Davenport March 12th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Is Cervelli’s stock really high? I don’t know if a good week in Florida offsets a lost season and a PED suspension.

    A valid point.

  46. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    One or more of the following aspects define a fastball: pure velocity, movement, release point, plane of trajectory, how well batters pick it up, etc… How does Tanaka’s fastball stack up? I don’t know. the only thing we truly know for sure is that there are a bunch of guys in Japan that found it pretty effective… Whether Major Leaguers do remains to be seen

  47. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Trisha-

    Then just chip them at birth.

    ;)

  48. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Trish

    I don’t remember everyone on your list off the top of my head. But you can remove Bloj,high heat, sock puppet, for starters. If it was me…I would go through the list and any name that doesn’t have a history here…. I would question, and possibly eliminate.

    Bojo has a good handle on these kind of things maybe he can help. Sorry if I wasn’t very helpful.

  49. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Glenn-

    You sound like an expert.

    By the way, I have to miss Ragnar and Co. tomorrow.

    :(

  50. bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Cervelli is a beast, he is going to outhit McCann. :)

  51. blake March 12th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    “Blake….Not certain what it is you’re putting on your ribs, but the only way Tanaka’s fastball plays like 95 is if they move the mound up 5 feet.”

    Well he touches 94 and higher ….but have you ever watched DRob blow 91 mph fastballs by hitters? The reason he can do this is because of his stride…..he releases the ball closer to home plate than most pitchers……Tanakas stride is something like 30% longer than an average pitcher so he has some of that same effect. His 92s probAbaly look more like 94s and his 94s probAbaly players like 96s to hitters

  52. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Squat-

    OK. I like to dream too.

    :)

  53. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Mike – do you have a DVR?

  54. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    “Is Cervelli’s stock really high? I don’t know if a good week in Florida offsets a lost season and a PED suspension.”

    Well maybe in a penny stock sort of way. But really two HR’s in one game…..I’m betting it’s reached it’s zenith… :D

  55. blake March 12th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    “I understand what hitting a baseball is about, but spare me of all your unimpressive razzle dazzle nonsense because I see right through it. Big guys with big fastballs yes, shorter guys with average fastballs,”

    Tanaka is 6’2″. We’ll see Pat M…..I’ve been really impressed with him and think he’s gonna be very good

  56. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Glenn-

    Unfortunately not.

    We’re primitive out here in the sticks.

    :)

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    “Trisha-

    Then just chip them at birth.”

    :lol:

    Tar – you have been very helpful. I have to look, but I’m pretty sure sock puppet and high heat aren’t on the list.

  58. blake March 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    @JeffPassan: Why would kids choose baseball over football? Ervin Santana, a No. 3 starter, gets $14.1M for one year. Darrelle Revis, a top CB, gets $12M.

    And that 12 million probAbaly isn’t guaranteed

  59. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve been really impressed with him and think he’s gonna be very good

    —————–

    I tend to agree. I guess we’ll know soon enough

  60. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    chicken man. We’ll see and he’ll be good, but his fastball needs pinpoint location to be effective. And effective is the key word here. It’ll be of interest when Tanaka hits a rough stretch ( which he will ) to see how many bail on him and leap off the goodship Tanaka bandwagon. History here will repeat itself, it always does and it always will. JPL lineups don’t exactly overwhelm me to be honest

  61. blake March 12th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    “JPL lineups don’t exactly overwhelm me to be honest”

    Yea but if a guy went 24-0 with a 1 era in AAA here then that would be pretty amazing as well…..

  62. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Mike – I just went to the History channel website… they have episodes 1 and 2 of season 2 (I’m assuming tomorrow is episode 3) available to view online… Maybe thats a route you can take

  63. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I’m on the Blake bandwagon.

    I think Mr. Tanaka will exceed most people’s expectations.

    :shock:

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    “Since weed is now legal in Colorado what does this mean for Rox players ?”

    I don’t know what it means for Rox players but I know former Governor Jerry Brown has big concerns about legalizing pot. And if Jerry Brown has concerns, you know it’s time to sit up and pay attention!

    He also expressed worry about the “tendency to go to extremes.” After legalization, he said, “if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”

    I see that as a very cogent argument.

  65. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Very kind of you Glenn.

    Thanks.

    :)

  66. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Based on that statement, I would expect that Gov. Moonbeam wants to ban alcohol as well.

  67. blake March 12th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I expect there to be some growing pains for Tanaka this year but honestly I won’t be surprised if he’s top 10 in the CY voting either…..I don’t think he needs to make many adjustments to his game unlike some of the other Japanese guys. So he may actually have an advantage over the hitters the first couple times around the league.

