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Postgame notes: “I want to make it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda was smiling. Sometimes he was even laughing.

“I’m doing my job,” he said after today’s start. “Every day, coming here to the field and working hard and continuing doing good at my job. I want to make it.”

Michael PinedaThis was Pineda’s last chance to prove himself, and no matter what the box score said, it was clear that Pineda felt he’d done his part. He’d allowed his first runs of the spring — couldn’t pitch around an error in second inning, made an error of his own in a rocky fifth — but he’d once again thrown strikes, generated ground balls and shown an ability to make some big pitches when he had to.

If you woke up this morning expecting Pineda to be the Yankees fifth starter, there’s surely little that happened today to change your mind.

“He made pitches when he had to, I thought,” Joe Girardi said. “He got some double plays, a lot of ground balls today. He had life on his ball today. I think it’s always good for guys to get tested.”

Eduardo Nunez’s throwing error opened the door to a second-inning run, and the fifth inning was kind of a mess with three hits, two runs, a wild pitch and a Pineda error on a sacrifice bunt. Otherwise, this outing was pretty good. Another one with no walks — he’s struck out 16 and walked one this spring — and 10 ground ball outs.

What’s left is to make a decision, or perhaps simply to announce one. Pineda has pitched well. So have David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno. Based on the way Pineda was smiling, he seems confident that he’s done enough.

“Who we think is going to help us the most, and what is going to make us the best team,” Girardi said. “It’s more of what makes us the best team than anything else. How do we put a 12-man pitching staff together that makes us what we feel is the best leaving the gate?”

Derek Jeter, Rob Thomson· Derek Jeter seems to be hitting everything weakly on the ground. After an 0-for-3 today, his spring batting average is down to .114 with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts. “I’m not really too worried about it,” Girardi said. “It is spring training. He was off almost like a year and a half. He feels better at the plate, his timing feels like he’s closer, so I’m not too worried about it.”

· Ivan Nova will pitch in a minor league game tomorrow, but there’s no indication that anyone else from big league camp will be at the complex other than Francisco Cervelli, who’s coming down to catch Nova.

· Jacoby Ellsbury came through today’s drills with no problem. The plan is for him to play in a minor league game on Tuesday. Assuming that goes well, he’ll likely jump into some major-league games later in the week. If Tuesday’s minor league games are rained out, the Yankees will have to decide whether it’s worthwhile to put him in the big league game that night. By playing him in a major-league game, the Yankees wouldn’t be able to backdate a potential DL stint, and Girardi said the Yankees definitely prefer to have him play a minor league game first.

· Sounding more and more like Brendan Ryan will not get in another game before the Yankees break camp. At this point, the team is clearly planning to open the season without him. “I don’t know (if he’ll play next week),” Girardi said. “He does feel better today. It’s nice to see him where he can actually turn his head. I felt bad for him when I saw him at the luncheon on Friday.”

· Girardi said that right now he has no injury concerns with Pineda. “He’s shown us that he’s healthy,” Girardi said. “I think he’s proven that to us this spring with everything that we’ve seen. With a guy like that you’re a little cautious, but I feel really good about what we’re seeing physically.”

Mick Kelleher, Brett Gardner· Pineda had to make quite a few plays today, including covering first base on a double play. He looked good except for the bad throw — which wasn’t awful — on the sacrifice bunt. “It feels really good,” he said. “We practice it all the time, cover first, so I do it.”

· Eduardo Nunez made his second error of the spring on a throw that pulled Mark Teixeira off the bag. “It looked like to me he just took too much time,” Girardi said. “He let his arm sink a little bit too low.”

· Add Dellin Betances to the list of pitchers who have, unprompted, talked about how much they like throwing to Brian McCann. “I just went out there, tried to follow McCann’s game plan,” Betances said. “I just execute the pitches, you know? When you have a guy that’s been back there a while, he knows what to do. His game calling is tremendous and I just try to follow his footsteps. He got me in the right direction.”

· Box score notes: Brett Gardner had two hits. So did Carlos Beltran. One of Beltran’s was a double. Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano had a hit apiece. … Getting another turn in center field in place of Ellsbury, Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. … Antoan Richardson was the only Yankees player to get a hit off the bench. … Chris Leroux retired the only batter he faced. Dan Burawa and Jim Miller each pitched a scoreless inning. … Cesar Cabral had a 0.75 WHIP coming into this game, but he allowed a single and two walks today.

