In the Yankees clubhouse, there’s a large bulletin board where daily lineups, workout schedules, upcoming travel squads and various other announcements are posted each morning. Today, this note was added to the board.
I want to invite you to a get together that I will be hosting this Sunday, March 23rd, at 5:00PM at the Yankee Pavilion for our minor league players.
We all know how much time, effort and sacrifice it took to achieve our dreams while playing through the minor league system, and how this continues even today.
I know it will extremely special for them to share some time with us and learn about our experiences as we motivate them and encourage them to keep working hard to achieve their ultimate goal.
I hope you come and have a good time with us.
I talked to several players in the clubhouse — some who have spent many years in the Yankees system, some who came from other organizations — and no one I talked to could remember a player ever doing anything quite like this. Apparently Alex Rodriguez did something similar last year when he was rehabbing, hosting an event for the guys in extended spring training and rookie ball, but Beltran’s event appears to be for basically every single minor league player in the Yankees system. He hosted an event for the Latin players in the system earlier this spring (and Jorge Castillo wrote a really good story about it).
Even other veteran players in the clubhouse have raved about what a leader Beltran has been since stepping into the Yankees clubhouse. He came over with that reputation, and he’s lived up to it in his first month with the team. One all-star teammate described it as “special” to simply be around him every day.
· Random moment from the clubhouse, David Phelps was talking to Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne when he suddenly offered high fives for each of them. Phelps had heard about their part in a near-perfect game at the minor league complex yesterday when Kelley, Claiborne, Cesar Cabral, Matt Thornton and Dellin Betances each pitched a perfect inning, then Graham Stoneburner pitched three perfect, before the “milestone” was lost in the ninth inning. Just thought it was cool that Phelps even knew such a thing had happened.
· Talked very briefly with Andrew Bailey this morning. He’s been in Yankees camp ever since signing earlier this spring. He’s still rehabbing from surgery and is up to 50 throws from 90 feet. In a week he’ll be extended to 120 feet. He said everything has been positive so far. It’s a long process though.
· Looks like a lot of those guys who pitched so well at the minor league complex yesterday will go back-to-back today. Betances, Claiborne and Cabral are each scheduled to pitch today. Less than an inning apiece would be my guess, but that’s strictly a guess.
· Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to take batting practice on the field again.
· Brendan Ryan said only that he’s feeling better. Still seems like a real long shot to be ready in time for Opening Day.
· Today’s second string: C Jose Gil, 1B Russ Canzler, 2B Zelous Wheeler, SS Yangervis Solarte, 3B Scott Sizemore, LF Zoilo Almonte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia
· Today’s scheduled relievers: Chris Leroux, Matt Daley, Cesar Cabral, Dellin Betances, Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Danny Burawa (with Shane Greene, Fred Lewis, Branden Pinder and Manny Barreda available if necessary).
· Batting practice groups:
Group 1: Carlos Beltran, Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Ichiro Suzuki, Brian McCann
Group 2: Brett Gardner, Eduardo Nunez, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Teixeira
Group 3: Russ Canzler, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte, Zelous Wheeler
Group 4: Dean Anna, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Ryan Murphy, Austin Romine
Group 5: Zoilo Almonte, Adonis Garcia, Antoan Richardson, Jose Gil
Associated Press photos