  68. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Mr. Speaker, the people of the proud state of Rhode Island cast their votes for Masahiro Tanaka!!!

  69. bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    He also expressed worry about the “tendency to go to extremes.” After legalization, he said, “if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”

    Lol, most people are not paying attention whether they are stoned, drunk or stone cold sober.

  70. bigdan22 March 12th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 8:15 pm
    Dan22, that’s interesting question you raised about hitters with certain tendencies value less than say, a hitter who hits to all fields. My guess is that teams do look at that, but the baseline is still traditional or metric measures of offensive productions combine with demand of a particular team.

    so, in summation, I think no. too many other variables at play here.

    —–

    By logical extension the differing values of a defined hitter vs an equally adept undefined hitter would theoretically be reflected in a variance in BABIP. That would then flow into the baseline measurements that you mention. I’ve never seen any research on defined vs. undefined hitters with respect to BABIP (maybe it’s because I just invented the concept) but I would assume BABIP would be higher for the undefined hitter, assuming of course similar line drive rates and the like.

    The real value of this analysis would I believe be in amateur scouting and evaluating minor league talent. I may be wrong but I doubt minor league teams are doing sophisticated defensive alignments. If that’s the case, evaluating a defined hitter would be similar to evaluating a hitter in the PCL. You’d have to discount his offensive metrics somewhat because there will be a reduced BABIP when he gets to the majors. It’s pretty much like the evolution of Mark Teixeira. He’d be a much better hitter than he his now if he played in a league without defensive alignments.

  71. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Blake-

    I’m seeing him as having a Rookie season a lot like Hellickson’s.

    Maybe better.

    His stuff is superior to his IMO so the results might be too.

    ;)

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I think it’s ludicrous to try to compare pot and alcohol. I dare say, though I am a teetotaler, that a politician could have a drink at dinner and still be clear-headed enough to go back to the Senate or House and deal with important business.

    I don’t for a minute believe the same is true of a joint at dinner. After all, we all know the effects of pot. I don’t worry about someone who has had one drink driving somewhere. The last thing I want on the road is a stoner.

  73. pete2 March 12th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Most pitchers have an advantage over hitters the first couple of times around. Tanakas main test will be pitching every 5 days and making more starts. This probably manifests into a bit of a swoon down the stretch due to arm fatigue. With guys like Kuroda and Pineda whose performance in the 2nd half is equally suspect, it emphasizes the importance of having a good bullpen to reduce the innings they throw each game, not to mention depth in the rotation.

  74. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Wow just watched that Tanaka video

    Holy crap is all I can say.

  75. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    “Lol, most people are not paying attention whether they are stoned, drunk or stone cold sober.”

    What a condemnation of a once great nation then, hey?

    Some people don’t give a rat and are into self gratification, consequences be damned. Some people think more globally and care about the bigger picture.

    It takes all kinds.

  76. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Pat M. – My only personal concern with Tanaka’s fastball (admittedly in a short sample size) is the 4 seamer seems really straight. Now, if that 4 seamer ties up batters up in the zone, then maybe its not a legitimate concern. I’m definitely not conerned about velocity… tons of pitchers are successful at 92-94. In fact, I would bet there are more dominant pitchers in the history of baseball that sat below 95 than dominant pitchers that sat above 95 (no data to back that up, just an educated guess).

    You’re right, there will be rough stretches and when they occur, Tanaka will not be as sexy to some. I’m betting on long term success for Tanaka (barring injury etc)… if I’m wrong, so be it – I’ve been wrong many times before :)

  77. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Tanaka is very skilled at making adjustments.

    That also bodes well for him.

    As baseball is a game of punch and counterpunch.

    Or is that boxing ?

    Oh well. I think you get my drift.

    ;)

  78. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m very worried about people driving on certain prescription meds, but I don’t think they should be outlawed.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    In any event, I care about the bigger picture and I would rather err on the side of caution than chance, for example, that some day care worker is taking care of peoples’ precious children stoned, because marijuana is now legal and easily obtainable. Same with driving a school bus, teaching children, diagnosing illness.

    JMO

    Great night, y’all.

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Again, equating recreational marijuana with prescription drugs, if that’s what you’re doing, is ludicrous.

    Later.

  81. Tar March 12th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Trish

    Have you ever tired pot even once? Have you ever been drunk?

    I understand if you don’t want to answer…. but reading you posts leads me to believe that the answer is no.