· Final word comes from Girardi: “There’s a lot of things you have to look into (for the pitching staff). The beauty of our game is things can change and you can make adjustments as time goes on. One decision that you make April 1 is not necessarily one that will be there June 1. If you have to make adjustments, you make adjustments.”

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117 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I want to make it””

  1. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    ISU has been worn down.

  2. UpState March 23rd, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    ISU has been worn down.
    ================

    They’re playing without their best player.
    Totally expected.

  3. warriors1965 March 23rd, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    why is jeter coddled and babied like a two year old?

  4. tomingeorgia March 23rd, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Despite all the refs apparently recruited from Chapel Hill, Cyclones have looked fine.
    It’s incredibly bad reffing. Has UNC had all they wanted fromm the agricultural hicks?

    \There you go! Oops, the refs pit more time on the clock, just like the USA/USSR game back in the day. Get’em Cyclones!

  5. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    UNC-ya later!

  6. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I can’t wait to see Roy Williams’ whine face at the correct officiating decision.

  7. tomingeorgia March 23rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    They finally got one right! Go Cyclones!

  8. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    The USSR were so blantant with their pathetic refs, whether it be basketball, or hockey. Just wrote you a racing letter on the last thread tom. Will check your man out.

  9. chicken_stanley March 23rd, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    tom – congrats on the Cyclones… I’ll be rooting for them from here on out (unless, of course, UVA is lucky enough to face them later in the tourney)

  10. pete2 March 23rd, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Jeter’s BA is double David Ortiz BA (114 vs 57)

  11. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Infomercial on la radio ” B vitamins can prevent future memory loss ” – I’m not sure I want to remember anything as the apple sauce is shoved down my throat.

  12. tomingeorgia March 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    jmills,
    Went back and found it. Kyle Bush is sponsored by Mrs Tom’s daughter’s company. Kyle bush is a balls-to-the-wall driver. If his car is running, and he hasn’t been punted into the weeds, if he’s on the lead lap with one to go, bet on him. As a kid, he made a lot of enemies because of his brash and fearless (albeit reckless) style. He’s a driver now. He’s going to win NASCAR this year.

  13. blake March 23rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    RIP heels…..hate for it to end that way but they weren’t that good this year anyway. Get better for next season.

  14. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Gordon lightfoot coming through the airwaves. ” If you could read my mind ” is in a fun ’73 Canadian film – ” Paperback Hero “. You can youtube it. Gordon, the families of the Edmund Fitzgerald will always hold you in their hearts for the funds you raised.

  15. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    tom, I have the feeling Kyle and Gilles would have an awesome time together. They’d race side by side, bumping all the way, only to laugh about it in the end. Gilles was a very fair driver, if you beat him to a corner, you beat him to the corner. His opponents loved him, and as Niki Lauda said, ” Gilles had the greatest talent of all of us “. Senna could be down right dirty, but both he and Villeneuve were masters in the rain. Shame they just missed one another.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Paid $49 in scratch tickets. Won $10. Some of them were win as much as $100,000; some were win as much as $40,000; some were win as much as $4,000.

    I won $10.

    Guess I’m meant to work by the sweat of my brow.

    Why oh why didn’t I get my brackets in on time for Buffet’s billion????? (Hint: Because I didn’t do any brackets?)

    :)

  17. UpState March 23rd, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Cyclone Madness.

    (without their best player, to boot !)

    Great job of coaching, too !

    Fred Hoiberg — yup, that same Fred Hoiberg !

  18. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Trish, Gordon Lightfoot coming here to Hamilton in May. I really should just buy that single ticket and get my butt to it.

    ” Englishman in New York ” by Sting on la radio. The only celebrity I’ve ever met, and he was indeed one gracious gentleman.

  19. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    As Michael Kay would say: UNC-ya!

  20. Hankflorida March 23rd, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    HankFLA. We have been going in this direction for about 4 years now. So, it is what it is.

    I agree that the Yankees were going in the direction of speed and pitching and getting away from the power game because it is much more cost efficient. Even two of their power players, Soriano and Beltran, are older and do not require long term big bucks contracts. When the Yankees did not ressign Martin, Swisher, Granderson and Cano and decided to play Gardener and Ichiro last year and sign Ellsbury this year, the handwriting was on the wall that the three run homer was not the name of the game. The Bronx Bombers got us to October for many years, so let us hope that this new look which I jokingly call the Bronx banjo hitters also pays dividends.