    I bring it up because there is a big difference in what you might read, and what is the real truth on the subject.

  82. bbb51 March 12th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Well I have news for you Trisha, it’s not hard to obtain marijuana even when it’s illegal. And I’m pretty damn sure the “war on drugs” leads to more death than if it is legal.

    The way to deal with drug use is parenting, education and treatment, not punishment (for just use).

  83. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Driving while impaired is a problem not matter what the source of the impairment is. I wouldn’t feel better if a loved one of mine was killed by a driver on Ambien rather than a driver on weed.

  84. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Well I have news for you Trisha, it’s not hard to obtain marijuana even when it’s illegal. And I’m pretty damn sure the “war on drugs” leads to more death than if it is legal.

    The way to deal with drug use is parenting, education and treatment, not punishment (for just use).

    Hear, hear. The War on Drugs has been an abysmal failure that has imprisoned an absurd amount of nonviolent “criminals.”

    I recently read (but can’t confirm) that more men get raped in the U.S. each year than women when you include the prison population.

  85. raymagnetic March 12th, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    It’s been proven time and time again that drivers high on pot are better drivers than drivers who are drunk.

  86. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    It’s been proven time and time again that drivers high on pot are better drivers than drivers who are drunk.

    Certainly less aggressive, IMO.

  87. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    In my brief time here, I’ve noted some non-baseball related topics subjects that elicit impassioned responses. They include: religion, politics, global warming, morality, and professional wrestlers from the 80′s… I am amending my list to include all things drug related

  88. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    chicken man….I agree with everything you posted. I’ve stated repeated that Tanaka will be a good MLB pitcher and will be a very good # 3 type guy. My issues are when I’m being told that I’m nuts because I think that and I’m not all ga-ga about him being some type of Ace pitcher which he’s not. His fastball is average at best and it’ll be exposed everytime he’s having issues with his very good spit. I see him as a 15-16 game winner which as we know is very good in today’s game……Then again Ervin Santana is a 15-16 game winner at 9-10 million a year less . And that doesn’t include the 2 10 million dollar bounty on top of that The Bombers have to pay.

  89. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    It’s pretty much like the evolution of Mark Teixeira. He’d be a much better hitter than he his now if he played in a league without defensive alignments
    ——
    Dan, I see what you saying, I am not scout so i am not quite sure how a scout would evaluate a spread hitter vs pull hitter, all things equal i would think most team would prefer a guy who can take the ball to all field and hit them where they pitched. but that seldom happens in comp of any particular player to another

    On Tex, agree, The shift has undoubted cost him a dip in average. but the greater issue lies the deterioriation of his raw physical ability to take the ball the other way and tangentially the inherent risks of long term contract handing out to player who might be on the downside through it’s duration.

  90. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Cashmoney, all the Front Office really wants out of Texeria is 30-35 longballs, 100 rbi’s , 80-90 runs scored and Gold Glove defense. Now now many first baseman offer that

  91. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Pat. M, at this point, that’s all I am hoping for.

  92. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    “•The Mets are keeping an eye on the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition and a source tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that the Mets “could jump in” to obtain Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before Opening Day. When last we heard of the Mets/D’Backs shortstop talks, New York catching prospect Kevin Plawecki wasn’t considered enough for either Gregorius or Owings, and Harper believes the Mets would have to move Plawecki and a minor league pitcher to make a deal work.
    •Also from Harper, the Mets are still scouting Nick Franklin, and trying to decide if he can handle the shortstop job on a regular basis. Ninety of Franklin’s 92 starts for the Mariners last season came as a second baseman, and while Franklin played more short than second in the minors, Seattle considered Brad Miller to be a better option than Franklin at shortstop.”

    If that is the Mets best offer for Gregorius or Owings we can top that easily.

    Make the call to Cash Towers. He has what you need.

    ;)

  93. cheddar March 12th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    the inherent risks of long term contract handing out to player who might be on the downside through it’s duration.

    And Bingo was his name-o.

  94. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Pat M. – I see Tanaka falling somewhere in the range of a middling #3 to a lower #1, so we’re probably not that far apart (although I may think his ceiling is a bit higher than you do). The enjoyment, to me, is watching him pitch and seeing him transition to a MLB pitcher. I’m hoping he surpasses both your and my projections

  95. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Weird night in here I see…. For what it’s worth I’m high right now and am managing not to make typos on my smart phone even with my fat clumsy fingers.

  96. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    I think Tanaka ends up having a better season than CC.

  97. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Pat M. says:
    March 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm
    Cashmoney, all the Front Office really wants out of Texeria is 30-35 longballs, 100 rbi’s , 80-90 runs scored and Gold Glove defense. Now now many first baseman offer that

    The problem is that Tex hasn’t done that in awhile either

  98. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    The Mets trading for an INF further limits Drew’s market lol…’Market’ might be kind, he’s barely got a bodega.

  99. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    quick hit on Mary Jane, I always remember a line in Cheech and Chong’s classic “Up in Smoke”, where Tom skerritt was philosophizing the weed problem in which he concludes and I am paraphrasing that ‘it’s not the Marijuanna that kills you but the search for it’

    sparking one…

  100. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Shame Spencer says:
    March 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm
    The Mets trading for an INF further limits Drew’s market lol…’Market’ might be kind, he’s barely got a bodega.

    1/14 Cash…..get r done

  101. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    but the greater issue lies the deterioriation of his raw physical ability to take the ball the other way

    ————————————————–

    If it were simply deterioration of physical ability (and maybe it is), I wouldn’t have a huge problem with it. After all, father time catches up with all of us at some point. What’s maddening, to me, is I believe its less physical ability and more approach. Tex fundamentally changed his approach upon joining the Yankees (I’m not statisically savy but I would be really surprised if his spray chart didnt change dramatically after ’09). Watching Tex is like seeing Giambi playing for the Yankees yet again (minus the frying pan hands on defense)

  102. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I think we’d all be extremely happy if Tex put up those numbers……but he hasn’t done that since 2011. That was 3 years and a serious wrist injury ago…..so I’m not sure how realistic that is

    I’ll take 25 homers, good defense, and him staying healthy all year and run with it

  103. Shame Spencer March 12th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Tex delivering a 25HR/85RBI season would be great. I think it’s a realistic target for him.

  104. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    25 homers and an .800 OPS…..Id be tickled with that .

  105. MTU March 12th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Got to part company soon.

    Early hike date tomorrow.

    Another all day excursion into the boonies.

    Take it away Night Crew.

    Quick drive by in the AM.

    :)

  106. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    If Tex can give 30 and 100, i be ecstatic. Then, what it would come down to is playoff match ups, I have doubts about his ability to turn on a quality 95 plus fb and I have doubts him facing a control artist see Sanchez or Fister who would throw him on outside quadron and bust him way inside.
    But i have come to accept what he is without a certain degree of anguish. He is a very flawed hitter at this point whom the Yanks had expected to co anchor a lineup with Arod. hence 230 mil and not nearly the talents that LAD have on their roster, that’s big chunk of it. This prompt me to think of that the NYY can’t not sustain success going forward while relied FA alone.

    accumulation of talents to have or trade will be a huge part Yankees success going forward.

  107. Against All Odds March 12th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    @JeffPassan: Why would kids choose baseballover football

    ——-

    Probably a better chance of making it to the pros

  108. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Blake. Well yeah he got hurt but prior to going down in September 2012 he was on track for his 11 th straight 30 dingers / 100 rbi’s season.. People forget that he gutted out the 2012 season with a bad calf and wrist. Shame because he was only a few more seasons away from Cooperstown at that pace… He’ll bounce back. I have a plane to catch ( Vegas ) morning golf and then PAC 12 Championship hoops at the MGM….

  109. Pat M. March 12th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    blake 3 years ago or rather 1 season and one month ??? Man you guys stretch facts to suit one’s argument. You’ve been hanging out with Jerkface too long blake….

  110. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    @JeffPassan: Why would kids choose baseballover football

    ———————–
    My top 5:

    1. You can be of normal size and still succeed
    2. Contracts are guaranteed
    3. There are no “ice bowls” in baseball
    4. You don’t play on Thanksgiving or Christmas
    5. You can play for 20 years and walk without a cane after retiring

  111. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Pat M. says:
    March 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm
    blake 3 years ago or rather 1 season and one month ??? Man you guys stretch facts to suit one’s argument. You’ve been hanging out with Jerkface too long blake….

    2011 Pat M….he hasn’t put up those numbers since 2011. It’s actually 2 seasons ago but going on 3 years since he’s done that…..and he’s had a serious wrist injury since then. Look I hope he does do it…..it woukd really help the team if he could

  112. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Football is an easier sport to be good at than baseball if you have the ability…..Baseball takes constant time and effort to hone the skill and it’s a longer road to the top…..once you get to the top though in baseball you are much better off

  113. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Chicken, George Carlin once did a bit on baseball and football… your comments kind of remind me of it.