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    jmills, get that single ticket and get it now, while good seats are available! If he were coming here I would definitely go to see him. I swear to you that I get goose bumps every time I even think about the Edmund Fitzgerald (song). Every once in a while I go to YouTube and play it. It gives me the chills to think about the story surrounding it.

    If I went to his concert and he didn’t sing that song, I would be bummed forever.

    If he comes here and tickets are $10, I can afford one, ha ha!

  22. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Don’t worry trisha, Lightfoot does Edmund each and every time. I’m going to work on that ticket. I’ve seen Leonard Cohen, I’ve seen Bruce C0ckburn, I think its aboot time for Gordon :D

  23. pete2 March 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Its interesting, the so called Father of Money Ball values HR power

    In the AL the A’s were 3rd in HR, 6th in OBP, 11th in SB and 7th in defense. Oh, and 2nd in ERA.

    The key to their winning is good pitching, a league average OBP, defense and speed and above average HR power.

    In an age where OBP is dropping, HR power is more important than it was in the steroid era

  24. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    A few years ago, I had the chance to see Cleo Lane. Left it too damn long – sold out!

  25. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, I’d die to see Leonard Cohen. Even more to hear him sing Hallelujah.

  26. Eric in the ATL March 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    “why is jeter coddled and babied like a two year old?”

    Because he’s earned the right to have a lousy spring training. He’ll get his timing down soon enough.

  27. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Trish, youtube Jeff Buckley doing Hallelujah – he owns it. Jeff is my age, such a tragic loss.

  28. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HKnxmkOAj88#

    For toi trisha; trisha meet Jeff, Jeff be the cordial gent you are avec trisha.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I have a celebrity story of sorts. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when this happened but I was pretty young. I used to go to Houston a lot with a friend of mine because she had business down there and I’d go to keep her company. We were staying at the hotel that ended up being the hotel where basketball teams stayed when they were coming to play the Rockets (?). It was right across from the Coliseum, as I remember. Anyway, I think it was attached to the Galeria or some shopping center and you used to take this underground passageway to get from the hotel to the shopping center. Well the Portland Trail Blazers were in town and we’d see them at breakfast every morning. There was one player I used to see all the time going back and forth under the tunnel. He was wicked tall, and he used to basically glower at me whenever I would pass by him. He made me pretty nervous because he looked mean. So the last day they were in town he happened to pass by me in the underground tunnel. I was going one way and he was going to other, and nobody else was around. He stopped and handed me a card with a phone number and room number written on it and told me to come up to his room! Then he just kept going! I never would have imagined that happening based on the mean looks he always gave me. Maybe he wanted to beat me up, ha ha.

    That was my brush with celebrity:) Except for I have a picture taken with Ron Jackson. If I find it I will put it up and link to it. Holy Lord are those guys tall!!! I’m short, so it makes the difference even more dramatic.

  30. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    All Moneyball means is getting the most bang for the buck.

  31. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Trish, I took a happy pic of Sting and my sister. She couldn’t have been more in heaven :)

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    jmills – absolutely beautiful. You definitely know your music. Several years ago on the forum, it was a slow night and we somehow started talking about music. Well we got onto the song Hallelujah because I had written a derogatory Sux song to the music, and the unquestionable favorite of the posters on the blog was the Jeff Buckley version.

  33. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    jmills, if I can find my version of Hallelujah, I’ll post it for you. It could have been around the time of their Titanic collapse – one of my happiest Sux memories!

  34. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    In addition, if you happen to be around Jim Kaat again trish, tell him that jmills already has that gold glover in the hall, and that Thurman is waiting to greet him.

  35. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I remember that night well. A really special night on the Lohud. People shared versions of the song. I’d never heard it and thought the Jeff Buckley version was haunting. Then GB raved about Buckley’s dad, Tim. I just googled it. Here is the link; it started around 11:30 or so. A nice night on the Lohud: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....ood-today/

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    jmills, I never met him, just emailed with him!

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    YF, man my hat is off to you! I tried googling it under lohud and absolutely got nothing!

  38. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I am definitely going to go back and revisit that night. It was an awesome night. Thank you for the link, YF.

  39. pete2 March 23rd, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    ” sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    All Moneyball means is getting the most bang for the buck.”
    =====================
    Yes, and when you see guys like Nelson Cruz signed for 6-8 million or whatever it was and Kendry Morales unsigned, and David Ortiz making a paltry 15 million maybe power hitters are the new market inefficiency like OBP once was

  40. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    yf, I had to tell a young lady a few years back that Jeff wasn’t with us in the regular sense. I felt terrible. She was crestfallen, and I was nothing more than bad news at her door.