    I do mean this sincerely, why would parents choose football over baseball? I am sure there are good reasons but then I can think a few in not to.

  114. blake March 12th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    “I do mean this sincerely, why would parents choose football over baseball? I am sure there are good reasons but then I can think a few in not to.”

    Football is just a bigger deal in most high schools……I think this is why it’s dumb that they are capping what teams can spend in the draft……because the money in a lot of cases would lure some of the top athletes to baseball. If that’s lessened then that kid that plays football too might decide to take that scholarship rather than sign to ride a bus in the minors

  115. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Cash – Good question. I don’t have a good answer for you.

  116. Cashmoney March 12th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    No doubt blake, it’s a much bigger deal over most parts of this country. It’s the more glamorous sport. I thought of Carlin’s bit because I think the fabric of America has changed… football appeals to the appetites of the masses than baseball now. Well, JMO.

  117. pete2 March 12th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Tex OPS+

    28-2008-181
    Yankees
    29-2009-141
    30-2010-125
    31-2011-121
    32-2012-115
    33-2013-66 (SSS-injury)

    The decline is indisputable and began at a young age. Whether that’s due to his approach, conditioning, PED withdrawal, etc I have no idea, but I think the best you can hope for after him missing all of last year with an injury that tends to linger is an OPS+ of about 110-115 which is less than league average for the position (116) but far better than the 78 OPS+ they got last year at the position.

  118. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    No doubt blake, it’s a much bigger deal over most parts of this country. It’s the more glamorous sport.

    ————————-

    Even in my high school days of the mid 80′s, kids on the football team had a higher social status than kids on the baseball team.

  119. chicken_stanley March 12th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    I’m up way past my bedtime!… catch you all tomorrow

  120. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 12th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Tar, I’m tempted to ask you whether you feel you should refrain from having an opinion on heroin or crack cocaine because you’ve never used them (I am making a strong assumption here), but rather than to do that, let me say that I will plead the 5th on your former questions and just say that with certain things, once was enough. Whether I am referencing one or both or your queries will remain the mystery.

    :)

  121. pete2 March 12th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Crazy thought here. The Tigers need a LF’er with Dirks out. I wonder if the Yankees and Tigers could work out a deal where Gardner, Ryan and Johnson are traded for Iglesias and Kinsler with a PTBNL (Davis who can not be traded before June 15).

    Kinsler is a bit pricy for the Tigers but they were forced to take him to move Fielder. Gardner is a bit pricy for them as well but they are losing Kinslers salary and it does not kick in till 2015. It means Soriano goes to LF but they can sign Morales as DH

    Iglesias can play 3B until next year

    For 2014

    Gardners-5.6 million, then 4/52
    johnson-3 million
    Ryan 2 million

    10.6 + 4/52

    Yankees take on

    Kinsler 16 then 3/46
    Iglesias 1.65
    Davis 5

    22.65 then 3/46

    They take on an extra 12 million in 2014 but are pretty set at SS and 2B for the next few years. Iglesias should prove to be a better hitter than Ryan although not as good as Johnson but he is better defensively than Johnson and gives them better insurance for Jeter at SS than Ryan this year. Kinsler is a better hitter and more durable than anyone they have pegged for 2B and Davis is just OF depth with speed who is gone after 2015

    Soriano weakens them defensively at LF but they can sign another power bat in Morales at DH, who also can back Tex up at 1B, but that’s probably another 12 million

    Tigers lose a bit of offense at SS and 2B but gain it in LF and free up some money for Scherzer.

    Not exactly sold on this myself but its food for thought and it probably goes nowhere if the Yankees still want to keep payroll at 2008 levels

  122. UnKnown March 12th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Cano is LOCKED right now. WOW what a player.

  123. UnKnown March 13th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Oh look another multiple dissing Cano. Damn this place is troll infested beyond belief.

    Not interested in taking the bait, I’m way too much of a Lohud seasoned vet to do that. Peace out fool…

  124. pete2 March 13th, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Cano’s 632 BA is about the sum of the entire starting IF’s BA so far, or the top 3 FA of Ellsbury/Beltran/McCann. :)

    I will predict Cano cools off, and our guys heat up, but nice to see him do well. Maybe everyone should get a root canal.

  125. yankinvegas March 13th, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I’ve always liked Cervelli. His enthusiasm, which is sometimes over the top, has been a refreshing change on what was often a dead looking team the past few years.
    That said, while I think that he is our best option as the backup to McCann at this point, I feel comfortable enough with Romine and Murphy to move him.
    A solid IF prospect or an established bullpen arm, preferably lefty, would be a great return for him.
    I also think that I might be the last person who actually thinks that Nunez can add a lot to the team. He can hit good pitching. He hustles. He has real good speed. His defense in problematic, but he was good last September primarily at 3B. I think that he will make the team. I hope that we can move Ichiro so we can keep another versatile player on the bench.
    Randy Levine was really smart in signing Ichiro to a two year deal. What a baseball mind!!

  126. Hankflorida March 13th, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I do not mind Ellsbury not using his speed in ST as I know it is there waiting for the bell to sound that starts the real baseball world, but what troubles me is that he has not swung for the fences and looks more like Suzuki punching the ball to all fields. If Gardener and Ellsbury are going to give us 20 home runs for the season, I think that having four guys in your lineup who can give you the three run homer putting your pitchers cannot hold the fort becomes aEllsbury and Gardener can turn walks into doubles but the rest of the team has keep the line moving.

  127. Hankflorida March 13th, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Sorry for the above as I was trying to change my sentence and hit the send button. In short what I was trying to say is that Ellsbury and Gardener hitting 20 home runs may not work in Yankee Stadium when you have lost power numbers in the infield. Ellsbury is not showing in ST that he can swing for the fences.

  128. NYY_Girl_Penny March 13th, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Cano is always a good hitter when games don’t matter. The second the pressure is on him to perform he goes into swing at everything mode and showcase’s his lack of brains and 0 for’s every game.

  129. NYY_Girl_Penny March 13th, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I think every time Cervelli starts to break out he gets injured. He’s got a lot more potential then people know. I’d be more than happy to have him and McCann tandem. Cervelli always puts in his best, never dogs it. Unless we get back something we can’t pass up, I’m not trading him.

  130. pat March 13th, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Cervelli is the kind of player that people here usually love when he’s on another team- throws his body around, gets his uniform dirty, in the middle of things when they happen, makes less than replacement level.

  131. RadioKev March 13th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Tanaka’s fastball is all about his command. He might have the best command on the team right now. Him or Kuroda.

  132. blake March 13th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Pineda day

  133. blake March 13th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    “I will predict Cano cools off, and our guys heat up, but nice to see him do well. ”

    I predict Cano cooks off from batting .600 but I doubt the infield heats up other than maybe Jeter…..I watched a little of the mariners game yesterday and cano started a sweet double play and just made it look so easy like we’ve seen him do hundreds of times……made me a little sick.

  134. bardos March 13th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I have the following vision of the Yankees this spring, cause for concern: It is the 2nd stringers and the young minor leaguers who appear to be carrying the team. These are the guys who will not be playing come opening day. The regulars, whom we *will* be counting on to mash in the season, seem to be off to very slow starts.

  135. blake March 13th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    @Joelsherman1: ICYMI Column http://t.co/rvTdiNihpa As 5th OF in 4-man rotation, Ichiro is #Yankees famous trade item or bench warmer

    Detroit seems like a decent option…..

  136. Shame Spencer March 13th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Trading Ichiro for anything, even a PTBNL, would be great. There’s no reason why Almonte shouldn’t be able to match his production if needed.

  137. cogen777 March 13th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    .I watched a little of the mariners game yesterday and cano started a sweet double play and just made it look so easy like we’ve seen him do hundreds of times……made me a little sick.

    He didn’t dive in the dirt, pop up and pump his fist in the air? Well that shows a lack of hustle.

  138. cogen777 March 13th, 2014 at 9:22 am

    .I watched a little of the mariners game yesterday and cano started a sweet double play and just made it look so easy like we’ve seen him do hundreds of times……made me a little sick.

    And I’ll bet he smiled instead of clenching his teeth.

  139. Tackelberry March 13th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    DOn’t count out Tateyama as a righty specialist in the pen. He has a nasty breaking ball. Just don’t let him face lefties

  140. Shame Spencer March 13th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Sorry for the above as I was trying to change my sentence and hit the send button. In short what I was trying to say is that Ellsbury and Gardener hitting 20 home runs may not work in Yankee Stadium when you have lost power numbers in the infield. Ellsbury is not showing in ST that he can swing for the fences.

    ———

    That’s the type of hitter Ellsbury is. He isn’t a power hitter.

  141. blake March 13th, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    March 13, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Trading Ichiro for anything, even a PTBNL, would be great. There’s no reason why Almonte shouldn’t be able to match his production if needed.

    Or exceed it

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