  41. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Here’s the link to the night when we reflected on that first night with some more great music/Hallelujah included at @12AM. Midnight around here used to be a lot of fun.

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....t-jackson/

  42. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    jmills, his music lives on. So, at least there is that…

  43. NYY_Girl_Penny March 23rd, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Jeter has earned the right to work himself back to being a productive hitter and I believe he’ll eventually be good.. not the great Jeter of the past but he’ll eventually be productive. My fear is that Girardi will still bat him 2nd even if he hasn’t found his swing and we are going to watch him — painfully — not help the team until he figures it out. I just don’t see how you can guarantee a guy to bat 2nd, no matter who he is and how good he once was.. this is why i can’t stand Girardi, he’ll sacrifice the team in order to satisfy certain players desires (ego).

    I do want jeter to play this year.. but this is not an easy task for any 40yo, in any position and to guarantee him any spot in the batting order would be risky, guaranteeing him 2nd is just absolutely stupid.. at what cost does Girardi act like a manager first and do the right thing, be fair for the rest of his players?

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    YF, thank you so much for finding that. It was really a very special night. God bless GB looking down on us, hopefully so pleased with our Yankees. I know he is. Love to you GB.

    And that was indeed the year of the Sux collapse, in fact days prior to it.

  45. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Jeff Buckley’s voice is an expression all on its own. No guitar, no piano, just that face giving all it has. Sylvia Plath does the same, she requires no accompanipment. Strong concrete warrior, that’s what Plath is.

  46. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    YF, without going into detail, those were such special moments and I truly don’t know how things got turned upside down. That was such wonderful bonding.

    :(

  47. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    My kid just sent me some sketches she’s done, I didn’t know she had this talent as well. Go for it kiddo!

  48. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Trish, there’s always time to turn this boat around, I know you know this!

  49. PacoDooley March 23rd, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    anyone notice that Hughes imploded a bit today? 5 ER in 5 IP. It will be interested to see which Phil Hughes the Twins get.

  50. blake March 23rd, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I think Hughes does well for the twins…..won’t be shocked at all if his Era is sub 4

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I just have to do this. I wrote my Sux version of Hallelujah on September 24, 2011 – the day the Yankees beat the Sux 9-1. Well today, one day short of the 24th of the month, the Rays beat the Sux 9-2.

    In honor of the number 9, I want to post my song. It’s sung to the tune Hallelujah. Hopefully this will bring the Sux the same kind of luck they had just 5 short days after I originally wrote it.

    **********************

    I heard it when the crowd all roared, the Yankees played, and it pleased the Lord
    But you don’t really care for truth now do you?
    It goes like this
    The fourth, the fifth
    And by the ninth their fall was swift
    The baffled Sux still knew that they could fool ya.

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    Your Sux belief kept you aloof
    Their wins in 4 and 7 overthrew you
    Their pitching’s weak and their bullpen stinks
    Their hitting’s sparse while they slowly sink Still from your lips they drew the Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Trust me I know from whence I speak
    I know that team and they are so weak I live in their back yard though that’s nothing to you
    All they’ve left is some day-old scotch ‘Cause nine to one is no victory march
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah

    GO YANKEES!!!!!

    :)

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    jmills – I’m a lover, not a fighter. You may notice that I take a pretty passive position. I’m never one who can’t get past things, nor am I one to continually fan personal flames. Not who I am.

    But all’s good in my life, and for that I am grateful and continually sustained.

    No more need be said.

    :)

  53. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Trish, did you tie the Sux to your kitchen chair as well,….they need some shaving :D

  54. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I think Hughes will do fine.

    Trish, those were magical nights and a reminder. It isn’t really that hard to get along and realize why we are all here: to root for the baseball team we love. All the petty stuff is just not necessary or worth it.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    On that note, I bid you all a really fond good night, so happy to have spent this quality time with you. Thank you for that.

    And God bless you mightily!

    :)

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    “Trish, those were magical nights and a reminder. It isn’t really that hard to get along and realize why we are all here: to root for the baseball team we love. All the petty stuff is just not necessary or worth it.”

    YF, total total agreement. Kindness isn’t difficult. The other stuff is a lot harder IMO.

  57. sigiqaped March 23rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    That is a beautiful song.

  58. Vince March 23rd, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Cruz is injury prone and coming off a steroid scandal. Ortiz is 38 years old and the face of a franchise and Kendrys Morales put together one healthy and solid season of the last three years and has a draft pick attached to him as a kind of 1B and mostly DH.

    Maybe there is something to power hitters being undervalued but those three examples aren’t it.

  59. PacoDooley March 23rd, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    speaking of former Yankees – I didn’t realize that Seattle had moved Montero to 1B. I assumed that they would keep him behind the dish, but MLB has him listed as a 1B only.

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    “That is a beautiful song.”

    Thank you! It filled every ounce of being to write that song. I think there’s some significance that YF was able to find it, and ours was a 9-1 win, and the Sux lost today and gave up 9 runs, along with the other stuff – the date of the month, etc.

    I take it as a beautiful omen for the season.

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Night all.

    :)

  62. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I’m a pretty crappy fighter, but smart enough not to let anybody get my front teeth.

  63. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 23rd, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Wait – I have to leave you with this. I truly think this is one of the best put-together You Tubes I have ever seen. I have it as a favorite and go back to it from time to time. I swear I enjoy it as much as the first time I watched it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPNpJX8b-bc

  64. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Trish, I’ve enjoyed that wonderful Sux collapse some times over. I had la radio on of course.

  65. ac1 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Who started a rumor of Rollins for Ichiro?

  66. pete2 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    ” Vince March 23rd, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Cruz is injury prone and coming off a steroid scandal. Ortiz is 38 years old and the face of a franchise and Kendrys Morales put together one healthy and solid season of the last three years and has a draft pick attached to him as a kind of 1B and mostly DH.

    Maybe there is something to power hitters being undervalued but those three examples aren’t it.
    ========================

    Maybe not but the injury prone Ellsbury and steroid scandalized Peralta got pretty good deals. Age? Beltran did well getting 3 years for his age 37-39 season despite being 50 OPS+ points less than Ortiz the last 2 years who managed only a 1 yr extension despite being a bit of an icon in Boston. Morales has had 2 years where he had a 119 and 123 OPS+ in tough hitters parks. He is only 31 this year. His 2011 season was lost due to a fracture the year before.

    It just seems if you play a defensive position and/or have a bit of speed the flaws get overlooked, while pure hitters don’t get the same pass and their value is lower, perhaps lower than it should be. Moneyball may say its the time to buy power low.

  67. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    NYY- girl penny. Keep on keeping on with your views. Your team is lucky to have you.

  68. Chip March 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    ETA on when Ortiz starts whining about his new deal? I put it at about the All Star break.

    Phillies have outrighted Kevin Frandsen to AAA – if he refuses assignment I hope the Yankees take a look at him. He had a down year last season, but has been a prolific pinch hitter and great against LHP

  69. bbb51 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Beltran plays a position, Ortiz does not.

    Morales doesn’t play a position (well) and has a draft pick attached.

  70. Chip March 23rd, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I’m really getting excited about Betances’s potential in the pen.

  71. jmills March 23rd, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Just finished watching a montage of that Sox September collapse. Fun, fun, fun.

  72. Revenge of Stoneburner March 23rd, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Ben Badler ?@BenBadler Mar 20
    The Braves rank first, Yankees come in last in BA’s 25-and-under talent rankings: http://bit.ly/1r0tg7o

  73. blake March 23rd, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    @YankeeSource: Good report on Banuelos here by @RailRidersTT “Pumping strikes at 94 and 95 mph pretty consistently” in the third. http://t.co/LcUgeqh1TG

  74. Chip March 23rd, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Blake, good stuff on the minor leaguers – my guess for the regular lineup for Scranton is:

    C – Murphy
    1b – Canzler
    2b – CoJo
    3b – Wheeler
    SS – Solarte
    LF – Flores
    CF – Richardson
    RF – Almonte
    DH – Adonis Garcia

    (Dean Anna likely starts the season with the Yankees)

    Not sure where Ronnier Mustelier fits in if at all.

  75. Chip March 23rd, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Actually – Now that I look at that lineup there are two players who they have to figure something out with:

    Scott Sizemore and Jose Pirela.

  76. chicken_stanley March 23rd, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Hoos!!

  77. pete2 March 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    ” bbb51 March 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Beltran plays a position, Ortiz does not.

    Morales doesn’t play a position (well) and has a draft pick attached.”

    My point was that offense, especially power, has become undervalued relative to defense and speed. Morales can play 1B, as can Ortiz, but the AL has a position called the DH, you have to use someone there, and its better for the team if he can hit.

  78. Doreen March 23rd, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Trisha -

    You have a real talent for putting new words to songs. :)

  79. NYY_Girl_Penny March 24th, 2014 at 12:22 am

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  80. Hankflorida March 24th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I do want jeter to play this year.. but this is not an easy task for any 40yo, in any position and to guarantee him any spot in the batting order would be risky, guaranteeing him 2nd is just absolutely stupid.. at what cost does Girardi act like a manager first and do the right thing, be fair for the rest of his players?

    Penny, Jeter should be the least of our problems as in my 75 years of baseball, he is the ultimate money ball player and one of the greatest shortstops that I have ever seen. Worry more about Roberts and Johnson performing, Text coming off an injury, Beltran and McCaan adjusting to a new league and Ellsbury staying healthy. There are a great many unknowns on this team but Jeter is not one of them, and the great ones know when it is time to hang up their spikes.

  81. pete2 March 24th, 2014 at 1:49 am

    I do think Jeter is a bit of an unknown here. SS is a pretty important position and there is no adequate backup, which is why some have lobbied for whats his name.

    If Jeter can stay healthy, I think he will perform adequately, even if the first couple of months might be a bit rough like they were in 2011. That’s a big if. Fouled a couple off his bad ankle and you could tell he felt it more than he used to, Going to hurt more on a cold April night than sunny warm Florida.

    I just worry both Jeter and Tex have such an awful first couple of months it drags down the whole offense, but I’m a worrier, and maybe it works out fine.

  82. jmills March 24th, 2014 at 7:34 am

    http://racer.com/index.php/lat.....1-s-future

    tom, don’t know if you can open up this article over morning coffee on the present state of F1 as per the ever outspoken jacques villeneuve, but he basically calls it a watered down mess, a mere pale shade of its former self. I don’t know enough about NASCAR to have an opinion on that product.

  83. tomingeorgia March 24th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    jmills,
    Thanks for the article. I don’t follow F1 at all anymore, other than a televised race every now and then, but the politics of it are surreal.

  84. Migs March 24th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    An interesting little nugget on Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah …that wasn’t the intended vocal cut.

    Jeff had a take where his voice was a little more raspy because it was late and his voice was worn I suppose.

    But they accidentally went with this cut instead. I believe they forgot to swap out the vocals. He liked the other take better.

    Either way…he is beyond amazing. Disheartening when you think of what else he could have done. Grace is an album you take with you on an island.

  85. jmills March 24th, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Grace is an island pick for sure.

    tom, F1 has stupid gimmicks such as allowing a car within 1 second of another to hit a power boost button, all to keep the masses involved with more passing. As for gear boxes, they’ve long since been gone. Safety is a good thing ( no deaths since Senna ), but the edge is gone – more dangerous by far to ride a bicycle on city streets.

  86. Cashmoney March 24th, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Grace is an album you take with you on an island.
    ———
    Completely disagree, you will commit Seppuku in a week, might as well bring Nirvana unplugged so you can get over quickly.

  87. Migs March 24th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I’d probably take Nirvana’s unplugged with me too haha.

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    Option 2. a cup hot English black tea, honey and Bryter layter to be followed by slow bleeding in a warm bath tub.

  89. Cashmoney March 24th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    haha Migs, it’s a hauntingly beautiful album, you get drift though.

  90. blake March 24th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Reports are that Scherzer turned down 6/144. He’s only been that level of pitcher one season in his career so he’s taking a gamble here on himself.

    If he repeats 2013 then he will get more than 144…..if he regresses back to what he was before 2013 though then he may get significantly less

  91. jmills March 24th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Cash lol! Jeff does make me feel good though :D So does Dinah Washington on a dark night.

  92. blake March 24th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    My favorite version of Hallelujah is sung by Shrek

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    Hallelujah, it’s a interest word to enunciate, a quickening intake a breath, a gentle tap of you tongue culminating into a vocal release out to the ether, one can almost say it’s cathartic and redemptive.

  94. Shame Spencer March 24th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I was surprised Scherzer turned that deal down but it looks like he’s going to test the market (which I don’t think features many top end pitchers, so it might work out in his favor even if he doesn’t match last year).

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